Staff

Our Team

To accommodate all types of clients, the Suncrest team includes a large group of therapists who work in different orientations and specialties. In this section you will find a brief description/biography personally written by each therapist, introducing you to their experience, areas of interest, special disciplines, and other background.

Rod W. Jeppsen

President
CMHC, CSAT

I love people. I enjoy helping others to become their best selves. Changing human behavior is not easy. I know from my own experience trying to stop unwanted behaviors takes work, patience, and help from others. I want clients to feel connected and that I understand their issues and “get it.” Creating emotional safety so clients can open up, share feelings that they may not have shared before, is part of the process. This way we can work as a team on the real underlying issues that drive the behavior. I enjoy marriage therapy. Working to form an alliance with each partner and flowing with the emotions in the session is not an easy dance.

Credentials:
• Master’s Degree Mental Health Counseling
• Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, CSAT
• Certified Gottman Therapist
• Certified Emotionally Focused Therapy, EFT
• Certified TEAM-CBT Therapist: Level 1
• Trained in Lifespan Integration

Counseling Focus:
• Addictions and Compulsive Behavior (Sexual, Substance, Food, Financial, Anger, Gambling)
• Marriage, Family Counseling
• Counseling Issues for Professionals
• Bereavement and Grief Counseling
• Addiction Group Therapy for Men

Brady Cook

Chief Marketing Officer

I’m fortunate to be at Suncrest Counseling, surrounded by this team of experts and specialists in mental health. With my experience in marketing and advertising, I work on strategies to combat the stigma surrounding mental illness and build awareness around access to education and treatment services. Stereotypes contribute significantly to a lack of understanding and fear of getting help — affecting many who struggle and their loved ones who support them. I’m excited to be a part of the Suncrest team, helping reduce mental health stigma by providing more tools, anecdotes, and educational content for individuals, families, and workplaces.

Credentials:
• Masters of Business Administration, Executive Management
• Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising

Areas Focus:
• Learning Apps and Tools
• Continuing Education Training and Events
• Preventative Care Awareness
• Website Design and Development
• Neurofeedback Training Programs

Michelle Bowman

LCSW
Vice President, Human Resources

For me, being a therapist is an honor and privilege. Witnessing people grow and overcome difficult obstacles is simply inspiring. I love working with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma (PTSD), and addictions; including pornography and substance abuse. My approach is an integration of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, empowerment, and solution-focused. My goal is to help clients find happiness, reach their potential, and create a bright future.

Credentials:
• Master’s Degree in Social Work from Utah State University
• Licensed Clinical Social Worker
• Trained in Lifespan Integration
• Trained in Sand Tray Therapy

Counseling Focus:
• Anxiety and Depression
• Trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Women’s Issues
• Addictions including Pornography and Substance Abuse
• Stress Management
• Grief/Bereavement

Taylor Allred

MSW, CSW

Engaging in a profession that allows me to help others identify and access their unique strengths to help them navigate life’s most challenging issues is an honor and a privilege. I am amazed by human resilience and appreciate the opportunity to provide my clients with a safe, warm atmosphere to be heard and understood. Prior to receiving my master’s degree at Utah State University, I worked with various populations as a social worker including people with disabilities, high-risk families, and families/individuals affected by substance abuse. I believe in an eclectic approach to therapy combining cognitive behavioral and emotion-focused skills to best help a client reach their goals. I have a passion for utilizing self-compassion techniques to find healing from the past and motivation for the future.

Credentials:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice
• Master’s Degree in Social Work
• Certified Social Worker
• Trained in Gottman, Level 1
• Trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Counseling Focus:
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Addiction
• Substance Abuse
• Grief/Loss
• Communication Skills
• Self-Compassion
• Adolescent Issues

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Merri Brohamer

LCSW

As unique individuals, we all learn our own ways of coping with uncomfortable feelings and situations. I truly believe that, as humans, we do the best that we know how. Quite often our behaviors are tied to past traumatic events from early childhood, or even responses to our current situations. I take a shame-free, compassionate approach to help you better cope with and change, not only your perspective, but the way that you respond to your current life situations. I will help you learn the definition of healthy boundaries, and help you build the foundation needed for continued health and well-being. I will always bring in a level of self-compassion to promote healing, and ultimately, to restore peace in your life.

