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

Have you noticed a change in your child? Maybe you got a call from your child’s school or your child isn’t as connected to the family right now? If you are wondering about therapy, call me. I have 20 years of experience with children and I am happy to consult with you over the phone. 


On the phone, I’ll likely remind you that research supports this: 80% of children in therapy see improvement within 6-12 sessions, depending on primary concerns. To create improvement like this, we work together as a team. We rely on building from your child’s strengths and discuss solutions. We separate your child from their behaviors and we work to build skills that promote healthy behaviors. How? Through building a bonded relationship and through specific activities, play, and talking. 


I treat children and adolescents aged 4-18;
ask me about your 3-year-old. ADD/ADHD, anger, anxiety, bed-wetting, concerns with food, concerns after a hospitalization, depression, harming behaviors (e.g. hitting, kicking, biting), lack of motivation, nervousness, sadness, shouting, technology concerns, trauma, and uncontrollable crying are my areas of expertise. Methods include: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Sand Tray Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Therapy (DDT) and play therapy.


With the right tools, we’ll help your child to heal together. I look forward to hearing from you! "Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children." Walt Disney