Michael Ray has an extensive history in the field of Substance Use Disorder and Co-occurring Mental Health Disorder treatment. He has displayed exemplary ideals in the recovery community, along with the belief that recovery is possible and should be available to all who seek help. Mike started clinical work in 2001 as a Substance Use Disorder Counselor at The Haven, a residential treatment center in Salt Lake City. In 2005, he became The Haven’s Executive Director. In 2012, he received his Master’s Degree in Counseling from University of Phoenix. Mike has personally been a devout recovery advocate for over 20 years.
Mike opened a private practice in 2013, Canyon Grove Counseling, and subsequently began working as a therapist at Salt Lake Behavioral Health’s Psychiatric Unit. He has been vital in the recovery community in many ways: he has a strong belief in continuation of care and supports stable integration back into the community for clients graduating from intensive residential programs. He has inspired many individuals along the path to opening in 2017 his own Salt Lake treatment facility: 7th Street Treatment Center. His non-profit agency has grown from initially offering coed residential treatment for adults, to additionally providing Intensive and General Outpatient Services and a Sober Living Program.
Sunny has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (2011) and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (2012) both from the University of Utah. She also completed the Substance Abuse Treatment Training Program at the U of U College of Social Work (2001) and held an active license as a substance abuse counselor for many years. She has devoted her entire career to the treatment of substance and mental health disorders, having provided counseling services for several facilities in the Salt Lake City area. She has a passion for helping clients identify the issues that contributed to their addictive behavior, and to gain skills for rebuilding their lives.
Sunny believes the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important determinants of client success. She endeavors to create an atmosphere of safety and trust for clients, through her dedication to their well-being and her infinite faith in their worth and potential. In recovery herself since 1998, she is compassionate, genuine, and committed to her clients. She considers it an exceptional honor to be invited on this journey with her courageous clients.
Jessie is a Certified Peer Support Specialist, and a proud mother to her teenage son. She attributes her life today to her years of sobriety and strong commitment to helping others overcome life’s difficulties and addictions. Jessie understands the importance of restructuring harmful beliefs, and its role in establishing a purposeful and meaningful life. Her ability to make personal connections with clients and co-workers make her a great asset to the 7th Street Treatment Team.
Kegan has worked on and off in the field of addiction treatment since 2014. He is a certified peer support specialist (CPSS) and proud father of a young son. Kegan attributes his passion for working in recovery to his own experience suffering from substance use disorder. He deeply understands the struggles that addicts endure. His empathy and compassion make Kegan a valuable member of 7th Street’s Treatment Team.
Sarah believes the creative process teaches people to imagine a new life. While studying art and education at the University of a Utah, she made a decision to bring artistic practices to people who wouldn’t otherwise learn them. Little did she know, this population was right under her nose. A member of the recovery community since 2005, Sarah began teaching in addiction treatment centers, and has met so many blossoming artists. At home she is the mother of 4 children, aged 18 years to 2 months. Sarah has a grounded understanding of the balance between personal ambition and family.
This ambition includes being co-creator of Own It SLC, a performing arts event where participants are encouraged to use their individual voice to own their stories. Featuring music, poetry, spoken word and dance, the Own It movement is one of personal empowerment. Sarah loves 7th Street! She finds it an inspiring place where she learns right along with the residents.
Crystina is very grateful to be involved in saving lives at 7th Street. After finding her own recovery with the assistance of many amazing people, her dream has been to help others be free from addiction and to support them in their own journey of recovery. Crystina’s difficult struggle with addiction nearly took her own life; a narrowly avoided consequence that would have left her beautiful young daughter without a mother.
Just as others helped her, Crystina has a passion for showing people who suffer from addiction a way to a better life. She finds it extremely rewarding to see clients grow and bloom as they progress from the broken, lost, and defeated individuals they are when entering treatment, to strong, motivated men and women full of life and love. She especially loves being able to help clients regain custody of their children; giving them hope that, with hard work and dedication, they can be responsible, loving parents.
Tiffany is motivated to help addicts find their way out of the darkness because she, too, struggled with addiction and found her way back to a healthy, happy life while in treatment. 7th Street’s holistic recovery program provided her with sober camaraderie and enormous support – two things she has desperately craved. The connections Tiffany discovered over the years she has been with 7th Street saved her life. She finds it refreshing and inspiring that recovering addicts work on improving themselves rather than focusing on what’s wrong with other people. Tiffany has a special love for all animals; she gives back to the community by volunteering her time at programs that help animals in need.
Rachelle is a 7th Street alumnus and guardian to her beautiful 14-year-old cousin Tijana. She strives to help our potential new clients in every possible way, showing them compassion as she guides them through the admissions process. Rachelle focuses on treating clients and their families with empathy and respect, while helping them understand the unique benefits of 7th Street’s treatment programs. She is eager to answer any questions that may arise during the admissions process and excited to welcome each new client when their intake date is scheduled. Rachelle is motivated by Joel Osteen who said: “You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy. You were created to live victorious.”