Meet the Staff

Helping children, adults, and veterans who have experienced a trauma achieve balance through connecting their body, mind, heart, and spirit bridging traditional and experiential therapies with the assistance of animals, nature, music, and movement.

Janet Nimer Wilson, LCSW

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 Debriefing (CISD) with first responders 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 EMDRIA Certified, a Consultant and HAP Approved Facilitator. Janet has extensive training in EMDR, specifically in treating complex trauma (multiple traumas), sexual abuse, and women’s issues.  Janet has a Facility Dog from Canine Companions for Independence (CCI).  Flower, her dog, can work with all ages of individual clients and groups.  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 of 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 with 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 known as Delta Society). Dr. Nimer is certified 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.

Mariah Peterson, LCSW, Clinical Manager

Mariah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 16 years of clinical experience. In graduate school she earned the Belle Spafford Award for her work in Women’s Behavior Health.  Mariah enjoys working with adults who suffer with trauma, depression, anxiety, and self-esteem issues. After graduating from the University of Utah with her MSW she spent 15 years in Denver, CO working in women’s behavioral health where she incorporated movement, mindfulness to help clients gain a better understanding of not only of who they were, but who they are and who they want to become.  Mariah is a trained EMDR therapist who also uses DBT, ACT, CBT, Internal Family Systems, mindfulness and humor in her work with clients. 


Sara has been a psychiatric nurse practitioner since 2014. She completed her undergraduate at BYU and her Master’s and Doctorate Degrees at the University of Utah. She has experience providing medication management for a wide range of psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, ADHD, mood disorders, and trauma disorders. She is certified in perinatal mental health and specializes in providing safe medication management before, during, and after pregnancy and during the breastfeeding period. She currently teaches at the University of Utah in the psychiatric nurse practitioner program.

Stella Blight, APRN

Please call our office at 801-266-4643 to inquire about the insurance panels she is on..

Malisa Lemon, LCSW

Malisa is a graduate from the University of Utah with a master’s in social work with an emphasis on mental health across the lifespan. Malisa is a licensed clinical social worker with experience practicing in a variety of roles over the past seven years and is clinically trained in CBT, MBCT, TF-CBT, DBT, ACT, ARC, MI, Play Therapy, and Expressive Arts therapies. Malisa specializes in child and adolescent mental health, working exclusively with ages four up to twenty-four. Malisa has experience with and specializes in attachment trauma (RAD, Other Attachment and Adjustment Disorders), PTSD, depression, divorce, bipolar disorder, suicidality and self-harm, eating disorders, OCD, Autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorders, and grief/loss. Malisa has additional advance certification as a Child and Adolescent Trauma Specialist, Certified Mental Health Integrative Nutrition Medicine Provider, and as an ADHD Professional. Malisa is also waiting on the finalization of her certification as a Registered Play Therapist and certification as an Autism Specialist.

Malisa enjoys incorporating play, nature, art, nutrition, music, writing, literature, and movement through yoga, dance, and synergetic mirroring into her sessions, working from a strengths based, holistic approach.

In her free time, Malisa loves trying new experiences, dancing and running, getting outdoors, and spending time with her husband, three children, and hairless cat.”

Kimberlie Simms, LCSW

Kimi Simms is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduated from Ohio State University with a Master’s in Social Work. Prior to her becoming a full–time outpatient therapist, Kimi has history of working in psychiatric hospital settings with both adults and children, school-based social work, and community-based therapy. 

Kimi has a certified therapy dog that comes to work with her named Henry. Henry loves to snuggle and provide comfort during sessions. In therapy services Kimi likes to include animal assisted interventions, art, drama, music, creative writing, and dance/movement into her therapeutic services. To add to the clinical experiences, Kimi has training in CBT, TF-CBT, DBT, EMDR, IFS, ACT, crisis intervention, verbal de-escalation, suicide/lethality assessment and prevention, and motivational interviewing. Kimi is also a certified shame-informed therapist and a certified compassion fatigue professional.

