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Thomas Hernandez, CSW

Thomas "Tomas" Hernandez (Sandy and Telehealth)

Thomas (Tomas) Hernandez is a U.S. Army Service-Connected Veteran and 3rd generation

military. He is a former non-commissioned officer and completed a primary leadership

development course (PLDC). Tomas served for seven years on active duty for the U.S. Army and

spent one year in the national guard.

He is currently a social worker, therapist, diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, certified

nutrition coach, and personal trainer. He has met the requirements to be a clinical social worker in Kansas and Missouri and is taking the following steps to get licensed as an LCSW in Utah. His philosophy is practicing person-centered care when helping clients with substance use or mental health challenges. 

He currently works in substance use and mental health services and enjoys serving others

regarding their recovery and providing treatment as a therapist. He will be certified as a health

coach with the American Council on Exercise. He is trained and has performed as a certified

peer support specialist, an equine-assisted psychotherapist, and a sports performance coach. He

has presented himself as a motivational speaker regarding his own life and discussed such topics

as overcoming barriers of poverty, being homeless, and receiving mental health services. He has

learned to ask for help regarding his recovery and struggles with mental health. Thomas combines knowledge of different disciplines such as behavioral science, physical education, exercise physiology, sport psychology, and kinesiology.

Direct Contact:

[email protected]

Call or Text: (913) 360-9617

Sandy Mental Health Counselor, Transgender Mental Health Specialist

Jonah Finch, CMHC

Jonah Finch (Sandy)

Life can be challenging and can sometimes get in the way of our happiness. This can lead to problems that can be difficult to work through on our own. I work with clients to resolve these problems by utilizing their strengths and resources. I also provide different perspectives and therapeutic modalities to achieve each client’s individualized goals.

I specialize in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). I believe each client has the skills and resources within them to overcome the challenges they face. I provide a nonjudgmental space in which clients can explore and resolve these challenges.

I offer afternoon and evening appointments. I also encourage email communication regarding the therapy process, your questions, and any concerns.

Direct Contact:

[email protected]

Call or Text (385) 743-0126

Kimberly Reade, CMHC

Kimberly Reade (Sandy)

Hi there. I am Kym and I'm honored to work with you as your therapist. I've been a therapist for years and am very passionate about providing heart-felt, non-judgmental and down to earth supportive therapya. I aim to create a space you can feel comfortable and authentically yourself.

I have been fortunate to experience working with a diverse array of individuals, couples, non-profit, private practice, criminal justice system-specifically Utah State Prison and psychiatric hospital settings. 

My areas of special clinical interest include issues related to trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression, life transitions, grief and loss, attachment issues and identity issues, relationship issues, non-traditional relationships, high-performance and high-stress positions, substance abuse, LGBTQA, women’s issues, men’s issues and more. My treatment modalities include trauma based care, EMDR, somatic experienceing, DBT, motivational interviewing, CBT and more. I strive to be genuine and present in my work with you. My hope is to walk alongside you as you get to explore change, experience emotional connections and create a healthier sense of self.

Direct Contact:

[email protected]

Jon Huck, CSW-i

Jon Huck (Sandy and Salt Lake City)

I use person-centered therapy, which means my main goal is to quickly establish a genuine and trusting relationship with you. Which in turn, creates a safe space to explore WHATEVER your heart desires. Research suggests this relationship alone is enough to begin the healing process.

But that is just the beginning. I believe each therapy session should be as individualized as you are. So, I adapt each session to fit your specific wants and needs. I do this by using the Strengths-Based perspective, which helps you harness your strengths and rediscover your confidence.

We will observe your life holistically and create interventions as unique as yourself. 

Together we will challenge your thinking and behavioral patterns using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills. As well as explore various Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) techniques to help you with regulating your emotions. And re-create meaning in your life through using an Existentialist approach.

I am an easy guy to talk to and very caring (just ask my cat). I am a proud gay man, therefore I understand the challenges associated with being part of the LGBTQ+ community. Although I am just starting my career as a therapist, I have been working as a social worker for 5+ years.

