Staff

Jennifer Fairbourn

LMFT, Clinical Director

Jennifer is a licensed marriage and family therapist who helps individuals, couples, and families work through challenges in order to find more harmony in their lives.  She works with clients from all backgrounds and lifestyles. She is trained in several modalities and predominantly uses a solution focused and cognitive behavioral approach in working with adults, children ages 10 years and older, and teens.  As a marriage and family therapist she specializes in understanding and improving relationships with others. Her genuine approach combines therapeutic strategies, understanding, creativity, and humor to guide people through relationship issues, life transitions, and a variety of mental health challenges.

Jennifer has tremendous skill in helping clients create a plan for their lives that sets them up for success rather than staying bogged down by their struggles. She has a knack for working with teenagers and many have commented on her ability to quickly connect, really get to know and understand them, and then deliver strategies on how to best help them.

She received her Master’s degree in Family Studies: Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland, and her Bachelor’s degree in Family Science: Human Development from Brigham Young University.  Jennifer is a state approved supervisor overseeing recent graduates and associate therapists who are working towards their licensure.

Jennifer has over 14 years experience working as a marriage and family therapist in Utah and Maryland.  Prior to opening Cottonwood Creek Counseling, she worked for Redwood Therapy Group, LDS Family Services, Preferred Family Clinic, Candeo, Vesta Inc., and the Family Service Center.  Jennifer helps clients find more effective ways to manage a variety of emotional, relational, and mental health needs.  She looks forward to using her expertise to help guide you through valuable strategies to manage your challenges in a healthy way and achieve the success you desire.

Janette Luna

LCSW, Primary Therapist

Janette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who enjoys helping others resolve their internal and interpersonal struggles. She has over 40 years of clinical experience helping clients turn conflictual interactions into empowering opportunities for growth and success.

In connection with her vast professional knowledge and life experiences, Janette uses a client-centered approach to help individuals resolve concerns and meet their goals.  Her commitment to helping and healing shines through in the compassion and creativity used to assist clients in establishing healthy coping skills, challenging limiting beliefs, increasing their sense of self-worth, and feeling empowered to make changes in their lives.

Prior to joining Cottonwood Creek Counseling, Janette spent many years providing comprehensive mental health treatment to parolees, court ordered individuals, juvenile offenders, and substance abuse clients working to turn their lives around. She has helped many individuals move on from the corrections system and resolve the personal and familial losses brought about by their previous lifestyle choices.

Janette received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah.  She is interested in many different styles of therapy and is currently working on her certification in EMDR.  She has found much success in helping individuals, couples and families better manage life transitions, anxiety, grief, addictions, anger, depression, and other stressors. Janette works with clients from all backgrounds ages 12 years and older.  She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys working with the Latino community.

Susan Fink

CMHC, Primary Therapist

Susan is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who enjoys helping others work through the experiences that have had major impacts on them. She loves assisting people to find peace, joy, balance, and a sense of optimism and hope for their future.  Here’s what she wants you to know:

“I love what I do! I am a client centered therapist and believe there is no one perfect way to do therapy that fits for every person. Each client is unique and you are the expert on you. I view my job as helping to guide you through the healing process and giving you a safe place to feel your emotions and be yourself. I am dedicated to helping clients make the progress they want in their lives.”

Regardless of whether there has been a specific trauma or not, we have all been affected by challenges and have felt hurt at some point. Susan believes in a holistic approach to healing that includes more than just talking about “problems”, but also looking at strengths and finding hope. Her therapy approach addresses the needs of the “whole person” in order to help build healthy coping tools, establish good habits, challenge unhealthy beliefs, increase a sense of self worth/identity/esteem, heal emotional wounds and put an end to the cycles and patterns that hold individuals back from living the life they want to live.

Susan is experienced in working with a variety of issues including: Trauma related issues, Post Traumatic Stress, C-PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Abuse (emotional, sexual, verbal, etc.), Relationship Issues, Couples Therapy, Life Transitions, Identity Conflicts (LGBTQ), Addictions, and Substance Use Recovery. She is also trained in EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, and other forms of therapy. She works with adults and is particularly great with adolescents from ages 12 years through young adulthood. 

