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.


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.

Don Briggs

Don Briggs, CMHC

Clinical Director

Don studied at the UofU where he earned a bachelor's degree in science and sociology. He completed a masters of educational counseling and a certificate of mental health counseling at the University of Phoenix. Don is a fully licensed clinical mental health counselor. He has worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse counseling for over 20 years. He has utilized various treatment modalities while working with families and their children in Salt Lake County. He has received extensive training in the treatment of trauma victims. Don is licensed in EMDR therapy.


Chelsie Durden

Chelsie Durden, SUDC

Program Director/Counselor

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.


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.

Brody Bates

Brody Bates, ACMHC


Brody studied at Utah Valley University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science, Psychology. He then competed his masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Phoenix. Brody has worked in the mental health and substance abuse recovery field for 10 years. Most recently at Cirque Lodge in Orem UT. During that time he has trained in several effective modalities of treatment and intervention. He is skilled in using experiential techniques to engage the whole person in the movement of healthy change. He approaches the work with passion and caring for the individual and their families who are suffering in the throes of addiction and mental illness. Brody loves anything that can get him outside and into the beauty of the world around him. He shares this spirit of gratitude and appreciation with those that he is able to work with. His passions are spending time with his growing family and their energetic dog Sophie, and training to compete in long distance endurance sports. Brody is a competitive athlete and loves to push past his physical and mental limits.



Alison Martin, CMHC


Alison is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She has been practicing as a professional counselor since 2012. She graduated from University of Phoenix with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, having also completed the Master’s program for Educational Counseling. Alison has specialized training in substance use/addiction, trauma, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, mindfulness, grief and loss, motivational interviewing, psychodrama and is also a certified interventionist. Alison also specializes in issues that impact the LGBTQ community.

Specializing in: Substance Use/Addiction, Grief and loss, Trauma/PTSD Psychodrama, Interventions, Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Coping Skills, Mindfulness Couples/Marriage, LGBTQ issues and personality disorders.

Alison believes that the keys to living well are to develop a sense of self love and learning to live life authentically. She also believes that trauma work is vital to the healing process. Alison utilizes many therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Others.


Jessica Kennedy

Jessica Kennedy, Certified Recovery Coach

Office/Case Manager

Jessica has lived in Utah since the age of 9. She has two children and loves being a mother. Jessica has a unique experience in being a family member to someone who struggles with substance abuse and mental health.  Jessica is very passionate about being involved in this field and helping others achieve their goal of sobriety. She enjoys all summer activities with her family and friends.