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.
Mariah Peterson, LCSW, Clinical Manager
Mariah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of clinical experience. Mariah graduated from the University of Utah with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She enjoys working with adults and adolescents. She 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 DBT, ACT, CBT, , Trauma Focused CBT, Positive Psychology and Motivational Interviewing.
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.
Malisa Lemon, LCSW
Malisa Lemon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Utah Healing Center. Malisa graduated from Utah State University with a dual Bachelor’s in Psychology and Social Work with a Minor in Family Consumer Human Development. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis in Mental Health across the lifespan. She has worked at a variety of locations including the Carmen B. Pingree School for Autism, NAMI-Utah, Silverado Hospice focusing on Grief and Bereavement, and most recently, HCA Healthcare providing mental health services via telehealth to over twenty hospitals as a Crisis Worker for Emergency Rooms and as a Clinical Supervisor. Malisa is passionate about the needs of families and the impact of mental health on children and adolescents. Malisa enjoys incorporating play, art, nutrition, music, literature, and movement into her sessions, working from a strength’s based, holistic approach. Malisa is also certified Life Coach in Advanced Therapeutic Art Modalities, Shamanic Art, and Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic techniques. Malisa is currently working her certification as an ADHD-CCSP Professional and certification as a CCTS-I Trauma Specialist.
Erick Panike, CSW
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.
Cody Powell, CSW
Cody Powell is a Certified Social Worker (CSW) and has extensive experience in working with adolescents, adults, and elderly. He graduated from University of Utah with a Master’s in Social Work and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Weber State University. Cody has had years of experience since 2012 working in the fields of Child and Family Services, Homeless Outreach Services, Intermountain Healthcare Employee Assistance Counseling, and teaching and facilitating Psycho Education Classes at Local Senior Centers across the Salt Lake Valley. Cody is trained in evidence-based approaches including Mindfulness Meditation Techniques, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Approaches, and Motivational Interviewing Techniques. Cody has a passion in working with Anxiety and has worked effectively with Schizophrenia, PTSD, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Codependency issues, and a general range of problems. Cody’s approach is empathetic, non-judgmental, client centered, and focuses on body, mind, and spirit wellness. His goal is to help others live more meaningful and enjoyable lives.
“Through the Darkness, I’m Still Here.”
Amanda Ravel, CSW
Amanda is a Clinical Social Worker Intern who graduated from the University of Utah with a Master’s in Social Work. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Central Michigan University in Recreation, Park, and Leisure Services Administration, with an Environmental and Outdoor Recreation Concentration. After moving out west, Amanda fell in love with working with adolescents in a back-country setting while being a Senior Field Mentor for a Wilderness Therapy program. Amanda has been working with adolescents in a therapeutic environment ever since 2013 and has worked with veterans at the Veterans Affairs hospital for a full year during an internship. While working, Amanda believes that incorporating recreation and activity during sessions can bring a lot of success while treating mental health illnesses. Amanda loves to incorporate evidence-based practices, such as CBT, DBT, and Solution Focused Therapy with play, movement, mindfulness and animals in therapeutic sessions. She has been working with horses her whole life and does equine therapy sessions on a weekly basis. Amanda also has a service dog, named Yoshi, who is a part of play and movement in sessions. Currently, Amanda works with children, adolescences and young female adults who struggle with ADHD, attachment, autism, anxiety, depression and trauma related issues.”
Shahar Lawrence, CSW
Shahar is a Certified Social Worker who is bilingual in Spanish and English. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah proceeding her graduation of a Bachelor’s in Social Work with a double minor in Leadership and Political Science. She is a Colombian and U.S. Citizen, so she understands the impacts that having a multicultural family and experience can have on an individual. She has been working with survivors of domestic/intimate partner violence and sexual assault for over 2 years. She is EMDR basic trained. She focuses on working with survivors of trauma including: Sexual Assault, Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence, Self-Harm, Abuse, Neglect and Suicide. She primarily works with teens and young adults, but has experience working with individuals of all ages. She uses a mix of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Shahar recognizes the lasting effects that trauma can have on an individual. Her goal is to integrate mind, body, and spirit to provide the lasting healing for the client. She also utilizes animals, mindfulness, movement, art, and music throughout the healing process. This includes weekly Equine Therapy sessions at the Kaysville location.
You can find Shahar in her spare time traveling, hiking, and enjoying the sun. She has been working with horses for the last 12 years and competing nationally for the last 10 years. She grew up with all types of pets including reptiles, birds, cats, dogs, or horses. She has seen the space that animals provide for healing and is passionate about integrating that into her Mental Health Practice.
Lucy Cabrera (Hablo Espanol)