Jackie attended Brigham Young University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Family Science with a minor in Psychology in April of 1993. She then attended Kansas State University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Family Studies and Human Services, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy in July of 1996.
Jackie’s subsequent years of training and experience include case management with Vietnamese and Somalian refugees and individual and family therapy through Catholic Community Services, individual and group therapy with adult and adolescent sex offenders through the Center for Family Development, and individual and family therapy with adolescents and their families in substance abuse treatment through Cornerstone Counseling Center. Jackie worked with adolescents in foster care (Utah Youth Village) as well as a therapeutic boarding school (Alpine Academy) for 9 years. Jackie has a broad continuum of experience working in inpatient psychiatric SLBH) and psychiatric residential treatment (Cottonwood Treatment Center) facilities as well as in the intensive and standard outpatient levels of care where individual, family and group therapy were all a part of the treatment regimen.
Jackie’s clinical experience includes working with a variety of disorders: ADD/ADHD, Adoption and Reactive Attachment, Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress, Self-Harm, Sexual Abuse/Trauma and some Substance Abuse.
While at Alpine Academy, Jackie earned certification in the Teaching Family Model under the guidelines of the Teaching Family Association with subsequent yearly re-certifications as a therapist. Jackie earned a Master’s level certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and is able utilize many techniques from the NLP school of thought to enhance her work with adolescents. While at Cottonwood Treatment Center, Jackie received Neurofeedback training and implemented sessions with clients.
Jackie’s personal interests include watching a variety of sports (i.e. football, basketball and volleyball – She’s a big BYU football fan!!) as well as Utah Jazz basketball. Other interests include playing tennis, softball and volleyball, going to the movies, attending the theater, traveling, cooking/baking and she has a great love for music. Jackie has a strong passion for working with children and adolescents and seeing them empower themselves to find their inner voice as their self-esteem grows. It brings Jackie great pleasure seeing the miracle of change unfold as the families she works with strive together to seek unity and healing together.
Jackie’s first experience with New Haven was when she visited during a family weekend. She was touched by the warmth she felt from all of the staff she met the entire time she was there. She was impressed with the investment level and honesty of the families there with their daughters as they worked on being vulnerable and stronger as a family unit. She appreciated the quality of work she saw happening and the clear sense of teamwork that she felt overall.