Meet Our Staff

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Kirk Voss, LMFT — Therapist
Clinical Director

Kirk Voss is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals, couples, and families to address a variety of emotional and mental health issues. Kirk received his Master’s degree in Family Studies: Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah. Kirk is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and he is fluent in English and Portuguese.

He has worked as a therapist in both inpatient treatment and outpatient community therapy clinics in both Maryland and Utah. He also worked for several years at LDS Family Services, and he is now a Referred Provider for that agency.

Kirk works with clients from all backgrounds and religions, typically teenagers and adults. He believes that what often brings clients to therapy is their loss of balance—either a desire to attain a personal balance and positive well-being, or to restore balance which has been lost. Finding a healthy personal balance can involve improving self-care; improving self-worth; clearing the “clutter” of negative thinking; addressing past and present emotional injuries; deepening and healing close relationships; and addressing stress, anxiety, and depression. Kirk focuses especially on the quality and healing of relationships in both marriage and families.

Areas of specific interest include:

  • Premarital counseling
  • Marriage counseling/enhancing
  • Strengthening family relationships
  • Communication/Empathy skills
  • Parenting teenagers
  • Healing from divorce
  • Infidelity and affairs
  • Pornography addiction
  • LDS-based therapy (if preferred)
  • Life stage transitions
  • Couples adjusting to life-after-kids
  • Emotional detachment
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Michael Voss, D.O — Psychiatrist

Michael Voss DO graduated from the Chicago School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2005 and completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center (UIC) in 2009. During his residency, Dr. Voss was awarded Teaching in Excellence status for psychiatry by the medical students of UIC. He also served as Chief Resident from 2008 to 2009, supervising a large training program of over 40 residents. Following residency, Dr. Voss joined the faculty of the University of Utah at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) as a full-time inpatient clinician. During his first year at UNI, he was again awarded for excellence in teaching by the psychiatry residents in training at the University of Utah. Dr. Voss continues to work at UNI at present.

Dr. Voss’s training as an Osteopathic physician provided him with a philosophy of treating the whole patient, and he was taught the critical importance of listening to the patient to achieve the best outcomes. Throughout his training and work to date, Dr. Voss has always made education and teaching a priority. He now brings that commitment to practice through his clinical work – ensuring his clients are always made aware of the best available treatments and are provided the best possible support so they can navigate their own care with confidence and peace of mind. Focusing on patient education, collaborative care and developing a strong therapeutic alliance, Dr. Voss is able to provide the best possible care, regardless of the challenges present in each individual’s circumstance and diagnostic history.

While Dr. Voss finds all aspects of adult psychiatric practice intriguing, his special areas of interest include maternal depression, first-episode psychosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders and adjustment disorders.

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Katy Stephenson — Operations Director

Katy Stephenson received her Business degree from Southern Utah University. With a background in retail and management, she joined the Amber Creek team in 2012 and has helped the clinic continue to grow and expand. Her organizational and business management skills keep the Amber Creek team running smoothly.

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ElLois Bailey, APRN — Nurse Practitioner

ElLois Bailey (the “s” is silent) DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Utah with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Utah. She practiced as an inpatient psychiatric nurse for many years, working with adolescents, adults and older adults, and now works with clients of all ages to optimize mental health.

Dr. Bailey is passionate about professional nursing and improving access to mental health care. She served as the President of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association-Utah Chapter and teaches in the graduate program at the University of Utah College of Nursing. She belongs to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and associates with the Psych APRN Network of Utah.

Along with studying traditional mental health care, Dr. Bailey has pursued a lifelong interest in integrative, complementary and holistic health practices. She is currently pursuing a certification in functional medicine from the Institute for Functional Medicine. She believes that mind and body are one, and that focusing on the whole person, addressing foundational health, and using natural strengths result in the best outcomes.

Jaycie Voorhees

Jaycie Voorhees, MM, SCMT, MT-BC- Music Therapist

Jaycie completed her undergraduate degree in Music Therapy from Utah State University in May of 2007 and her Masters of Music in Music Therapy from Colorado State University in 2011. Her work has ranged from working with children to adults in a variety of settings including treatment centers, hospice, schools, and hospitals. She has completed training focused on grief and loss, and is passionate about the power of music to bring healing, comfort, and peace. Jaycie is the past President of the Utah Association of Music Therapists (2013-2016) and a member of the Utah Government Relations Task Force. She is a mother of 3, and in her spare time she enjoys writing, cooking, running, and spending time with her family.

