The Center for Hope
   The Center for Hope               

A Look at Our Practice

Monica L. Blume, LCSW 

Clinical Director

With years of experience helping people change, Monica L. Blume leads Center for Hope with a vision of providing help for all-including those most in need. Monica brings her wisdom, optimism, experience, humor, and heart to the Center. 


Monica has been passionate about therapy for more than 20 years, working with individuals, couples, and families.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, obtaining her Bachelor's degree from Weber State University and her Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.


Monica has several areas of specialty, including: family relationship issues, mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, marital struggles and intimacy issues, self-defeating behaviors, trauma, and attachment concerns.  She has worked extensively with adolescents and young adults dealing with issues surrounding anxiety, depression, attachment, and social issues. She has helped address eating disorders, family discord, and self-harm.


Monica has also worked extensively with all aspects of the adoption process, helping couples prepare to adopt and complete home studies as well as supporting birth parents in making a decision and placing a child for adoption. She helps support and facilitate both private and agency adoptions.  She has written and presented extensively on the topic of adoption.


Monica has worked over the years in clinical, medical, residential, and academic settings She taught at Brigham Young University and has several publications, including coauthoring the book For the Love of a Child: The Journey of Adoption published by Deseret Book. She has spoken to audiences across the country on topics connected to being happy and healthy.


In her spare time, Monica loves to be outdoors doing almost anything active. She is an avid runner and skier, and also enjoys cycling and swimming. She likes to read, write, and travel. She is the mother of six children and loves to spend time with family and friends.


Emma McAdam, LMFT

    Emma loves helping people change and is willing to be creative in how she helps that happen. With her solution-centered approach and emphasis on building relationships Emma works hard to help people find love, purpose, and joy in life. 

    Emma is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist and has experience in many therapeutic settings: Juvenile Corrections, Wilderness Therapy, Residential Treatment, Eating Disorder Treatment, Adventure Therapy and outpatient clinics. She loves working with teenagers, families and individuals. 

    Emma is an experienced practitioner with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Learning differences and Autism spectrum disorders, Substance Abuse, Personality Disorders, Attachment disorders, and family relationship difficulties.

    In her spare time Emma enjoys playing with her husband and daughters, hiking, climbing, photography, building furniture, and learning new things.

Denhi Chaney, LMFT

   Denhi feels that few joys compare to that of helping people discover their inner strength and change for the better. She believes that people start discovering their potential and their capacity for healing when they experience something different and when someone is there to believe in them and encourage them when the path gets difficult.

    Denhi is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has experience in working with individuals, couples, children and families. She is fully proficient in Spanish and has unique insight in helping the Latino population with their specific challenges.

   She has been trained and specializes in trauma with a specific emphasis in childhood abuse, Pornography addiction, anxiety, somatization, attachment problems, and infidelity. She deeply enjoys helping couples and families who struggle with attachment difficulties.

   In her spare time, Denhi enjoys her role as a wife and mother. She enjoys working out, dancing, cooking, baking and meditating. She is an avid reader and will tell you that few things compare to the happiness of turning the pages of a brand new book.

Maki Hohaia – LCSW

    Maki received his Masters in Social Work from BYU. He has years of experience working with a variety of populations. He spent the past 5 years working as a mentor for youth in several different residential treatment centers here in the state of Utah. He's also spent a year working with family and children helping them with specific needs and connecting them to needed services.

   Maki's mental health interest also includes his experience working with the Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment, specifically working with individuals overcoming addiction, and who are in need of overcoming Trauma. Maki also Worked for the LDS Church in the Development Counseling services department and spent the majority of his time helping individuals seek employment or continuing education. 

   Maki enjoys anything outdoors, camping, hiking, surfing, or playing a variety of sports such as football, soccer, and rugby.   He met his wife in Hawaii and they currently have two boys.He also likes to travel and experience new cultures and meet new people. He has a passion for videography and will typically have a camera to capture his adventures.

Brandy King, CSW, MSW

   Brandy King completed her Masters in Social Work at the University of Utah. She has a passion for life and the potential that people have in their lives. She graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane Washington in 2015 with a double major in Psychology and Theatre. She enjoys taking aspects from both of her undergraduate degrees and integrating them into her Social Work practice. She believes that life is full of beauty that can be shared through all types of art and expression.

