Meet our Therapists
Our philosophy is that substance abuse is an outward sign of a larger set of problems. Recovery requires change of the whole person: physically, emotionally, socially, behaviorally, and spiritually.
Corylyn is a Program Manager and has been with Youth Services since 1998. She currently leads the Shelter Care Services Program. Corylyn received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. She specializes in working with children and adolescents. She enjoys the unique challenges that come with serving at risk youth and their families.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker(Doesn't provide direct client services)
David earned his master’s degree from the University of Utah in 2009 in Social Work and has worked as a therapist at Youth Services since 2011. David has extensive experience working with at-risk and delinquent youth at various levels of the child welfare and criminal justice system. David is currently the Treatment Supervisor at the West Jordan Youth Services location. He is a practicum field instructor for the University of Utah and an approved DOPL supervisor for all therapy license types including Marriage and Family Therapy.
Youth Services' Therapists
Chris has been a Salt Lake County Youth Services staff member for over 20 years in various capacities. He received his Master’s degree in Social Work in 2010 from the University of Utah and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2014. He worked as a therapist part-time for six years with outside agencies and has been a full-time therapist with Salt Lake County Youth Services since February 2012. Chris also volunteers at the Humane Society on Saturdays, where he works with the dogs and on fundraising events.
Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Cindy received her master’s degree from the University of Utah in Educational Psychology focused on Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has 9 years of clinical experience in private and public settings providing support to adults, teens, and children. She is trauma informed and uses an attachment-focused approach in treatment. She also provides services in Spanish.
In her spare time, Cindy enjoys the creative arts, photography, and spending time outdoors with her daughter and black lab.
Christian Ruske is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor who began working at SLCo Youth Services in 2023. He holds an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Westminster College and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Utah. He is also board certified as a National Certified Counselor.
Christian has experience in community mental health, inpatient psychiatric units, intensive outpatient programs, and outpatient services. He has a strong background in working to strengthen foster and adopted children and their families. Christian draws from attachment theory, psychodynamic principles, and Trust-Based Relational Intervention in his clinical work. He strives for a trauma-informed, attachment-focused approach to treatment.
Christian is a huge cinephile and arts enthusiast. In his spare time, you can find him at a concert, opera, play, or the movies.
Certified Social Worker
Daniel is a Certified Social Worker and obtained his Master's degree in Social Work from Boise State University’s advanced standing program. Throughout his career, he has worked with diverse populations, providing support and therapeutic interventions for clients. Daniel utilizes evidenced-based therapeutic approaches to help individuals navigate life’s challenges
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Desiree has an Associate’s Degree in Ethnic Minority Human Services from Salt Lake Community College. She also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social work from Weber State University and obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has over 17 years of clinical experience in private and public practice providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Holistic and Psychotherapy. Desiree appreciates working with children, families, groups that are diverse: ethnical minorities, BTQ populations, or people that have suffered substance abuse and/or domestic violence.
Elyse has worked as a family therapist at Youth Services since 2012 and received her Master’s degree from the University of Utah in Professional Counseling. She enjoys working with teens to strengthen themselves and their relationships. Elyse works in our outpatient Substance Abuse Program and general mental health counseling.
Kent has been with the Division of Youth Services since 1991. First as an intern and emergency hire youth worker and, since 1994 as a full time Family Therapist. Kent works with the general population of clients as well as in the mental health and substance abuse outpatient therapy programs with youth and their families. He has also conducted groups with youth, parents, and families, and done a great deal of crisis work. Kent has also worked in private practice since 2003 with youth, adults, couples, and families. He loves being a part of the process of change and delights in the successes of his clients.
Luis graduated from the University of Utah with a Master Degree in Social Work with emphasis in Substance Abuse Counseling and provides bilingual services to youth with mental and substance use disorders. He also earned an Associate’s Degree in Minorities Health/Human Services from Salt Lake Community College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Luis enjoys working with clients of all ages/backgrounds; he worked at a youth facility and other non-profit agencies prior to coming to Salt Lake County Youth Services.
Rolando received his Master of Mental Health Counseling degree from the University of Phoenix. He has a broad range of experience working with adolescents and families with mood disorders and behavioral issues, including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Anger issues, Trauma and PTSD; Grief and Loss; Attachment and Executive Function issues; Delinquent Behavior, Substance Abuse, Family Conflict, and educates parents in Positive Parenting. He is certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional, Thought Field Therapist, Mind-Body Bridging Professional, and as Mindfulness-Based Therapist.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
Shaon Primus holds a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and has been working for Youth Services as a therapist since 2022. Shaon Primus is originally from New York City. Shaon has worked in different areas of mental health including group homes, youth residential programs, behavioral hospitals, case worker for DCFS, and youth that was in Juvenile Justice Services custody. Shaon has training in DBT, CBT, TF-CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Brain Spotting, and ACT. Shaon has worked with youth and families for over 15 years. Shaon provides individual therapy, and family therapy at our West Jordan location.
Stacey has been with Youth Services since March 2016 and works as a family therapist. She provides treatment services in our substance abuse programs and mental health counseling. She has worked with people of all ages: couples, families, groups and individuals in a number of diverse settings. She enjoys working with adolescents because they offer interesting and valuable insights.
“When we offer support and understanding, a child will learn to accept who they are and begin to discover who they want to become.”
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Tracie earned a Master’s degree from the University of Utah in Social Work. She has worked at Youth Services since 2006 and has been a therapist, since 2011. Tracie works on our In-Home team and enjoys working with individuals, families, and groups.
Certified Social Worker
Vanessa has been working with Salt Lake County Youth Services since 2018. She has experience working with youth in the foster system, crisis care and in school-based settings. Vanessa received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and is licensed as a Certified Social Worker and Educator. She believes in the strength and ability of youth and is committed to providing support and guidance towards positive youth development.