Learn About Our Practice and Meet our Team

Heather Draughan, MSW, LCSW

Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”Brené Brown

Seeking a path to get help is a courageous step to be commended and rewarded. I admire the courage it takes to begin this journey, and I am humbled when either children or adults open their hearts and allow me to support them. During our work together, I will share tools helping you unlock your potential and live the life you desire.

Many describe me as warm, energetic, and inviting. My approach is listening to, appreciating, and respecting my clients; while always holding a positive view of them, regardless of their circumstances. While providing a safe and supportive space, we will sort through the root cause of your struggles while exploring and gaining new insights to achieve long-lasting strategies to heal your heart, mind, and soul.

I am driven to provide a highly personalized approach for each client to achieve the personal growth they desire. Having specialized training in utilizing Sandtray Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is the leading treatment for trauma and PTSD.  My passion is to help people of all ages, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religious affiliations, sex/gender identities, economic, and ability statuses. My goal is to help my clients heal from their wounds, enabling each to live a more empowered and fulfilling life. The work of healing is not one of perfection but one of transformation.

Heather earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Utah State University and her Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from University of Nevada Las Vegas in obtaining her Licensed Clinical Social Work Credentials

Availability Monday/Wednesday 10-6, Tuesday/Thursday 9-6 Fridays 10 – 2

Leslie Merrick, MSW, LCSW

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.”  Maya Angelou

I firmly believe that we all do the best we can with the knowledge we have at any given moment in our lives. If there has been a time in your life when you have felt “I should have done better,” it is OK and very normal to feel that way. It is when we recognize the need to do better, that we can make changes in our lives. Taking the step to get help will be the action that makes all the difference in your life. At Empowered Me Counseling Centers, we focus on creating a safe environment for clients to share and heal.

People often presume all therapists are good listeners, yet many often do more of the talking. I am truly a “listener” that seeks to respond directly to what I hear. My approach to working with clients is to start with their strengths, meaning everyone has the potential inside to heal and choose the life they want to live. We will look at the connection between the mind and body and how trauma affects our abilities to make decisions. With an understanding of the trauma impact, we will work to remap your mind and body patterns. Therapists are often asked, “can you just tell me what to do?” My approach is to work with you through questions focused on your unique situation. These questions have so often yielded an “aha” moment. Your mind provides the answer you were seeking all along. I have the pleasure of the “universe” providing your solution, and then we can work together and come up with a plan that you can act on, to move forward

Often working with clients struggling with substance abuse, they arrive and wonder about being judged by their therapist. Friends and clients alike attest to my open, honest, non-judgmental, & empathetic approach to working with you. I am in awe of the strength it takes to seek help in establishing a course of action to recover and gain stability.

Availability:  Tuesdays & Thursdays 11AM – 6PM

Madeline Glenn – MSW, CSM

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” — Fred Rogers

 I’ve studied people in various roles and learned a great deal about self-healing while working as a psych tech at Utah State Hospital and through other mental health roles and settings. Did you know that placebos work on medical conditions close to 33% and up to 60% of the time? For you, that means that each person’s brain has enormous healing power. With the right tools, together we can use that power to deal with anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, difficult life transitions such as faith/gender identity/sexuality, and grief and loss. 

I focus on using evidence-based therapies that tap into each individual’s enormous power for self-healing. I have been using Internal Family Systems (IFS) with my clients which utilizes your brain and “parts” work to heal. I have also had considerable success with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which has proven to do a good job of stopping the “doom spirals” by laying out new thinking patterns, leading to calmer feelings.


I like to learn about my clients’ lives to discover the roadblocks and challenges that affect them, as well as their strengths and goals for the future. Using that information in sessions we then work on real skills and techniques to use daily in overcoming these challenges. It may sound simple, and yet many need help setting boundaries, using good communication skills, finding the root cause of feelings, and making adjustments to get to a more fulfilling and happy place.

Our counseling sessions will run the gamut of emotions from laughing to crying as I work to help you feel safe, validated, and at times, challenged. I truly enjoy my career and working with adults and teens 15+.

My Bachelor’s Degree is from BYU with a Major in Psychology and a minor in women’s studies and my Master’s in Social Work was earned at the University of Utah.

