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Therapists in Ames

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Ames Office

1323 Northwestern Ave.

Ames, IA 50010

515.232.7262

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Therapists in Cedar Rapids

Kayleen Weinandt, LMSW

Kayleen specializes in:

  • Group and individual addictions counseling
  • Methadone maintenance
  • Substance use disorders
  • Strengths perspective
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Motivational interviewing

Kayleen has provided group and individual therapy in an outpatient methadone maintenance treatment facility. She has worked with individuals with a wide range of substance use disorders including opiate, alcohol, and stimulant use, and mental health diagnoses such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, borderline personality, antisocial personality, ADHD, and various psychotic disorders. Kayleen has worked with individuals experiencing homelessness, survivors of domestic violence, and individuals with felony backgrounds. Kayleen’s graduate level concentration had an emphasis on diagnosing and treating co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

 

Cedar Rapids Office

1000 3rd Ave. SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

563.582.0044

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Therapists In Charles City

Sherry Post, MS, TLMHC, CISM

Sherry specializes in:

  • Play therapy, with children ages 3 – 18
  • Family therapy
  • Issues impacting women
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Prior to LSI, Sherry provided clinical assessments and play therapy, and conducted in-school therapy sessions. In her approach, she draws from several theories based on the needs of the person she serves. This includes Humanistic, CBT, Play Therapy, and Systemic methods. Sherry continues to participate on the local Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team (volunteer service) and helps out the local Teen Screen Program, which identifies youth at risk of suicide.

 

Mike Van Gorder, LMSW

Mike specializes in:

  • Drug and alcohol counseling
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Narrative therapy
  • Marital and couples counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Grief counseling
  • Abuse and trauma therapy
  • Sexual abuse therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Depression and anxiety therapy
  • Strengths-based therapy

Mike has experience in social work, drug and alcohol counseling, gerontology, and working with individuals with disabilities. He has served in the mental health field for 19 years, and he has a certification in drug and alcohol counseling from the University of Northern Iowa. He has experience leading group and individual therapy with older adults, where he focused on anxiety, depression, loss, and bereavement.

 

Charles City Office

705 3rd Ave.

Charles City, IA 50616

641.228.8030

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Therapists In Clinton

Megan Avise-Rouse, LMHC-T

Megan specializes in:

  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Sexual abuse
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Prior to LSI, Megan worked with adolescents and children, providing skill-building services, and providing outpatient therapy and assessments for adults. Megan previously worked as a Behavioral Health Intervention Services social worker at LSI before moving into an LPHA position. Megan has experience working with individuals presenting a variety of mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, to more significant issues like psychosis and sexual abuse trauma.

 

Clinton Office

244 23rd Ave. N.

Clinton, IA 52732

563.243.8200

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Therapists In Davenport

Scott Caldwell, LISW

Scott specializes in:

  • Adolescents
  • Couples and families
  • Anger management
  • Delinquency intervention
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Healthy relationships

Scott has nearly 30 years of experience in mental health and human services, including residential treatment, community casework, and mental health counseling in child welfare and juvenile justice services. He is trained in critical incident stress debriefing with small and large groups. Scott also has extensive experience providing mental health assessments and diagnostic work with children and adults, brief solution-focused therapy, employee assistance program services, and cognitive behavioral and rational emotive therapy.

 

Ginger Hahn, LMSW

Ginger specializes in:

  • Substance abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Medical social work
  • Grief therapy

Ginger has worked extensively in the mental health field and from 2015 to 2016, she worked in Kenya supporting families with HIV.

 

Andrea Lawson, LISW

Andrea specializes in:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • ADHD
  • Family therapy
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Andrea previously provided clinical assessments, therapy, and case management for soldiers injured in combat. She is also experienced in providing therapy for students in educational settings.

 

Carolyn Marty, MSW, LCSW, LISW

Carolyn specializes in:

  • Anger management
  • ADHD
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Oppositional defiance
  • PTSD
  • Play therapy
  • Self-harm
  • Adolescent, child, and family therapy
  • Healthy relationships

Carolyn has worked at a mental health facility, providing screenings for some of the most at-risk children and helping families to make safety plans for their child’s home environment. She has provided support and services to children and families, completing assessments and treatment plans and, in severe cases, assisting in placing children in the hospital to receive inpatient mental health services.

