Who We Are and How We Got Started

by Susan Lyons


Women in Private Practice (WPP) got started sometime in the mid 1980’s. Nobody seems to remember the exact details of how WPP got started, but it was initially a small, informal group of women therapists who were private practitioners. WPP provided educational meetings and networking. News of WPP spread through word of mouth. I learned of WPP from Ruth Manville, our longest WPP member. In the mid-80’s I was new to Utah, I had two very young children and I knew absolutely nothing about getting started in private practice. WPP gave me a community of other women therapists who became friends who could mentor me about how to get a practice started. WPP meant a lot to me and eventually I took over WPP leadership for a number of years. During my many years in WPP I have met so many people who joined WPP and also found connection to a community of women therapists who provided education, networking and support. 

WPP has changed over the years but our mission is the same as it was in the 1980’s. WPP membership has grown steadily.  We currently have about 250 active members. As we grew larger, it became clear that we needed a leadership team, not just one coordinator. As I anticipated retirement, I asked Joellyn Manville (Ruth Manville’s daughter) to be my co-coordinator. I was delighted when she accepted. A year later Joellyn became the full coordinator, when I retired. Since that time, we have created a WPP leadership committee, informally called the LC. WPP’s current coordinator is Amy Spratling.  

Board of Trustees

Kathrine Parnell, LCSW - Coordinator
Kathrine has been a member of WPP since 2019.  She opened her private practice in 2013 and has grown the practice to a thriving clinical group of practitioners.  Kathrine specializes in working with individuals and families managing the autism spectrum, adoption-related issues and couples therapy.  She is a clinical supervisor of new therapists and enjoys helping other therapists develop their careers and businesses.

Amy Fehlberg, PhD - Deputy Coordinator
Amy Fehlberg is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been in private practice since 2009.  She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and her graduate work at DePaul University in Chicago.  Amy has worked in a variety of community mental health and school settings and has directed both a residential and private school during the course of her career.  Amy is a long time member of WPP and coordinates the moderators of the listserve. She is grateful for the support of the WPP community and feels honored to work with the exceptional women who comprise the leadership of WPP. When not at work, Amy spends her time with family and friends.  She enjoys reading, cooking, gardening and is always up for an opportunity to be in the water. 

Amy Spratling, LCMHC - Coordinator Emeritus
Amy Spratling, LCMHC, is the Coordinator of WPP.  She has been in private practice for about 5 years now and specializes in working in trauma with all ages.  She especially likes EMDR and DBT and loves being a part of the WPP leadership group.

Amy Edwards, CMHC  - Treasurer

Liz Weaver- Secretary
Jennifer has been a member of WPP since 2019 and in private practice since 2020. She has spent much of her career as a social worker in administrative clinical roles and recently decided to get back to her social work roots to exclusively practice mental health therapy. She specializes in LGBTQ+ special issues, and is a proud member of the LGBT Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah. She also specializes in substance use, trauma, and personality disorders. 

Ashley Greenwell, PhD - Board Member
Ashley joined the WPP in 2016 and is an owner of Salt Lake Resilience Co and UCEBT. She believes that having a wolfpack of supportive therapists is key for our longevity and keeping our sense of humor. She is excited to contribute to WPP's Programming Committee.

Jessica Otis - Board Member

Committee Chairs

Continuing Education: Amy Edwards, CMHC

Listserv: Amy Fehlberg, PhD

Membership: Susan Lyons, LCSW

Programming: Ashley Greenwell, PhD

Website: Amy Fehlberg, PhD

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