Clinician Bios

Jacob Jacquez, LCSW

  Jacob earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Social Work degrees at the University of Utah. He was born and raised in a rural Utah community and has spent most of his adult life in Salt Lake City.  Jacob is a strong advocate for social justice and believes in the inherent worth of every person. He is passionate about helping others alleviate personal suffering and combat pervasive systemic oppression that perpetuates suffering.  Jacob's therapeutic approach is person-centered, solution-focused, trauma-informed, empowerment-based and strengths-based. He integrates elements of humanistic, interpersonal, and cognitive behavioral modalities.  “I am committed to making counseling a positive experience. While the work of self-improvement can be challenging, it can also be exciting and rewarding. I consider it a gift that others are willing to share on their (often personal) journey.”      

Amanda Gonzalez, MSW, LCSW

As a growing expert in trauma, mindfulness, and somatic (body) concerns across the lifespan, Amanda will strive to assist you with your specific concerns. Her approach is light-hearted and evidence-informed. She often integrates cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectic skills, body awareness, and mindful awareness into her education-based style. Throughout her schooling at The University of Utah, Amanda primarily focused on women's global health, and LGBTQ+ therapy. She has worked with many individuals and families through survivorship, post-traumatic stress, somatic/chronic pain, postpartum/perinatal mood disorders and postpartum psychosis. She also has special training in psychodynamic theory, attachment work, and child development. “I appreciate each of my clients' humanity throughout our work together. Within each client relationship, I hope to engage in a way that is creative, informative, strength-building, and supportive of change. Likely, we will have some laughs, too.”  

Ana Borges, LMFT

Ana grew up in Mendoza, Argentina in a city with a landscape and four seasons, just like Utah. This came with a gift, she speaks Spanish, and is trying very hard to learn Portuguese (for now she can understand it very well).  Ana earned her bachelor’s degree at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, in Argentina and her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) at Argosy University, the Draper, Utah campus. Before becoming a therapist, Ana was a music teacher and she loved working with children and teenagers.  Ana’s therapeutic approaches are rooted in Solution-Focused Therapy and Trauma Focused-CBT (TF-CBT).  She always appears to be immersed in a systemic approach, too. She also applies the experimental methodologies of "Daring Way," by Brené Brown, the neuroscience of Daniel Siegel, and the research on couples' stability and relationships of John Gottman.

"Counseling is the opportunity to heal, grow, and discover who you are. I will walk with you; when you cry or laugh I'll be by you. The healing process is not always easy, but it is necessary to live your life to its fullest. You don't have to do it alone, I'm here to help."

Brenda Dowse, LCSW

Brenda has been working in the field of social work for over 20 years. Friends and colleagues often speak to the "magic" of her work. Her social work experience has led her to work with those who have experienced traumatic events, specifically sexual trauma. Although she has specialized in sexual trauma across the lifespan, her main work is with children and teens who have been sexually abused and/or are dealing with upsetting or confusing events. She also enjoys working with parents and helping them navigate being parents in a hectic world. When working with children, Brenda uses the power of relationships to build healthy attachments. Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Sand Tray Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Therapy, and Play Therapy techniques are also used to help children heal and are the basis of her practice. When working with parents she utilizes Solution-Focused Therapy and integrates Parent/Child Interactive Therapy skills. Brenda's approach is humanistic and incorporates patience, nurturing, and compassion. "Therapy is a very personal process and therefore takes courage to do the hard work you are setting out to do. Having the courage to tell your story needs to be honored and respected."