Associate's degree in Science, Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby, Illinois (2012)
Associate's degree in Nursing, Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby, Illinois (2013)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois (2014)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN-PMHNP-BC), University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois (2018)
Experience Earlene is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatry. She is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and appreciates the importance of standard western psychiatry and prescribed medications but, additionally focuses on researching underlying conditions that may be attributing to symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, etc.
While working on her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Earlene was given the opportunity to work as a Registered Nurse on an acute crisis stabilization unit that served an adolesent and adult population. This position gave her the direction to continue her education and attain her Masters of Nursing as an ARNP/PMHNP. The autonomy with this position gave her a mission to assist, motivate and empower clients through evidence-based, integrative brain health care through medication management, and coordination with the client and other professionals on a journey to help each client with an authentically inspired life. This collaborative approach allows each client to play an active role in reshaping their future which helps strengthen the client’s commitment to a healthier, happier quality of life. Earlene is mindful and committed to treating the whole person, not just a diagnosis. The ideal client finds the importance of these treatments and understands their brain health as a journey that together with the team approach is achievable.
Areas of Specialty Psychiatric Mental Health
Earlene settled in the Dubuque area with her sweetheart Bob so they could be closer to her daughter and her amazing little family. She enjoys camping, crafting, gardening, and throwing clay on her potter’s wheel.
"Look at your life. Look at the ways in which you define who you are and what you’re capable of achieving. Look at your goals. Look at the pressures applied by the people around you and the culture in which you were raised. Look again. And again. Keep looking until you realize, within your own experience, that you’re so much more than whom you believe you are. Keep looking until you discover the wondrous heart, the marvelous mind, which is the very basis of your being." ~Tsoknyi Rinpoche~
EDUCATION Bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Management from Minnesota State Certifications as a Substance Use Counselor, Benefits Planner, and Wellness Coaching
EXPERIENCE I have spent the last 12 years in the social service field, serving a variety of populations. This includes individuals with serious mental illness, substance use disorders and justice involvement; all of which allowed me to become involved with the treatment courts (mental health, drug, veteran, and co-occurring). While serving the community, I began participating in the Crisis Team and currently sit on the board for both Missouri's Crisis Intervention Council and Recovery Coalition. Following my time with the treatment courts, oversaw a team of specialists as a part of the child permanency and reunification program that partnered with courts and foster systems.
AREAS OF SPECIALTY Adults, adolescents, families, anyone with disabilities, substance use, justice involvement, co-occurring, low parenting skills, coping mechanisms
ABOUT I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the gym, and watching my daughter compete in gymnastics. She keeps my husband and I very busy!
EDUCATION Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Buena Vista University, 2022
EXPERIENCE Prior to my arrival at Seasons, I have had a few other professional experiences. I had a month-long internship with the Storm Lake Early Head Start, where I was observing and working with the School-Based Teachers there. We worked with parents and their children, who were in the age range of 0-5. I also had an internship at Minnesota Valley Action Council (MVAC) where I was a Youth Services Intern. At MVAC, I worked with the Youth Services team on their summer program called "Get Started". This program taught adolescents who qualified for the program job readiness and life skills over the period of a month. It was all virtual. I was the individual sending out assignments, sending stipends for completion, case-noting, and hold daily zoom sessions with the adolescents. My final semester at BVU was a semester long internship at the Storm Lake Community School District, where I worked with a team of Student and Family Service Facilitators. We worked closely with students across the K-12 grade levels on emotional regulation, positive behavior & skill building, and healthy family functioning. I truly enjoy working with children and families.
ABOUT I enjoy being active, whether that is exercising or playing sports. I have played soccer my whole life and continued to play during my time at BVU and also was a two-year captain of the team. I enjoy all types of music and like to play guitar. My main goal is to help individuals and families in any way I can.
EXPERIENCE Before coming to Seasons I worked with families that had open cases with DHS. I have worked with cases concerning mental health, substance abuse disorder, and physical abuse. Through this prior job I gained a passion to help the kiddos which is why I decided the Autumn Center was the perfect place for me.
EDUCATION Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwestern College, 2020
EXPERIENCE I started my healthcare career as a high school student by getting my CNA. Once I had this certification, I began working at Arbor Springs. This was a dementia care facility. Starting there really helped shape the rest of my nursing career. While finishing high-school I got an internship at a family medicine clinic allowing me to see the effectiveness of preventative care. Volunteering is important to me and I got to bond with a group of ladies who resided in a group home throughout my high school career. My last two years of college I changed gears and worked as an inpatient behavioral health tech. Once I had graduated and passed my licensure boards, I chose to work at Sanford Health. I got to work on the Cardiovascular IP floor. I headed the Suicide Committee for the floor. This allowed me to help train the staff about ways to keep patients safe and identify any safety risks.
ABOUT I love to travel and experience new cultures! My cat is adorable and loves to cuddle! I love getting to know people!
Experience Dr. Castillo trained at the University of Iowa Psychiatry Department in General Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychiatry.
He worked in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in a private practice for 11 years before moving on to Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he practiced for 10 years in a major health system. Dr. Castillo joined Seasons Center in January 2016.
Bachelor of Arts in Family Services, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Experience I spent a year working at Dodger Academy, an after school program in Fort Dodge, IA, helping students develop social skills by recreational time, crafts, and STEM. I also completed my Family Services Internship at Cherokee Middle School in the counseling department.
About Me I grew up in Cherokee, IA. I enjoy spending my summers coaching softball and spending time with my family.
Bachelor's Degree at UNI in Social Work and then MSW at St. Catherine's/ St. Thomas University in St. Paul, MN. Christie's focus in the Master's program was clinical social work.
Christie has been a licensed social worker for over 23 years, working in a variety of settings and with a wide range of client populations. Some of them include working with high risk teens, hospice clients, frail and elderly, traumatized adults, adults living a life in recovery, homeless families and adults struggling with mood disorders. Christie has been in private practice at an outpatient clinic in St. Paul, MN for the past 10 years. For the clinic, she was working in several different areas such as co-facilitating an Intensive Outpatient Program with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, grief & loss and PTSD, seeing adults one on one in the office as well as working directly in Assisted Livings and Nursing Homes seeing clients one on one. Recently, her family relocated to Northwest Iowa.
LISW (state of Iowa), LICSW (state of Minnesota)
Areas of Specialty
Christie has many years experience working with young adults right on up to clients 90 years and older. Christie has been intensively trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Using those as well as a variety of modules, Christie most currently works with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief and loss as well as other diagnosis pertaining to mood disorders. Having worked in group settings, home environments and clinic settings Christie is excited to bring her knowledge and areas of specialty to the Season Center's team.
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Walden University, 2018
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Services, Buena Vista University, 2012
Experience Jess is a National Certified Counselor who spent close to 10 years working as a therapist in a co-occurring, inpatient treatment facility before coming to Seasons Center. There she worked with clients with a broad range of addiction and mental disorders. She also worked for a short period of time with juvenile sexual perpetrators. Jess incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and psychoeducation into her work with individuals and families in both one-on-one and group settings.
