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.