Through my experiences as a case manager working with Salt Lake's homeless community, I have had to learn how to look at and solve problems using non-traditional methods. I enjoying thinking out of the box and being creative in my practice.

Direct Contact:

[email protected]

Call or text: (801) 884-3232

Sandy counselor, sandy mental health, provo counselor, lgbt affirming, transgender specialist

Beth Gray, CMHC

Elizabeth "Beth" Gray (Sandy and Provo)

Queer Geek Therapist who sees teens, adults and couples! Also, please call me Beth :-)

As a mental health professional, I strive to be a healing force when people need it the most.

Over the last decade, I have been guiding families to achieve harmony, helping them adjust to changes in their family dynamic and structure. I have worked as a board member for Empowering Fearless Birth and The Birth Circle, working to improve rights for people, pregnancy, childbirth, breast/chest feeding, and postpartum concerns. Much of that focus has been helping new parents with the emotional struggles with changing families. Through this I have gained familiarity, ease, and valuable skills in working with children and adolescent clients. 

I have completed level I training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, a specialized set of therapy skills and approaches for marriage and family counseling. I have also received training from Postpartum Support International.

I have gained a passion for social justice and am proactive in helping make the world a better place by helping one person at a time, with the overarching goal of improving harmony for all. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community I understand hardships faced by minorities. I use that passion to support people no matter what stage of life they are in, or challenges and changes they are experiencing.

My free time is spent playing Board, Tabletop, and Role Playing games. I am a super nerd/geek at heart. These skills have helped me to approach each client with strategies that are designed specifically for their ever changing needs. 

Direct Contact:

[email protected]

Call or Text (801) 900-3242

Megan Bedard ACMHC

Megan Bedard (Provo)

I can help you find self love, acceptance, and validation. The most harsh rejection we experience is often from ourselves. This causes fear, hurt, guilt and shame that can continue in a downward spiral. Keeping you further and further from who you want to be.

Having experienced this in my own life I can guide you. Helping you find self compassion, patience and skills become your own greatest advocate. I believe you are made for great things. You are the hero of your own story. You have immense talent and abilities!

I know your life feels out of control right now I am here to help. Please feel free to book an appointment with me online on our scheduler.  I can't wait to meet you.

Direct Contact:

[email protected]

Call or text: (801)-477-4202

couples counseling, faith crisis, LGBTQ, Utah, Provo, Orem

Emily Bridenstine Riggs, AMFT

Emily Bridenstine Riggs (Provo)

I am passionate about helping individuals overcome self-rejection and begin to accept themselves and who they can become. We can achieve self-acceptance by first discovering where this rejection came from and making small adjustments to the way that we view our worlds.

I have a very special place in my heart for those who struggle with pornography addiction. I can work with you to remove shame and guilt and free yourself from the cycle of addiction. In the past, I taught a comprehensive four-week workshop on how loved ones can be impacted by an individual’s pornography addiction. This workshop included an explanation of the biological, social, and emotional effects, factors that encourage, and common symptoms of pornography use.

I am currently completing my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University and work under the guidance of Isaac Vazquez, CMHC, LMFT. As an intern marriage and family therapist, I received specialized training in couples and family therapy. I can help you connect with each other and create a loving and supportive relationship, or family, where you can grow together rather than grow apart.

I would feel privileged to get to know you and begin our journey together, so please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or a phone call.

Direct Contact:

[email protected]

Call or Text (435) 554-8401

multicultural counseling, Spanish speaking counseling, LGBTQ, Hispanic, Counseling

Helder Alves, ACMHC

Helder Alves (Sandy)

By bringing unconsciousness into consciousness, we can come to understand why we do the things we do. I want to help you have a safe space and time to gain skills, insight, and encouragement to be your true self. I am passionate about helping people achieve their potential and assist them along the process. 

