Jennifer is a licensed marriage and family therapist who helps individuals, couples, and families work through challenges in order to find more harmony in their lives. She works with clients from all backgrounds and lifestyles. She is trained in several modalities and predominantly uses a solution focused and cognitive behavioral approach in working with adults, children ages 10 years and older, and teens. As a marriage and family therapist she specializes in understanding and improving relationships with others. Her genuine approach combines therapeutic strategies, understanding, creativity, and humor to guide people through relationship issues, life transitions, and a variety of mental health challenges.
Jennifer has tremendous skill in helping clients create a plan for their lives that sets them up for success rather than staying bogged down by their struggles. She has a knack for working with teenagers and many have commented on her ability to quickly connect, speak their language, really get to know and understand them, and then deliver strategies on how to best help them.
She received her Master’s degree in Family Studies: Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland, and her Bachelor’s degree in Family Science: Human Development from Brigham Young University. Jennifer is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and sits on the board of her local chapter as an election committee member for the Utah Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Jennifer is a state approved supervisor overseeing recent graduates and associate therapists who are working towards their licensure.
In the academic realm, Jennifer has presented on adolescent and family issues at several national conferences including the National Council on Family Relations; Children, Youth, and Families At Risk; Society for Research in Child Development; and Lilly-East Conference on College and University Teaching. Her presentation topics include Advanced Techniques for Teaching Family Life, Relational Aggression in Child Development, and Advancements in Undergraduate Education.
Jennifer has over 10 years experience working as a marriage and family therapist in Utah and Maryland. Prior to opening Cottonwood Creek Counseling, she worked for Redwood Therapy Group, LDS Family Services, Preferred Family Clinic, Candeo, Vesta Inc., and the Family Service Center. Jennifer helps clients find more effective ways to manage a variety of emotional, relational, and mental health needs. She looks forward to using her expertise to help guide you through valuable strategies to manage your challenges in a healthy way and achieve the success you desire.
Cheryl has worked in the mental health field for over 23 years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University with a Major in Family Sciences and a Minor in English. After her undergraduate studies, she engaged in extensive therapy herself and found this process was such a positive catalyst in her life, that she wanted to become a therapist to help others find their own way. She graduated from the University of Utah with her Master’s degree in Social Work.
Cheryl has worked in several different areas of mental health, including residential treatment centers, outpatient settings, as a crisis worker in the hospital’s ER, with the Department of Child and Family Services abuse and neglect investigation team, and as an in-home caseworker. She also worked as a facilitator at the Utah State Hospital directing group psychotherapy and psychoeducational interventions.
Cheryl enjoys working with couples, families, and individuals of all ages, including geriatric, adults, teens, and preteen children ages 10 years and older. Cheryl has worked with clients needing assistance in the following areas: Anxiety, Depression, Gender Identity, Personality Disorders, Marital Issues, Parent-Child Conflict, Co-Dependence, Trauma and PTSD.
Cheryl worked for several years at the Mental Health Center on Hill Air Force Base, treating active duty Soldiers and their spouses. During that time she received extra training in PTSD treatments and helped many work through their difficult experiences. She also has experience with being a military spouse, navigating the challenges of living overseas and then reacclimating to civilian life.
Cheryl has much personal experience in dealing with the challenges life can throw at you. She has worked through dealing with the trauma of her own family members being the victims of two episodes of violence and how that played out in the justice system–one of which ended in a trial and conviction of murder. She understands first hand that it can be a fearful and confusing experience for family members who have had to deal with violence perpetrated against those whom they love.
When not actively engaged in therapy sessions, Cheryl likes to spend time with her four children and five grandchildren. She enjoys scuba diving, downhill skiing, and caring for her yard. She also loves animals and spending time with friends and loved ones. She collects antique furniture and stained glass pieces, though sometimes she wishes she had not obtained so many physical “things” because now she is actively attempting to cleanse her home of so many possessions, and free the energy to really cherish her relationships.