Life Changing Services Clinicians

Maurice Harker

Maurice Harker is the third of the nine sons of Ferrin and Wanda Harker. After having been raised primarily in South East Idaho, his family moved to Farmington, Utah, where he graduated from high school at Davis High in 1987. In high school, he excelled academically, athletically and musically. He served an LDS mission to Detroit, Michigan. He completed his Bachelor’s program at the University of Utah majoring in Psychology and minoring in Mathematics.

He married his wife, Nanette, shortly after graduation. At that time he became the adoptive father of his then 3 year old son, Nikolas, who had been born to his wife in a previous marriage.

Maurice spent three years working at Decker Lake Youth Center, Salt Lake City’s maximum security facility for teen-agers. He went on to work for the State of Utah as an Independent Living Specialist helping youth who had been in foster care to transition into adult living. Maurice teamed up with his wife to run a group home for girls with Utah Youth Village for a year, followed by a few years working in treatment foster care.

As he was finishing his Professional Counseling Master’s Degree program at the University of Utah, he took an internship counseling position at Davis Counseling Center in Farmington, Utah. Upon graduation he also started working as a counselor at LDS Family Services in Farmington, Utah. His daughter, Syrena, was adopted during graduate school.

In May of 2005, Maurice opened the private counseling agency Life Changing Services, while still working part time at LDS Family Services, primarily as the Pre-Mission Evaluation Specialist for northern Utah.

In September of 2005, Sons of Helaman was created due to the influx of young men struggling with sexual addiction issues. The development and expansion of this program has been a major focus since then. In his ongoing private practice at Life Changing Services, Maurice specializes in marriage therapy (especially if sexual misbehaviors are part of the problem). He trains adult men to overcome sexual addictions. He works to help heal the wives of sexual addicts. He works with individuals fighting anxiety and depression issues.

He runs another program called The W-O-R-T-H Group: Women of Rebirth, Therapeutic Healing: designed to help women work through difficult issues relating to any form of abuse in their marriages. He still sees clients for various issues once a week at LDS Family Services in Centerville, Utah.

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer graduated from Utah State University with her bachelors degree in Family and Human Development in 1999. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with her masters degree in mental health counseling in 2011. Jennifer has worked at LDS Family Services, LifeStar in Bountiful and has been working with the W-O-R-T-H group at Life Changing Services for the past three years. Jennifer is also a co-therapist for The Daughters of Light group for adolescent girls at Life Changing Services.

Jennifer is an empathic, caring, results-oriented therapist who believes that all people possess the ability to overcome life’s obstacles. She has worked with a variety of concerns, including but not limited to,  addiction, spouse addiction, grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship concerns and life transitions.

She works in a collaborative manner with her clients to establish goals and develop insight to make real-life changes. She makes efforts to provide a non-judgmental space to establish a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship. Using a number of therapeutic techniques including client centered, cognitive and cognitive-behavioral strategies, Jennifer empowers clients to build upon existing strengths and develop new coping skills. Jennifer offers therapeutic services for adults and adolescents. If you would like to make an appointment with Jennifer, contact Judy at 801-860-3146, or contact Jennifer directly at 801-510-6997.

Jeff Gregson

Jeff Gregson graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Sociology, minor in Psychology and a Certificate in Criminology. He then later graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2001 with a Masters degree in Counseling. Jeff is currently a member of the American Psychological Association, certified in the Teaching-Family model (parenting model used by many youth programs) and trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (method of therapy that promotes rapid change for many issues). He has also been trained to teach and run Aggression Replacement Training, a researched method for anger management.

Jeff has mainly worked with children, families and adolescents to help resolve issues related to oppositional behaviors, ADHD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sexual victims, perpetration and anger control.

Jeff’s career began 10 years ago at Youth Village, working as a caseworker and later with the Families First program, an intensive in-home preservation service. While working as a Families First Specialist, he worked as an out-patient child therapist at Weber Human Services, working with traumatized children.

Jeff opened his private practice in the summer of 2004 and has enjoyed working with adult and child clients alike. The focus of his practice has been helping adults and adolescents with overcoming depression and anxiety.

His experience and training can help you and your family make the changes you desire.

Jade Mangus

Jade received his bachelors degree in psychology and a masters degree in social work from the University of Utah. Since completing graduate school, Jade has worked with adolescents in an intensive outpatient program at the University of Utah, as well as helping adolescent girls in a residential program. Jade also does outpatient work with couples and families. He has worked on the Resilient Youth: Stay Off Substances program/study at the University of Utah, where he also worked as an aftercare coordinator for the program. Jade’s specialties include addiction (substance abuse treatment, pornography, gambling, etc.,) mood disorders, grief, loss, and trauma. Additionally, Jade does extensive therapy with couples and families.

Cody Hawes

Cody Hawes was born and raised in Hermiston, Oregon where his passions were sports (especially football), singing and activities with family, friends and the LDS church. He worked on the local farms until his graduation from High School and enrolled at Rick’s College in 1999. He went there for a year and was called to serve a mission in McAllen, Texas where he learned the spanish language and increased his eagerness to serve people around him. After serving his mission, he went back to school at the transitioned BYU-Idaho where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. He was actually named the “Man of The Year” for the BYU-Idaho college of Religion and Social Sciences. BYU-Idaho is where he met his beautiful wife Kristin while they were EFY counselors. They were married in the Bountiful Temple for time and all eternity. They have been married 7 years this December.

After a few years of living in Layton where Kristin worked as a Special Education teacher and Cody as a youth sex offender counselor they decided to pursue a Masters degree in Social Work at Eastern Washington University. In their time in Cheney, WA they welcomed Elijah Tucker (4) and Sadie May (2) into the world. There, he became a mental health/sex offender therapist and worked for the departments of correction in Washington and Oregon while working toward a license in clinical social work.

Cody and his family recently moved to Centerville, Utah to pursue a career in Seminary, continue endeavors to obtain a license in clinical social work and work as a clinician for the Sons of Helaman program.

Ryan Christiansen, LCSW 

Ryan runs the Sons of Helaman program in Washington County Utah.

Ryan is the oldest of four children.  He graduated from Viewmont High School.  He served an LDS mission in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma mission.  Although he did not serve a foreign language mission, he is bi-lingual Spanish speaking.  He married his wife, Jamie, a year after his mission.  They are the proud parents of five children: Cohen, Kaeden, Hanne, Ylena and Orsen.  Ryan loves the outdoors, drawing, playing the piano and spending time with his family.

He completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Utah majoring in Psychology and while completing his Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Utah, he completed a first year internship at Salt Lake County Youth Services where he worked with troubled you in the Salt Lake area and a second year internship at Davis Behavioral Health in Layton, Utah where he worked with mentally ill adults on an outpatient basis. Upon graduation he worked for three years as a substance abuse and domestic violence counselor at ACES in Salt Lake City, Utah working with court ordered adults – both English and Spanish speaking.

For the past five years, Ryan has been providing treatment for youth at Cinnamon Hills Youth Crisis Center – a Residential Treatment Center for adolescents between the ages of 12-18; he currently directs the therapy department.

Ryan owns and operates ABC Counseling Services, a private counseling agency in St. George Utah.  He has extensive experience with adults and adolescents working with issues such as addictions (substance abuse, pornography, gambling, etc.), behavioral issues, domestic violence and family or marital problems.

Ryan can be contacted for therapy at 435-773-2063 or


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