Areas of Specialty
About Jess Jess enjoys spending time with her children and family most of all. She also enjoys being creative through art, craft projects, and decorating. She enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling when possible.
Locations Buena Vista Clay Dickinson Emmet Pocahontas Palo Alto
AS in Substance Abuse, Iowa Lakes Community College, 2012
Bachelor's Degree in Human Services, Buena Vista University
Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling, Capella University
Experience Steve entered the substance abuse/mental health field over 10 years ago. He continues learning and growing in his practice at Seasons Center to provide evidenced based therapy practices to those he serves. He has worked in a variety of settings including residential, outpatient clinics and has also provided therapy in various school systems. Steve is trained in EMDR, CBT and DBT. He is a Temp Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Certified International Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He thrives on being able to work with a diverse client population using a combination of therapeutic techniques. Steve is passionate about working with and helping others with a variety of concerns including trauma, depression, anxiety, life changes, substance abuse and other areas of mental health needs.
About Steve Steve enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, watching sports, and participating in the recovery community.
EDUCATION Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminology from Buena Vista University, 2021
EXPERIENCE Allli has worked as a CNA in nursing homes for 5 years and served as a health advocate for her univerdity dorm. As the health advocate, she would provide information on medical and mental health services in the area and provide simple first aid.
ABOUT Alli loves taking trips with her husband and son and getting together with her older sister and younger brother. Soon she will be going back to school for a masters degree. Alli spent her childhood in Baltimore, MD and Sheboygan, WI before moving to Emmetsburg, IA. In her free time she loves to read and play outside with her son.
Associates Degree in Arts & Science from Iowa Lakes Community College (2017)
Bachelors in Social Work from Buena Vista University (2020)
Experience Ema has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for 6 years prior to graduating college. She also held a position as the Social Services Assistant with her previous employer for 2 years, where she was able to gain experience in working with dependent adults and their families in many capacities. Ema also gained experience through her internships with Lutheran Services in Iowa and the Department of Human Services in Cherokee, IA during her school years.
About Me Ema spent some of her childhood growing up in Baltimore, MD and later moved to Emmetsburg where she lived with her parents and two younger siblings. She enjoys every moment she can with her family and loved ones, including her two pets. She enjoys exercising, trying new things, and traveling. Ema is soon planning on preparing for her licensure exam to become an LBSW.
Bachelor's of Science degree (2019) in Addictions Studies with a continuum on treatment and prevention
Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Walden University (currently working on)
EXPERIENCE Prior to joining Seasons Center, Megan worked with women and children through the YWCA in Fort Dodge and with adolescents in the STARS program through Community and Family Resources.
ABOUT Megan is currently enrolled in a Master's program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Walden University. She hopes to one day work with co-occurring clients as recovery is very important to her. Megan has 3 beautiful children. Between work, school and her children, she tries her best to find time to spend with other family members as family is very important to her. For fun, Megan likes to sing and dance with her kids, take vacations with her family, and of course, go shopping.
EDUCATION Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Specialization in Child Welfare - University of South Dakota, 2022
EXPERIENCE Prior to my arrival at the Laurens School as a YSW, I had a 5-month long internship with Seasons where I got to explore many different locations and departments that Seasons has to offer within the mental health realm. From there I fell in love with the school based YSW position. During previous summers I have spent time working at Camp Autumn and have loved every second of it. At camp, I learned some great de-escalation skills and techniques that I still continue to employ in my practice as a YSW today. During my time at college, I was employed as a direct support professional at SESDAC for three years. SESDAC is a company that provides direct care and housing for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
LOCATION Laurens Marathon Community School District
Bachelor's degree in Psychology - University of Northern Iowa, 2020
Currently working on Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Wichita State University, 2023
EXPERIENCE Prior to joining Seasons, Mallory was the Assistant Director at Brain Balance Achievement Centers where she helped students and adults with anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, ADHD, trauma, and learning disabilities reach their fullest potential. She was also a Practicum student at Wichita Children's Home, assisting and counseling homeless youth to help them move forward in a positive way.
ABOUT Mallory is extremely passionate about mental health and ensuring resources are properly available and accessible to anyone who may need them. In her free time, she enjoys watching and attending sporting events, traveling, hanging out with her husband and their dog, listening to podcasts, and reading!
Bachelors degree in Social Work (BSW) from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA. Masters degree in Social Work (MSW) from Simmons School of Social Work in Boston, MA.
Meredith has worked in several different fields of social work throughout her career including residential care facilities (youth and adult), hospitals, nursing facilities and community health centers. She has a passion for those who struggle with their mental health diagnosis/es and strives to be there for encouragement, support, advocacy and to help individuals and families realize they are not alone. Meredith has had training in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, youth mental health first aid, mental health crisis intervention, mindfulness cognitive behavioral therapy, and healthy relationship education.
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)
Areas of Specialty
Adult and adolescent mental/behavioral health Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Motivational Interviewing
Meredith was born and raised in Iowa. Her family is new to the Spencer area and she is looking forward to becoming part of this community. She has a husband, 3 children, 1 dog, an Oscar fish, a tortoise and a bearded dragon that all keep her busy. She loves working out, going on walks, bike rides, family movie nights and sitting around the bonfire making s'mores as well as taking family vacations.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minor in Criminal Justice, South Dakota State University
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, South Dakota State University
Shelby is a National Certified Counseling (NCC) who is passionate about working with kids. At Seasons Center she will be working towards her LMHC and her Registered Play Therapy credential. Prior to coming to Seasons Center, she provided school-based services in the Sioux Falls area. As a clinician, she utilizes person-centered therapy as well as creative counseling techniques to meet the clients where they are.
Shelby is originally from South Dakota. Outside of work, Shelby stays busy with her new puppy, traveling and spending time with family and friends. When she’s not with others, she loves running and enjoying the outdoors.
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (minors in Sociology and Psychology)
Experience Holly most recently worked for Early Childhood Iowa Lakes Region as their Program Service Coordinator, but most of her career has been as a Substance Abuse Counselor. Holly worked with adolescents with Chemical Dependency and Co-Occurring Disorders in a in-patient setting at the Human Service Center in Yankton SD. She also facilitated Chemical Dependency groups at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, SD.
About Holly Holly is originally from South Dakota and has lived in Iowa for the past 5 years. She enjoy spending time with family and friends, doing crafts, and gardening.
Bachelors degree in Nursing from Winona State University, 2003
EXPERIENCE Holly is a registered nurse in Minnesota and Iowa, with specific certification in Public Health Nursing. She has worked in hospitals, clinics and community settings; with all age groups.
AREAS OF SPECIALTY
Child, adolescent & adult comorbidities in mental health
Suicide risk assessment & safety planning
Civil commitment in the realm of mental health care treatment
Education for newly diagnosed mental health disorders
De-escalation techniques in aggressive behaviors
ABOUT Holly recently moved to Iowa for her husband's career. They are the parents of 10-year boy/girl twins and an active young yellow lab. Holly's family enjoys camping, boating and water parks. They are also avid Minnesota Gophers Football fans.
