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.