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Cheryl has supervised social work interns, designed and implemented in-service curriculum for field staff, and taught in the Masters Degree Program in Social Work at Brigham Young University. In 2003, Cheryl was elected by her colleagues throughout the United States to serve as a board member for the National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Programs.
Having received her CSW degree in 1993 and her LCSW license in 1995, Cheryl has a long history of practicing therapy and working with adolescents. Prior to founding Second Nature, she was the Clinical Director at Aspen Achievement Academy (a therapeutic wilderness program in southern Utah) where she worked as a wilderness therapist and staff supervisor for five years. Her experience also includes serving as the Clinical Director at Aspen Ranch (a residential treatment program for adolescents in southern Utah), as a therapist at the Comprehensive Clinic at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, Wasatch Mental Health and the American Psychological Association in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Cheryl completed her studies at Brigham Young University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology and her Master's Degree in Social Work. Her clinical training included working with homeless and mentally ill clients, providing individual, family, group therapy and marriage counseling.
Cheryl works primarily with mood disorders and anxiety, addiction, family systems, trauma, and co-occurring issues. She has fifteen years of experience working as a field therapist in wilderness programs in addition to starting programs, management of programs, and being involved with every aspect in between. She loves working with students the most out of all the different roles she has played.
Cheryl is the oldest of ten children and has two adult children of her own, a daughter and a son. Her interests include water sports, photography, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves houseboating on Lake Powell, but her current favorite pastime is spending time with her wonderful grandchildren Warren, Wyatt, Porter, and Avery.