Our Counselors

Colbey Strong, LCSW

Colbey is specialized as a Gottman marriage counselor. He helps couples facing issues with communication, infidelity, abuse, narcissism, addiction, life transitions, among other issues that couples face. He has extensive experience in treating children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with addiction, relationships, depression, anxiety, OCD and self-esteem/self-concept deficits as well.

Colbey uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help clients grow individually by developing more hope that they can heal and move forward with joy, to love themselves and where they are. He uses a person-centered approach to help the client believe in themselves and change their negative core beliefs to positive attributes.

Colbey Graduated from BYU and is a fully licensed LCSW. He opened his own practice in 2021 with the hope of helping people live a healthier and happier life. In his free time you can find him with his wife and 4 boys camping, playing sports, or fishing.

Do you ever feel like something is missing? Like you’ve lost yourself and don’t know how to find your way back? Like you are trying to find that spark in yourself, your relationships, or your journey again? Life is full of uncertainties, hardships, battles, and so many emotions! At times, it can feel impossible to keep fighting, to keep pushing forward. Having someone to talk to, to share in this walk of life can feel so empowering. I’m here to help take some of the weight off your shoulders and create a safe space for you so you can get back to feeling empowered in your life.

Chelise received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Utah in 2014 and continued on to receive her Master’s in Professional Counseling in 2018. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and their dogs and cats. She enjoys spending time outdoors camping, hiking, and running Spartan races.

Chelise works with children, teens, individuals, and couples, providing that safe space to work on managing and understanding emotions, behaviors, relationships, and trauma.
Justin studied Social work as an undergrad after changing his major from psychology and music performance. He graduated from Utah Valley University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Social work. In 2022, Justin began his Master of Social Work at the University of Utah. Initially, his focus had been global social work, but his interest changed after he had the opportunity to provide therapy for individuals struggling with substance abuse disorders and mental health issues.

The majority of Justin’s clinical experience has occurred in Crisis work and suicide prevention. He has worked for the Utah state crisis line and suicide hotline for over 2 years and has enjoyed getting to work with individuals in crisis. Besides that, he had some experience working with youth in a residential treatment setting for young men struggling with substance use. Over the past year, Justin has spent time providing therapy for adults with substance use disorders in a residential treatment setting. Justin had also been running an intensive outpatient group several nights a week.

Justin has training in acceptance and commitment therapy, couples and family therapy, and motivational interviewing. Justin has a certification as a certified crisis worker and is trained in EMDR.
Katie Adamson, LCSW, has been a steadfast presence in the mental health community since 2006. With a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah, she brings a deep understanding of various therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and insights from Jungian psychology. Katie specializes in navigating the complexities of individuals, couples, and families providing insightful guidance through depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, grief, and loss.

Katie’s therapeutic practice is built on a foundation of deep empathy and a commitment to meet clients where they are, and recognizing the value of multiple truths in their personal narratives. Her sessions are tailored to respect and validate the individual experiences of her clients, making her an exceptional listener for those entangled in intricate struggles.  Katie’s approach is to dive deep into the narratives that shape her clients’ lives, helping them to untangle and understand the roots of their conflicts and emotional struggles. Her sessions are crafted to validate and respect each clients’ individual journey, helping them navigate through personal and relational challenges. 

Committed to inclusivity, Katie provides compassionate support to the LGBTQ+ community and individuals from diverse cultural and faith backgrounds, ensuring a safe and supportive space for all her clients. Her ability to follow and engage with complex personal and family issues makes her particularly effective for those seeking clarity and resolution in their lives.

