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Portrait of Gwen Laws-Clawson, LCMHC, a therapist at Youth Care Treatment Center

Gwen Laws-Clawson, LCMHC

Gwen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, from a National Board for Certified Counselors-accredited university. She has experience with a variety of clients in multiple clinical settings. In addition to her position at Youth Care, Gwen is a Domestic Violence Treatment Program Director and a Clinical Director at Atlas Therapeutic Services and has a private practice at the Juracan Center. She has served as the chair for the Utah County Domestic Violence Coalition, where she has helped victims, perpetrators, and their families find healing. She has worked for the Utah Department of Child and Family Services in family preservation counseling as well as for the Department of Corrections at the Utah State Prison in the Excell program, a residential substance abuse treatment program for female inmates. Gwen is also an affiliate provider for the Network on Juveniles Offending Sexually (NOJOS) and for the Utah Department of Corrections Sex Offender Task Force. Prior to becoming a Mental Health Counselor, Gwen held a Utah Educator license with a secondary music endorsement. While teaching in the public school system, she worked with at-risk youth and youth in custody at the Lighthouse Learning Center alternative high school. As an experienced Clinical Mental Health Counselor, it is her goal to provide a safe, comfortable, open-minded environment in which students feel free to express themselves and to reframe and integrate their experiences in ways that encourage well-being, self-worth, healing, and hope.

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Marks of Quality Care
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Cognia
  • National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval

I'm very thankful for the staff at Youth Care. Our son's therapist and his other counselors were fantastic. Everyone we dealt with was caring and very professional. They challenged our son just enough and knew when and how to encourage him and to push him just the right amount. If it wasn't for Youth Care, the chances are great that our son would have overdosed or be in jail by now.

– Melissa H.