Utah Family Institute
Utah Family Institute (UFI) was established in 1997 and has been helping Utah families by providing them with the most up to date, clinically proven treatment modalities available ever since.
Lori Kotter, PsyD.
Dr. Kotter was raised and completed all of her college coursework in the state of Oregon. She graduated with her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University in 2008. Following completion of her graduate training, Lore began her residency at Utah Family Institute and has remained here ever since. She has additional interest and specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Prolonged Exposure, Domestic Violence treatment with survivors of domestic violence, Exposure and Response Prevention, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.
Dr. Kotter especially enjoys working with younger children and their families, individuals encountering issues with anxiety, as well as those that have experienced abuse and trauma in their lives. Other treatment areas include depression, bipolar disorder, behavioral problems, anger management, substance use, and behavioral management training. Further, she has vast experience conducting psychological evaluations with children, adolescents, and adults, along with other evaluations such as substance abuse evaluations, domestic violence evaluations, parental fitness/psychological evaluations, visitation and attachment evaluations, and intellectual and learning disorder assessments. Dr. Kotter has been with UFI since 2008.
Drew Smith, L.C.S.W.
Drew was born and raised in Southern California. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1999 with his Master in Social Work degree and has over 18 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. He has interest and specialized training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Functional Family Therapy (FFT).
Drew also has experience in treating abuse, neglect, behavioral problems, depression, anxiety, trauma, domestic violence, aggression/anger management, pornography, substance abuse, school problems, family relationship problems and ADHD. He has experience in working with individuals who are involved in the court system, on probation, or have legal charges. Drew also has conducted Adoption Home Studies for the last 16 years. Drew has worked with UFI since 2001.
David R. Summers, Ph.D.
Dave graduated from the Brigham Young University Counseling Psychology program with a Ph.D. in 1999. He has twenty years of experience working with adolescents and adults with substance abuse, personality disorders, and sexual abuse issues. Furthermore, he worked for 34 years as a school counselor in addition to his private practice work with Utah Family Institute. Dave is certified in Functional Family Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. His professional experience includes work with adolescents, adults, and families. Dave also has experience working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, effects of domestic violence, marital issues, problematic pornography use, and physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. In addition, Dave has completed numerous psychological evaluations and has immense experience in conducting psychological and substance abuse assessments.
Anna Nosek PsyD.
Hello! I am a recent graduate from Pacific University where I obtained my doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I began seeing clients and completing psychological evaluations in 2012 and since that time have worked at locations throughout Oregon, Utah, and Massachusetts. Currently, I work in private practice at Utah Family Institute conducting both psychological assessments and therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. I have received specialized training with various trauma-informed care approaches and utilize approaches that take consideration of individuals as a whole, as well as, within the contexts of their environments.
I integrate Gestalt, TF-CBT, and DBT approaches. I also utilize the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework as a clinical intervention with youth (and their caregiving systems) who have experienced complex trauma. I am a body positive therapist and LGBTQIA+ friendly. I enjoy working with individuals of all ages, couples, and families. Being a human is hard. I aim to offer a safe and non-judgmental space for you to present exactly as you are. I consider everyone to be an expert of themselves and I am honored to be able to help others help themselves. I aim to work collaboratively with clients to discover what is missing and what can be implemented to lead a more satisfying existence.
Liz was born and raised in western Massachusetts. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa, studying communication studies and creative writing. Liz is a second-year Master’s student of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Colorado Christian University. She is completing both of her clinical learning experiences at Utah Family Institute.
Liz has experience working with anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar disorder, anger management, family relationship problems, individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities, trauma, and behavior problems. Through her past and recent practice, she has developed a passion for working with adolescents.
Darren Burdette, L.C.S.W.
Darren completed his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. Darren has spent the last 15+ years working in various regional and state administrative roles with the Division of Child and Family Services. In these roles, Darren has extensive experience in stabilizing and reuniting families with substance abuse issues. Darren is fluent in Spanish and works closely with the Hispanic population. He is certified in Functional Family Therapy and has received additional training Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Darren has provided services to clients involved in the Juvenile Justice system and has extensive experience running adolescent substance abuse groups, facilitating Project Towards No Drug Abuse treatment and other groups targeted to enhance social skills and peer interactions. He has worked as a therapist in private practice since his internship. Darren has a long history of working with children, adolescents, adults, and families who have experienced trauma and abuse. In addition to substance abuse and trauma work, Darren has worked with individuals with concerns of anxiety, depression, autism spectrum, marriage and family discord, death/grief/loss, emotional/physical/sexual abuse and neglect. Furthermore, Darren has extensive experience working with hospitals to assess current risk, suicidality and crisis management intervention. He also works with community agencies to connect clients with ongoing or inpatient services. In his recent work in the education system (3 years), Darren directs and manages services with Migrant Education, the Provo Youth Mentoring project, and Gang and At-Risk Prevention and Intervention services in Utah County.
Emily is from Gilbert, Arizona she’s the oldest of 6 kids and loves everything Disney.
She’s married to her best friend and they are expecting their first baby in May. They’re very excited!
Emily is currently going to Utah Valley University for a Bachelor’s in Political Science with an emphasis in Peace and Justice Studies. She is projected to graduate in 2024.
She has been with the company for about 2 years and considers UFI to be a part of her family.
I am originally from Gilbert, Arizona. I am currently attending UVU. I’m studying History Education and hope to become a Middle School History Teacher in the future. My favorite color is blue, I love to read, and I absolutely love scary movies!
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