Jacob Stucki, CSW

Jake enjoys helping those who think about suicide or need help with their relationships, whether they are with themselves, friends, family, or romantic partners. Jake enjoys working with children and teens and has availability in the evenings and weekends. He utilizes Gottman Method, EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 

Rachel Richards, CSW

Rachel Richards, CSW has a Masters in Social Work from Simmons University in Boston and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University.  Rachel brings with her a variety of experiences, including working at therapeutic preschools in both Houston, TX and Salt Lake City, co-leading a conflict resolution preschool program in Greensboro, NC, running a children and family program at a local domestic violence shelter, and providing in-home therapy for families in crisis. Rachel specializes in working with women, children of all ages, and families recovering from trauma.

As a therapist specializing in trauma-informed care, Rachel often incorporates themes of nature and animals in her individual sessions in the form of guided imagery, artistic representations, and sensory processing. She takes a strength based approach with all her clients and is able to pull from a variety of modalities for a custom fitted therapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapy. Rachel is trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Rape/Crisis Response. Additionally, she has had training in EMDR and play therapy and is working toward full certification in both.  Rachel enjoys yoga, running, a good book, and playing with her Husky. 

Mary Coombs, LCSW

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over fifteen years of experience in mental health services. She enjoys helping individuals work through questions of identity and fulfillment.  When not engaged in therapy, Mary maintains a social media platform as the Anti-Grooming Guardian. She also writes novels and children’s books aimed at enhancing cultural conversations regarding prevention of abuse and healing from trauma. She is trained in DBT, Expressive Art Therapy,  Seeking Safety, MI, Client Centered-Therapy, Crisis Interventions, TF-CBT, and MBB. She has also received training in ACT, Attachment Therapy for Complex Trauma, Object Relations, and Collaborative Counseling. 

A firm believer in the healing power of animals, music, movement, art, and nature, Mary incorporates all of the above in her practice. She specializes in supporting individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, eating disorders, complex trauma (PTSD, attachment trauma, physical and sexual abuse, neglect, immigration and relocation trauma, oppression and social exclusion,) and questions of gender and sexuality.  She is passionate about social issues, describing herself as gender fluid and an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist. She is also an active ally for underserved populations—often engaging in volunteering and community development.

Jamie Wuthrich, LCSW

Jamie Wuthrich is an LCSW with experience in working with individuals who suffer severe and persistent mental health issues, and those with substance use disorders. She is an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist, and has experience working with individuals with Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injuries, Intellectual Disabilities, and Autism. Her preferred modalities are MI, CPT, CBT and DBT.


Wendy Hansen, CSW

Wendy Hansen received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master’s in Social Work from the University of Utah. Wendy has over 10 years of experience serving children, youth, and families as an administrator in a community-based non-profit setting. Additionally, she has spent over 10 years serving the citizens across Utah through her work in state government. In 2017, Wendy became a Clinical Social Worker. She is clinically trained in CBT, TF-CBT, DBT, ACT, MI, and Play Therapy. Wendy specializes in working with adolescents and young adults. She enjoys incorporating guided meditation, animals, and nature into her therapeutic services.

Wendy spends her leisure time with her daughter, husband, and two rescue-dogs. She likes to listen to podcasts, cook, garden, ride her bike, and participate in restorative yoga and pranayama.

Brianna Davis, LCSW

Brianna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated Brigham Young University with a Master’s in Social Work. Prior to becoming a full-time outpatient therapist, Brianna has extensive experience over the last five years working with adolescents and adults in residential and inpatient treatment facilities. She specializes in using trauma-informed approaches to treat PTSD and complex trauma, depression, anxiety, Autism, AD/HD, OCD, social anxiety, reactive attachment disorder (RAD), and grief and loss. She also has a passion for working with individuals struggling with religious trauma, faith transitions, and questions of gender and sexuality. She is LGBTQIA+ affirming and uses a strengths-based perspective to help clients build self-compassion and feel empowered to overcome their personal challenges and meet therapeutic goals. 

