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.
Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Dordt College, 2013
Master's degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska-Omaha, December 2015
Experience Megan has experience working with individuals and families. She also has experience working with people with disabilities. Megan interned with Seasons during her Masters program and then joined the Seasons team full time in February of 2016.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Northern Iowa | Cedar Falls, Iowa (Minor in Criminology)
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology | Chicago, Illinois
Experience Collin has experience working with adults struggling with substance dependence and mental health issues. Collin uses a caring, integrative, client-centered approach in his work with clients. Collin acknowledges the strength and courage it takes to address issues related to one’s mental health. He firmly believes through empathy, non-judgement, and hard work, each and every client can move through their struggles and lead the happy, healthy, and fulfilling life that they want and deserve. Collin joined Seasons Center in August 2015. Areas of Specialty
Prolonged Exposure Therapy
Active Military, Veterans, and Military Families
Anxiety and Depression
About Collin In his free time, Collin enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, being outside and watching sports. Collin’s favorite teams are the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Chicago Cubs, the Green Bay Packers, and the Chicago Blackhawks; especially if they are winning.
Master of Science in Education, Mental Health Counseling, Purdue University
Bachelor of Arts, Communitications, Waldorf College
Mandy received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Waldorf College. She then majored in Mental Health Counseling at Purdue University and graduated with her Master of Science in Education Degree. Mandy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). Mandy’s different occupational experiences have allowed her to be comfortable working with all ages. Her graduate internship gave her the experience of working with men and women and their families that were experiencing the legal system in Indiana. At Jackson Recovery, Mandy worked with adolescents that were in outpatient drug and alcohol counseling. Then, Mandy spent almost 9 years as Director of Counseling Services at Buena Vista University. There she learned how to work with students, facility, and staff that presented with a wide range of different issues and problems. After spending time as an In-School Therapist for the Sioux City School District, Mandy missed living in the Storm Lake area and decided to return.
Areas of Specialty
Depression and Anxiety
Children and Young Adults
Substance Abuse (CADC)
Suicidal & Self Harm Behaviors
About Mandy Mandy was raised a Northwest Iowa girl and she loves being close to her family and friends. Mandy is a huge football fan and loves spending her Sundays watching the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers. In her spare time, Mandy loves to pick up a good book or spend time with her many nieces and nephews.
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.
AS in substance abuse, Iowa Lakes Community College, 2012
Bachelor's degree in Human Services, Buena Vista University
In Progress- 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 Fiancé’ and three 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
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 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.
Post-Masters Certificate, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Saint Louis University, December 2017
Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Clarkson College, December 2014
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Dordt College, May 2011
Associate degree in Nursing, St. Luke's College, May 2010
Experience Kim has worked as a nurse for 8 years in a variety of settings, including within Seasons’ IHH program and the psychiatry department. Kim obtained her Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated in 2014. She went on to obtain her Post-Masters Certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) through Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2017. She is board certified as a PMHNP through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as a FNP through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies - South Dakota State University
Master of Social Work - University of Nebraska-Omaha
Experience Maggie has been working in the human service field since 2007 in different roles before beginning as a therapist in 2012. Maggie has specific experience working with domestic violence, individuals with disabilities, and families in the DHS system. Areas of Speciality
About Maggie Maggie gradutated from high school from MOC-FV. Together as a family, Maggie, her husband, and kids love to be outside working on things around their acreage. She enjoys photography and other creative outlets as well. Location Sioux Center
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
About Emily Emily is originally from Armstrong, Iowa, which is about ten minutes from the Minnesota border. In her free time, Emily enjoys lifting weights, spending time outdoors when the weather is nice, and playing with her year-old kitten. In the future, Emily plans to further her education in graduate school.
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 6 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.
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's degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services from Iowa State University
Experience Kait graduated in 2015 & started her career working at Head Start in Fort Dodge as a preschool teacher. She then moved to Spencer and began working at Boys Town as a FSRP (Family Safety, Risk and Permanency) worker providing support and training in the developmental and utilization of funcational skills to families with problems. Kait returned to Head Start and worked as a home vistor/ preschool teacher in Spencer for the past two and a half years.
About Kait Kait was born and raised in Fort Dodge, IA. When Kait is not busy, she loves spending time with her family and friends, espcially her husband and chocolate lab. She enjoys traveling to her families cabin & spending time outside when it is nice.
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.
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.
