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With Tracy’s vast clinical experience, she can work with a range of teens. She is particularly adept working with complex presentations as well as neurocognitive differences. Tracy commonly works with students dealing with individual or family trauma, anxiety, and depression. She has significant experience treating emotion dysregulation and interpersonal difficulties. Many of Tracy’s students internalize their emotional pain and distress and are not sure how to express themselves in safe or appropriate ways. Tracy, therefore, strikes a fine balance between 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.
Tracy has been working with adolescents and their families in wilderness and residential settings since 2004. Tracy is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), to assist clients in regulating emotions, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which helps clients process and work through trauma. Tracy also has training specific to screen overuse and understands the effects on brain development. In addition, she has received training specific to attachment and relationship work.
Tracy excels at establishing strong rapport, both with students and their families. Her enthusiasm and genuine nature create easy buy in from clients and parents, as they go through this journey together. Tracy empowers her students by teaching resilience, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation skills. Tracy provides a safe environment where her students can process difficult emotions and past experiences, finding a position of accountability and strength rather than victimhood. Tracy encourages healthy exploration in identity, teaching teens to establish strong boundaries and individual self-worth.
Due to her years focusing on family therapy, Tracy can confidently navigate diverse family systems. Her passion is reconnecting families, as she believes strength in familial relationships lead to healthier individuals. By improving communication, providing a deeper understanding, and giving a framework to make sense of their child’s choices, families are able to align with their child as they collaborate together during the wilderness experience. Tracy is dedicated to giving parents support and feedback so that everyone is changing on this journey. It is not just the child that is immersed in therapy, it is a whole family experience.
Originally from Georgia, Tracy left her southern roots to be in the mountains. After spending some time in the Pacific Northwest, she found her home in Utah. Tracy loves spending time with her husband, two kids, and dog, playing in the mountains, biking, skiing, and trail running