Bastian Counseling Services

Bastian Community Counseling Staff Pic. Therapists sitting or standing in front, to the side, or on top of the Utah Pride Center sign at the Center. Front row: Brandon (Client Coordinator) Second row L-R: Gabyn Cetrola (Presenter), Joshua (Clinical Director), Sean (Parent Facilitator, PhD Candidate- Therapist), Lulu (WSG Facilitator-Therapist), Chanelle (SOSA Facilitator-Therapist) Back row L-R: Lane (Lead Therapist), Michelle (ATNB & WSG Facilitator-Therapist), Chloe (Youth Facilitator-Therapist) Not in picture: Sarah (SOSA, Wellness Facilitator-Therapist), Danny (MSG-Therapist) If you know anyone who you strongly feel they could benefit from our affirmative therapeutic services, they are welcomed to reach out to our MH team by sending us an email to: therapy@utahpridecenter.org
Bastian Community Counseling Staff Pic. Front row: Brandon (Client Coordinator) Second row L-R: Gabyn Cetrola (Presenter), Joshua (Clinical Director), Sean (Parent Facilitator, PhD Candidate- Therapist), Lulu (WSG Facilitator-Therapist), Chanelle (SOSA Facilitator-Therapist) Back row L-R: Lane (Lead Therapist), Michelle (ATNB & WSG Facilitator-Therapist), Chloe (Youth Facilitator-Therapist) Not in picture: Sarah (SOSA, Wellness Facilitator-Therapist), Danny (MSG-Therapist) If you know anyone who you strongly feel they could benefit from our affirmative therapeutic services, they are welcomed to reach out to our MH team by sending us an email to: therapy@utahpridecenter.org
The Utah Pride Center’s Community Counseling practices an affirmative approach to psychotherapy, working with our young and older folks to uncover their interpersonal concerns within the context of their gender identity or sexual orientation. 
 
Our affirmative and supportive approach involves a strong focus on the therapeutic alliance, with therapists serving as advocates for the client and being mindful of the LGBTQ+ experience. Using this developmental, evidence-based and culturally sensitive understanding, our therapists engage in a meaningful and queer supportive approach. 

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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.

MH Community Announcements

Unfortunately, child abuse is still happening in Utah. It is critical to reach these children and help them heal from these events. It is also critical to reach out to parents or caregivers and try to help them prevent abuse. Many times parents or caregivers do not intentionally harm their children but find themselves in tough situations that result in this negative outcome. Some parents/caregivers have experienced abuse themselves, have fallen into substance abuse, may have underlying mental health conditions, or follow societal norms of discipline (Smith, Robinson, Segal).
  • There is one major change parents can make to prevent child abuse: reach out for help.
  • Parents/caregivers can start by making a list of all the friends, neighbors, and family they can ask for support to ease stressors that come with parenting. This could also include a list of resources in their area such as food banks, community centers, emergency daycares, teachers, pediatricians, and the local police department. These tools increase their informal support (friends and family) and informal support (teachers and food banks).
  • Parents/ Caregivers can take parenting classes and access free online resources or books at their local library to increase their knowledge of parenting. The focus is to find ways to learn positive discipline techniques, which work with your parenting style. It is also helpful to learn developmental milestones and tools to get your child through the stages.
  • Most importantly, if parents are struggling with mental health needs such as depression, anxiety, past unresolved trauma, substance abuse, or feelings of harming their children or themselves, this is a space for therapeutic intervention. Therapists can help listen to the situation and make a plan of action with parents to reach specific goals. Right now with the stressors of money, parents can call their insurance and see what their mental health options are, or reach out to agencies with sliding scale fees.
  • If parents/caregivers have a child who may identify as LGBTQ+ and are unsure what to do, please use the resources provided. The best thing parents/caregivers can do is love them and build support together.
Image of Chanelle Buxton.Chanelle Buxton, MSWi (she|her|hers) is a clinical intern working on receiving a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Reno, Nevada. She is very excited to be part of the mental health team at the Utah Pride Center. Chanelle received a bachelor’s of Social Work and master’s of Public Administration from the University of Utah. Chanelle is looking to start a processing group for partners of people who are trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming.  
Therapy Resources: Online Parenting Resources:

Prevent Child Abuse Utah

https://pcautah.org/   Founded in 1982, the mission of Prevent Child Abuse Utah is to forge and guide a community commitment to prevent child abuse in all forms through programs, services, public awareness, education, public policy development, and system partner collaboration.  

