Welcome to Riverwoods!
Our Psychotherapy Model
I believe that we all have room in our lives for personal growth and change. Therapy starts with our strengths rather than weaknesses, belief systems not sickness. This allows us to build on the positive to bridge the gap between where we are and where we want to be.
At Riverwoods Behavioral Health we are dedicated to providing personalized, effective assessment as well as individual, marital, family and addictions counseling. The primary focus of our therapy is to provide treatment based on positive psychological concepts wherein the individual or family focuses on strengths and changing belief systems rather than on pathology or sickness.
I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah and have been in private practice for many years. I specialize in working with couples, individuals, and families. I teach graduate-level Positive Psychology courses at the University of Utah and engage in the research and development of new psychological instruments, including the Opioid Abuse Risk Screener. As a positive psychologist and counselor, I believe in focusing on human strengths instead of pathology. I strive to help every individual see themselves in a more positive light, enhance their well-being, and live life to the fullest.
Therapy at Riverwoods
- Individuals, Couples, & Families
- Addiction Counseling
- Depression, Anxiety, & Stress
- Chronic Illness & Pain
Hi, I'm Martha Johnson
I am a certified social worker in residence for clinical licensure with Riverwoods Behavioral Health. I also hold a master's degree in sociology and a bachelor's degree in health sciences, English, and education from Brigham Young University. I've become a mental health clinician to follow my passion for helping others discover and be their best selves, which, I believe, is the foundation for creating fulfilling, satisfying relationships. As a therapist I follow a strengths-based biopsychosocialspiritual approach to assisting clients in creating a well-balanced, authentically happy life.
Hi, I'm Joanna Kilgore
I received my Master of Social Work degree from the University of New England, and my bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in the field of Marriage, Family, and Human Development. Nothing is more satisfying to me than seeing individuals and families thrive, and I believe this is accomplished through the application of sound, strengths-based principles of mental, emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual health. My belief in the power of a positive, whole-being approach stems from witnessing its effectiveness in a breadth of settings including mental health settings, hospice, corrections systems, school-based counseling, and grief work. I am in residence for clinical licensure with Riverwoods Behavioral Health, and specialize in working with individuals of all ages, couples, and families. I love spending time with my husband, children, and extended family, and am particularly happy doing a puzzle, hiking, or baking bread.
Is Therapy Right For Me?
Everyone has room to make personal growth, areas for improvement, habits they could change, relationships that could be stronger, and insight and self awareness to gain. Everyone can benefit from psychotherapy. Although psychotherapy can benefit all people, there are some times in life where it may be especially helpful. People often consider some form of psychotherapy after a major life event or when they feel their life is “stuck” or “out of control.”
How Does Therapy Help?
When you have experienced a major life event or are working through a transition period, these events can often evoke stress and negative emotions; psychotherapy can help you to process and explore what you are feeling, assess your goals, and move forward. When you have lost self confidence/esteem or feel that your life has lost its meaning and excitement, these losses have a significant impact on your overall happiness and contentment with life. Psychotherapy can help you to regain confidence in yourself and others, assess what is important to you, and reignite your passion for life.
Therapy and Relationships
When you feel important relationships are strained, unsatisfying or causing you distress, therapy can help you to evaluate all aspects the relationship from a nonjudgmental and unbiased perspective, improve communication skills, encourage honesty and openness, and promote a healthy reconnection with those you care about.
When you become aware of bad habits or patterns of behavior that produce unwanted results, psychotherapy can help you to explore the origin of these as well as your motivations for continuing these behaviors and your reasons for seeking to change them. When we feel we are acting productively, caring for ourselves and others, and working toward positive changes we experience increased happiness and life satisfaction.