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Our Therapists

Choosing the right therapist is essential in making progress and major life changes. All the research points out that it is the therapeutic relationship that makes the difference in making positive changes in one’s life. We have a variety of therapists with different life experiences and backgrounds which helps us to match a client’s needs with the right person to facilitate change.  Feel free to interview our therapists to see if the match is right for you and your issues. Meet our therapists below.

Our therapists offer a variety of clinical approaches to match the therapeutic needs of the people we serve.

 

Karen Malm

Karen Malm, PhD

Karen Malm is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience as a psychologist working in a variety of settings from inpatient facilities to schools to working with families in their homes and with a wide array of psychological issues and behavioral concerns. As the executive director of Summit Community Counseling, Karen fulfills a lifelong dream of developing a team of experienced therapists who are like minded in offering high quality services to individuals and families with an attachment perspective and strong behavioral skills. Karen has worked with a variety of clients from very young to geriatric, with a host of issues, and with a variety of disabilities and needs. She shows a flexibility in her approach to work with each client as an individual who deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. Karen provides thorough psychological and neuropsychological assessments to understand the person and their strengths and barriers. She is skilled in working with children with reactive attachment disorder, adults and children with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and with therapy issues related to day to day life issues. Karen is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Karen provides psychological assessments statewide.

 

Andrew Alder

Andrew Alder, ACMHC

Andrew is dedicated to helping others live authentic lives. He seeks to help others develop a greater acceptance of themselves and others through mindful-based living and commitment to one’s principles. Andrew also speaks Spanish fluently and provides therapy for Spanish-speaking clients. He strives to be sensitive to each person’s unique cultural and family experience.

 Previously, Andrew worked for over four years with at-risk youth—ages 4 to 18 years old—at Primary Children’s Inpatient Psychiatry. His experience there centered on providing psychoeducation to the youth and their families in safe environments. 

Music is Andrew's biggest interest. Playing guitar and writing music are some of his favorite activities. He also enjoys hiking, camping, and being in the outdoors.

Kayla Atkin

Kayla Atkin, CSW

Kayla is a Certified Social Worker with experience in working with children, adolescents and adults. Most of her work in social work has been with children in the traumatized and abused populations. She received her master's degree in the Spring of 2016. Kayla has experience in working with trauma, abuse, attachment parenting, and relationship-enhancement based therapy with parents and children. Kayla's approach to therapy includes, but is not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy and therapy based on Theraplay principles.

In her spare time, Kayla is an avid movie-goer, a softball coach, and an aunt to 26 nieces and nephews! Kayla loves to spend free time doing jigsaw puzzles, being outside with her dogs, reading, and spending time with family.

Brian Cherry

Brian Cherry, CMHC

Brian Cherry is a Clinical Mental Heath Counselor with over 15 years of experience assisting individuals, families and groups work through difficult life challenges. He is passionate about helping people overcome barriers leading to a stronger, happier and healthier sense of self. His specialties include substance abuse, domestic violence and trauma-focused treatments.

Brian is father to three children and finds this to be his greatest reward. He is an avid skier, runner, hiker and camper.

Maxwell Dahmen

Maxwell Dahmen, CSW

Max has been working in the mental health field for seven years and received his Master of Social Work in 2014. Max has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings. He is comfortable working with groups, individuals, families and couples. Max’s passion for empowering the people he works with to heal and grow is reflected in his approach to therapy. Change can be difficult to face! Max works to support his clients as they take these challenging steps to create better lives for themselves and the ones that they love.

Max has an expertise in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Enhancement Strategies. Family therapy is passion for Max. He utilizes Emotion Focused Therapy to help families develop compassion and communication strategies with one another. An outdoors enthusiast, Max believes in the healing power of nature as well as taking care of the mind/body/spirit. In his free time, Max enjoys spending time with his family and friends, getting outside and reading a good book.

