“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with
another.”– Thomas Merton
About Courtland Tapp
The start of my educational and professional journey began at Utah Valley University in 2016 where I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology. While working on my bachelors, I served in many roles at Encircle, which is an LGBTQ+ resource center. While there, I was able to become much more involved in the community and in supporting queer issues.
I then began my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Utah in 2020. While working on my master’s, I served as a therapist at the Utah Community Mental Health Clinic. At the clinic, I was able to serve people from a wide range of identities as well as therapeutic concerns such as: Anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and faith transitions. During this time, I also worked at the University of Utah U-TTEC lab, providing therapeutic services for middle schoolers.
I bring what is known as a “person-centered” approach to therapy. This approach suggests that what is most beneficial in the therapeutic process is the connection between the client and therapist. At our core we all know what is best for us. In therapy, as a person feels heard, understood, and supported they begin to feel more secure. This security naturally begins to show up in all other areas of their life, they develop stronger supports outside of therapy and the need for therapy gradually phases out. Away from the office, I enjoy spending time with friends, trying new restaurants, hiking, lifting, and visiting national parks!
Since 2010 I have contracted my services with a medical drug and alcohol detox center and an addiction treatment facility. I was also recruited as the Clinical Director for a startup substance abuse residential treatment center (drug and alcohol rehab), where I created the clinical programming, authorization procedures to secure payment from insurance companies; and the policy and procedure for the day to day operations–including managing the patient medications. I also supervised all clinical and frontline staff. My most recent endeavor was to write and review all policy and procedure for several local residential treatment centers and take them through the steps necessary to receive Joint Commission accreditation.
I started my private practice in 2000 which is my main passion. In this, I am able to support people directly in getting well. I enjoy working with people individually and with their families in identifying unhealthy patterns and changing them. As part of this, I provide education about addiction and mental illness to individuals and families as well as church clergy, to strengthen the family and stop enabling and co-dependent actions, however well intentioned.
I also provide services as an interventionist, working with families to assist a loved one to receive treatment for substance abuse or process addictions, whether in residential care or outpatient groups. I am trained in the ARISE invitational intervention model; which has been clinically proven to be the most effective method for having an addicted person admit and complete treatment. I am also well connected to local substance abuse treatment programs, and network with a number of national referral sources to help people identify the most appropriate treatment program for the addicted person.