Outside of her practice, Katie draws inspiration from her personal interests, including exploring local thrift shops, baking, and spending quality time with her husband, dog, and a close-knit circle of friends and family. These pursuits not only enrich her life but also enhance her empathetic connection with her clients, allowing her to offer grounded and relatable support.
Mary Newman, CSW

Mary offers therapy in English, Spanish, and Russian. She enjoys working with all ages with an emphasis on children, teenagers, and young adults. Mary specializes in conduct and defiance difficulties in youth, anxiety, depression, trauma, borderline or narcissistic personalities, faith transitions, and LGBTQ+ affirming care. Her approach is solution-focused while incorporating cognitive and dialectical behavior therapy, trauma-focused perspectives, and acceptance through validation and support.

Mary graduated from the University of Southern California in 2023 with a master’s degree in social work which included an adult mental health and wellness track. She recently worked as a therapist providing general mental health support while also counseling court-mandated criminal offenders and victims, with a specialization in domestic violence, substance use, and anger management.

Outside of work, Mary enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, reading, and gaming. She actively challenges her mind by learning and considering new things each day and brings this same motivated energy to Strong Lives Counseling.

I graduated from Utah Valley University with my bachelors in Behavioral Science (2018) and Northern Arizona University with my masters in Social work (2022), I am licensed with a CSW working towards full licensure (LCSW). I am married with 3 kids. I am passionate about mental health and want to do what I can to help others overcome their insecurities and find peace in where they are at in life. I love the saying Journey Before Destination because it is about finding joy in where you are rather than trying to survive until you get there. I utilize EMDR, CBT, DBT, Gottman Method, and CFT within therapy. I enjoy helping people who feel stuck and are willing to put in the work to find a better way of life.

Brian Lewis, ACMHC

Brian specializes in the following areas: Self Esteem, Divorce, Narcissistic Behavior, Sex Therapy, Trauma based approach to healing including Betrayal trauma and Adoption issues. Brian’s broad experience includes working in the behavioral healthcare industry since 1992. He has a Solution Focused approach to Behavioral Health.

With a strength-based approach to Faith, Life Transitions, Stress,Work Life Balance includes professional and educational careers. He approaches healing and recovery in a collaborative effort to find what works best for you and is a LGBTQ+ affirming counselor.

Brian holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Connecticut. He also earned a Bachelor degree in Behavioral Science from the University of Utah. He is a licensed provider as an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Brian enjoys traveling, college sports, golf, and spending time with his family.

Hannah Mecham, LCSW

Hannah specializes in EMDR, CBT, DBT, ACT, grief counseling, motivational interviewing, child-centered play therapy, and ego state work. Hannah has worked with a wide variety of ages and populations. She has experience working in schools, hospitals, residential treatment centers and private practice. She works with young clients through play therapy, individuals facing the after math of trauma, personality disorders, and grief among many other diagnosis.

Hannah received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho, and went on to complete a Master in Social Work from Utah Valley University. She gained her passion for social work from a young age when she was able to visit an equine therapy facility.

Since graduating with her Master’s degree, Hannah approaches mental health in a holistic approach by putting the individual, not the diagnosis, at the center of treatment. Through addressing emotional, mental, and physical needs, Hannah believes that individuals find the healing that will shape their future in a positive way.

Hannah enjoys spending her free time fishing and being outdoors with her husband and dog, traveling to the Oregon coast, and channeling her creative energy through cross stitch and embroidery.

Parker Hudson, ACMHC

Parker is a bi-lingual therapist speaking English and Spanish. He has a gift for creating a safe, but therapeutically challenging environment to help his clients work through the obstacles that show up in their lives. He has a passion for helping individuals and families facing trauma such as sexual abuse, childhood trauma, emotional trauma, physical abuse, manipulation, domestic violence, narcissism, and those facing depression, and anxiety. He also enjoys helping others move through big life decisions and changes. Are you experiencing flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, hypervigilance, or intrusive thoughts related to trauma?

Parker uses EMDR therapy to help individuals reprocess the distressing memories of the traumatic event and integrate them into their memory network in a healthier way. He is also trained in CBT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing.

Parker graduated with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Utah in 2022. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, playing soccer and basketball, or listening to audiobooks and music.