I utilize various therapeutic approaches to assist my clients. Some of the approaches I use are psychodynamic, person-center therapy, and narrative therapy. I am open to working with any population and many presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, and trauma. Areas of special interest and ongoing expanding expertise include working with trauma, sexual abuse survivors, sex therapy, understand sexuality, open/polyamorous relationships, faith crisis/transition, and culturally sensitive.

I am passionate about diversity I work to accommodate and respect everyone. Please feel free to schedule an appointment.

Se Habla Español! 

I speak Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, English, and Spanish.

Direct Contact:

[email protected]

Call or Text (801) 477-6398

Utah transgender specialist, sandy counselor, lgbt specialist

TJ Harmon, CMHC

TJ Harmon (Sandy)

As an experiential therapist, I focus on awareness of the whole self, authenticity, and balance in life. While the past is critical to understanding the present, I encourage a here-and-now approach to healing the past.

When I look at an individual, it is easy to observe the many components that complete that person. Your uniqueness and value is enhanced, affirmed and validated as you come to accept the person you are. I like to compare it to a puzzle. All pieces are different, and necessary to complete the whole. When a piece is missing, the puzzle is incomplete. 

Through awareness, assimilation, and balance, I encourage you to reunite the parts of yourself that you have cut off or shut down, so the completed picture is whole, and unbroken. I believe firmly the whole person must be addressed, and that only then is true authenticity and full self-actualization possible.

As a transgender trans-masculine person, I am culturally sensitive, affirmative, and open to the uniqueness of the individuals I work with, be they of the LGBTQ+ population or otherwise. Having grown up in the LDS faith, I have personally navigated the LDS/LGBTQ+ dynamic and feel confident in my abilities to help you do the same in a way that works for you.

I have 5+ years of experience working with children and teens who struggle with the autism spectrum disorder addressing social and other behavioral issues. I am experienced with play therapy and applied behavioral analysis techniques.

Direct Contact:

[email protected]

Call or Text (801) 494-3403

mental health counselor in sandy utah

Kerri Birch, ACMHC

Kerri Birch (Sandy)

I recognize that beginning counseling takes great courage. My goal is to create a safe non-judgmental and confidential space for us to work together to resolve, cope with, and find solutions for what you may be dealing with. I look forward to walking alongside you in your journey as a guide and confidant in confronting the challenges you face. As a graduate of the University of Phoenix CACREP accredited Master of Clinical Mental Health Program I studied under seasoned faculty members who’ve been in the counseling and teaching field for many years, delving into curriculum that was challenging, current, relevant and thorough.

You’ll find me to be a firm believer in person-centered therapy, in which the focus is on building a strong relationship and fully trusting you to lead me in the direction to understanding how I can best assist you. Some of the other therapeutic approaches I use include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), trauma informed therapy, narrative therapy, and LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy. My client base is broad and diverse as I work with many populations and many presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, gender dysphoria, exploration of sexual orientation, emotional regulation, faith crises, life transitions, grief and loss, and relationship counseling. My experience also includes work in the addiction therapy field from my time spent working at residential treatment center.

Currently, I am staying on top of new research as it emerges regarding the effects of global situations, such as the pandemic, on our mental health. I am a member of the American Mental Health Counselor Association (AMHCA), the Utah Mental Health Counselor Association (UMHCA), and the LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapists Guild. Please feel free to schedule online, call, or text for an appointment. I look forward to helping you achieve your best authentic self!

Direct Contact:

[email protected]

Call or Text (801) 556-5597

Ali Pendleton, CSW

Ali Pendleton (Salt Lake City)

Hello there, and welcome to Advanced Awareness Counseling! I am thrilled that you have taken such a positive step in encouraging your mental health, and I am excited to take this journey with you! 

Although I am a new face around the downtown office, I worked extensively in the Provo office during the first semester of my Master’s Program through Utah Valley University; coming back to AAC feels like coming home.

