Staff

Victoria DelheimerVictoria Delheimer, LMFT, LCMHC, CDWF

Executive Director

An experienced clinician, administrator and trainer, Victoria has more than three decades of experience treating individuals with substance use and mental health disorders. She has been with Journey Healing Centers since 2014. In addition to her work at Journey, Victoria is Lead Faculty at the University of Phoenix, teaching graduate students in their counseling program. She has also maintained a private practice for over 20 years. Victoria is active in the community and has overseen Utah’s public substance abuse treatment system for the last 14 years and also served as the Network Director for Optum Health. She provided disaster relief assistance to victims of 911 and Katrina.

Zoe RobertsZoe Roberts, LCMHC, CDWF

IOP/Day TX Manager

Zoe has been with Journey Healing Centers since 2010. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Utah, and earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling from the University of Phoenix. Zoe has advanced training in PTSD, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy, with special focus on victims of trauma and domestic violence. She facilitates The Daring WayTM shame-resilience groups at Journey, which are based on the work of shame researcher and author Dr. Brené Brown. These groups help clients address shame and learn to live authentically and bravely in recovery. Zoe takes a holistic approach to the Family Systems Therapy model in her work with clients.

Matt BuchbinderMatt Buchbinder

Operations Manager/Alumni Coordinator

As Journey’s Operations Manager, Matt addresses the functioning of Journey’s facilities. He works directly with client relations (CR) and clinical, as well as all culinary and maintenance staff to preserve the efficiency and effectiveness of treatment and housing. Matt also leads psychoeducation groups for current residents on 12-step material and aftercare.

As Alumni Coordinator, Matt provides ongoing long-term support and aftercare for all alumni of the Journey program. He leads weekly alumni meetings, gatherings, parties, and outreach. He also incorporates alumni into the treatment of current Journey residents through 12-step meetings and group discussions. Matt states, “I love to watch miracles happen. That is what happened to me when I was a guest here at Journey.”

Courtney SoffelCourtney Soffel

Sober Living Supervisor

Courtney Soffel is the Sober Living Supervisor for Journey Healing Centers. Her duties include staff scheduling and program development. Courtney oversees the safety and security of the Sober Living facility and ensures that guests’ needs are met as they work to continue their recovery in a sober living setting.

Courtney is currently certified as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), a Utah Peace Officer Standard Training (POST) instructor, an Incident Commander through the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and an American Heart Association First Aid and CPR instructor. Courtney also received the Meritorious Service Award by the National Academy of Emergency Dispatch on September 13, 2014.

Michael DesjardinsMichael Desjardins, APRN PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Supervisor

Michael is an advanced practice registered nurse and a board-certified nurse practitioner. Prior to joining Journey Healing Centers, Michael worked at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute for almost ten years. Past experience also includes working in psychiatric inpatient hospitals and helping design detoxification protocols. Michael has worked on a variety of research projects including ones focusing on the neuroscience of addiction, advanced MRI techniques for studying the effects of drugs on the brain, and neural repair treatments. In his work with clients, Michael draws upon supportive, motivational strategies. He values strong partnerships with clients and their families, and believes that everyone has the ability to recover with the right tools and support.

DebraDebra Ayer

Therapist

Debra is a Primary Therapist at Journey. After a successful career in the private sector, she returned to school and completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at the University of Utah.  Over the past eight years, Debra has worked in various roles within human services including mental health counseling, advocacy and program development in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Debra has specialized training in trauma informed practices and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, experience with dual diagnosis substance abuse clients as well as providing counseling for clients and families experiencing chronic illness, grief and loss.

Debra is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Association for Women in Psychology, the Trauma Informed Care Network, the Association of Oncology Social Workers and the International Association of Trauma Professionals.  In her free time, Debra enjoys hiking, skiing, yoga and spending time with her family.

Lisa Gaffney-Gonzales

Primary Therapist

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