Jennifer is both caring and warm. She loves using humor to find balance in her everyday life and may even play a prank or two while working with you. She has worked in the mental health field since 1994, and has worked in various settings supporting teens and their families.
Jennifer received her undergraduate in Education and graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Brigham Young University. She started as a school counselor and went on to work in different hospitals all over Utah as a crisis/trauma counselor in both the emergency room setting as well as the psychiatric units. From there she was recruited to create crisis centers in other hospitals around the state. Jennifer ran her own private practice for 10 years which specialized in treating children, adolescents and their families. She and her team always focused on treating the whole family while giving the child a more experiential and fun experience. She has most recently been the clinical director of an all girls residential treatment center in Southern Utah.
Jennifer specializes in working with Mood disorders, Personality disorders, Autistic Spectrum, Attachment issues, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and psychotic disorders. She is foundationally trained and certified in DBT. She is also skilled in using CBT, Trauma focused CBT, Family Systems, Relational Therapy, Exposure Therapy, and Experiential Therapy. She has also gained experience in using methodologies such as: Play Therapy, Attachment theories, Art therapy and Shamework from Brene Brown as well as WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning) from the Copeland Institute in Vermont.
Jennifer says, “ I love being a witness to the personal path towards wellness upon which each of these young women and their family embarks. This kind of commitment takes immense courage and has taught me that true healing cannot be rushed or cheated, and is one of the most beautiful things to experience in this life. Nothing in this world means more to me than being part of a process that teaches others that they are stronger than they know, and that they are far more than the challenges they are leaving behind, still battling or will face in the future.”
Outside of her work, Jennifer enjoys camping, fishing and hiking with her family. She is originally from a small town in the mountains of Colorado, and has always enjoyed the outdoors. She loves anytime she gets to spend with her grandson! She also loves to watch BYU football, garden, eat and goof around with her husband.