Pat Collins, LCSW
I think children are so amazing. Viewing the world through the eyes of a child brings wisdom and balance to my life. Promoting wellness by building on strengths forms the foundation of my approach to working with children and families. I view physical health and mental health as equally important in treating the whole person.
I thrive on relationships with family and friends and make it a priority to stay connected. My husband, children, and grandchildren are the joys and loves of my life. They help me “keep it real.” I find traveling exciting and relaxing and enjoy opportunities to get away and explore new places.
Cinda Morgan, LCSW
I love how a child or teen can teach you something very profound one minute and make you laugh out loud the next. One of the most gratifying things for me is joining with parents to help their child and family. I’m also passionate about helping children with severe difficulties or who have experienced trauma or serious losses. No problem is too big or too small in my book.
I’ll admit that I am a lifelong chocoholic. This prompted me to create a snack room in our office for our clients which I secretly (and not so secretly) raid more often than I will admit. When not with my family or working, I enjoy creative pursuits like watercolor painting, wheel-thrown pottery, and playing the piano.
Danielle Dana, CMHC
I have a special place in my heart for children of all ages. I find such fulfillment in building relationships with my clients, both children and their parents. There is something quite rewarding in helping children find ways to express themselves in the safe and contained environment that I try to create for them. Every child, teen, parent, and family have a unique narrative that needs to be heard and truly understood. I encourage change, growth, and an inner resilience in all my clients through patience, empathy, and understanding.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, especially trying new recipes, traveling, interior decorating, and depending on my mood…working out!
Camille Kennard, LCSW
Children bring the world to life and show us how to enjoy the simple things. I love to learn from children and teens and to help them uncover their hidden gifts and strengths. I love to support children and teens in their emotional growth. My passion includes working with grieving children, traumatized children, and children with special healthcare needs. Really, I’m a child at heart and enjoy being in my outdoor playground. It makes my spirit soar! I enjoy hiking, biking, and anything that gets me outside experiencing the world around me.
When not at work, or outdoors, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Susan Cutler Egbert, LCSW, PhD
My favorite word is hope! Overcoming past hurts and present worries is challenging, but worth the effort. I am sincerely invested in strengthening kids and families by sharing in their healing journeys of building trusting relationships and cultivating effective coping skills.
Some of the things I love most in life are road trips with my big family; time alone to think, read, and exercise; taking my puppy to dog school; and watching movies with happy endings.
Jessica Werner, ACMHC
I’ve worked with children and adolescents in many different capacities. I love the creativity and imagination that children approach the world with, and the self-discovery that defines adolescence. I believe that everyone deserves to be heard, understood, and feel safe so that they may grow. I also respect that seeking help can be difficult and appreciate the strength and vulnerability it often takes to create a better future. I understand the importance of family dynamics, and work from a systems model that incorporates the world in which an individual lives in.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends in the mountains or anywhere outdoors. I love to swim, eat pasta, and travel.
Kathy Searle, CSW
I am honored by the opportunity to work with children and their families on their journey to healing and hope. Children truly are amazing, I delight in seeing the world through their eyes and the enchantment they find in the world around them.
My large family not only keeps me busy, but also very grounded and humble. I have a love of learning and enjoy being able to learn new skills. In my free time I can be found reading, gardening, sewing, crocheting, and spending time with the ones I love.
Jodi Bean, ACMHC
I love having the opportunity to work with children and adolescents. As young people are beginning to develop their identities, and work towards autonomy and independence, the transition can, at times, be challenging. I work to provide a safe space to explore and understand the struggles of each of my clients. This may include school challenges, behavioral concerns, or relationship problems. Working closely with parents, we can come together to determine ways to improve behaviors, manage big feelings, develop better communication skills, and feel more connected and happy.
Away from work, I enjoy sports, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Juliana Powell, LCSW
I find great joy and fulfillment in working with children and teenagers. I believe in the strength and resilience of children and teens. I have found that with the right information, guidance, and support they can heal, improve behaviors, and reach their maximum potential. I have a special interest in working with those who have experienced trauma, chronic illness, and grief and loss.
I am the mother of four children and so when I am not at work I stay busy taking care of them. I enjoy spending time with my husband and kids. I also enjoy sewing and knitting and have more projects dreamed up than I will ever have time to complete.
Christian Fritze, ACMHC
The wonderful thing about working with children, teens and families is the opportunity to help them tap into their natural resilience, strength, and potential. Developing problem-solving skills, emotional regulation and authentic self-confidence are powerful life skills that offer a solid foundation for confronting the many elements of life and of “growing up.” I work to develop trust, empathy and a collaborative relationship with both parents and their children.
Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, hiking, biking and swimming in the ocean, as much as possible.
Jen Nelson, CMHC
I have been a therapist in Utah since 1997. From the beginning, my career has focused on working with children and families. Being able to enter into a child’s world and help parents’ foster their child’s social, emotional, and behavioral growth is a privilege for me.
When not with my family or working, I can be found doing anything fitness related—from biking to running to weight training—anything that keeps me moving and challenged!
Neuropsychological / Psychological Team
Jen Gale, PsyD
I am dedicated to helping caregivers figure out what might be going on with their child, so that they can get the appropriate services and support to help their child thrive. As a pediatric neuropsychologist, I have seen just about everything—from developmental, medical, psychiatric, learning, and neurological difficulties. My goal is not only to sort out the puzzle of what is happening for the child through a comprehensive assessment, but to also provide parents with specific recommendations and suggestions about what to do with information they receive.
Outside of the office, I enjoy parenting my spirited toddler and escaping into the Utah wilderness, especially snowboarding in the backcountry in the wintertime.
Max Gale, PsyD
During my 15 years of experience, I’ve learned that the strengths of a child or family are the catalyst for resolving problems. I use this approach when evaluating teens and adults with complex psychiatric problems or with serious life struggles. A thorough assessment also helps parents, caseworkers, and judges sort out complicated factors in order to make informed decisions.
I am rejuvenated by spending time with my family and enjoying wilderness activities such as backcountry snowboarding and camping. The best of all worlds for me is when I get to combine those two loves and spend time in nature with my family.
Sari Soutor, PhD
My specialty training is in neuropsychological, psychological, learning disability, and autism spectrum disorder assessments. Although I am nearing a decade of providing clinical service to children and their families, I am continually fascinated by the complexities of the brain, the human psyche, and how individuals relate to one another.
It’s all my parents’ fault that I settled far away from Minnesota where I grew up. Very early in my life, I learned that “West is best” through our annual family camping trips. Somehow, I have retained only good memories of a family of seven in a tent trailer. I visited 23 states on those trips and another 26 on my own, which brings me to a comical total of 49.