Our Staff

CLINICAL STAFF:

Aimee Fass

Aimee Fass, CMHC

Aimee is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with 7 years’ experience working with adults, children and families. Aimee incorporates mindfulness practices along with evidence-based clinical interventions offering a holistic approach to healing and living. Her approach provides tools to work with painful emotions in a tender and friendly way, rather than avoid or abandon the parts of oneself that are crying out for nurturing. She invites her clients to discover their own basic goodness, and cultivate self-compassion for lasting change. Aimee has experience working with individuals with substance abuse issues, parenting and parent-child concerns, ADHD, Autism spectrum disorders, relationship issues, depression, and anxiety, PTSD.  Aimee is also trained to do EMDR therapy. Aimee is a military veteran, who served in the United States Air Force. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from Park University, and her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from The University of Phoenix.

Melissa Larsen

Melissa Larsen,CMHC

Melissa has a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Westminster College. She empowers individuals to grow and create personal safety by listening with a nonjudgmental ear. With a warm, compassionate approach she seeks to help clients understand their symptoms and develop practical solutions to change their relationship to those symptoms and the stressors involved. With over 6 years in the mental health field, her transparent and down-to-earth approach has assisted clients ages 17-80 with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, LGBTQ-related issues, addiction, surviving sexual and domestic abuse, and spirituality. She has also assisted individuals, couples and families navigating difficult transitions and/or traumas. The types of therapy that she relies on most are Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other mindfulness-based and strength-based approaches.

Sue Stevenson

Sue Stephenson, CMHC

Sue’s therapeutic approach includes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma Focused CBT, Sand Tray, Breath Work, and Guided Imagery. Her professional experience includes children and adolescence at risk and in custody, adolescents in residential and outpatient care. trauma-related issues, learning differences, behavioral problems, family adjustment issues, Autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, attachment issues and working with parents with behavioral plans and supporting parents dealing with these problems with in the home. In addition, she has worked with children, adolescence and adults experiencing difficulty with mood regulation, anxiety, PTSD and severe mental illness. She works with individuals to develop and maintain practical coping skills in support of career transitions, relationship challenges, death and grief, adjustment issues.  She has treated Substance Abuse Disorders, sex addiction and pornography addiction in the GOP, IOP and residential settings. She is experienced in dual-diagnosis treatment for co-occurring mental heal and addiction disorders. Her holistic approach addresses the mind-body connection in healing addictions. She focuses on mindfulness as a coping skill and a lifestyle change in addiction recovery and focusing on the issues that lead to using as a maladaptive coping mechanism.

Lindsay Macfarlane

Lindsey Macfarlane, LCSW

Lindsey specializes in Depression, anxiety, addiction and addiction aftercare. Self-harm, grief and loss, trauma, sexual abuse and sense of self, play therapy and sand tray therapy. Lindsey has 3 years’ experience in pre-natal and postpartum health. Lindsey attended Weber State University for Bachelors of Social Work and New York University for Masters of Social Work Degree.

Shelli Mecham

Shelli Mecham, LCSW

Shelli as provided therapy for individuals, couples and families since 2011.   Areas of focus include EMDR, trauma, substance abuse, polygamy, religious transition, depression and anxiety. Shelli brings a concern for those who have been harmed by physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and works with the client to strengthen and heal the individual spirit to live authentically and safely.    She believes in a strengths-based, holistic approach to healing from mental health challenges, focusing on building self-compassion and strengthening healthy coping skills and self-sufficiency through mindfulness, CBT, EMDR and psychodynamic therapies.

Lorrie Belnap

Lorrie Belnap, LCSW

Lorrie has been working with at risk youth and their families in crisis for over a decade. She has previous experience working with the forensic population, domestic violence, alcohol and drug dependence, and with individuals who have severe persistent mental illnesses. Special interests include mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, loss, parenting and parenting-child relationships. She enjoys working with ungovernable teens, individuals, families, step families and couples. Lorrie is bilingual and speaks Spanish fluently.

Richard Kirschner CMHC

Richard D. Kirschner, CMHC

“Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.” (William Shakespeare) When human beings of all ages experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel and for them to turn to substances for survival. My great passion is bringing the empowerment of healing to people who are suffering with addiction or are suffering due to having been through a traumatic/stressful experience (or both). I help my clients, who include Children and Adolescents, adults, couples and families, to lessen the impact of substances; by lessening there suffering, by helping them find and process their core issues, thus discovering and nurturing healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthening their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole and safe: So they are empowered. “If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.” (Thich Nhat Hanh) I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual, and so I have been trained in a range of interventions including Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive and
Dialectical therapies, Trauma Focused Behavioral Therapy, Psychodrama and Solution Focused Therapy, and systems therapy for families. My educational background includes an MFA in Child Drama/development, an M.Ed. in Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix and certification in Trauma Focused-CBT. I hold licensure in Utah as a CMHC. “We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.” (Thich Nhat Hanh) I am looking forward to walking by your side and sharing your journey with you.

