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~
Experience Jean has over 20 years of experience as a nurse, and has worked in a variety of settings. She worked as a nurse in a nursing home, was clinic manager at Planned Parenthood and was a clinic nurse in Spirit Lake, IA. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching NCAA, NFL, and MLB games.
Associates Degree in Nursing, Northwest Iowa Community College, 2012
Experience Jessica has ten years of experience as a nurse, and has worked a variety of settings. She has worked as a nurse in long term care facilities, home health and hospice, and Director of Nursing at two long term care facilities.
About Me Jessica lives in Sheldon with her husband and her five children. She enjoys reading, gardening, watching her children's activities, and spending time with her family and friends.
Bachelor of Arts in Health and Human Physiology, University of Iowa
Experience Phuong has served individuals with intellectual and mental disabilities as an Employment Support Professional in Siouxland after she graduated from the University of Iowa in 2017. She connected persons served and their families to available resources and provided support to the families and persons along the way. Phuong has helped children and adults with varying degrees of mental illnesses develop techniques to express their emotions in more productive and socially-appropriate manners.
She also volunteers with the National Project Lifesaver Program to help ensure the batteries on the GPS tracking devices are in proper working conditions, so that families may locate their loved ones if they were to become lost.
About Phuong Phuong was born and raised in Sioux City as a first generation Asian-American. By bridging the two cultures she was raised in together, Phuong hopes to pave the way for others to follow. She's the second eldest (and only girl) of 6 and was the first of her family to graduate from college. In her free time, Phuong likes to be in the company of her loved ones, travel, and work on D.I.Y. projects. Phuong's life motto is based on a quote by Ayesha Siddiqi: Be the person you needed when you were younger.
Master of Social Work (MSW) from University of Iowa
Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with a Spanish emphasis from Northwestern College
Experience Kassie has experience in working with individuals, families, and groups. As a bilingual therapist, she has extensive experience working with a variety of Spanish-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 language
Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
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.
Education Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Briar Cliff University Associate's degree in Nursing, Iowa Lakes Community College
Experience Before joining Seasons, Dacia worked as a registered nurse primarily in long-term care in northwest Iowa.
About Dacia Dacia moved to the lakes area from Pocahontas after meeting her husband. They enjoy traveling, fishing, and riding their motorcycle. Her husband plays guitar in a band so she's his roadie. Family is important and they have three grown children between them. They are a divided household because she loves the Hawkeyes and he loves the Cyclones, but thankfully they are both Chicago Bears fans!
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.
Experience I have experience working with children at Camp Autumn and with ABA Therapy. I also worked as a crisis counselor. I am currently finishing up my last semesters of the master of social work program.
About Me I was born and raised in NW Iowa. I enjoy spending time with my family outside on our acreage, artwork and crafts, reading and music.
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 completed his internship at Synergy Center in 2012 (Jackson Recovery) from there he transitioned into the Cherokee Outpatient Office and ran the Intensive Outpatient Program. Steve also worked closely with the Family Treatment Court Programming in Cherokee County advocating for clients in substance abuse treatment from 2014-2016. His role at Jackson Recovery Centers entailed family prevention, group therapy, individual therapy, and federal therapy programming for the corrections system addressing criminal/addictive thinking. Steve also was the recipient for the Harlan Johnson Memorial Scholarship through Jackson Recovery Centers.
About Steve Steve was born and raised in Des Moines Iowa. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife and four children. Steve also enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, painting, and spending time in the outdoors.
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
Education Ema graduated high school in Emmetsburg, IA in 2015. She graduated with her Associates Degree in Arts & Science from Iowa Lakes Community College in 2017 and has recently graduated with her Bachelors in Social Work from Buena Vista University in May of 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.
BA in Psychology from The College of St. Scholastica
MA in Special Education from Ball State University
Experience I have experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as a Registered Behavior Technician. I also have worked with teenagers from a variety of backgrounds and exceptionalities in home, inpatient, and school settings while serving as a Direct Support Professional.