 

Meghan Elkins

Meghan Elkins, AFMT

Meghan is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California Lutheran University in 2013. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Adolescent Development at California State University - Fullerton. For the past year and a half, Meghan has worked with autistic individuals and their families. She has also helped run social groups.

Meghan enjoys working with individuals throughout the life span. She has experience working with children, teens, adults, and families. Meghan’s approaches to therapy include, but are not limited to, a Client-Centered Approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solutions-Focused Therapy.

Meghan recently moved to Utah from Anaheim, California. Meghan enjoys spending time with her husband, friends, and family. She enjoys watching movies, baking, photography, and traveling. Meghan has enjoyed exploring Utah and is always up for trying new restaurants and finding fun things to do.

Amy Feller

Amy Feller, ACMHC

Amy is an energetic and compassionate psychotherapist who has experience working with individuals, couples, children, and families with a variety of issues and in numerous settings. She specializes in working with substance use disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, trauma, behavioral issues and enjoys utilizing play therapy to work with children.

Amy graduated with her Bachelo's degree in 2012 from the University of Phoenix and her Masters Degree in 2014 from the University of Phoenix.

In her free time Amy loves to spend time with family. She is an avid boxer. She believes connecting to oneself through fitness is an important component to improving well-being.

Leah Huhnke

Leah Huhnke, LMFT

Leah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Clinical Director of our offices in Wasatch and Summit Counties. She received her bachelor's and master's degree from Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. She has a variety of experience working with children and adults including children with autism, teen parents, school-based counseling, and substance abuse inpatient treatment. Leah is also a NOJOS affiliate and works with juvenile sex offenders.

Leah’s utilizes an attachment perspective with individuals, and structural theory with families, and integrates Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing techniques. Leah has completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples' Therapy.

Leah enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, traveling, attending the performing arts, and being outdoors.

Leah sees clients in Salt Lake City, Summit County and Wasatch County.

Douglas Huston

Douglas Huston, CMHC

Douglas is the Assistant Director and a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC) licensed in the State of Utah.  He has over seven years experience working with individuals with disabilities and their families.  He also has extensive experience working with adolescents and people with addictions. Douglas is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He holds a Bachelor of Science with emphasis in Psychology from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, and he earned a Master Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Douglas is a certified SOAR, CPR and First Aid Instructor.  He is married with four children.  He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.  One of his greatest joys in life is helping people reach their goals.  He enjoys working with individuals with Autism and those with developmental disabilities.

Doug sees clients in Tooele, Salt Lake City and Orem.

Jacky McAlister

Jacqueline McAlister, CMHC

Jacky is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of Utah and a License Professional Counselor in the state of Wyoming (expiration June 2016). Jacky has over 14 years of experience in the human service field working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system, birth mothers, adoptive couples, seriously and persistently mentally ill individuals, and families. In the state of Wyoming Jacky was a mental Health Assessor providing emergency evaluations, managed a group home for SPMI individuals and provided therapy services.

Jacky’s approach to therapy is collaborative and trauma informed. She utilizes a variety of clinical and alternative methods to find what works best for clients in her care.  Jacky is trained in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR.  Jacky has also studied a variety of alternative modalities such as Emotional Freedom Techniques and Spirit Releasement Therapy. Jacky’s approach to therapy is straight forward, action oriented, and holistic.

In her spare time, Jacky enjoys studying alternative therapies for healing, spending time with her family, reading, golfing, and most recently has taken up snowboarding.

 

Clare Rakowski

Clare Rakowski, CMHC

Clare Rakowski is currently a Clinical Mental Health Counselor after receiving her Bachelor Degree in Child Development, and her Master Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Westminster College.  She has experience working with various backgrounds, including refugees and at-risk youth. Clare also has experience working with individuals and families who present with a variety of mental health issues. Clare approaches therapy from a client-centered perspective, which emphasizes the client’s needs, and aids building insight into their own lives. She is trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Child-Centered Play Therapy.

Clare is passionate about helping clients find safety, create insight, and improve interpersonal functioning which serves to make their lives fuller and provides empowerment throughout their therapeutic journey.