Credentials:
• Master’s degree in Social Work
• Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies
• Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
• Nationally Certified Paramedic and Paramedic Instructor
• Member of PSI Utah, Specializing in Perinatal Mood Disorders
• Certified Strengthening Families instructor
• Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
• Certified in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Certified in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)
• Certified in Gottman Level 1
• Trained in Internal Family Systems Theory (IFS)
• Trained in Trauma work with First-responders (Police, Fire, EMS)

Counseling Focus:
• Anxiety and Depression
• Emotional Regulation, Mood Disorders, Addiction
• Relationship Distress, Life after Divorce, Religious Trauma, Faith Realignment
• Grief and Loss, Infant Loss, and Infertility
• First-responders (Police, Fire, EMS)
• Attachment Issues, Codependency, Trauma-bonding,
• Individuals, Couples, and Families, Blended Families, Marriage, LGBTQ+

Jon A. Call

LMFT
AF Assistant Clinical Director

I love working with individuals, couples, and families. I believe that we all have challenges that we have to face in life. Unfortunately, we don’t get to choose what those challenges will be, but we can choose how we will deal with them. I believe that by confronting and working through difficult challenges we can heal and have far better days ahead. I take an optimistic, non-judgemental, approach to helping individuals come up with plans that address the challenges that they are facing.

I enjoy working with Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Narrative Therapy, Structural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Brief Therapy (CBT).

Credentials:
• Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT)
• Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science (Family Studies)
• Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
• Spanish speaking

Counseling Focus:
• Anxiety and depression
• Addiction recovery
• Pornography addiction
• Marriage and couples counseling
• Marriage enrichment
• Individuals, couples, families
• Crisis of faith and spiritual/religious issues
• Grief and bereavement
• Neurofeedback

Stacey Clark

MSW, CSW

I am a Utah native with an interest in building strong communities. I developed a passion for the mental health and well-being of children, individuals, and families by supporting K-12 students as a school social worker. In addition, I have many years of experience working with individuals and couples struggling with grief and loss through the SHARE Parents of Utah program. I have worked with victims of domestic violence and collaborated with the Herriman City Police Department in facilitating the organization of their Peer Court. Through these experiences, I found that healing begins by building trust through a therapeutic alliance. This is where I strive to provide a warm, safe, encouraging space, utilizing my education, creativity, and experience to draw upon modalities tailored to meet specific needs. Through this effort, I believe that clients will be empowered to live their best lives by taking them from a state of surviving to a level of thriving. My favorite quote by Brene’ Brown is: “Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we will ever do.” It is an honor and privilege in allowing me to help you own your story. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, running, hiking, biking, and paddle boarding.

Credentials:
• Bachelor degree in Social Work from the University of Utah
• Master’s Degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University
• Certified Social Worker
• Trained in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
• Trained in EMDR and Telehealth
• Trained in Level 1 “Why Try” Resilience Breakthrough for Youth
• Certified UCASA Sexual Assault Counselor

Counseling Focus:
• Anxiety and Depression
• Grief and Loss
• Stress Management
• Divorce
• Children/teens
• Addiction in Pornography
• Women’s Issues
• Trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Cameron Cox

MSW, CSW-I

No matter what challenges are out of our control, we can live in the present moment to accept our thoughts, feelings, body, and actions within our control. My goal is to offer a safe non-judgmental space to support and empower individuals. I believe together we can create a new path forward by understanding the present moment.

My approach as a therapist is to draw from evidence based therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), and Mindfulness practice.

