LMFT, Clinical Director
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, 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 state approved supervisor overseeing recent graduates and associate therapists who are working towards their licensure.
Jennifer has over 14 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.
CMHC, Primary Therapist
Susan is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who enjoys helping others work through the experiences that have had major impacts on them. She loves assisting people to find peace, joy, balance, and a sense of optimism and hope for their future. Here’s what she wants you to know:
“I love what I do! I am a client centered therapist and believe there is no one perfect way to do therapy that fits for every person. Each client is unique and you are the expert on you. I view my job as helping to guide you through the healing process and giving you a safe place to feel your emotions and be yourself. I am dedicated to helping clients make the progress they want in their lives.”
Regardless of whether there has been a specific trauma or not, we have all been affected by challenges and have felt hurt at some point. Susan believes in a holistic approach to healing that includes more than just talking about “problems”, but also looking at strengths and finding hope. Her therapy approach addresses the needs of the “whole person” in order to help build healthy coping tools, establish good habits, challenge unhealthy beliefs, increase a sense of self worth/identity/esteem, heal emotional wounds and put an end to the cycles and patterns that hold individuals back from living the life they want to live.
Susan is experienced in working with a variety of issues including: Trauma related issues, Post Traumatic Stress, C-PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Abuse (emotional, sexual, verbal, etc.), Relationship Issues, Couples Therapy, Life Transitions, Identity Conflicts (LGBTQ), Addictions, and Substance Use Recovery. She is also trained in EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, and other forms of therapy. She works with adults and is particularly great with adolescents from ages 12 years through young adulthood.
CSW, Associate Therapist
“As a social worker I am passionate about improving the world in which we live.” Hope is a certified social worker who creates a safe, calm, and non-judgmental space where people can open up and address the tough issues in their lives. She enjoys working with adults and children of all backgrounds ages five years and older, as well as couples and families.
Hope earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of Utah. Since graduating in 2013 she has worked in a variety of settings where she has excelled in working with grand-families, adoptions, and in after-school programs for children at risk. She is also experienced in parenting dynamics and is working towards her certification in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).
Hope has five years of experience working in university settings focusing on prevention, teaching, research, and child welfare. At Utah State University she assessed preschool aged children in phonological awareness and literacy. She spent three years teaching an online undergraduate course on Family Theories and Dynamics relating to development, structural functionalism, systems theory, feminism, family conflict, and symbolic interactionism.
Hope uses a variety of therapeutic approaches (solution focused, strengths based, attachment centered, etc.) to help clients move forward and better face life’s challenges. She has specific training in trauma informed techniques such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and Trust Based Relationship Intervention (TBRI). Hope also enjoys working with individuals that identify as LGBTQ+ and has specific training in using LGBTQ+ affirming language.