 Brianna is trained in EMDR and Trauma-Focused CBT and is working toward full certification in both modalities. She also has clinical training in CPT, DBT, CBT, MI, Art therapy, Play therapy, and the ARC trauma framework. She has a passion for educating caregivers in best practices for building secure and healthy attachments with children and loved ones who have experienced trauma. In her free time, she enjoys trail running out in the beautiful Wasatch front, training for road races, and spending time with her adorable german shepherd. 

Chris Finch, CSW

Chris is a Clinical Social Worker with 4 years of clinical experience. He is passionate about working with veterans, adult survivors of complex trauma and PTSD, people who suffer from anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. His therapeutic background includes suicide prevention and DBT interventions at the Veterans Hospital in Salt Lake City and medical social work at the University of Utah Sugar House Clinic. Currently, Chris is an EAGALA Equine Specialist, a Certified Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor, and he has obtained his Individual Military Services Designation.

Chris utilizes DBT, CBT, and ACT modalities, as well as Mind and Body Bridging. When not in the office, Chris enjoys spending time with his dogs, outdoor photography, and fly fishing.

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Veronica Argyle, CSW 

Veronica’s passion for intersectionality and her desire to contribute to the community worked as catalysts to start her on the path to social work. She is a Certified Social Worker who graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Gender Studies and a Master of Social Work degree. In addition to providing therapy to individuals, couples, and groups, Veronica also works as a project administrator in the child welfare field where she helps large systems work to be more responsive to the individual needs of the children and families they serve.

Veronica’s work focuses on culturally responsive and trauma-informed therapy that recognizes the importance of mind/body connectivity in healing and finding personal growth. She tailors her therapeutic approach to work collaboratively with the strengths and needs of each individual, including elements from Feminist Multicultural Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She has also completed level 1 clinical training in the Gottman Method for couples therapy.

Veronica works with adults from a variety of populations on a wide span of issues, including depression, anxiety, life transitions, body image, self-love, confidence, and exploring the alignment of actions with personal values. She often incorporates mindfulness interventions as well as somatic experiences like movement and nature therapy into her work. Veronica is LGBTQ+ affirming. She also enjoys working with individuals going through faith questioning or transitions and those from the ethically non-monogamous and sex positive communities.

In her free time, Veronica enjoys spending time in the mountains, trying all the coffee shops she can find, and curling up with a craft project while she binge-watches Doctor Who.

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Emily Long, CSW-Intern

Emily is a graduate student in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Utah. Before joining 4 Healing Center, she worked with adolescents and young adults in wilderness therapy and especially enjoys incorporating nature and movement into therapeutic work. She has clinical training in EMDR, TF-CBT, DBT, and SFT and is a trauma-informed yoga teacher specializing in mindfulness and restorative practices to support the nervous system. She uses a strengths-based approach to support clients. Emily is an ultrarunner and outdoor lover, and she spends her free time playing on trails, camping, and searching for really good coffee.

Nina Dalley – CSW-Intern, ASUDC

Nina is a graduate student working towards her MSW at the University of Utah.  She is an advanced substance use disorder counselor (ASUDC) and has experience treating SUD and co-occurring mental health diagnoses, specifically in perinatal women. Nina has experience in CBT, DBT, crisis intervention, psychological first aid (PFA), non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), and trauma-focused interventions. She is a LGBTQIA+ affirming clinician and loves to learn.

Nina states that building strong relationships and providing empathy and support are at the forefront of everything she does when working with clients. When not working and studying, she loves spending time with her husband, kids, and pets. You can also find her in the garden, painting, or with her nose in a book.  


KoLyn Tacy – CSW-Intern

KoLyn graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Brigham Young University and is currently a graduate student working toward her MSW at Utah State University.  She has extensive experience working with children, youth, and families in the child welfare system.  She has also worked with community agencies across all systems of care to maintain compliance with state regulatory requirements, including substance use and mental health programs serving youth and adults. 

KoLyn participates in animal assisted activities with her dog Riven, and is passionate about the benefits of the human-animal bond in the therapeutic setting. When not spending time with her husband or Riven, KoLyn is a voracious reader and loves to bake.  


Support Staff

Stacie Nimer, Office Manager

Dallin Lemon, Administrative Assistant

Chris Taylor, Billing Manager