Rachel Ramos

Rachel Ramos, LCSW

Rachel received her Master in Social Work from the University of Utah with an emphasis in Mental Health. She has experience working with adults and children from diverse backgrounds and with various needs. Rachel had worked with individuals struggling with substance abuse, domestic violence, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, dementia, trauma, and crisis. Rachel has worked with Hispanic populations and is one of our Spanish-speaking therapists. She also spent a summer teaching coping skills and using short-term therapy with children at a boarding school in Tamil Nadu, India.

Rachel uses an eclectic approach with therapy and has been trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Feminist Multicultural Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She also has completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples' Therapy. Rachel also uses other techniques in counseling such as Mindfulness, narrative techniques, EFTT and Gestault techniques, and expressive arts— with experience using music and visual art with individuals in therapy.

Rachel enjoys traveling, being in nature, being creative, collecting odd instruments, and playing with musical groups.

Rebecca Ruda

Rebecca Ruda, ACMHC

Becca earned her Master degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Utah. She earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Southern Utah University, specializing in clinical work. She considers it a privilege to spend time with people who are courageously facing various life challenges. Her approach integrates the interpersonal process approach, existential therapy, mindfulness, and DBT. She has experience working with individuals throughout the lifespan, those dealing with trauma, spiritual issues for clients of any faith, LGBTQ issues, relationship issues, depression and anxiety. She is also a certified yoga instructor. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, rock climbing, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.

Michelle Sanders

Michelle Sanders, CMHC

Michelle is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and the Director of Marketing. She obtained her Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Capella University. While in graduate school, she was accepted into the prestigious Chi Sigma Iota, the Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International.

Michelle has worked with many couples and individuals, including teenagers. Her expertise lies in marriage/couples' counseling and treating mood and anxiety disorders. She also treats individuals with sex addiction, substance abuse issues, existential concerns, self-image disorders and trauma/abuse. Michelle also has done a lot of faith-based work with clients, many of whom are LDS. She is also our Spanish-speaking counselor and works with individuals who speak Spanish and/or have cultural-related issues.

Michelle is eclectic in her theoretical foundation, though has a preference for Choice Theory (Reality Therapy), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Gottman Method Couples' Therapy, Emotion-Focused Marriage Therapy, Existential Therapy and strength-based therapies. In addition, Michelle is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She also has completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples' Therapy. She also incorporates other therapeutic models dependent on her clients' individual circumstances and wishes.

As the Director of Marketing, Michelle produces advertising and marketing materials for Summit, in addition to maintaining its website.

Michelle is a Wisconsin native and enjoys spending time with her husband and their cats, working on their home, and finding new ways to express her creativity.

Tamatha Smith

Tamatha Smith, CMHC

Tamatha is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and recieved her Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix in 2010. She has had over twenty years of experience working with people with developmental disabilities and her undergraduate degree is in Human Services. While a Professional Counselor Intern she worked with sex offenders who also had developmental disabilities as well as those with anger management issues.

Tamatha enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. She specializes in working with individuals with Autistic disorders, developmental disabilities, anger management, and trauma related issues. Tamatha is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Tamatha's approaches to therapy include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, and Solutions Focused Therapy. When not working Tamatha enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and reading.

Tamatha sees clients in Salt Lake City, Tooele, Summit County and Wasatch County.

Kim Solomon

Kim Solomon, LCSW

Kim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.) with experience in working with children, adolescents and adults. She received a Bachelor and Master in Social Work, with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health, from the University of Utah. Kim has experience in working in home-based, residential and outpatient settings. She also has experience in working with diverse populations. Kim has also facilitated and co-facilitated groups regarding social skills, life skills and peer relationships. Kim’s approach to therapy includes, but is not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy and Brief Therapy. Kim is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Marilee Tuifua

Marilee Tuifua, LCSW, CCI

Marilee Tuifua is an LCSW with 14 years of hospice experience, 1 year of counseling teens in a proctor home setting, and 13 years involvement as a professional parent.  While working in the hospice setting, Marilee has assisted individuals and families of all ages to cope with terminal illness, loss, and grief.  Her strengths lie in empowering those with losses and with bereavement to cope in a healthy way, assisting individuals and their families in coping with illness, and with individuals with disabilities, who have behavioral struggles.  She graduated with her Master’s Degree from the University of Hawaii in 1998 with a concentration in Gerontology.  The University of Hawaii incorporates the teaching of cultural sensitivity into all courses offered. 