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 Arts in Social Work and English, Buena Vista University, 1994
Master's degree in Social Work, University of North Dakota, May 2015
Completed 4th year of PhD in Psycho-dynamics Psychotherapy - Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago
Experience Kate received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Social Work and English from Buena Vista University in 1994. Following graduation Kate worked in the fields of hospice care and bereavement as well as early childhood home visitation for 20+ years. Kate decided in 2013 to return to graduate school and pursue a Masters degree in Social Work and graduated in May 2015 from the University of North Dakota. Kate has a passion for working with clients of all ages especially those with complex trauma and personality disorders. Kate joined Seasons Center in June 2015. Kate continues to develop her skills by pursuing her clinical PhD through the Institute for Clinical Social Work out of Chicago, IL.
Areas of Speciality
Depression and Anxiety
Kate was born and raised in Northwest Iowa. She enjoys knitting, reading, and fitness.
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.
Associate's degree in Nursing, Northwest Iowa Community College, 2015
Bachelor's degree in Nursing, Western Governors University
In Progress - Master's of Nursing, Briar Cliff University, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree - 2021
Experience Heather worked for Orange City Area Health System throughout nursing school. She worked as a registered nurse at the Sandford Sheldon Hospital upon graduating with her Associate's degree. She worked in all areas of the hospital, including the Emergency Room, Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, and Med-Surgery.
Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counceling & Prevention Treatment, University of South Dakota
Ongoing - Masters of Social Work/Trauma Certification, University of Kentucky
Experience Joanie has worked within the substance abuse field over the past 14 years in various settings. From transitional housing, inpatient treatment and now on an outpatient basis. Joanie is licensed as an International Addictions Counselor, currently holding licenses in both South Dakota and Iowa. Joanie has done inpatient and outpatient counseling, family education counseling, Intensive Outpatient Group, and more specifically worked with individuals with persistent and chronic mental health issues as a substance abuser counselor. Once she completes her masters degree, Joanie will become dual credentialed with a trauma emphasis.
Areas of Specialty
Matrix Model Supervisor Certified
SD DUI Certified Facilitator
Certified Addictions Counselor
About Joanie Joanie is a native South Dakotan, born and raised in SE SD. She grew up on a farm with horses, cows, pigs and 5 gazillion cats. Joanie and her husband Dan live out in the country in West Akron, IA...good luck in finding that on Google maps :) Joanie has 4 grown children, some honorary adopted ones and 5 grandchildren. Joanie has a passion for rescues, misfits and strays, kids and critters. Dan and Joanie together enjoy classic cars, vintage junk and life. Joanie is a woman in long term recovery.
Bachelor of Science, Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE (minor in Behavioral Science)
In Progress - Masters of Social Work
Experience Prior to coming to Seasons Center, Kelsey worked as a Family Advocate through Boys Town and as a Behavioral Strategist for the Head Start Pre-School program. She also has experience working with adults and youth struggling with substance dependence and mental health issues. Kelsey has a passion for helping and assisting families overcome trauma. Kelsey uses a caring, creative, client-focused approach in her work with participants. She believes in Seasons' mission statement whole heartily, “guiding individuals and families towards a meaningful and fulfilling life.”
Areas of Specialty
Mental Health First Aid
Trauma Care Coordination
Military, Veterans, and Military Families Supports
About Kelsey In her free time, Kelsey enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, being outside, and being with her funny farm animals. Kelsey's favorite hobby is pottery, and she's a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs.
Education Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Buena Vista University, 1999 Masters of Social Work, University of Iowa, 2005
Experience Dana has worked in the mental health field since 1999, primarily with children, adolescents, and families. She has worked with individuals with disabilities and chronic mental illness, as well as in school settings with children with challenging behaviors. Dana is currently an Intake Therapist at Autumn's Center.
Areas of Specialty CBT Trauma Children, Adolescents, and Families Anxiety Depression
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 experience through an internship for a non-profit in Sioux Center, Iowa working with individuals and families who are hurting by partnering with local churches and agencies to provide services as needed. She is currently 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.
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.
Post Masters Certificate, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, University of Iowa College of Nursing, May 2009
Master of Science in Nursing, University of Phoenix
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Coe College
Experience Lisa worked as a psychiatric nurse for 15 years on an adult inpatient unit before becoming a nurse practitioner. She received her Post Masters Certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) through the University of Iowa College of Nursing in Iowa City, Iowa in 2009. She is board certified as a PMHNP through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and since 2009 she has worked with adults, adolescents and children in hospital settings, private practice and community mental health centers in the Midwest.
