Brigg Noyes, Ph.D.
Working with Me
We all aim for acceptance and love. But a REALLY meaningful life is all about being accepted for who you truly are. To feel free of worry and confidently know you can just be you.
Whatever a genuine life looks like for you, my goal is to help you reach it. Of course, you have social, family, and emotional pressures that hold you back from being the person you truly want to be. My job is to serve as your supportive and collaborative guide in finding YOUR life, interacting in the way you want, doing the things that most matter to you.
Living more genuinely involves emotional risk, and you will find I am not afraid to get to the heart of the matter. One of my unique skills is being able to lay out clearly what past experiences, thoughts, or behaviors might be holding you back – showing you a path to safely and slowly move in a direction more aligned with your true self.
I focus on relationships because they make us feel amazing about ourselves, but also can make us feel like the lowest of the low. Learning how to confidently manage this “double-edged sword” of your closest relationships will help you feel better about yourself in all areas of your life.
Overall, working with me is a collaborative process focused on helping you to understand yourself on a deep level. As you come to truly know yourself, including why you think, feel, and behave the way you do, you will gain confidence and clarity. Rather than drifting through life doing what you “have to,” you will instead start doing what you want to. Life then becomes satisfying and meaningful.
Who Am I?
I am someone who believes deeply in the power of relationships. I work hard to find the good in all people. I thrive on genuine connection and honesty. I fundamentally believe that you will be happiest in your life if you learn how to be your true self.
Pushing myself to take emotional risks to live life more fully, to connect with myself, to be more genuine is my mantra. This is best understood by a life-changing experience I had in high school:
I traveled as part of an exchange program to what was then the Soviet Union. I was excited, but also scared to death. I grew up in a time when we still practiced nuclear disaster drills – and now I was traveling to the “enemy”!
The memory of feeling sick to my stomach is still with me when, soon after arriving in Moscow, I left my American friends to be alone with my host family. What was going to happen? How would we communicate? Would I like them? Would they like me?
As scared as I was, I jumped in and did my best. It wasn’t always easy or comfortable, but amazing things started to happen. My family was genuinely excited to have me. They wanted to know me and wanted me to know them. They were rightfully proud of their home and their country and wanted to show it to me. I learned I could handle a lot more than I thought I could.
I also quickly realized Russians interact differently than we tend to in America. Conversations were rarely superficial, but instead focused on deep and significant topics: religion, emotions, literature, politics, relationships. This was true not just for my host family, but pretty much everyone I met.
The exchange experience was so strong that I became enamored with Russian culture. I then majored in Russian language and literature in college, learned to speak Russian, and proceeded to travel/live there numerous times over the next decade.
I’m acutely aware it’s not always easy to push yourself, especially when you are feeling overwhelmed with trauma, tragedy, or even just everyday stress. Therefore, you need a support and a guide, someone who will not judge you (like you are likely doing to yourself!) for the choices you are making or the thoughts that are going through your head. This is the role of a therapist.
Growing up in Salt Lake City, I developed a deep understanding of this place’s unique culture. I was one of the only non-Mormon kids around in the suburb where I was raised, but this never stopped me from forming close relationships with people from all backgrounds.
I lived away from Utah for a while (New Hampshire; Russia; Washington, D.C.; Seattle) but decided to return because I love the mountains, and Salt Lake City felt like a good place to raise a family. Traveling is one of the things I like best, and I have visited many places throughout the world.
Social issues have always captured my interest, especially those related to gender. My past research focused on the difficulty men have with emotional experiences, especially in relationships.
Becoming a psychologist was the result of wanting to support people like you in living the life you really desire. I deeply respect the unique background and experiences you bring with you to therapy. I feel honored to share you in your journey.
Ph.D. from University of Utah, 2007, Counseling Psychology
M.S. from University of Utah, 2003, Counseling Psychology
M.A. from University of Washington, 2000, Human Geography
B.A. from Dartmouth College, 1995, Russian Language and Environmental Studies
Other Experience and Training
Owner, Salt Lake Relationship Center, 2014- present
Private Practice Psychologist, 2007-present
Developmental Model of Couples Therapy Training, 2017-2018
Discernment Counseling Training, 2017
ACT Therapy Training, 2011
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geriatrics, Salt Lake City VA Medical Center, 2007-2008
Psychology Internship, Salt Lake City VA Medical Center, 2006-2007
Substance Abuse Assessment, Assessment and Referral Services, 2005-2006
Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy Training, Aspen Grove Counseling, 2004-2005
Substance Abuse Therapy Training, University of Utah Substance Abuse Clinic, 2004-2005
Individual and Group Therapy Training, Valley Mental Health, 2003-2004
Individual & Couples Therapy Training, University of Utah Counseling Center, 2002-2003