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

Mental Health Counselors, Allies
Faith Transitions, LGBTQ+ WPATH Trangender
Marriage and Couples Counseling
Children and Adolescents
EMDR and Trauma Inforrmed

Darlene Dukes (Provo)

I am a caring and compassionate soul; it is my weakness and it is my strength. I am very invested in the happiness of others and I pour my heart into striving for good outcomes for those around me. My life is devoted to helping others to achieve peace and happiness. 

We all have challenges in life; Having a safe place where you can process thoughts and dreams can be helpful. I strive to guide individuals to seek balance, joy, growth and fulfilled lives. Let's work together to face the difficulties you encounter and come up with strategies to overcome them. 

I am an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and care deeply that identify, self-expression, and safety are promoted and ensured. I follow WPATH standards of care for individuals on the gender spectrum. 

I use varied types of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I have experience with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Marriage Issues, Grief, Crisis, and many other difficulties.

I provide a safe nonjudgmental environment where we can work on your challenges. I look forward to assisting you on your path to wellness and to support you in achieving your goals.

Licenses: Clinical Mental Health Counselor (Utah)

Darlene Dukes may be contacted for bookings at: [email protected]
Scheduling by appointment only. 

Cody Merrell (PROVO)

As humans, we often get caught between the past, present, and future. Sometimes it may feel like our life is running us. We may have experienced hurt, betrayal, and trauma. Our current reality may involve unwanted thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Perhaps, we compare ourselves to others or feel that we have not lived up to our expectations for ourselves. Whatever our challenges may be, they are reminders that we are human and that we are all in this together.

As a Clinical Therapist, I believe in the power of human resiliency. I create a warm and inviting environment for my clients to develop their strengths to overcome their challenges. My core values include compassion, integrity, openness, and respect. I tailor treatment to your needs through evidence-based treatment and with your belief system in mind.

I know that finding the right therapist is challenging. Your trust matters to me. What we talk about is personal, sensitive, and life-impacting; I do not take that lightly. I commend you on your decision to reach out, and I hope that I have an opportunity to be apart of your journey. Please feel free to contact me; I look forward to getting to know you.

I specialize in minority issues (cultural), faith crises and faith transitions, and LGBTQ+ affirming care. 

Education: M.S.W. Arizona State (Social Work); B.S. Utah Valley University (Psychology)

Licenses: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Utah) 11157557-3501

Cody Merrell may be contacted for bookings at: cody[email protected] 
Scheduling by appointment only.

Christine Madden (SANDY)

My greatest passion is to help bring healing to those who have experienced trauma or stressful events. I believe that healing is a collaborative endeavor which requires honest caring, without judgment, as I cooperatively assist my clients in clarifying their goals for treatment.

I draw from a variety of modalities, including: Solution-Focused, Person-Centered, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), to meet the needs of each individual and situation.

I am committed to help my clients with depression, anxiety, trauma, life changes, grief, divorce, relationship issues, and empowering clients to live their true authentic self. I work with individuals and couples.

I have extensive experience working as a social worker (SSW), assisting individuals, families, adolescents, and children. I am an ally and active supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community. I enjoy working with people of all populations, genders, orientations, ethnicities, and religions.

I have extensive experience working as a social worker (SSW), assisting individuals, families, adolescents, and children. I am an ally and active supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community. I enjoy working with people of all populations, genders, orientations, ethnicities, and religions.

Education: M.S.W. Utah Valley University (Social Work); B.S.W. Utah Valley University (Social Work)

Licenses: Certified Social Worker (Utah) 10504173-3502; Social Services Worker SSW (Utah) 10504173-3503

Christine works under the guidance and supervision of the clinical director, Kristin Adams, LCSW

Christine Madden may be contacted for bookings at: christine[email protected] 
Scheduling by appointment only.

Elizabeth Gray (SANDY and PROVO)

Hi, please call me Beth! I am completing my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at
Southern New Hampshire University as I work as a graduate level intern. 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 conerns. 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.

Education: M.S. Southern New Hampshire University (Mental Health Counseling); B.S. Utah State University (Developmental Psychology); ACMHC-i

Beth works under the guidance and supervision of the managing director, Isaac Vazquez, CMHC, LMFT

Elizabeth Gray may be contacted for bookings at: bethgray[email protected] 
Scheduling by appointment only. 

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.

Education: M.S. Argosy University (Mental Health Counseling); B.A. Oakland University.

Licenses: Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor (Utah) #10650491-6009

TJ works under the guidance and supervision of the clinical director, Kristin Adams, LCSW

TJ Harmon may be contacted for bookings at: [email protected] 
Scheduling by appointment only. 

Adrienne Gamble (SANDY)

I have a strong desire to serve others! I enjoy learning who people are and seeing the picture of their life.  How can I help you improve the perspective you have on your life? How I can I simply help you improve your life.  I can assist in mitigating traumas, anxieties, depression, and various other hold-ups to help you free mental and emotional space to feel empowered to enjoy your life and the world around you. 

I work to anticipate the needs of others and listen carefully to make sure I am hearing you correctly. I listen carefully so I can hear the pieces of the puzzle that only you have knowledge of, to use those to help empower you to control your future, accept your past, overcome obstacles, and be the master of your own life. 

Education: M.S. (Mental Health Counseling)The State University of New York; B.S. (Music/Psychology)
Licenses: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Utah) #8598695-3501

Adrienne works under the guidance and supervision of the clinical director, Kristin Adams, LCSW

Adrienne Gamble may be contacted for bookings at: [email protected]
Scheduling by appointment only. 

Troy Leishman (SANDY)

I graduated from the University of Utah Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and I have a deep passion for working with people and helping them understand themselves. 

I have several years of experience working with adolescents and families in crisis. I am versed in suicide assessment and prevention for both adolescents and adults. I am committed to being there to help you understand your worth and guiding you toward finding your purpose. 

I advocate extensively for the LGBTQ+ community and am an active advocate in both Salt Lake County and Utah County, not to mention wherever I go! I am affiliated with Encircle/Flourish and Authentic Awareness Inc., both non-profit corporations helping the LGBTQ+ community access and obtain resources. I follow WPATH standards and keep up to date on all information disseminated by the LGBT Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah. 

I believe strongly that self-love and self-respect are the solid basis for good mental and emotional health.

I work from a person-centered approach, believing that each client can be the expert in their own life. I am enthusiastic about helping clients explore what possibilities for what the future holds!

Education: M.S. University of Utah (Mental Health Counseling); B.A. Utah Valley University (Behavioral Science)

Licenses: Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor (Utah) #9475666-6009; Social Service Worker SSW (Utah) #9475666-3503

Troy Leishman may be contacted for bookings at: [email protected] 
Scheduling by appointment only. 
*Se habla español*

Jay Snyder (PROVO and SANDY)

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.  

I feel it is important you find someone you can feel very comfortable with. If you have questions feel free to give me a call.  I can return phone calls after 4:15pm M-F. 

Education: M.S.W. Brigham Young University (Social Work); B.S. Utah Valley University (Psychology)
Licenses: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Utah) #8598695-3501

Jay Snyder may be contacted for bookings at: [email protected]
Scheduling by appointment only.