Ex Asperis
"Sweetness after Bitterness" - Ferguson Clan Motto

Some Info
I have been working in the addictions treatment field since 2006. While I started my career with the goal of doing custody evaluations, I quickly realized that I had an interest in addiction and have found myself to be an effective helping professional in this area. While I do very little direct service work these days, I see the world through the therapies I've practiced, including Transactional Analysis, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and various forms of Mindfulness. I oversee treatment provision through quality improvement processes, clinical supervision, and training. 

When I'm not working, you'll find me trying to trick my children and friends into joining me in some physical activity; generally cycling. I'm a rabid cyclist and also enjoy running, swimming, hiking, and generally being outside (when it's not terribly cold, and even then...). 
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“ The trouble with most therapy is that it helps you feel better, but you don't get better; you have to back it up with action, action, action! ”
-Albert Ellis
“Thoughtfulness is the way to deathlessness, thoughtlessness the way to death. The thoughtful do not die: the thoughtless are as if dead already.
-Guatama Buddha
Helping is Easy...
...but therapy is not. It's not rocket science, but it does take real effort. There is no magic pill; no simple fix. Often, my clients spend years - if not decades - getting themselves into a pinch and getting out almost always requires a little discomfort and some work; sometimes...a lot of work. For most people, I believe there is a way out.
Clinical Director - First Step House
As part of an amazing and highly-capable leadership team, I am responsible for, and generally oversee, clinical services in all of the First Step House programs. I'm proud to be a part of a highly-capable team of interdisciplinary professionals. 

I have worked with the School of Medicine at the University of Utah on a program that helps substance abusing individuals obtain much-needed dental services from dental students in-training. I present publicly on various topics and I offer Clinical Supervision and Consultation Services. I also work with local substance use disorder treatment centers, helping to improve their services through the use of evidence-based practices and  technological tools. 


426 S. 500 E.
Salt Lake City, UT. 84102
I bounce around a lot, but most days you can find me at the First Step House Administration Building. Come say what's up!