Chris received his Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Buena Vista University. Chris has spent over a decade in the Human Services field providing services to youth. His experience ranges from working as a Direct Support Professional in supported community living centers to providing skill building services in residential treatment facilities.
About Me I am originally from Phoenix, AZ and have lived in Iowa since 2008.
EDUCATION Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminology - University of Northern Iowa, 2015
Prior to Seasons Center, Kaylea worked for Families First Counseling Services as an in home provider. As a Family Support Specialist, she worked closely with DHS to promote safety and reunification of families, while assessing risk, and working on goals with them. A few of her responsibilities as a provider included testifying in court, ensuring proper documentation, communication with DHS regularly, and educating parents by teaching curriculum and providing support to families. Before Families First, Kaylea was a Domestic Abuse Advocate with Crisis Intervention Service for 6 years. She helped victims of domestic violence find resources, file civil protective orders, provide support at criminal/civil court hearings, medical advocacy, transportation, and educate the community.
ABOUT Kaylea enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family and friends and spending time at the lake.
EDUCATION Associates Degree of Nursing-Western Iowa Tech Community College, 2014 Bachelors of Science in Nursing-Briar Cliff University, 2018 Certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, 2020
EXPERIENCE Prior to joining Seasons Center, Sarah worked in Sioux City, IA on an inpatient psychiatric unit for over 6 years and found her passion for psychiatric nursing. While there she specialized in this field and obtained her certification. Sarha has a history in caring for many patients of all ages experiencing various mental illnesses, as well as co-occurring substance abuse and medical disorders. Sarah also has a history of working alongside children with various needs in a school setting.
Associates Degree in Arts & Science from Iowa Central Community College in 2017
Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Buena Vista University in 2019
Master's Degree in Social Work from University of Nebraska, Omaha, 2022
EXPERIENCE Brenda has gained experience working with various populations throughout her career. Brenda has worked as a certified nurse assistant, direct care for intellectually disabled children, house leader, instructional assistant, and youth transported. In addition, Brenda previously provided BHIS and case management to juveniles involved with the justice system.
ABOUT Brenda is originally from California and has lived in Storm Lake for 16 years. Brenda likes to travel and spend time with my family and dogs in her free time.
Masters in Social Work - University of Southern California (2021)
Bachelors in Psychology - central College (2018)
EXPERIENCE Kylie has spent the last year working as an outpatient therapist visiting with both children and adults. She has experience working with those with trauma, personality, depression, anxiety, and sexual disorders. Previously, she worked as a case manager for those suffering from SMIs and as an in-home service provider for individuals diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder.
ABOUT Kylie likes to have as much fun as possible in her work setting, especially when working through such challenging things sometimes. She enjoys spending time with family and friends in her free time and she is an avid reader!
EXPERIENCE Billie Jo has worked with a large variety of populations. Her experience with the in-home services, both direct care as well as supervisor, has provided her with the trainings and experience needed to continue working in this field.
ABOUT I love the outdoors such as fishing, hunting and any of the children's activities. I love spending time with my family. I adore my boyfriend, Scot, and his children. We have been together for over a year now and he keeps me on my toes! I am a grandma....this was the happiest time of my life! I cannot wait to see what my future holds in these new roles in my life! Grandma, girlfriend and now new employee with Seasons!!
Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology, Morningside College | Sioux City, Iowa, 1994
Experience Sherri has a variety of experiences in working with both children and adults in community based settings as well as more structured residential environments, including providing school and home based support services, community based prevention services, as well as adoption and birthparent counseling services. For the past 12 years she has worked in the substance abuse field providing counseling and support for adolescents and adults who struggle with substance abuse and additional issues.
Sherri now works as the Permanency Support Specialist for the Family Support Center for foster and adoptive families. Sherri has over 15 years of personal foster and adoptive care experience through her and her husband’s own journey in fostering and adopting children through the foster care system. She has extensive training pertaining to foster families, adoptive families, and birth families.
Education Bachelor of Social Work, Dordt University, Sioux Center, Iowa, 2014
Experience Janelle has an internship with a non-profit in Sioux Center working with individuals and families, who are hurting, to partner them with local churches and agencies to provide services as needed. She previously worked as a Service Coordinator for a non-profit working with individuals with mental health needs and a variety of disabilities to live full and successful lives in their communities. Janelle works as a regular part of the on-call crisis staff based out of the Sioux Center office.
About Janelle Janelle grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and settled in Northwest Iowa after graduating from Dordt University in 2014. She enjoys spending time camping, unplugging, and being creative with her husband, two children, and her dog.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Luther College in 2012
Master of Social Work, Minnesota State University | Mankato, Minnesota, 2014
Experience Chelsi joined Seasons Center in February 2015 where she works with children, adolescents, and adults. Chelsi is trained to do PCIT and EMDR and runs the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group in Spirit Lake.
Areas of Speciality
Couples and Families
Children, Adolescents, Adults
About Chelsi Chelsi is originally from Spring Valley, MN. She likes to play outside, go on adventures, knit/crochet a diverse assortment of hats, drink excessive amounts of coffee, throw a variety of dog toys in hopes herdog will retrieve (and return) them, and attempt to master the several impromptu hobbies she seems to pick up regularly.
EDUCATION Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Briar Cliff University, 2020
EXPERIENCE Mireya has years of experience working with children and individuals with traumatic brain injuries, as well as years of experience in customer service. She has completed Seeking Safety training. Mireya currently works as a Family Case Coordinator at the Sioux City Seasons location.
Mireya was born and raised in the Sioux City area. In her spare time, she likes to read, go to concerts, travel, and spend time with her friends and family.
BA in Sociology/Business Administration, Briar Cliff University 1990
EXPERIENCE I bring 20-years of Child-Welfare experience as a Child Protective Services (CPS) Case Worker for Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and as a Supervisor for a Child-Welfare Agency in Sioux City. Prior to joining Seasons, I worked for Family Access Center in Sioux City as a Family-Centered Services Supervisor where I oversaw a team of Family-Centered Service Professionals providing Solution-Based Casework to families involved with the Iowa Department of Human Services in Woodbury and Plymouth Counties. I worked as an Elder Rights Specialist through Connections Area Agency on Aging. As an Elder Rights Specialist I collaborated with Iowa Department of Human Services Adult Abuse Case Workers on Dependent Adult Abuse cases, and in conjunction with Iowa Legal Aid, Law Enforcement, Counties Attorneys, Physicians, Mental Health Professionals, and other community agencies to investigate matters of abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, mental illness and substance use court committals. My work also entailed conducting elderly assessments to determine level of care needs and making community resource referrals for elderly and frail adults to remain safely living in their own homes. I began my Social Work career working for Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS), as Case Worker covering Northeast Nebraska. While with HHS I gained expertise in case management of Child Abuse and Neglect on-going cases, Status Offender and Juvenile Justice cases, as well as Initial Assessments/Investigations. I have worked on Welfare-to-Work initiatives teaching job interviewing and job searching skills to women moving from welfare to the work force. I have a strong commitment to giving back to the community through community service and I have volunteered for Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (CSADV) as a Sexual Assault Advocate at hospitals following critical sexual assault incidents and for the Court Watcher Program through Women Aware. I joined Sioux City Junior League in June 2001. I am a Sustaining Member of Sioux City Junior League. I am a life-long resident of Sioux City, and a graduate of Briar Cliff University.
