Advanced Awareness Counseling
Contact Us: (385) 455-3768

Outpatient Mental Health
Couples Counseling
Children and Adolescents

Marissa Sherman 

Managing Director

Marissa is the Managing Director Advanced Awareness Counseling. She has been actively involved in counseling and psychology for over eight 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 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 can also be found at Encircle Therapy where she is a gender specialist for their downtown Salt Lake City clinic - to schedule a session with Marissa please visit and schedule at:

Marissa is trained in the therapeutic techniques of CBT, DBT, ACT, EMDR, and is psychodynamically minded by training. 

Further, Marissa is keenly aware of the needs of the LGBTQ+ community and seeks to ensure proper, equal, and loving guidance for anyone seeking a home. As such, she has also created a non-profit that serves the LGBTQ+ community with a specialty focus on the transgender population, Authentic Awareness INC. 

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.  

Marissa is a wife and mother of two children; she has a son who is almost five and a daughter who just turned three.  Marissa is an instructor of behavioral science at Utah Valley University as an adjunct faculty member and has been a university instructor since 2009. In her limited free time, Marissa is a full time student at the Eccles School of Business at University of Utah in Professional MBA program! 

Education: M.S. Westminster College (Professional Counseling); B.S. Brigham Young University (Psychology); MBA (University of Utah) In Progress
Licenses: Clinical Mental Health Counselor (Utah) #8173984-6004; Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (California) #146

Isaac Vazquez (PROVO and SANDY Offices)

Clinical Director

Isaac is the Clinical Director, Intake Assessor, and Primary Therapist for Advanced Awareness Counseling. Isaac has several years of experience as a therapist, clinical supervisor, clinical director, and owner of his own practice. 

His 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. He advocates extensively for the LGBTQ+ community and deeply empathizes with the intense difficulties they have as they search to feel whole and connected. Isaac is also our primary Neurofeedback and Biofeedback provider. 

Isaac has served our country in the United States Air Force and closely works with veterans to overcome PTSD and depression. His hobbies include car mechanics, video games, indoor wall climbing, and CrossFit. Isaac also is an adjunct faculty member at Utah Valley University teaching in behavioral science. 

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

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


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