Jessica Harper, CMHC
Clinical Director and Therapist
As a therapist and as the director of Aspen Valley Counseling, my goal is to promote healing through teaching you skills that will help you create a life you want to live. I have worked successfully with kids, teens, and adults struggling with a variety of problems including ADHD, addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, pornography addiction, tantrums, and trauma. I also regularly assist individuals desiring to increase their energy levels and performance and those who wish to improve relationships. You can have a life and relationships that are rewarding.
When it comes to neurofeedback, I have undergone extensive training to help individuals on the autism spectrum, those with ADD/ADHD, traumatic brain injuries, and other mental health-related issues. Neurofeedback can also help with anxiety, depression, stroke recovery, phobias, insomnia, learning disabilities, sports performance, clearer thinking, memory, headaches, energy levels, and nightmares.
I am certified in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and DBT, and I am also trained in neurofeedback and qEEG brain mapping. I am also an approved BrainPaint provider (an evidence-based neurofeedback program) and an IQCB Certification Candidate.
Other issues I work with include addiction, developmental disorders, divorce, drug and substance abuse, oppositional defiance, self-harming, sexual abuse, and suicidal ideation. I use many approaches to therapy but will find the one that works best for you. The therapy types I can use to help you include coaching, attachment-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), EMDR, emotion-focused therapy, expressive arts, family and marital counseling, a family systems approach , a humanistic approach, an interpersonal approach, mindfulness-based (MBCT) therapy, motivational interviewing, neurofeedback, play therapy, sand therapy, solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), and trauma-focused therapy.
I have been practicing in mental health for over 15 years, and my goal is to help people create the lives they want to live. When I’m not counseling, you’ll find me hiking, running, traveling, learning new things, and spending time with my family.
April Madsen, CMHC
My name is April Madsen, and I specialize in depression, anxiety, and trauma-focused therapy. My therapy approaches include person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). I hold a master’s degree in clinical mental health from Argosy University and graduated as a presidential scholar.
I have experience working with children, college-aged students, individuals who’ve gone through the judicial system, and individuals with severe, persistent mental illnesses (psychosis, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, and other personality disorders). My other training includes positive psychology; foundations for communication with trauma survivors; interventions for treating anxiety and depression; motivational interviewing; 10 core competencies of trauma, PTSD, grief, and loss; evidence-based trauma treatments and interventions; suicide and self- mutilation; substance abuse and domestic violence; EMDR. I am certified as an EMDR specialist; as a GOGI (Get Out by Going In) facilitator; and as an emotion code practitioner and certified body code practitioner for energy healing.
I have been practicing in mental health for five years, and I have made it my goal to help my clients overcome their trials and learn the skills they need to be successful in their lives. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family, read, watch movies, and write poetry.
Hi! I’m Alyssa and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and
Registered Art Therapist. During my time as a therapist, I’ve had the privilege of accompanying individuals, children and families in the midst of loss and adversity. With warmth and creativity, I provide a space for others to safely process their experiences and discover alternate meanings and beliefs to the challenges they face.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University in Art and Psychology and my Master of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Clinical Art Therapy. For the past 7 years, I’ve provided mental health services in Chicago and southern California. I’m experienced providing many levels of care ranging from outpatient therapy to residential treatment. More specifically, I’m passionate about supporting individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment disorders, adverse life experiences and those seeking spiritual growth. In addition to my clinical experience, I’ve had the honor of volunteering in Kenya, Ecuador and Mexico where I provided after school services and art therapy to pediatric populations. My prior experiences as a therapist, and volunteer, have motivated me to empower individuals and communities to create their best lives.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking, photography, writing songs and travelling to new places.
I work behind the scenes here at Aspen Valley to help keep the office running smoothly and to ensure our patients have a great experience. I work with scheduling appointments, collecting co-pays, and the billing process. I have worked in many office settings, but also have multiple years experience working with people with trauma, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Borderline Personality Disorder, addictions, and other behavioral issues. I love being active, getting lost in a book, cooking, and spending time with my amazing husband and Maltese.
Silvana Santa Cruz
Hi, my name is Silvana and I’m a neurofeedback technician. I’m originally from Lima, Peru and speak Spanish fluently. I graduated from Brigham Young University – Idaho with a bachelors degree in psychology and currently pursuing a masters in counseling psychology. I have experience working as an advocate with women, men, and children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse. I also have experience working with children with behavioral issues, social skills issues, and have an IEP (individualized education program). I am trained to perform mental health first aid and work with adults and children with depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, traumatic events, etc. In my free time, I enjoy doing illustrations, arts, and crafts and reading books.
Having been interested in mental health since my childhood, I am thrilled to be a neurofeedback technician here at Aspen Valley. Over the course of the last few years, I have had the opportunity to observe and learn from several counselors and neurofeedback practitioners here in Utah and in Washington State, where I grew up. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Psychology and plan to pursue a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have experience working with adolescents and adults who suffer from trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, learning disorders, substance abuse, and more. In my free time, I love singing and making music, hiking with my wife and my corgi, exercising, and learning as much as I can about the human psychological experience.
Hi, I’m Erin and am a technician at Aspen Valley! I’m an undergrad at Brigham Young University working on getting a bachelor in Experience Design and Management! I love learning about positive psychology and the impact it can make in our personal lives as well as the lives of those around us! Things I do in my spare time include: eating at new restaurants, making floral arrangements, spending time with family and friends, decorating and redecorating my apartment, laughing and helping others feel loved!