Carolyn has completed a practicum with the Veterans Affairs Homeless Outreach Program. She assisted veterans with gaining and maintaining safe and affordable housing and employment, running substance abuse groups for veterans, and supporting veterans involved in Mental Health Court throughout Illinois and Iowa.

 

Jennifer Pacheco, LISW, RPT

Jennifer specializes in:

  • Adolescent and child therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Attachment disorders
  • Sexual abuse
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Family therapy
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Prior to joining the LSI team, Jennifer worked with children in foster care and residential treatment, providing skill development and support. Jennifer has experience working with preschool-aged children to teenagers seeking help with mental health issues, life transitions, trauma, and behavioral concerns.

 

Jennifer Troutwine, LISW

Jennifer specializes in:

  • Play therapy
  • Depression and anxiety, especially in adult women
  • Family therapy
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Prior to LSI, Jennifer worked as a school-based therapist, providing clinical assessments and play therapy for children in a school setting. She worked as a team with the parents, school, and Area Education Agencies (AEA) staff to provide therapy services to children with various mental health issues, and social and family difficulties.

 

Laurie Walters, LISW, RPT-S

Laurie specializes in:

  • Play therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Prior to LSI, Laurie worked as a supervisor in the area of child welfare, providing supervision and guidance to caseworkers working with families and children involved with the Department of Human Services. She has extensive experience in providing clinical assessments and therapy to children and adolescents, as well as adults, with mental health issues; including ADHD, attachment issues, abuse victimization, grief and loss, self esteem, depression and anxiety disorders.

 

Davenport Office

111 W. 15th St.

Davenport, IA 52803

563.322.7419

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Therapists In Denison

Janet Pedroza, LMSW

Janet specializes in:

  • Attachment disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Self-esteem
  • Healthy relationships
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Family therapy
  • Anger management

Prior to LSI, Janet worked as a youth care worker, parent coach, and parent educator. Janet can speak fluent Spanish with LSI clients!

 

Denison Office

205 S. 7th St.

Denison, IA 51442

712.263.9341

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Therapists In Des Moines

Alyssa Clayden, LMSW

Alyssa specializes in:

  • Narrative therapy
  • Survivors of trauma (PTSD/Complex Trauma)
  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Victims of crime
  • Adolescents
  • LGBTQI
  • Immigrants
  • Refugees
  • Grief and loss
  • Family therapy
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Alyssa has worked internationally as both a therapist and a supervisor in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, and non-profit agencies providing support during crisis, assessments, and therapeutic interventions of varying lengths.

 

Megan H., LMSW, MDiv

Megan specializes in:

  • Trauma
  • Adolescent and family therapy
  • Spiritual concerns
  • LGBTQ
  • Grief and loss
  • Depression and anxiety

Megan has experience working in community health clinics, schools, and youth homeless shelters.

 

Des Moines Office

3125 Cottage Grove Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50311

515.274.4946

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Therapists In Dubuque

Amanda Cook, LMSW

Amanda specializes in:

  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Treatment for sexually abusive youth
  • Adolescent therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Family therapy
  • Adolescent substance abuse
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Amanda has experience in juvenile court services and school social work. Amanda’s background also includes working as a clinical manager in a residential education setting, as well as a psychiatric medical institute for children. She provided therapy and case management to adolescents struggling with substance abuse and mental health. Amanda’s other clinical experience includes individual, group, and family therapy, as well as crisis management, program development, and providing clinical supervision.

 

Daniel Finn, LMSW

Daniel specializes in:

  • Chemical dependency
  • Child welfare
  • Cultural competency
  • Homelessness
  • Empowerment
  • Disabilities
  • Family therapy
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Prior to this position, Daniel worked as a caseworker and program supervisor for LSI’s Services for People with Disabilities. His graduate work focused on the potential effects of the child welfare system on parental substance abuse and recovery. He also studied mental health policy abroad in Kollam, India. Daniel has worked as a behavior specialist, performing behavioral analysis and program development. In the winter months Daniel volunteers his time at the Guest House homeless shelter in Dubuque.