Credentials:
• Master’s Degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University (MSW)
• Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from University of Utah (BSW)
• Domestic Violence Certified
• Approved Affiliate Provider for sex offense treatment for offenders under the supervision of the Department of Corrections

Counseling Focus:
• Anxiety/Depression
• Crisis of Faith/Religious Issues
• Grief/Bereavement
• Same Sex Attraction
• Substance Abuse/Addiction
• Teenagers

Shelli Densley

AMFT, CFLE

I believe that as human beings we long for, crave, and need for our survival connection with one another. Some of our most cherished connective relationships are within families particularly between spouses, parents, and children. These relationships can be filled with joy. They can also be filled with pain and heartache. In the course of navigating life, sometimes we need help with these relationships. I believe there is hope in re-establishing the love, trust and hope that has vanished. I also believe that we have the power and capacity to change.

In the therapeutic relationship, we work together to create an atmosphere of safety where emotions can be explored, communication skills can be acquired, and love and trust can be restored individually and within relationships. I consider it an honor to be part of this journey.

Credentials:
• Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy
• Master’s degree in Family and Human Development
• Associate License Marriage and Family Therapy
• Certified Family Life Educator
• Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
• Member of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
• Trained in Gottman Levels 1, 2 and 3
• Trained in Restoration Therapy

Counseling Focus:
• Anxiety and Depression
• Emotional Regulation
• Relationship Distress
• Grief and Loss
• Marriage Enrichment
• Attachment Issues
• Individuals, Couples, and Families

Jacqui Howden

LCSW

I use mindfulness-based therapy methods and have training to help adults who have experienced childhood trauma especially sexual abuse and current issues with self-harm, dissociation, and suicidal thoughts. I enjoy working with couples who would like to repair or simply improve their relationship. Education is part of the process of change and I hope to give you materials and information to help you through the healing process. I look forward to sharing many helpful tools to help with anxiety and depression, regulate emotions, and increase awareness in order to find a healthy balance and improve well-being. I would be honored to provide a non-judgmental and compassionate safe-space to listen to what you have to say and provide encouragement and support to you on your journey of healing.

Credentials:
• Master’s Degree Social Work with emphasis in Mental Health – University of Utah (MSW)
• Bachelor’s Degree Family Science with emphasis in Psychology – Brigham Young University (BS)
• Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
• Certified in Lifespan Integration (LI)
• Certified Domestic Violence Therapist
• Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
• UCASA trained Sexual Assault Counselor
• Trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Trained in Gottman Marriage Therapy
• Trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
• Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
• Trained in Suicide Prevention and Treatment
• Trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
• Trained in Sex Therapy
• Trained in Self-Harm Prevention
• Trained in Ashtanga Yoga Instructor
• French Speaking

Counseling Focus:
• Anxiety and Depression
• Trauma/Sexual Abuse
• Relationship Issues including sexual/intimacy concerns
• Survivors of Domestic Violence
• Grief/Loss
• Self-Harm
• Suicidal Ideation

Lynda Healey

APRN
Medical Director

Lynda Healey, APRN serves as Medical Director for Suncrest Counseling. She received her undergraduate degrees in nursing at BYU-Idaho and Weber State University. She completed her MSN at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been active in multiple roles in her more than 30 years of active practice in the nursing profession. In 2007 she received recognition from Intermountain Healthcare for Excellence in Nursing Leadership. She is a member of the Utah Psychiatric Nurses Association, the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses and The International Honor Society of Nurses Sigma Theta Tau. She has also enjoyed serving medical mission trips to both Africa and Haiti. Lynda is passionate about her profession, believes that excellent mental health services should be available to everyone. She strives to de-stigmatize mental illness through community education and practicing a collaborative relationship model with her patients.