About Lisa Lisa enjoys spending time with family and her two dogs, as well as traveling with her husband and reading.
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.
Master of Science in Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Buena Vista University
Experience David received his Graduate degree from Buena Vista University. During his graduate internship, he worked with adolescents and young adults with oppositional defiant and conduct disorders. Prior to entering the mental health field, David worked in the educational assessment industry managing testing programs from item creation, test administration, scoring, and reporting.
Areas of Specialty Depression and anxiety Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Conduct Disorder Adolescents and Young Adults CBT Choice Therapy
About David David is passionate about advocating for additional funding and access for mental health services. He serves as the legislative and public policy chair for ACA-Iowa.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Northwestern College | Orange City, IA, 2016 (Minor in Biology, Concentration in Neuroscience and Persons)
Experience Jenna joined the Seasons Psychological Testing Department as a psychometrician in the summer of 2017. She assisted with administering and scoring psychological assessments and writing reports. Jenna transitioned into the RPG Engagement and Enrollment Coordinator in spring of 2019.
About Jenna Jenna is originally from South Dakota. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, making and listening to music, spending time with family and friends, and drinking coffee. Jenna's plans for the future include pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.
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 became a Certified Family Life Educator (Provisional) in 2014 to help strengthen families. Since her time at UNI, she has gained experience as an intern in Substance Use Counseling and Play Therapy. She has also worked as a Family Support Worker and an Adolescent Co-occurring Case Manager in Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient services. In 2016, she worked at The Bridge Transitional Housing in Orange City for her graduate internship, gaining experience in working with clients from domestic violence, substance use, and homelessness.
Areas of Specialty
Adolescent substance abuse
About Amber Amber likes watching football and hockey in her free time. She also enjoys attending races and being outdoors. 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 Science in Criminal Justice, Waldorf University
Experience Hailey worked at Prelude Behavioral Services in Iowa City prior to coming to Seasons. During her time at Prelude Behavioral Services, she facilitated activities and led curriculum-based groups to adults who struggled with substance abuse and mental health.
About Hailey Hailey grew up in Crystal Lake, IA and graduated from Forest City High School. While juggling school and collegiate softball, she found time to join a mentorship program through Forest City Elementary. Her passion for kids and helping others stems from the relationships she built during that time. When Hailey is not working, she enjoys athletic events, reading, spending time with her family and dogs, and boating on the lake.
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 is a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and has been inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success. She completed her graduate internship with Seasons Center which provided her the opportunity to work with clients from a variety of age groups. In addition, Brittany was able to work with many populations including those with personality disorders and trauma-related experiences.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
About Brittany Brittany enjoys the time she spends with her husband and children. My two boys are very active in athletics and that keeps us on the go! If we're not at a ball game, we are enjoying the outdoors and traveling. Brittany is an avid coffee drinker, enjoys retail therapy, and animals of any sort. She has two dogs, Mator who is an Shih-Tzu, and Bolt who is an Australian Shepherd.
Bachelor of Arts in Art, Minor in Religion, Cornell College
Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Iowa State University
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, The University of South Dakota
Experience After working as a student affairs professional with college students in a variety of situations, Emili found her passion for mental health counseling by working with individuals and groups in moments of crisis and struggle. This prompted Emili to pursue her second master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP Accredited) at The University of South Dakota. Emili is recognized as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and is a professional member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). She utilizes a caring, integrated and person-centered approach to treatment. She has also worked as a K-12 school-based mental health therapist. With many areas of interest, Emili considers herself to be a lifelong learner and strives to be a well-rounded clinician.
Areas of Specialty
Bereavement/Grief and Loss
Crisis & Trauma
About Emili Emili is proud to be a native of Northwest Iowa and enjoys daily life near the Iowa Great Lakes. Outside of the office, Emili enjoys spending time with her loved ones, playing with her dog, being creative, laughing, and finding joy in life's imperfections.
Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Iowa State University (minor in Child, Adult, & Family Services)
Associate's degree, Iowa Lakes Community College
Experience Brittany worked with mentally handicapped individuals while obtaining her undergraduate degree at Iowa State. She has also worked at Elderbridge Agency on Aging as a service specialist, where she assisted with case management, elder rights, and caregiver support. In addition to her role as Family Case Coordinator, Brittany works for Seasons' Emergency and Crisis Services on an on-call-basis.
About Brittany Brittany is originally from Rossie, Iowa, which is a few miles south of Spencer, but she currently lives in Spencer. She has an older sister and a younger brother. She has two nieces and a nephew whom she enjoys spending all of her free time with! When she's not with family, she enjoys doing just about anything outside.
Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa
Experience In college, Ally worked with adults with disabilities as a direct support professional. Ally completed a social work internship with a public charter school in Denver, Colorado where she implemented difference evidence based interventions with a diverse set of middle and high school students.
About Ally Ally is originally from Minnesota where she spent most of her time on a lake. Ally enjoys spending time with her husband, playing board games, drinking iced coffee, and being outside.
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.
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.
Associate's degree, Iowa Lakes Community College & Grandview University
Experience When first arriving to the United States, Rafael worked in the customer service field as a Connection Center Representative, helping people find jobs and assisting them with their resumes and applications. Rafael has also worked in Human Resources at Rembrandt, as an FSRP with DHS, and for the past two years as a Substance Abuse Counselor for Compass Pointe. He has facilitated the Iowa Domestic Abuse Program (IDAP) in both English and Spanish for two years as well.
About Rafael Rafael is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, and came to the United States when he was 18 years old. He has lived in Storm Lake ever since. Rafael came without knowing any English and had to start as a sophomore in high school due to the language barrier. He has his mother and two younger sisters, as well as two twin nephews and a niece in Storm Lake with him. Rafael has two passions: volleyball and dance.
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 also worked as a Teacher Associate and Individual and Large Group Speech Coach at Laurens-Marathon and Ruthven-Ayshire schools.
Areas of Specialty
Adolescent 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 boys. 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 organizations, including music and FFA.
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.
Bachelor of Social Work, University of Northern Iowa
Experience Lindsay has over 10 years working with crime victims. She began her career in Waverly, Iowa as a Sexual Assault Advocate, working with individuals while also providing education in the schools and community. Lindsay moved back home to Northwest Iowa and took a Victim Witness Coordinator position at the Sioux County Attorney's Office. She has had 2 other employers since then, all working with victims of crime.
About Lindsay Lindsay grew up near Matlock and attended school in Sheldon. She is the 3rd of 4 children in her family. She enjoys spending time with her family and being outside.
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 Iowa Family Leadership Training Institute Iowa Family Peer Support Specialist
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.
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Buena Vista University, 2010
Master’s degree in Social Work, University of Illinois-Chicago, May 2017
Experience Janet has gained experience working with various populations throughout her career as a certified nurse assistant, youth care worker, parent coach, parent educator and now as a mental health therapist. Janet has had experience working in both urban and rural areas having worked in Nebraska, Illinois, and Iowa with individuals, families and groups. Janet enjoys using a holistic, strengths-based approach to assist individuals in achieving their goals.
Areas of Specialty
About Janet Janet was raised in Denison, Iowa. In her free time Janet enjoys trying new foods, trying new coffee/tea houses, reading, visiting botanic gardens, running, traveling and photography. Janet’s personal goal is to return to school and obtain her Ph. D.
Substance Use Disorder/Mental Health Therapy Specialist
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.
Master's degree in Couseling & Guidance, Texas A&M, San Antonio, Texas
Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Texas A&M, San Antonio, Texas
Experience Before joining Seasons Center, Michael worked at Sage Social Service working with youth through mental health services and assisted therapy, as well as Haven for Hope providing mental health counseling for the homeless population in San Antonio, Texas.
Areas of Specialty
SFBT (Soultion Focused Brief Therapy)
About Michael Michael is formerly an actor, singer, and songwriter, US Marine, and drama teacher. He enjoys playing the guitar, drums, and keyboard and spending time in-home recording and performing in the community.
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!
Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Mental Health concentration, Southern New Hampshire, 2020
Experience Gus has experience working at Family Treatment Court through Buena Vista County. He received specialized training from Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery in 2018 and Prime for Life training in 2019.