Madeline is accepting new clients for Telehealth/Video only. Availability Monday thru Friday 3, 4, 5, 6:30, 7:30, & 8:30 PM.

I see clients insured with Huntsman, Aetna, SelectHealth, U of U, United Healthcare/Optum, and UMR with more coming soon.

Tiffany Giron – Clinician  (U of U MSW Intern)

“If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?” — Maya Angelou 

I believe therapy can heal by providing tools that vary and work differently for each client. I will hold you accountable while showing compassion and being empathetic. I want my clients to “graduate” and not have them tell others they have been seeing their clinician for years. I want to be seen as a person that will not judge others for their past or present. Discussing mutual interests like music, movies, and activities helps us build a rapport easing our discussions with the issues we need to solve for the better life you seek.  

I utilize tools such as SFT (Solution Focused Training), CBT, and “parts” work (IFS). I seek to learn EMDR and Motivational Interviewing then implement those into my toolset.  My focus areas are helping families, women, and children with issues such as anxiety, depression, establishing boundaries self-esteem and family conflict resolution. For children I use Play therapy and am learning more sand tray skills. My favorite age group is 13 – 18 as I just seem to connect easiest with that age group. 

I believe in diversity and equality while seeing children, teens, adults, and group clientele. Being raised as a first-generation Latina, mental health was looked down upon, I want to do my part and raise awareness about mental health within the Latino community.  

Tiffany earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University, CA. She is seeing clients while finalizing her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Utah.

Tiffany is a fluent Spanish Speaker and is accepting new clients. 

Availability:  Mondays 1-6PM, Tuesdays 9:30 AM -5:30 PM Thursdays 1:30 – 5:30PM. 

I see clients insured with Medicaid-Federal, SelectHealth, U of U, United Healthcare/Optum, Aetna, Cigna, Aetna EAP, Cigna EAP,  and UMR with more coming soon.

McKenna Thorup – Clinician (U of U MSW Intern)

“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.”  Brene’ Brown

As a child, I experienced severe anxiety that negatively impacted almost every aspect of my life. It felt hopeless and all-consuming. With the help of a clinician, I eventually learned how to cope with these emotions. Finding the peace that had been missing was life-changing. I realized then how important it is to have the support of a good clinician. I am honored to now be in a clinical role because people go through so much, and no one should do it alone. I love to learn about what you enjoy doing in your spare time, what you dream about/are passionate about, and the people that are most important to you.

Therapy can heal by providing a safe space to feel held and supported as you work through complex life issues. Rapport with your clinician is crucial and allows movement to a place where healing and growth can occur. I use tools such as CBT and DBT because they work across family, women, and children’s issues. I am experienced in treating anxiety, depression, self-confidence, setting boundaries, self-esteem, trauma, and PTSD. I look forward to learning EMDR and “parts” work (IFS).  For children I use play therapy and am learning more sand tray skills. For me, helping teens has been effortless because  it comes naturally to connect with them. I believe in diversity and equality while seeing children, teens, adults, and group clientele.

 McKenna earned her Bachelor’s Degree from BYU Provo. She is seeing clients while finalizing her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Utah.

McKenna is accepting new clients 

Availability:  Mondays & Tuesdays 9:30 AM – 5:30PM. 

Mckenna can see clients with Medicaid-Federal, SelectHealth, U of U, United Healthcare/Optum, Aetna, Cigna, Aetna EAP, Cigna EAP,  and UMR with more coming soon.

We are always considering new clinicians who wish to focus on clients and our model which is family where everyone helps learn and teach to do the best for our clients.   We are NOT a “factory shop” where doors are always closed and you never speak with your coworkers we pay our Full-Time clinicians a salary with holidays and so much more.

How We Can Help You


Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Self-esteem, Trauma


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) / Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Sandy Tray and Play Therapy for Children

Dialectical BehaviorAcceptance  Therapy (DBT)

We welcome the opportunity to talk about how  to  best serve you.

Contact us today  801.317.1950 for a free 20-minute phone consultation and let’s discuss how we can work together to create the fulfilled life you deserve!

Here at Empowered Me Counseling Centers, it is our goal to succeed with clients in discovering their true potential and value while empowering them to create healing, purpose, and well-being.

Association For Play Therapy
LGBTQ Affirmative Guild of Utah