Alison Wheatley, L.C.S.W.

Alison Wheatley, L.C.S.W.


I believe in the power of a strong therapeutic relationship and the inherent resilience and strength each person holds. I work from a trauma-informed perspective, understanding that life experiences shape and impact who we are and how we function immensely. Over time and through these various life experiences, many of us develop maladaptive coping strategies and unhelpful thinking patterns, and we sometimes lose sight of our inherent self-worth and resilience. Many people feel alone and hopeless, and it is my priority to support those I work with in realizing they are not alone, they are strong, and they are cared for and worthwhile. I hope to help my clients tap into support systems around them and to recognize their own strength, ability, and worth. The mind is powerful, and through mindfulness, thoughtful discipline and therapeutic intervention, each of us has the skills to correct and redirect unhelpful thinking patterns and destructive behaviors. It is never too late to have a fresh start in finding meaning and connection, and creating a life worth living. I genuinely care for the individuals I work with, and can be relied on to show warmth, empathy, and understanding throughout our work together. It is important to me that my clients feel heard, cared for, and respected as we work together as equals to solve problems, implement changes, and create an improved sense of self and contentment with life.

Education and Licensure

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Master of Social Work, Child Welfare emphasis, The University of Utah, 2015
Bachelor of Social Work, The University of Utah, 2013

Clinical Experience

My interest in counseling started as a young adolescent, when I realized how much I enjoyed connecting with and helping those around me. I was often the friend my friends went to for help with something, which gave me a strong sense of purpose and fulfillment when I could provide support or a listening ear. I started my journey in the mental health field during high school, when I completed an internship at a residential treatment center for teenage girls. I loved my work there, and knew I wanted to continue down that path. While completing my undergraduate and graduate studies in the field of social work, I continued work in residential treatment centers for adolescent females, providing support and safety for the young ladies that resided there, having many opportunities to mentor several of them in one-on-one settings. I also learned and practiced strong crisis intervention skills in this setting. I completed an undergraduate internship in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, creating and implementing social services for aging adults and babies with disabilities in disadvantaged living circumstances. Through my graduate studies, I completed an internship as a school social worker in a Title I elementary school, working primarily with refugee and lower-income families and students. I completed a second internship working in the outpatient setting, providing individual and group therapy to court-ordered adolescent and adult males with sex offenses. My undergraduate and graduate experiences were diverse, and rich with learning and growth.

Since completing my studies, I have had the fortunate opportunity to work in a few different settings, continuing to gain diverse experience and knowledge. I have provided individual, family, and group therapy to children ages 3-17 in the outpatient setting at Valley Behavior Health, Children’s Outpatient Services. At the Girls Transition Center, through the University Neuropsychiatric Institute, I provided therapy and case management services to an acute and unique population of adolescent females in the custody of the state, placed in residential treatment. Lastly, I have done therapeutic work at the partial hospitalization level of care, at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute’s Teenscope South Day Treatment program.

Much of my work has been with adolescents experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and other adverse life experiences. Through the many clinical settings I have worked in, I have developed strong clinical skills, the ability de-escalate crises effectively, and tools to build meaningful therapeutic rapport with a variety of individuals and presenting problems.

Area of Specialty

Helping People With

Grief/Bereavement & Loss
LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy
Life Transitions
Maladaptive Coping Skills
Parenting Issues
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Relationship Conflict/Strengthening Healthy Relationships
Self Esteem
Self Harm/Parasuicidal Behaviors
Sexual Trauma
Social Anxiety
Suicidal Ideation
Teen Issues
Trauma & Abuse

Trained In

Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Processing Therapy
Crisis Intervention
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
Client-Centered Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy

Ages Served