ROBERT REED, LPC/LCMHC
Phone: 888-801-1556 x101
Prior to my life with Christ, I was
headed in a destructive direction. My
life was consumed by addictions-specifically alcohol, marijuana and sex. I had no identity apart from this. I attended college as an animal
science/wildlife major, but my main focus was to support my addictions. This continued to be more apparent the longer
I stayed in college, but my response was to ignore the problem and feed the
addiction. I had moved far away from
whatever knowledge I had of God because I perceived that
living right was the only way to reach Christ and I could not live up to that.
After seven years in college and enslavement to myself, God
began to reveal himself to me in areas of my weakness that I was no longer able
to mask over. He led me to study
Scripture and to fellowship with other believers. This began a transformation
in my life that I had never imagined. Within
a few months I was miraculously free of the addictions and was discovering a
new identity in Christ. He quickly began
to speak to my heart about working with people, and He was patient in walking
me through my own struggles in this area.
A year and a half later He called me into counseling specifically and I
followed. This journey has been magnificent
and I could not imagine doing anything else.
I am a licensed professional counselor. I consider my efforts as a counselor
inadequate apart from the grace and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have
been called into this ministry and I am blessed and humbled to go to work each
day and see Christ working in people’s lives in a very intimate way. I earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology
at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in 2004.
I have maintained a private practice since 2007 in Stephenville,
TX. I have worked with both inpatient and outpatient facilities including
Adapt of Texas, Counseling Center of Ellis County, Summer Sky Inc., and
Christian Counseling Centers of Utah. At these facilities, I worked with
severe mental illnesses (anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar, and
schizophrenia), addictions (sexual, drug, alcohol, etc.), duel diagnoses, and
also counseled with families of these individuals. I currently work with
individuals, families, and couples in broad range of interpersonal and
psychological issues. I work with the client to seek how God's
unconditional love and His indisputable grace through Jesus Christ impacts
their personal situation and their everyday life.
I began counseling in Utah November 2011, just three months
after the Lord placed on my heart and my wife’s heart that he was leading us to
the Wasatch Valley area. My special
interests include spiritual/faith related issues, depression, anxiety, various
addictions (including alcohol, substance and sexual,) dual diagnosis, lack of
self-worth and legalism, struggles with anger and/or bitterness, post-traumatic
stress disorder, bipolar, and life transition issues. General practice areas
include adults and adolescents in individual, couple/marriage, and family
I have been blessed with a wonderful wife, since
2001, and a precious daughter, since 2007.We are looking forward to many more
years of life together. We enjoy the
outdoors including hiking, camping, fishing and archery-and we have been adding
various winter sports to this list.
STEVE EVANS, MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING STUDENT INTERN
Phone: 888-801-1556 x301
I was fortunate enough to be raised by two loving parents
that put Jesus Christ first in their lives, and spent a lifetime serving
Him. I excepted Jesus Christ as my
personal Savior at an early age, and followed Christ well into my teenage
years. As with many adolescences do, I myself began to drift away from my
relationship with Jesus and follow worldly passions which led me down a path of
destruction. I soon found myself addicted to chemicals. At the age of twenty-three I knew my life
was going nowhere and decided to join the U.S. Navy. My intention was that the military would
provide enough discipline that I would clean my act up; however, during this
time, a sailors thought process was if you work hard, you need to play hard and
alcohol became my favorite extracurricular activity.
At the age of twenty-eight I began hearing God speaking to
me, and I soon entered into recovery from alcohol. While at meetings I would here people speak
about a higher power and how this higher power provided strength and a path to
recovery. The only higher power that I ever knew was God the Father, God the
Son, and God the Spirit, and I soon began praying again for the first time in
many years. I wish I could say that I quickly turned my life around and began a
close walk with God; however, it was a few years later that this happened. It wasn’t until I endured a divorce that I
found myself in a church fully reaching out to the Father.
After about a year in recovery I had volunteered to serve as
a Command Drug and Alcohol Advisor, and served in this capacity for over
fourteen years while in the military. During that time, I often wondered if
this was a path that God had chosen for me, but it was not until after I
retired from the military and was working as a substance abuse counselor that
God’s calling became clear. I hesitated for a few years before deciding to
complete a Bachelor of Science in psychology through the University of Phoenix,
and immediately entering in the graduate program for clinical mental health
counseling. I have been in school now
for the last 6 years, and currently in the final year which is the process of
completing an internship with Grace and Peace Christian Counseling (GPCC). I am humbled to be serving with Robert Reed
at GPCC, since this is exactly the vision that God had laid upon my heart many
I have 19 years’ experience working with people that suffer
from a variety of addictions, and while working with this population I have
encountered numerous people that were dually diagnosed; however, I have never
until now been able to provide services for both diagnoses. While providing
counseling I encourage the use of prayer, biblical scriptures, and inviting
Christ into the process. In doing this I
believe that true healing can happen.
