As a marriage and family therapist, Heather’s expertise is in family systems. She has been extensively trained in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), an attachment based model of couple therapy which has been validated by over 20 years of empirical research. Heather also specializes in Lifespan Integration, which is a gentle, body based treatment modality, that heals trauma without re-traumatizing. It has been shown to be helpful in a number of treatment issues including PTSD, depression, anxiety, attachment disorders, grief, guilt and shame, anger management, and many others.
Before going into private practice, Heather spent the last 6 years working at Weber Human services, where she specialized in addiction treatment and recovery, with a special focus on trauma, domestic violence, and women’s issues. In addition, Heather received special training in several evidence based groups focusing on trauma and substance abuse including, Seeking Safety and Matrix. She has enjoyed her work immensely and is excited to further broaden her horizons in private practice.
Heather was born and raised in Utah and loves the beauty of the mountains that surround this valley. She is married to her wonderful husband, Jeff and has a beautiful daughter who keeps her constantly busy and reminds her of the joys and curiosity of a toddler. She loves hiking, camping, and spending time with her family.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist license #7779095-3902
Heather received her Bachelors of Science in Family, Consumer, and Human Development from Utah State University. She liked it so much that she went on to get her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family therapy from Utah State as well.
Heather has recently completed both level one and level two trainings in Lifespan Integration, a model of therapy focused on addressing trauma. She also spent three years training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). Heather has attended the annual Utah Association for Domestic Violence Treatment conference every year from 2012-2015.
Heather has advanced training in Motivational Interviewing, a modality of therapy designed to help people move through ambivalence and increase desire and confidence in their ability to change. Heather spent 3 months last year redesigning and implementing a substance abuse curriculum for the family education group at Weber Human Services that she has facilitated for 6 years.