"We are committed to helping our clients achieve happiness & positive growth." -The Circle of Life Team
The Circle of Life Counseling Center was founded in 2010 with a driving service mission to help individuals and families overcome obstacles and distress. The staff of the Circle of Life Counseling Center recognize that some of the challenges in life require a variety of personal strengths and problem solving skills.
We are committed to help identify and enhance personal strengths and develop abilities to effectively deal with the experiences of life’s challenges by offering counseling services serving individuals and families.
Cameron J. John, Psychologist
Dr. Cameron John is a licensed psychologist in the State of Utah and currently the Clinical Director at Circle of Life Counseling Center. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Weber State University and his doctorate at the University of Arizona. While in Arizona he worked with adolescents and their families in aftercare counseling. In 1998, Dr. John accepted an academic position at Utah Valley University (then it was UVSC) and has been a psychology professor for the past 21 years. In addition to teaching, currently and for the past 6 years, Dr. John has been the Psychology Department Chair at UVU.
Dr. John uses a variety of approaches including emotion-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical behavioral while also trained to administer and interpret psychological tests and assessments that can help diagnose a condition or tell more about the way a person thinks, feels and behaves. These tests may evaluate intellectual skills, cognitive strengths and weaknesses, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics and neuropsychological functioning.
Dr, John specializes in personality disorders, familial disruptions, relationship issues, and psychological testing. Dr. John' clients have expressed an appreciation for gaining insight while being supported and understood during the process of finding and maintaining their path.
Julie Holbrook, LMFT
Julie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been working in the field for over 8 years. Julie specializes in a variety of mental health issues and disorders and works with adolescents, adults, individuals and couples/families. She works a primarily solution-focused/cognitive-behavioral approach with individuals, placing a special emphasis on helping the client discover insights that create self-compassion, direction for healing, and solutions to their problems. She also has a passion for working with couples and has done extensive training in EFT (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy) and Gottman Method. She enjoys helping couples achieve a better-than-good attachment!
Julie strives to take each client and their relationships into context and considers it a privilege to walk with each client through their struggles. She admires her clients for having the courage to take a deeper look at themselves.
Julie is happily married with 3 "favorite" children and the cutest dog on the planet. She enjoys...just about everything!
JANAE PETERSON, CMHC
Janae is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor that has expertise working with adults, adolescents, and couples. She specializes in helping people with anxiety, trauma, self-esteem concerns, and LGBT issues. Her treatment approach is expansive in nature, using techniques of CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and EMDR to help clients receive the greatest possible benefit. She provides a warm, inviting space where individuals feel safe and accepted.
Joleene Watabe, CMHC
Joleene Watabe is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has worked with adolescents, adults and couples for the past 10 years. She specializes in treating mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, grief, anger issues, self-esteem issues and addictions. She also has experience in working with couples to overcome the barriers to connection they are experiencing and to help them create the relationship that they want.
Each client is a unique individual and a treatment plan specific to each person is developed in order to help them improve their life and overcome any blocks they may be experiencing. Joleene uses a variety of approaches tailored to each person, which include ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – a values based approach), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Solution-focused therapy and EMDR.
Joleene was born and raised in Southern California and has also lived in Japan and Ohio prior to moving to Utah. She became licensed as a counselor in Ohio where she attended Xavier University and received the degree of Master of Arts in Community Mental Health Counseling. She was married for 26 years before her husband passed away in an accident. She has 4 beautiful children that continue to bring her joy.
D. JASON STEED, LCSW
Jason grew up in Utah County, the fifth child of two loving parents. He found his love of counseling after taking his first psychology class at Provo High School. This love of counseling further increased while participating in the PHASE program, Peers Helping Advance Self Esteem, where he was a student counselor. His grandfather and mentor, a locally renowned therapist himself, helped foster this desire even further. It was through these experiences Jason decided to dedicate his life to helping others as a therapist.
In 1995 Jason attended Southern Utah University where he studied psychology. He became a member of the National Honor Society for psychology majors (PSI CHI). He graduated in 2000 with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, minoring in Sociology. After working for a couple of years Jason left his home of Utah and attended school at the University of Michigan (the #1 ranked social work program in the nation) where he earned his Masters of Social Work degree in 2004.
Jason has over a decade of clinical experience and has been an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) since 2007. He has served a broad spectrum of clients in the communities of Alaska, Virginia and Utah. He has experience in both outpatient and inpatient treatment facilities. Specializing in addiction, mental health, marriage, and family relationships for individuals, couples and families, Jason is a hard-working individual truly dedicated to helping others find and increase their inner peace in our troubled world.
