Marissa Sherman , CMHC

Chief Executive Director & Therapist (Sandy)

Marissa is the Chief Executive Director for Advanced Awareness Counseling. She has been actively involved in counseling and psychology for over nine years, both in therapeutic and academic settings. She is a practical, analytical, and logical individual, which plays a significant role Advanced Awareness Counseling. 

Marissa has experience serving many populations and many different diagnoses. Her experience ranges from the local State Hospital and severe mental illness, NOJOS as well as adult offenders, Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, severe anxiety (generalized and social phobia), depression, adjustments disorders, trauma, and personality disorders. 

Marissa has worked extensively with the LGBTQ+ community, most frequently helping clients with Gender Dysphoria/Transgender issues, including adults and adolescents who are gender non-conforming. She is a member of the World Professional Organization for Transgender Health (WPATH); she has followed the official course of training set forth by WPATH and will complete full certification by 2020. She is also a member of the LGBQ-Affirmative Therapist Guild of Utah. Marissa has helped guide members of the community through social, cultural, & physical hurdles, and has helped others make the transitions they have desired throughout their lives. 

Marissa is trained in the therapeutic techniques of REBT, CBT, DBT, ACT, EMDR (trauma therapy), and is psychodynamically minded by training. 


Marissa is also a Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Influence Partners and operates as a top real estate agent through this brokerage under the business name Advanced Awareness Realty, LLC.

Education: M.S. Westminster College (Professional Counseling); B.S. Brigham Young University (Psychology); 

Licenses: Clinical Mental Health Counselor (Utah) #8173984-6004

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Isaac Vazquez, CMHC, LMFT

Executive Director & Therapist (Provo)

I can help you work towards the real issue right away and help you start feeling better from the first session. First thing I want to say is that I am so sorry your heart is feeling a consistent pain...This pain is very important to me and I am here for you. We can make it.

A broken heart is the root of most individual and relationship problems. The brains job is to reduce pain and numb the heart. I believe that you can learn all the coping skills in the world, however, if your heart is broken, those skills usually will not work. Once the heart feels soothed and understood then the mind may accept new solutions and skills. 

If you are looking for Couples/Family Therapy, I can help your family discover harmony, trust, teamwork, and feelings of closeness. We will do this by working on new communication skills, how to fight fair, and awareness of the underlying emotions that contribute to the problems.

My areas of expertise are finding peace with anxiety (personal & social), finding joy and life amidst depression, overcoming hurtful trauma and PTSD, and helping the LGBTQ+ come out confidently in society while assisting in their difficult transitions. I advocate extensively for the LGBTQ+ community and deeply empathize with the intense difficulties they have as they search to feel whole and connected.

Having served in the military, I work closely with individuals experiencing PTSD and various forms of trauma. I served in the United States Air Force stationed in Panama City Beach, FL. I am a dual licensed clinician practicing both Mental Health Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy. 


I also advocate for the use of Holistic and Mindful therapies before medical-based options. I also incorporate cutting-edge Cranial Electro-therapy Stimulation (CES), Neuro/Bio-feedback technology and Virtual Reality Therapy for difficult depression and anxiety cases. 


Call or email now so I can starting helping you live a more fulfilling and happier life. I would be privileged to work hard with you to help you start feeling better. 

Education: M.S. Barry University (Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy); B.S. Brigham Young University Idaho (Psychology and Marriage & Family Studies)

Licenses: Clinical Mental Health Counselor (Utah) #11009876-6004; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Utah) #11009876-3902

Contact:

Isaac Vazquez may be contacted for bookings at: (801) 341-9521 or at [email protected]

Scheduling by appointment only.


Kristin Adams, LCSW

Clinical Director (All Locations)

I am the Clinical Director over all of the Associate and Graduate level clinicians. I am also the chief clinical supervisor for all of our fully licensed clinicians, making myself available to help all of our staff to be the best possible clinicians they can be!

First, let me acknowledge and admire your courage in taking the first step in your personal healing journey. I understand that making the initial call, and attending the first therapy session, can be a frightening prospect. Knowing this, my primary objective is that you leave your first session feeling understood, accepted and validated. I am a firm believer that my ability to help you feel emotionally safe is key to a successful therapeutic relationship. I know it is vital to your success to talk openly without feeling judged. I also understand that for people to make lasting change they need to be motivated out of love, not fear.


Having been in practice for over 15 years, I have extensive experience working with a wide variety of individuals and issues. I have extensive experience in intake interviewing and assessments for various needs.  

I kindly offer individual, couples, and family therapy. Some of my areas of specialty include: anxiety, depression, post partum depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, eating disorders, low self esteem, parenting challenges, ADHD, ODD, adolescents, relationship/marital issues, infertility, self harm, grief, trauma/abuse, substance use/abuse, and issues related to transgender/gender non-conforming individuals.

I lovingly work with people of all genders and orientations, ethnicities, races, and religions. 

Education: M.S.W. University of Utah (Social Work); B.S. Brigham Young University (Psychology)

Licenses: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Utah) #331348-3501

Contact:

Kristin Adams may be contacted for bookings at: [email protected]

Scheduling by appointment only.