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Meet Our Therapists

Cecilie Ott, LMFT

I love what I do!  I spend my days being a part of an amazing journey.  Some days are filled with tears but there are many others with laughter, learning and growth.  The human spirit is amazing and resilient, and I consider it a privilege to be invited into the life of each of my client’s.  I know it can be intimidating to walk into the office of a stranger with the intent to share the most personal details of your life.  I respect that, and I know that it is my job to earn your trust.

So, a little about me… I grew up in a small town of Northern California and lived there until I left for college.  I earned my Bachelor Degree in Psychology and my Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy.  Early in my career I worked specifically in the field of addiction, and I believe those early experiences helped build a foundation I carry into therapy today.   Quite often when we form addictive behaviors, it isn’t about the drug, food, or sex, but more about our need to alter how we are feeling in the moment.  Therapy is a powerful tool to help you address the pain rather than resorting to numbing or escaping it.

Therapy can help teach effective life skills, but even greater, therapy can help you heal.  Sometimes we need to heal from hurts or betrayals that occurred in our childhood, while for others it may be addressing more recent injuries or loss.  Truly healing can rid us of many symptoms such as depression and anxiety.

My husband and I have been married over 25 years and we have 3 sons and a daughter.  They have been some of my greatest teachers and continue to show me what is most important in life.

Give me a call or shoot me an email.  I would love to answer your questions or offer a brief phone consultation for free.  If I am not the right fit for you, I will do my best to refer you to someone that is.

Brandon Andrus, LCSW

I was born and raised in St George, Utah. I then spent 15 years in Salt Lake City where I attended the University of Utah, earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. While attending school, I met my wife and started a family. After calling that area home for many years, we returned to Southern Utah in the spring of 2019.

I have worked in the mental health field with adolescents, young adults, and families since 2002. I have a love for the outdoors and, since 2007, have worked with clients in wilderness and residential settings that utilized outdoor experiential activities and included a layer of clinical programming. I have also had the opportunity to work directly with clients inside their homes, helping them reintegrate their family system.

The past several years I have focused on individuals and families struggling with trauma, attachment, executive functioning disorders, and social deficits. Many of these clients have diagnoses such as, but not limited to, high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, Non-verbal Learning Disorder, and ADHD. Most of them dealt with anxiety and depression that negatively impacted their relationships and ability to function day to day. In order to cope, many individuals turned to a form of addiction such as screen addictions, over-use of video games, and smartphone addiction. Ultimately they struggled to manage social media in a healthy way. These struggles often led to drops in school attendance and grades, decreased the capacity to meet the demands of daily responsibilities, and delayed their process of transitioning from home to enter the workforce, attend college, or otherwise launch.

I have been privileged to work with so many unique and amazing people and have learned a great deal from each of them. When I am not working, I love to play and spend time with my family. We enjoy road tripping, mountain biking, scrambling through slot canyons in the desert, and swimming and boating on lakes. I also love epic Lego building sessions on the living room floor with my two boys.
I would be privileged to work with you. Reach out and schedule an appointment or schedule a brief free phone consultation to see how I can help.

Christine Gibb, LMFT

I started my journey of curiosity and passion for why humans do what they do with the completion of undergraduate degree in Sociology in 1994 and have worked in the mind/body health industry much of my life. In 2007 I began leading groups in mindfulness, yoga, and wellness retreats and providing yoga therapy for individual clients. I completed my masters program in Psychology at Brandman University starting in 2016 so that I could delve more into the powerful mind/body connection. Along with my license as a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, I am also a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. This is a somatic form of psychotherapy that involves psychology, neuroscience, yoga philosophy, and Buddhist techniques in mindfulness. 

I love hanging out with family, traveling, and taking my dog Gus for walks/hikes. My 3 children are freshmen in college. I receive great satisfaction from helping people of all ages to lead healthier happier lives. It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together. One of my favorite quotes is by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” 

Kaela Judd, LAMFT

I fell in love with the idea of working with couples early in my career. I have a deep passion for helping couples get off the endless merry-go-round of negative cycles, find lasting connection, and create shared meaning together. I understand the painful emotions of staring at divorce in the face and drowning in the unknowns.  I can help you find hope with researched-based tools that have been proven to work and that I fully believe in!

