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Counseling

About

Counseling Services include immediate crisis counseling for youth and families, as well as short-term 60-day counseling intervention, and longer term mental health counseling.

Ongoing mental health counseling for youth and families needing longer term services are available for Medicaid qualified youth. This service is available both as a facility-based service and as an intensive home-based service.

Teen and Family Counseling is available at the South Salt Lake and West Jordan Offices. Family therapists are generally available Monday-Friday from Noon to 8 PM. Limited weekend appointments.

If a youth or a family does not have an appointment and wants to speak to someone right away, they can access free crisis help by phone or in person at the Salt Lake Juvenile Receiving Center 385-468-4470. This service does not require an appointment and is available 24-hours a day. The West Jordan Juvenile Receiving Center 385-468-4610 is open from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday.  

Contact - Brock Yancey, Counseling Services Program Manager - 385-468-4512

Meet our Therapists

Our philosophy is that substance abuse is an outward sign of a larger set of problems. Recovery requires change of the whole person: physically, emotionally, socially, behaviorally, and spiritually.

brock yancey teen and family therapist

Brock Yancey     
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (Doesn't provide direct client services) 

Brock is a program manager and has been with Youth Services since 1990. Brock received his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah in 1983. Brock manages the In-Home Therapeutic Services program at Youth Services. He also works part time at a private counseling agency.

Corylyn Ybarra teen and family therapist

Corylyn Ybarra   
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (Doesn't provide direct client services) 

Corylyn is a Program Manager and has been with Youth Services since 1998. She currently leads the Shelter Care Services Program. Corylyn received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. She specializes in working with children and adolescents. She enjoys the unique challenges that come with serving at risk youth and their families.

JD Green family therapist

JD Green      
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Doesn't provide direct client services) 

JD is a Program Manager and has worked in various capacities in child welfare including as a caseworker, therapist, supervisor and clinical consultant for the Division of Child and Family Services, a therapist for the Department of Juvenile Justice and he has a small private practice. He is on staff at the University of Utah as a practicum field instructor for the Graduate School of Social Work and is the Program Manager for Interim Shelter, and Juvenile Receiving Center.

alan cochrane teen counselor

Alan Cochrane      
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor 

Alan has been with Youth Services since 1999 and works as a family therapist in our outpatient drug and alcohol program. Alan has worked with people of all ages: couples, families, groups and individuals in a number of diverse settings. He especially enjoys working with youth because he appreciates their unique individuality and enthusiasm.

brandi sandoval teen therapist

Brandi Sandoval     
Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Brandi received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah, with an emphasis in women’s health. She began her career with Youth Services in 2015, and currently works as a Crisis Family Therapist. Her interests and specialties include grief and loss, women’s issues, childhood trauma, crisis therapy, and advocating for clients' needs. Brandi enjoys working with individuals with various beliefs and backgrounds and ensures that she provides a safe, non-judgmental space for individuals to explore issues that may be preventing them from living the life they want.

chris bereshnyi teen and family therapy

Chris Bereshnyi     
Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Chris has been Salt Lake County Youth Services staff member for over 20 years in various capacities. He received his Master’s degree in Social Work in 2010 from the University of Utah and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2014. He has been working as a therapist part-time for six years with outside agencies and has been a full-time therapist with Salt Lake County Youth Services since February 2012. Chris also volunteers at the Humane Society on Saturdays, where he works with the dogs and trains new helpers.

cynthia ortiz teen counselor

Cynthia Ortiz     
Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Cindy received her Master’s degree from the University of Utah in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has worked with clients of all ages including children, teens, and adults struggling with various difficulties. Cindy enjoys working with individuals of all diversities including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious/spiritual beliefs, and different abilities. “I believe our differences is where our strengths are found.” Cindy also provides services in Spanish.

doug bunker teen therapy and counseling

Doug Bunker        
Licensed Psychologist  

Doug has been a therapist at Youth Services since 2001, working in the In Home Services program for seven years and now doing individual and family therapy. Working with teens and their families is what he enjoys doing most. Doug received his Master of Science degree in Counseling and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah. Doug has also worked at the Community Counseling Center and the Salt Lake County Division of Criminal Justice Services in the Felony Drug Court Program.

Desiree Steadman-Gallegos teen therapy and counseling

Desiree Steadman-Gallegos   
Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Desiree has an Associate’s Degree in Ethnic Minority Human Services from Salt Lake Community College. She also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social work from Weber State University and obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has over 17 years of clinical experience in private and public practice providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Holistic and Psychotherapy. Desiree appreciates working with children, families, groups that are diverse: ethnical minorities, BTQ populations, or people that have suffered substance abuse and/or domestic violence.

elyse henderson  family therapist

Elyse Henderson    
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor  

Elyse has worked as a family therapist at Youth Services since 2012 and received her Master’s degree from the University of Utah in Professional Counseling. She enjoys working with teens to strengthen themselves and their relationships. Elyse works in our outpatient Substance Abuse Program and general mental health counseling.