Since mental health counseling is a new arena for myself I
am open to working with all patients that have the desire overcome mental
health, behavior health, and spiritual health problems. I enjoy working with adolescences, adults,
and couples. I believe that therapy is a
learning process for both the client and the counselor, and will dedicate
myself to each and every person that I work with.
I am blessed to have a wonderful wife that dedicates her
life to her first love, and that is Jesus Christ. I have 4 wonderful adult
children and 3 grandchildren. I enjoy many outdoor activities; such as cycling,
hiking, kayaking, fishing, and surfing when a trip to the beach is
convenient. I am originally from
Tennessee, but spent most of my childhood and adult life in San Diego California.
I really believe that God has called me to Utah to serve Him in what He has
been calling me to do for so long.
At a young age, my mother and I relocated to Utah following her second divorce. Growing up in a small town in Northern Utah afforded me a much different childhood than I would have likely experienced in California. I had opportunities for growth and learning and my fingertips, and a safe community that made me proud to call Utah home. My mother married for a third time, and had my little sister when I was 11 years old. Throughout my late childhood and adolescence, I spent summers and Christmas vacations visiting family in a small mountain town in Washington State. Over the years, I watched as members of my dad’s family became involved in drugs, heavy alcohol use, and criminal activity. Each year, the family seemed to lose more of its cohesiveness and eventually crumbled apart.
The foundation of my family was shaken first, by the loss of my grandmother to a diabetes-related stroke, and later by the loss of my grandfather to old age. Members of my family became concerned with their share of estates and getting their hands on pieces of property, rather than with coming together and supporting one another through difficult times. I have seen my father become embittered toward his siblings and their children, isolating himself from them completely. This isolation created fertile ground for my father’s depression when, in April 2013, one of my older brothers was shot and killed in an alcohol-related incident. In addition, my oldest brother has been a slave to methamphetamine addiction for nearly fifteen years. And I have seen the affect that this had on his family. I experienced a much different form of grief as I lost my brother to his addiction than I felt when family members had passed away.
Yet, God has promised me that He will redeem my family. He has promised to build in me a new family line, established in His name. I have seen what sin and corruption can do to a family, and thus, I love families wholeheartedly. At every juncture, I do all that I can to pray for and support families and individuals with all types of needs. This is something that I genuinely believe God has put on my heart, to love and serve people well, including my own family. I have seen members of my family lay down their former ways and give their lives to Christ. These transformations could only be the work of a loving Father.
Growing up, my mother always took me to church, but neither of us really understood why we were there. At the age of 19, I began attending a small church led by my former youth pastor. One Sunday morning in 2007, my mom and I both gave our lives to Christ for the first time. Since that day, I have wrestled with God over the strongholds in my life and the losses I have experienced. I have walked through nearly ten years of my own unique process of sanctification, studying and growing in genuine relationship with God. I have experienced rich seasons of spiritual growth and dry, desolate seasons where God provides growth as only He can.
I attended Weber State University in Ogden, Utah for my undergraduate studies, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Family Studies. After a short break from school, I felt called to attend a Christian university for graduate school in counseling. I graduated with my Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University after three years of constant coursework and study. I currently hold a license as an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor with the State of Utah as I work to accrue clinical hours in order to achieve full licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I recently completed my first Doctorate-level course in cognitive behavioral therapy, and plan to pursue my PhD in Clinical Psychology once I feel I have gotten an adequate amount of practical experience under my belt.
I use evidenced-based treatments rooted primarily in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help individuals, couples, and families of varying compositions, work through the challenges set before them. I work with a variety of life difficulties and mental health concerns, including family conflict, self-harm, trauma, and addiction. Particular areas of interest for me include depression, chronic depression, anxiety, frustrated family dynamics, and loss. I am well versed and equipped in approaching matters of spirituality from a Christian worldview perspective, although I welcome clients from all walks of life and enjoy tackling life’s obstacles from the unique viewpoint of each individual.
For several decades, CBT has shown that mental disorders are maintained by maladaptive and dysfunctional thinking. By looking at disruptive patterns of thinking and beliefs about oneself and one’s own thoughts, about others, and about the world, we begin to build the capacity to think accurately at times when it may be difficult to do so. One of the primary ways to change thinking is to intentionally act differently. Replacing negative, unhelpful behaviors with carefully planned healthy alternatives, leads to behavioral changes and new ways of thinking that reach deep into every area of life. I strive to create a comfortable, collaborative atmosphere with clients where trust will never lack its confidence and genuine relationship can be established. I look forward to meeting with you.
Current Areas of Study & Training
· Metacognitive Therapy
· Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
— Romans 12:2
“Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.”