Kayti has been a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern with Hope and Healing since January 2018. She received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah in 2013 and plans to graduate from Westminster College in May of 2019.
Kayti enjoys working with children ages two and above and their families. Kayti utilizes play therapy, trust-based relational intervention, interpersonal processing, and cognitive behavior interventions when working with clients to assist in processing emotions and facilitate personal growth. Kayti believes that connection is a vital part of human development and works with clients to develop a strong therapeutic alliance as well as support families in strengthening connections.
Kayti has been working with children and families since 2008 in a variety of settings including child-care, summer programs, as a preschool teacher, and a teacher mentor for all of Utah, Wasatch, and Juab counties. Kayti has also worked with children and families involved with Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) since 2014, providing families with support. Kayti has experience in a range of areas including developmental delays, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Kayti enjoys spending time with her family, listening to audio books, yoga, and running.
Michelle Benson is an advanced practiced registered nurse (APRN) who is credentialed in child and adolescent mental health. She graduated from BYU with a B.S in Nursing and received her Master's degree from the University of Utah. Michelle has been treating children and adolescents since 2000.
Michelle provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management for a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD.
Michelle is also a TBRI Practitioner (Trust-Based Relational Intervention), a therapy specifically designed to help children with early trauma and their families.
Becky Pierce is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in practice since 1999. She graduated from Westminster College with a B.S. in Psychology and received her Master’s degree from the University of Utah.
Becky enjoys working with children ages two and up and their families. She uses a variety of methods to help her clients increase coping and problem-solving skills, process trauma, express feelings more effectively, and improve parent-child relationships.
Becky is a TBRI Practitioner (Trust-Based Relational Intervention), a therapy specifically designed to help children with early trauma and their families.
Hope Nichols is an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has been with Hope and Healing since January 2016. She graduated with her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Westminster College. Before becoming a mental health counselor, Hope was a teacher and taught pre-school, elementary school, and middle school. She has also worked in a variety of mental health settings including a residential treatment facility for teens and a psychiatric hospital for adults.
Hope works with children, teens, and parents and utilizes attachment theory, play therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and trust-based-relational-intervention to help clients process and regulate their emotions, build self-awareness, and foster a strong attachment between parent and child. Hope believes that the therapeutic relationship is an important factor in the success of therapy as well as working with both the parents and the child to create a secure attachment and heal attachment wounds.
In her spare time, Hope enjoys playing with her two boys, cooking, hiking, camping, and playing softball.
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Madison Harper (Madi) is an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has been working in the mental health field since 2011. Madi has experience working in residential, inpatient, day treatment, and outpatient settings. Madi has been employed at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute and the Valley Mental Health KIDS program. She has been at Hope and Healing Child and Family Counseling since May 2017. Madi received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development from the University of Utah and her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Westminster College in May of 2018.
Madi facilitates individual and family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. She has experience working with trauma, anxiety, PTSD, depression, ADHD, OCD, and attachment issues with all ages. Madi is completing training in EMDR and uses it to help her clients desensitize traumatic events and reprocess them into healthy memory networks. Madi is trained in numerous therapeutic modalities and works from an eclectic approach. She utilizes attachment theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalysis, and play therapy where individually appropriate. Madi emphasizes the importance of the parent/child relationship and works to strengthen it by modeling and teaching Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) to parents. Madi strives to create a safe and accepting space and is passionate about helping her clients through their individual journey of emotional growth.
In her free time, Madi enjoys being on the board of the Angel's Hands Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with children with rare diseases and their families. She also attempts to take the time to binge-watch binge-worthy television shows.
Abigail (Abi) has been a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern with Hope and Healing since January 2018. She received her B.S. in Clinical Psychology from Westminster College in 2015 and plans to graduate with her Master’s Degree from Westminster College in May of 2019.
Abi enjoys working with children ages two and above and their families. She uses play therapy, trust-based relational intervention, CBT and attachment-focused interventions in order to help clients learn to express their emotions more effectively, develop coping skills, and process past experiences, including trauma. Abi also focuses on providing a safe and validating environment and building a strong therapeutic alliance.
