Mental Health Services

Utah AIDS Foundation is thrilled to announce that we have expanded our Mental Health Services to include counseling for all LGBTQ+ identified individuals at little to no cost to the client! This expansion is in response to the overwhelming need for affirmative, competent, and accessible therapeutic support within our community. We offer affordable therapy to LGBTQ adults, and people living with HIV. Within the program, clients and therapists collaborate to create meaningful, evidence-based, affirmative interventions that are uniquely relevant within the client's life.

While we are dedicated to meeting your mental health needs, we do not provide crisis support.
Please reach out to the following hotlines in the event of a mental health emergency.
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline 
  • Dial 988
Trevor Project Hotline
  • Text "Start" to 678-678 or call (886) 488-7386
Salt Lake Mobile Crisis Outreach Team
  • Dial (800) 273-8255

Meet Our Therapists

image0_2.jpgDrew G. Olsen, CSW
Mental Health Program Director

Drew began working with Utah AIDS Foundation in 2021 as the Mental Health Program Manager. Since joining, he has engaged in program development, direct therapeutic practice with clients living with HIV, sexual health advocacy, and community education. Drew is passionate about working with the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals living with HIV. He has a deep and profound respect for those who have supported and advocated for these communities before him, and feels honored to be working with a foundation that has been at the forefront of sexual health advocacy for the past 37 years. Prior to working with Utah AIDS Foundation, Drew worked with Salt Lake City School District as a social worker providing therapeutic services for high-risk youth. He has worked and volunteered within a variety of settings including substance use facilities, the Utah Pride Center, and the Infectious Diseases Clinic at University of Utah Hospital. Drew holds a Master of Social work degree from University of Utah, and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Utah Valley University. He has been trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), Solution Focus Brief Therapy, and TFCBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) .



Anne Charles photo 1Anne Charles, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist

Annie joined the Utah AIDS Foundation in 2022 as a mental health therapist. She has worked as a clinician for over 5 years in the Salt Lake area. She started in wilderness therapy, working with teens struggling primarily with anxiety, depression, suicidality and/or substance use. In her position of field therapist, she would spend a week at a time with the youth leading groups and providing support and guidance. After her time in the West Desert, she went to work at a residential substance abuse treatment center. There she facilitated a variety of groups on recovery, trauma, grief, skills building and other relevant topics, while carrying an individual caseload. She then became the clinical director of one of the facilities before stepping into her current role at Utah AIDS Foundation. She holds a Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelors of Social Work from Saint Louis University. She has been trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), Trauma Focused CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), TREM (Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model), and Seeking Safety, as well as having attended the Utah Trauma Academy in 2019

Interested in accessing counseling services at Utah AIDS Foundation?
Please fill out the form below and one of our therapist will reach out to you with more information.

Please email any questions to

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mental Health Program at Utah AIDS Foundation is to provide essential counseling services and evidence-based therapeutic support to people living with HIV in Utah. This program will serve as a key component of the overall vision of the foundation to champion sexual health and well-being for people who living with or at risk of HIV or other STIs.


Equity /Accessibility:

Individuals have reasonable access to therapeutic services regardless of financial status, ethnicity/race, sex, gender expression/identity, sexual orientation, age, or ability. 


The mental health program at Utah AIDS Foundation provides therapeutic services by licensed professionals who are trained in evidence-based practices. 


The mental health program at Utah AIDS Foundation works within a strengths-based, person-centered therapeutic framework. This framework emphasizes socially-responsible self-determination, respects cultural and ethnic diversity, and honors each individual’s unique ability to thrive. 


The mental health program at the Utah AIDS Foundation will provide equitable, evidence-based therapeutic support to individuals in Utah who are living with HIV/AIDS. These services will be person-centered and informed by each individual’s unique strengths and life experiences. Counseling will be a collaborative process between the client and therapist to create interventions and solutions that are relevant to the client’s life.