Credentials:
• Undergraduate degrees in Nursing from BYU-Idaho and Weber State University
• Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah
• ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
• Member of the Utah Psychiatric Nurses Association, the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses, and The International Honor Society of Nurses Sigma Theta Tau

Clinical Focus:
• Anxiety
• Depression

Tres Hatch

CMHC

As humans, we learn to cope with unpleasant feelings and situations using our innate strengths and learned behaviors. Despite doing our best those strategies are sometimes ineffective or unhelpful. The way we try to avoid pain may cause us distress and create problems that become hard-wired into our identity and reduce our ability to function and connect fully with others. Many times, childhood attachment breaches impact our ability to feel secure in later relationships and show up as interpersonal or addiction problems. In a warm, supportive environment we can experience change as we embrace what we feel, become aware of our emotional and behavioral patterns, and choose helpful thoughts. My mission as a therapist is to help you cope, think, and feel better using a wide range of empirically-based interventions. I believe in your ability to heal.

Credentials:
• Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
• Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies (U of U)
• Nationally certified counselor (NCC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
• Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA)
• Member of the Utah Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (UAMFT)
• Trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Lifespan Integration for trauma (LI), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Gottman Level 1, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Child-centered Play Therapy, and Sand Tray.

Counseling Focus:
• Anxiety and Depression
• Self-worth
• Trauma, sexual abuse, and betrayal trauma
• Self-harm and suicidal ideation
• Child and teen struggles
• Addiction issues: substance, porn, sex, compulsive eating
• LGBTQ+ struggles
• Faith and spiritual crisis
• Eating disorders
• Personality disorders
• Mindfulness

Angela Gehrke

MSW, CSW

I embrace the saying, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Life can be hard and unfair, and I believe we are all doing the best we’ve learned how. As a therapist, my goal is not only to listen and help clients identify their strengths and resources, but also the obstacles holding them back from further growth. There are many factors that influence the way we think, feel and behave. I use a compassionate, hopeful approach to help clients process their experiences and develop adaptive ways to cope and thrive.

My specialty is helping individuals heal from past attachment wounds that are negatively affecting their current relationships. I have extensive experience working with spouses who have been devastated by the consequences of infidelity, compulsive sexual behaviors, abuse, and other betrayals.

Credentials:
• Master’s Degree in Social Work (Utah State)
• Bachelor’s degree in Family Science, Human Development (BYU)
• Certified Social Worker
• Trained in Gottman Method, Levels I & II
• Trained in Gottman Emotion Coaching
• Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
• Trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
• Trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Counseling Focus:
• Trauma/Sexual Abuse
• Betrayal Trauma
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Grief/Loss
• Dating
• Marriage & Couple Therapy
• Life after Divorce/Breakup
• Self-Empowerment
• ADD/ADHD
• Emotion Coaching

Sandra R. Jensen

PhD, LMFT
I think our marriage is the most important relationship we enter into as adults.  So, If your marriage isn’t going well, your whole world can feel like it is crumbling.  I am an EFT trained therapist.  I have over 25 years of experience working with the strong emotions that get evoked within marriage sessions. If you and your spouse are stuck in the same painful go-arounds; even if you’ve lost sight of each other and feel numb; there is still hope.  I am also trained in EMDR and Lifespan Integration, both unique individual treatments for trauma and loss.

Credentials:
• Doctorate Degree Marriage and Family Therapy
• Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
• Advanced Training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT)
• Advanced Training in Lifespan Integration
• Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Counseling Focus:
• Marriage Counseling
• Family Counseling
• Trauma
• Attachment Issues

Laurie Loveland

CMHC

You may be reading this because you are struggling, perhaps you have tried everything you can think of to feel better, to solve your problems, or to make things right and nothing seems to turn out in the way you expect. Life can be very challenging and sometimes very painful. Relationships can also be difficult and it’s easy to become stuck–unsure of exactly how you got to where you are and how you can make changes. My goal is to listen in a non-judgmental way in order to help you open your mind to the realities along with the possibilities of your situation and find what you are truly looking for. Helping people is my passion. I absolutely love what I do!  There are very few things in my life that give me greater joy than being with people who are able to trust me walking with them along a path to a more hopeful and happy life. I earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Utah, and prior to that, a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from BYU. I guess you could say that I am a born caretaker. I feel privileged to be able to help people through difficult and transitional times of their lives and would love to see if I can help you get from where you are to where you want to be; being able to live life to its fullest.

