Clinical Director (All Locations)
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.
I am the clinical director over all of the associate and graduate level clinicians. I am also 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!
Education: M.S.W. University of Utah (Social Work); B.S. Brigham Young University (Psychology)
Licenses: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Utah) #331348-3501
Kristin Adams may be contacted for bookings at: [email protected]
Scheduling by appointment only.
Managing Director (All Locations)
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: EncircleTherapy.org
Marissa is trained in the therapeutic techniques of REBT, 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