Our Team

Heather Rowley, BA in SPED/MAEd./LCMHC

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 Heather Rowely, LCMHC, is the CEO of Advantage Counseling. “My work with clients focuses on the strengths of each individual and family. Treatment solutions are truly individual as we work together to combine the right treatment approach with your strengths, and to create positive change.”

Heather has expertise in developmental disorders and non-verbal learning disabilities of children. Drawing heavily upon the attachment theory, and is especially insightful of children with attachment or adoption issues. She uses varied and exciting techniques like psychodrama, role play, and meditative strategies to her therapy sessions and really engages kids in the process. Most respond to her kind, straight forward approach.  She has a BA in Special Education and is also a Behaviorist level 2.  She often goes into clients homes for therapy upon their request which is a new approach.  She is willing to work with the school officials for a full team approach.

She has worked with adolescents to help them obtain the skills and knowledge needed for independent living, working with:

  • DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services)
  • Frontline Services in Salt Lake City working with high-risk, substance abuse, parent-child conflict, and oppositional defiance with adolescents in foster care.
  • First Step House in North Salt Lake a facility for adult substance abuse.
  • Maple Lake a Residential Treatment Center for Girls
  • IASIS Healthcare -providing assessments, interventions, and discharge planning/placements according to the patient’s individual needs
  • She collaborates and communicates effectively with clients, families, medical providers, nursing staff, and community resources.  She maintains and participates in hospital and department performance improvement activities.

Heather has also worked in partnership with Eric W. Guy, MSW, LSW from Center for Victory to provide trainings in Utah and Pennsylvania. Heather and Eric trained individuals in Kenya from over 30 organizations working with orphanages and children at risk, impacting 2500 children.

Heather does presentations around the world but also here in the states.  She has presented in Pennsylvania, as well as all over the valley here in Utah.  The topics she has covered are: Bullying- 2015, Resiliency 2012-2015, Parenting2012-2015, Autism and How to Cope 2010-2015, Boundaries With Out of Control Children 2013-2015, Rising Stars 2010, Couples Starting Over 2013-2015  and many more.

Heather has knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span of the patient and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient’s requirements relative to his or her age specific needs, and has provided the care needed.  She has experience teaching elementary and junior high students as well as many years of private tutoring. She worked with students, parents, school districts and mental health agencies in developing and implementing Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) and 504 Plans.

She recently started doing  Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) with Pat Roberts using equine therapy (horse therapy) to address mental health and human development needs.

Heather strongly believes in experiential therapy. This modality improves communication skills, bonding, problem resolution, leadership skills and developing support systems. Heather does not do traditional therapy. She often goes out into the community into the real life situations. She at times will do in home therapy according to the client’s needs.

“Get to their level and just BE” is her motto.

Although she started out working with children and adolescents.  She has developed a knowledge with adults and families as well.  She does marriage counseling using solution based approach.  She is trained in helping those who suffer from anxiety and depression as well as many other life struggles.

Heather also enjoys running and has run several 5k, 10k’s and half marathons.  She loves being a mom and has a great support behind her as she helps others.  She will always take the time to help and has an amazing team at Advantage Counseling Services.

Cameron VanKomen, LSW

“I feel like we are all meant to be happy in our own way. What I enjoy doing is helping others find their happy.”

Cameron has extensive experience helping families overcome and work through conflict to rebuild relationships. He works to heal and elevate lives using proven family solutions by applying values assessment, behavior modification, mindfulness, and goal-setting in serving his clients. Cameron has a passion for supporting those who struggle with depression and anxiety and enjoys inspiring  others to discover the motivation within themselves to make change possible. He starts the therapeutic process at the level of those he works with then lifts them up by helping them discover their own lifestyle and personality attributes that are in need of health and caring. With Cameron, this health will come through qualities such as sincere, active listening, a relaxed personality, and his ability to assist others in identifying the strengths within themselves.

Jenn Godfrey, LCMHC

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Jennifer has more than 15 years of experience working with children and families.  Since the beginning of my career I have focused on working with children and their parents to foster and strengthen relationships and help create healthy family dynamics.   I am passionate about helping children with severe difficulties or who have experienced trauma or loss. Being able to enter into a child’s world and help parents’ foster their child’s social, emotional and behavioral growth is a privilege for me.

Jennifer has had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents and adults to ensure that they have the skills and knowledge they need in order to become self-sufficient within the following capacities:

  • Head Start – Health & Family Partnership Manager
  • Department of Children and Family Services
  • Catholic Diocese – School Guidance Counselor, Blessed Sacrament
  • Jordan School District – School Guidance Counselor,  Valley High School
  • First Step House – Substance Abuse Treatment Facility for Adults
  • House of Hope – Substance Abuse Treatment Facility for Women and Children

Jennifer currently holds the title of Health & Family Partnership Manager of Salt Lake CAP Head Start/Early Head Start, Utah’s largest Head Start program serving approximately 2,300 children and their families.  She is an active member of the American Counseling Association and is an alumni of Alpha Chi Omega at the University of Utah.   Ms. Godfrey has a Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Development, a Master’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Counseling.

Katelyn Peterson,  LCSW

Processed with RookieKatelyn is amazing and we are lucky to have her on our team.  She is full of spunk and does well with kids and teenagers.  She gets a bad rap for looking 12 but don’t be fooled.  She has skills to work in high-stress, complex environments.  She shows empathy and compassion for others an essential attribute of a successful social worker.  Katelyn is able to keep her ducks in a row by staying on top of her work in a neat and organized fashion. She has a great respect for Diversity, she often works with clients from all walks of life she continues to have an open mind and an open heart.  Advantage offers odd hours, even on-call duty, Katelyn is flexible, in most situations. Katelyn often handles ethical and sometimes legal issues that require careful thought and research. She always tries to practice due diligence when it comes to handling client-service provider relationships. Katelyn is very knowledgeable and is active with Continuing Education, she does whatever she can to get as much experience and exposure in the field as possible.

She has great resources and a huge asset to our team.  Katelyn is well educated and open to help others.