W. Christopher Tolen, Psy.D. President and Founder
Chris has been working with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families since 1991. He has worked with teens involved in gang activity in Los Angeles, with victims of crime, and with youth who were incarcerated in the Illinois Department of Corrections. He has also worked extensively with adolescents, young adults, and families in his private practice, in residential treatment centers, and in wilderness programs, where he provides individual, family, and group therapy and administers extensive psychological and psycho-sexual evaluations. He has helped many families throughout the nation assess and treat multiple disorders and addictions. After tens of thousands of hours of intervention and assessment, Chris developed a very unique model and curriculum for youth and adults returning home from residential and/or wilderness treatment that has caught the attention of therapists, education consultants, and parents nationwide.
Currently, Chris is the Testing Director for RedCliff Ascent wilderness program. For years, he has been completing psychological and psychosexual evaluations in wilderness programs, residential treatment centers, homes, and hospitals across the country. He is skilled at assessing aptitude, personality, academic issues, neuropsychological concerns, vocation, and utilizing projective, and psychosexual measures.
Chris is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and completed his graduate training at Pepperdine University and The California School of Professional Psychology, earning two master’s degrees and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. He is an expert in aftercare and transition and has presented his work on relapse prevention at national and regional conferences including NATSAP and IECA, regional school conferences, and parent training conferences in Illinois and California. During his spare time, he provides psychological evaluations to individuals in wilderness and residential treatment programs across the country.
On a personal note, Chris, and his wife have been married since 1994 and together they live in Pleasant Grove, Utah with their four children. He enjoys coaching his sons’ little league teams and taking his children on fishing expeditions. He’s an avid BYU fan and during the fall season, you’re likely to find him in the LaVell Edwards stadium, cheering the BYU Cougar football team on to victory.
Alan Kaplan, Psy.D.Aftercare Clinician
Alan D. Kaplan, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist. He is a graduate of the Pace University School-Child Clinical Psychology Program and the CUNY Brooklyn College School Psychology Program. Dr. Kaplan has over 20 years experience in treating children and adolescents in a variety of clinical settings including hospital, residential, school and outpatient practice. For the past year, Dr. Kaplan has been working with the Redwood Grove Transitional program and applying the wraparound strategies embodied in the program to foster successful transition home to adolescents discharged from residential settings. Dr. Kaplan also does marketing in the Eastern Region and is available for meetings and presentations on topics in child and adolescent issues.
Dr. Kaplan is married to Robin, a clinical social worker. He is the proud father of three daughters. His interests include yoga, triathlon, basketball, and economics.
Alicia Acey, Ph. D.Aftercare Clinician
Dr. Acey is a Licensed Psychologist. She has earned both Master of Arts (MA), and Psychological Specialist (Psy.S.) graduate degrees in Clinical Psychology and Education. Dr. Acey completed her doctoral studies achieving a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a sub-field in Education from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati Ohio. She has completed two graduate-level studies focused on parent-child relationships.
Dr. Acey has been in clinical practice for over 15 years providing individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults, She has received advanced training in the assessment and treatment of the assessment of adults, adolescents and children with attention deficit disorders and learning disabilities. Additionally, Dr. Acey has been employed as a Psychological Consultant at a middle/high school for exceptional children and a graduate level professor.
Dr. Acey has been married to her husband Adam for 13-years. They have 3 young children which include a set of twins. She continues to enhance her extensive and diverse professional knowledge by seeking new learning experiences such as attending professional conferences and trainings.
Chris Fulton, Ph. D.Aftercare Clinician
Dr. Christopher Fulton is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been in private practice since 1994. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology. Dr. Fulton has clinical training and experience in a variety of settings, including a community counseling center, a psychiatric hospital, a college counseling center, several school sites and private practice. In addition, Dr. Fulton has authored a chapter in a book on gangs and has presented seminars on childhood and general psychology to schools, national organizations and educational specialists, and provides consultation and ongoing therapy for children, adolescents and adults. He conducts group, individual, couples and family therapy, and works with a variety of childhood disorders, including adjustment disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant and other emotional-behavioral disorders. Utilizing research-supported methods in treatment, Dr. Fulton’s approach to therapy involves a combination of cognitive-behavioral, family systems and interpersonal interventions. His style of therapy is candid yet approachable. He involves parents to establish a team approach to treatment.
Lief Noll, Ph. D.Aftercare Clinician
Lief Noll, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, He is a director of DeepLink Consulting, LLC, providing relationship education workshops and coaching for couples and fathers. He is the co-author of PREP’s Fatherhood Curriculum, On My Shoulders, and Within Our Reach, a marriage curriculum for low-income couples. He is a PREP master trainer and has provided technical assistance in staff development and facilitation skills in a federally funded healthy marriage project. In addition, he trains Army chaplains at home and abroad in the PREP for Strong Bonds program. He has volunteered in Cincinnati area fatherhood programs for many years. He earned his B.A. at the University of Denver and has a Master’s degree in Theology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Noll is the proud father of two beautiful daughters.
