Getting to Know Us


Barbara Ramos-Cryer, LCSW

Barbara has dedicated her career to working with children and their families. Originally from Argentina, she came to the United States at 12 years old. She's bilingual and bicultural. In 2018 she became part of a blended family when she met her now husband. She has two biological and five bonus children, all of whom keep her and her husband on their toes!

Barbara enjoys bike riding, hiking and traveling with her family during her free time. She also loves spending time with her pets. Barbara is very spiritual and uses her connection to nature to help her cope during difficult moments.
She began working as a family advocate in 2011 teaching parents parenting skills, then transitioned to working at a residential treatment facility for teenagers. She also worked for three years with the Division of Child and Family Services. 
In 2015 she graduated with a Bachelor's in Social Work from the University of Utah and obtained a Master’s in Social Work from Boise State University in 2018. 
She began working as a therapist in 2017; she has treated people from all ages and various backgrounds. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma focused therapy and EMDR.
She offers services to children and their families going through high conflict situations like divorce, domestic violence, foster care and/or other related trauma. She also provide services to young adults who have been affected by the above traumas as children.


"Since choosing to become a social worker I knew that I wanted to work with children and adolescents. I knew that to make a change in the world I needed to start with children. During my studies I realized that to help children and adolescents, I could not just focus on them but instead I needed to focus on the family unit. I have gained professional experience by working with parents in difficult situations, as a therapist, child protective services worker, parent advocate and working at an adolescent residential treatment facility. I have also gained personal experience by being a part of a blended family, with seven children and lots of different personalities to mesh. I have learned things the hard way and the easy way, and made mistakes along the way. I want to share what I have learned to help your family, as a mother, stepmother and co-parent."

Paula Cristina Pena, LCSW

Cristina has been a social worker since 2008. Her career started working with adults with disabilities, and from there her experience grew to the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS). While at DCFS she worked as a permanency worker, then moved to licensing for over two years.

Cristina obtained her Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah. After graduation she started working for the University of Utah infectious disease clinic where she managed adults living with HIV.

Cristina also has experience completing international adoption home studies and assisting families going through the adoption process.

In her spare time, Cristina likes playing with her dog and tending to her flock of seven chickens. In the summer she enjoys swimming and paddle boarding. Cristina also loves to travel as this allows her to learn more about other cultures.

Mary Beth Lente, LCSW

Clinical Director

I graduated with my Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. I have been working as a social worker for ten years involving child welfare, medical social work, therapy, end of life care and substance use. I have worked with children, teens, families, adults and the LGBTQIA+ community. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, grief/loss and trauma. I have a passion for allowing clients to have a safe and comfortable environment in which they can process emotional struggles and work on their unique goals. I strive to create a space for empowerment, healing and growth.

I enjoy providing counseling to individuals of all ages with a primary focus on young adults. I use the modalities CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. I provide in person appointments on selective weeknights and Saturday mornings. In my spare time, I enjoy paddle-boarding, reading, art and traveling.


Emma Lundahl, MSWI

Emma attended Utah State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communicative Disorders in 2018. After working for several years, she is back in school receiving her Master’s of Social Work at the University of Utah. After she has graduated with her MSW, she wants to be a therapist and work in private practice.

She has experience working with children and teens who have learning disabilities as well as working with clients of all ages who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

In her free time Emma loves Taylor Swift, rock climbing, hiking, reading (or listening to audiobooks), spending time with family/friends, and traveling when she can.


Jaco Hereth, MSWI


Mary Arrington, Case Manager

Mary is studying social work at the University of Utah and is on track to graduate in December of 2022. From there, she hopes to pursue a masters in social work in order to become a therapist. She has worked for several years in addiction recovery and as a crisis counselor. 


Mary is also expecting her first baby in early November, and she and her husband couldn't be more excited! In between her classes and internship, she enjoys curling up with her cat and reading a good book. 

Jacob graduated with his bachelor’s degree in social work from Utah State University in 2016. He has since worked with populations ranging from youth in residential treatment, to individuals who are on hospice. He is currently in his last year of his master’s degree in social work at the University of Utah.

Jacob has a passion for helping others as they process their mental health concerns, whether that be trauma, anxiety/depression, or processing loss. He uses the modalities of CBT, DBT, along with Solution Focused Therapy.

Jacob feels a great connection to the outdoors and spends much of his free time on the golf course or in the mountains with his wife and two dogs. He also loves sports with one of his greatest loves being college football. He is a lover of music, and all things nerd, you will not often find him without a Harry Potter book in his bag.