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 an EMDRIA Approved and Certified Consultant and an EMDRIA Training Facilitator.  She is also a 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 15 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 crisis, 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 Pet Partners of Utah. Dr. Nimer is certified and a consultant in training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  She is also trained in Attachment Regulation and Competency (ARC), Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT),  Play Therapy,  Animal-Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT), and Equine Assisted Growth and Learning (EAGALA). Dr. Nimer has been published in and conducting animal-assisted interventions for over 15 years. She has been an expert witness in Juvenile Court.  She also has experience in doing Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) with first responders in a disaster, and employees of organizations, who have experienced 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 Certified EMDRIA therapist who also uses DBT, ACT, CBT, Internal Family Systems, mindfulness and humor in her work with clients. 

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). 

Mary Coombs, LCSW

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over fifteen years of experience in mental health services. They enjoy helping individuals work through questions of identity and fulfillment.  They specialize 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,) autism and developmental delays, and  those struggling with questions of gender and sexuality.

When not engaged in therapy, Mary maintains a social media platform as the Anti-Grooming Guardian. They also write novels and children’s books aimed at enhancing cultural conversations regarding prevention of abuse and healing from trauma. 

A firm believer in the healing power of animals, music, movement, art, and nature, Mary incorporates all of the above in their practice. They are trained in DBT, Expressive Art Therapy,  Seeking Safety, MI, Client Centered-Therapy, Crisis Interventions, TF-CBT, and MBB. They have also received training in ACT, Attachment Therapy for Complex Trauma, Object Relations, The Gottman Method for Couples Counseling, and Collaborative Counseling.

Most recently (2022) Mary began their PATH International certification as an ESMHL (Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.) They have completed the initial training, allowing them to provide Equine-Assisted therapy. 

Mary is passionate about social issues, describing themselves as gender fluid and an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist. They are 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.

 

Brianna Davis, LCSW

Brianna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with six years of clinical experience. Brianna specializes in using trauma-informed approaches to treat adults with PTSD and complex trauma, depression, anxiety, social anxiety, grief and loss, and issues around identity and self-esteem. 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 compassionate, strengths-based perspective to help clients build self-compassion and feel empowered to overcome their personal challenges and meet therapeutic goals. 

Brianna has clinical training in EMDR, DBT, CBT/Trauma-Focused CBT, CPT, Motivational Interviewing, ARC, and Internal Family Systems. In her free time, she enjoys trail running out in the beautiful Wasatch front, skiing, rock climbing, training for road races, and spending time with her adorable German shepherd. 


Chris Finch, CSW

Chris is a Clinical Social Worker with 6 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 Dialectical Behavioral Therapy at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City and medical social work at the University of Utah Sugar House Clinic.  Prior to earning his MSW degree, he earned his Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counseling certification and specialized in motivational interviewing working at a dual diagnosis residential treatment center and a harm reduction clinic.  Chris utilizes (DBT) Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, (CBT) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CPT) Cognitive Processing Therapy, (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and (MI) Motivational Interviewing modalities with a trauma informed approach.

Chris’s love of animals and their therapeutic value led him to become an 

Equine Assisted Growth and Learning (EAGALA) Mental Health Specialist. With his military culture training and clinical experience while working with Veterans at the VA he is also a certified EAGALA Military Service Provider.  The EAGALA therapy model is evidence based and utilized by all U.S. Military Branches and VA Hospitals and Medical Centers across the country and is highly effective with clients who have struggled with traditional therapy.

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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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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. She is an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist. 

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

Chris Taylor, Billing Manager

Catie Spuhl, Office Manager Assistant