Rob Slavis, LCSWAftercare Clinician
Rob is a licensed psychotherapist with 10+ years of work experience providing counseling and psychosocial support to children, adolescents, adults, and families. This experience includes psychotherapy, school & medical social work, and crisis intervention. Rob has specific expertise in depression and anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/ADD, bipolar disorder, grief & loss, conflict resolution, conflict resolution, behavioral intervention, marriage & family therapy, and academic advisement. His clinical philosophy is that the best therapies identify a person’s strengths, and work with those strengths to help clients feel more confident in making positive life decisions. He honors the importance of creating and maintaining a trusting relationship in order to cultivate one’s personal growth, healthy coping practices, and the ability to adapt to the transitions of everyday life.
Paul Renn, LCPCAftercare Clinician
Paul Renn, LCPC, has been working in the human service field for close to thirty years. He is a licensed counselor in two states. He also has been a National Certified Counselor since 1994. Paul has experience working with families, from young children to geriatric clients. He has considerable experience working with Autism in family situations, primarily with younger children. He has worked extensively with chronic and severely mentally ill clients. Paul utilizes a cognitive-behavioral style of therapy, which empowers clients to learn how to have their thoughts guide their actions, rather than to have their actions determine what their thinking and interaction styles will be. Believing that everybody has the capacity to change allows the use of a strengths-based approach to counseling. Lastly, there is a distinct place for spiritual values in counseling for those clients who regard these values as important part of their life.
Cynthia Reinhart, LPCCAftercare Clinician
Cynthia Reinhart is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. For 15 years she was employed in a variety of community mental health agencies, including a day treatment program for the mentally ill, and an agency serving sexually abused teens, younger children, and their parents. She has also conducted parenting skills workshops, stress management and self-esteem improvement groups for children, and Kids In Divorce Situations groups.
She has been in private practice since 1998, working with adults, adolescents and children, utilizing individual, couple, family, and play therapy. Typical problem areas include depression; anxiety; relationship problems; trauma and abuse; ADHD; behavior problems; stress and anger management. She takes an eclectic approach to therapy, believing it is best to tailor treatment to the specific issue and individual involved. Because she finds it of benefit to many clients, she frequently uses cognitive behavioral strategies, education about mental health related issues, and a goal-oriented focus.
She has been happily married for over 25 years and has two college-age children. She enjoys reading (especially science fiction), photography, gardening, cycling, hiking, and travel.
Bruce Hugunin, LMHPAftercare Clinician
Bruce graduated from the University of Kansas. Before starting A Better Way Therapy, Bruce was a Director for outpatient services at a behavioral health company and also worked for several places including Boys Town and Alegent Health Hospital. Bruce works with all types of clients and also does CD evaluations. He does anger management and CD Counseling, teaches parenting skills, and works with thinking errors. He’s on the following panels: BC/BS’s Blue Classic & Blue Preferred, Midlands Choice, Aetna, Cigna, Teamcare, and Tricare. Bruce is also credentialed by Medicaid and Magellan.
John Schinnerer, Ph. D.Aftercare Clinician
After suffering through his own anger, anxiety and depression, John spent the past 20 years mastering the latest tools to go from emotionally challenged to emotional expert.
John Schinnerer, Ph.D., provides you with scientifically supported coaching and organizational consulting to make the most of your personal and professional potential. With a Ph.D. in educational psychology, John Schinnerer, has distilled the very best of research-based tools and methods to help clients overcome anxiety, and anger and move towards a happy, contented and purposeful life.
John Schinnerer is a nationally recognized speaker and an award-winning author. He has been on stage or on air with Lt. Governor John Garamendi, Olympic medalist Paul Kingsman, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dan Millman, Dr. Fred Luskin from Stanford, and Dr. Jonathan Haidt from the University of Virginia. He has worked with companies such as UPS, McQuay International, Schreiber Foods, Kaiser Permanente, and Sutter Health.
His blog on positive psychology, Shrunken Mind, has been named the top positive psychology blog on the web by PostRank. The Daily Reviewer named Shrunken Mind one of the Top 100 Blogs on the internet. His latest blog is on proven tools for teaching real people really effective anger management skills and is located at Free Online Anger Management Class.
John Schinnerer has hosted over 200 radio shows during prime time in the San Francisco Bay Area on positive psychology and self-improvement. He has authored numerous articles. His first book “Guide To Self: The Beginner’s Guide To Managing Emotion and Thought” was named ‘Best Self-Help Book of 2007.’ He has been a coach, executive, and psychologist for over 10 years.
His areas of expertise range from anger management, anxiety management, to overcoming fear to ethical and moral development to parenting. He is a noted writer and speaker on topics such as positive psychology, emotional intelligence, optimizing brain functioning, and creating a healthy and efficient workplace.