Credentials:
• Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from BYU
• MeD in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Utah
• Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

Counseling Focus:
• Anxiety and depression
• Trauma
• Addiction
• Grief/loss
• Women’s issues
• Relationship issues

Catherine Lundell

PhD, LMFT

We all need support to navigate the story of our life. Some chapters are challenging and others hold times of joy, but in the midst of the hard times we need someone to help us see what’s happening and learn how to get back to the joy. I am constantly amazed by the resilience of the human spirit and its ability to heal from painful events and life stressors. The past can have a powerful influence on the present, and I am dedicated to helping people recover from trauma, heal wounds, and establish new healthy life patterns with themselves and in their relationships. My focus is to help others, through empathy and insight, to navigate their life story, to become their best selves despite life’s struggles, and to live their lives with those they love.

Credentials:
• PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy (BYU)
• Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (BYU)
• Bachelor’s Degree in Family Science (BYU)
• Licensed Marriage and Family therapist in Utah
• Licensed Marriage and Family therapist in California

Counseling Focus:
• Marriage and Couple work
• Family Stress
• Depression and Anxiety
• Addictions
• Trauma recovery
• Parenting
• Adolescent struggles
• Grief and Loss
• Infertility and/or adoption struggles

Ashley Miller

MSW, CSW

Too often in life people are subjected to trauma, often at a young age. This combined with the basic fact that life is hard can be overwhelming. Knowing where to begin the healing can be the hardest step. I aim to help others work through the rough parts of life so they can live their life to the fullest and experience true joy. As we talk in a compassionate and nonjudgmental environment, I learn about the strengths every individual has and see them as a person worthy and deserving of healing. To make everyone comfortable, I encourage the use of communication in various forms. This can take place through play, art, music, or the standard forms of talking and writing. I love being a witness to the innate power in every individual when they are provided an environment with unconditional love where they can truly grow with the support and guidance of another.

Credentials:
• Master’s Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University
• Certified Social Worker (CSW)
• JSORRAT-II Trained

Counseling Focus:
• Anxiety and Depression
• Children/Child Play & Teenagers
• Grief and Loss
• Trauma

Cody Northup

MSW, CSW

Sometimes our biggest challenges in life are also our most vulnerable ones and going to a counselor can feel quite scary. This is why I believe that it is important to use a warm and genuine approach through person-centered therapy and motivational interviewing. Through my education in social work and background in child welfare, I believe in the goodness of people, their ability to grow, and ultimately accomplish their goals. It is an honor to be part of their journey.

Credentials:
• Masters degree in Social Work
• Certified Social Worker

Counseling Focus:
• Anxiety/Depression
• Stress Management
• Emotional Regulation
• Developing Coping Skills
• Anger Management
• Substance Abuse/Addiction

Ryan Nielsen

CMHC

I work with a wide variety of mental health and relationship issues. I counsel with clients struggling with addictions of all kinds and have extensive experience working with men struggling with pornography and other sexual addictions. I tend to see things from an attachment and emotional focus and feel that problems in attachment relationships (key, love relationships) are at the core of addictions as well as many other mental health problems. I believe that our need for love and attachment is absolute and cradle to grave. Further, I see that mental health problems, relationship issues and addictions arise when we deny our real feelings and as our core emotional needs go unrecognized and unmet. I also feel that family history and dynamics shape individuals and must be considered.

Credentials:
• Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology
• Master’s Degree, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
• Advanced Trained in Lifespan Integration

Counseling Focus:
• Anxiety Disorders / Depression
• Addictions/Substance Abuse/Sexual Addiction/Pornography
• Relationship/Marriage Counseling
• Trauma
• Sexual Disorders/Difficulties
• Mindfulness
• Attachment
• Personality Disorders

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Brad Pedersen

LCSW, MSW

I love helping people find happiness as they navigate life’s challenges. I believe that in order to work through many of life’s difficulties, many factors must often be considered. I strive to create an accepting environment that helps you achieve your goals, in ways that work best for you. My counseling style is accepting, values-based, collaborative, confidential, honest, and focused on progress. I offer a perspective grounded in varied life experiences.

