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 am 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. I am a UAMFT supervisor and love helping the next generation of therapists coming out of school.
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.
Basia Lopez, CSW
I graduated with a Masters of Social Work at the University of Utah. As a therapist, I strive to guide individuals to where they want to be, while accepting where they are. My main goal as a clinician is to help clients become more in tune with their body, and to increase their self-awareness; through mindfulness and development of emotional agility. I have worked with a variety of populations including adults, couples, teens, individuals in crisis, etc. I have worked treating multiple issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, adjustment disorders, and loss. I utilize approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and Gottman’s model for relationships, in effort to help individuals to change the way they relate to their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. I also utilize trauma-based practices including EMDR and Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help individuals resolve past trauma, establish more helpful belief systems, and create new meaning for their lives. In my spare time, I love spending time with my loved ones, reading, and spending time outdoors in any way I can.
I am currently a student in the Master’s Program of Marriage and Family Therapy at Utah Valley University. I am learning new therapeutic models and techniques weekly that I will apply when helping clients. I am hoping to emphasize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative, Strategic and Solution-Focused therapy. My goal is to get experience as a student therapist by providing services to the best of my ability. I am eager to work with all populations from individuals, children, couples, families and anyone else who comes in. I am ready to learn with any opportunity or experience that I am given! In my “free time” I am a student-athlete and I compete on the Cross Country and Track and Field team. Other than that I like to spend time with family and friends.
Millie Harper, APRN
I am a board-certified Nurse Practitioner and a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as well as the Utah Nurse Practitioners. I received my Bachelors and Masters degree through BUY’s college of Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner emphasis. My clinical experience includes emergency and critical care, especially cardiac and stroke patients.
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!