Meet Our Team!

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Mountain View Family Therapy Team

Mountain View Family Therapy has multiple therapists who offer specialized services. We focus on matching you with the therapist who can best support you based on your needs and goals. Combined, we have over 100 years of experience working with children, teens and adults. We also have many clients who feel comfortable referring those they know to Mountain View Family Therapy for support. That is the highest compliment we can receive. We know that it takes courage to reach out, and we are committed to making the process as easy as possible. We value the opportunity to be a part of your journey.

 

We invite you to contact us for more information.

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Therapists

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Maria Johnson, LCSW

Therapist (Couples, Adults)

Maria is a skilled Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has over 20 years of experience working with individuals and families that face a variety of issues. Her approach is one of active engagement, attentive listening, and empathic support. Her overall philosophy is one of unconditional positive regard and a belief that individuals can overcome the challenges they are facing. She strives to understand each person's concerns, needs, and goals for therapy. She creates an environment where people have the freedom to explore their thoughts and feelings in a safe, nonjudgmental environment.

Your happiness matters because every person deserves to experience contentment and peace in life.  Healing our pains can empower us to love ourselves and others more authentically. This process is empowering and freeing, giving ourselves the ability  to live life more fully and joyfully.  Seeing people move from a place of frustration to hope is a journey worth taking.

Kate Hofer, CMHC

Therapist (Children, Teens & Adults)

Kate is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Art Therapy. She also has extensive training and experience in Play and Sandtray Therapy which she uses with all ages of clients to help clients tap into their inner world and discover their True Self. Kate taught Positive Psychology at Utah Valley University for 7 years and uses it to help clients focus on their strengths to become stronger. Her first Masters degree is from the University of Utah in Recreation Therapy which she uses to create an experience of healing. Kate brings to Mountain View Family Therapy a wealth of experience with a gift for creating safety and trust for children, teens and adults navigating life's transitions.

My client's happiness matters to me because all people matter to me. 
Everyone matters. We are all connected. Our energy connects. 
My happiness matters. Your happiness matters. We all matter.
Together we create a happier world.

Chelsea Davenport 

Therapist (Teens & Adults)

Authenticity, humility, and non-judgement are values that Chelsea commits to integrating into practice. The majority of her professional career has involved supporting youth and young adults in various settings including wilderness and court-mandated programs. Topics have included healthy communication and conflict resolution, effective navigation of anxiety, and the development of a greater sense of resilience, agency, identity, and meaning. Chelsea's hope is that she approaches topics with curiosity and compassion and that she holds peoples' stories in a way that helps the heavier parts begin to lose their power.

Chelsea's goal is to help support people in gaining greater awareness of their experience and the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that comprise it; to build upon strengths; and to foster resilience and community. Highlighting incongruences can help guide in a collaborative approach to healing, growth, and dismantling cycles of shame.

Chelsea employs cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and systems theory as primary therapeutic modalities. She hopes to become obsolete: that clients are equipped with the awareness and skillset they need to navigate challenging moments as they move forward. She firmly believes that humor and pets make life infinitely more rich and likely will encourage you to adopt 17.

Joy, confidence, connection, dismantled shame, self-awareness, vulnerability, strengthened senses of self-efficacy, and choice are focal in my work with clients because they create community, resilience, and meaning.

Ka'lei Kendal

Therapist (Children and Young Adults)

Ka'lei is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with clients with backgrounds of trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression and those who have an autism spectrum disorder (low, moderate and higher functioning autism). She also works well with adoption, special needs and medical issues.  Ka'lei received her Masters of Social Work from The University of Utah and a Bachelors of Social Work from Utah Valley University in addition to a Minor in Autism Studies from Utah Valley University.

 

Ka'lei takes a person centered approach with all of her clients and recognizes that a person is more than their individual challenges and struggles, they are also their strengths, hobbies, interests, relationships with others and more. Ka'lei recognizes that when all of these aspects are included into treatment greater gains can be experienced. Ka'lei has called Utah home for the past 10 years, and she enjoys spending her free time with her daughter and her dog.

Happiness for me is found in our day to day social interactions and activities of daily living. I want to help each of my clients, and by extension their families, find this joy and increase it in their lives. This is why the happiness of each of my clients matters to me.

