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South Jordan Counseling Mental Health

Mandi Biesinger, LCSW

Mandi Biesinger, counseling

About Mandi:

Malinda Biesinger (that’s Mandi to you) was born and raised in Utah and is so glad to be back home after six years in Los Angeles, California. Mandi attended Brigham Young University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work.

Her additional training includes play therapy, parenting and family support, emotional regulation, and attachment. She also has experience working in a wide variety of settings including private practice, intensive outpatient, residential, and hospital environments. And she has experience treating a wide range of challenges, including trauma, anxiety, depression, attachment, OCD, mood disorders, social communication, parenting skills, adjustment, and life transitions, among others.

Importantly, Mandi recognizes that each individual’s experiences are unique and their treatment must reflect that. She has over a decade of experience working with children and families from diverse religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Mandi is also an LGBTQIA+ friendly provider.

When she’s not working to break down mental barriers wherever she finds them, Mandi loves tickling the ivories on her piano, baking, traveling, watching TV, and absolutely crushing her husband and kids at board games. She’s really doing them a favor, sometimes facing a hard challenge is the only way to get better.




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BS, Brigham Young University
LCSW, BYU. 2012



Parent Feedback

Who would you trust with your 1 pound baby? What about your nine year old son or perhaps your four year old daughter with ADHD? I highly recommend Families First Pediatrics. We have seen several of their providers but have been a patient of Dr. Cox since 2011. He is very attentive, professional, caring and has always taken EXCELLENT care of our children. The office staff is friendly and caring and even the billing office is amazing. 😂. The office generally has same-day appointments available in emergencies which I have needed to use several times over the years. The office has also become very automated and up-to-date with their technology and communication abilities. I feel grateful to have such a AMAZING pediatricians office following my children’s health. It’s nice to know we have knowledgeable, professional and caring doctors who have never let us down in 13 years. Thank you so much family first especially Dr. Cox.

—Angie White.

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