people

Meet our team
Seth Geisler, LCSW

Seth Geisler, LCSW

Marketing Director | Therapist/Owner

Master of Social Work
Brigham Young University
Bio
Seth has worked with adolescents for 22 years in various capacities. He has been a gang prevention specialist, group leader for day treatment, therapist, and administrator for children and youth programs. Seth has worked as a therapist and administrator in outpatient settings, residential treatment, and community mental health and substance abuse programs. Getting out of town is Seth’s favorite free time event and he enjoys running amok in the mountains of Utah with his wife and four children.
Adam Poll, LMFT, LSAC

Adam Poll, LMFT, LSAC

Clinical Director | Therapist/Owner

Master in Marriage and Family Therapy
Utah State University
Bio
Adam has been working with youth for over 18 years. He has been both a Clinical Director and Program Director for an adolescent drug and alcohol residential treatment center. His focus is change within the whole family system. He thrives to find each client’s theory of change and help use his or her strengths to become healthier. He specializes in substance abuse, anger management, family issues and conduct disorder treatment.
Jordan L Larsen, Lcsw

Jordan L Larsen, Lcsw

Admission Director | Therapist/Owner

Master of Social Work
University of Utah
Bio
For the past 20 years, Jordan has been working extensively with adolescents and their families in various therapeutic settings and schools. His style is straightforward and he has a caring and insightful approach to therapy and his relationships with others. Jordan graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work. Throughout school, Jordan’s clinical experience included working with adolescents and adults involved in domestic violence, sexual perpetration and substance abuse. Prior to joining the Catalyst team, he was the Clinical Director at Academy at Canyon Creek (a clinical boarding school for adolescents), and prior to that, he was at Gateway Academy for 4 years and Lifeline adolescent Center in Salt Lake City for 5 years.
Bio
Seth has worked with adolescents for 22 years in various capacities. He has been a gang prevention specialist, group leader for day treatment, therapist, and administrator for children and youth programs. Seth has worked as a therapist and administrator in outpatient settings, residential treatment, and community mental health and substance abuse programs. Getting out of town is Seth’s favorite free time event and he enjoys running amok in the mountains of Utah with his wife and four children.
Bio
Adam has been working with youth for over 18 years. He has been both a Clinical Director and Program Director for an adolescent drug and alcohol residential treatment center. His focus is change within the whole family system. He thrives to find each client’s theory of change and help use his or her strengths to become healthier. He specializes in substance abuse, anger management, family issues and conduct disorder treatment.
Bio
For the past 20 years, Jordan has been working extensively with adolescents and their families in various therapeutic settings and schools. His style is straightforward and he has a caring and insightful approach to therapy and his relationships with others. Jordan graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work. Throughout school, Jordan’s clinical experience included working with adolescents and adults involved in domestic violence, sexual perpetration and substance abuse. Prior to joining the Catalyst team, he was the Clinical Director at Academy at Canyon Creek (a clinical boarding school for adolescents), and prior to that, he was at Gateway Academy for 4 years and Lifeline adolescent Center in Salt Lake City for 5 years.
Meghan Kunz, PMHNP

Meghan Kunz, PMHNP

Medical Director

University of South Alabama

Bio

Meghan graduated from University of South Alabama with Master of Science in Nursing specializing in Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified.  Prior to obtaining her graduate degree she worked in numerous other setting including a local jail and mental health center in Box Elder County for children, adolescents, and adults.  Meghan has always considered herself to be passionate about substance and mental health services.  Along with working for Catalyst she also has local private mental health care practice serving all ages.  Meghan believes in a conservative medication approach in this setting, ensuring treatment encompasses a holistic approach.  Meghan enjoys working closely with the parents of our students, and makes herself available for phone consultations on a frequent basis.  Meghan and her husband Josh live in Logan with their 2 children.  She enjoys spending time with her children and enjoys family activities.

