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Tracy works well with anxious, depressed, and insecure teens who often mask their insecurities and anxieties with oppositional, manipulative, and impulsive behaviors and/or substance abuse. Tracy excels at addressing defiance and resistance, while bringing to light the root causes driving unhealthy patterns. She has significant experience treating trauma, emotion dysregulation, and interpersonal difficulties. Tracy strikes a fine balance of being direct and challenging, while continually offering nurturance and support.
Tracy received her Bachelor’s in education from the University of Georgia and her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Utah.
She has been working with adolescents and their families in wilderness and residential settings since 2004. She began her journey in wilderness therapy working as a mentor field staff at Second Nature. She then went on to become a clinical therapist, working with adolescent boys at a residential treatment center, helping teens to internalize emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills and families to re-establish healthy relationship dynamics. Tracy is trained in both Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Due to her history in the wilderness therapy, Tracy is exceptional at utilizing the wilderness and the strengths of her field staff to help facilitate change. She is adept at establishing relationship connection with resistant teens, helping them to process difficult emotions and to draw insights into behaviors and underlying fears and insecurities. Tracy’s enthusiasm and genuine nature create easy buy in from clients and parents, as they go through this journey together.
Originally from Georgia, Tracy left her southern roots to be closer to the mountains back in 2001. After spending some time in the Pacific Northwest, she found her home in Utah. Tracy loves spending time with her husband and two kids, playing in the mountains, biking, skiing, and trail running.