ABOUT I live in Sioux City with my husband. We have a summer home in Ontario, Canada where we love to fish, relax by the water, and unwind from the hustle and bustle of city life in the States. We love to vacation in the Southwest and have been dreaming of moving to New Mexico someday. I like to draw, write poems, flower garden, recreational boating, spending time in nature, and decorating. Somedays I just can't get enough of HGTV!
Associates degree in Nursing, Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon, Iowa
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN-BC), Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa
Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN-PMHNP-BC), University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois
Experience Dee is a Board Certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 13 years of experience in the field of mental health. Her previous employment prior to enrolling in a nurse practitioner program includes the Unity Point Health Behavioral Health Unit and the Cherokee Mental Health Institute. After graduating with a nurse practitioner degree, Dee joined Jackson Recovery Center in 2018 (now known as Rosecrance Jackson Center). While at Jackson, she provided psychiatric services to sub-acute adolescent inpatient crisis stabilization unit patients, as well as adult and adolescent inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance use disorder patients.
Areas of Specialty
Psychiatric Mental Health
Substance Use Disorders
About Dee Dee enjoys spending time with family, reading, and going for walks.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Northwestern College | Orange City, IA, 2016 (Minor in Biology, Concentration in Neuroscience and Persons)
Experience Jenna joined Seasons Center in 2017, serving as a psychometrician. She has experience with administering psychological tests, as well as scoring assessments and writing diagnostic reports. Since 2019, Jenna has worked with grant-funded projects at Seasons, assisting with data tracking, evaluation, and overall program implementation. She has special interests in helping children and families impacted by trauma, supporting providers, and using data to improve services and programs.
About Jenna Jenna is originally from South Dakota. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, music, and spending time with family and friends.
Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Bachelors of Arts in Family Services, University of Northern Iowa
Masters of Social Work, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Experience Amber is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, Certified Family Life Educator, and Certified Advocate. Amber has gained experience in mental health, substance use counseling, play therapy, family relationships and support, parenting, domestic violence, abuse/neglect, and trauma. Amber currently specializes in trauma-focused therapy, play therapy, and services/advocacy for victims of crime. Amber is currently working towards her Registered Play Therapist credential.
Areas of Specialty
Crime Victims and Survivors
Children, Adolescents, and Families
About Amber Amber likes watching sports in her free time and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys attending dirt track races, being outdoors, and traveling. Amber loves interacting with children and adolescents to help them achieve their goals.
Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Augustana University, 2017
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of South Dakota, 2020
Experience Through educational practice at Augustana and the University of South Dakota, Chandler has worked in a variety of settings (clinical, EAP, school, etc.) with individuals and couples of all ages regarding a wide range of client concerns, including: anxiety, depression, crisis/trauma, resilience, addictions, behavioral issues, adjustments and more.
Credentials and/or Licensure
Temporary Licensed Mental Health Counselor (tLMHC)
Bachelor of Psychology and Biblical Literature, Ozark Christian College and Missouri Southern State University
Masters in Professional Counseling, Liberty University
Experience Ben has a Bachelor of Psychology and a Masters of Professional Counseling. He has spent the last 25 years in pastoral counseling working in the areas of grief, couples, marriage and pre-marriage. For the past 8 years Ben has been a certified alcohol and drug counselor (CDAC) working in that field with all ages for transformational change. Ben loves to read and loves to learn.
Areas of Specialty
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
About Ben Ben was raised in Coon Rapids, Iowa. He purchased the elementary school he attended there and now lives in it and pastors a church that meets there. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children. His favorite things to do are travel, explore, hike, sports and reading.
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Walden University, 2019
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Services, Buena Vista University, 2011
Experience Brittany completed her graduate internship with Seasons Center which provided her the opportunity to work with clients from a variety of age groups. During this time, Brittany was able to work with many populations including those with personality disorders, and trauma-related experiences. Since working at Seasons Center, Brittany has worked primarily in the RPG4 program, specialized in trauma services. In addition, Brittany works with all populations and diagnosis including depressive disorders, anxiety, ADHD, low self-esteem, and trauma-focused work.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
About Brittany Brittany grew up in rural Iowa, where she currently resides with her husband and two children. I enjoy watching my boys grow and stay active in their sports. I find in my spare time I enjoy relaxing with a cup of coffee, spending time with my family, including two dogs and 1 cat (Mator, Bolt, and Luna), and binging the latest Netflix shows.
Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Iowa, 2000
AAS degree in Early Childhood Education, May 2021
EXPERIENCE Julie has worked with children and families for over 20 years. The bulk of her work was with the KIDS Program providing in-home family support. In addition to the KIDS Program, she worked with Hope Haven providing supervised visits along with skill and therapy services. Julie was also the Childcare Director at the Spencer YMCA for approximately 4 years and with Head Start as the Education Coach for 2 years. She loves meeting new children and families and getting to know them for their uniqueness.
ABOUT Julie is married and has two teenage children. She also has three cats and a dog. Julie enjoys spending time with her family and watching her children in their activities. A fun fact about Julie is that she loves to raise Monarch butterflies. She enjoys finding the caterpillars and then setting them free when they are ready to fly.
Masters of Social Work (MSW) University of Iowa - 2020
BA Psychology and Behavioral Science - Concordia University, Nebraska - 2011
EXPERIENCE After graduating with my bachelors degree, I started working at the Crittenton Center Emergency Youth Shelter where I worked as a youth counselor and was then promoted to the Case Manager position until early 2019. I then began working at Rosecrance Jackson Centers working as an Intake Clinician for their Adolescent PMIC unit. In this role, I completed chemical dependency evaluations on adolescents and assessed whether they were appropriate for inpatient level of care. After brief time in that role, I then moved into the role as a therapist/case manager for the Adolescent Stabilization and Assessment Unit where I primarily worked with adolescents who were going through a mental health crisis. During this time, I earned my MSW and obtained licensure. My passion is working with children, adolescents and their families to help them accomplish the goals they have for themselves and help them process traumatic experiences.
AREAS OF SPECIALTY
Children and Adolescents & their families
Adolescents in Mental Health Crisis
Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders
Trained in EMDR
ABOUT My passion is working with children and adolescents but I am open to working with any age group. I am an avid Green Bay Packers fan(GO PACK GO!) and enjoy watching Iowa Hawkeye football. For fun, I love to kayak, puzzle, spend time with my dogs: Kobe & Macy Gray, drink coffee, and go on spontaneous adventures! Recently, I have enjoyed doing more home improvement DIY projects with my roommate which usually means watching a lot of how to videos on YouTube.
Bachelors of Science in Human Services from Grace University
Experience Heather's work experience includes relationship education and adoption case work at Bethany Christian Services. She conducted home assessments, post placement services, adoption education, and ongoing support to families impacted by adoption. Other experiences include assessments to host families of international high school students, assisting international students as they adjust to new cultural experiences, and teaching English as a Second Language.
