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.
Our Community Counseling Center Staff
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).
Joshua Bravo, LCSW
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.
Aaron Higley, CMHC, Licensed Psychotherapist
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.
Lane Gardinier, CSW/MSW
Candice Metzler, CSW
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.
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. She has 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. Her 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. She also works with individuals struggling with spiritual conflicts, PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
Jake Martinez, BSWi
Mariana Nibley, PMHNP-I, BSN, RN
Jason Farris, PMHNP-I, BSN, RN
Brooke Autrey, MSWi
Jake Oaklyn, MSWi
Darrah Jones, MSWi
Kaitlin Jean Bodily, MSWi
Deven R. Jennings, PMHNP-I, RN
Tara Liston, PMHNP-I, RN
Diana Powell, MSWi
Amy Parry, RN, BSN, PMHNP-I