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Heather Fellows, MT-BC- Music Therapist

Heather Fellows, MT-BC has been a music therapist for over 16 years, and has worked with various populations including geriatric, acute rehab, cancer treatment, and adult psychiatric. She currently works for University of Utah Hospital’s medical psychiatric unit, Huntsman Cancer Institute, and the Legacy Retirement Community. Heather is invested in providing quality, evidence-based music therapy treatment and in advocating for education and growth of music therapy.

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Nikki Harmon, LMFT — Therapist

Nikki is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her Master’s Degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Alliant International University, a COAMFTE accredited program, which is the highest level of Marriage and Family Therapy accreditation in the nation. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development from Brigham Young University.

Nikki has worked with a variety of clients, including children, teenagers, couples, and families. She has experience working with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, infidelity, divorce, blending families, conflicted marriages, addiction, children in the foster care program, anger management, and families/individuals/couples adapting to life transitions to name a few.

Nikki is a strengths-based therapist and utilizes a therapy style that is solution-focused. She works to become a partner with her clients, working together to identify solutions and areas of change that will be most effective. She is bright and energetic, and has the ability to put people at ease and help them feel comfortable in the therapeutic setting. This therapeutic relationship allows her to validate her clients’ experiences while confronting and challenging negative thoughts and behaviors, which creates room for positive change. She believes in educating clients and assisting them in learning new skills that will allow them to cope with life’s challenges in a more productive way.

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” –Albert Camus

Specific Areas of Interest Include:

  • Marriage/couples counseling
  • Family counseling (parent/child, siblings)
  • Children
  • Infidelity
  • Divorce
  • Blended families
  • Parenting solutions
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adapting to life transitions
Tod Johnson

Tod Johnson, LCSW — Therapist

Tod Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has over 22 years of experience working with teenagers, adults, couples and families in a variety of clinical settings, including large corporate settings as well as small private practice settings. His strengths include treating anxiety, phobias, stress, PTSD, social anxiety/phobia, anger management, depression, and marital and family stress. As he works with his clients, he primarily focuses on cognitive/behavioral, neuro-linguistic programming, anxiety/stress/anger management, and mindfulness strategies to help them reach their full potential and peace of mind.
Tod graduated from Brigham Young University with an undergraduate degree in both Psychology and Italian. He later went on to earn his Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at BYU. Tod is approachable, and takes a relaxed yet enthusiastic approach to helping those he works with feel hopeful and confident in their ability to make positive and lasting changes in their lives.

  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Stress
  • PTSD
  • Social anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Depression
  • Grief/loss
  • Marital and family therapy
  • Communication skills
  • Self-improvement
  • Parenting strategies
Niki Bennett

Niki Bennett, CSW — Therapist

Niki is an author, public speaker and Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of sexual addiction, impulse control disorders, codependency, eating disorders, anxiety and depression. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and provides individual, family and group therapy.
As a certified yoga instructor, Niki utilizes mindfulness techniques in conjunction with acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and a strength-based approach to treatment.
She has been married for fifteen years and is the mother of three children. She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors hiking, biking and camping with her family.
Specific Areas of Interest Include:

  • Adapting to life transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Infidelity
  • Marriage/couples counseling
  • Pornography
Rachelle Watts

Rachelle Watts, CMHC–Therapist

Rachelle Watts is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over 15 years of combined inpatient and outpatient counseling experience. She has worked in a variety of treatment settings including schools, chemical dependency treatment centers, and Outpatient Counseling Centers. Rachelle also facilitated and managed an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program at a local area treatment hospital for clients with co-occurring chemical dependency and psychiatric disorders. Additionally, she has worked for several years with LDS Family Services and as a Crisis Counselor at local area hospitals.

Rachelle knows life has its challenges, and she enjoys counseling with individuals and families who are striving to improve their personal lives and family relationships. She has an engaging and relaxed personality, which enables her to relate well with a variety of personality types.

Rachelle believes that people will benefit most from a multifaceted approach to solving problems. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused therapeutic techniques. She likes spending time outdoors, game nights, and watching movies with her husband and two children.

