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

Meet our therapists


Irene Bradford, LCSW

Hi, I'm Irene, a licensed clinical social worker and graduate of the University of Utah. I'm a relationship therapist specializing in the psychology of love and relationships.

I help individuals and couples STOP their destructive communication patterns .. and feel happy and deeply in love again. I'll show you how to communicate effectively,  collaborate without compromising your deepest values .. and, create the relationship of your dreams. 

I realized that with the right information, couples can make rapid and dramatic change within a few weeks or months. I'll help you ..

  • Take positive and immediate action 
  • Communicate effectively
  • Build a strong and resilient foundation
  • Feel confident in your love

If you're ready to feel empowered in your relationship & your life, please give me a call.



Katie Benns, ACMHC - Associate Director

I'm Katie Benns, an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor and graduate of Westminster College in Salt Lake City. I help couples uncover the root cause of their relationship distress, and solve their problems once and for all. 

Recurring cycles of blame and defensiveness damage your relationship and rarely resolve on their own. You need a therapist with specialized training to help you navigate your differences .. and develop new and healthy communication patterns.

Your differences are what attract your partner to you. Honoring your differences and staying true to your own feelings and values maintains the passion and joy you felt when you first met. 

What if you could stop feeling defensive and instead, communicate in a way that allows your relationship to thrive? My areas of expertise include:

Couples Therapy

  • Couples in their 40's and Beyond
  • High Conflict Relationships 
  • Infidelity/Sexual Problems
  • Separation, Divorce and Remarriage 

Individual Therapy 

  • Post partum depression
  • Adjustment to marriage, motherhood & parenting
  • Love addiction, Substance Abuse
  • LGBTQ -Relationship or Family Issues

Please call me at 801-521-5068 to see if I can help,  


Ashlee Thurston, MS, AMFT

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

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

I  help busy, professional couples, couples with young children and couples who feel disconnected from their families or community. I also help millennial couples  create happy, loving and committed relationships.

"Millennials are marrying later, and many experience divorce after only a few years. It's important to find a therapist who understands and can support their unique needs."

My services include:

Couples Therapy

  • Infidelity
  • PreMarital Counseling, Newlywed Counseling
  • Busy and Over-Whelmed Professional Couples 
  • LGBTQ Couples

Family Therapy

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

Individual Therapy

  • Depression or anxiety that impacts your relationship
  • Lack of a sigificant relationship, or a painful relationship in your life
  • Individuals who feel lost and are anxious about their future

I'd love to talk with you about how I can help .. give me a call and let's talk!


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: 

  • 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