Phyllis Tronrud specializes in working with adolescents and young adults struggling with trauma, attachment, sexual and gender identities, oppositional defiance, anger and aggression, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and ADHD.
Phyllis has significant experience working with families in helping them understand unhealthy family dynamics and uses the family systems approach to promote change. Phyllis also has experience working with couples and school aged children. Her therapeutic approach is primarily person centered and focuses on treating clients with modalities that best fit the individual treatment needs. These other modalities include motivational interviewing, cognitive and behavioral therapies, DBT, and EMDR.
Phyllis has been working with adolescents since 2005. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2005 from Utah Valley State College where she studied Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Social Work. She completed her Master’s in Counseling at the University of Phoenix in 2007. Phyllis received her state licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in January 2010.
Phyllis began working with Neurotherapy and Trauma Center of Utah in January 2016. She is a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist, has been receiving on-going training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and received training in Psychodrama.
In addition to the on-going trainings, she has completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to work with trauma victims. She has also completed advanced training in EMDR focusing on childhood and adolescents, attachment, and complex trauma.
Outside of work, Phyllis enjoys spending most of her time with her four-year-old son playing Legos, puzzles, playdough, going to the park, etc. She also LOVES the outdoors and has recently experienced rock climbing in Moab, UT, and plans to continue pursuing this activity!
What Others Say About Phyllis
“Phyllis is exceptional at helping young adults and teenagers to establish positive identities. She uses a strengths-based focus to help teens build on their skills, rather than telling them what they do wrong. Many teens find her easy to talk to, but she also holds them accountable when they make poor choices.
“She is helpful with providing parents guidance on how to connect with their teenager or young adult and helping them provide fair rules and boundaries, while allowing them the freedom to still be a ‘normal’ teenager. She has helped many families improve their relationships and change from behaviors that included drug use, alcohol use, skipping or failing classes, and overall respect for adults and teachers.
“She is casual and fun to be around, but is firm in challenging teens to think about the long-term effects of their choices. She is an ally for parents but remains focused on the teenager. She is understanding and does not judge the teen or family but instead works on moving them forward to where they want to be.” ~ Casherie Bright
For a free consultation with Phyllis or any of our therapists, please call 801-855-7999 or use our contact form to schedule your consultation.
Read Phyllis’ article, “How to Stop My Child from Biting.”