Jo Mitchell

San Diego State University
Bio
Jo comes from a background in finance and banking. Working with people’s finances was a great responsibility that she took pride in everyday. That being said, she understands the gravity of working we these young men and how important they are to their families. “A young man’s placement can be the first step to effective treatment. It is important to me to look at all dimensions of our students to ensure that we are equipped to help them to the best of our abilities. Watching the change in these individuals has become such an amazing experience. Something happens with boys where it “just clicks” one-day ….and it is the most wonderful thing to witness. That, then initiates a chain reaction of therapeutic milestones. You watch them become young men before your eyes.”
Colleen Allie, LCSW

Colleen Allie, LCSW

Primary Therapist

Bachelor of Science
University of Utah

Master of Social Work
University of Denver

Bio
Colleen joined the Catalyst team in 2008 and brought 17 years of experience in working with adolecents in a variety of settings from outpatient therapy to residential treatment. Colleen specializes in treating addictive behaviors and difficulties related to attachment and adoption. Throughout Colleen’s career, she has been known for her caring, no-nonsense manner that enables her to get in the “student’s world” and connect with the families she serves. In her free time, Colleen enjoys being with her husband, daughter, and son in the great outdoors.
Bio

Meghan graduated from University of South Alabama with Master of Science in Nursing specializing in Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified.  Prior to obtaining her graduate degree she worked in numerous other setting including a local jail and mental health center in Box Elder County for children, adolescents, and adults.  Meghan has always considered herself to be passionate about substance and mental health services.  Along with working for Catalyst she also has local private mental health care practice serving all ages.  Meghan believes in a conservative medication approach in this setting, ensuring treatment encompasses a holistic approach.  Meghan enjoys working closely with the parents of our students, and makes herself available for phone consultations on a frequent basis.  Meghan and her husband Josh live in Logan with their 2 children.  She enjoys spending time with her children and enjoys family activities.

Bio
Jo comes from a background in finance and banking. Working with people’s finances was a great responsibility that she took pride in everyday. That being said, she understands the gravity of working we these young men and how important they are to their families. “A young man’s placement can be the first step to effective treatment. It is important to me to look at all dimensions of our students to ensure that we are equipped to help them to the best of our abilities. Watching the change in these individuals has become such an amazing experience. Something happens with boys where it “just clicks” one-day ….and it is the most wonderful thing to witness. That, then initiates a chain reaction of therapeutic milestones. You watch them become young men before your eyes.”
Bio
Colleen joined the Catalyst team in 2008 and brought 17 years of experience in working with adolecents in a variety of settings from outpatient therapy to residential treatment. Colleen specializes in treating addictive behaviors and difficulties related to attachment and adoption. Throughout Colleen’s career, she has been known for her caring, no-nonsense manner that enables her to get in the “student’s world” and connect with the families she serves. In her free time, Colleen enjoys being with her husband, daughter, and son in the great outdoors.
Evan Stewart, LCSW

Evan Stewart, LCSW

Primary Therapist

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy
Utah State University

Bio

Evan initially began working at Catalyst in 2013. After taking a break to complete graduate school, Evan returned to Catalyst to join our therapeutic team. Evan has been able to work in a number of capacities while here at Catalyst: Mentor, Recreation Team, Medication Coordinator, and Clinical Therapist. Those earlier experiences proved to be invaluable and made it an easy decision for him to return as a therapist. He’s passionate about helping young men and their families find healing and direction as they navigate their challenges. Prior to his return to Catalyst, he gained clinical experience providing crisis intervention, mental health, and substance abuse treatment at a community mental health center in Eastern Utah. While there, he also worked with children and adolescents in the elementary school and middle school. He also facilitated kids groups, led an adult day treatment group, and provided brief solution-focused therapy for adults. He’s discovered clinical interests in treating anxiety, depression, attachment injuries, and trauma, specializing in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). He is a culturally trained provider and is an ally for the LGBTQA+ community. In his free time, he enjoys going on adventures with his wife, four kids, and their two dogs. He also enjoys snowboarding, pickleball, board game conventions, playing the drums, and is an avid reader of anything fantasy or Sci-Fi.

Melissa Nichols, LCSW

Melissa Nichols, LCSW

Primary Therapist

Master of Social Work
San Diego State University
Bio
Melissa has had the opportunity to work with clients of all ages but her main passion has always been working with adolescents. She has worked with teens in several treatment settings such as home and school based, day treatment, acute care and outpatient. She has experience in working with teens facing issues with adoption and foster placements, substance abuse, depression and anxiety.