About Me I spend my free time camping, biking, and hiking with my husband and two young children. I enjoy reading, spending time with friends, and traveling to the National Parks.
Licensed Practial Nursing, Iowa Lakes Community College
Experience Prior to joining Seasons, Missy worked as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor at the Northwest Iowa Alcoholism and Drug Treatment Unit, Inc. and as an Inpatient Psychiatric/Medical Social Worker at Spencer Hospital.
EDUCATION Bachelor's degree in Psychology - Buena Vista University, 2004
EXPERIENCE Prior to becoming an employee at Seasons, Alexis worked and volunteered in a variety of capacities in the social welfare field. A background in BHIS services, case coordination, and a foster parent of 7 years has given Alexis a unique background in empathy and compassion for hurting children and families.
AREAS OF SPECIALTY Foster/Adoptive/Kinship Families
ABOUT In her spare time, Alexis loves spending time with her busy family, volunteering, being outdoors, and cooking/baking. She tries to find joy in every day circumstances through community, sporting events, and building relationships. Her heart's goal is to serve people on the foster care/adoption journey in unique and tangible ways.
Bachelor of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Morningside College, May 2016
Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of South Dakota, May 2019
Experience During her time at the University of South Dakota, Kari worked with college freshman and their adjustment to college. Kari joined Seasons Center in August 2018 as an intern where she found her passion for working with children. During her internship she worked with children and adolescents of all ages and backgrounds. Kari has experience working with depression, anxiety, ADHD, adjustments, trauma, and more. Kari utilizes a caring, holistic approach to therapy.
Areas of Speciality
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Kari was born and raised in Spencer, IA and returned after gaining her education to be closer to family. She enjoys cuddling on the couch with her dog, Luna, watching netflix, online shopping, and taking naps.
Bachelor's degree in Family Science, University of Nebraska at Omaha and Lincoln, minor in Psychology
Experience Amy has over 18 years of experience working with families, children, and adults in the helping/mental health field. Amy has worked in a variety of organizations, ushc as shelters, behavioral facilities, in-home work, and group facilitation.
About Amy Amy grew up in Nebraska until middle school before moving with her family to Iowa. She's a die-hard Husker fan and enjoys watching her kids participate in a variety of activities in and out of school.
Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management, Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa, 2009 (Concentration in Sociology)
Experience Lynn worked with adolescents in a treatment setting at Forest Ridge Youth Services for over 14 years. Over the years, she's provided direct behavior management and behavioral health intervention services; recruited and trained of staff; and handled client screening, intake, and admissions. Lynn has also provided Child Welfare Emergency Services through this agency at times, and served on the Juvenile Action Meeting committee in Emmet County to help provide easier access to services available to youth and their families. Lynn has worked as a Teacher Associate and Individual and Large Group Speech Coach at Laurens-Marathon and Ruthven-Ayshire schools.
Areas of Specialty
Group Dynamics and Development
About Lynn Lynn was born and raised primarily in Nebraska. She finished public school in northwest Iowa and has resided here since. Lynn is the mother of two young men. She enjoys arts and tries to put her creativity to use in various forms, including: theater, photography, yarn, and upcycled projects. Lynn donates her time to student and community organizations, including community theater.
Education Associates degree, Iowa Lakes Community College
Experience Prior to joining Seasons, Kristi worked as a DSP for 5 years with individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses. Kristi has completed several behavioral health trainings as part of her professional work. Kristi joined Seasons in 2020 as a Peer Support for both the CCBHC and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams.
About Kristi Kristi is originally from Spencer, Iowa. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and also enjoys relaxing at home with a good movie.
EDUCATION Bachelor's degree in Human Services & Psychology - Buena Vista University, 2018
EXPERIENCE Prior to Joining Seasons Center, Dana spent several years volunteering at The Spencer Dream Center assisting those in need with necessary outreach services - medical, dental, food, clothing, etc. Dana spent time at Compass Pointe working in the area of substance abuse and at Hope Haven working with individuals, in their homes and in the community, whom have intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses. The objective was to provide new skillsets, encourage healthy living in all aspects, "model behavior" and provide guidance to best set clients up for a fulfilled successful life. Most recently Dana has been at Lakes Lifeskills mentoring individuals with an array of severe mental health diagnoses, in need of a higher level of care while living in a group home setting or within the community. Dana has also been blessed to have time substituting and working part-time for the Spencer High School with children who have special needs; intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses.
Dana is a transplant from the great state of Wisconsin and loves the Packers! She thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family; four children (two adults & two toddlers) keep her very busy. She and her husband love to travel, experience new things, and make memories. In her down time, Dana likes to spend time with friends, extended family, go to concerts, sporting events, and enjoy being home with a good movie.
EDUCATION Bachelor of Science in Human Service Counseling, minors in Psychology and Criminal Justice
EXPERIENCE Tanya has over 15 years of experience assisting youth and families with improving their behavioral and mental health. She has provided crisis intervention for victims of abuse, worked as a behavior intervention specialist doing in home behavior health intervention, and coordinated the care and treatment for youth with intellectual disabilities at an intensive care facility.
Trauma Informed Care Coordinator/Family Case Coordinator
Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from South Dakota State University, 2021
Family Development Specialist Certificate, 2019
Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree from Western Iowa Tech Community College, 2018
EXPERIENCE Prior to working with Seasons, Lauren worked as a Family Advocate in Cherokee and Plymouth counties for the Head Start program with Mid-Sioux Opportunity.
ABOUT Lauren is originally from Illinois but grew up in Le Mars. Outside of work, she likes to stay busy by spending time with her daughter, husband and two dogs. She also is in progress of becoming an Emergency Medical Technician to further her education. Lauren is also active in her community by volunteering on the Cherokee Flames and the Planning and Zoning Committee in Cherokee.
Associates Degree: Northwest Iowa Community College (Sheldon), 2007
Bachelor's Degree in Social Work: University of Northern Iowa, 2009
Master's Degree in Social Work: University of Iowa, expected graduation date May 2023
Experience Lindsay started working in the field of victim services in 2007 starting as a volunteer at a domestic violence and sexual assault Shelter. Lindsay worked in that field for 12 years and most recently served as the Victim Services Director at Family Crisis Center before her transition to community mental health in 2019. This previous experience and knowledge of the civil and criminal court system has been helpful as a Care Coordinator, here at Seasons. Lindsay still has a passion for helping those affected by crime and domestic violence that she uses in her current position at Seasons. Lindsay is currently working on completing her Master's Degree in Social Work through the University of Iowa program at Briar Cliff University.
Lindsay grew up near Matlock and attended school in Sheldon. She is married and has a family and lives on an acreage outside of Sheldon. Lindsay enjoys spending time with outside, with family, friends and animals.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ashford University
Master of Arts in Psychology, with a specialization in Criminalistics and Justice Studies, from University of the Rockies (graduated with distinction)
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Capella University
Nikki is a combat veteran (Desert Storm, 2 tours in Iraq) who retired from the military in November 2019 after 30 years of service. She served in multiple leadership roles during her career, and was a First Sergeant for the last 12 years of her career. She completed a portion of her PsyD practicum at the Behavioral Health Clinic in Baumholder, Germany, working with military personnel, veterans, and military families. Upon return from overseas, she completed her practicum and her internship at a private practice with offices in Hurst and Burleson, TX where she worked with veterans, adults, adolescents, and children.