Areas of Specialty
About Gus Gus was born in Wisconsin, raised in Illinois, and lived in Chicago and Los Angeles for years before coming home to the Midwest in 2009. Gus loves to cook, spend time in the garden, and enjoy time with family. He spends time working with LGBTQ advocacy, Habitat for Humanity, and social justice reform.
COVID Care Team | Suicide Prevention Care Coordinator
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Northern Iowa
Experience Adam started working in the field at Forest Ridge and Woodward Academy. Shortly after he took a job doing FSRP work in Kossuth and Clay counties working with various families in the area. In 2018, he moved to Des Moines to do BHIS work with children and families in the metro. Then he accepted a position to do Care Coordination for families in Des Moines, specifically finding them community resources to promote their mental health.
About Adam Adam was born and raised in Estherville, IA. After high school, he ran track at Iowa Western Community College and later transferred to the University of Northern Iowa. He has listed downtown Des Moines for the past three years and has enjoyed learning about the various communities and cultures. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with family.
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 Anne has nearly 6 years of experience as a mental health therapist working with individuals, couples and families across the life span. In addition, she has 12 years of experience working with youth and families toward health and wholeness. Her areas of expertise are in trauma interventions and informed care, Theraplay style interventions, abuse & addictions recovery, mindfulness, family systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Emotion Focused Therapy. She is passionate about seeing healthy, whole and strong families.
Areas of Specialty
Trauma informed care
Systems Based Approach
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Emotion Focused Therapy
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 family and friends, doing work projects, being outdoors, being involved with my church, serving, or exploring new vegan and and baking recipes.
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Wayne State College | Wayne, Nebraska (Minor in Family Life Studies)
Experience Emily has extensive experience working with individuals of all ages. She worked at a children's shelter throughout college and after college accepted a position in the same agency working as a caseworker for homeless individuals and individuals aging out of foster care. Emily also worked at the Department of Corrections in the Residential Treatment Facility in Sioux City, Iowa for 3 years prior to joining Seasons Center.
Associates in Human Services from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA
Bachelors in Human services and Trauma Advocacy with Minors in Sociology and Psychology from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA
Experience Program Coordinator at Genesis Development for about three years. Worked first hand with adults struggling with the mental health and other disabilities.
Residential Counselor at Midwest Christian Services a home for boys. Dealt with crisis situations, mental health, disabiltiies, direct care, teaching life skills, assisting in completing their group work and keeping in contact with their families, JCOS, and case managers first hand on their progress.
About Me I was married to my spouse in Novemeber after canceling our wedding twice due to Covid19. I have a two year old daughter that will be three next month. I love to read, spend time with family and friends and focus on my mental and physical health. I am in process of getting my masters in Mental Health Counseling.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Northern Iowa, 2018
Experience Kimberly has had experience working in childcare throughout her college career; she was a nanny and volunteered at 2 childcare centers in Cedar Falls. Kimberly also volunteered her time in a Peer Mentor program which helped first-year students during their transition into the university.
About Kimberly Kimberly enjoys learning new things, reading, watching movies, and crafting. She also loves spending time with her friends, family, and husband.
Education Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Family Services, University of Northern Iowa Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Walden University
Experience Emily has worked in the mental health field for 4 years serving the adolescent population, specifically children and adolescents who have experienced abuse and intellectual/developmental disabilities.
About Emily Emily is from northwest Iowa. When she's not spending time with her family, she enjoys spending time outside and fitness.
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
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. Currently, Angela is a substitute teacher for preschool through high school students and PRN Social Services at Hawarden Regional Healthcare. Angela serves as an on-call 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 and a dog. Angela and her family enjoy camping, tenting in the mountains, and skiing. She enjoys volunteering as much as possible and has recently been involved with the Northwest Iowa Prevention Team planning.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Services, Buena Vista University
Master of Science in Human Services (with specialization in Mental Health Counseling)
Experience Prior to joining Seasons Center in 2017, Michelle was a mental health counselor at Hope Haven providing services to children, adolescents, families, adults, and couples. Michelle is certified in play therapy and marriage and family therapy. Additionally, Michelle has training in integrating art into therapy, PCIT, DBT, TF-CBT, sand tray therapy, and Gottman's couples counseling. Michelle is truly passionate about supporting individuals as they advocate for themselves and find empowerment within their ability to work through the barriers and obstacles they have encountered interpersonally or within their life experiences and interactions.
