Janet Nimer Wilson, LCSW
Janet is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is currently the Clinical Director of the Utah Healing Center. She has over 25 years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults achieving their therapeutic goals. Janet graduated from Westminster with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and from the University of Utah with a Master’s in Social Work. She has worked at the University of Utah Hospital as a Crisis Worker in the Emergency Room and as a Mental Health Examiner for Salt Lake County. Janet has been an expert witness in District and Juvenile Court. She has experience in doing Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) with first responders to a disaster, and employees of organizations, who have experienced a life changing trauma incident. Janet is a Certified Crisis Counselor for the State of Utah. Her expertise includes trauma focused therapy. Janet is a Certified and Approved EMDRIA Consultant and Approved Facilitator. Janet has extensive training in EMDR, specifically in treating complex trauma (multiple traumas), sexual abuse, and women’s issues. She also has extensive training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). Janet approaches therapy from a systems perspective including the entire family even when working with individuals. She uses an array of evidence-based practices with all her clients. Janet specializes in diagnosing, treating and developing appropriate treatment plans for individuals and families. She has worked with mood disorders, traumatic events, chronic mental health problems and parenting issues.
Janelle Nimer, PhD, LCSW
Janelle Nimer, Ph.D., LCSW has over 10 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families achieving their therapeutic goals. Dr. Nimer graduated from the University of Utah with a Master’s in Social Work and from the University of Tennessee with a Doctorate in Social Work. Dr. Nimer also completed a three-year doctoral fellowship focusing on Veterinary Social Work. She also worked at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital where she was able to work with children in crises, who had experienced a traumatic event, and who were dealing with chronic illnesses. Dr. Nimer approaches therapy from a systems perspective including the entire family even when working individuals. Dr. Nimer uses an array of evidence-based practices with all her clients. She is the former Chair of the board of Therapy Animals of Utah (an affiliate of Pet Partners formerly know as Delta Society). Dr. Nimer is completing her certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Registered Play Therapy Certification (RPT), Animal-Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT), and Equine Assisted Growth and Learning (EAGALA). Dr. Nimer has been conducting animal-assisted interventions for over 10 years. She has been an expert witness in Juvenile Court. She also has experience in doing Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) with first responders to a disaster, and employees of organizations, who have experienced a life changing grief and trauma incident(s). Dr. Nimer’s passion is working with children and adolescents experiencing emotional and behavioral issues while incorporating animals into treatment. She also enjoys working with adults with mood disorders, grief, compassion fatigue, family issues, and parenting. She has training to work with individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and terminal illnesses. She also has training to work with all individuals who have experienced a traumatic event. Currently, Dr. Nimer is only accepting patients who would like to work with dogs or horses during their therapeutic treatment.
Kara Diersing Clapp, PhD, NP-c, CNS-BC
Kara has over 35 years of experience in nursing—10 as a Psychiatric RN and 22 years as an APRN. She holds two certifications as an APRN. In 1993 she started the first aftercare program in Ohio for mental health clientele served in a home care setting. Her dissertation focused on children under age 18 years who were caregivers and resulted in the first mid-range theory on young care-giving. She loves helping people and her unique style of care blends traditional medicine with alternative traditions, using evidence-based research when possible. When describing herself, she will say “I’m an international travel junkie who likes to knit and dead-lift and who married her best friend, Glenn.” And when it comes to life? “Enjoy the journey—the good, the bad, and all the stuff in between.”
Please call our office at 801-266-4643 to inquire about the insurance panels she is on.
David Kidd, LCSW
David is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications and his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. David enjoys working with adolescents and adults. He worked as a Youth Advocate for four years in an inner city middle school working to help teens gain confidence in their own abilities. In addition he helped families learn to work together to build positive relationships with their teens. He completed a one-year internship working with seventh and eighth graders under the direction of a social worker and school counselors in SLC School District. He completed a second internship with LDS Family Services and upon completion was hired working with those who struggle with addiction, OCD, depression, and various forms of anxiety. He co-facilitated the Pornography Treatment Workshop group with LDS Family services as an intern and for one year following. He has worked with individuals preparing for LDS missions and has experience completing pre-mission assessments. He has also worked with early release missionaries. David is currently working towards being EMDR basic trained.
Mariah Peterson, LCSW
Mariah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience working in the field. Mariah graduate from University of Utah with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She enjoys working with adults and has extensive experience working with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and life transitions. Mariah spent 5 years working in an eating disorder treatment facility in Denver, Colorado where she helped individuals overcome and heal from their eating disorder. She is trained in evidence-based treatment modalities including EMDR, DBT, ACT, CBT, Yalom Based Process Group, Trauma Focused CBT, Positive Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, Inner Bonding sensory motor trauma in the body, and crisis intervention.
