Bastian Counseling Services

If you’re feeling depressed, anxious, stressed or dealing with issues that feel beyond your control,

you’ve got a warm, welcoming place to turn for counseling.

The staff of The Community Counseling Center specializes in psychotherapy for LGBTQ+ people and welcomes all cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities.

We also host a variety of discussion, support and 12-step groups.

Visit our Calendar for a list of those groups and the days, times and locations they meet.

We accept most insurance plans and offer our services on a sliding scale, based on ability to pay.

To make an appointment or for more information, please email us at:

If you need immediate assistance, please contact:

  • 911
  • UNI Crisis Intervention and Hospital Diversion / Mobile Crisis Outreach Team available 24/7: 801.587.3000
  • The Trevor Project available 24/7: 866.488.7386 or text START to 678678
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline available 24/7: 1.800.273.8255
  • Rape Recovery Center available 24/7: 801.467.7273

Check our Resources Directory for additional options.

Our Community Counseling Center Staff

We are accepting clinical placements for 1st and 2nd year MSW students and CMHC students for the 2020/2021 academic year.  BSW students can apply for a spring, summer or fall semester(s) 2020 placement. Read More

We provide training throughout their placement on LGBTQIA+ issues and services.  There are multiple opportunities to work with youth, adults, and our elderly population. We treat individuals, couples, families and we focus on affirming the individual’s gender and sexual orientation. Part of our services are working with individuals who identify as transgender and Gender Non-Confirming (GNC); therefore, a lot of our trauma-informed care approach and conversations are on gender-affirming medical and surgical care, gender-affirming behavioral healthcare, and gender-affirming. In terms of what that involves, there are several components, which include social affirmation, legal affirmation, psychological affirmation, medical and surgical affirmation.

Preferable bilingual and a good understanding of LGBTQIA+ services/trauma-informed care.

For more information or to apply, please contact Joshua Bravo (contact information below).

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Joshua Bravo, LCSW

Clinical Director

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801-821-5207, ext:1011

Joshua’s greatest reward as a affirming 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...
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who will really listen and accept us as we are, without judgment or criticism. He provides clients with that warm, nonjudgmental environment—a healing place to explore the issues that may be preventing them from living the life they want.
Joshua holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and he is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He uses a variety of approaches to assist clients depending on their individual needs. He is trained in Mind-Body Bridging, EMDR, QPR, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Therapy and psycho-education extensively. His experience includes working with individuals working through divorce, separation and single-parenting, addictions, intimate partner violence, suicidal ideation, grief, gender dysphoria, and co-occurring mental health disorders, among other areas. He is also known in the Q-community as a strong advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights; therefore, he has an affirmative, sex positive and queer friendly approach to treating our vast gender diverse population. Joshua regularly utilizes the WPATH Standards of Care when working with trans* and GNC identified individuals.
Joshua has been working with children, individuals, and families for over 17+ years. His strengths is in helping queer children, individuals and families who have experienced trauma; especially sexual abuse, childhood trauma, family violence, physical abuse and associated injuries. He utilizes play therapy when working with children. In addition, Joshua has worked with both offenders and survivors of intimate partner violence in various community mental health centers.
When he is not working with the LGBTQIA+ community, he enjoys spending time taking care of his home, 8 chickens, 2 fat cats and prefers to be out hiking then to be working in the garden.

Brandon Devlin

Volunteer & Counseling Client Coordinator

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801-821-5202, ext:1008

Bio coming soon!

Whitney Pace

Mental Health Billing

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Bio coming soon!

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Michelle Anklan


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Michelle is a Certified Social Worker and earned her Master of Social Work degree and graduate certificate in Gender & Women's Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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Her undergraduate degree is in Political Science from St. Olaf College. Michelle spent her first year as a social worker doing wilderness therapy in the West Desert in Utah. Michelle completed her clinical internship at the Transgender and Intersex Speciality Care Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where she worked with trans and gender nonconforming individuals starting their transition and those who were seeking medical interventions. Michelle also completed an internship at the Leo A. Hoffmann Center, a residential treatment center for adolescent boys with problematic sexual behavior. Michelle is a sex positive therapist who specializes in working with clients that identify as LGBTQIA+ and those with diverse sexualities, including kink and polyamory. She is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, yin and hatha yoga, and incorporates mindfulness and feminist therapy into her work with clients.

Lane Gardinier


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801-821-5209, ext:1013

Lane is a mental health therapist who believes in the inherent value and inner strength of each individual and strives to assist clients in finding the most success and personal satisfaction in all domains of life. Read More
Lane earned a B.A. in Sociology with undergraduate certificates in Diversity and Criminology & Corrections. Lane has worked with University of Utah’s Center for Disability & Access since 2009 assisting students with disabilities, most recently as a Disability Advisor. Lane has also served in various positions since 2006 within the Board of Directors of Crossroads Urban Center, a local non-profit food pantry and social justice agency, as well as held Board positions on the action group Make Hunger Visible since 2003. Lane has served as a panelist educating on topics of disability, lgbtq+ identities and issues, and social justice centered on hunger, homelessness and other topics specific to reducing hardship and increasing the power of poor and low in

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Sarah MacCombie

MSW Intern

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Bio coming soon!

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