"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.
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.
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.
Joleene is available only via tele-therapy. Please call the office to schedule.
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.
Janess Woodard, LCSW, EMDR Trained
Janess was born and raised in Boise, ID. She attended Ohio State University and has been working as a therapist for twelve years. Janess typically enjoys working with trauma clients and specializes in EMDR treatment. She also works with depression, anxiety, attachment disorder and relationships.
Grief and loss are also among the topics she has extensive knowledge on. In her free time Janess loves to hike, camp and travel. She also enjoys her family, friends and grand children.
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.
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.