About Us

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About our Clinics

At Ascend Counseling & Wellness we take a systemic approach to your well-being.  We work with you in a caring and compassionate way to assess each area of your life including your mind, body, and relationships.  We then provide you with the tools necessary to help you reach your personal goals.


We take a collaborative approach to your care.  We have a wide range of providers on our staff as well as multiple community providers whom we work with to ensure you are getting the care you need in a timely manner.  

Meet Our Team

Thurmon Thomas, LMFT | Therapist & Clinic Manager Hurricane & Delta

First and foremost  I am a husband and father - nothing brings me greater joy.  I have always had the spirit of an entrepreneur, but after many years owning and operating several small businesses, my wife and I felt that something was missing.  Turns out, I wasn't truly fulfilling one of my key purposes in life - that is, to help other people.  That is when I finished a Bachelors degree in Psychology at Dixie State University and then obtained a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University, a COAMFTE approved program.

After completing my education I joined The Center for Couples and Families as a therapist and have since opened several new clinics for the company under the name of Ascend Counseling & Wellness.  I have extensive experience with at-risk youth, couples, and adults.  I work with people struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, addiction, and low self-esteem.  I enjoy helping people improve communication and find greater purpose in their lives.   

Darrell Lewis Jr., CSW | Therapist Hurricane

My name is Darrell Lewis. It has been a privilege for me to be able to assist Individuals, families, couples, and adolescents over the last two decades. I love the work and enjoy working with people who are anxious to make their lives better. I have learned much and it has provided me with insight and an understanding heart.

I have worked in residential, mental health, and state facilities. I have done coaching and consulting work and now I am happy to continue to work with people who are in need of my services. I earned an associate’s degree from Dixie College and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UNLV. I completed my graduate work at Marywood University in Scranton Pennsylvania, and received a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work.

Malia McDermott, AMFT  | Therapist Hurricane

Malia completed her Master’s of Marriage and Family Therapy at Northcentral University, a COAMFTE accredited school. In 2018, Malia worked with children as a clinician for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. She enjoys working with families and helping them with relational issues. Malia has the most experience with anxiety, depression, addiction, and ADHD. Using Play Therapy techniques that are client-directed and systemically focused, she enjoys communicating in the child’s own language. Malia has a passion for helping others and is involved with serving her community in many ways. She has enjoyed coaching high school and travel volleyball teams for the past 20 years. Malia is married with two children. Together, they enjoy anything sports related – especially our Seahawks football. She and her family relocated from the Seattle area in 2019 and are excited to have put down roots in Hurricane!

Skyler Porter, CSW Intern | Therapist Delta

Skyler was born and raised in Delta, Utah. Being the oldest of 6 children there were many different experiences he was able to have while being part of a large family.  After returning from serving individuals and families in Malaysia for 2 years he returned with a desire to continue that path. He went to receive his Bachelors of Psychology from Southern Utah University. He is currently working to finish his Masters of Social Work from Utah Valley University. Throughout the last 8 years he has worked extensively with adolescents and their families striving to overcome addiction, defiance, promiscuity, emotional detachment, and other at risk behaviors. Skyler married his wife Vanessa while working at a residential treatment center in Cedar City and are currently raising 2 boys in the Delta area. Nothing is more important to him than family and understands that effective family functioning is key to positive outcomes. He currently is employed at White River Academy (residential treatment center for young men) and is the head coach of the Delta High Wrestling team.

Sarah Prince, CMHC Associate | Therapist Hurricane

Sarah was born and raised in Nephi, Utah. She is the youngest in a family of 8 children and has many fond memories of growing up in a large family. She graduated from Juab High School in 2011. After graduating from Juab, she moved to Hurricane to pursue further education at Southern Utah University.  After graduating with her Bachelors of Psychology, she met and married her incredible husband Zach Prince. They have since settled in Hurricane and find joy in the beauty and peace of the outdoors. Together they enjoy hiking, horse riding, boating, traveling, and finding ways to serve their community. Currently, Sarah is completing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University, a CACREP accredited program. She is passionate about her work with couples and individuals struggling with pornography and sex addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Sarah followed this career path because of her desire to strengthen others through their challenges and adversity.

Logan Winder, MFT Intern | Therapist Hurricane

A life-long resident of Southern Utah, I love being outdoors and experiencing the beautiful nature around me.  I am an avid hiker and I enjoy canyoneering.  I am currently obtaining a master's degree in marriage and family therapy at Dixie State University.  I have a firm understanding of research-supported therapeutic techniques.  I am motivated to help you through any personal or relational struggle you may be experiencing.  My goal is to help you uncover your internal motivation and find creative solutions to life's challenges.   I specialize in: Individual counseling focused on mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, Relationship and marriage counseling.  Contact me today!