   Since graduating from her undergrad, she has been working as a Psychiatric Technician at the in patient Psychiatric unit at the University of Utah Hospital. While in school both undergrad and graduate she has experience working in school social work and has a passion working in children. She has experience in working with infants in an orphanage and working with them on attachment.

   Brandy is extremely active and enjoys training aerial arts, playing sports (mainly soccer and volleyball), and anything that has to do with theatre. She is happiest when she is spending time with her family, friends, and her long-term boyfriend.

Kelly Jensen – ASUDC

    Kelly is a licensed Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor.  She received her Bachelor’s degree and completed her ASUDC  certificate at the University of Utah.  She believes that every individual has the ability to live a meaningful, joyful, life and is dedicated to helping individuals live a life free of debilitating addiction. Kelly brings her undying optimism, zest for life, and belief in the resiliency of the human soul to overcome difficult challenges to find joy and purpose in living ones life with authenticity and meaning.

  Kelly has worked extensively with young adults in residential treatment. She also has years of  experience working with adults in an out patient detox center helping clients to develop relationship skills, stress reduction techniques, and relapse prevention plans, as well as many other necessary tools in substance abuse recovery. Kelly believes there is nothing more transformative and powerful than an individual who discovers their worth and potential by being willing to seek professional help in overcoming  their addiction.

   Kelly has served as President  for Springville’s Art City Substance Abuse Prevention

Program, and has served in numerous leadership positions in various volunteer organizations.

   In her spare time, Kelly  especially enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She is an outdoor fanatic who finds immense pleasure taking photo’s of nature and people. She’s an avid runner, biker, and enjoys the challenge of participating in long distance events.

Kohana Law, MSW, Life Mentor

   My name is Kohanna Law. I was born in Cebu City, Philippines and raised in the city of Chicago. I obtained my BSW from Brigham Young University Hawaii July, 2011. I had the privilege of doing an internship in the city of Chicago. I worked with a highly oppressed population/community. I had the opportunity to facilitate community groups, work with elderly abuse cases, and advocate for the community to have access to quality health care.

   I then pursued my graduate degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I graduated from the Jane Adams College of Social Work advanced standing program as an MSW on May 2012. During my graduate program, I had the opportunity to intern with "Haven Youth and Family Services". I was able to provide clinical therapy and be involved in therapeutic activities while being supervised. I specifically worked with clients that dealt with self-mutilation, anxiety, and Depression.

   I love playing basketball, singing, and enjoy hiking. I am a social butterfly, that thrives off of people and positive relationships. I am very passionate about helping others improve their lives, gain new and positive perspectives, and utilize their strengths to overcome their challenges.

Mariah Fox

Education Specialist Mentor 

  My name is Mariah Fox. I am currently studying at Utah Valley University. I love helping other people, building positive relationships, and seeing those around me succeed. I also have a passion for learning, whether it be through school, reading, or experience. 


In my spare time I love to be outdoors, specifically hiking in the mountains. I also enjoy painting, reading, cooking and taking care of my various houseplants. I'm happiest when spending time with my husband, family and friends. 

Starla Briggs

Office Manager

   Starla Briggs has a passion for helping people. After moving from Washington to Utah, she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from BYU and took additional courses to become a certified billing and coding expert.  She has worked as an office manager and has expertise in academic advisement. She worked for BYU as a student advisor and has organized large community events for organization such as: The Epilepsy Alliance group in SLC, Inland Northwest Dance Organization, and the Ronald McDonald Charity House Foundation.

   Starla is the primary administrative assistant for Center for Hope and works with clients on all administrative and billing questions. She is a great resource for answering questions and remedying concerns.

   Starla loves dancing, acting and choreographing stage productions for Colleges, Community Theatres, Schools and Private organizations. She loves to travel and explore different cultures and environments.  Other interests include backpacking, canyoneering, reading and going to movies.

Where to Find Us:

Please call to schedule an appointment: 801.361.0982

Utah County office:

1220 North Main Suite #11

Springville, Utah 84663


Sandy office:

9192 South 300 West #16

Sandy, Utah 84070




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