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.”
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 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."
*Although Brenda has specific expertise in treating latency-age children, she is also currently accepting adolescent, adult, and aging clients, too.
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
Welcome to Myles!
I deeply value creating brave, affirming spaces free of shame for my clients to discover their authentic selves. I invite you to show up as you are with all the complexities that have left you labeled as ‘difficult’, ‘untreatable’, or feeling unworthy of healing and growth. I work from a non-pathological approach, meaning we will look beyond the diagnoses and hopefully work on the root causes of issues bringing stress and suffering in your life. I am a strong advocate for self-compassion and believe humor and authenticity are the elements to a strong relationship; these tools are paramount to the way I engage in a therapeutic relationship. For over ten years, I have worked extensively with youth and young adults who are survivors of trauma, specifically survivors of sexual abuse. In addition, I specialize in working with LGBTQ folks, particularly gay men in recovery, Transgender folks, and gender non-binary/questioning individuals struggling with dysphoria, internalized shame, depression, and anxiety. I am also deeply committed to working with people living (and hopefully thriving) with HIV/AIDS on self-acceptance and confronting stigma; I have worked in the field of HIV/AIDS for 8 years as a case manager and mental health professional. I strive to be trauma-informed and healing-centered in my work and honor the trust a client places in me to guide them on their journey.
Together we can explore ways to better cope with the stressors of life, past or present, and help move you in a positive direction. I am a strong believer in our inherent worth and value as humans by simply existing as we are. Social justice and anti-oppression work are core values in my practice and I am aware that the sources of stress in our lives are often about navigating systems of oppression on the daily. With that being said, if you are someone existing on the margins, I see you and I have a space for you.
"I look forward to meeting you."