How to Healthily Parent Kids During Crisis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBulqMKTPjA&feature=push-u-sub&attr_tag=b6LFDqbyGG9ibzsu%3A6  

Helping Children Cope Following Trauma</p

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/johns-hopkins-childrens-center/what-we-treat/specialties/palliative-care/grief-bereavement/sibling-young-children-support/helping-children-cope-following-trauma.html  

Help Children Deal with Trauma

https://intermountainhealthcare.org/blogs/topics/pediatrics/2020/05/helping-children-deal-with-trauma/  

The Trevor Project

https://www.thetrevorproject.org/resources/   https://www.positiveparentingsolutions.com/  

Positive Discipline

https://www.positivediscipline.com/articles/52-positive-discipline-parenting-tools-52-weeks  
Food, Housing, Utility Resources: References
  Smith, M., Robinson, L., & Segal, J. (2019, June). Child Abuse and Neglect. Retrieved June 12, 2020, from https://www.helpguide.org/articles/abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect.htm   Preventing Child Neglect. (2020). Retrieved June 12, 2020, from https://preventchildabuse.org/resource/preventing-child-neglect/

What does it mean to be a queer individual seeking mental healthcare? There is no clear answer that encapsulates the contexts of all queer people, but there tend to be some shared experiences within the LGBTQIA+ community when it comes to this question. Seeking and receiving mental healthcare can be generally difficult for several reasons, including stigma, financial burden, logistical barriers, availability, etc. but can be especially complicated for those in marginalized groups. LGBTQIA+ individuals face added barriers when it comes to seeking and receiving mental health care in addition to the general issues that might arise for anyone. These barriers are not inherent to an individual within the community, and instead have been ingrained in societal standards and expectations through a sordid history of what mental healthcare looked like for queer people. In order to understand what mental healthcare looks like now for queer individuals, it is important to understand how we got here through a brief history of mental healthcare in the LGBTQIA+ community.

Early 20th century psychology, and before, did not look like it does today. The idea of treatment for patients without institutionalizing disorders was less of a focus prior to the mental hygiene movement of 1917. While homosexuality, the once accepted term for LGB and genderfluid individuals in psychiatric settings, was documented and a focus of treatment for some patients within institutions, it was often treated alongside more disrupting symptoms of dementia and melancholia. From the 1920s to the 1950s, homosexuals were treated with fundamental psychodynamic practices. Labelled as the “traumatized homosexual,” these individuals were seen by psychoanalysts as narcissistic, fearful of other genders, and/or infuriated with same-sex parents. At the time, full conversion from homosexual to heterosexual was not necessarily the goal, nor were homosexuality character-traits seen as problematic. Instead, Freud’s psychodynamic approaches of free-association and accessing the unconscious were used to develop a congruence of personality and desire. Identity conversion was a possible side-effect of reaching therapeutic goals but was not the only desired outcome

In the 1950s, a move into cognitive and cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) were beginning to take hold. While still accounting for many of the same underlying factors as psychoanalysis, CBT worked to challenge irrational thoughts and beliefs, both conscious and unconscious, to effect change in behavior. Views toward treatment of same-sex attraction did not change much from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, but the psychotherapeutic theories and approaches were evolving as the understanding of psychology as a science continued to develop. Though vernacular when describing patients at the time included troublesome terms such as “disgusting”, “perverse”, and “deviant,” the focus was still not on the character of same-sex attraction, but on aiding in the reduction of subjective distress. Ultimately, this work on identifying and challenging thoughts of inferiority, self-consciousness, and fears of rejection led to behavior change aligned with heterosexual norms. When therapeutic successes were reported, remission of same-sex behaviors were often listed alongside presenting problems, such as anxiety, suicidality, tics, etc.

The 1960s and 1970s saw a polarizing split in terms of treatment modalities used with LGBTQIA+ individuals. Psychologists began exploring and promoting the use of conversion or reparative therapy. Therapists began publicly denouncing supportive sexual and gender research from Alfred Kinsey’s labs, and began researching conversion therapies in the 1960s, proclaiming that therapists could turn latent heterosexuality in overt heterosexuality. As the civil rights movements took hold, the Stonewall riots of 1969 began a liberation movement within the queer community and began to change what mental healthcare looked like for queer people.

In the late 60s and early 70s, most licensed psychologists and psychiatrists were still practicing in ways similar to those in the 50s. However, grassroots movements for non-reparative therapies by untrained individuals was taking hold. Stern (1973) chronicled one such self-help group in Chicago, with quotes from group members expressing gratitude for the group and that they avoided seeking help from traditional mental health workers. These groups were politicized and involved in liberation movements. 1973 was also the year the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Terms like “perversions”, “deviant behavior”, “pathological”, and “psychosexual” were beginning to be replaced by vocabulary such as “liberation”, “oppression”, “societies attitude”, and “homophobic”. These widespread movements led to backlash from the public. Conservative religious groups, with the help of psychologists, began pushing conversion therapies as the only solution. Alongside reparative talk therapies, behavioral aversion therapies using electric shocks and chemicals inducing vomit were used when queer people saw pictures of lovers, gay porn, or crossdressers.

