Jennifer Wilde has been working with adolescents for over twenty years. She loves the energy they provide and has learned a lot from the ever changing adolescent culture. Although Jennifer has found many areas of adolescent treatment rewarding, she specializes in students with: emotional difficulties, depression and anxiety, history of trauma, substance use, oppositional behaviors, family conflict and family system difficulties. Jennifer’s approach to treatment includes many techniques focused on teaching students to make better decisions for themselves including: positive relationship development, communication, intimacy, emotional awareness, and moral and values reasoning.
Jennifer obtained her Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah in 1997. She has worked in residential treatment in both long term and short term programs, including both private and correctional facilities. As a Supervisor for the Department of Youth Corrections, Jennifer was instrumental in creating an early intervention program and a shelter care program for at risk youth. While in the private sector, Jennifer was also able to supervise her colleagues working towards licensure and was able to fulfill an adjunct faculty position for the University of Utah as the supervisor for Master’s level students. Program development opportunities excite her as she likes to multi-disciplinary approach to treatment.
In her leisure time, she enjoys being outdoors. Jennifer enjoys gardening, backpacking, snowshoeing, skiing, hiking and canoeing on her time off with her husband and two boys. She also loves dogs, especially French Bulldogs, having enjoyed her relationship with “Thug” for over 13 years!
Matt, a life-long resident of Utah, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Utah. He then continued his education there, earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work. He has worked with adolescents struggling with substance use, as well as those with dual diagnoses, since 2000. This has been in multiple settings including group homes, outpatient counseling, an acute psychiatric hospital and residential treatment. Matt pursues ongoing training to gain greater understanding and mastery of the best practices for working with adolescents and treating patients with ADHD and executive functioning issues.
Spartacus, Matt’s dog, is a regular sight at Elevations, and popular with both the kids and the staff. In his free time, Matt enjoys being with his wife, daughter and sons, (and Sparty, of course), being outdoors and spending time with friends.
Phyllis has been working with adolescents since 2005. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2005 from Utah Valley State College. She studied the Behavioral Sciences with an emphasis in Social Work. She began her professional career working as a Counselor at Slate Canyon Youth Center with teenage girls. She then transferred to a Probation Officer position with Utah State Courts. She completed her Master’s in Counseling at the University of Phoenix in 2007 and started working at the Cottonwood Treatment Center as a therapist in February 2008. Phyllis received her state licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in January 2010. She is a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist, has been receiving on-going training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and receiving training in Psychodrama. In addition to the on-going trainings she is working towards certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), to work with trauma victims. Phyllis’ specialty areas include oppositional defiance, anger and aggression, anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, and ADHD. Her therapeutic approach consists of motivational interviewing, person centered, and cognitive behavioral therapies. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors with her family, going to movies, reading, and spending time with her three dogs (two pugs and one French bulldog).
Kim was born in Camden, South Carolina and still considers that home, although she has resided in Utah for the past 11 years. Kim graduated from Coker College with Bachelors in Sociology with a concentration in Social Work and a Minor in Psychology. Kim was hired at Elevations as a milieu manager in March 2000. Since working at Elevations over the past ten years, she has held several positions. Before completing her Master’s Degree, Kim held positions including Milieu Manager, Team Director, and Residential Program Manager. Upon the completion of her degree, she worked as an Outpatient Therapist and Residential Program Manager at another program before returning to Elevations as a Primary Therapist. Kim has been married for 17 years and is the mother of seven year old fraternal twins, lovingly known and Frick and Frack.
Jennifer Maddock, LMFT, Primary Therapist
Jennifer is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who works well with complex family systems. Her training includes helping couples, families, children, adolescents and adults with a variety of presenting problems including trauma, self-harm, mental illness, behavioral problems, foster care, and family conflict. Her specialty areas include working with struggling teens and marriage/couple therapy. Her work experience includes working in public mental health, working with families and children who are involved in the foster care system or adopted, and working in residential care.
Her philosophy for treatment is hope based, strength driven, and holistic in nature. Clients are their own best experts on their life experiences. As a client-centered therapist, she helps guide individuals to the change that they desire, but have not known how to achieve. She is passionate about working in this field and the joy that comes from helping people grow and change.
Ryan Faust, CSW, Primary Therapist
Ryan has a passion for working with youth in a residential setting. This passion was generated many years ago when he entered the field as a direct line staff. Ryan has been cultivating that passion for the past 10 years, working in many facets of the residential treatment process. Ryan received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California and his social work certification from the state of Utah. Along with assisting struggling youth by helping them make positive life changes, Ryan serves as a fitness instructor in his spare time. The joy Ryan receives from helping others continues to increase his passion for working in this field.
Jessica Oblock, CSW, Primary Therapist
Jessica began her career working with adolescents in a residential treatment setting and knew that was her calling. A turn of events sent her to Wyoming where she worked in a residential setting with adults. Though she enjoyed the work, she knew her passion was working with adolescents and their families. She has worked at Elevations since returning to Utah, where her family is located. Jessica received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.
When not working, she and her husband love spending time at the dog park with their beloved pugs and border collie.
Anna Chauncey, CSW, Primary Therapist
Anna has worked with adolescents in residential treatment and transitional living for a number of years, working with students struggling with a wide range of presenting issues. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Weber State University as well as her Master’s in Social Work from The University of Utah. Anna is truly passionate about the work she does with every student and family system.
In her free time, Anna enjoys yoga, hiking, and most other outdoor activities.
Chad Stark ACMHC, MAEd, Primary Therapist
Since the time he took a course in Family Science during his freshman year at Brigham Young University, Chad wanted to be a counselor. The concepts “just seem to click” for him. After finishing a Bachelor’s degree in Family Science with a Minor in Psychology, he went on to earn a Master’s degree in Education and a second Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. He has counseling experience with substance use and domestic violence, as well as experience as an Academic Counselor and Director of Curriculum Development. He is pleased to be in a job where he can utilize his love for both therapy and education. He is also an adjunct university faculty member teaching incoming freshman.