Clinical Services

Students at Mountain Springs have the option of seeing a therapist in town during their stay at Mountain Springs. MSPA has connected with several licensed Master’s and PhD level therapists in the community, who have experience working with adolescents and in residential treatment. Many of the therapists we use are current or former clinical directors or executive directors at residential treatment centers or therapeutic boarding schools. Therapy is an additional expense and is paid directly by parents to the therapist. Our model with therapy allows for several unique opportunities for parents and students at Mountain Springs:

  1. Students and parents make the decision who their therapist will be (rather than one being assigned for them). This allows students to be more invested in the process and find the therapist who is the best fit for them personality-wise.
  2. Therapy can be as frequent and intense as needed. Each student’s needs are different and some require more therapy per week than others. This can be individualized, including also the frequency of family therapy appointments.
  3. The therapists are not employed by Mountain Springs so the students feel they have a true advocate for them during their stay at the school. There is a greater level of confidentiality that exists in the clinical process than what happens in a residential setting. The school and therapist acquire the necessary releases to discuss important issues and share information, but a large part of what is discussed in therapy is confidential for the student.
  4. Because the therapy is outpatient, it provides practice for the student for when they return home and will have an outpatient therapist there. They have to practice being more assertive, bringing an agenda to therapy and being invested in the therapeutic process.
  5. Therapist attend (in person or by telephone) weekly school board meetings with key administrators from Mountain Springs, where student needs, concerns and issues are addressed. Therapists also complete a section in our monthly progress report that is sent out to parents and reviewed with the student.

Community Therapists

Scott Jakubowski, PhD LMFT

Dr. Jakubowski studied Psychology and Human Development at Brigham Young University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He then completed his Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Auburn University before going on to earn his Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University. During his studies, Dr. Jakubowski focused on researching the most effective treatments for families and couples dealing with a variety of mental, emotional, and/or behavioral issues. His work has been published in top tier scientific journals in the field of family studies, and he is trained in cutting edge techniques known fortheir effectiveness including DBT, EMDR, and CBT therapies.

Upon completion of his education, Dr. Jakubowski began working in the field of adolescent residential treatment, which he has been doing since 2003. He has experience working with several different programs as a therapist providing individual, family, and group therapy to adolescents and their families. He has since designed his private practice specifically to work with students and families at Mountain Springs Preparatory Academy. He loves not only working with teens, but their families as well because he believes that strong family work is essential to individual progress for adolescents. Dr. Jakubowski prides himself on adapting to the individual needs of each specific family and child in order to get the best possible results while they attend MSPA.

Leslie Glenn, PhD LCMHC

Leslie has over 19 years of experience working as a therapist in public mental health, running residential treatment centers, and private practice.  She is a healer of grief and trauma, including individual, marriage, or family experiences that leave people feeling that their lives are just not where they want them to be.  Creating a safe, encouraging, and supportive interpersonal environment allows a person to explore areas that may be difficult to face.   Clients learn to link their grief and trauma histories with subtle actions in the present that undermine their lives, ultimately leading to feeling more empowered with better life decision making.  Leslie also has extensive experience with recovery from addictions.  Her expertise in trauma facilitates unique connections for those struggling with recovery.  Great therapy can change people's lives and Leslie does the work to help people take their lives to another level.  

In addition, Leslie cares deeply about reconnecting families.  Family therapy is an integral part of the work she does.  Helping families increase communication as well as better recognize and intervene on ineffective patterns that have led to conflict or estrangement strengthens a youth's resilience.  While there is an emphasis on healing the past it is also important that a family begin to have joyful experiences together to create positive memories and enhance lifelong relationship connections.  Ultimately, increasing trust so there is mutual respect and willingness to work through difficult issues creates an environment where families will have the skills to support each other through the years.

Tawny Thomas, LCSW

Tawny Thomas, LCSW is the Executive Director of Kolob Canyon Residential and Moonridge Academy Residential programs for girls here in Cedar City, UT.  Tawny has been a therapist since 1999.  Her specialties include DBT, CBT, anxiety, identity work, equine and recreational therapy, family connection and substance recovery.  Tawny is busy working and traveling with her extremely recreational programs, but loves to keep her one on one therapy skills sharp by working with just a few Mountain Springs students on the side; helping them navigate the next stage of treatment and independence.  When not engaging her clinical brain, Tawny loves to find herself outdoors hiking, backpacking and scuba diving with her husband, Roger.

Helen Johnson, LCMHC

Helen Johnson is licensed through the state of Utah as Licensed Professional Counselor.  Helen graduated from University of Phoenix in 2003 with a Masters of Counseling.  She has started to work on her doctorate degree in Psychology through Argosy University.  Helen has temporally put this on hold until her youngest children are in school full-time.  She has worked in residential treatment since 2002 as a therapist for Red Rock Canyon School, and a clinical director at both Sunrise Academy and Integrity House.  Helen specializes in treatment of Reactive Attachment Disorder, Trauma/PTSD, Substance Abuse/Dependence, and high functioning Autism.

