Dulcius Ex Asperis
"Sweetness after Bitterness" - Ferguson Clan Motto

A Little About Me
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 Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. 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. 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
Helping is Easy...
...but therapy is not. it's not rocket science, but it takes 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.
First Step House - Clinical Director
I direct the daily clinical operations of all First Step House facilities, with the help of an interdisciplinary team of professionals. 

I have worked with the School of Dentistry 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 several times a year on various topics and consult with other treatment centers about therapy and technology.
Where to Find Me


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.