Lanette Best CMHC

Lanette R. Best, CMHC

Lanette is a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors, with over 15 years experience. She is certified in Basic EMDR with the EMDRIA Institute since 2012. Lanette has had advanced training in Trauma Treatment with the International Association of Trauma Professionals and is a Certified Expert Trauma Professional, and specializes in all levels of trauma treatment and dissociation. She is experienced in working with victims of domestic violence and people dealing with substance abuse issues. She has had training in Motivational Interviewing and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. Lanette has worked with diverse groups, including those with eating disorders, individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, refugees, and individuals who have experienced the trauma of war.

Denise Brooks LCSW

Denise Brooks, LCSW

Denise believes that individuals can build a life worth living.
Often, individuals struggling with emotional and mental health challenges grew up in a non-validating environment and did not learn effective coping skills. She is committed to the belief that knowledge is power, and has great hope that clients, who are committed to counseling in a safe, honest and validating environment, will decrease their emotional and mental distress. She specializes in evidence-based DBT and ACT therapies for individuals with borderline-personality traits (emotional deregulation, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and difficulties with relationships), addiction, anxiety and crisis resolution. Denise has a Master’s Degree and experience in gerontology and is passionate about working with the older adult population and their caregivers.

Chris Cavin LCSW

Chris Cavin, LCSW

Chris is an ordained Zen monk with 17 years of meditation practice and seven years of experience as a psychotherapist. He specializes in anxiety, depression, addiction issues and phobias. Chris has graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Utah. He has worked for years in community mental health, in state hospitals and for the federal government as a combat trauma therapist.

Joel Dario Psychiatric APRN

Joel Dario, Psychiatric APRN

Joel has over 10 years experience with care of adults and children, inpatient and outpatient settings. He specializes in addiction and detoxification (alcohol, benzodiazepines, and opiates) management, outpatient severely persistently mentally ill (SPMI), acute psychiatric inpatient for adult and geriatric populations, adult private pay outpatient with mostly anxiety and mood disorders.

Bruce Fordham CMHC

Bruce Fordham, CMHC

Bruce’s therapeutic approach is intuitive in nature and spiritually –based. Bruce believes the best therapy happens between sessions, so homework is essential for obtaining results. Bruce’s experience is broad-based over 30 years; he specializes in pornography addiction, anxiety and depression. Thought management is a key component of his treatment, and it is summarized in a published article in the 2009 Ensign magazine, titled “Think About What You Are Thinking About.” Bruce also specializes in dream analysis.

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Stacey Rich, LPC

Specialist in trauma treatment including EMDR work. Stacey has over eight years experience working with grief, substance abuse, trauma and couples therapy. She is also trained in family systems therapy. She has participated in numerous speaking engagements on the topic of trauma treatment for women.

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Wendy Francis, LCSW

Wendy has 12 years of experience with a very specific training on a variety of child, adolescent, and family therapy techniques including play therapy, sand tray therapy and solution focused therapy. She teaches parenting classes in order to assist parents struggling with child behavioural issues and is trained extensively in family systems therapy.

Highland Springs Jon Voigt LCSW

Jonathan Voigt, LCSW

Jon has over a decade of experience working with at risk youth and families.  He has also taken an interest in multiple other populations and settings including; crisis work, medical social work & hospice, serving as a Reserve mental health officer, and dual diagnosis counseling. He has enjoyed working with those who struggle with addiction, depression, anxiety, psychosis, ADHD, Borderline Personality Disorder, trauma, parenting, and couples and family conflict.  He takes a special interest in multiple treatment modalities including; DBT, CBT, Solution Focus Therapy, Family Systems, Person/Relationship Centered Tx, Mindfulness, Mind-Body Bridging, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, applied EMDR, and Addiction Recovery Training. He is an individual who sees every moment and every situation as an opportunity, and is passionate about helping others do the same, to be able to live with joy, confidence, and courage, and without fear or shame. He is currently working on a DBT Skills publication, and in this way, is looking forward to sharing many of the keys to success and happiness that have been given to him over the years.

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Susan Godwin, APRN

Susan M. Godwin  APRN, PMHNP-BC: Susan has many years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. She has skill working with ages throughout the lifespan and has experience with and supports the LBGT community. During her career, she has gained knowledge and expertise in treatment across the mental health spectrum. She has a unique ability to connect with her clients and views mental health treatment as a collaborative effort with the client at the helm. She is an advocate of the combined approach of psychotropic medication management and therapy. With over ten years of ICU and trauma nursing, she is keenly aware of the intertwined nature of physical and mental health conditions. During her eight years in the United States Army, both active duty and as a reservist, she gained experience in treating posttraumatic stress disorder, substance abuse disorders, and other military related mental health issues.