EDUCATION Associate's degree in Law Enforcement from Southeast Technical Institute, 2014 Bachelor's degree in Human Services from Buena Vista University, 2017 Working towards Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Buena Vista University, 2023-2025
EXPERIENCE I started working in the field of victim services in 2017 as a state-wide victim service advocate through the Iowa Victim Service Call Center; a division of Family Crisis Centers. I worked in the call center for 3 years before transitioning to outreach advocacy in 2020 with Centers Against Abuse & Sexual Assault as a sexual abuse victim advocate for Sioux, Lyon, & Osceola counties. The experience and knowledge of these agencies will help me adjust as the Family Care Coordinator, here at Seasons. I have a passion for those who have been affected by crime and assault and am hopeful of continuing these services at Seasons. I have recently been accepted into Buena Vista's "Clinical Mental Health Counseling" graduate program. I will begin school in July 2023 and anticipate graduating in 2025.
AREAS OF SPECIALITY Adults, Adolescents, Families, Trauma, Crime Victim Survivors
ABOUT I grew up in Hawarden, Iowa and now reside in Orange City, Iowa with my husband, son, and dog. In my free time I enjoy reading, working out, listening to music, taking a nap, walking, or being around friends and family.
Education Iowa Family Leadership Training Institute Iowa Family Peer Support Specialist Family Peer Support Specialist credential with the IBC, 2022
Experience Angela has had first hand experience due to her history and her children's. Being a special needs mother has exposed her to many different areas in life. She has built a network of people across Iowa that works with people with disabilities, have a family member with a disability, or have a disability themselves. Angela also has experience with support groups.
About Angela Angela grew up in NW Iowa. She enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and close extended family. Angela is on the board for Beyond Limits Ability Expo and the ASPIRE Steering Committee. .
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Idaho
Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, Minnesota
Jan currently serves as a co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder therapist. She has worked in the substance abuse field for over 12 years, working in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. Prior to that Jan worked within a domestic abuse and sexual assault services program, working with both adult and child survivors as well as doing community outreach and education. Jan also lived and worked overseas in the Marshall Islands for a total of eleven years, after completing three years in the Peace Corps, and then working in primary and preventive health care and community development. In this capacity she worked with a number of United Nations agencies as well as international assistance agencies. Jan has also worked in a community health center in Seattle, working with homeless, transient and migrant workers.
Areas of Specialty
Jan is an LMHC (licensed mental health counselor) and an IADC (international alcohol and drug counselor) who specializes in co-occurring disorders, with a specialized interest in trauma. Jan is currently the Substance Abuse Specialist.
Jan grew up in northwest Iowa and then lived for a number of years on the west coast (California and Washington) before going overseas, where she lived for 11 years. After this she, with her children, returned to Iowa. Her children were born overseas and continue their connections with family that are still in Micronesia. Jan still can speak Marshallese and continue her love of learning about other cultures and people.
Associates Degree in Criminal Justice - 2004 Iowa Central Community College
Bachelors in Human Services and Criminal Justice - 2007 Buena Vista University
EXPERIENCE My professional experience began after graduation as a Substance Abuse Counselor with New Opportunities I was there for 7 1/2 years and worked with adults, families, and adolescents. At that point I decided I wanted to do more with children. I began with Rabinar Treatment Center as a Care Coordinator, utilizing BHIS with my clients. Later I worked as an in-home worker for what is known today as Families First. I also did in-home work, with juveniles and families, for Boystown. Having a passion for children, I began working as a teacher's assistant for 3rd graders and then moved to 7-8 grade special education. Wanting to move more in the human services field, I took a position with Plains Area Mental Health, as a Care Coordinator. When COVID hit I transferred to Carroll Middle School as an 8th grade special education teacher's assistant.
ABOUT My husband and I enjoy spending time with our children and as much time as possible with our 6 grandchildren. If you don't see me with one of my grandchildren (which is rare) then you might see me with a good book in my hands or going for my early morning refreshing walks.
Master degree in Social Work - Walden University, 2022
Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services - Ottawa University, 2016
EXPERIENCE Beth interned at Seasons as part of her Master of Social Work program. After graduating, she took the national exam to be able to practice at the master level and came back to Seasons as an Outpatient Therapist, via telemedicine. Her background, most of her education and training, and her professional experience have focused around children and adolescents, specifically those with special needs/disabilities and those who are at risk.
AREAS OF SPECIALITY
Children and adolescents
Children with special needs (Autism, Down Syndrome, Anxiety, etc.) and disabilities
ABOUT Beth absolutely loves being outdoors and in nature, especially around lakes. Her favorite hobby, other than outdoor activities, is playing games with family and friends.
Before she completed her degree, Christine began working for a residential facility for boys who needed extra support in learning everyday skills, following their treatment plan, and managing their medication. She then went on to intern with the Department of Human Services, working with children in foster care setting, families working towards reunification and adoption. After graduation, she began to work at a local youth shelter and run their teen group. It was there that she discovered her passion for helping families and children, and really saw need for more preventative services. She accepted a home visitation position with an area early education program and spent 6 years coming along side families to support them as they worked towards their goals, connecting them to resources, and offering child development and educational information.
Before Christine was born her parents decided to become foster parents. She was born into an ever changing family structure and dynamics. When asked about her upbringing, she says technically she is an only child but is quick to mention that she grew up in all the roles as the oldest, middle, and youngest at various times through her formative years. She also says that of all those roles - her favorite was being the oldest!
Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Moody Graduate School/Theological Seminary
Bachelor's degree in Leisure, Youth, and Human Services, University of Northern Iowa (emphasis in Nonprofit Administration & Youth Work)
Experience Prior to becoming a mental health therapist, Anne had 10 years of experience and work in youth and family ministry. She has been practicing as a mental health clinician nearly 6 years - in both community, private and school based settings. Anne is passionate about collaborative work with those working with and serving youth and families - both in the field and in our local communities. Anne strives to stay educated and informed about trauma informed care. She is also currently working towards her full certification as a Theraplay Practitioner.
Areas of Specialty
Trauma informed care
Systems Based Approach
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Emotion Focused Therapy
Theraplay Style Interventions
DBT Style Interventions
Collaborative Care Interventions
Play Therapy Style Interventions
About Anne Anne is originally from Northwest Iowa, but she has enjoyed traveling around the US and overseas over the years. She enjoys spending her free time with her family, friends & dogs, doing work projects, being outdoors, being involved with her church, serving or exploring new vegan & baking recipes.
EDUCATION Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Criminal Justice from California State University, Bakersfield California
EXPERIENCE Juana has worked with Transitional Age Youth experiencing mental health and aging out of the Foster Care System. She has provided Direct Care to Victims of Violent Crimes. She has been an In-Home Care Coordinator to families involved in DHS and Juvenile Systems. And has provided Care and Treatment to Juveniles in Detention Facilities.
