We are excited to welcome Christopher Tappel to the practice in August 2023.
Welcome to Solstice Counseling & Wellness
At Solstice Counseling & Wellness we work with children, adolescents and adults starting at age 8. We accept most major insurance carriers and encourage you to check with your plan in advance to verify if our providers are part of your preferred network. An income-based sliding scale may also be available.
Our therapists serve clients in Wasatch and Summit counties along with neighboring communities in the Wasatch back.
Shawn Michael Miller, PhD
Shawn Michael Miller, PhD is a licensed psychologist located in Heber City, UT and owner of Solstice Counseling & Wellness.
After growing up in New York, Dr. Miller moved West to explore his love of the mountains. He received his BS in Psychology from Colorado State University and his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University. After relocating to Utah for his professional internship, he decided he would like to make it home due to its outdoor diversity. He joined the practice of Brian J. Taracena, PsyD in December 2011 and started Solstice Counseling & Wellness in April 2013.
Christopher Tappel, M.Psy. (starting August 2023)
Christopher Tappel is joining Solstice Counseling & Wellness in the summer of 2023.
Christopher is joining Solstice Counseling and Wellness in August of 2023 as a clinical intern in his final year of training for a Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology at Divine Mercy University in Sterling, VA. Christopher has 4 years of clinical experience working in various clinical settings in Virginia and Washington, D.C., including private practice, community mental health, and schools, providing therapy and psychological assessment. His current dissertation research is studying the treatment and interfacing of shame and trauma in the body.
Justin Martel, M.S. (not accepting new patients)
Justin Martel joined Solstice Counseling & Wellness in the summer of 2022.
Justin is delighted to be joining Solstice as a clinical intern as he completes the final year of his PhD from the University of Florida. Justin comes to Solstice with 4 years of experience working with various clinical populations in counseling and sport psychology settings. As a doctoral fellow, he researched the interface of mental health and sports psychology services of student-athletes. These topics are both professionally and personally close to his heart as a former Division I athlete and amateur golfer. He finds freedom and solace in the outdoors and can usually be found spending time playing with his Lab; Cubby, strength training, or working at his golf game.