Who we are

Bountiful Counseling is owned by Paul Callister, CMHC and Mara Callister, LCSW. We specialize in helping people with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and relationship problems. Paul completed the Masters in Counseling program at the University of Utah in 2010 and Mara completed the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Utah in 2006. Paul is in his final year of doctoral study in counselor education at Oregon State University.

Both of us have combined training and expertise in areas including: person-centered therapy, clinical supervision, object-relations psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for individuals and couples, Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, motivational interviewing, psychoanalytic group therapy, and both are interested in the intersection of spirituality and mental health. Mara is currently pursuing advanced training in attachment-based work with couples and individuals.

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide high quality counseling services to individuals, couples and families living in the Bountiful, North Salt Lake and Salt Lake City areas. We believe that effective counseling can make a world of difference for you and your loved ones. 

Effective counseling services:

Are guided by evidence-based practices
Promote personal growth and well-being
Are grounded by trust and mutual respect between therapist and client(s)

Our Story

The Story of Bountiful Counseling starts with my story. My name is Paul Callister, and I grew up in Bountiful, Utah. While growing up in this area I began to notice that people had emotional needs that were not always met.

I remember one day in junior high, during my first period Spanish class, when it was announced over the loud speaker that one of the students had committed suicide over the weekend. I remember one of my older and usually aggressive peers who quietly sobbed on the carpeted floor, next to his desk, through the hour. I also recall being surprised by my teacher who just let him cry.

I believe that the Bountiful and Davis County areas of Utah are a wonderful place to live and raise a family. I think there is great cultural, religious and pioneer heritage and strength in this area. I also think there are many difficulties here which go unnecessarily unaddressed.

Why counseling

I don’t remember the specific conversations, but I do recall the feeling I had inside when I realized that through talking people can decrease their suffering and increase their resilience. I also recall the feeling when I realized I could make a living speaking with people to help them increase their quality of life.

People have a core need to be themselves and also to connect with others. Suffering occurs when we are not able to be ourselves and when we are not able to find belonging in our lives. Sometimes when these core needs go unmet we can carry burdens that are difficult to carry. Anxiety, depression, self-esteem and relationship problems are frequent. And treatment is effective at addressing the external and internal challenges we face to connecting to ourselves and others in healthy and healing ways.