We are Milton and Rochelle McLelland, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors. We got married in 2000 and journeyed on the road into mental health counseling in 2009. We founded Roots Counseling in 2016.
We started Roots Counseling after spending seven years in community mental health. While our time there was extremely valuable, we didn’t enjoy the feeling of being stuck in an office setting and having to focus on a diagnosis and not the client as an individual. We saw people given multiple diagnoses without being any answers for how to get better. We want our clients to have the tools to truly create a life worth living and step out of the trap of their diagnosis.
We personally fell in love with Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills (the basis of our skills groups) and we’ve seen the benefit they provide to us personally and as a couple. Because DBT has provided us with the skills to solve problems and improve our own lives, we love offering that knowledge to others. We love that in the DBT group model we, as facilitators, are also group members and we apply the things learned to ourselves as well.
We believe that through the skills offered and the structure we provide that combines group therapy, skills coaching, and individual therapy, clients can get to the root of their problem and heal from the inside out. As they learn these skills and begin to apply them, they will be able to see true healing, which will lead personal growth, strengthening, and improvement both within themselves and in other aspects of their environment.
Christina Moton – Head Skills Coach
Christina loves working one on one with clients as well as co-facilitating DBT skills groups. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a bachelor’s degree in family life and human development with an emphasis in family services. Her passion for psychology began when she worked with adults and children with special needs. Because of her own childhood trauma, she has an incredible ability to connect with individuals who feel unheard. She has found a perfect fit at Roots Counseling where she is able to fulfill her love of helping others while pursuing her personal project as the director of the Relationship Enrichment Program through SUU. When not working, Christina enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends.
Jordan Rhodes – Skills Coach
Jordan is a currently a fifth-year student studying psychology at SUU with a music minor. His desire to work in a mental health capacity led him to join the Roots Counseling team as a skills coach. Following graduation, he plans to pursue a graduate degree in social work and obtain licensure as a clinical social worker. He studied music for a few years with plans to go to medical school, but his relationship with his then-fiancé made him realize that he needed to seek help with his depression and addictive behaviors. His exposure to the field of mental health awoke a desire to help others and he changed his major and hasn’t looked back. He enjoys playing the trumpet and anything nerdy such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, superheroes, and Dungeons and Dragons.
Libby Lee – Skills Coach
Libby is a senior in the psychology department at Southern Utah University. She started working at Roots Counseling as an intern and is delighted to say that her experience blossomed into a senior capstone and a great start to her career. She plans to go on to obtain licensure at Brigham Young University and become a mental health practitioner. Libby began her college career in SUU’s competitive musical theatre BFA program but decided to pursue a future in psychology because of her personal background with mental illness, abuse, and addiction. She hopes that through her own experience, she will be able to help others who feel lost and alone in the sea of mental illness. She is a strong advocate for opening the conversation about mental illnesses and above all values honesty and kindness.
Tani Bunker – ACMHC
Through personal struggles with anxiety, depression, and addiction, Tani found her passion and desire to help others who experience the pain and agony of mental illnesses and addiction. She got her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Walden University. She has experience in the field of mental health in various roles and worked with individuals that have experienced everything from general life stressors to chronic mental illnesses. She strives to assist individuals, couples, and families to overcome personal obstacles and discomfort to foster growth and comfort and enhance well-being. She is licensed through the state of Utah as an associate clinical mental health counselor and is trained to practice EMDR.
Christine Anderson – CMHC
Christine earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUU and her Master of Social Work from the University of Utah. Christine works with adolescents and adults who are dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and other issues. She is trained in multiple therapeutic modalities and works to implement them with a person-centered approach, focusing foremost on the individual needs of the client.