Bastion 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: therapy@utahpridecenter.org

Our Community Counseling Center Staff

Joshua Bravo, LCSW
Clinical Director
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801-539-8800 ext:1011
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...
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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 holds a Master’s degree in Social Work 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, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Therapy and psycho-education extensively. His experience includes working with individuals working through divorce and single-parenting, addictions, intimate partner violence, grief, trans* issues, and mood disorders, among other areas.
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.

Aaron Higley, CMHC, Licensed Psychotherapist
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801-539-8800

Aaron is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. He holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Bachelor’s degree in General Psychology. He has been a licensed mental health provider for many years,
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specializing in work with teenagers, adults, and couples, treating anxiety, depression, stress management, men’s issues, grief, trauma, addiction issues, LGBTQIA+ issues, Coming Out issues, and relationships.
Aaron 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.
Aaron uses a variety of approaches to assist clients, depending on their needs, including Brief Solution- Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Therapy, Imago Therapy for couples, Family Systems, and psycho-education.
Aaron’s greatest reward as a therapist is seeing clients make positive changes and experience positive growth. He works to provide clients with a warm, nonjudgmental therapy environment—a safe place they can explore issues that may be preventing them from living their best life.
Aaron recently returned to Utah after living in Atlanta, Georgia for over 18 years. He is the proud father of two amazing children, appreciates and enjoys time with an exceptionally supportive family, and loves to explore this beautiful state of Utah, as well as the arts and culture scenes here.

Kaden Jackson
Community Counseling Coordinator
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Lane Gardinier, CSW/MSW
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801-539-8800 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. Lane earned a B.A. in Sociology
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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 income individuals and families. In the past, Lane has also served as a member of the UTA Community Advisory Board and the Rose City chapter of the National Federation of the Blind in Portland, OR. Lane works with adults and families utilizing therapy modalities of Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral (REBT), Solutions-Focued, Eniotional-Focused and Psychodynamic exploration. Lane is originally from Washington state, enjoys gardening, the outdoors and is an animal lover.

Candice Metzler, CSW
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801-539-8800 ext:1019

Candice is a Certified Social Worker (CSW) and Doctoral candidate nearing the completion of a PhD in Social Work at the University of Utah. They hold a Master’s degree in Social Work and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
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Their area of research is clinical practice with LGBTQI populations. Candice is also the Executive Director of Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah. They 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.
Candice has served transgender, gender nonconforming, intersex, and questioning children, youth and adults for more than 5 years through group facilitation, individual and family counseling, program development, and community support. They have also worked with individuals and families struggling with homelessness. Candice draws from a variety of theoretical and clinical approaches including Multicultural, Person-Centered, Positive Psychology, and Cognitive-Behavioral therapeutic techniques. Their strengths are helping individuals and families working through gender and life transitions. In addition, Candice works with individuals and families who have experienced trauma and/or abuse and those experiencing grief and loss. They also works with individuals struggling with spiritual conflicts, PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

Jake Martinez, BSW Intern
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jakemartinez@utahpridecenter.org
801-539-8800

Jake Martinez is a bachelor's of Social Work Intern from Utah Valley University. He works with our Youth and Family Programs as well as with our Mental Health team. In addition to
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Social Work, Jake enjoys spending time with his three children, baking, cooking, woodwork and art.

Brad Myers
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bradmyers@utahpridecenter.org
801-539-8800

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Mariana Nibley, PMHNP-I, BSN, RN 
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mariananibley@utahpridecenter.org
801-539-8800

Mariana is a student at the University of Utah and precepting as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She earned her BSN from Utah Valley University and has spent her nursing career
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working in geriatrics and clinical research. As a mental health practitioner, Mariana focuses on a person-centered approach, utilizing various therapeutic modalities. In their spare time, Mariana enjoys playing with her two dogs in Utah’s beautiful mountain ranges.

Jason Farris, BSN, RN,
Student PMHNP
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jasonfarris@utahpridecenter.org
801-539-8800

Jason is in the doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) program at the University of Utah. He earned his bachelor's degree in the science of nursing (BSN) at Idaho State University. Jason has served as
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an Army nurse for eight years and enjoys providing care for individuals with various backgrounds and experiences. He works as an intern psychotherapist as a member of the mental health team. Jason utilizes a person-centered approach with integrated interventions and techniques from a variety of modalities to meet the needs of clients. He enjoys camping, hiking, motorcycles, and spending time with family.

