Florence Nightingale House
Florence Nightingale - Healer
A Healer is one who reaches out to the sick and wounded to bring them comfort and renew their health. Florence Nightingale turned her back on a life of ease and privilege to relieve the suffering of injured soldiers in the Crimea in 1854. Appalled by the poor sanitary conditions and lack of compassionate care provided in the military hospitals, she went to work, scrubbing the wards, serving nutritious meals, and treating the physical and emotional needs of her patients. Her compassion earned her the title “Lady with the Lamp,” as she spent the dark nights ministering to the men. Her efforts reduced the death rate in military hospitals by 60%. Upon her return to Britain, she established St. Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. Her tremendous example inspired women around the world to join the field of nursing, elevating it to a respectable and honorable vocation. We honor Florence Nightingale’s dedication to heal and improve the lives of those around her with skill and compassion.
Florence Nightingale House Staff
Allison Rencher, LMFT
Senior Clinical Director
When life’s journey takes us to unexpected places it can create fear and hurt for our entire family. Allison’s greatest passion is helping the whole family on their journey to greater healing. She takes her role as guide seriously as she walks the path with the families assigned to her house and caseload.
Allison uses many modalities to help her clients. Trained in systems theory she enjoys working with families and will often include siblings whenever possible. Family involvement is one of the reasons that Allison enjoys HomeWorks In-home visits. She loves being in the homes of her clients doing the work in the moment.
Allison knows that experiencing something different is more powerful than simply talking or thinking about it. She uses many different types of techniques to assist her clients in experiencing something new. Knowledgeable about DBT and CBT skills she helps her students use those in a way that makes sense to them. Allison operates from an Attachment and systemic perspective.
Allison has been at New Haven since 2008 and has loved the chance to work with such amazing young women and their families in their journey. She respects the courage in which these families face the challenges in their lives. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, attachment, OCD, substance abuse, and trauma. Trained in EMDR she believes in the brain-body connection and knows you can’t heal the mind without healing the whole person.
Allison does her best to live by her top values of relationships, integrity, hard work, and beauty. She knows that life without connection is not much of a life and that those relationships take work. Allison will do whatever it takes to help those she cares about. She loves photography and music and does her best to capture the beauty around her.
Allison has a Master’s degree from Utah State University.
Janay McInnes, LMFT
Janay has always had a passionate belief in the power of an individual to rise triumphantly from the difficulties life may assail them. Yet, she also believes that sustained success and empowerment come with the collaboration of the family system. Janay believes the family should be the cornerstone of hope, nurturance, and bonding. When armed with these skills, each family member can create a life story filled with meaningful experiences and connection.
She has spent many years working with youth in both community and school settings. She helped adolescents discover their strengths and talents, which sometimes were lost in the tumultuous times of "tennagehood". As a mentor of teen girls transitioning out of treatment, she felt there was a missing piece as she worked with young women who struggled to find their place in their family and peer relationships. The search to find this missing link led her to New Haven where families heal together.
Janay received her Bachelor of Science degree in family science from Brigham Young University with a focus on marriage and family. This provided a natural segue to receiving a master's in marriage and family therapy.
A favorite quote of Janay's is "Salt water is the cure for everything, sweat, tears, or the seashore". It goes without saying--hard work does pay off, a good cry is good for everyone, and of course nothing is better than a sunny day at the beach. Janay enjoys spending time with her family, recreating recipes, and any day at the beach or lake.
Lesley De La Torre, AMHC
Lesley received her bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in marriage, family, and human development, with a specialty in family life education. Lesley then completed her master's degree at University of Phoenix in clinical mental health counseling. During her graduate experience, she provided trauma therapy to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes. She also had many opportunities to educate members of the community and advocate for sexual assault prevention and awareness. Prior to joining the New Haven team, Lesley supported children within the Arizona Department of Child Safety and offered direct crisis interventions to invite stability and maintain placement in the home, school, or community setting.
Lesley has a passion for assisting those who have experienced trauma, grief, or loss. She firmly believes that such impactful incidents contribute to shifts in beliefs, thinking patterns, and dynamics within social and family relationships. She thoroughly enjoys witnessing individuals develop compassionate views of their responses to these significant experiences. She feels especially privileged to join others in gaining personal courage to fully engage in their healing process. Lesley's gentleness and warmth allows her to connect deeply with others and build meaningful relationships, while empowering those around her to be challenged and improve. She motivates others to recognize the incredible value of personal and hard work. Lesley is experienced in utilizing evidence-based modalities of CPT, TIR, DBT, CBT, and trauma-focused CBT to process emotional distress. Lesley is also skilled in working with depression, anxiety, mood or personality disorders, PTSD, substance use, and suicidality.
Lesley is a mother of two children, who are both precious joys in her life. She enjoys vacationing and travel, especially to Lake Powell or Hawaii. She loves to relax at the movie theater or get lost reading a good book. She has incredible appreciation for music and is a talented opera singer. She adores being surrounded by her siblings and their darling children. In addition, she has a taste for drag racing and loves admiring beautiful cars. Her favorite treat is a Diet Coke and a Swig cookie!
Sophie Wolfe, CTRS
Recreation Therapy Manager
Sophie was raised in the state of Idaho where she spent much of her childhood outdoors, on sports teams, swimming, practicing the piano, making art, and adventuring with her family. The various activities in which she participated helped keep her well-rounded and curious about the world.
Sophie graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation, as well as a minor in visual arts. She did her internship with New Haven and then went on to become nationally certified as a recreation therapist. She worked for two years as a residential supervisor at a residential treatment center in Utah, which helped strengthen her understanding and belief in the powerful role that families have in the healing process.
She is passionate about the world and has a drive for exploring different cultures and understanding other people. She spent a semester studying abroad in Israel. She has also spent time traveling in Turkey, Jordan, and Mexico. While traveling abroad, she was able to discover more about herself, as well as gain a deep love for the beauty that other cultures have to offer.
Sophie lives in Provo with her husband where they enjoy hiking together, attending various community events and festivals, playing board games, working on home improvement projects, playing on intramural and community sports teams, and traveling to Idaho to visit family. She is thrilled to be a part of the New Haven team, where she plays a key role among her coworkers in healing families.
Residential Director – Nightingale House
Ryan was born and raised in Southern California. He moved to Utah to attend college at Dixie State University; where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. During his college years, he spent his summers working at camps for teens and it was here that he discovered his passion for working with youth. After graduating, he worked at various RTC’s before arriving at New Haven. Ryan started as a staff mentor and eventually moved into his current role as Residential Director of the Nightingale community. Ryan truly believes in New Haven's mission and enjoys being a part of the work here. He enjoys hanging out, joking around with the girls and loves using humor to connect and build relationship and uses those relationships to nurture our young women’s strengths, and challenge them to grow.