How to make an appointment:
Susan Ackelson, L.I.S.W.
Susan Ackelson is a licensed independent social worker. She holds a master of social work degree from the University of Iowa. Susan has experience working with individuals, couples, and families on a variety of issues. Her areas of expertise include trauma-related issues and disorders. Susan is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a therapeutic approach that integrates body and mind, and utilizes mindfulness and body awareness in the therapy process. She has a special interest in utilizing a holistic approach in working with clients. Susan is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
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.
Eva Christiansen, Ph.D.
Eva Christiansen is a licensed psychologist. She graduated from Grinnell College and obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of South Dakota. Eva’s clinical activities are limited to psychological assessment. She works with a wide range of ages. Her referrals come from a variety of areas, both clinical and forensic-related, where she provides assessments for disability applicants, worker’s compensation, and law enforcement. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Iowa Psychological Association, and a member and fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment. She has contributed to research on the Rorschach and the MMPI-2.
Christine A. Dietz, Ph.D., L.I.S.W.
Christine Dietz is a licensed independent social worker, spiritual director and Reiki Master. She is the Center’s Director of Clinical Training. She received her M.S.W. from the University of Iowa and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a graduate of the Lev Shomea Training Program for Spiritual Direction in the Jewish Tradition. Christine’s focus in counseling is on helping people reconnect to their innate wholeness and renew their sense of hope and possibility. She works with people experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, life transitions, chronic illness, grief and loss, and relationship issues. She also offers individual and group spiritual direction to people from all faith traditions. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and Spiritual Directors International.
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.
Geoffrey Hills, D.O.
Geoffrey Hills, DO 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
Alicia Krpan, t.L.M.H.C.
Susan Koehler, P.A.-C.
Susan Koehler, PA-C, brings over 20 years of experience as a psychiatry physician assistant. Susan is a graduate of Des Moines University and the University of Minnesota. She has been awarded the NCCPA Certificate of Added Qualifications in Psychiatry. Susan’s general psychiatry practice includes treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, attention disorders, and thought disorders. She sees male and female patients of all ages and has a special interest in women’s health psychiatry. An initial appointment with Susan will include a thorough evaluation and specific treatment recommendations. Follow-up appointments will monitor for therapeutic response and medication side effects, with goals of symptom remission, continued stability, and relapse prevention.
Greg Lengel, Ph.D.
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.
Alison Li, L.I.S.W.
Alison Li, L.I.S.W., is a licensed independent social worker and holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Alison provides therapy for adults, adolescents, children and families. She specializes in treating anxiety and mood disorders (including depressive disorders, generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder), autism spectrum disorders and adjustment disorders. Alison also has interest in working with people experiencing life transition issues, including those related to school, relationship and family stressors, as well as sexual and gender identity. Alison is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. When not at work, she can be found catering to the needs of a very cute but demanding French bulldog named MacGyver.
Jake F. Li, L.I.S.W.
Jake F. Li, L.I.S.W., is a licensed independent social worker and holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Jake provides therapy for adults and couples. He specializes in treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and mood disorders, and adjustment disorders. As a 24-year Air Force Veteran, Jake has interest in working with military members and their families with transition challenges and coping with the long-term effects of military service. He is also interested in working with people experiencing life transition issues, including those related to school, relationship and family stressors, as well as sexual and gender identity. Jake is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a life-member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). When not at work, Jake can be found in a mountain of books; currently pursuing his PhD, or relaxing with video games.
Danielle Lloyd, t.L.M.F.T.
Danielle Lloyd is a temporary 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.
Diane McClanahan, M.Div., B.S.N.
Diane McClanahan, Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Duke University and a master of divinity degree from Yale Divinity School. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, she has served congregations in Connecticut and Iowa. Diane is a spiritual director, clergy coach, church consultant and conflict mediator. Her interest is in providing spiritual and educational programs and consultation to assist spiritual leaders and their congregations to meet the needs of their communities.