I am experienced with applying the Gottman method for couples and I can provide you the skills that can help you to get on the same team and create shared meaning in your relationship. I also understand the dynamics of mixed-faith marriages and faith crisis trauma. I integrate EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) into many aspects of my therapy to help clients desensitize trauma, resolve that feeling of being ‘stuck,’ or repeating past negative cycles.

Trauma can contribute to the chaos in our relationships. Because of that, I’m equally passionate about working with individuals to address and lessen these effects, having specific experience with interpersonal relationship issues, faith crisis, and childhood trauma. Your struggles don’t have to be an endless spiral of depression and anxiety. I will sit with you in the pit of your despair and give you a boost to resolve what we can and to manage the rest.

I’m not all therapy! Here’s a little more about me…my husband and I have been married for 10 years and we have three boys together. We moved to St. George back in 2016 and we have loved it ever since! We spend our days hiking, traveling, remodeling, and experiencing new things together! I also have a special place in my heart for gardening. I have a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the Couples and Family Therapy Master’s program in December 2020.

I am a certified Gottman Seven Principles Educator and utilize many Gottman principles in my practice. I am also trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy and EMDR. I believe that in addition to my educational degrees and training background, I have vast life experience that I draw from on a daily basis. It shapes my desire to help transform your life.

Whether you’re single or in a relationship. Give me a call or send me an email, I’m happy to answer any questions you have.

Jaisha Evans, MFTi

There are several aspects of life that influence your wellbeing, and nobody knows what those are, better than you. I would love to help you on your path as you seek to find healing, feel hope, learn more about yourself, develop more meaningful relationships, or just find more happiness and satisfaction in your life. Many problems that people face are situations that they feel are outside of their control. These situations can cause deep despair and hopelessness. One of my goals in therapy is to help you feel more empowered and in control of your life again. I hope to help you embrace your full potential and harness the qualities you already possess inside you. 

 I look forward to helping you work through difficult life circumstances such as addiction, anxiety, depression, women’s issues, eating disorders and body image issues, ADHD, autism, and other developmental disorders. I have a deep passion for vulnerability, empathy and connection and would love to help you develop deeper connections with those you love. I also enjoy working with children and utilize tools of play therapy as well as Gottman’s emotional intelligence to help children and parents feel heard and valued, and develop better emotional regulation. 

 I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Utah State University and am currently pursuing my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. Obtaining my Bachelor’s degree all while parenting young children and going through various life trials, has allowed me find my passion and develop a better understanding of some of the challenges families face. My husband and I have been married for nearly ten years and have three children. Together we enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors with our two dogs. They have all helped me through this journey and are part of the reason I was led to this field.  I am learning on this journey right alongside you! 

 If you feel a desire to improve your life, please reach out. You are already on the right path by searching for a therapist that will be a good fit for you.

Siera Heaton, LAMFT

I love Marriage and Family Therapy, whether I’m working with a whole family system, a couple, or one on one with individual clients, I love it all. I feel extremely blessed to be allowed to be a part of the healing process for individuals and families. I began to fall in love with the world of therapy while I was working at a Residential Treatment Center for adolescents during my years at Brigham Young University, where I received a bachelor’s degree in Family Life. I later completed my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy through Touro University. 

I have always had a deep love for the outdoors and believe a little time in the dirt and a little movement can go a long way to help in one’s healing. My goal as a therapist is to help clients feel whole and to connect with the wisdom that is already inside of them. As Fredrich Nietzsche puts it, “There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.” My belief in these things deepened through my work as a yoga and meditation teacher, being part of a sexual mindfulness research team, as well as my time as a wilderness therapy guide. My favorite moments in life are those I get to spend exploring the deserts of Southern Utah with my family and laughing at their jokes.