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Susan Arland, L.M.H.C.
Susan Arland is a licensed mental health counselor. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Purdue University, an M.A. in counseling from New York University, has completed post graduate training in family therapy, and is a certified E.M.D.R. (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapist. Susan works with adults and couples to resolve issues with life and transitions, relationship, traumatic life events, abuse, depression, and anxiety. She has skills in American Sign Language and provides counseling to deaf and hard of hearing persons. Susan is also an EMDRIA approved consultant, providing individual and group consultation for EMDR-trained clinicians and volunteering with EMDR-HAP (Humanitarian Assistance Program) as a training facilitator.
Heidi Bowden, L.I.S.W.
Heidi Bowden is a licensed independent social worker. She earned her undergraduate degree in social work from the University of Northern Iowa and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa. She is trained in E.M.D.R. (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). Heidi works with adults to resolve issues with life and transitions, relationship, traumatic life events, complex trauma, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. She is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) in the state of Iowa.
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 is a certified E.M.D.R. (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapist. 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.
Chelsea is a Master of Social Work student in the University of Iowa and a trainee in the Graduate Clinical Training Program. She received a Master of Fine Arts in nonfiction writing, as well as a B.A. in international studies and English, from the University of Iowa. Chelsea previously worked for over a decade in education, teaching students of all ages, ranging from preschool to college. She also worked for seven years as an advocate for individuals and families experiencing domestic violence. She has a special interest in working with individuals and families to address anxiety, behavioral issues, parenting, attachment issues, and life transitions. Chelsea brings a commitment to a collaborative, client-centered experience that recognizes each individual’s strengths and goals.
Douglas J. Detrick, L.I.S.W., C.T.C.C.
Doug Detrick is a licensed independent social worker. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a master’s in social work. Doug has primarily worked with people who have significant mental health issues, particularly with complex trauma and anxiety and depression issues to help them lead more productive lives. He has had extensive training in third wave behavioral therapy including ACT, focused acceptance and commit therapy, functional analytic psychotherapy and relational frame therapy, all of which are based on how we learn from a behavioral perspective. He has also studied dialectical behavior therapy, structural family therapy and psychodynamic therapy. He also is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. He was formerly on the board of the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council for five years where he worked to expand health care through the promotion of the Affordable Care Act to minority and underserved populations.
Christine A. Dietz, Ph.D., L.I.S.W.
Christine Dietz is a licensed independent social worker and spiritual director. She received her M.S.W. from the University of Iowa, her Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and her Doctor of Ministry degree in Jewish Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Foundation. She is a graduate of the Lev Shomea Training Program for Spiritual Direction in the Jewish Tradition. Christine’s focus in counseling and spiritual direction is on helping people reconnect to their innate wholeness and renew their sense of hope and possibility. She works with people experiencing anxiety, depression, life transitions, chronic illness, grief and loss, and LGBTQ+ concerns. She teaches and practices spiritually integrated psychotherapy. She is also an experienced spiritual director and offers individual and group spiritual direction to people from all religious and spiritual traditions as well as those with none. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Spiritual Directors International and the Jewish Spiritual Directors’ Association.
Ellery H. Duke, Ph.D., M.Div.
Ellery Duke is a licensed clinical psychologist. He holds a master of divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary and a doctoral degree in pastoral counseling and psychotherapy from Northwestern University. Ellery is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He provides counseling and psychotherapy to individuals, as well as couples and families. Ellery has special interests in grief therapy, relationships, and men’s issues. He also consults with congregations and coaches clergy. Ellery continues in his role as licensed psychologist with the Center, after his retirement from serving for nearly 40 years as executive director.
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.
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.
Wade Leuwerke, Ph.D.
Dr. Wade Leuwerke is a licensed psychologist who completed his Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and his clinical internship at Iowa State University. Wade provides psychotherapy and psychological testing for adults. His approach emphasizes growth and change through the therapeutic relationship and building upon an individual’s existing strengths to improve functioning and mental health. Wade works with people experiencing depression, anxiety, life transitions, career concerns, personality disorders and relationship issues. He happily welcomes members of the LGBTQIA+ community. In addition to his position at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, Wade is a Professor of Counseling at Drake University.
Juan Pablo Padilla, L.M.H.C.
Juan Pablo is a bicultural and bilingual (Spanish/English) licensed mental health counselor. He holds a B.A. in theology from the Pontificia Studiorum Universitas Salesiana of Rome and obtained a M.A. in Spanish as well as a M.S. in Counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Juan Pablo is working towards his certification as E.M.D.R (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) therapist. Juan Pablo has a background in ministry as a catholic priest and as a spiritual director. He is passionate about helping people to heal, grow, and finding meaning in their lives. He works primarily with adults, couples, and families to resolve their relationships, trauma history, depression, anxiety, and life transitions. Juan Pablo also has been working in the education field as a teacher and school counselor, giving him experience with children and adolescents using play therapy. Juan Pablo is excited about starting as a spiritual director and mental health counselor here at the Center.
Teri Hughes-Paulline, L.I.S.W.
Teri Hughes-Paulline is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. Teri received a BA in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa and then earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. Teri has worked in the mental health field as a therapist in both the public and private sectors, recently relocating from Davenport where she specialized in providing care to adults, families and children at Psychology Health Group. As a member of the DMPCC Adult staff, Teri serves adolescents and adults, and believes clients do best when they feel understood, accepted, respected and active in their own treatment plans. Teri can provide care for those experiencing mood disorders, anxiety, change of life or family issues as well as more chronic mental health issues, trauma and loss.