J. Jeffrey Means, Ph.D., M.Div.
Jeff Means is a licensed psychologist at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center. In addition to counseling, he continues to provide consultation to those supervising in the training program, and to teach in the Center’s PrairieFire program. Prior to this role, he served as Associate Professor & Chair of the Behavioral Medicine, Medical Humanities & Bioethics Department in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University before retiring from that position in December 2014. Before his tenure at DMU, he was a longtime staff member at Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center where he founded the Clinical Training Program in 1980. He is a graduate of Purdue University, Christian Theological Seminary and Northwestern University, and is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Jeff also serves as a committee member with the Iowa Physician Health Program of the Iowa Board of Medicine and on the Ethics Committee of HCI Care Services. He is the author of Trauma & Evil: Healing the Wounded Soul, Fortress Press, 2000.
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 Minear 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.
Laura Nydam, L.I.S.W.
Laura Nydam is a licensed independent social worker. She earned her undergraduate degree in social work from Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA, and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa. Laura provides counseling and psychotherapy to individuals as well as couples and families. Laura has a special interest in providing holistic care to resolve issues of grief, trauma, life transitions, divorce, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. She is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) in the state of Iowa. Laura is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Mark Poeppe, Psy.D.
Mark Poeppe is a licensed psychologist. Mark received his Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Iowa and his Master’s of Science and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology. Mark provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. He has special interest in the treatment of depression, anxiety, other mood-related difficulties, life transitions, chronic pain or illness, OCD, high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, severe and persistent mental illness, and working with adolescents and young adults. Mark approaches treatment through a multitheoretical lens that primarily incorporates cognitive-behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness techniques. In addition to therapy, Mark provides psychological assessment for all ages and neuropsychological assessment for adolescents, adults, and older adults.
Kathy Reardon, R.N., M.S.
Kathy Reardon is a holistic nurse, spiritual director, and Healing Touch Practitioner. She holds a bachelor of nursing degree from the College of St. Scholastica and a master of science degree in counseling from Drake University. Kathy combines Healing Touch with other holistic approaches to assist her clients in growing in self-responsibility, empowered well-being, and wholeness. She has a special interest in working with those in trauma, life threatening illness, grief and loss, and critical life transitions. As a spiritual director, Kathy plans and facilitates retreats, and presents programs on prayer, spirituality, and adult faith formation.
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.
Amy Spangler-Dunning, L.M.H.C., M.Div.
Amy Spangler-Dunning is a Licenced Mental Health Counselor. She received her B.A. in English from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA, Master of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary, and M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Drake University. She is also an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has had experience serving in pastorates in Kentucky and Iowa. Amy works with individuals going through trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, transitional adjustments, or who are experiencing existential concerns. She also works with couples for pre-marital and marital counseling. Amy has experience working with people from a variety of denominations and faith traditions as they encounter questions of faith, spiritual concerns, and theological issues. Others areas of focus for Amy include issues specific to women and helping clergy who are in need of self care and support.
Shannon Welch-Groves, Psy.D.
Shannon Welch-Groves is a licensed psychologist. 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. Shannon provides counseling to children, adolescents, and adults. She has a special interest in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, parenting issues, child behavior problems, and individuals experiencing life transitions.
Roberta Yoder, M.A.
Roberta Yoder is a career counselor. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English-teaching from the University of Northern Iowa and has completed graduate studies at Drake University in the following areas: counseling, human resources, and management process and behavior. Roberta is a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist, a qualified user of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and a Pastoral Care Specialist certificate holder. She provides counseling to persons seeking meaningful employment or considering career changes. Roberta provides coaching to persons seeking to improve and enhance their performance and satisfaction in their current employment. She has a special interest in midlife career issues.
Scott Young, Ph.D.
Scott Young, Psychological Testing Coordinator at the Center, is a licensed psychologist. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Iowa State University. Scott provides individual, couples, family, and group counseling for clients across the lifespan. He uses a multitheoretical psychotherapy approach to work with a wide variety of presenting concerns, including: stress and adjustment issues, career transitions, existential or spiritual concerns, mood problems, ADHD, anxiety, health/medical issues, anger or behavioral problems, and severe or persistent mental illness. Scott also provides psychological testing for all ages, and neuropsychological testing for adolescents, adults, and older adults. Scott provides organizational consultation to businesses and enjoys providing clinically-focused teaching, consultation, and supervision.