CRAFT Certified Clinician
Kristin Garbett grew up as part of an extended family who owned and operated a summer resort in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. This band of eight siblings (their children and grandchildren) left careers as Disney animators, filmmakers, commercial artists, musicians and painters to be part of a remarkably family centered environment, where together they entertained guests for over two decades. Kristin graduated from the University of Utah and then spent two years working and apprenticing in NYC to a tapestry weaver; choosing a profession that would allow her to work from home and re-create the kind of family connections she enjoyed as a child. Always involved and interested in community, she worked for non-profit arts organizations in Washington D.C. and Salt Lake City, owned and operated an art gallery and laid the foundation to create an historic district. Whenever John filmed on location for extended periods of time Kristin and the children went along. This provided opportunities to travel, attend foreign schools, and establish friendships with people from different cultures all around the world. When one of their own children faced the challenges of a substance use and mental health disorder Kristin’s innate curiosity and research ability helped her take a “deep dive” for information and skills that continues today – getting certified in CRAFT, taking workshops in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Training while advocating for better healthcare. Through the years she has continued to build relationships within multiple local and national recovery communities including the Partnership to End Addiction. Kristin and John are the parents of five and have five grandchildren. They reside at the base of the Wasatch mountains in Salt Lake City Utah.