Melissa takes an eclectic and well-rounded approach specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy and has training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Melissa works to utilize the family system to help drive treatment and emphasize and grow the strengths and competencies of each individual.

Melissa was born and raised in Utah, but spent some of her life in southern California where she met her husband. She loves spending her free time relaxing with her husband and their two daughters. She enjoys various outdoors activities such as camping, fishing, and time at Bear Lake.

Blake Altom, PhD, LMFT

Blake Altom, PhD, LMFT

Primary Therapist

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy
Utah State University
Bio
Blake is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with his Masters degree from Utah State University. He has been working with youth and their families for 14 years in residential settings. He lives in Logan, Utah with his wife and kids and has been there for 14 years. Originally from Reno, Nevada, he enjoyed growing up by Lake Tahoe. Blake loves most outdoor activities, such as mountain biking, skiing, skateboarding, basketball, soccer, football, baseball and any adventure that comes his way. He loves to have his family along with him for hikes, camping, barbecues, swimming etc. Blake enjoys working with families, and believes the involvement of the entire family is essential to bring about lasting change.
Bio

Evan initially began working at Catalyst in 2013. After taking a break to complete graduate school, Evan returned to Catalyst to join our therapeutic team. Evan has been able to work in a number of capacities while here at Catalyst: Mentor, Recreation Team, Medication Coordinator, and Clinical Therapist. Those earlier experiences proved to be invaluable and made it an easy decision for him to return as a therapist. He’s passionate about helping young men and their families find healing and direction as they navigate their challenges. Prior to his return to Catalyst, he gained clinical experience providing crisis intervention, mental health, and substance abuse treatment at a community mental health center in Eastern Utah. While there, he also worked with children and adolescents in the elementary school and middle school. He also facilitated kids groups, led an adult day treatment group, and provided brief solution-focused therapy for adults. He’s discovered clinical interests in treating anxiety, depression, attachment injuries, and trauma, specializing in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). He is a culturally trained provider and is an ally for the LGBTQA+ community. In his free time, he enjoys going on adventures with his wife, four kids, and their two dogs. He also enjoys snowboarding, pickleball, board game conventions, playing the drums, and is an avid reader of anything fantasy or Sci-Fi.

Bio
Melissa has had the opportunity to work with clients of all ages but her main passion has always been working with adolescents. She has worked with teens in several treatment settings such as home and school based, day treatment, acute care and outpatient. She has experience in working with teens facing issues with adoption and foster placements, substance abuse, depression and anxiety.

Melissa takes an eclectic and well-rounded approach specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy and has training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Melissa works to utilize the family system to help drive treatment and emphasize and grow the strengths and competencies of each individual.

Melissa was born and raised in Utah, but spent some of her life in southern California where she met her husband. She loves spending her free time relaxing with her husband and their two daughters. She enjoys various outdoors activities such as camping, fishing, and time at Bear Lake.

Bio
Blake is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with his Masters degree from Utah State University. He has been working with youth and their families for 14 years in residential settings. He lives in Logan, Utah with his wife and kids and has been there for 14 years. Originally from Reno, Nevada, he enjoyed growing up by Lake Tahoe. Blake loves most outdoor activities, such as mountain biking, skiing, skateboarding, basketball, soccer, football, baseball and any adventure that comes his way. He loves to have his family along with him for hikes, camping, barbecues, swimming etc. Blake enjoys working with families, and believes the involvement of the entire family is essential to bring about lasting change.
Steve Stringham, MS, LMFT

Steve Stringham, MS, LMFT

Primary Therapist

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Louisiana
Bio
Steve graduated from Weber State University with a B. A. in Child and Family Studies. He then moved his family to Louisiana where he received his Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. While studying for his degree, he worked with the Juvenile Drug Court and helped many families from various backgrounds. He also worked with the university’s psychological services as a therapist for college students. Although he enjoyed his time in Louisiana, he is originally from Utah, and missed the mountains so much he had to come back. Some of his favorite activities include: snowboarding, golfing, wakeboarding, mountain biking and hiking. He loves to bring his wife and kids with him for all of his adventures. Steve has a holistic approach to therapy and resolves issues by co-creating solutions and inducing change within the entire family system. He has worked at many treatment centers and has found great joy in working with adolescents and exploring their difficulties right along with them.
Holly Montano, M.ED

