Jade Mangus LCSW, SAP, CDBT

Therapeutic Approach

As a therapist, my position focuses on the resiliency and strength of the individual. I emphasize the existential/spiritual nature of the person and the conflict and anxieties that need to be resolved as the person becomes increasingly whole. I have found that there are many ultimate concerns which underlie all emotional, cognitive and behavioral issues. As an individual works on overcoming surface behavior, while resolving the root of those behaviors one will grow and transcend.

What changes a person? The real agent of change is relationships. As the interpersonal germinates and matures, the individual in the relationship comes out of hiding and releases pain, suffering, grief, despair, dread, etc. And once a suffering individual is able to relate deeply to another, then that person has changed; the discovery of self that is found through intimacy is permanent.

Choice and responsibility are key to productive therapy. One needs to become proactive and decrease reactivity to fully gain progress in therapy. Furthermore, the psychotherapist is responsible in helping liberate the individual from avoidance and empower them in assuming responsibility. The goal is to bring the individual to the point where he or she can make a choice.

About Jade

Jade has been the president of AAIM Counseling since 2007. He has had experience in treating addictions, mood, and other psychological issues since 2002. Jade is a graduate of the University of Utah, where he obtained a Masters degree and received the “Student of the Year” award for his high achievement and service through his graduate program. Jade has published the book “Healing Secrets” and numerous academic papers concerning the psychological process. During and after graduate school, Jade worked with the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute’s (UNI) “Resilient Youth” Study and was an outpatient aftercare coordinator for UNI’s Recovery Works Program. After graduate school, Jade worked for ARCH Counseling and New Haven. Jade also worked for LDS Family Services (2004-2016). Beginning as an intern with Family Services, Jade helped pioneer their “Journey to Confidence” program. Jade is a member of AMCAP, NASW, and Psi Chi. With Psi Chi, Jade received the “Service to the Community” award and served as Vice President of the organization at the University of Utah in 2003. Jade has had additional training in Motivational Interviewing, and is part of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He is Certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapist and has run DBT skills groups since 2004. He is a Substance Abuse Provider (SAP) through UDOT. He also has training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Domestic Violence intervention (certified), Emotional Focused Therapy, Hypnotherapy, and EMDR.



  • Student of the Year
    University of Utah, School of Social Work, Alumni Association
  • Outstanding Community Service Award
    Psi Chi National Honor Society, University of Utah
  • Service Above and Beyond
    Mortar Board Honor Society. University of Utah Chapter



  • National Association of Social Workers
  • MINT – Motivational Interviewing
  • Evergreen Certification
  • American Psychological Association, Student Affiliate
  • Psi Chi National Honor Society of Psychology
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Certification
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Mortar Board
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • National Dean’s List


Mangus, J. (AMCAP 2008, October)
Journey to Confidence: A Shame Recovery Group Approach to Working with Avoidant Clients

Presentation Summary: Many clients are avoidant of their own healing, and shame is usually at the core of this avoidance. These clients may hide from family members, friends, and themselves, which leads to a perpetuation of dysfunctional cycles. Isolation, loneliness, and perceptions of abandonment exacerbate a shameful identity. In this presentation, a group approach will be explored for helping those attempting to break the cycle of shame.

Mangus, J (AMCAP 2008 April)
Motivational Interviewing with Compulsive Pornography Issues

Presentation Summary: Motivational interviewing is a directive, person-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. Compared with non-directive counseling, it is more focused and goal-directed. Motivational interviewing is a subtle balance of directive and person-centered components, shaped by a guiding philosophy of understanding change. In
this presentation, motivational interviewing methods are reviewed, with applications to treatment for pornography addiction discussed.

Jade Mangus, M.A.
Motivational Interviewing: The Basics

Workshop Summary: Motivational interviewing is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. Compared with non-directive counseling, it is more focused and goal-directed. The examination and resolution of ambivalence is its central purpose, and the counselor is intentionally active in pursuing this goal.  This workshop will focus on seeking to understand another’s frame of reference; expressing acceptance and affirmation; eliciting and selectively reinforcing the client’s own self motivational statements expressing problem recognition, concern, desire and intentionality in change; and monitoring the client’s degree of readiness to change

Mangus, J. (2007, February)
“Rowing with OARS”: Utilization of Motivational Interviewing, Opening Strategies. LDS Family Services.

Cowen, G., Mangus, J. (2003, November)
Use of Client-Centered Force Presentations, III interventions in group and individual psychotherapy.
University of Utah



Healing Secrets by Jade C. MangusMangus, J (in press) Healing Secrets: Self-Medicating Our Most Important Relationships. Springville, Utah: Cedar Fort
Release Date: 5/8/10