Serianna Gregg CMHC and DBT

Serianna Gregg, CMHC–DBT

Serianna has over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Her training includes Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), sand tray therapy and play therapy. She enjoys assisting people in finding awareness and self acceptance while making lasting changes that bring a happier, more meaningful life. She has experience working with personality disorders, attachment, trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and specifically with suicidal ideation, self harm and eating disorders.

Jessica Hale LCSW

Jessica Hale, LCSW

Jessica has twenty plus years clinical experience in outpatient, residential, and hospital settings treating adolescents, adults and families with serious emotional disorders (SED), trauma, chemical dependence (CD), compulsive gaming/pornography use, sensory integration problems, autism spectrum, non-verbal learning disorders and sex abuse.

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Elizabeth Harrop, APRN

Elizabeth Harrop is an APRN with a focus on family and psychiatric health.  While Elizabeth also treats adult clients, her specialization is with adolescents, and she treats children aged 3-18. Her experience includes working with adults having acute psychiatric issues, work with women and newborns in a hospital setting, and treating adolescents in the juvenile justice system.

Gail Hilton LCSW

Gail Hilton, LCSW

Gail has many years of experience in the Mental Health field. She specializes in individual, group, gender issues, marital and family therapy. Her focus is in building strengths, coping skills and communication skills. She has experience in teaching stress reduction techniques in individual and group settings. Other areas of expertise are working with patients and families dealing with health and end of life issues and Crisis Intervention.

Sharon Johnson LCSW

Sharon Johnson, LCSW

Sharon has over 15 years experience working with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar illness. She is licensed as a domestic violence specialist. She has been the recipient of the Clinical Faculty of the Year Award for 2012 and Recipient of UCASA award for efforts to stop sexual violence in Utah 2012.

Jamuna Jones LCSW

Jamuna Jones, LCSW

Jamuna is a dedicated therapist who specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and postpartum mood disorders. She is also an expert in providing therapy to individuals coping with complicated life transitions, cultural/social issues, and various emotional and life disruptions. Jamuna has eight years of experience working with adults, children, families, and Veterans. She has had extensive clinical training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and perinatal mood disorders.

Shanna Lindstrom LCSW

Shanna Lindstrom, LCSW

Shanna has specialized experience in working with addiction. She has extensive experience with trauma, victims of abuse, men’s issues, and involvement in the criminal justice system, anxiety and depression. She uses cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative, solution focused brief and trauma focused. She is also certified to teach Prime for Life.

Andrea Lunt LMFT

Andrea Lunt, LMFT

Andrea is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist with over 17 years experience. She is a culturally competent practitioner and works easily with diverse populations from young children to adults and is highly-skilled in working with individuals, couples and families. Andrea has over eight years experience working in the addictions field and over two years experience with both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. In addition, Andrea is a skilled child therapist with training in play therapy. Andrea uses strength based models of therapy in which her clients learn skills to build positive emotions, optimism and resilience while decreasing unhelpful thinking, behaviors and emotions

John Malouf PHD

John Malouf, PHD

Dr. Malouf has been licensed as a clinical psychologist since 1975. His approach to therapy is client centered. He strives to create a therapeutic environment that is comfortable, non-judgmental and empathetic. To bring insight, healing and healthy change, his approach focuses on ‘relationship,’ interactional patterns and dynamics of individuals, couples and families within their unique family/cultural system. He focuses on how emotional and behavioral problems affect you and how you affect/maintain them.

Jamee Dobson LCSW

Jamee Dobson, LCSW

Jamee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been working in the field as a social worker for 17 years. She completed a Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Utah. She’s certified in Domestic Violence perpetrator assessment and treatment as well as forensic sexual abuse interviewing. In the beginning 7 years of my career she worked at Child and Family services rendering me extensive experience in working with children and families in crisis specifically children with significant attachment disorders and victims of neglect, physical and sexual abuse. She’s specialized in adoptions, home studies and facilitating treatment interventions for troubled teens. She’s taught parenting classes and engaged in individual and group therapy specializing in substance abuse and domestic violence assessment and treatment as well as psycho educational groups. She has experience in the application of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy and DBT. She works as a crisis worker in the Emergency Department at Utah Valley Hospital where she specializes in evaluating and assisting patient’s in crisis and identifying interventions that prove to be most beneficial yet tailored to their specific needs. She works with patients that suffer from Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Dissociative Identity disorder, substance abuse problems, personality disorders as well as somatoform disorders. I love to engage in trauma services and interventions.