 

James Guentherman, LMHC

James specializes in:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Treatment of personality disorders
  • Self-esteem
  • Healthy relationships
  • Family therapy
  • Anger management

James has more than 10 years of service with LSI as a caseworker, supervisor, coordinator, and mental health counselor. Prior to working at LSI, Jim served in the U.S. Army.

 

Jenni Hentges, LMSW

Jenni specializes in:

  • Grief
  • Loss
  • End of life issues
  • Strengths-based perspective
  • Crisis intervention
  • Chronic illness
  • Stress
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Support groups
  • Family therapy
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Jenni’s field practicum experience includes rural hospital social work and dialysis social work. In the hospital setting, Jenni primarily provided case management services, helping patients and their families obtain insurance and services in the home, and making referrals as needed. On the dialysis unit, she had the opportunity to build relationships with patients and their family members, helping them deal with a difficult diagnosis, and making the transition into a new normal.

 

Beverly Kueter, LISW

Beverly specializes in:

  • Parent/child relationships
  • Individual or marital issues
  • Substance abuse
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Prior to this position, Beverly had a long career as a social worker with varied experience that included child protection, medical social work, and substance abuse counseling. She has served as a medical social worker, completing initial family evaluations, assisting with group counseling, and providing discharge planning. She also has experience as a child protective worker, a dependent adult worker, and an adoption worker, completing home studies and supervision of adoption placements.

 

Nicole Makovec, MSW, LMSW

Nicole specializes in:

  • Behavior and mood issues
  • Trauma
  • Play therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Abuse
  • Grief counseling
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Nicole’s experience includes case management and counseling with older adults and skill-building services for children and families. She has worked with a diverse population on a wide variety of mental health issues, including trauma and grief.

 

JoAnn Weitz, MA, LMHC, EMDR

JoAnn specializes in:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Domestic violence
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Family therapy
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Prior to LSI, JoAnn worked as a therapist at a local nonprofit. There, she completed assessments, intakes and treatment plans, and provided therapy, community education, and a group for survivors of domestic violence. JoAnn has experience with a wide variety of issues such as divorce issues, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and trauma.

 

Dubuque Office

2255 John F. Kennedy Rd.

Dubuque, IA 52002

563.582.0044

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Therapists In Fort Dodge

Matthew Manz, MDiv, MS, NCC, tLMHC

Matthew specializes in:

  • Spiritual concerns
  • Adolescent, couples, and family therapy
  • Misophonia
  • Oppositional defiance
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Prior to LSI, Matthew served as an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for eight years. Matthew has experience working with adolescent boys in a residential treatment facility. He has worked with children, adults, and families to create solutions and strategies for a range of mental health concerns.

 

Fort Dodge Office

704 Central Ave.

Fort Dodge, IA 50501

515.955.2199

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Therapists In Manchester

Jenni Hentges, LMSW

Jenni specializes in:

  • Grief
  • Loss
  • End of life issues
  • Strengths-based perspective
  • Crisis intervention
  • Chronic illness
  • Stress
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Support groups
  • Family therapy
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Jenni’s field practicum experience includes rural hospital social work and dialysis social work. In the hospital setting, Jenni primarily provided case management services, helping patients and their families obtain insurance and services in the home, and making referrals as needed. On the dialysis unit, she had the opportunity to build relationships with patients and their family members, helping them deal with a difficult diagnosis, and making the transition into a new normal.

 

Manchester Office

118 West Main Street

Professional Park Building

Manchester, IA 52057

563.927.3281 

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Therapists In Mason City

Sherry Post, MS, TLMHC, CISM

Sherry specializes in:

  • Play therapy, with children ages 3 – 18
  • Family therapy
  • Issues impacting women
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Prior to LSI, Sherry provided clinical assessments and play therapy, and conducted in-school therapy sessions. In her approach, she draws from several theories based on the needs of the person she serves. This includes Humanistic, CBT, Play Therapy, and Systemic methods. Sherry continues to participate on the local Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team (volunteer service) and helps out the local Teen Screen Program, which identifies youth at risk of suicide.