The division further widened in the 1980s as individuals such as Elizabeth Moberly pushed religious based reparative therapy while LGBTQIA+ affirming professionals began implementing positive and accepting therapies. Literature about the importance of helping queer people feel positive and accepting of their identity was beginning to become mainstream. With presenting problems of guilt, shame, intimacy, and substance misuse, self-acceptance was the goal of these new experientially based therapeutic approaches. Furthermore, a move from the use of pathologizing language, such as “homosexual” toward group approved terms like “lesbian, gay, bisexual, etc.” was beginning.

1990s saw the beginning of modern-day conversion therapy, with the release of Nicolosi’s book, Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality in 1991. Like the antiquated psychological standings of those before him, Nicolosi argued natural law and gender complementarity, placing the blame for queerness on poor parenting. Throughout the 2000s, states began outlawing conversation and reparative therapies, with 20 states having banned conversion practices by 2020. However, in the current face of backlash for conversion and reparative therapy, movements to rename and stay relevant have been undertaken, with sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) and sexual attraction fluidity exploration in therapy (SAFE-T) becoming the newest attempts by conversion therapists.

Currently, the American Psychiatric Association suggests using affirmative therapies when working with LGBTQIA+ clients and reprimands the use of conversion therapy. Evidence has shown that conversion therapy is not only unsuccessful but causes significant harm to clients. CBT is still considered a best practice, but with strategies now focusing on self-acceptance and self-love to reduce psychological distress. With openness and acceptance as leading strategies in current therapies used with queer groups, a recent turn toward mindfulness in research as a treatment approach has been undertaken. Core elements of mindfulness practices, especially when paired with supportive and affirmative therapy are openness and acceptance. While the literature is young, the conceptual effectiveness of mindfulness and its overlap with queer peoples’ experiences of minority stress have been suggested to be hopeful. Furthermore, preliminary research has identified five constructs of mindfulness that reduce the harmful psychological effects of minority stress in LGBTQIA+ young adults, including acting with awareness, observing, describing, nonjudging, and nonreacting.

Though current best-practice is based in affirmative therapies for LGBTQIA+ individuals, treatment can still be confusing and difficult. Currently, queer individuals are receiving mental health services at a higher rate than other non-queer groups due to greater need (Dunbar et al., 2017). Though this is true, queer people report more barriers to these services, including embarrassment and confusion about how to access the right type of affirmative care. Furthermore, though queer individuals are using mental health services more than other communities, there is still a much larger disparity in terms of needs not being met through these services (Dunbar et al., 2017). This can happen for a number of reasons. Queer individuals might experience services from an unqualified provider, one who is untrained in affirmative therapies or unknowledgeable in the lives and lived experiences of queer people. This can make well-intentioned therapeutic practices delivered in heteronormative ways that are not conducive to effective treatment within the queer community. Additionally, in traditional mental health settings, queer people might find they must navigate self-disclosure/non-disclosure terms with their therapist (Stein & Bonuck, 2001). Many therapists untrained in LGBTQIA+ issues often fail to ask about sexual orientation and approach therapy with the assumption of heterosexuality. This assumption requires clients to initiate the discussion regarding their sexual orientation, which can often feel uncomfortable or go completely avoided (Stein & Bonuck, 2001). Additional problems experienced by queer people seeking treatment in settings of heteronormativity include the constant negotiation of how psychological distress is tied to sexuality and gender identity (Daley, 2010). Clients may find that therapists are quick to blame all mental health problems on their queer identity while others may negate the association.

Clients who receive adequate affirmative and acceptance-based therapies from knowledgeable providers often report significant improvements to their psychological well-being. Providers working in affirmative settings are aware of the importance of identity, the progression of identity development, and common intersectionalities. Additionally, therapists trained in LGBTQIA+ issues are familiar with common problems, stigmas, discrimination, prejudice, internalized homophobia, family rejection, etc. and understand how these societal factors interplay with internalized biological, behavioral, and cognitive components of mental illness. Though it is nuanced, settings like these allow for proper case conceptualization and exploration of what it means to be a queer individual in the current social climate. When clients are able to participate in appropriate mental health care services, they report positive experiences of acceptance, support, trust, personal growth, and a reduction of mental distress.

