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. I help individuals and couples improve the quality of their relationships and build a life that they love. 

I use evidence based strategies that promote healthy communication, emotional connection and mutual respect. 

People change over time .. and so do their relationships. Even though change is normal, many couples struggle with how to manage and negotiate these changes. If this sounds like you, give me a call. I"ll show you how to  communicate in ways that bring you closer, instead of farther apart.  

Couples Therapy


Specialty areas include:

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

Individual Therapy

  • Depression, Anxiety, or Stress 
  • Women with Post-partum Depression  
  • Bipolar Disorder, ADHD
  • Addiction or Substance Abuse
  • Codependent Relationships 

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 have specialized training in psychotherapy and family systems theory. Individuals do not develop in isolation, but in the context of family relationships that impact them throughout their lifespan.

When I work with a couple, I focus on each individual and their relationship. 

I have expertise in helping millennial couples (born in the late 70's through 2000) create happy, loving and committed relationships. Millennials are marrying later, and many experience divorce at a young age. It's important to find a therapist who understands and can support their unique needs. 

I also work with busy, professional couples, couples with young children 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
  • Busy, Over-worked and Over-Whelmed 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 and their families

Individual Therapy

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

Call  801-521-5068  for more information or to make an appointment.




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