Laura Gengler, CSW

Therapist (Teens & Adults)

Laura is passionate about helping people be their best, happiest selves. She takes a strengths-based approach to support clients in overcoming a variety of personal life-challenges. She enjoys working with teenagers and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, life transitions and relationship issues. Her therapeutic style is cognitive behavioral therapy in conjunction with mindfulness skills, but she believes in being flexible and open-minded when choosing specific therapy interventions, keeping in mind the unique needs of each client.

 

Laura earned MSW from the University of Utah. She is also a wife, mother, and grandmother. She adores her family, and when she's not spending time with them, she enjoys playing with her dog, going on long walks, reading, and occasionally golfing.

Our clients’ happiness is so important! It’s beautiful to watch as the healing begins and hope returns, or is found for the first time, the happiness organically shows up.

Katie Simpson, CSW

Therapist (Kids, Teens, Group)

Katie Simpson is a certified social worker who graduated from the University of Utah. Her academic focus was on child welfare, and she also has a school social work certificate. She has experience with children of all ages in various educational and therapeutic settings as a preschool teacher's aide, intern school social worker, and therapist. She focuses on play therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Her goal is to empower clients to recognize their own strengths and to use those strengths to get through difficult life situations they may encounter. She's passionate about social justice and amplifying the voices of marginalized and oppressed groups. 

Your happiness matters because YOU matter. You are powerful. You are resilient. You are you. There is no greater honor than to be part of this healing journey with you.

Nada Plooster, LCSW

Therapist (EMDR certified, kids,teens, adults)

Nada is a licensed clinical social worker who treats children, teens, and adults with a variety of disorders including PSTD, depression, anxiety, dissociative disorders, eating disorders and various difficulties including unresolved trauma, attachment deficits, relationship struggles, and behavioral problems. She specializes in viewing these disorders and struggles from the lens of how our brain processes information and stores experiences and how our body traps the emotions and sensations associated with distressing events. She uses EMDR and adjunct approaches to help clients heal from these often overwhelming feelings, thoughts, and body sensations and bring the adaptive perspective and functions of our brain back online.

 

Nada received her Master’s of Social Work from Brigham Young University in 2012 and has worked at various agencies including the Utah Valley Hospital’s emergency room and The Greenhouse Center for Growth and Learning before joining Mountain View Family Therapy. When she is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children outdoors or playing games, sewing, and Olympic Lifting.

Maybe you are hurting right now.  Maybe you are confused or alone or exhausted.  Maybe you don’t know what you need, just that you need some help.  I see you.  You matter.  You’ve come to the right place. 

Cathi Sessions, LCSW

Therapist (Couples, Adults)

Cathi is a licensed clinical social worker. She has worked as an in-home therapist in the Salt Lake and West Valley area. She has taught Couple Communication classes in the community. Cathi has a great deal and compassion for those struggling with symptoms of anxiety, depression, postpartum, child abuse and neglect, trauma, grief, trauma and especially those experiencing stresses in their marriage and family. She uses a variety of treatments to help those seeking help including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Couples Communication, Compassion Focused, Imago, EMDR, Trauma Focused, Psychoeducational, and Strength based modality. Cathi's educational background includes a Bachelor of Behavioral Science and a Masters of Social Work at the University of Utah.

When clients are in a state of distress it makes it difficult for them to access a state of contentment and pleasure. Helping my clients to become aware of their inner mind and the way their bodies respond to those thoughts help them to access their happiness. I feel this is my most important work. 

Cal Fotheringham, CSW

Therapist (Teens & Adults)

Cal is driven to help people find the most productive way through life's choices by using evidence based programs. He has worked with couples, teens and people struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, addiction, ADHD, autism, eating disorders and communication challenges. Several of his favorite opportunities have come from seeing people heal their relationships when there appeared to be no hope. His life experience provides insight to the difficulties others face when loved ones make hurtful decisions. His approach focuses on gratitude, mindfulness and meditation while broadening people's strengths. 

Cal graduated from Utah State University with a Masters of Social Work. He enjoys mountain biking, running, snow skiing, and boating with his family. 
 

I have been extremely blessed in my life. Some of my greatest blessings have come from incredibly difficult life experiences. It is very rewarding to help others through their difficulties and share many of the insights that helped me heal and develop hope. I love the connection that develops as we work through life's imperfections.