So, what does it mean to be a queer individual seeking mental health care? It varies from one individual to another, but there are often commonalities. Seeking mental healthcare means that though practices have improved greatly over the recent decades, there is still historical mistrust and a need to “shop around.” Finding the right setting and provider is essential for developing a successful therapeutic relationship that is conducive to effective treatment. When this happens, most queer people report positive and empowering experiences.


References

Dunbar, M. S., Sontag-Padilla, L., Ramchand, R., Seelam, R., & Stein, B. D. (2017). Mental health service utilization among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning or queer college students. Journal of Adolescent Health, 61(3), 294-301.

Stein, G.L. and Bonuck, K.A. 2001. Physician-patient relationships among the lesbian and gay community. Journal of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, 5: 87–93.

Stern, R. A. (1975). A peer self-help group of homosexuals on the north side of Chicago. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice, 12(4), 418–424. https://doi-org.dist.lib.usu.edu/10.1037/h0086472

Press Release
May 11, 2020

Rental Assistance Program Launches Today
Program targets renters impacted by COVID-19 and not receiving other assistance

SALT LAKE CITY (May 11, 2020) – Today the Housing and Community Development Division of the Utah Department of Workforce Services launched a new Rental Assistance Program for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than $4 million is available through several programs, which will be implemented by regional agencies throughout the state.

The Rental Assistance Program is targeted to help individuals whose income has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but have been found ineligible for unemployment benefits. Monthly rent payments of up to $1,500 can be made directly to landlords.

“There is a lot of assistance available right now through unemployment and other programs, but we know there are individuals and families in Utah who may be falling through the cracks,” said Jonathan Hardy, Housing and Community Development Division Director. “We don’t want anyone to lose their housing as a result of this pandemic.”

Of the available funding, $1 million is from existing federal HOME funds that might normally go to affordable housing construction or ongoing housing vouchers. Utah obtained a waiver from HUD to use the funds for short-term rental assistance instead. The remaining funding, more than $3 million, comes from the CARES Act.

To learn more about eligibility and where to apply, renters should call 2-1-1. Regional agency contacts are also listed below.

AgencyCounties IncludedContact 
Bear River Association of Governments (BRAG)Cache, Rich, Box Elder

brag.utah.gov

(435) 752-7242

 
Community Action Services and Food Bank (CASFB)Summit, Utah, Wasatch(801) 373-8200 
Family Connection Center dba Open Doors (FCC-Open Doors)Morgan, Davis(801) 773-0712 
Five County Association of Governments (Five County AOG)Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Washington

fivecounty.utah.gov

(435)673-3548

 
Mountainland Association of GovernmentsSummit, Utah, and Wasatch Counties

Mountainland.org

(801) 229-3800

 
Ogden Weber Community Action Partnership (OWCAP)Weber(801) 399-9281 
Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments (SEUALG)Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan

seualg.utah.gov

(435) 637-1959

 
Six County Association of Governments (Six County AOG)Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, Wayne

sixcounty.com

(435) 893-0700

 
Salt Lake Community Action Program dba Utah Community Action (SLCAP-UCA)Salt Lake, Tooele(801) 521-6107 
Uintah Basin Association of Governments (UBAOG)Daggett, Duchesne, Uintah

ubaog.org

(435) 722-4518

 
Wasatch Front Regional CouncilDavis, Weber, Morgan, Salt Lake, Tooele

wfrc.org

(801) 363-4250

 
 

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Snapshot of Video from article.

As a reminder from our Mental Health team here at your Utah Pride Center: Emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being are critical to our overall health. We’re glad to see this resource has been made available to the people of Utah. Take care of yourselves and one another.

Link to article and video from KSL.com

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.
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

He - Him - His

JoshuaBravo@utahpridecenter.org
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...
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.
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Brandon Devlin

Volunteer & Counseling Client Coordinator

He - Him - His

BrandonDevlin@utahpridecenter.org
801-821-5202, ext:1008

Brandon Devlin is originally from Fort Collins, CO and has lived in Salt Lake City since 2015. Brandon earned his Masters of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University in 2015. With a passion for engaged
learning and identity development, Brandon began working at the Utah Pride Center in April 2018 as the Volunteer Coordinator. He has transitioned into the Mental Health Client Coordinator and SOSA Group Coordinator roles in February 2020. Brandon got involved with the SLC LGBTQIA+ Community as the chair of the Salt Lake Community College Pride Festival and Parade planning committee, a member of the SLCC LGBTQ+ Task Force, and served as an advisor for the Queer Student Association in 2015. This involvement directly led him to the Utah Pride Center and a career in the non-profit sector. Brandon has three rescue cats with his partner, enjoys PC and board games, and loves exploring the natural beauty of Utah. Brandon Devlin is originally from Fort Collins, CO and has lived in Salt Lake City since 2015. Brandon earned his Masters of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado
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Michelle Anklan