 

Mason City Office

2502 S. Jefferson Ave.

Mason City, IA 50401

641.423.1083

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Therapists In Muscatine

Ginger Hahn, LMSW

Ginger specializes in:

  • Substance abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Medical social work
  • Grief therapy

Ginger has worked extensively in the mental health field and from 2015 to 2016, she worked in Kenya supporting families with HIV.

 

Kelsey Sondgeroth, LMHC (t), NCC

Kelsey specializes in:

  • Children and adolescent therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Grief and trauma
  • Behavior and mood issues
  • Abuse
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Prior to LSI, Kelsey interned at a nonprofit organization that provided services to grieving and traumatized children, families, and adults. There, she provided grief and trauma therapy, play therapy, and facilitated group support.

 

Jennifer Troutwine, LISW

Jennifer specializes in:

  • Play therapy
  • Depression and anxiety, especially in adult women
  • Family therapy
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Prior to LSI, Jennifer worked as a school-based therapist, providing clinical assessments and play therapy for children in a school setting. She worked as a team with the parents, school, and Area Education Agencies (AEA) staff to provide therapy services to children with various mental health issues, and social and family difficulties.

 

Muscatine Office

2107 Cedar Street

Muscatine, IA 52761 

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Therapists In Waterloo

Jennifer Topliff, LMSW

Jennifer specializes in:

  • Play therapy
  • Child and adolescent therapy
  • Sexual abuse
  • Trauma
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Family therapy
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Jennifer has experience working as a family support worker, providing support to families and their children to assist them in achieving self-sufficiency, and helping them navigate services within their community. Jennifer completed a practicum at a child protection center that assisted children who had been sexually abused, and referred families to mental health services. Jennifer has experience providing school-based and outpatient mental health counseling to children and adolescents. She has worked with clients seeking help for various mental health issues, such as self-esteem, anxiety, ADHD, depression, and trauma.

 

Mike Van Gorder, LMSW

Mike specializes in:

  • Drug and alcohol counseling
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Narrative therapy
  • Marital and couples counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Grief counseling
  • Abuse and trauma therapy
  • Sexual abuse therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Depression and anxiety therapy
  • Strengths-based therapy

Mike has experience in social work, drug and alcohol counseling, gerontology, and working with individuals with disabilities. He has served in the mental health field for 19 years, and he has a certification in drug and alcohol counseling from the University of Northern Iowa. He has experience leading group and individual therapy with older adults, where he focused on anxiety, depression, loss, and bereavement.

 

Waterloo Office

904 West 4th St.

Waterloo, IA 50702

319.233.3579

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Therapists In Waverly

Rachel Blough, LMHC, LBSW

Rachel specializes in:

  • Child and adolescent therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Rachel has experience in the residential setting and has spent the last 10 years working with adolescent clients. She also has experience working with children under the age of 12 in a community setting at LSI. Rachel is trained in EMDR, is a trained Nurtured Heart Trainer, and has interest in providing interventions in play therapy and sand tray. Rachel’s prior experience includes volunteering with individuals with special needs.

 

Saleena Neuhaus

Saleena specializes in:

  • Family therapy
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Saleena has experience working with aging populations, children age 5 and up, and individuals with disabilities or chronic mental illness.

 

Carrie Trowbridge, TLMHC

Carrie specializes in:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Substance abuse
  • Family therapy
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Healthy relationships

Prior to her role at LSI, Carrie worked as a PMIC mental health therapist, program supervisor, case manager, substance abuse assessment counselor, and an adult mental health therapist. She has worked with children ages 13 to 18. She provides clinical assessment, and individual and couple counseling, using primarily cognitive behavioral therapy.

 

Mike Van Gorder, LMSW

Mike specializes in:

  • Drug and alcohol counseling
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Narrative therapy
  • Marital and couples counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Grief counseling
  • Abuse and trauma therapy
  • Sexual abuse therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Depression and anxiety therapy
  • Strengths-based therapy

Mike has experience in social work, drug and alcohol counseling, gerontology, and working with individuals with disabilities. He has served in the mental health field for 19 years, and he has a certification in drug and alcohol counseling from the University of Northern Iowa. He has experience leading group and individual therapy with older adults, where he focused on anxiety, depression, loss, and bereavement.

 

Waverly Office

106 16th St. S.W.

Waverly, IA 50677

319.352.2630

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m

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