Brooke Autrey, MSWi 
She – Her – Hers
brookeautrey@utahpridecenter.org
385-404-5718

Brooke is a first year Masters of Social Work student at the University of Utah completing her first year practicum with the Utah Pride Center. She completed her bachelors degree in psychology at Utah Valley University. Brooke has substantial experience in working with
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children, teens, and adults with autism and intellectual disabilities. Brooke works with the Youth and Family Programming at the Utah Pride Center co-facilitating 2-10 Groups, co-facilitating the Youth Survivors of Suicide Attempts group, and case managing.
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Jake Oaklyn, MSWi
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jakeoaklyn@utahpridecenter.org
801-539-8800 ext: 1002

Jake is an affirmative therapist, and is passionate about helping people find balance and peace in their lives. This is done mainly through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) work. He also currently co-facilitates
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our adult trans and 10-14 year-old groups, and has helped out with several community events this school year. He graduates from the University of Utah’s Master’s program in Social Work this May.

Darrah Jones, MSWi
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darrahjones@utahpridecenter.org
801-539-8800 ext: 1002

Darrah is a Masters of Social Work student at the University of Utah, with an expected graduation date of May 2020. She takes an affirming approach to working with clients and starts by meeting her clients where they are. Darrah’s background is in victim advocacy. From 2014-2019, she enjoyed building community-based victim advocacy
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programs and services in multiple populations. They also provided direct services to clients who participated in these programs. Darrah also provided individual, family, and group therapy to clients of Salt Lake County Youth Services and assisted in developing and facilitating a residential Genders and Sexualities Alliance for the agency in her first year practicum.
Kaitlin Jean Bodily, MSWi She – Her – Hers kaitlinbodily@utahpridecenter.org 801-539-8800 ext: 1002
Kaitlin is an enthusiastic human-being who feels a desire to create safe spaces for all individuals seeking healing, community, hope, and wellness. She believes that clients are the experts of their own experiences and believes in meeting clients where they are on their journey. She is currently a Master of Social Work student at the University of Utah. Kaitlin has experience working with individuals of all ages. She enjoys spending her time with family and squeezing in adventures whenever possible.

Deven R. Jennings, PMHNP-I, RN
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jakeoaklyn@utahpridecenter.org
801-539-8800 ext: 1002

Deven is a student at the University of Utah and precepting as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). He earned his BSN, RN from Brigham Young University and has spent two years working at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institution, specializing in adult and geriatric mental health. Deven utilizes a person-centered approach with integrative interventions and techniques from a variety of modalities to meet the needs of his clients. Deven is
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dedicated to providing a safe place where clients can freely express their life stories while receiving validation and empathy. In his spare time, Deven enjoys singing Broadway show tunes, being a passionate Ravenclaw, and binge-watching a number of television shows.

Tara Liston, PMHNP-I, RN
She – Her – Hers
taraliston@utahpridecenter.org
801-539-8800 ext: 1002

I was a psychiatric nurse for children and adolescents before starting my doctoral program. I especially enjoy working with children and adolescents. I feel like there is a great opportunity to substantially impact children and adolescents’ lives while helping them facilitate a healthy transition into adulthood. I have three children. My oldest child had extensive medical needs and passed away as the result of a terminal genetic disease when she was almost 4 years old. She greatly influenced my life and is the reason I transitioned into nursing. I have been a host home for adults with special needs for the last year. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, golfing, playing sports, and hanging out with friends.
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and is the reason I transitioned into nursing. I have been a host home for adults with special needs for the last year. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, golfing, playing sports, and hanging out with friends.
Shiloh Wolfe, MSWi
She – Hers – They – Them
shilohwolfe@utahpridecenter.org
801-539-8800 ext: 1002
Bio coming soon!

Sarah MacCombie, CMHCi, OT
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sarahmaccombie@utahpridecenter.org
801-539-8800 ext: 1002

Bio coming soon!

Amy Parry, PMHNP-I, RN, BSN
She – Her – Hers
amyparry@utahpridecenter.org
801-539-8800 ext: 1002

Bio coming soon!
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