Therapist

She - Her - Hers

therapy@utahpridecenter.org

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. 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.
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Lane Gardinier

Therapist

He - Him - His

therapy@utahpridecenter.org

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. 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

Therapist

She - Her - Hers

therapy@utahpridecenter.org

Sarah MacCombie is a licensed occupational therapist and clinical mental health counseling intern. She received her psychotherapy training from the California Institute of Integral Studies specializing in transpersonal therapy, also known as
spiritually-oriented therapy. She also utilizes trauma therapy, Gestalt therapy, Jungian depth therapy with dreamwork, somatic therapy, couples/family/child/relational therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Over the last 8 years Sarah has worked with adults with severe challenges to mental health, adults with developmental delays, families resettling with refugee status, and older adults with new physical disabilities facing increased dependence on others. She started practicing psychotherapy June 3rd, 2019 at the Utah Pride Center, and has found it to be her deepest purpose and passion to support people in expressing and becoming their truest selves.
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Danny Peterson

Therapist

He - Him - His

therapy@utahpridecenter.org

Daniel (Danny) is new to Utah, to the Pride Center and to the LGBTQ community. He comes from New Jersey and is excited to be a part of the team. He is a mental health intern and is working on completing his degrees in professional counseling. Danny
has been a youth minister and has worked in pastoral counseling and part-time adolescent education for the past few years. He has a masters degree in theology as well. Danny comes from a large family and +loves travel, languages and cultures. He really enjoys mountain adventures: skiing, hiking and mountain biking most especially. Music is his number one, life-long companion! Danny sees the therapeutic relationship as something sacred: a real treasure and a place of healing and grace. He is grateful for this opportunity to continue his education so as to grow as an individual and help serve others along the way.
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Chloe Agyin

Therapist

She-Her-Hers

therapy@utahpridecenter.org

Chloe is a mental health intern working on receiving a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University majoring in Family Studies. Chloe most recently worked as a case manager at
the new Salt Lake Women’s Resource Center and has had lots of experience working with adolescents in a treatment center setting. Chloe is currently a board member of Provo Pride, and has volunteered with them in various capacities within the past few years. She is also a member of the leadership council for The OUT Foundation, whose mission is to empower the LGBTQ+ Alumni and current students of Brigham Young University. Chloe is passionate about working with the LGBTQ+ community and strives to provide affirming therapy. She believes that everyone is the expert of their own journey.
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Chanelle Buxton

Therapist

She - Her - Hers

therapy@utahpridecenter.org

Chanelle is a clinical intern working on receiving a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Reno, Nevada. She is very excited to be part of the team at the Utah Pride Center. Chanelle received a bachelor’s of Social Work and master’s of
Public Administration from the University of Utah (Go Utes). She started her social work journey at the Rape Recovery Center as a Hospital Response Advocate in 2010. She worked at Valley Behavioral Health as an adolescent counselor in a substance abuse facility, then got a job at the Division of Child and Family Services in 2014. At DCFS she has worked as a caseworker for foster care and in-home families. In January she changed positions and works as a Resource Family Consultant for foster parents. In her free time, Chanelle likes to hike, kayak, scuba dive, and travel. She is passionate about social justice. Special interests: the LGBTQ+community, survivors of sexual assault, and women’s issues.
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Lulu McPharlin

Therapist

She - Her - Hers

therapy@utahpridecenter.org

LuLu is a clinical mental health counselor intern who specializes in empowering clients to reach new levels of authenticity in their lives and to recognize and creatively manage challenges, conflicts, and crises. She is a strong believer in human creativity,
resilience, equality, and connection and is eager to serve her queer community in Utah. She is currently completing a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Lamar University in Texas and has a background in teaching meditation and martial arts practices and life coaching.
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Sean Weeks

Therapist

He - Him - His

therapy@utahpridecenter.org

Sean is a mental health volunteer with his masters of science in psychology from Utah State University. He is working toward his Ph.D. in psychology with a specialization in school, youth, and family. Sean is currently researching affirmative
acceptance and values based therapies for the youth LGBT+ community and their families. His clinical experiences includes working with youth and parents in school, community, and medical mental health settings. Sean is originally from Kentucky, where he received his bachelor's of science in psychology from the University of Kentucky. Sean came to Utah for the skiing and stayed for the education. As a gay man, Sean is interested in giving back to his community by volunteering his services with the Utah PRIDE Center.
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