Hello! I am Ken Roach, owner and director of Midtown Counseling. I graduated in 1999 with a master's degree from the University of Utah, and in 2014 with a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University, Denver.
I work full-time for the University of Phoenix, in Murray, where I teach and manage the training clinic for our graduate students in clinical mental health counseling. I also work as a part-time therapist for Primary Children's Hospital Wasatch Canyons Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital, where I provide services for adolescents and their families.
I worked for Salt Lake County Division of Youth Services from 1999 to 2014. For most of that time, I provided in-home family therapy for adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system, families involved with the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), teens who had a substance use disorder, and low-income families. I have considerable experience working with youth with a variety of needs and mental health issues, including Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
For 10 years, I was a volunteer for the Rape Recover Center "Hospital Response Team." During this time, I provided support and advocacy for approximately 400 sexual assault "survivors" in the hospital during evidence collection.
For the past 4 years, I have worked primarily with adult clients, providing weekly (outpatient) therapy in my practices in Holladay and Pleasant Grove. Some clients have found that they benefit from short-term therapy; others have continued to work on matters for longer periods of time. I attempt to help clients explore deeper questions related to meaning, personal values, and spirituality – which may or may not include religion.
I specialize in helping clients who are in various transitions – these could be relationship, work, faith, aging, and various changes related to lifespan development. Other specialties include trauma, grief and loss, and so-called "process addictions" (e.g., "watching too much porn"). I have training in sex-positive therapy, and I provide LGBTQ-affirmative therapy. I am a member of the LGBTQ-Affirmative Therapist Guild of Utah, and have been a member of the Board of Directors ("Leadership Collective") since 2012.
I am a member of the board for Wasatch Forensic Nurses and I have served occasionally as an expert witness in sexual assault trials.
I offer convenient appointment times on Fridays and Sundays (Salt Lake City and Pleasant Grove), and on mornings during the week (Salt Lake City only).
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of therapy do you practice?
Some clients make changes with some encouragement and help on goal-setting. Other clients enter therapy with challenges that may not have answers at all. For all clients, I try to keep in mind the deeper existential or "meaning-of-life" questions that often lie under the surface of the life problems we face.
I have training in humanistic, existential, transpersonal, cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed, and family systems therapies. I do my best to integrate elements from these models to help each client. I have taught more than 100 graduate-level counseling classes and do my best to stay current with latest research.
I work with clients with a broad range of challenges, and I have extensive training in sex-positive and LGBTQ-affirmative therapy. I do my best to provide an environment that is welcoming and safe, and that also helps clients grow. I believe that positive change is possible!
What is your therapeutic style?
I utilize an integrative style tailored to each individual, couple, or family.
What insurances do you take?
Currently I accept Regency Blue Cross Blue Shield and EMI. I am working to become paneled with others.
How much will this cost?
The typical insurance bill rate is $110/hour. Please ask me about reduced fees if you need them.