Credentials:
• Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
• Master’s Degree in Social Work (Utah State University)
• Trained in Lifespan Integration
• Trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy
• Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists

Counseling Focus:
• Addictions including Substance Abuse and Pornography
• Individual therapy
• Dating and Singles
• Relationships, Communication, Listening
• Depression

Tom Pincock

CMHC

Throughout history, we as humans have developed thousands of ways to communicate with verbal and non-verbal communication. We have developed several wonderful languages. We have created countless number of paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, poems, books, movies, plays, dances, and music—all for one reason—to be understood.  As humans, we have an innate desire to be understood.  Personally, there is nothing more rewarding as a therapist than to be there for another person who desires to be understood.  As a therapist, I take a non-judgmental, and compassionate approach, by striving to show unconditional positive regard to each individual I see. I encourage each person I see to feel free to communicate, not just through verbal means, but also through art, music, writing, play, and more.

Credentials:
• Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling
• Clinical Mental Health Counselor (Utah)
• Certified Prime for Life Instructor
• Domestic Violence Training
• Child Play Therapy Training
• Member of the American Mental Health Counseling Association

Counseling Focus:
• Anxiety and Depression
• Addiction, Substance Abuse
• Child Play Therapy
• Self Worth
• Teenagers and Related Issues
• Neurofeedback

Rebecca Powell

Medical Doctor

I am privileged to be in a profession where I can aid both adults and children on their journey of improving emotional wellness and resilience. As a psychiatric physician for all ages, I enjoy taking care of any and all family members who require medications to complement their therapeutic work or medications as a stand-alone treatment when indicated. An individual’s mental wellness touches all aspects of their lives, and partnering with those who need my expertise is vital.

Credentials:
• Undergraduate – Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah
• Medical School – University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah
• Residency in Pediatrics/ Adult Psychiatry/ Child & Adolescent Psychiatry – University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah

Brad Rentfro

CMHC

Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to help people overcome the issues that have become prevalent in today’s individuals and families. In 2000 I began working with adolescents and their families in residential treatment. I saw so much pain, caused by unresolved issues, misunderstanding, and trauma. I began running a trauma group shortly after, and I realized that I had found my calling in life. I love seeing people recapture the joy in their lives and relationships. My approach involves looking deeper than just the symptoms most seek treatment for to what is behind them and driving those issues. Understanding and addressing the core issue is like digging out the roots of a weed instead of just clipping off the leaves above the surface. It’s the only way to keep the symptoms from growing back.

Credentials:
• Master’s Degree in Counseling
• Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
• Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
• Trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Clinical Focus:
• Trauma / PTSD Treatment
• Anxiety & Depression
• Substance Abuse
• Adolescent Issues
• Eating Disorders
• Marriage & Family Counseling
• Parenting Training
• Personality Disorders
• Trauma Specific Group Therapy

Lorena Rico

Medical Assistant, Instructor

Working for Suncrest Counseling is a great opportunity to grow both professionally and personally. As a medical assistant for the past 10 years, I love caring for people and treating them with the respect they deserve. Being a part of the Suncrest team is truly a blessing because they genuinely care about their clients too. Help, support and trust are just a few of the values that make me feel connected to our clients and staff. I know this experience will help me grow to become a better person.

Focus:
• Assist Providers
• Taking patients’ vitals signs
• Calling prescription in to pharmacies
• Following up on patients’ visits
• Updating patients’ charts
• Working with insurances for prior-authorization medication
• Maintain confidentiality of patients’ medical records
• Request medical records and sent medical records requested
• Phlebotomy (blood draws, laboratory tests, lab results, etc.)