ABOUT When she can find time, Juana likes to travel, read, and spend time with family and friends.
Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science in Psychology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Seeking Safety EBP Trainer
Wise Up EBP Trainer
Experience Monica has over 25 years of experience working with children, teens, individuals, and families. She was a Resident Counselor for a PMIC and then for an emergency youth shelter in Ames, IA while attending ISU and for several years after graduation. Monica and her husband moved to Sioux City in 2001 and she began her 20-year career for a non-profit social service agency. Monica started as an Outreach Worker/Family Support Specialist for a family resource center where she taught in home and group parent education classes. In 2000, Monica was promoted to Program Director of various programs including BHIS, a family resource center, various homeless prevention programs for young adults and the chronically homeless with disabilities. Monica also was the director of a group based and scattered site teen foster care program.
About Monica Monica was born and raised in Northwest Iowa. She loves spending time with her husband and teen daughters. Monica also enjoys crafting, cooking/baking, and loves going to Iowa State Cyclones football and basketball games.
Bachelor's degree in Human Relations and Justice Studies from University of Iowa
Experience Prior to Season's Center, Ashlyn worked at a community mental health agency as a case manager for children and adults utilizing waiver services. Ashlyn graduated from University of Iowa with her Bachelor's in Human Relations and Justice Studies. Ashlyn is currently working to obtain her Masters in Social Work from the University of Kentucky.
About Me Ashlyn has a 2 year old son, and you can often find her enjoying time outside, spending time with her friends and family, reading books, or studying!
EDUCATION Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Northwestern College, 2021
Prior to Seasons Center, Calli interned at two different schools in Denver, CO working with students K-2 and 9-12. She observed, audited and took part in a tier support system for the alternative charter high school, ensuring that all students had an equal opportunity for success.
ABOUT CALLI Calli enjoys spending time with her dog Leia, watching Marvel movies and going on adventures in her Converse sneakers (which she documents with a picture for her converse scrapbook). Calli has previously been a high school softball coach and enjoys being involved in the game as much as possible.
Master of Social Work (MSW) from University of Iowa
Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with a Spanish emphasis from Northwestern College
Experience Kassie is an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist and has experience in working with individuals, families, and groups. As a multilingual therapist, she has extensive experience working with a variety of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking people and cultures. Kassie has past experience working with children, adolescents, and families involved in the juvenile justice and/or child welfare systems.
Areas of Specialty
Crime Victims and Survivors
Children, adolescents, and families
Functional Family Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Therapy in the Spanish and Portuguese languages
Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
Substance Use Disorder Counselor / Travel Therapy Intern
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Northern Iowa, 2018
Masters of Social Work, University of Iowa, (expected completion 2023)
Experience Kimberly started at Seasons Center in 2018 working in crisis services. She received her tCADC in 2019 and transitioned to a position in the SUD department and upgraded to her CADC in August 2021. Kimberly also currently works part-time as a Suicide Prevention Care Coordinator for the COVID Care Team.
About Kimberly Kimberly is married to her high school sweetheart and together they share a son, who is the light of their lives. She also has two fur-babies, a Golden Retriever and a German Shepherd. She enjoys spending time with her family, learning new things, crafting, and watching scary movies.
Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Family Services, University of Northern Iowa
Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Walden University
Experience Emily started working at Seasons in 2019 as a School Based Therapist. Prior to joining Seasons she worked with adolescents with trauma and/or intellectual difficulties. Emily is trainied in Theraplay and EMDR. She is passionate about supporting clients and meeting them where they are on their journey by using a holistic approach to therapy.
About Emily Emily is from northwest Iowa. When she's not spending time with her family, she enjoys spending time outside and fitness.
BA in political science and sociology from LSU-Shreveport, 1994
Master's+30 in School Psychology from LSU-Shreveport, 2000
Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization credential in crisis and trauma counseling from Walden University, May 2022
Prior to working at Seasons, I worked in the schools as a school psychologist working with children and teens with a variety of special needs and disabilities. While there, I specialized in working with children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as working with teens in the juvenile justice system. I also have extensive experience working with adults with special needs. My main focus has been in working in crisis and trauma and working with co-occurring substance use clients.
AREAS OF SPECIALTY
Children and adolescents, with specialization in youth with special needs
Substance use co-occurring
wide variety of behavioral intervention techniques and trauma processing techniques
ABOUT Carla believes in a holistic approach to counseling that focuses on treating all of the needs of the client using a collaborative group approach. She also believes in personal empowerment of her clients to become the best version of themselves.
EDUCATION North Central Missouri Community College. Nursing LPN 2007
EXPERIENCE Denise has worked in Nursing for the past 15 years. Through her experiences in the nursing field she has come to realize the unique needs of all people. With her experience and training she wishes to continue to help others.
ABOUT Denise is a mother of five children and 7 grandchildren. Most of her children are out of the house experiencing a wonder life. Denise enjoys reading, cooking, movies and spending time with her family. Most of all she loves to laugh.
EDUCATION Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology - Iowa State University
EXPERIENCE For the past 4 years, Kelly has worked for the Algona Community School district as a special education paraprofessional. She also worked as the Director of the Parents Actively Caring program for the Kossuth County CARE Team for 3 years providing resources and support to families with young children in the Algona area. Kelly's experience also includes work as an Acute Crisis Team Case Manager and as a Lead Behavioral Health Technician at a mental health center in Arizona. As the Lead BHT, she facilitated groups specializing in substance abuse and coping skills. Kelly's passion is working with children and helping them be successful in their everyday life.
ABOUT Kelly is originally from Ankeny, Iowa, and has lived in Algona for the past 13 years. Kelly loves spending time with her family. She enjoys being outdoors hiking, boating, and taking her golden doodle on walks. Kelly spends her free time watching her two daughters play a variety of sports.
Bachelors in Human Services with a minor in psychology as well as sociology.
Experience Prior to working at Seasons, Anita worked for Spencer Community Schools as well as Hope Haven. She wore many hats, but always closely with high behaviors, as well as disabilities of many different levels.
Associate degree in Nursing, Iowa Lakes Community College, 2014
Certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, 2018
In Progress - Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Northwestern College
Experience Prior to joining the Seasons team, Courtney worked in inpatient mental health settings. While attending college for her ADN, Courtney worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the Behavioral Health Unit at Spencer Hospital. After becoming a Registered Nurse, Courtney worked at Cherokee Mental Health Institute where she worked with children and adults with moderate to severe mental illnesses.
About Courtney Courtney grew up in Minnesota and moved to Iowa with her family in 2010. In her free time, Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband, Alan, and their 7 kids. She also enjoys watching the NFL and cheering on the Denver Broncos.
Bachelor of Science in Sociology, South Dakota State University, emphasis on Criminal Justice & minor in Human Development
Experience Angela has worked in various positions in the social services field over the past 20 years. She has worked with teenagers and adults with mental health diagnoses in shelter and group home atmospheres. Angela has provided in-home parenting skills and crisis intervention as well. She worked for the Department of Social Services in South Dakota with abused and neglected children at home and in foster homes. She worked for the Department of Human Services in Iowa investigating child and dependent adult abuse and neglect as well. Angela serves as a full-time Crisis Staff at Seasons Center.