Marilee’s approach to therapy is supportive, client-centered and finally solution-focused.  She will utilize practical means to help individuals deal with their emotional distresses and problems in living a healthy way.  This may include, but isnot be limited to, comforting, advising, encouraging, reassuring, listening and then moving into building upon one’s insights which empowers change.  In addition to talk therapy, she may also instill a variety of alternative techniques like mindfulness, holistic approaches to healing, and aromatherapy.  Marilee has also completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples' Therapy.

Marilee is trained in SOAR.  She is also a Certified CARE Instructor (CCI).  CARE stands for Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education.  CARE provides authorized training for professionals to obtain CEU hours and CE hours towards integrating aromatherapy into their healing professions. 

In Marilee’s spare time, she enjoys being a wife and a mother to 4 children.  Two of her children are college students, one is a teenager, and the other is an adult foster son, who struggles with behavioral and disability limitations.  She finds peace in gardening, hiking, and her two dogs (Spike & Sir William Googly Eyes).  She finds enjoyment in cheering her children on in their small and large accomplishments as well as in their sporting events.  

Nicole Wharton

Nicole Wharton, LCSW

Nicki received her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Utah with an emphasis in International Social Work. She has over 10 years of experience working with youth and families, survivors of abuse, and immigrant and refugee populations.

Nicki’s interests in international social work led her on many adventures throughout Central America. In Costa Rica Nicki worked with troubled youth struggling with addictions, learning disabilities, and behavioral and family problems. She has also worked extensively with survivors of domestic violence, refugee and human trafficking youth, and individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, mood, and anxiety disorders. Nicki has received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but utilizes various treatment modalities in order to tailor treatment to the unique needs of each client.

Nicki enjoys working with individuals throughout the life span and is most passionate about helping clients own their stories and to find meaning, strength, and self-compassion through their struggles.

In her free time you will find Nicki gardening, rock climbing, skiing, and enjoying the outdoors with her husband and their little dog Tica.  

Paul Woolf

Paul Woolf, CMHC

Paul is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and has worked in the substance abuse field since 2002.  He also has extensive clinical expertise in various areas of mental and emotional health. Paul has developed a passion for helping people understand and overcome the struggles and issues with in life.  He is committed to helping those who want to find the path to a healthy, joy-filled healthy life style.  

Andrea Young

Andrea Young, ACMHC

Andrea graduated with her Master in Mental Health Counseling in 2014 and she graduated with her Bachelor in Human Services in 2010. She has been working in the field of mental health for over 10 years, and truly enjoys assisting others become their greatest selves.

Andrea has a strong interest in expressive arts as therapy and enjoys utilizing artwork, creative writing, and role playing in her sessions.

In her spare time, Andrea can be found at the swimming pool with her three daughters, riding bikes with her husband, or marathoning shows on Netflix and snuggling with her family for hours on end.

 


Our Direct Support Staff

Our direct support staff (skills workers) are here to help those with Optum Medicaid in psychosocial rehabilitation, skills training, and respite work. They also provide services to at-risk youth in our Youth Mentoring Program.

 

McKayli Abbe

McKayli Abbe

Mckayli Abbe is a student at the University of Utah and is working on a BS in Psychology. She wants to become a doctor specializing in neurological diseases and disorders. She hopes to be able to be a health professional in the Doctors without Borders program.

Mckayli is incredibly passionate about people and her main goal is to make people feel supported and empowered to pursue their passions. She loves to read, rock climb, and explore new places.