Stephanie Snuffer

ACMHC

“I was born in a cross-fire hurricane” is a line from the song Jumpin Jack Flash by “The Rolling Stones,” but it is also what life can feel like when we are distressed, anxious, depressed, or unsettled. Working as a teacher, I observed first-hand the increasing sadness, anxiety, overwhelm and disconnection that students, parents, and teachers were experiencing. This can happen for a variety of reasons. Seeing the need for more support was my motivation for becoming a therapist. I believe you deserve to be your best self and sometimes you might need a little help and mentoring to get there. I am by nature solution-focused, but I also believe people inherently have their own answers, and I want to provide a non-judgmental, safe space for you to find them. Change can come in many ways including through education, behavior, mindfulness, play therapy, art therapy, movement, and stories. I would be honored to share that journey with you in any way you wish.

Credentials:
• Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
• Bachelor’s degree in English Literature
• Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA)
• Member of the Utah Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (UAMFT)
• Trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
• Trained in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
• Trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Trained in Gottman, Levels I and II
• Child-centered Play Therapy and Sand Tray

Counseling Focus:
• Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy
• Premarital Counseling
• Children and Teens
• Addictions and Substance Use
• Anxiety and Depression
• Grief/Loss
• Parent Education
• Mindfulness
• Personality Disorders
• Self Worth
• Emotional Regulation
• ADHD/ADD
• Trauma
• Attachment Issues

Diane L. Spangler

PhD, Clinical Psychologist

I am fascinated by the human mind and by human emotion and behavior. I feel honored to have the privilege to work with people who are in the midst of exploring their own thoughts, emotions and behavioral patterns to allow for improvement in their lives. In addition to providing therapy and training therapists for over 20 years, I have also been deeply engaged in research on the diagnosis, causes and treatment of psychological disorders. My approach to treatment is therefore grounded in science, and I strive to offer my clients the most cutting edge, scientifically-validated treatments personalized to their specific needs, symptoms, and difficulties.

Credentials:
• Professor (Department of Psychology, Brigham Young University)
• Visiting Professor (Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University)
• Research Fellow (Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine)
• Doctoral Degree in Psychology (University of Oregon)
• Licensed Clinical Psychologist
• Board Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy
• Beck Scholar, Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy
• Certified in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy
• Certified in TEAM therapy

Clinical Focus:
• Depression
• Anxiety Disorders (GAD, PTSD, OCD, Panic, Phobia)
• Eating Disorders
• Insomnia
• Spiritual/Religious Issues
• Emotion Regulation

Amelia Wilcox

MSW, CSW

I believe in the power of change. I believe that each day we wake up and get to decide to do something different, but sometimes, we need help with that. I view my mission as a therapist to help people grow. We have all had difficult times in our lives and it is incredibly brave to seek help to make a course correction, or to find a totally new path. Robert Tew said “Be patient with yourself. You are growing stronger every day. The weight of the world will become lighter…and you will begin to shine brighter. Don’t give up.”

A few of the techniques I incorporate into my sessions include narrative therapy, relational theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, and mindfulness.

Credentials:
• Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Weber State University
• Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boise State University
• Certified Social Worker (CSW)
• Member of National Association of Social Workers
• Domestic Violence Certified

Counseling Focus:
• Individual Therapy
• Couples Therapy
• Adolescent Struggles
• Anxiety and Depression
• Trauma
• Stress Management
• Emotional Regulation; Developing Coping Skills
• Anger Management
• Domestic Violence
• Substance Abuse and Addiction

Sarah Windes

CMHC

There are times when we find ourselves metaphorically stuck on the side of the road.  We experience the sense that something needs to change.  It can be very discouraging and lonely to find ourselves without the fuel or energy to get back on a path pointing in a direction that matters to us.  At times like this, we might find ourselves needing some support.  Perhaps we are battling a relentless loop of familiar thoughts that we can not seem to shift.  Maybe we are struggling to hold onto our independence while also forming or sustaining lasting connection to people we care about.  Possibly there are parts of our story that test our view of ourselves.  We may be relating to ourselves conditionally, believing we don’t have the heart, the brains, or the courage to keep going.