Sammie Bateman LCSW

Sammie Bateman, LCSW

Sammie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 10 year experience in direct practice. She is trained in prolonged exposure therapy for the treatment of PTSD. She has worked with various trauma histories including combat, rape, survivors of child abuse and first responders. Sammie is also experienced in adjustment issues related to older child adoption and parenting. She is an adoptive parent herself and has worked with families to aid their transition and adjustment to their new family. Sammie is trained in CBT, Crisis intervention and prolonged exposure therapy. She received her BSW from Weber State and her MSW from University Missouri at Columbia.

Tracie Penunuri LCSW

Tracie Penunuri, LCSW

Tracie has over 15 years of experience working with children, individuals and families. She specializes in trauma and is one of only a few counselors in the state who is certified as a trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapist for children. She also works with depression, anxiety, parenting skills, improving parent-child relationships and assisting children and adults with healthy coping, relationship and safety skills. She provides culturally-sensitive therapy services in English and Spanish and is happy to help clients connect with additional community-based resources and support services.

Allie Diamond LCSW

Allie Diamond, LCSW

Allie has a Master’s degree in Social Work with an emphasis in aging and health care from the University of Utah. She holds strong the belief that answers lie within each of us and the potential for growth and change can be achieved at any stage in life. Her approach to therapy is holistic, client centered and strengths based.  Allie has extensive experience working with older adults and their families, grief and loss counseling and crisis intervention. Additionally, she has an interest in working with pre- and post-operative bariatric patients

Jeanette Ricci LCSW

Jeanette Ricci, LCSW – DBT

Jeanette has invested over 20 years in pursuit of her professional passion- guiding individuals of all ages in discovering their inner strengths. Jeanette individualizes treatment, focusing on each person’s unique ability to adapt and change to the challenges in life. Jeanette has training in Motivational Interviewing, CBT (cognitive behavior therapy), Mindfulness Based therapy, DBT (dialectic behavioral therapy), guided imagery and self relaxation, play therapy. With training from Gonzaga University and University of Utah, Jeanette has experience in working with individual therapy, couples, families, children, groups, as well as treatment for those challenged by health issues. Helping to improving relationships, recovering from grief, trauma, divorce and postpartum depression are special interests.

June Hernanadez CMHC

June-Lee Hernandez, CMHC

Areas of Experience: EMDR part 1&2, Psychosocial Evaluation, Co-occurring Diagnosis, Domestic Violence, Multiculturalism, Trauma, Substance Abuse, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Rape recovery, Couples Therapy, Anger management. LGBTQ training. Enjoys working with clients that have Trauma, Domestic Violence Victims, Rape victims, LGBTQQ, Depression, Anxiety and Relationship issues.

jenise tingey licensed clinical social worker

Jenise Tingey, LCSW

Jenise has experience with and enjoys all age groups and most mental health issues. She works well with children, couples and individuals. She does great work with, couples therapy, and play and sand tray therapy with children. She also enjoys helping people through life’s transitions, including aging concerns. She has also worked with all of the following: domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault survivors, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, family dynamics, couples work, individuals and family work.

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Clif Uckerman, LCSW

Cliff has over 15 years of experience in prevention and treatment of substance abuse and mental health disorders throughout the continuum of care. He specializes in working with males that are in late adolescence and throughout their adult lifespan. Clif uses empathic and motivational enhancement techniques that strengthens the attachment and relationship between client and therapist in order to address the nature and nurture of the problem at hand. His mastery in cognitive behavioral therapy and non-judgement allows clients to work through anger, obsessions and compulsions, depression, anxiety, mania, and other disruptions and addictions. Clif is also very attuned to working with lesbian, gay and transgender minorities. Additionally, he has success in working with suicide attempt survivors.

Corylyn Ybarra CMHC

Corylyn Ybarra, CMHC

Cory specializes in trauma treatment with children and adolescents. Cory has worked for a number of years with at risk youth and their families. She has experience working with grief and loss, substance abuse, crisis intervention, suicide/self harm, trauma and domestic violence. She is trained in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy and mind body bridging.

Highland Springs Staff Terri Cluff, CMHC

Terri Cluff, CMHC

Terri loves her work and enjoys working with teens, couples, and adults. She specializes in trauma work and is trained by EMDRIA to use EMDR and has used it as a tool for healing for three years. She uses other modalities as needed such as Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Emotion-focused therapy. She has experience in trauma work, forensic populations, SPMI populations, eating disorders, severe anxiety, depression, and substance dependence. The best rewards of her work are to be a part of watching clients change from living a life filled with pain to finding relief and hope