Jeff Carr

LCSW, Primary Therapist

Jeff is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 15 years experience of client centered therapy. If you are willing to put in the work, Jeff is confident that he can help you find fulfillment, forgiveness and freedom one step at a time.

Jeff uses a strengths based approach to help clients learn effective coping skills. He will challenge your unhealthy beliefs and assist you in learning strategies to build confidence, increase self worth/identity/esteem, and feel empowered to make changes. He works with individuals, couples and families from a variety of different backgrounds and those from age 10 years old through the elderly.

In addition to traditional talk therapy, Jeff is trained in Lifespan Integration (LI) techniques. This model of therapy is known to assist in managing trauma, PTSD, relationships, depression and anxiety. LI heals when we aren’t ready to “talk it out,” or we need rapid healing. Go to LifeSpanIntegration.com for details about how this therapy can help you.

Jeff will help you heal the emotional wounds and change the unhealthy cycles, habits, and patterns that have held you back from living the life you want to live. He also believes humor is a powerful medicine for the difficulties in life. When we open up to the healing that humor can provide, we create a reliable bridge to a more carefree style of living.

Sloane Smith

LCSW, Primary Therapist

Sloane has over 33 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families facing mental health, substance abuse, workplace, parenting, and relationship issues. She is committed to helping clients learn new skills and techniques to be able to cope with these and other concerns that cause distress. As an experienced clinician, she takes a collaborative approach utilizing multiple modalities including psychoeducation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah.

Through her work, she has championed the building of strong families in the community, and recognizes the need for support for all types of families at every stage of life. For the past 30 years in Utah, Sloane has worked in private practice, residential treatment, and community based programs including: Children’s Service Society Grandfamilies Program, Primary Children’s Diabetes Clinic, Davis Behavioral Health Psychiatric Unit, Valley Mental Health Foster Care and Substance Abuse, Division of Child and Family Services, Youth Care, and The Road Home.

Sloane has worked in Family Preservation programs in California, Utah, and on the Apache Reservation in Arizona. She worked in the homes of court ordered families dealing with issues of poverty, domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, neglect, substance abuse, and legal entanglements.

In adolescent residential treatment settings Sloane helped families deepen their relationships by helping them be open to change and vulnerability, and learning to communicate more effectively. Families began to improve as they learned to listen to each other in order to understand rather than talking to be understood. In similar settings, her work included helping women learn to be better parents while at the same time engaging in the difficult task of changing their lifestyles by overcoming drug addictions.

Jan Malmberg

CMHC, Primary Therapist

Jan is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years experience in helping individuals, couples and families bring about positive changes in their lives. She has had much success working with clients dealing with divorce, single-parenting, addictions, grief, women’s issues, relationship struggles, mood disorders, and many other mental health challenges. Jan works with clients from all backgrounds, ages 13 years and older.

“My greatest reward as a therapist is helping my clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope. I believe that we all need someone to talk with who will really listen and accept us as we are, without judgment. I provide my clients with a safe place to explore the issues that may be preventing them from living the life they want.”

Jan uses a variety of approaches to help clients progress through their goals and customizes each person’s treatment depending on individual needs. She Is skilled in the following types of therapy: Brene Brown’s Daring Way, Level 2 John Gottman Therapy, Matt Townsend Certified Coaching, Love and Logic Parenting Certified Facilitator, Marriage Matters, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Based Therapy (SBT), Positive Psychology, EMDR (Level 2 trained and working towards certification), Substance Abuse Treatment, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eating Disorder Treatment, Psychodynamic Therapy, Grief Counseling, Traumatic Pathological Love Relationships, and several more trainings to come as additional opportunities arise.

If you feel that you are ready to commit to bringing about positive change in your life, Jan is ready to help you take that first step.