Life Balance Recovery

Life Balance Recovery is here to help support and change the lives of those affected by substance use and mental health disorders. Substance abuse and mental health have some very serious negative impacts and our team is here to help you gain the knowledge and skills needed to live a fulfilling abundant life. Life Balance Recovery uses evidence based practices and individualized treatment plans to meet each individuals needs.

Our team is passionate and devoted to helping those who struggle with this disease and their families. We believe in empowering each individual to create their own future by walking beside each individual and meeting them where they are at. One of our goals at Life Balance Recovery is to create a safe, empathetic, and encouraging structure to help motivate change.

At Life Balance Recovery we incorporate holistic treatment concepts that provide healing of mind, body, and spirit. We offer 12 step practices as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems, and more.

OUR TEAM

We are here to help clients find their meaning and purpose and achieve a balanced healthy life. We meet each client where they are at and with their core beliefs. Our clinical team which has over 45 years of experience are here to help those suffering with substance abuse and or mental health learn the skills to live an abundant and successful life.

Chelsie Durden

Chelsie Durden, SUDC

Owner/CEO

Chelsie was born and raised in Utah County and loves it here. Chelsie studied at Utah Valley University and received her license as a Substance Use Disorder Counselor. She has worked in the field for 5 years and loves working to help others find change through recovery. During this time she has worked through all capacities of substance abuse from residential to outpatient. She has four kids and loves being a mom and raising a family. Chelsie is passionate about helping others find their voice and working through their personal struggles. She believes drugs are not the problem but the solution people have chosen to get through their problems. She believes in the disease model of addiction and that with treatment there is hope. She is very compassionate for others and loves sharing her story to help others in theirs. Chelsie loves to spend time with her family, running, hiking, and engaging in new adventures.

 


 

Steve Novelli

Steve Novelli

Executive Director

Steve has worked in the Substance Use/Mental Health field for over four years. Steve has held multiple positions in the field with the bulk being in Business Development and Admissions. Being in long-term recovery, Steve knows what it takes to overcome the struggles of Substance Use and Mental Health. In his free time, you can find Steve on your local golf course, chasing down the newest hat to add to his collection or playing with his dogs Lily and Junior. 

 


 

Jessica Kennedy

Jessica Kennedy, Certified Recovery Coach

Program Director

Jessica has lived in Utah since the age of 9. She is a mother of two children and loves being their mom. Jessica has been with life balance since 2018 and in the healthcare industry for over 15 years. As a family member to someone who struggles with substance abuse and mental health Jessica has a unique perspective on how to support clients and families by encouraging growth through difficult moments. Jessica is very passionate about being involved in this field and helping others achieve their goal of sobriety. Jessica is a certified recovery coach and is passionate about supporting clients with their recovery needs. In her free time you will find her paddling boarding, hiking, taking care of her garden, playing with her kids and taking in all that nature has to offer. Jessica believes that nature is a key and vital coping skill in the healing process. 

 


 

Kristen Brown, DNP

Medical Director

Kristen Brown has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Utah specializing in psychiatric Mental Health. She has been working in the addiction field since 2009 as a substance abuse counselor, detox nurse, and prescriber. Over the past decade, Dr. Brown has developed a passion for working with addicts to help them find hope and recovery. As a person in recovery for over 11 years, she understands the difficulty of overcoming addiction and learning to live in recovery long-term.

Dr. Brown’s continued work in recovery is the foundation of her prescribing practice. Her desire is to offer the best addiction medicine practice to every individual under her care. In her spare time, she enjoys the beautiful Utah mountains skiing, fishing, and spending time with her family.

 


Bruce Brewer

Bruce R Brewer, Ph.D., CMHC

Clinical Supervisor

Bruce has lived all over the world, but has placed his roots in Utah County since retiring as a chaplain in the Utah National Guard, after 28 years of military service. Bruce studied at the University of Utah and BYU, receiving a master’s degree in Counseling, a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and has been a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor since 2003. Bruce has worked as a Veteran’s Administration therapist and in a variety of other clinical settings. During this time, he has worked with individuals, couples and families, helping them in relationship challenges, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and addiction, legal issues, religious concerns, trauma, PTSD, grief, and loss.

Bruce brings a real-life perspective to some very clinically complicated family situations. Bruce remains dedicated to helping others see their power in overcoming the most difficult of life’s challenges, and is a genuine, heartfelt advocate for personal growth. He is passionate about recognizing inner strengths to overcome struggles and moving you to where you want to be. Bruce loves to spend time with his large family, gardening, raising 60 chickens, hiking, traveling, and engaging in new adventures.

 


Kevin Owen

Kevin Owen, CSUDC

Counselor

Kevin has been working in the mental health field as for the last 11 years. He has worked as a direct care staff as well as a manager and administrator. His passion for helping others is born out of his own recovery and opportunity at a second chance. Compassion for those that are suffering is the driving force behind Kevin and his interactions with clients. He emphasizes mindfulness practices in his education groups and helps his client understand behavioral tools to help with their addictions. His experiences with outdoor recreation acts as a tool to encourage others to explore themselves through nature. He has recently completed his SUDC certification through Utah Valley University.

 


 

Megan Jones

Meagan Jones

Counselor

Meagan has been working in substance abuse and the addiction field as a licensed substance abuse counselor for the past six years.  Meagan obtained her degree from the University of Utah in 2015. She is clinically trained and utilizes therapeutic techniques such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in her groups and individual sessions. 

Meagan  has gained a great passion for helping those who struggle with addiction.  She believes in the power of building integrity, self love, humor and living authentically to create a beautiful life. Meagan creates a safe space  for clients to challenge their negative belief systems and create new positive beliefs that will assist them to create a happy and sober lifestyle.

Outside of work Meagan enjoys being a mother to her son and going on fun adventures with him. She loves spending time with her family and friends and traveling.

 


 

Susanna McGee

Susanna McGee

Counselor

Susanna is originally from Farmington, New Mexico and now resides in Price, Utah. She has worked in the industry since 2016. She started her career in a residential treatment center as an aide which motivated her to go back to school. She got her master’s in addiction counseling as well as her Substance abuse counselor license from Grand Canyon university in 2019. She is passionate about working in this industry and watching people grow and begin to understand their addictions. Susanna loves the outdoors and spending time with her family.                                                                                               


 

Chrissy Bishop Kollar

Chrissy Bishop-Kollar LCSW

Therapist

Chrissy is a long time resident of Carbon County, UT and has worked in the public service field for over 20 years.  She is a LCSW,  focusing on building therapeutic alliances and taking a holistic-person centered approach with those she serves.  Chrissy prides herself in continuous professional development to be able to address a multitude of needs using modern and evidence based practices. She utilizes eclectic approaches in the therapeutic setting and is trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and Accelerated Replacement Therapy. Chrissy believes that people deserve the opportunity to be the best versions of themselves and  strives to help others  work towards their goals. 

 


 

Melissa Reynolds

Melissa Reynolds

Office Manager

Melissa was born and raised just outside of Portland Oregon and she sure misses all the rain! She has enjoyed living in Utah with her sister the past few years and spending time outside exploring and living her best life. She loves meeting new people, making connections, and sharing and telling stories. Melissa has worked in healthcare for the last 5 years and loves that she gets the opportunity to make a difference every day. While mental health struggles are very familiar and near to her heart, substance abuse is mostly a new experience and she looks forward to learning and helping others on their journey.