Matthew Whalen, M.Ed., LPC Aftercare Clinician
Matthew Whalen is a Licensed Professional Counselor whose training and experience have given him the opportunity to help many individuals, couples and families restore balance and overcome life’s obstacles.
Matthew works as an independent counselor providing quality care for adolescents, adults, couples and families seeking help in navigating the storms of life. He also works as a marriage consultant providing one on one marriage intensives for couples struggling with conflict resolution, communication, intimacy and any other marriage issue that arises.
Matthew has a wide array of experience with helping individuals, couples and families develop the skills necessary to successfully overcome challenges surrounding interpersonal communication, relational intimacy, work/life balance, forgiveness, conflict resolution, anger management and chemical/alcohol dependency and addiction.
Matthew’s background as a Junior High and High School counselor also gives him a wealth of experience from which to draw when working with families and adolescents. Matthew’s ability to quickly build client rapport and a collaborative environment, work to set the tone necessary for productive interaction. His ultimate goal is to empower his clients to make positive life changes while renewing their hope and confidence in their own ability to achieve a healthy and fun balance in all aspects of their life.
Matthew and his family currently reside in Houston, Texas where they settled after graduating from the University of Colorado. Matthew received his Masters in counseling at Sam Houston State University and his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Colorado.
Steven Reisler, Psy.D., P.A. Aftercare Clinician
Dr. Reisler graduated with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and completed his internship at University of Missouri-Columbia’s Counseling Center. He has training and experience in a number of areas including individual, marital/couples, and group therapies for adolescents and adults. He has extensive experience working with elderly populations and aging concerns. He has specialized training in stress management and the treatment of anxiety disorders. Other areas of training include depression management, bereavement, existential concerns, working with adolescent sex offenders, psychological concerns related to health issues, and personality assessment. His current main clinical focuses are in the areas of psychogerontology, health psychology, Men’s psychology and helping people adjust to life changes. Dr. Reisler was previously an adjunct professor and taught such classes as, Introduction to Psychology, Strategies for Success, and Critical Thinking. In addition, Dr. Reisler has lectured and taught courses on psychological statistics, personality assessment, psychological report writing, as well as supervising the clinical training of Master’s and Doctoral level students. He has conducted numerous workshops and consulted with various University departments. Dr. Reisler is a Licensed Psychologist in Florida. You can view his website at: www.DrStevenReisler.com
Daniel Frank, M.A., LPC Aftercare Clinician
Daniel Frank achieved his Master’s Degree in 2000 in Counseling. Since 1995, he has worked with adolescents in a variety of settings including inpatient hospital units as well as residential settings and an alternative middle and high school for struggling teenagers.
Daniel is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He enjoys working with adolescents and finds the partnership with teens and families rewarding. He believes that counseling can be an effective tool to assist individuals and families with the struggles that they experience. Daniel is passionate about counseling. Autism Spectrum Disorders, specifically Asperger’s Syndrome, is where most of Daniel’s experience lies. Daniel understands the complexities of this diagnosis and is dedicated to not only educate clients and families about the diagnosis but to assure the clients that they can lead healthy, successful, purposeful lives with Asperger Syndrome.
Daniel has had numerous trainings that have supplemented his ability to work more effectively with adolescents.
Daniel is a Certified Trainer from the Crisis Prevention Institute, a non-violent crisis prevention approach that utilizes verbal techniques to avoid escalation or further crisis. He also has extensive training with the LGBTQ community.
Daniel’s view on therapy:
Daniel believes that therapy is a partnership with the client. He is dedicated to the partnership with individuals and families. He strives to resolve crises and find solutions to the struggles that his clients may be experiencing.
Entering therapy can be a risk that Daniel understands. He will work with you in a safe, confidential, caring environment to address your needs. Daniel feels that you can work together to get things back to where you want them and to achieve your goals for a healthier future.
Jennifer Lowe, MFT, ATR-BC Aftercare Clinician
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and board certified clinical art therapist. I earned my masters degree in marriage and family therapy and clinical art therapy in 1996. I served as a trainee in both intensive day treatment and inpatient psychiatric programs that specialized in children and adolescents. I also received training at the HELP group working intensively with severely emotionally disturbed children, adolescents, and their families. Following graduation, I began my work with non-profit mental health. I was part of a team that founded a school based intensive day treatment program, and founded the clinical art therapy component of the program. For the past decade, I have been the program director for the day treatment intensive program. In addition to my formal education, I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their families with a variety of social, emotional and behavioral difficulties in the home, school and community environments.
My treatment approach is to help families improve their challenges and life transitions. I work to build authentic and trusting relationships with each individual and family that I work with. I take a comprehensive approach to working with children and their parents as a whole. I incorporate creativity through self-expression while working toward solution focused results.
Specialized training in evidenced-based practices including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) for pre-school through 6th grade. CORS, and Aggression Replacement Training. Jennifer is approved to supervise MFT trainees by the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.