Holly Montano, M.ED

Academic Director

Bachelor of Science
Weber State University

Master of Education
Weber State University

Bio
Holly came to Utah from San Diego to play volleyball at Weber State and has been in the area since. She guides students in their college and career plans, aligns high school classes to meet requirements for graduation, prepares students for the ACT, and works to help students overcome academic challenges and see themselves as scholars. She firmly believes in the power of education to empower and enlighten the human life and is driven to help students maximize their academic potential. This is what she strived for in her time before Catalyst as a high school math teacher and continues to pursue this goal with the amazing people and students at Catalyst.

She has come to love cruising the local mountains on a snowboard, mountain bike, or running trails, but her first love will always be swimming in the ocean waves and playing volleyball on the sandy beaches of California. Holly loves traveling, reading, and learning, but most of all spending time with her four daughters.

Michael Albright, LMFT

Michael Albright, LMFT

Primary Therapist

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy
Loma Linda University
Bio
Michael has been working as a therapist in residential treatment for over five years, specializing in substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety and depression. He enjoys working with adolescents, and helping them identify and work through the unique challenges this phase of life introduces. Therapeutically, he seeks to help clients become aware of thinking errors and negative behavior patterns. “Seeing students improve their relationships with family members is one of the most fulfilling parts of the the job.”

Michael is also passionate about helping people learn about themselves, foster close relationships, and lead fuller, more meaningful lives.

When he is not working, you will find Michael spending time with friends and family. Michael also enjoys activities like trying to avoid breaking a leg while skiing, and feeling old and out of shape while playing ice hockey, He also loves photography, reading a good book, and writing in his journal.

Bio
Steve graduated from Weber State University with a B. A. in Child and Family Studies. He then moved his family to Louisiana where he received his Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. While studying for his degree, he worked with the Juvenile Drug Court and helped many families from various backgrounds. He also worked with the university’s psychological services as a therapist for college students. Although he enjoyed his time in Louisiana, he is originally from Utah, and missed the mountains so much he had to come back. Some of his favorite activities include: snowboarding, golfing, wakeboarding, mountain biking and hiking. He loves to bring his wife and kids with him for all of his adventures. Steve has a holistic approach to therapy and resolves issues by co-creating solutions and inducing change within the entire family system. He has worked at many treatment centers and has found great joy in working with adolescents and exploring their difficulties right along with them.
Bio
Holly came to Utah from San Diego to play volleyball at Weber State and has been in the area since. She guides students in their college and career plans, aligns high school classes to meet requirements for graduation, prepares students for the ACT, and works to help students overcome academic challenges and see themselves as scholars. She firmly believes in the power of education to empower and enlighten the human life and is driven to help students maximize their academic potential. This is what she strived for in her time before Catalyst as a high school math teacher and continues to pursue this goal with the amazing people and students at Catalyst.

She has come to love cruising the local mountains on a snowboard, mountain bike, or running trails, but her first love will always be swimming in the ocean waves and playing volleyball on the sandy beaches of California. Holly loves traveling, reading, and learning, but most of all spending time with her four daughters.

Bio
Michael has been working as a therapist in residential treatment for over five years, specializing in substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety and depression. He enjoys working with adolescents, and helping them identify and work through the unique challenges this phase of life introduces. Therapeutically, he seeks to help clients become aware of thinking errors and negative behavior patterns. “Seeing students improve their relationships with family members is one of the most fulfilling parts of the the job.”

Michael is also passionate about helping people learn about themselves, foster close relationships, and lead fuller, more meaningful lives.

When he is not working, you will find Michael spending time with friends and family. Michael also enjoys activities like trying to avoid breaking a leg while skiing, and feeling old and out of shape while playing ice hockey, He also loves photography, reading a good book, and writing in his journal.