Director of Counseling Center
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Leah Harter has worked in the private practice setting as a licensed counselor since 2000. Her specialties are trauma, anxiety, depression, suicide prevention, relationship problems, grief, low self-esteem, conflict management, anger, boundaries, forgiveness, premarital couples and women’s issues. In addition, she supervises practicum and internship students as well as therapists working towards licensure. Finally she has taught as an adjunct psychology professor at Westminster College and the University of Phoenix.
Leah received a B.A. in Christian Education from Wheaton College and a Masters in Counseling and Youth and Family Ministries from Denver Seminary in 1997.
In addition to talk therapy, Leah is a Master Practitioner in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and has specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. ART is an evidence-based approach that helps individuals reconsolidate traumatic memories so they no longer elicit strong emotional or physical responses. This allows thoughts to change naturally and enables individuals to experience post-traumatic growth. ART therapy can be helpful for depression, anxiety, trauma, and any distressing feelings or scenes. ART is a new therapy to Utah, but not to the greater United States, and is shown to achieve benefits much more rapidly than traditional talk therapy (usually within 1-5 sessions). More information about ART can be found here.
EMDR is a method of psychotherapy that has been widely researched as an effective method of treatment for trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and disturbing memories. EMDR can also be effective in treating anxiety. EMDR is an integrative psychotherapeutic approach that assists an individual to process memories and promote emotional healing. Click here for a video that explains more about EMDR.
Leah conducts seminars and workshops on trauma, suicide prevention, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, marriage, parenting, self-esteem, managing stress, and boundaries for both teen and adult audiences.
Areas of Specialty
- Individual adults, families, and adolescents
- Trauma, anxiety, and depression
- Relationship problems
- Stress & grief
- Women’s issues
- Premarital counseling
- Group training on suicide prevention
- Accelerated Resolution Therapy
Private pay or scholarships available.
- BlueCross and/or BlueShield
- EMI Health
- University of Utah Health Plan
- UNI – Behavioral Health Network
- Health Utah Network
- Blomquist Hale
- Direct Care Administrators
- Prevedence and Hope for Heroes
Please contact your insurance company prior to your first session to verify your coverage.
435-649-2260 ext 1