About

Established in 2016

Achieve Family Therapy is located in Sandy, Utah. We often service clients from Draper, Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan and Lehi. We also offer telehealth to all clients living in Utah. Our purpose is to help individuals, couples, and families experience hope, healing, and emotional growth. We help people discover the strength and resources within, providing new tools to help people achieve their goals. We care about what you want to achieve. We specialize in couples therapy and utilize emotion focused therapy to help individuals and couples develop enhanced emotional awareness, improved communication, heal relationship wounds, aid in conflict resolution, increase self-compassion and develop secure attachments.

Being a small group practice, we are a supportive team of therapists who care deeply about our clients and are passionate about our work. We believe in people and in their ability to learn, adapt and develop new patterns of thinking. We know that patience, expertise, and the correct environment will unlock your potential to achieve what you most desire. Our therapists have had extensive training in emotionally focused therapy and are equipped to help those clients looking for tools for anxiety, grief, trauma, and marriage therapy. We also offer play therapy and experiential therapy practices for our younger clients.

We look forward to you contacting us soon! Learn more about us below.

About Our Staff

Jennifer Solosko Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Life is a journey that often presents challenges, joys, heartaches and opportunities for growth. There are times when we are able to navigate life’s ups and downs by ourselves or by drawing on our current resources. At other times, it is necessary to reach out and allow others to help you on the journey by providing you with a warm and caring environment, safety and support, or education and tools.

My main purpose is to help clients achieve more secure bonds, improve attachment, promote healthy relationships and resilience.

I work collaboratively with my clients to formulate their goals. We explore together strengths, resources, areas of concern or places for potential growth. After creating an individualized treatment plan, I utilize various tools and techniques to assist my clients find within themselves the power to bring about the changes they are seeking in their lives.

Credentials:

• B.S. in Psychology, Brigham Young University
• Master’s Degree Marriage and Family Therapy, Argosy University

Professional Highlights and Memberships:

• Clinical Fellow Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

• Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy

• Trained in Lifespan Integration

• Completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy

•Supervisor in Emotion Focused Therapy

Jennifer has been practicing therapy for over a decade and is currently a Supervisor in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is the owner and Clinical Director of Achieve Family Therapy. Jennifer has been married for 32 years and is the proud mother of five boys. She grew up in a large family and was a middle child. Jennifer enjoys the outdoors and finds peace connecting with nature. Her hobbies include walking, hiking  and bike riding.  She also enjoys photography, visiting with family and friends and taking time to slow down and recharge.

Melanie Scott Licensed Mental Health Counselor

“Love has an immense ability to help heal the devastating wounds that life sometimes deals us.”

-Sue Johnson-

Sometimes we lose our way in life. We can become disconnected from our true sense of self, from our partners and our families. My goal as a counselor is to help individuals, couples and families rebuild important connections so that they may live happier, healthier and more abundant lives.

I believe that we all have the innate capacity to become aware of old patterns that do not serve us and that we can learn about and create new ways of being in the world.

I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, mindfulness techniques, trauma informed treatment interventions, and grief and loss tools. I work to create a safe, nurturing environment during counseling sessions in order to help clients overcome difficulties, achieve their goals, and build stronger connections with the most important people in their lives.

Credentials:

Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling, University of Phoenix

Professional Highlights and Memberships:

Completed Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship and Core Skills

American Counseling Association

LGBTQ Affirmative Guild of Utah

International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy

Outside of working with clients Melanie is an avid reader of science fiction, historical novels, and mysteries. She loves listening to podcasts about Emotionally Focused Therapy and other literature that helps her better understand herself and others. She loves hiking, biking, yoga and connecting to the outdoors as a way to replenish her energy. Lastly, she loves spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Shannon Higham Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

I truly love being a therapist for the opportunity to engage with people. I’m able to ask evocative questions, listen for clarity, and help identify answers that naturally arrive within the safe space of therapy.  My clients inspire me as they achieve greater insights into their own stories and make progress towards their desired goals.

My marriage and family therapy background is focused on relationships with others and self. I use Emotionally Focused Therapy to understand the difficulty and isolation we experience and then provide the tools for connection and acceptance. I find great success working with couples, parents, children and individuals to find the confidence, security, and resilience needed for a positive approach toward your life.

Credentials:

Master of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Utah Valley University

Professional Highlights and Memberships:

Completed Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship and Core Skills

Training in Play Therapy

International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy

Northern Utah Emotionally Focused Therapy Community

Shannon loves the outdoors and enjoys boating, hiking and skiing. She also feels at home in the kitchen. She enjoys cooking, visiting with family and making some delicious treats!

Hold Me Tight Class

Hold Me Tight couples classes are formulated to help couples step by step create more safety in their relationship. As a couple, you will learn to be more attentive, responsive and engaged. Of all the investments you could make, this is one that is often not thought about or even neglected yet the rewards are priceless.

The class is helpful for new couples just starting out or for seasoned couples looking for ways to revitalize their relationship. Distressed couples also benefit from taking the class by gaining essential tools to help turn around the negative patterns of distress into more secure connection.

Group Therapy

Based on the needs of our clients we offer various group therapy options. There are options for adolescents, women and couples.

We have Emotionally Focused Group Therapy Groups that allow individuals and couples to explore their inner world in the context of a safe and attuned group with a therapist facilitator. These groups are no larger than 10 people.

Click below to learn more about these groups or our adolescent group options. Also, please add your name to our wait list so we can get a group started for you soon!

NeurOptimal® is a kind of neurofeedback that is different from protocol-based neurofeedback as it has been designed to provide information about the non-linear dynamical activity of the brain as it shifts from moment to moment.