Chris Adams, LCSW
Chris is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in mental health for 5 years. He received Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah, graduating with his Master’s in 2016. He is EMDR trained and working toward certification. His focus is helping adults suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other effects of trauma. He also works with adults, adolescents, and children with ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, dissociation, insecure attachment, and chronic pain among other issues. He believes that the most effective treatments involve the mind, body, and spirit. He is trained as a level 1 yoga therapist and is working toward full certification with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. With an undergraduate background in cognitive neuroscience, he works to balance and integrate spirituality and the traditional practice of yoga with modern, evidence-based therapies. Along with mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and EMDR, he frequently uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. His goal is to help clients not only reduce the pain of their symptoms but live more fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Erick Panike, CSW
Erick is a Certified Social Worker. He received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University – Idaho. Erick is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals and has been trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing through the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program. Erick has also completed training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skill Training, Chain Analysis, and Validation Principles through Behavioral Tech, Inc. Erick has completed coursework in ACT Therapy, Mindfulness, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Prior to becoming clinically licensed, Erick spent four years working for the Utah Division of Child and Family Services providing case management for families involved in Utah’s Child Welfare system, and also worked as a Bachelor’s Level social worker providing direct support and skills coaching to adolescents on a DBT Focused partial hospitalization unit. In all, Erick has been studying and working in the field of Mental Health in one way or another since 2005.
Erick works primarily with adults and adolescents who are experiencing the effects of trauma. When working with trauma, Erick follows the three-phase trauma treatment model outlined by Dr. Judith Herman. Stage 1 is Stabilization and is focused on building skills for managing the emotional fallout of trauma and learning to find a sense of safety in the present moment. Stage 2 is Remembering and focuses on remembering, mourning, and letting go of the emotions surrounding past traumas. Stage 3 is Reconnection and focuses on engaging with the world in a new way without the burden of trauma.
Erick is an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist and co-facilitated Safe Zone training at Utah Healing Center to help to expand our clinic’s ability to be inclusive and affirming of our LGBTQ+ clients.
Terri Goldstein, ACMHC
Terri Elise Goldstein is an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor, who began her career as a therapist in 2017, after a 30-year career in non-profit, human services management. She earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix. “My desire to be a fellow traveler on a client’s therapeutic journey is seeded in my first-hand knowledge of the healing benefits of a trusting, counseling relationship.” Terri is an integrative counselor who embraces a hope-based philosophy built on four theoretical pillars: humanistic, psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral and postmodern theory, including narrative therapy. She strives to be an experienced guide for her clients as they seek to make the changes necessary to accomplish their mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Terri’s focus is on empowering her clients as they navigate the human experience, endeavoring to triumph, and coping with loss. “We all have faced traumas and adversity that shape our views, negatively influence the present day, and darken our hopes for the future. We have fears and anxiety that halt our progress and stifle our joy and inner peace.” Terri guides her clients on a journey towards self-understanding and self-acceptance, encouraging them to explore the thoughts, feelings, beliefs and behaviors which lead to the challenges in their lives. Terri works with young adults, adults and older adults, couples, and families. She expresses her view of the therapeutic relationship in the following haiku:
On a metaphorical
Journey to healing
Where one builds safety
And the other seeks to trust
Creating a bond
The first, a healer
Educated, thoughtful with
The second, a soul
In need of healing, help to
Cope with life’s trials
Which rise from nowhere
And expand to everywhere
Obscuring the view
Of now, and later
Healer and client begin
Taking a first step
On the path edged by
Scenes of light and dark, fear, faith
Pain and well-being
Crafting a vibrant, strong and
Hence, the way of a
Journey to healing
Kimberlie Simms, CSW
Kimi Simms is a certified social worker with extensive experience in psychiatric acute care counseling with adults, adolescents, and children. She graduated from Ohio State University with a Master’s in Social Work. During her master’s program, Kimi had experience working in two high schools as a school social worker. As a school social worker, she assisted students and their family members find success in their educational and mental health goals. Also, during her graduate program, she worked at an adult psychiatric hospital, as a therapist, working with adults experiencing, psychosis, mania, suicidal ideation, debilitating depression, and anxiety to regain stability. After graduation, Kimi worked as a community-based therapist, working with children, adolescents, and their families to accomplish their therapeutic goals. In addition, Kimi worked as an Acute Crisis Response Clinician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where she worked with survivors of trauma, including survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking, rape, incest, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and survivors of domestic violence. Also, within the hospital setting, Kimi worked closely with youth battling suicidal ideation, aggressive behaviors, and self-injurious behaviors. To add to the clinical experiences, Kimi has training in CBT, DBT, crisis intervention, verbal de-escalation, suicide/lethality assessment, and motivational interviewing.
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