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Counseling, Wayne State College, Wayne, NE
Kenzie started her career working as a Lead Youth Counselor at the Emergency Shelter for Youth in Sioux City, IA. There, is where Kenzie discovered her passion for working with children who are 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 to parents and caregivers and helped connect them to different resources in our community.
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.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Northwestern College (IA)
Master of Divinity, Western Theological Seminary (MI)
Tim is currently a Substance Use Disorder Counselor. He has served as a pastor for twelve years in the Midwest, where he has enjoyed helping and working with people both individually and in group settings.
Tim has met with people in hospital and home settings, taught premarital counseling classes, and has done work with the in-jail population by leading a weekly Bible study for men and women.
Tim has also worked with nonprofit organizations, which has allowed him to serve communities in the Midwest, California, Haiti, and Slovakia.
Areas of Specialty Substance Use Disorder Counselor - Alcohol, Substances
About Me Tim grew up in northwest Iowa and has lived in Michigan, eastern Iowa, and southwest Minnesota before returning back to the area. He enjoys being part of his faith community and spending time with his family. His hobbies include boating and playing in a band with his brother.
Associates of Art degree, Arts and Sciences, Western Iowa Community College
Bachelors of Science degree, Schools of Health Sciences/Addiction Studies, University of South Dakota
Experience Prior to joining Seasons, Lynn worked at Compass Pointe as a Substance Abuse Counselor and Woodbury, Plymouth, and Sioux counties as an FSRP.
Areas of Specialty Substance Abuse Counseling - Alcohol, Substances, Gambling
About Lynn Lynn was married for 35 years before her husband passed away suddenly in 2008. They loved to golf, ride bike, fish, read, and spend time with their children and grandchildren. She continues to enjoy those activities along with traveling when possible. Lynn has 2 children, a daughter who is married and resides in Sioux Falls and a son who is married and resides in Sioux Center.
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, University of South Dakota, 2012
Master's degree in Social Work, University of South Dakota, 2015
Experience After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree Jenna worked with children and families within the DHS system. In May 2015 Jenna graduated with her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Dakota. Jenna has since interned within the school system and worked with clients at an inpatient behavioral health unit. Jenna joined the Seasons team full time in October of 2017.
Education Bachelor's degree in Counseling Psychology, Morningside College
Experience Ginny spent several years working with children in the residential setting who struggled with behavioral and emotional disorders. Since that time, she has primarily worked with families involved with the Juvenile Court System, providing education, support, and referrals to families in need.
About Ginny Ginny is originally from Ida Grove, IA. She spends most of her time with her husband and their almost three year old daughter. In her spare time, she likes to watch football, do yoga with her daughter, and go on walks with her family.
COVID Care Team | Domestic Violence Care Coordinator
Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, Colorado Technical University, Sioux Falls, SD
Experience Abbey attended the University of Sioux Falls and Colorado Technical University earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She has experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and victims of crime in all age categories. She has also worked closely with law enforcement, medical providers and many agencies throughout the state of Iowa in providing assistance to all survivors.
About Abbey Abbey grew up in Ireton, IA and went to school in Sioux Center. She enjoys watching her kids athletic, band & dance performances. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, camping, boating and spending time with her family & dogs.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Political Science
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (CACREP accredited program)
Experience Shante joined Seasons in May 2016. Previously, Shante has worked as a therapist and in-home skills provider for clients of all ages who experience anxiety and depressive symptoms, phase of life issues, and/or negative behaviors. Shante has provided therapy in the schools, outpatient therapy, and facilitated the adolescent and adult DBT groups. Along with DBT, Shante utilizes EMDR, CBT, and TF-CBT therapy techniques. Shante is currently the Team Lead and Mental Health Therapist for the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team.
About Shante Shante enjoys Blackearth Java coffee, sleep, singing, trying to master Pinterest recipes, and spending time with her family and friends. She is active in her passion for cheerleading and dance, as she coaches at Just for Kix and the Spencer High School Cheerleading team.
Guiding individuals and families towards a meaningful and fulfilling life.