Eva Carlston Academy

Eliot Sykes


PhD, LCSW - Therapist

Originally from northeastern Massachusetts, Eliot has called Salt Lake City home since the fall of 2004. Eliot identifies as Black/African American and uses he/him/his pronouns. Originally, he came to Utah to work for a wilderness therapy program in Eastern Utah. After spending three winters in the high desert, he took a position with an organization in the Salt Lake Valley conducting in-home family interventions. In 2009, Eliot entered into the University of Utah College of Social Work to obtain a Masters in Social Work (MSW). After graduating in 2011, with a concentration in forensic social work, Eliot took some time finding the right fit for a clinical placement. The right fit came with the Ute Indian Tribe as a clinical therapist at a substance abuse prevention program. Always in search of more knowledge, Eliot took a break from clinical work in 2014 and resumed his studies, this time seeking a PhD in Education at the University of Utah College of Education in the Education, Culture and Society Department. In 2019, as a PhD candidate, Eliot returned to his original passion, clinical therapy. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Eliot has focused on supporting Black, Indigenous, POC, and LGBTQ+ children, teens, and adults who are struggling with issues related to trauma, depression, anxiety, adoption, and substance abuse. He utilizes a critical multicultural feminist approach, and cognitive and body-based psychotherapeutic modalities to partner with and support individuals in reaching their goals. “When we explore and begin to connect our thoughts, emotions, and sensorimotor experiences, we can understand what it is like to feel safe in our own bodies, and engage in problem solving and intentional decision making.” Outside of work and his studies, Eliot enjoys reading for fun (sci-fi and history), playing soccer, cycling (motor and pedal), gardening, longboarding, traveling, and surfing.