Areas of specific Interest Include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Transition Adjustment
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Pornography
  • Grief & Loss
  • Communication Skills
  • Self-Esteem
  • Interpersonal/Relationship Conflicts
  • PTSD
  • Anger Management
  • Teens and Adults
  • Family Therapy
  • Marriage/couples Counseling
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Brent Wainwright, LCMHC — Therapist

Brent Wainwright received his Bachelors degree from the University of Utah and his Masters degree from Brigham Young University.  He is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.  He spent the first 14 years of his career specializing in the treatment of sexual abuse.  Prior to his current workplace, he directed several offices for the Intermountain Specialized Abuse Treatment Center.  He is currently practicing full-time as a counselor, and concurrently as an administrator for a social service agency where he has been employed since 1998.

His counseling approach focuses on instilling hope and clarity by helping individuals recognize their full self-worth through eliminating negative thought patterns, breaking self-defeating behavioral cycles, and empowering individuals to make healthy life choices. Brent also focuses on helping individuals develop effective communication and problem-solving skills.

Brent works with individuals (adolescents and adults), couples and families.

Areas of specific interest include:

  • Marriage
  • Relationships
  • Infidelity and affairs
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Pornography addiction
  • Adults molested as children
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Parenting
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Spencer Hinckley, CSW — Therapist

Spencer Hinckley is a Certified Social Worker, receiving his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah.  Spencer found his passion for helping those with mental and emotional distress when he worked for the non-profit National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  While working at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute, Spencer gained an appreciation for the efficacy of treatment and a strong belief in the power of healing.  He completed a degree in sociology from Brigham Young University.

Spencer uses a variety of approaches to help clients gain hope and healing, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  When working with couples, Spencer utilizes Emotion-Focused Therapy, an evidenced-based method that helps couples increase trust and gain emotional closeness.

Spencer believes that each individual has the ability to heal and gain greater peace and happiness.  Working with individuals to identify their strengths, he helps his clients gain the confidence to move forward and embrace life more fully.

Specific Areas of Interest include:

  • Social Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship distress
  • Family discord
  • Pornography addiction
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Emotional stress
  • Post-divorce distress
  • Parenting difficulties
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Nancy Pratt, ACMHC — Therapist

Nancy earned her Masters of Clinical Mental Health from Westminster College, where studies included a psychodynamic perspective as well as behavioral training. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.
Nancy believes that relationships have the most significant impact on happy and healthy living, and that working to improve relationships is both the hardest and most worthwhile effort one can make.  Her developmental perspective is based in attachment work, or starting at ground zero to learn trust. With over 10 years experience working with children in school settings, she strongly believes that children best understand the world around them through play. She also believes in the inherent power of family involvement and when working with children, strives to build positive working relationships with parents as well.

In her own time, Nancy is a musician, teacher, and self-proclaimed Scrabble champion. She also speaks French fluently.

Specific Areas of Interest Include:

  • Child and adolescent therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Marriage/couples counseling
  • Communication skills
  • Addiction Recovery and Relapse Prevention
  • Anxiety
  • Autism support
Penny Bergeron

Penny Bergeron, LCSW — Therapist

Penny Bergeron is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with children, teenagers, and adults in a variety of settings, including outpatient and residential treatment centers.  She has worked with individuals and families struggling with drug addictions, as well as children, teenagers, and adults who have been sexually abused.  In addition, she has worked extensively with teenage girls who suffer from depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, drug addiction, PTSD, and suicidal ideation.

Penny graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Women’s Studies.  She continued her schooling at BYU, graduating with a Masters in Social Work.  She uses Cognitive Therapy to help clients redirect their thinking patterns and works with her clients to help them discover answers to the challenges they are facing. She is friendly and understanding and enjoys making people feel comfortable in a therapeutic environment.

Penny enjoys water activities, being outside and playing games.  She has been married for ten years and has two beautiful daughters.

Treatment Specialties include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sex abuse victims
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Drug addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Self Harm/Suicidal Ideation
Alicia

Alicia Bott, LCSW – Therapist

Alicia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about helping clients find healing by working with them to clear out ineffective behavioral patterns, internalized stories and beliefs, and by helping clients embrace what does work for them. She seeks to help clients tap into the power they have within themselves to change their lives for the better. Her clinical experience has taught her that people have their own answers, and her purpose as a therapist is to assist clients in unlocking these answers and using them to move their lives in a positive direction. In her work with clients, she will use research-based methods and tools to help them identify triggers for unhealthy behaviors, redirect thinking errors, and learn positive coping skills to enhance their well-being.

Alicia earned her Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Social Work from the University of Utah. She has worked with families, couples, individuals, and children in both residential and outpatient settings. Most recently, she has been assisting men and women dealing with substance abuse issues and helping them reach their goals of long-term sobriety.