Helen is married and has adopted 4 children.  She enjoys spending time with her children, family, and friends camping, riding atv's, and having fun.  She enjoys advocating for youth in the community and others throughout the United States.  In her spare time, Helen enjoys playing basketball, writing poetry, and watching her children in their extracurricular activities.  She has worked in the mental health field since 1989 with children, adolescents, adults, and families in many capacities.

Nateasa McGuire, LCSW

Nateasa McGuire has a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Ethics & Public Policy. Nateasa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker trained specifically in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Equine Assisted Counseling (EAC), and is in the process of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavorial Therapy (TF-CBT) training. She uses a strengths-based perspective, is resiliency focused, and trauma informed. Nateasa has clinical experience working with teens and their families, and is skilled with creative therapeutic interventions. Nateasa has worked as a clinician in residential treatment, intensive outpatient program, and is now in private practice. Her clinical focus is on trauma, grief, and identity. She has clinical experience with depression, anxiety, abuse, self-harm, suicidal ideation, family conflict, substance abuse, emotional and behavioral dysregulation, and low esteem. Nateasa is a lover of running, letter-writing, comics, and coffee. While she is a midwesterner at heart she is happy to reside among the mountains with her beloved spouse and goof-ball pup.

Craig Rodabough, LMFT

Craig Rodabough has a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University.  He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Utah.  Craig has work with adolescents and their families for over 25 years.  He is adopted and has worked with many adopted clients.  Craig currently works as the clinical director at Kolob Canyon RTC. Prior to this, Craig held positions as Chief Clinical Officer, Clinical Director, Admissions Director and therapist at different residential treatment centers.  Craig has also served on the board of directors for the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and the Utah Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  He has presented at several national and regional conferences.

On the personal side, he has been married for over 30 years (yes all of it to the same wonderful woman), has three children and one grandchild. He enjoys hiking in the red rock of Utah, reading and spending time time with his family.

Melissa Spaulding, LCMHC

Melissa Spaulding received her Master's degree in counseling from Ball State University in 2006. She prides herself in having worked in a variety of therapeutic fields including wilderness therapy, therapeutic boarding school environment, residential treatment center and in community-based counseling centers. She understands the importance of helping families transition into and through these environments, working to make sure that no growth or effort is lost in the journey between providers. Melissa has been trained in Post Induction Therapy which allows her to focus on each client’s movement through the developmental stages and then into the building and maintaining of functional coping skills. Melissa is also trained in sand tray therapy and values the way this modality allows children, teens, and families to manifest their story in a safe and concrete manner. Melissa has been certified in EMDR since 2012 and served on the board of the Arizona Trauma Recovery Network prior to moving to Utah in 2015. Melissa believes that all healing must ultimately occur in the context of healthy, nurturing, respectful relationships and she works slowly but steadily to build a unique platform of trust with each client and family she encounters. She understands that sometimes this best occurs when working side by side in collaboration with her clients and she looks forward to providing counseling in a variety of settings: the office, park, trail and more! Honoring each client’s innate ability to heal when given the tools and time to “risk being real” is what motivates Melissa to continue this work. In her spare time Melissa enjoys training for 1/2 marathons, hiking, dancing, cooking and rock climbing with her husband and baby boy in the beautiful Utah wilderness.

Brett Shumway, PhD Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Brett Shumway has over 12 years of experience with youth in juvenile detentions, residential treatment centers, day treatment, inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, residential treatment, and in school settings. He is also a testing psychologist and regularly provides psychoeducational, comprehensive, and specialized evaluations in schools, residential treatment, and wilderness therapy. Brett holds a Masters of Counseling and Guidance and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New Mexico State University. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI), where he continued in a Child and Adolescent fellowship position, which allowed him to work with individuals admitted to that hospital in extreme distress, and work with youth and their families over time in a day treatment program. Although Brett works with a range of individuals, he has specialized experience with adolescents who have substance abuse concerns, medical conditions that impact mental health and wellbeing, individuals with learning disorders or other academic difficulties, motivation, survivors of physical, emotional, and sexual trauma, Autism Spectrum Disorder, OCD, ADHD, chronic depression and anxiety, family concerns, and Spanish-speaking and bilingual families.

Brett takes a personal, caring, supportive, and direct approach with adolescents in treatment, and always strives to see an individual as a whole and complete person. He also works to involve families in treatment, in ways that will best support an individual teen. Brett lives in Cedar City, UT with his wife and 4 children, and spends much of his free time hiking and mountain biking.

Sarah Cowley, LCMHC

Sarah completed her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology/Psychology at Southern Utah University and her Master's of Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix.

Sarah has experience working with people with disabilities, adolescents, foster children, and with other community based mental health programs. Sarah has nearly ten years of experience counseling young adolescents and their families and feels passionate about helping our youth feel empowered and confident. Sarah has extensive experience treating individuals that struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, self-injurious behaviors, and attachment issues. She is trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. Sarah likes to utilize Play Therapy, sand tray, and other experiential activities to assist clients in finding growth and healing.

Sarah loves living in Southern Utah with her husband and daughter. She never misses a chance to enjoy our beautiful landscape and finds inspiration from getting outside.