Meet the center therapists

Dr. Stephanie Mihalas, Ph.D., NCSP, ABPP

Malinda Biesinger, LCSW

"Beginning a process of change can feel intimidating as you step into the unknown; but the greatest progress comes as we lean into the space between old and new habits trusting that growth is possible. In this space individuals and families recognize their strengths, find hope and heal."

Hi I’m Malinda Biesinger, known to my clients as Mandi. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW69170) and specialize in working with children, adolescents and their families.  I graduated from Brigham Young University with a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Having worked in various levels of care, from psychiatric hospital, residential inpatient, intensive outpatient and general practice, I have found that the family unit provides the strength and support individuals need to make lasting change. With The Center for Well Being staff, I work to help the entire family system better understand their relationships and support one another in change. I work with individuals to find the best clinical course of treatment that may include cognitive behavioral therapy,  dialectical behavioral therapy, play therapy, behavioral modification and family systems interventions.  Prior to joining The Center for Well Being staff, I worked at The Utah State Hospital, Suncrest Counseling Center as a child and adolescent treatment specialist, and The Green House Center for Growth and Learning.

Hi, I'm Dr. Stephanie. I created The Center for Well Being because I want to help children, adolescents, adults, and families improve their lives and their relationships. I have put together a strong and talented staff who possess the skills and experience required to treat a wide variety of individuals to improve their quality of life and mental health.

"Therapy to me is not about “fixing” the patient. Therapy instead, is about a process of growth and development lending itself to fruition of the inner, more positive workings of the soul that may have been hidden or laying dormant."

My patients call me Dr. Stephanie because I want them to feel at ease and connected. While I am known to take a direct and front and center approach, there is also a warmness and fondness I co-create with each individual or family I meet. I believe this is possible because all individuals, children and adults carry an energy and passion that should be honored in the psychotherapeutic setting. At The Center for Well Being, I encourage meaningful, sustainable, and impactful change for my patients.  Read more

Nicole Hisaka, MA

"I believe that children have their own individuality and style of expression. Helping children make sense of the world they live in is part of the process of therapy. Therapy is often mistaken as an outcome-driven goal, when it is, in fact, within the process that we truly see change."

Hello, I'm Nicole Hisaka, also referred to as ‘Ms. Nicole’ by many of my young clients. I'm a doctoral student in clinical psychology at The California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University and obtained my Masters in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. I have been mentored and worked alongside Dr. Mihalas for three years as a Psychological Assistant (PSB 94022203) at The Center for Well Being. Over the past three years, I have received training in the areas of therapeutic interventions for children and adolescents utilizing social-skills training, play therapy, behavioral modification techniques and parent-skills training, and academic-based behavioral observational assessment. In addition to the experience at The Center for Well Being, I have experience working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum at UC Davis’ M.I.N.D. Institute and conducted research at UCLA’s The HELP Group Alliance Laboratory. I also have experience working with severe mental illness at Sovereign Health, health-related psychology at The Ronald McDonald House and school-based psychology at Gateway For Success Alhambra’s Unified School District. At The Center for Well Being, I utilize the knowledge I have gained from my prior experiences, to help your family establish a better sense of well being.

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