MEET THE DESERT SOLACE STAFF
MARK JORGENSEN, FOUNDER & CEO
Mark Jorgensen founded Desert Solace in 2011 with a vision of creating a place where those suffering from the affects of pornography addiction and other sexually related addictions could seek recovery in an environment of compassion, empathy, and hope.
Mark was born in Logan Utah and grew up on a farm in Cache Valley. Following two years of missionary service in Taiwan, Mark graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Business Management. He has spent the last 20 years as owner and operator of Keith Jorgensen’s, a retail music company dedicated to enhancing the lives of people through making music. Mark and his wife Jerri are the proud parents of eight children and seven grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his wife and family on the beautiful bike routes, golf courses, and hiking trails of southern Utah.
Mark’s passion for the cause of recovery from pornography addiction is fueled by his personal journey from the depths of hopelessness, despair, and shame to the joy and hope healing can bring.
“Though this addiction is soul-wrenching, I want to show others what I have learned and know is true – that the renewal of lives and relationships is truly possible.”
RYAN CHRISTIANSEN, CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Ryan Christiansen is the Clinical Director at Desert Solace. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah. He is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), a certified sex addiction therapist (CSAT), and a bilingual Spanish-speaking therapist. He has over 10 years’ experience working with adolescents and adults in court-ordered, outpatient, and residential settings. Ryan’s experience has helped hundreds who have struggled with a variety of addictions, behaviors, and mental health problems. His experience and services include individual, couples, family, and group therapy, and he is trained in evidenced-based assessment and treatment approaches that will help adolescents and adults overcome sex addiction, substance abuse, and other behavior problems.
LYNNE CLARKE, LMFT
After completing undergraduate studies at Adams State College and Brigham Young University, Clinical Director Lynne Clark graduated from University of Nevada Las Vegas with a master’s degree in family counseling.
Opening her practice in 1989, Clark has specialized in working with DSMIVR disorders including: suicidal, manic-depressive, bi-polar, histrionic personality, schizophrenic, clinically depressed, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress syndrome, separation anxiety, elective mutism, anxiety disorders, and physical, emotional and sexual abuse. She has received training in Gestalt, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Art and Music Therapy, Strategic, Brief, Rational Emotive Therapy, Cognitive, Ericksonian, EFT, Systems Theory, People Centered, Adlerian, Interactive Imagery, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
Prior to beginning her career as a marriage and family therapist in 1989, she worked as owner and operator of a full-service photography business which she still maintains today. Clark recently published a photographic history of St. George, Utah, about which she lectures regularly. She is also a former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
“I have had a rather interesting mix of experiences in my life and am often able to understand what many people think and feel because I have ‘been there.’ I believe that may be part of what gives people confidence and hope as we work together. I enjoy working with difficult issues and helping those struggling in addiction find the strength and power to renew their lives and restore their relationships.”
JERRI LARSON JORGENSEN, FAMILY LIASON
Living with a spouse who deals with pornography addiction can be devastatingly difficult and painful, as Jerri Larson Jorgensen knows first-hand. She also knows how critical it is to the survival of a marriage caught in the trap of pornography addiction for spouses and supportive family members to engage in the recovery process. As Desert Solace Family Liaison, Jerri facilitates communication between the Center and the spouses and families of our clients.
Everyone who meets Jerri is smitten by her zest for life, her compassion and her enthusiasm for recovery. In addition to providing spouses and families with communication and support, Jerri also facilitates Desert Solace family and spousal support groups and runs a community S-Anon meeting.
Jorgensen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Utah State University ’77, and a Master of Science in physical education and health degree from University of Wyoming ’84. She worked as a teacher and coach in Star Valley, Cody, and Evanston, Wyoming, and was a teacher for the Dept. of Defense Dependent Schools (DODDS) in Germany. Jerri also served on the Utah Governors Council for Disabilities from 1994-1995.In addition to her work at Desert Solace, Jerri is a motivational speaker and presents to various community groups about living with children with disabilities. She is an avid mountain biker, hiker, reader, and “gym rat.”
“Mark and I are devoted to the treatment of pornography because we have seen firsthand the devastating effects of this terrible disease, and believe in recovery for the entire family,” she says. “We are committed to bringing this addiction out of its shameful shadows so people will reach out and seek the help that can save marriages, families, and even lives.”
RICARDO ANTONIO RUBIO, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
As Director of Operations, Ricardo Antonio Rubio takes as much pride in caring for the Desert Solace facility as he does in preparing personal nutrition and fitness plans for clients. In addition to managing the property, Rubio also serves as lead chef and fitness trainer on campus.
“My goal is to help each individual establish the basis for healthy living,” he says. “A healthy lifestyle includes structure and routine and assists us all in achieving our goals.”
Having studied health and fitness management at Texas Tech University, Rubio spent several years working as a chef for Starwood Properties. Prior to settling in Southern Utah to work as a personal fitness trainer, Rubio lived in Texas and California.
JULIE THOMPSON, EQUINE FACILITATOR
Julie Thompson has always had a love of helping people and working with horses. Over the years, she has also been active in many disciplines within the horse world, and after an introduction to Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), she realized her passion. Julie has become experienced in the art of helping individuals make a spiritual and emotional connection with horses to assist in their personal healing and recovery.
“There are no words to describe the experience and the healing that can take place in working with one of these amazing animals,” she says. “Horses are great teachers and I have learned so much from working with them.”
Julie is certified in Equine Assisted Learning and Wings: Bridges to Freedom.