The Center would not be able to offer vital programs and services to our community if it weren’t for our staff. The next time you stop by the Center please introduce yourself and thank them for their support of our community.
Mental Health Staff
Joshua Bravo, LCSW
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Joshua’s greatest reward as a therapist is helping clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope. He believes that we all need someone to talk with who will really listen and accept us as we are, without judgment. He provides clients with that warm, nonjudgmental environment—a safe place to explore the issues that may be preventing them from living the life they want.
Joshua has been working with children and families for over 15 years. His strengths is in helping children and families who have experienced trauma; especially sexual abuse, family violence, physical abuse and associated injuries. He utilizes play therapy when working with children, and holds extensive experience in working with youth placed in foster care. In addition, Joshua has worked with both perpetrators and survivors of intimate partner violence in various community mental health centers.
Sean Smith, ACMHC
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Sean’s passion for therapy began as a child, when his grandmother, a psychologist, told him about the amazing changes she had seen clients undergo during her career. After coming out in college, Sean saw the overwhelming need for positive, affirming therapists in the LGBTQ+ community and his desire to become a therapist was reignited. Sean attended graduate school at the University of Utah, where he graduated from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, receiving a master’s degree.
Jillian Hill, SSW
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Jillian is pursuing a Master of Social Work at Utah State University and will graduate in 2017. She has a Social Service Worker license and has worked with children and youth in foster care, homeless young adults, and adults transitioning out of prison. They have been an intern at the Pride Center since Fall 2015, co-facilitating support groups for trans and queer youth and trans adults. Jillian has also been involved in building the Survivors of Suicide Attempts support group at the Pride Center.
Susan Reimers, CSW
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Susan completed a dual degree in law and social work (JD/MSW) at the University of Utah in 2015. During college, she was a regular contributor to the Rainbow Law Clinic and the OutLaws (an LGBT student group at S.J. Quinney College of Law), and did her first-year practicum at the Utah Pride Center. Susan currently serves on the boards of Equality Utah, TEA of Utah, the National Federation of the Blind and the Mayor’s Disability Council, and has a strong interest in queer legal advocacy and trans-focused therapy.
Candice Metzler, CSW
Candice is a Certified Social Worker (CSW) and Doctoral candidate nearing the completion of a PhD in Social Work at the University of Utah. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her area of research is clinical practice with LGBTQI populations. Candice is also the Executive Director of Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah. She has guest lectured on college and university campuses throughout Utah and works as a volunteer with the U.S. Department of Justice training local and regional law enforcement.
Celeste Wiggins, MSWI
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Celeste is a firm believer that people are experts of their own experiences, and she works very hard to create a space that is safe, brave, accepting, and affirmative for each of her clients. She feels deeply honored when people allow her to be a part of their personal journey, and it shows in her work with them. Celeste is currently finishing up her Masters in Social Work at the University of Utah. She has experience in Forensic Social Work, as well as Substance Use Disorder Counseling, and she is currently studying topics such as Trauma Informed Care and Mindfulness.
Max Plewe, SSW, MSWI
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Max enjoys connecting with people and creating a safe space for healing. She is pursuing a Master of Social Work at the University of Utah and will be graduating in May 2017. She has a Social Service Worker license and has a 10 year history of working with youth, children, and families involved in the foster care system. She also has experience working with addiction. Max’s loves spending time with her wife of 11 years and their two children. Her free time is spent outside in nature, beekeeping, gardening and taking care of their chickens.