Abi has been working with children and teens since 2011 in a variety of settings including after-school programs, summer camps, and as a grade school teaching assistant. She has also worked with children, adolescents and young adults in day treatment, residential and inpatient mental health settings since 2014. Abi has experience in a range of areas including: developmental disabilities, anxiety, depression and trauma.
In her free time, Abi enjoys Zumba, Pilates, testing out local restaurants and spending time with family and friends.
Jordan Briggs is an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has been at Hope and Healing since January 2017. Jordan graduated with her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Westminster College in May 2018. In previous settings, she has worked with children under 12 running an after-school program, and with boys ages 12-18 at the Genesis Youth Center. She also has experience working with adults in substance abuse and mental health settings.
Jordan enjoys working with children, teens, young adults, and their parents and family members. She is training in EMDR and focuses on attachment theory, play therapy, and mindfulness activities to help her clients increase awareness and functioning in their social environments. She also utilizes Trust-Based Relational Intervention as a parenting modality and believes in the importance of the parent-child relationship. She believes the relationship between client and therapist is primary in the work she does and uses the relationship with her clients to create new and healing experiences.
Jordan enjoys hiking, snowboarding, longboarding, and reading in her free time.
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Sarah is an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor and has been with Hope and Healing since Spring 2017. She graduated from Westminster College in May 2018.
Sarah works to create a safe and accepting atmosphere in therapy so that clients are able to explore their internal and external world. She currently engages with children and families to address anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and attachment wounds. She utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Humanistic Theory, mindfulness meditation, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, and play therapy. She is working toward completing her EMDR training.
Sarah graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of San Diego. She has experience working as a field guide in a wilderness behavioral program, as a line-staff for a residential treatment center, and at a youth shelter. In her free time, Sarah enjoys running, skiing, backpacking, and playing board games with loved ones.
Rebecca is passionate about working with her clients to explore new and more helpful means to navigate through life. For nearly a decade, she has worked in different types of positions and locations providing clinical treatment. She has experience working within school systems, home environments, residential and outpatient settings. She has also assisted parents, teachers and caregivers to implement effective parenting approaches for children using TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) and other helpful strategies. Rebecca has experience in a range of different areas including, trauma, anxiety, OCD, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder/attention deficit disorder, relationship difficulties, attachment and self-esteem Rebecca received her Bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Rebecca utilizes a collaborative, strengths-based approach when working with clients in order to provide them with concrete skills and tools they can utilize both within and outside of therapy. Rebecca readily utilizes CBT and DBT approaches when working with clients of all ages. Rebecca is also versed in a wide array of modalities aimed to help young children process their feelings and experiences through dyadic play. She utilizes Exposure and Response Prevention Training to manage and overcome symptoms of OCD and other intense anxiety disorders. Rebecca emphasizes the relational aspect of therapy in order to provide an environment that feels safe and supportive for each person.
When not working, Rebecca can usually be found in the mountains. She is an avid lover of camping, running through trails with her dog Bubba, or skiing the numerous slopes around Utah.
Marissa is an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor and has been with Hope and Healing since March of 2017. Marissa graduated from Westminster College with her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May of 2017 and graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration in May of 2014. Marissa has been working in the mental health field for six years in a variety of settings including outpatient, residential, and day treatment programs. She has worked with kids, adults, and families who experience obstacles such as mental illness, substance abuse, trauma, behavioral issues, and emotional dysregulation.
Marissa utilizes play therapy, trust-based relational intervention, psychodynamic, and interpersonal processing to assist clients with processing emotions and creating change. Marissa also focuses on building a strong therapeutic relationship as she believes this is an important aspect of therapy to provide a setting where client and therapist can work together as a team. She believes creating a safe space for clients and developing a strong therapeutic alliance allows clients to freely process emotions without fear of shame or judgment.
In her spare time, Marissa enjoys cooking, baking, and spending time with her family and friends. She especially loves spending time with them at her family’s cabin where they enjoy boating, snowmobiling, and sledding!