Clinical Staff for Children and Adolescents/C.O.O.L.

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Douglas Aupperle, Ph.D.

Dr. Doug Aupperle is a licensed psychologist. He received his B.A. in psychology from Creighton University in Omaha, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical child psychology from DePaul University in Chicago.  Doug provides psychotherapy and psychological assessment/testing to children and adolescents. He has special interests in the areas of anxiety, attention disorders, Bowen Family Systems therapy, child sexual abuse, E.M.D.R. (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), working with LGBT youth and parents, stress and coping in children, and trauma. He is a member of the EMDR International Association.

Wenjing (Wendy) Cao, PMHNP-BC

Wenjing (Wendy) Cao is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who offers medication management services to children and adults. Wendy received her BS in nursing from the Ohio State University in 2006 and earned her master’s degree as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from the University of Louisville in 2011. She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings including working with veterans, treating persistent mental health conditions and comorbidity of medical illness. Wendy treats clients ages 5 and older with varying diagnoses including anxiety, bipolar, and depressive disorders, ADHD, psychosis, PTSD, schizophrenia, substance use disorders and more. She is especially interested in women’s mental health, mood disorders and ADHD.

Sabrina Sartori Chouinard, L.M.S.W., C.C.T.P-II

Sabrina Sartori Chouinard has over 16 years of Clinical Psychology experience, is a licensed psychologist in Brazil, and was educated at UNISINOS in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Sabrina completed the Master of Social Work at the University of Iowa, emphasizing clinical individual and family therapy. Sabrina engages clients with holistic approaches, integrating the mind, body, spirit, and heart, attuning to culture, community, and relationship connections. Sabrina works with different interventions as mindfulness, stress management techniques, art therapy, CBT, ACT, DBT, and EMDR. Sabrina is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and incorporates Trauma-Sensitive Practice and Spirituality Integrated in Psychotherapy in her repertoire. Sabrina is bicultural and fluent in English and Portuguese. She enjoys working with adolescents and adults and has treated clients with eating disorders, attachment issues, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, immigration, acculturation, and cross-cultural transitions (culture shock). Sabrina has three years of experience using Telehealth before the pandemic. In her spare time, Sabrina enjoys travel, the outdoors, and cooking with family and friends.

Richard H. Douglass, L.I.S.W.

Richard Douglass is a licensed independent social worker. He holds a master of social work degree from the University of Iowa. Richard provides counseling to couples and to individuals, both adults and adolescents. He has a special interest in ADHD, depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems.


Staci Fosenburg, Ph.D.

Dr. Staci Fosenburg is a licensed psychologist who values helping people rediscover meaning and connection in their lives. Throughout her career, she has empowered clients to identify their own values and strengths, overcome obstacles to wellness, and align their behaviors with meaningful action. Dr. Fosenburg has advanced training and experience working with clients who are trans/gender-nonconforming or nonbinary and other members of the LGBTQ+ community. She also has specialized training in working with teens and young adults, children and teens with ADHD, and people living with chronic medical conditions. Using a warm, collaborative style, Dr. Fosenburg tailors her approach based on each client’s personality, cultural context, concerns, and goals for therapy. Dr. Fosenburg received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa.

Kelli Hill, Ph.D.

Dr. Kelli Hill, a licensed child psychologist, is the Center’s Director of Clinical Services for children and adult clinical staff. She holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a specialty in child and family from Wayne State University. Kelli provides therapy to toddlers through adolescents, as well as parents and families. She has a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, psychological assessment, EMDR, depression, anxiety, trauma, attachment and behavior problems.

Geoffrey Hills, D.O.

Dr. Geoffrey Hills is a psychiatrist who attended medical school at Des Moines University and residency at the University of Wisconsin Madison.  His practice includes treatment of adolescents and adults with mood problems, anxiety and thought disorders.  He has particular interest and experience working with the LGBT community and persons living with HIV. Prior to attending medical school, Geoffrey received a B.A. in music at Vassar College and worked for several years as a violinist, composer, music engraver and editor in New York City.  He is an unapologetic science fiction and fantasy geek.

Alicia Krpan, L.M.H.C.

Alicia Krpan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She received her B.S. in psychology from Universidad Bolivariana in Colombia and her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Calgary in Canada. Alicia provides counseling to children, adolescents and adults with diverse emotional concerns. Her approach to counseling engages individuals holistically, integrating a mind/body/spirit approach. Alicia’s approach is informed by different theories, philosophies, and modalities with attention to the current social and cultural context. Alicia has special interest in the areas of anxiety, attachment, life transitions and trauma. She is a trained clinician in E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), mindfulness, and arts and play-based approaches. Alicia aims to engage her clients in a journey of compassion to explore who they are, where they come from in addition to exploring their personal circumstances, identities, values and experiences. Alicia also helps clients to explore how they have been impacted by shock and relational trauma, and offers tools for healing.