Reevkah Hokansen, CSW

Therapist (Children, Teens & Adults)

Reevkah is a certified social worker who recently graduated from the University of Utah.   Her primary therapy modality is cognitive behavior therapy, and she believes that people have the ability to create and find happiness. Reevkah is passionate about helping people feel confident about themselves and discover the joy they’re searching for. She is particularly drawn to working with mothers and providing support to clients who are working through “mom guilt” and other challenges that accompany motherhood. Additionally, Reevkah enjoys working with teenage clients. 

 

Reevkah received a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and Psychology from Brigham Young University. She is happy to cheer for both teams (BYU and U of U) and believes that every person (and school) brings important contributions to the table. 

 

Reevkah grew up near Portland, Oregon, but has lived in Utah for the past 5 years. She enjoys hiking with her husband and son and loves watching a show on Netflix when she needs a break.  

Nearly everyone I know has a desire to feel happy. This can be difficult to imagine when you're feeling stress, anxiety, depression, grief, etc. I hope to guide you through the difficult emotions so that you can discover the happiness that you desire. Feeling happy is important and I am grateful to support you throughout your journey to get there.

Katie Rose McMahon, CSW

Therapist (Children, Teens & Adults)

Katierose McMahon is a Certified Social Worker who graduated from the University of Utah. Her specialty is in child welfare. Katierose has experience with teens and adults from many walks of life. She focuses on family systems theory, solution-focused therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her main goal is to help clients be able to better recognize their emotions to better regulate strong emotions by using coping skills. 

My clients' happiness matters to me because I want to see others succeed and become the best versions of themselves.  

Raul Rios Raya, CSW

CSW Therapist (Kids, Teens, Adults)

Raul graduated from Utah State University with a Masters Degree in Social Work.  He also has an educational background in sociology and anthropology, studying cultures and their unique interactions. 

Raul has over 6 years of experience in Child Welfare supporting families all across the Salt Lake Valley. He has also been a support to many grieving families dealing with end of life transitions. Raul approaches clients with compassion, dedication and empathy using a cognitive behavioral therapy framework. 

My clients' happiness matters to me because it helps facilitate change and eases the path toward success in their goals and personal ambitions.

Jamie Sceili, CSW

CSW Therapist (Kids, Teens, Adults)

Jamie is an advocate for others to find peace and balance in their lives.  Jamie believes everyone has value and finds joy supporting her clients through their own journey of self-discovery.  Jamie believes in empathic, active listening and engagement with her clients.  Jamie believes her clients can overcome any challenge or obstacle and is humbled to be included in their journey.  Jamie finds an eclectic modality of therapies such as CBT, DBT, ACT, Self-Compassion and Mindfulness/Meditation as tools to help guide clients in therapy.

 
Jamie is a graduate of Utah State University Master of Social Work program and a Baccalaureate of Science in Family Studies at Utah State - Go Aggies! Jamie has experience with school social work and inpatient psychiatry.  Jamie has been with Mountain View Family Therapy for nearly 3 years and loves being part of a unique practice of skilled and caring clinicians.  

Life can be challenging and when we're in a good space we show up better to deal with challenges.  I am honored to support clients navigate finding their happiness so they can enjoy the life they desire and deserve.
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Maylin Worlton, CSW

Therapist (Children, Teens & Adults)

Maylin graduated with a masters in social work from Utah Valley University. During school, she worked in community programs built to strengthen family relationships. She also has several years of experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum. Maylin practices an eclectic approach and uses elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness.

 

Maylin is passionate about helping her clients identify and develop tools to decrease suffering and increase resilience, satisfaction, and overall well-being. Through a trusting relationship and commitment from clients, Maylin will help her clients develop a better understanding of themselves and gain confidence in their own abilities outside of therapy.

 

She enjoys expressing herself artistically though calligraphy, painting, and quilting. Maylin often spends time outdoors with her husband backpacking, kayaking, fishing, and camping.

At times it may feel out of reach, but happiness is not far. A life with happiness is an inherent right, something that we all deserve, no matter how unattainable it may feel. Your happiness matters to me because it is integral in obtaining self-confidence. Through therapy together we can create small moments that bring you happiness and build upon these to form a life that makes you happy and confident.
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Madison Rahlf, CSW

Therapist (Children, Teens & Adults)

Madison graduated with a masters in social work from the University of Utah. She has experience working with children, teens, and adults that experience anxiety and depression. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is her go-to modality. She has a passion for self compassion and believes it should be the foundation of any therapeutic work. She finds that we are often kinder to others than we are to ourselves. Madison believes that everyone can benefit from going to therapy and talking things through with another individual. Sometimes it can be beneficial to get another perspective. 

