Specializing in Couples Therapy - call 801-521-5068 or    Schedule an Appointment

Meet our therapists


Katie Benns, ACMHC

I'm Katie Benns, an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor and graduate of Westminster College in Salt Lake City. I'm deeply committed to supporting the well-being of my clients and am passionate about helping you build a life that you love.

If you have trouble communicating with your partner and feel distant and alone, I can help. I use evidence based strategies that promote healthy communication, emotional connection and mutual respect. 


Couples Therapy

Do you wish your partner could hear you and understand what you're trying to say?

Do small problems turn in to big arguments? 

Have you lost your intimate connection?


If any of these sound like you, I can help. My specialty areas include:

  • High Conflict Relationships 
  • Infidelity- Sexual or Emotional 
  • Addiction or Substance Abuse 
  • Sexual Problems 
  • Separation, Divorce and Remarriage 
  • LGBTQ -Relationship or Family Issues 

Individual Therapy

Specialty areas include: 

  • Depression, Anxiety, or Stress 
  • Women with Post-partum Depression  
  • Bipolar Disorder, ADHD
  • Addiction or Substance Abuse
  • Codependent Relationships
  • Divorced Parents Alienated from their Children 

Please call me at 801-521-5068 for more information or to set up an appointment. 


Ashlee Thurston, MS, AMFT

I'm Ashlee Thurston, an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and graduate of the University of Oregon at Eugene.

I specialize in helping millennial couples (born in late 70's through 2000) create happy, loving and committed relationships. Millennials are marrying later, and many experience divorce at a young age. 

 If you're a millennial looking for a couple therapist, it's important to find  someone who is aware of the stresses you face on a daily basis and how this impacts your life and relationships. I relate to millennials because I am one.


Yes, I do work with other couples! I also help young, professional couples, couples with a newborn child, couples where one partner has moved due to a career change, LGBTQ couples and couples who feel disconnected from their families or community.  

I use a proven, research based approach that strengthens a couple's emotional connection and each partner's capacity for intimacy and growth.

I specialize in ..

Couples Therapy

  • Communication Problems
  • Infidelity- Sexual or Emotional
  • PreMarital Counseling, Newlywed Counseling
  • Young Professional Couples
  • Couples with a Newborn Baby 
  • Divided Families (Cultural or Religious Differences, Blended families)
  • LGBTQ Couples

Family Therapy

  • Parenting issues with young children
  • Navigating separation, divorce and remarriage
  • Supporting "failure to launch" young adults

Individual Therapy

  • Depression or anxiety
  • Lack of relationships in your life
  • Individuals who feel lost or confused about their future

Please call me at  801-521-5068  to talk about your situation or make an appointment. I'd love to hear from you! 




Margaret Thompson , LCSW, Director

Hello, I'm Margaret Thompson, a relationship therapist and founder of The Salt Lake Marital and Family Therapy Clinic. I specialize in helping individuals and couples resolve troubling relationship problems and interpersonal conflicts. The experience, skills and leading-edge techniques I use have helped individuals, couples and families for over 35 years.  

I offer sensitive, straight-forward feedback within the first three visits. I'll help you feel happier and achieve the success you have always wanted in your life.

Individual Therapy

I can help you if you're experiencing self-doubt, depressed mood, relationship problems, or simply an overall dissatisfaction with life. 

Couple Therapy

I provide a safe setting so you and your partner can resolve the issues and emotions that keep you apart. New communication allows you to build a deep and enduring connection, leaving negative habits behind.

Couple Therapy Specialties: 

I help couples who experience the following:

  • High conflict relationships
  • Marital dissatisfaction
  • Infidelity- Sexual and Emotional
  • Sexual Incompatibility & Lack of Sexual Desire
  • Comprehensive Couples Assessments- 4 session assessment process
  • Training, Supervision, Consultation 

Teaching and Training

I provide clinical supervision and training for therapists and currently teach a couples therapy course for therapists across the United States and Canada. I've presented papers on relationships and attachment theory both nationally and abroad, taught graduate level courses and have published my clinical work. 

Please call 801-521-5068 or email me at margaret@saltlakemarital.com for more information. 

Invited Papers & Talks

  • Troubled Youth Conference, "Recovery from Eating Disorders", SLC, Utah
  • Univ Neuropsychiatric Institute, "Object Relations Marital Therapy", SLC, Utah
  • Jordan School District, "Managing Eating Disorders", SLC, Utah
  • Mountainwest Rural Healthcare Conference, "A Classification System of Family Relationship Patterns", SLC, Utah
  • 11th International Congress of Group Psychotherapy, "Dysfunctional Relationships in Depressed Children and their Families", (London, England)
  • UAMFT, "Assessing Family Relationship Patterns", Park City, Utah
  • Creekside Home Healthcare Seminar, "Managing Difficult Families", SLC, Utah
  • Women's Mental Health Issues Conference, College of Nursing, University of Utah, "Managing Difficult Families", SLC, Utah
  • IHC Rehabilitation Conference, "Working with Families with Physical Handicaps", SLC, Utah
  • Second International Nursing Conference, "Managing Difficult Families: A Classification System of Family Relationship Patterns", Portland, Oregon
  • Psychiatric Nursing Conference, "Borderline Personality Disorder", SLC, Utah
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds: U of Utah, "Managing Difficult Families in a Pediatric Practice", SLC, Utah
  • Sixth Biennial Training Institute of the National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, "A Classification System of Family Relationship Patterns", Washington, DC
  • Utah Public Health Conference, "Eating Disorders", Park City, Utah
  • VA Hospital Psychiatric Training, "Diagnosis & Treatment of Personality Disorders", SLC, Utah
  • Rivendell Children & Youth Conference, "Eating Disorders in Children & Adolescents", SLC, Utah
  • Utah Nurse Practitioner Conference, "Behavioral Interventions", Snowbird, Utah