Olivia Jefferies is a Master’s of Social Work student at the University of Iowa. She earned her B.A. in secondary English education from Iowa State University. Olivia has worked with children and adolescents in several settings, including public schools and residential treatment facilities. Olivia has particular interest in therapeutic applications of Bowen family systems theory, child-centered play therapy, and mind, body, spirit connections. Olivia also enjoys using alternative mediums for expression and connection, such as paint, sand, or nature. Olivia is open to working with adults and children of all ages and phases of life.
Alicia Krpan, L.M.H.C.
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. Dr. Lengel 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. Dr. Lengel 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, Dr. Lengel 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 Foreman 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.
Addison is a Master of Social Work student at the University of Iowa. She received her B.A. in psychology from Drake University. Addison has previous experience working with all age groups, ranging from elderly populations with neurodegenerative disorders to young adults and adolescents. She has special interests in working with teens and young adults to resolve concerns around anxiety, depression, trauma, and personality disorders. Addison is also interested in the mind-body connection and the healing power of yoga as a mindfulness practice. Her approach to counseling uses a variety of interventions to recognize the needs and strengths of the whole person.
Laura Meade, t.L.M.H.C.
Laura is a provisionally Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She is a graduate of Drake University, with an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Laura provides therapy for teens (13+) and adults of all stages. She is experienced in providing therapy with individuals who are looking to resolve issues associated with anxiety, depression, life transitions, adjustment following sudden life changes, postpartum issues, grief, loss, and trauma. She is also working towards a specialization in Perinatal Mental Health. Her integrative Client-Centered approach provides a flexible environment for therapy to match client needs. She believes that identifying client strengths and creating a counseling partnership provides an ideal environment for growth and healing. “We were never meant to go through life’s challenges alone and, above all, I want people to know that we don’t have to.”
Karla Minear, L.I.S.W.
Karla Minear graduated from the University of Iowa with a Masters in Social Work. Her areas of experience include grief and loss, life transitions, spiritual issues, anxiety, and depression. She works with individuals, couples, and families. Karla utilizes cognitive-behavioral, family systems, logotherapy, mindfulness, and solution-focused therapies. Karla’s passions included grandchildren, all animals, and books!
Mark Minear, Ph.D.
Mark is a licensed psychologist. He is also a recorded minister with the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker). He received his B.A. in Religion and English from William Penn College, an M.A. in Church History from the Earlham School of Religion, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. Mark works with adults on a wide variety of issues: depression, anxiety including trauma, loss and grief, transitions and adjustments, and spiritual concerns. Theoretical approaches include logotherapy (meaning-making), cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and mindfulness therapies. He also has background in working with a variety of churches, denominations, and faith traditions, as well as with individual clergy in need of support.
Chris Ogle, L.I.S.W., C.C.T.P.
Chris Ogle is a licensed independent social worker and certified clinical trauma professional. He returned to Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center in 2020 after completing the Graduate Psychotherapy Training program in 2017. Chris earned his undergraduate degree in psychology and human services from Grand View University and his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa. He works with adults to resolve anxiety, trauma, PTSD, and depression. Chris draws on multiple theoretical backgrounds to assist his clients; he also has special interest the mind-body connection that recognizes how someone’s life experiences influence their mental, emotional, and physical development. Chris believes in an experiential and holistic approach to therapy that involves enhancing personal strengths, cultivating compassion, the experience of self-discovery, and in helping clients connect with their own innate capacity for hope and healing. He provides somatic or body-centered psychotherapies, E.M.D.R (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), mindfulness-based approaches, and emotion focused individual psychotherapy.
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.”
Andrea Severson, L.M.H.C., M.Div.
Andrea Severson is a licensed mental health counselor and spiritual director. Her degrees include a Master of Science in counseling from Drake University and a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She holds a certificate in spiritual direction and is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. Andrea enjoys hearing the unique stories of the individuals and couples with whom she works. Her areas of interest include anxiety, depression, trauma, identity, faith and spirituality, life transitions, and relationships. Andrea is a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and Spiritual Directors International. In her spare time, she likes reading historical fiction, listening to the Beatles and camping.
Erin Storm, L.C.S.W., L.I.S.W., M.Div.
Erin Storm is a licensed independent social worker in the state of Iowa, and a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Missouri. Erin earned her B.A. in religion and her B.A. in psychology from Hope College. She went on to obtain her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Chicago’s Crown School, and also pursued her Master of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago’s Divinity School. As a pastoral counselor, Erin is interested in the integration of faith and existential commitments and concerns into counseling. Erin has worked with clients from a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds. She also has a special interest in applying Bowen systems theory to her work with clients as they navigate the complexities of the systems that they are a part of. This work includes individuals, families, clergy, and organizational leaders. Most recently, Erin worked in a university counseling setting, and brings experience working with young adults on a variety of concerns such as anxiety, depression, identity issues, family issues, eating disorders, and grief. Erin is open to seeing adults in all stages of life. Outside of the office, she likes to hike and explore nature, do crossword puzzles, and watch movies with her family.
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). Dr. Welch-Groves 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. Dr. Welch-Groves’ 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. Dr. Welch-Groves 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.
Amanda Wentworth-Puentes, L.M.H.C.
Amanda Wentworth-Puentes is a licensed mental health counselor that offers a holistic, client centered, and trauma-informed approach. She meets her clients where they are to walk with them on their path of healing. Amanda earned her undergraduate degree in criminal justice and psychology from Buena Vista University and her Master of Mental Health Counseling degree from University of Northern Iowa.
Amanda works with those aged 18 and up to resolve life transitions, trauma, depression, and anxiety. She is trained in E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and also has specialized training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS) from Postpartum Support International. Amanda supports parents with the challenges surrounding the perinatal period.
Scott Young, Ph.D., M.S.C.P., L.P., H.S.P.
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.