Autumn Barker, CMHC
Autumn Barker is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has been a practicing therapist for 8 years and has worked in the mental health field for 18 years in diverse types of treatment including outpatient therapy, inpatient and residential treatment. She has experience treating mood disorders, trauma, grief, addiction, life transition issues and she specializes in treating anxiety disorders including GAD, OCD, SAD and BDD.
Autumn’s strengths include connecting with and seeing the strengths of the clients that she works with. She fosters a safe, non-judgmental environment for clients that cultivates vulnerability and growth.
Autumn is able to help clients assess their needs holistically and then is able to support and challenge clients with compassion and confidence. Autumn uses a variety of treatment approaches including ACT, CBT, DBT, ERP and Emotion Focused Therapy. Autumn loves nature, art, music and connecting with others. She enjoys traveling, good food, hiking, photography and spending time with her family and friends.
Jake Fletcher, ACMHC
Jacob grew up in southern California where he did swimming and played water polo in High School, he went on to swim in college where he set several swim records and became an All American swimmer. He currently resides in Eagle Mountain Utah, and his current hobbies are dirt biking and hiking.
Jacob graduated with his masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and he is very passionate about helping people change their lives by working toward reaching their personal goals. Life can throw challenges our way that make it difficult to keep going at times, which is why he has dedicated his life to helping others discover strengths they didn’t know they had. He utilizes motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic mind body therapy and EMDR to best help his clients heal and self discover. Jacob specializes in issues around religion and beliefs, anxiety disorders, trauma and abuse, depression, and LGBT community.
Mason McDonald, Student CMHC Intern
Mason is a training counselor, currently pursuing his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Utah Valley University. He has an extensive background of working with children and teens on the autism spectrum and their families. Mason believes that therapy is a collaborative process that is transformative in nature. He believes the path to healing starts in a safe, supportive environment where individuals can feel free to express themselves and their concerns.
Mason is passionate about helping his clients to live more authentic, meaningful lives. Mason draws heavily from Christian and Buddhist theories; these are applied to his particular areas of interest in helping clients to navigate trauma, anxiety, depression, and faith transitions. Outside of work, Mason enjoys powerlifting, eating doughnuts, and spending time with his cat, Bubba.
Jill Dickey, Student CMHC Intern
Jill is a counselor in training, currently working on completing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Utah Valley University. Jill earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Utah State University, and is passionate about the importance of mental and emotional health. Jill has lots of life experience that has led her to believe deeply in the profound power of self-understanding, and believes that the more we learn about ourselves the more able we are to thrive in our lives and in our relationships. She believes that overcoming personal challenges is a pathway to personal and relational growth.
As a therapist Jill works to aid others as they explore mental, emotional and relational aspects of their lives, and helps them set and accomplish goals that will lead to higher levels of growth and deeper personal and interpersonal integration. Jill has experience working with mood and anxiety issues (especially OCD), anger, grief, and self-esteem issues, eating and body acceptance issues, religious concerns, and sexual health and couples relational concerns. When Jill is not studying or working as a therapist, she loves hiking with her dog, trying new recipes, reading, hanging out with her husband, and playing games with her family.
Holly Klarman, Student PMHNP Intern
Holly is currently a student at Anderson University, working towards her doctoral degree as a Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner. Holly has been practicing as an RN since 2013 and has specialized in working in mental health and women's health in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including for the University of Utah, Intermountain Healthcare, and private outpatient facilities. She also enjoyed her time as the Lead simulation Instructor of OB nursing and the head of psychiatric nursing for Ameritech for 3 years while working on her MSN-ed, until she was able to begin her doctoral degree.
These two fields had purposely been pursued to help combine her passion of working as a women's mental health nurse practitioner to create a holistic practice of well-being and increase the quality of life of women who have experienced trauma. Holly fervently believes in the combination of medication management and therapy in a safe environment. In her studies and research, Holly has seen how the power of different trauma therapies can heal years of dysfunctional relationships and physical health, and create a life of healthy patterns to increase longevity and the power to embody self love. Holly's main passion and goals are to help individuals who have experienced any type of sexual trauma, and to establish healthy emotional and sexual relationships by reframing negative thinking patterns. She also believes in and uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral therapy to help guide clients with reframing, faith transitions, childhood trauma, and gender therapy and dysphoria. She believes in creating a therapeutic relationship and environment to hold a safe space as clients journey through vulnerability and self empowerment.
KRISTEN PARKER, OFFICE MANAGER
Kristen has been with the Circle of Life Counseling Center since the beginning and her team of four receptionists manages appointments, insurance information, and billing of clients while maintaining the credentialing and schedules of all our of our clinicians. Kristen's kindness, understanding, and accommodating nature in dealing with both our clients and our staff are unsurpassed.