Mother Teresa House
Mother Teresa – Servant
A Servant is one who puts aside all thought and concern for herself in order to focus on the needs of others. Mother Teresa left personal comfort and security behind to search out those whom the world had forgotten – those who have nothing. Mother Teresa’s life of service is a bright beacon of hope in a society darkened by selfishness – she is an inspiration to us all.
Mother Teresa House Staff
Jessica Jenkins, LCMHC, EAGALA Certified
Clinical Director – Teresa House
Jessica's work in residential treatment began many years ago when she worked as a residential staff at a co-ed treatment facility while completing her BS in Behavioral Science, with an emphasis in Psychology, at Utah Valley University. After earning her Bachelor's Degree, Jessica went on to complete a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling, during which time she worked as the residential director of a treatment facility for adolescent sex offenders with co-occurring disorders. Jessica is a fully licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the State of Utah, and has enjoyed many years of experience working with court-appointed and privately placed at-risk youth and their families in the RTC setting, as well as with young adults preparing to transition from proctor care into adult living home and community settings. Early in her clinical experience, Jessica spent a year working in a clinical outpatient setting with the general population. While every clinical venue she has worked in has a place in her heart, Jessica has found that her true passion is in working with youth and their families, and she brings this passion to New Haven coupled with her motto of "home and healthy." She believes in helping each of her clients identify and embrace their individual worth and within that process make peace with their past, look forward to their future and live mindfully in the present.
Jessica has experience working with anxiety, mood disorders, executive functioning deficits and spectrum disorders, trauma, attachment, relationship dynamics, substance abuse, sexual misconduct, eating disorders and various co-morbid issues. Jessica is also certified in equine assisted psychotherapy and has several years of experience working with youth in therapeutic equine settings, both as a therapist and a co-facilitator. Jessica has a passion for working with youth in experiential settings, and a strong belief in using a relationship-based approach to facilitate hope and healing within individuals and families. Jessica also has experience facilitating parent and family workshops and multi-family group work. She firmly believes that the healthy relationships and proactive support systems developed through these experiences are an essential component to the individual and familial healing process.
Jezelle Cutia, TRS, CTRS
Jezelle is from San Jose, CA; but her parents are originally from the Philippines. Jezelle moved to Utah to continue her education at Brigham Young University where she earned a degree in Recreation Management with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation, and a minor in Family Life. Jezelle interned with New Haven in Recreation Therapy while also working as a member of residential staff. Although her schedule was busy during this time, she developed a passion for learning about family systems and helping families improve their quality of life.
Jezelle enjoys doing anything outdoors such as rock climbing and hiking. She also loves to play basketball and learn different musical instruments.
Born in California, Carrie has spent the majority of her life in Southern Utah enjoying the red rocks and intense hot weather. Carrie received her bachelors of science in Psychology at Southern Utah University. While doing her undergraduate work Carrie worked as a staff member at a residential center for teens and found her passion in working with adolescents to overcome and work through difficult feelings and situations. Carrie completed her master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Utah. During her graduate work she worked with adult men and women with mental health and substance abuse problems in residential settings and within the state probation and parole settings. She received extra training in working with children and teens during her education, receiving certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Adolescents. Following the completion of her degree Carrie worked with male and female teens in a highly structured residential setting focused on impulse control and conduct disorder issues, substance abuse, mood disorders, and interpersonal problems.
Carrie was drawn to New Haven for the programs relational focus, knowing that truly effective changes within a person happen in a setting where teens feel the care and concern of their staff, therapists, and teachers.
Carrie has loved her opportunities to lead individual and group therapies, use creative art interventions, and outside of work enjoys reading, swimming, and increasing her American Sign Language skills.
Residential Director - Roosevelt House, Teresa House
Joanne was born in Medford, Oregon. She moved to Utah when she was 16 years old and is the oldest of three children. Joanne has four children of her own and really enjoys her role as a mother. She has also volunteered many hours at a youth organization, both as a leader and organizer for young children and adolescent youth. Through her work with adolescents, she discovered a passion for mentoring young women. In 2014, she found her way to New Haven with the help of a close friend. Joanne has a genuine desire to help families and truly believes in the healing approach at New Haven. Joanne's favorite part of her job is working with the girls and helping them to see their potential.
Joanne has several hobbies which include playing softball and volleyball, quilting, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.