40 Under 40: Stephen Thayer, Ph.D.


Company: Utah Valley Psychology
Title: Clinical Psychologist
Age: 36
City: Orem

CAREER ANTHEM “People Watching” by Jack Johnson

LINER NOTES Dr. Stephen Thayer is a professional people watcher — and a source of safety, knowledge and comfort. After earning his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from BYU, he completed his clinical residency at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center in San Antonio, Texas. His career began as a psychologist in the U.S. Air Force, where he provided therapeutic and assessment services to active duty military members, counseled military leadership about community mental health concerns, and managed a substance abuse prevention and treatment program. Since leaving the military, he’s been in private practice where he provides therapeutic services for depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD, spiritual and religious faith concerns, grief, stress, and relationship issues.


FAVORITE LYRIC “My brothers and sisters hated me because I was an only child!” from “Generic Blues” by Weird Al Yankovic.

CAREER HIGH NOTE “Every time I’m able to provide someone the help they need.”

CAREER LOW NOTE “I’ve been lucky to have a great career so far, but sometimes I can’t help people in the way they need.”

MUSIC TO MY EARS “You make your own luck by working hard.”

BEATING TO MY OWN DRUM “I make my own schedule and take time for family and hobbies.”

MY FORTE “Helping people feel safe, understood and validated.”

DREAM RECORD “I would love to have a balanced career where I get to be a clinician, educator, speaker and thought leader.”


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