I have a deep passion for helping members of disenfranchised communities find peace, love, and acceptance within themselves and their circumstances. I enjoy looking into the systematic issues that lead to larger issues such as discrimination, racism, homelessness, and bigotry. When I am not at Advanced Awareness, I am a behavioral health clinician for The Road Home, working with members of Salt Lake’s homeless community. 

Through my experiences at The Road Home I have found an approach to therapy that is anything but traditional; if you are looking for “normal” psychotherapy you won’t find it here! I enjoy getting to know my clients in their most true form, which often means playing card games during sessions, dancing out stress, and building a therapeutic relationship where you are free to be your most authentic self.

If you’re ready to make therapy fun again, I’m the clinician for you! Feel free to contact me at the information below and let’s get this mental health party started!

My pup, Sadie, comes with me to the office and is great for therapeutic support. Sadie is the "goodest" girl and will love you a lot during sessions!

Direct Contact:

[email protected]

Call or Text (801) 707-9125

Sandy and Provo Counselors

Jay Snyder, LCSW

Jason "Jay" Snyder (Sandy and Provo)

Here's a quick glance at a few ideas behind what I do:

I see a person of what ever age with their inherent sense of dignity and work with their self-determination; I aid in the healing, brainstorming or clarifying process if a person is willing to change; if and when diagnoses are necessary for insurance or validation then that is all it is-not as an identifier of who the person is, the person is much more than that; I operate with the idea we are all learning! Let's look where you want to go, not just where you don't. I work to start noticing strengths, what is working and what is going well and how we can use this in different areas of life.  

Therapy is not about me. During our meetings I take the role of the guide not as the expert. The idea is you becoming more the expert of your life as you learn. I will, however, guide your process more or less at times, ask you important questions when needed, and challenge your thoughts and assumptions if they seem to work against you. To offset the honesty, reflection and mindfulness my therapeutic style also include some humor and fun-although that is a relative term.

I work within schools, so I am well versed working with kids of all ages, from kindergarten to seniors. I am also well versed working with the adults having challenges with kids of these ages.

Before moving into mental health I worked within fitness and wellness for over ten years. I use this understanding in multiple ways including creating boundaries, prioritizing, need for play and self-care.  

Direct Contact:

[email protected]

Terri Jones, CMHC

Terri Jones (Sugarhouse)

Life doesn’t always go according to plan. And, sometimes there isn’t a plan, or it’s someone else’s plan, or the plan simply isn’t working. I offer a compassionate space where you can feel safe and supported as we explore the unexpected or ongoing turbulence your life. My trauma-informed approach to counseling is centered on building a trust-based collaboration that will support you as you begin to experience meaningful change. We’ll rely on a process of discovery to determine which counseling approach, or combination of approaches, will fit best for you. Together we’ll uncover your unique path to the life you want to live.

My work focuses on healing from trauma, relationship issues, life and belief transitions, anxiety, depression and grief. Together we will utilize Self-compassion, EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Mindfulness, and other evidence-based counseling approaches to bring about the change you want for yourself.

I work with youth, adults, and couples who come from a broad spectrum of cultural and spiritual backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations. I welcome the opportunity to speak with you by phone before a first appointment. This will give us an opportunity to determine whether or not we would be a good team as you set out to discover and grow.

Direct Contact: 

[email protected]

Call or Text (801) 509-5861

Sammy Brown, CMHC

Sammy Brown (Telehealth Only)

I work with individuals, couples, families, and also work in crisis counseling. I am an avid advocate and ally for the LGBTQ++ community. I am sensitive to the needs of various populations and approach everyone I meet with love and acceptance. Currently, I only do telehealth appointments.

I bring humor and a positive attitude, along with my clinical skills, to our therapy sessions. My priority is to help you feel comfortable and safe, with the goal of building a solid relationship that can be instrumental in propelling you forward toward a wonderful future.

I have been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor for 22 years. I have deep empathy for others; I understand that life can bring with it many difficult times. I have dedicated my life to helping others learn to love themselves and guiding them through their journey. 

Direct  Contact:

[email protected]