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South Jordan Counseling Mental Health

Kathleen Elms, LCSW

Kathleen Elms, Utah Licensed Clinical Social Worker, standing outside office building with tree in background

About Kathleen:

Originally from Vermont, Kathleen moved to Utah over a decade ago to pursue her education, earning degrees in both sociology and social work at Brigham Young University. She thrives in Utah’s dry, hot summer weather, where she loves being in nature, with hiking, camping, and kayaking at the top of her list. Kathleen’s a foodie who loves trying new restaurants, finds zen in yoga, and can’t resist a good crime TV show. An adventurer at heart, she wants to visit every national park and become yoga certified.

As a licensed clinical social worker, Kathleen has experience working in residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient settings. She specializes in working with teens ages 13-18 who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, and emotional dysregulation. Her modalities include CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and EMDR.

Embracing a holistic perspective to healing, Kathleen stays engaged in learning how mental, physical, and spiritual well-being are connected and incorporates this principle into her daily life. Kathleen’s favorite part about social work is guiding people to see their unique strengths and capabilities.




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Sociology, Brigham Young University, 2017
Social Work, Brigham Young University, 2020



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I started bringing my son here as a newborn 10 years ago, now I bring my 8 month old. Everyone is amazing and they are all phenomenal. All the providers are exceptional. If our primary pediatrician can’t see us for a sick visit, they always get us in with someone else that we adore- we have never been let down. All the providers have always made me feel heard and they are great with my kids. I ALWAYS recommend Families First to my friends and any new moms.

—Melissa Barkell.

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