SAM IS TAKING NEW CLIENTS!
From Sam: I grew up in California, but spent most of my teenage and adult life in Cincinnati, Ohio. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Ohio University, and my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling at The University of Akron. I love to grow as both a therapist, and a person, and I have a passion for being affirming and creating a safe space for oppressed populations. I strive to work towards social justice and anti-oppression in my therapy and individually.
I enjoy using a genuine, relaxed, and evidenced-based approach to therapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, and Gottman Therapy Techniques. As a dually licensed therapist, my mode of therapy is flexible to meet your needs and what you are looking for. I like giving you tools and/or food for thought in between sessions to meet small, realistic goals. I specialize in working with couples, adults, adolescent girls, and adult/teen mother/daughter strain, and I have experience working with the LGBTQ+ community in those areas. I am open/non-monogamous relationship-affirming. The following are common symptoms I treat, but are by no means exhaustive: Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Pre-marital Issues, Infidelity, Anxiety, Depression, Peer Relationships, Self-Esteem, Trauma, and PTSD.
“My job is not to punish or shame you, but to encourage you to give yourself some slack and space, and learn to appreciate how amazing you really are. Low self-esteem is a social construct that most of us experience. Let’s figure out how those negative beliefs about yourself got there, challenge them, and wave them goodbye together!”
MONA LISA IS TAKING NEW CLIENTS!
*Mona Lisa Chavez, BS, MSW, CSW, PhD (ABD), is a Certified Social Worker. She is a graduate of the University of Utah with a B.S. in Sociology and a minor in Psychology and Peace and Conflict; a Masters in Social Work; a PhD (ABD). (ABD = All, but Dissertation).
From Mona: I am a supportive force for individuals to evolve and engage in their relationships and the life experiences that are most important to them, assisting in facilitating change, repair, or individual strengths. I am a generalist practitioner - meaning that I prefer to work with a variety of mental health concerns and I use multiple approaches in my practice. I have counseled individuals of all ages, gender identities, religious identities, and variations in sexual attraction.
I am available to work with couples and families, too, as I am a trained mediator in both Basic and Domestic Mediation and Conflict Resolution.
Diversity is a passion and I am available to aid individuals from all backgrounds.
Regardless of what we are treating, I am dedicated to creating a space that is compassionate, warm, and empathetic. The foundation of my practice is strength-based and comprehensive and I offer a transformative and collaborative experience in my practice.
My experience includes counseling individuals in an expansive array of issues at the University of Utah Counseling Center; school social worker including individual and family counseling for the Granite School District; and anger management and substance abuse addiction at the Indian Walk-In Center (now known as the Urban Indian Center). I have also taught several classes in Social Work at the University of Utah.
My training includes individual and couples therapy, anger management and self-esteem, addiction, domestic and family conflict, LGBT culture, dialogue, neuroscience, emotion and mediation, conflict resolution and archetypology.
Member of NASW since 2009.
Member of American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) since 2011.
Member of Utah Council of Conflict Resolution (UCCR).
Member of Association for Women in Psychology (AWP).
**Photo compliments of Aerie Photography, http://www.aeriephotography.com
JACOB L. IS TAKING NEW CLIENTS!
From Jacob L.: My style is relaxed, supportive, and conversational. I offer insights and solutions through empathy and direct communication. I intend to assist you in finding the solutions to life's adversities, challenges, and mental health concerns. Together, we will foster personal development and liberation from unsatisfying or painful patterns of living. We will get curious about the interactions of your personal experiences by considering the past and the present, your specific body, your specific mind, how they connect, and how your brain creates fantasies and realities. Through this curiosity, we will create an in-depth exploration that can set a process of personal transformation in motion. I will support you in creating value regarding your experience of ethnicity, sexual attraction, and socioeconomic background with the desire to bring an increased meaning to your life. I hope to connect you with your “aliveness” and to expand your sense of personal choice and freedom.
"I know that therapy can be a difficult process, but with time and consistent work. I believe that you can get past the problematic hardships in order to keep you moving forward with your life. As we work together, I am here to help support you in your journey to finding your best self and overall success in life."
If you'd like to see if we are a good fit, give me a call. And if, for whatever reason, we decide there may be someone better suited to your needs, I will help you find the right therapist for you.
ANA IS TAKING NEW CLIENTS!
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. From Ana,
"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."
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. From Jacob, “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.”
*Although Brenda has specific expertise in treating latency-age children, she is also currently accepting adolescent, adult, and aging clients, too.
From Brenda: 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
From 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."
From Amanda: 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!”
Amanda Gonzalez, Co-Founder, Mental Health Specialist, MSW, LCSW, Ana Borges, Mental Health Specialist, LMFT, Jacob Lopez, MA, ACHMC, Jacob Jacquez, Owner, Co-Founder, Mental Health Specilaist, MSW, LCSW, Brenda Dowse, Clinical Supervisor, Mental Health Specialist, MSW, LCSW, Myles Q. Davis (front), Mental Health Specialist, MSW, LCSW