Greg Lengel, Ph.D.

Dr. Greg Lengel is a Post-Doctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University. Greg provides psychotherapy to adults and adolescents, as well as psychological and neuropsychological testing for all ages. He utilizes a collaborative approach that is firmly rooted in the integration of evidence-based practices. Greg has special interest in interventions for depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, nonsuicidal self-injury, suicide prevention, emotion dysregulation, personality disorders, and eating disorders. In addition to his position at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, Greg is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Drake University, and he is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury, and several other professional organizations.

Danielle Foreman, L.M.F.T.

Danielle Lloyd is a  Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul and her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Mercy University. Danielle provides counseling to children, adolescents, families, couples, and adults. She has a special interest in working with child behavior problems, parenting issues, family therapy, and life transitions.


Elaina Riley, L.I.S.W.

Elaina Riley is a licensed independent social worker, with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a Master of Social Work from the University of Iowa. Elaina has more than 25 years of clinical experience in working with people of all ages from all walks of life, including children, adolescents and adults. Her areas of expertise include treating trauma-related issues and disorders, dissociative disorders, attachment and adoption issues, anxiety and mood issues, anger control problems, relationship difficulties, parenting concerns and child behavior problems, and issues with emotional intensity and narcissism. Elaina is a trained practitioner of play therapy, EMDR, and also familiar with somatic and sensorimotor approaches to the treatment of trauma-related disorders. Elaina enjoys utilizing the creative process in her work and may invite individuals to explore and discover themselves further through the use of artistic expression (but never required). Elaina also enjoys working with issues of faith and/or existential concerns, as well as issues that people of high-ability, or gifted/talented individuals, commonly find challenging. Elaina has two children, a son and a daughter, and enjoys a diverse range of passions, including art, writing, science, gardening, sheltering monarch butterflies, a voracious appetite for seeking and learning of all kinds, and a sense of adventure and “exploring off the beaten path.” In her own words, “I am a very big fan of the Human Race, and I am humbled and encouraged by the witness that sometimes in our brokenness, our greatest humanity is born.”

Shannon Welch-Groves, Psy.D.

Dr. Shannon Welch-Groves is a licensed psychologist and the clinical coordinator for the Center’s specialized services for children and adolescents, C.O.O.L. (Children Overcoming the Obstacles in Life). Shannon provides counseling to children, adolescents, and adults. She specializes in working with individuals who experience phobias, mood and anxiety disorders, parenting issues, child behavior problems, and life transitions. Shannon’s clinical approach is strengths-based and solutions-focused. She helps her clients integrate positive habits into their treatment plan such as: yoga, healthy eating, exercise, mindfulness, play and fun. Shannon received her B.A. in psychology from Creighton University, her M.A. in community counseling from the University of Nebraska, and her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. 

Scott Young, Ph.D.

Dr. Scott Young, Director of Psychological Services at the Center, is a licensed psychologist and health service provider. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Iowa State University, and his postdoctoral master’s of science degree in clinical psychopharmacology (M.S.C.P.) through Fairleigh Dickinson University. Scott provides individual, couples, family, and group counseling for clients across the lifespan. He uses a multitheoretical psychotherapy approach emphasizing the therapeutic relationship and informed by many perspectives including (but not limited to):  Person-Center Therapy, Emotion Focused (individual) and Emotionally-Focused (couples) Therapies, Logotherapy, Landreth Child-Centered Play Therapy, Interpersonal Process Psychotherapy, Adlerian Psychotherapy, Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, CBT, DBT, ACT, Imagery Rehearsal Therapy, Ericksonian and Neurolinguistic Programming hypnosis, Multicultural Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Religiously-Accommodative Psychotherapy, etc.) to work with a wide variety of presenting concerns, including: stress and adjustment issues, career transitions, existential or religious/spiritual concerns, depression and mood problems, ADHD, anxiety, OCD, health/medical issues, chronic pain issues, relationship or family problems, issues of boys and men, anger or behavioral problems, and severe or persistent mental illness. Scott also provides psychological testing for school-age children through older adults, and basic neuropsychological testing for adolescents, adults, and older adults. In addition to his administrative and clinical activities, Scott enjoys clinically-focused teaching, consultation, and supervision. His postdoctoral M.S.C.P. is the first step in adding prescribing medications to his testing and psychotherapy practice. As a medical psychologist, he is fascinated by the complex and varied interactions amongst the body, mind, relationships, and spirit. Scott is an avid Star Wars and Star Trek fan, and clients looking for an empathic yet direct approach that features nerdiness and humor might find a fit with his style.