I believe human beings inherently have everything they need to make it through their journey.  I find it a privilege to witness individuals relating to their story differently, and finding what is golden about it.  As individuals give themselves permission to heal parts of their story with self compassion, they find that what was initially limiting is now empowering and emboldening. I believe in helping individuals relate differently to their thoughts and fully arrive at experiencing their emotions, rather than falling back on defensive behaviors.  These behaviors may help individuals survive moments, but I value helping individuals to fully live moments.  Additionally, I believe it is critical to recognize and understand nervous system activation and how it impacts our stories.  I prioritize finding effective ways to soothe our bodies to a physiological state that allows for greater connection to the present moment, ourselves and others.  I see it as a great privilege to support individuals as they find a sense of feeling “at home” in themselves, so as to access the greatest possible quality of life.

Credentials:
• Bachelor’s Degree in English
• Secondary Education Teaching Credential
• Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
• EMDR Trained
• Gottman Level 1 Trained
• Trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Counseling Focus:
• Individual Therapy
• Children and Adolescents
• Art Therapy
• Compassion Focused
• Culturally Sensitive
• Emotionally Focused
• Experiential Therapy
• Person-Centered
• Play Therapy
• Sandplay

Aimee Zwahlen

Neurofeedback Technician

As a Neurofeedback Technician, I love watching the personal growth and progress this form of therapy leads to with my clients. It is exciting getting to know people through working toward a common goal of health and wellness. Each of our brains are unique and fascinating, and I love helping our clients meet their peak performance. Spending time with clients is a joy and I strive to make that time a time of comfort, relaxation, and peace.

Naomi Romano

Day Treatment Coordinator

As an administrative assistant at Suncrest’s South Jordan location, I have the responsibility and sincere delight of helping people from all walks of life find the professional counseling they need. Everyone encounters challenges from time to time, and no one should be forced to endure their troubles alone. Suncrest prides itself on providing the best possible counseling experience… I take my job very seriously because that experience starts with me!

Kaylie Dillman

Accounting and Insurance Assistant

I am responsible and perform accounting activities such as updating and maintaining accounting records and preparing various accounting statements, billing documents, and financial reports; enters, retrieves, and maintains information in Quickbooks; prepares invoices, and coordinates mailings; calculates, posts, reconciles, and verifies duties to obtain primary financial data and collects payments. I also oversee submitting all claims to insurance companies as well as follow up on all insurance claims.

Credentials:
• One year of accounting experience
• Two years of insurance experience
• Three years of experience in an office setting
• Associates degree in General Studies at Snow College

Susan Larson

Administrative Assistant, Bountiful Office

I am so happy to be working at Suncrest where I have the opportunity to meet our clients face-to-face. My goal is to make each one of our clients feel valued, respected, and comfortable during their time at Suncrest. We have a great staff of therapists in our Bountiful Office that I have the pleasure to interact with and assist daily. All of the years of Customer Service and Management experience that I have is invaluable in my current position at Suncrest. We are here to help our clients on their journey of life and make it the best life it can possibly be.

Paisley Cummings

Neurofeedback Technician

I absolutely love being a Neurofeedback Technician here at Suncrest. As my client, giving you the best care each and every time, is my priority. I want you to walk away from each brain training or mapping session with me, feeling comfortable and heard. I truly want the best for everyone I am able to work with, and I believe Neurofeedback to be a great tool to help you on your road to brighter days.

Anna Robertson

Community Outreach Specialist

Life becomes more meaningful when we genuinely care for the well being of those around us. We all have been given strengths that can bless others, if we choose to share them. Working as an entrepreneur has given me grit & interpersonal skills that allow me to connect well with our clients here at Suncrest. Outside of the office I enjoy dancing, swimming, traveling, and playing music.