 


Our Prescriber

Many clients may find that they need medication prescription and management along with their therapy. Our Partner Prescriber provides those much-needed services.

 

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Dr. Laura Croft Maw

Laura Croft Maw is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years experience in family medicine and mental health treatment. She brings a unique perspective to psychiatric medication management because of her experience in family medicine. She is able to look at the person as a whole rather than only mental health. She has been a foster and respite provider specifically for medically fragile children.

Laura enjoys being with her three adopted children. She loves skiing, hiking, biking—pretty much anything involving the outdoors. She loves music and is an accomplished pianist and ballroom dancer. She has a great love for animals and she and her children are actively involved in volunteering and rescuing homeless pets. Her home often looks like a petting zoo. Although Laura received her doctorate degree from the University of Utah, she remains an avid BYU fan. Go Cougs!

Laura works with all ages providing medication management for a variety of mental health issues. She works closely with patients, therapists and caregivers to make appropriate clinical decisions regarding medications.

Laura loves being a partner for the treatment team here at Summit Community Counseling. For medication inquiries or appointments with Dr. Maw, call 801-208-1901 ext 100.


Our Administrative Staff

Our administrative staff play an essential role in our everyday work at Summit Community Counseling.

 

Marissa Harris

Marissa Harris

Marissa is a senior at the University of Utah, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She was also recently accepted into the Applied Positive Psychology Certificate Program offered there. This program focuses on the application of positive psychology research to individuals to promote others to live happier and healthier lives. After graduating, she wants to obtain a Master Degree in Counseling. She hopes to be able to make a difference in individuals' lives as a therapist someday. She is compassionate and has spent time as a hospice volunteer. She loves being able to provide emotional and motivational support to others.

In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors with her significant other and 7 year-old labrador, camping in Southern Utah, traveling abroad, spending time with friends, listening to music, and reading.

Amy Wadsworth

Amy Wadsworth

Amy is an Administrative Assistant and the Intake Coordinator at Summit Community Counseling. She is the front person that clients will have contact with first. She does many things for Summit, including taking all intakes, verifying insurance, collecting data, and doing internal audits. She also manages the front desk and greets our clients as they come in.

In her spare time, Amy likes to spend time with her family and play with her dog.

 

Amber

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Laura

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Annisa

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Kayrene

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Delsa

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Birgitta

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Kelly McStotts

Kelly McStotts

Kelli is an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over seven years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults facing a wide variety of challenges including mood disorders, grief, trauma, behavioral issues, and life changes. She graduated with her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Westminster College in 2015 after completing her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the same institution. Through her experiences, Kelli has worked with individuals, families, and groups in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and days treatment settings. She appreciates the courage and personal strength it takes to ask for help and feels fortunate to work with people who are looking to improve their lives. Kelli approaches therapy from a Client-Centered Perspective, but also incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Play Therapy into her work.

In her spare time, Kelli enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling, and trying new restaurants.

 

Our Therapists

Karen MalmAndrew AlderKayla AtkinBrian CherryMaxwell DahmenMeghan ElkinsAmy FellerLeah HuhnkeDouglas HustonJacky McAlisterClare RakowskiRachel RamosRebecca RudaMichelle SandersTamatha SmithKim SolomonKristina TalbertMarilee TuifuaNicole WhartonPaul WoolfAndrea Young

Contact Us

Billing Office: 1743 West 6200 South Suite 2
Taylorsville, UT 84129
   Main Office: 5689 S. Redwood Road  Suite 27
Taylorsville, UT 84123
801.266.2485
866.644.9206
admin@summitcom.org
   Orem: 359 E. 1200 S.
Orem, UT 84058
   Park City: 1910 Prospector Ave Suite 201A
Park City, UT 84060
   Heber: 150 N. Main Street Suite 204 #6
Heber, UT 84032

Summit Community Counseling, Marriage, Family, Child, Individual Counselors, Taylorsville, UT