About Angela Angela grew up in northwest Iowa and has lived in the area most of her life. She is married with three daughters, a dog, and a rabbit. Angela and her family enjoy camping, tenting in the mountains, and skiing.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Services, Buena Vista University
Master of Science in Human Services (with specialization in Mental Health Counseling)
Experience Michelle has been in the mental health field for approximately 20 years. She started her work in the mental health field as a residential counselor with adolescent male sex offenders. From there she transitioned into being the facility’s social worker, in their day treatment program, working with at risk children and families both in the facility as well as providing in-home services. While completing her Master’s Degree in Human Services with a Specialization in Mental Health Counseling, Michelle provideed remedial and BHIS services. In 2010, Michelle started mental health counseling through Hope Haven and remained there until joining Seasons Center in 2017. During that time she also received master’s level certification in Play Therapy and Marriage and Family Counseling. Michelle is trained in DBT, CBT, PCIT, TF-CBT, EMDR, and Sand Tray Therapy. She is the Director of School Based Mental Health Services and the Therapy Specialist for Autumn’s Center. In addition to clinical work, Michelle is a trainer for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and is a provider for Seasons on-call mobile crisis team. Location Emmetsburg
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Counseling, Wayne State College, Wayne, NE
Experience Kenzie started her career working as a Lead Youth Counselor at the Emergency Shelter for Youth in Sioux City, IA. There, Kenzie discovered her passion for working with children who are/have been, involved with DHS and/or the Juvenile Court system. To further her realm of experience in this field, Kenzie became a Family Support Worker for the Crittenton Center. She taught parenting education curricula (Love and Logic, Active Parenting, Positive Discipline, Positive Parenting) to parents and caregivers and helped connect them to different resources in our community. Since working as a Family Case Coordinator for the RPG program, Kenzie has had the privilege of gaining even more knowledge, to help the families she serves. Kenzie has received training for the Evidence Based Practices, PACT (Parents and Children Together) and Seeking Safety, as well as being trained in Parenting Wisely and W.I.S.E. Up.
About Kenzie Kenzie is a fun-loving, free spirit, who loves bringing light to people’s day. In her free time, Kenzie can most likely be found, outside, listening to music, and playing with her two-year-old daughter. Some of Kenzie’s favorite hobbies include; baking goodies, kayaking, crafting, spending time with her two younger siblings and drinking coffee.
EDUCATION Bachelor's degree in Human Services, minors in Psychology & Sociology - Buena Vista University
EXPERIENCE Abbey has over 8 years of experience working in the childcare field. Prior to joining Seasons, Abbey worked at various childcare and learning centers throughout the state of Iowa assis ting children in the development of social, communication, and problem-solving skills. She also implemented and managed activities promoting learning and positive behavior.
AREAS OF SPECIALITY
ABOUT Abbey is from Algona. She enjoys spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys golfing, boating, DIY projects and taking her dog Koda on walks or to the local dog park.
Bachelor's degree in Human Services, Buena Vista University
Associate degree, Iowa Lakes Community College
Masters of Social Work From University of Missouri, 2021
Experience Amber has worked at Seasons Center since 2010. Previously, she worked for Hope Haven in Spencer as a direct support for adults and children. While at Seasons, she has worked in several areas: Community Based Services (CBS), Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS), and Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation (IPR). She currently works on the CRISIS Team, as the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team Lead and as a Mental Health Therapist.
About Amber Self Care is an important part of life. A few things Amber enjoys doing include: Spending Time with Family/Friends Reading Enjoying time with her pets Attending a gym Diamond Painting
EDUCATION Associates Degree of Nursing- Northwest Iowa Community College, 2010 Bachelor's Degree of Nursing- Loyola University Chicago, 2014 Certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, 2014
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Prior to joining Seasons, Jordan worked in Grand Rapids Michigan on an inpatient psychiatric medical unit for 10 years in various nursing roles including staff RN, Charge RN, Psychiatric Response Team, as well as RN Case Manager and Intake Coordinator. Jordan has experience working with both adults and children with severe mental illness as well as complex medical needs.
Education: Ph.D. St. John's University, Clinical Psychology
Master's Degree Wayne State College, Mental Health Counseling
Pastoral Graduate Assembly of God Theological Seminary
Bachelor of Science Degree Morningside College, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology
Associates of Arts Morningside College Degree, Sociology
EXPERIENCE Thirty years of experience as an Mental Health Therapist serving in Nebraska and Iowa. Twenty-nine years serving as a Law Enforcement Officer. Retired Military professional, served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. It has been and honor and privilege to assist people from around the globe deal with their social or individual problems in a collaborative manner.
AREAS OF SPECIALTY
Specialist in Anger Management
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Couples Therapy (Gottman Method)
Self-Esteem Improvement Techniques
ABOUT James is originally from Northeast Nebraska but has enjoyed travelling around the U.S. and overseas over the years. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is involved with Church activities, being outdoors. Enjoys coaching children in baseball, basketball and soccer. And volunteers helping the homeless population in Nebraska and Iowa.
Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science with minor in Psychology - Ashford University (2020)
EXPERIENCE Prior to working at Season's Center, Bethany worked at the Carroll Community School District in Special Education, working 1-on-1 and in classroom settings. She has also worked for Boys Town Iowa as an In-Home Family Specialist. In that role, Bethany provided services and connections to resources, within the community, to support healthier family environments. ABOUT Outside of work Bethany enjoys spending time with her family watching movies. They love rodeos and travel often for various youth rodeo associations. She also enjoys spending time outdoors: fishing, working, or just hanging out.
EDUCATION Bachelors Degree in Child and Family Services from Iowa State University Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Buena Vista University EXPERIENCE Leah has more than 20 years experience working with youth and families in the mental health field. Before joining Seasons Center she was a therapist at Avalon Center for 2 years serving children, adults and couples. Leah strives to lift others up to find their own passion.
AREAS OF SPECIALTY Specializes in children and adolescents with trauma.
ABOUT LEAH Leah has a 15 year old son who is the light of her life. You can often find her at wrestling, baseball or football games cheering him on. She also enjoys reading, cooking, shopping and spending time with her family and friends.
EDUCATION Bachelor's Degree In Business from Simpson College, 1999
Prior to arriving here at Seasons Center, Misty worked for two local Social Service agencies; Family Crisis Centers (FCC) and Center's Against Abuse & Sexual Assault (CAASA). She specialized in assisting victims/survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence. She is a current certified domestic abuse & sexual assault advocate from 2014-2023 through the Iowa Coalition against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault. Misty's previous experience working with diverse populations will prove beneficial in providing Behavioral Health Intervention Services to the youth and adolescents of the North Union School District as a Youth Services Worker.
ABOUT Misty is honored to say she is the single mother of five brave, confident, handsome young men. She likes reading, writing, shopping online, swimming, traveling, mining for gem stones and spending time with her family.
Guiding individuals and families towards a meaningful and fulfilling life.