Jeanne Garfield family therapist

Jeanne Garfield     
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor  

Jeanne Garfield earned a Master’s degree from the University of Utah in Social Work. She has been with Youth Services as a Family Therapist for almost five years. Jeanne’s specialties include Mind-body Bridging, Mindfulness, CBT and TF-CBT. She enjoys working with all ages of children and adolescents.

joyce robison family therapist

Joyce Robison    
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor  

Joyce started at Youth Services in October 2003 as an intern and then transitioned to an employee for Youth Services in January 2005.  Joyce started as a case manager, moved to a supervisor position and then started doing full time family therapy in March 2008.  She has a graduate degree from the University of Phoenix as a Masters in Counseling, speaks Spanish and serves many of our Spanish speaking clients in both mental health and substance abuse issues.

kent larson family therapist

Kent Larson          
Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Kent has been with the Division of Youth Services since 1991, first as an intern and emergency hire youth worker and since 1994 as a full time Family Therapist.  He works with the general population of clients as well as in the mental health and substance abuse outpatient therapy programs with youth and their families.  He has also conducted groups with youth, parents, and families, and done a great deal of crisis work.   Kent has also worked in private practice since 2003 with youth, adults, couples, and families.  He loves being a part of the process of change and delights in the successes of his clients.  

Keondra Rees marriage and family therapist

Keondra Rees      
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 

Keondra is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 10 years of experience working with adolescents and their families. Keondra has been a family therapist at Youth Services since 2017. She enjoys working with people dealing with complex trauma, racial identity related issues, as well as adoption related trauma.

Luis Mejia family therapist

Luis Mejia      
Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Luis graduated from the University of Utah with a Master in Social Work with emphasis in Substance Abuse Counseling in 2010. Luis is one of the newest members on the team and provides services in English and Spanish to youth with mental and substance abuse disorders. He also earned an Associate’s Degree in Minorities Health/Human Services from Salt Lake Community College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Luis enjoys working with clients of all ages/backgrounds and worked at a non-profit agency prior to coming to Salt Lake County Youth Services.

nefily ledezma family therapist

Nefily Ledezma      
Marriage and Family Therapist 

Nefily Ledezma (Nefi) is a Marriage and Family Therapist that has worked with youth and their families since 2012. Previously, Nefily served this population in Davis and Utah counties. His specialties include crisis therapy, relationship healing and improvement. When asked about his approach to therapy Nefi explained that "in life, we all have relationships with others and within our own selves. These relations are vital to each person’s health and well-being. However, sometimes they are injured. When these injuries occur, our lives become less enjoyable, and we might start to behave in ways we would other ways not behave. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I help families and individuals heal, improve, strength and sustain these vital connections.”

Rolando Reboiro teen and family therapist

Rolando Reboiro    
Clinical Mental Health Counselor  

Rolando received his Master of Mental Health Counseling degree from the University of Phoenix. He has a broad range of experience working with adolescents and families with mood disorders and behavioral issues, including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Anger issues, Trauma and PTSD; Grief and Loss; Attachment and Executive Function issues; Delinquent Behavior, Substance Abuse, Family Conflict, and educates parents in Positive Parenting. He is certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional, Thought Field Therapist, Mind-Body Bridging Professional, and as Mindfulness-Based Therapist. 

Stacey Hembury family therapist

Stacey Hembury     
Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor 

Stacey has been with Youth Services since March 2016 and works as a Family Therapist in our outpatient drug and alcohol program. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix, and has worked with people of all ages: couples, families, groups and individuals in several and diverse settings. She enjoys working with youth because she appreciates their unique perspectives and insights.

Stephen Anderson family therapist

Stephen Anderson   
Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 

Stephen earned his degree in 2011 in Marriage and Family Therapy. Stephen was hired in Jan of 2018 by Salt Lake County as a Family Therapist for their West Jordan office. He believes everybody has their own story and their own expression for their world. He looks forward to the opportunities to help kids find their story and learn to express it in healthy productive behaviors. He hopes to unlock their fears and encourage and empower them to resolve the issues that trouble them. The challenge to help the individual or the family discover, overcome, change and improve their life is welcomed. Stephen doesn’t believe there is one answer that will fix all behaviors or issues. Instead each person is offered an unconditional, accepting therapeutic relationship with Steve that will work on the needs, desires and life’s challenges of each client.

Tracie Baldwin family therapist

Tracie Baldwin       
Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Tracie earned a Master’s degree from the University of Utah in Social Work. She has been with Youth Services for 12 years and has been a therapist for the last five years. Tracie works with our substance abuse and general counseling programs. She enjoys working with individuals, families, and groups.