Everyone deserves to be happy. You deserve to live the life you want to live. Sometimes certain circumstances make it difficult to enjoy the natural happiness that life has to offer. I hope to give my clients the tools and support they need to live a life that is meaningful to them.
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Tracie Peñúñuri, LCSW

Owner, Clinical Director

Tracie is the owner of Mountain View Family Therapy. She is an entrepreneur at heart who enjoys being able to join her love of innovation with her passion for helping others.  

Your happiness matters because how you feel and how you see the world impacts all that you become.  As you learn to find happiness even in life’s struggles, nothing will be able to stand in the way of  healthy relationships, fulfilling experiences and inner peace.   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nurse Practitioners

 
 
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Emily Richards, FNP

Medication Manager

Emily grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho and relocated to Utah to be near family. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner with fifteen years of mental health and psychiatric nursing experience. She is a 2019 graduate of Brigham Young University with her Master’s in Nursing. She also has a Master’s in Public Health which she has used to help address clean water and disaster recovery in the Dominican Republic as well as to solve local problems in Utah and Idaho. She is a volunteer with the American Red Cross Disaster Action team, responding to local and regional disasters and house fires. 


She completed a Spanish-speaking internship with the Pan American Health Organization in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and a Spanish-speaking mission in Louisiana. She loves all things Cajun, Creole, and Caribbean. Her favorite foods are shrimp étouffée, rolled tacos, and mangú. She loves to cook for her family and friends; her specialties—café río pork pizza and rolled tacos.
Emily loves nature and is an avid hiker. She has hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon four times (and back up again). She also loves to learn new things and has recently taken up rockhounding and canyoneering. Her absolute favorite thing to do is spend time with family and friends. She is the favorite aunt of five nieces and ten nephews.


She is an advocate for mental health, public health, and nurse practitioner practice. She is an active member of the Utah Nurse Practitioners association where she serves on the legislative committee. She is also an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and its local Utah chapter. She is currently working to advance mental health nursing as a clinical instructor for BYU.

"Happiness is contentment with the present that hints at hope in the future.  Sonja Lyubomirsky defines happiness well:  “the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile." Happiness is not the absence of negative emotions, but the patient perspective that our experience in life is more than the sum of our thoughts and feelings. I believe that all people can find happiness as they accept their life as the gift it is and live it well."

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Brittany Naylor, APRN

Medication Management

Brittany is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, certified to treat clients of all ages, with ten years of cumulative nursing and advanced practice nursing experience. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and The University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient mental healthcare settings, as well as experience working in the public school system with children and adolescents. She has a special interest in treating mood and anxiety disorders, however, she is experienced in working with attention-deficit disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and behavioral disorders. She brings a fresh and evidence-based approach to her treatment and enjoys working collaboratively with the entire treatment team as well as the client to develop the best-individualized treatment plan for each individual.

 

Brittany and her family relocated from Utah to Texas in 2020 to be closer to family, though she has continued to provide Telehealth services to clients in Utah. She has found Telehealth to be an exciting and innovative means of providing quality and convenient medication management and psychiatric care to clients. 

"Experiencing mental illness can be debilitating, can feel impossible to recover from, and can greatly impact relationships with those around you. The opportunity to lessen the burden of mental illness on someone's life by giving them a sense of purpose, hope, and joy back, and allowing for improvement in functioning in their careers, home life, and/or relationships is why I have chosen to do what I do."

Administrative Team

Supporting you in your journey to feel better is really an awesome part of my life.  You are worth it, and I’m excited to help you get there!

 
 
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Daniela Peñúñuri

Office Manager

Daniela provides excellent support to clients and staff members at Mountain View Family Therapy.  She has been with MVFT since May 2018 and specializes in billing and office management and loves helping our clients have an exceptional experience.  Daniela is also currently a student at the University of Utah studying electrical engineering.  She is bilingual (Spanish/English) and loves spending time with her husband and cat.

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Michaela Townsend

Client Care Coordinator

Michaela is Mountain View Family Therapy's client care expert.  She specializes in handling scheduling, helping clients match to the right therapist and supporting clients and staff throughout the clinical journey.  Michaela is also a student at Westminster studying clinical mental health counseling.