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 of Science in Psychology, University of South Dakota, 2009
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of South Dakota, 2013
Experience Katy began working in the mental health field in 2009. She has worked in a variety of settings in the past 10 years, including: inpatient, individual, family, and group counseling. Katy has a great deal of experience working with children, teens, and families.
Registered Nurse, Northwest Iowa Community College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa
Experience Mikayla previously worked as a CNA at Longhouse Northshire for two and a half years while continuing her education to become a nurse. After obtaining her RN degree, she became a nurse at Methodist Manor Retirement Community.
About Mikayla Mikayla and her boyfriend recently bought a house and a puppy to go along with it! She enjoys reading books during her free time, but mostly stays busy with school work since she is working on her Bachelor's degree. During the winter, she enjoys playing on a local co-ed volleyball team and during the summer, she participates in slow pitch softball. She has two younger brothers and a nephew that are all in sporting events. She enjoys spending time with her family, and when an opportunity comes, she enjoys traveling.
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.
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.
Doctor of Psychology degree, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Northwestern College
Experience Lisa Matthews, Psy.D, is a licensed clinical psychologist and health service provider in the state of Iowa. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northwestern College and a Doctor of Psychology degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to joining Seasons in 2014, she gained therapy and assessment experience working with adolescents and adults who were involved in the court system. Specifically, she has worked with pre and post-adjudicated adolescents and their families, as well as adults who were hospitalized on a civil or forensic commitment.
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 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.
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.
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.
Master of Social Work, Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois
Bachelor of Social Work, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan (studied at University of Northern Iowa before transferring to WMU)
Experience Sandy has over 25 years experience as a licensed social worker, dually-licensed through Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Education. She began her career as a school social worker, working with Mississippi Bend AEA in Muscatine, Iowa, for 7 years and Lakeland AEA in Estherville for 2 years. She owned and operated a private practice for 7 years, The Mustard Seed, which primarily served children adjudicated Child In Need of Assistance, in their homes within a 5-county area. Sandy has worked as an outpatient therapist for Catholic Charities in the Spencer and Algona offices, and is happy to return to Seasons Center. She previously worked at Seasons Center, within Estherville and Emmetsburg offices from 2005-2010.
Areas of Specialty
Infant Mental Health (birth to 3 years old)
Pediatric Behavioral and Mental Health (3-21 years)
Parent-Child Interactional Therapy (PCIT) since 2010, with advanced training in assessment of attachment styles and applications to therapy, IoWA-PCIT
Assessment of Children's Social/Emotional/Behavioral Development
About Sandy Sandy grew up in Forest City, Iowa, the 8th of 9 children. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. She also enjoys reading, biking, jogging, and spending time nature.
Substance Use Disorder/Mental Health Therapy Specialist
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Idaho
Experience Jan graduated from the University of Idaho with a BS in Psychology. Following graduation she worked in Seattle in a community health clinic that served homeless, transient and migrant populations. She then spent eleven years overseas in Micronesia, first working as a Peace Corps volunteer, then with the Ministry of Health in their Public Health and Preventive Services. She worked with a number of United Nations agencies as well as U.S. Public Health Services during this time. Upon return to the United States and to Iowa, Jan worked with a domestic abuse and sexual assault program, serving both adult and child victims of domestic and sexual abuse. She changed focus and began working in the substance abuse treatment field in 2007, first working for three years in outpatient treatment services in Storm Lake. Jan then transitioned working in a residential treatment facility and specializing in women’s issues related to substance abuse and trauma. In early 2014, Jan began working with Seasons Center providing outpatient substance abuse treatment services in Storm Lake.
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!
Education Bachelor's degree in Human Services and Psychology, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA, 2003 (Minor in Sociology) Master's degree in Counseling Studies, Capella University Certificate in Professional Counseling
Experience Jessica has worked in the social work/human services field since 2003. She started her career working with victims and survivors or domestic violence and sexual assault. She then worked with children and adults with various mental health diagnoses and situations involving child abuse, neglect, and substance use. Jessica plans to return to school for a second master's degree to become a licensed independent social worker.
About Jessica Jessica was born and raised in Spencer where she still lives with her family. She and her significant other have two adult children and two school-aged kids still at home. Their activities and their two dogs keep them busy, but when she has free time, she enjoys reading and anything craft-related.
Education Ongoing - 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.
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 three years of experience as a licensed mental health counselor working with individuals, couples, and families across the life span. In addition, she has 12 years of experience with youth and families, as well as four years of experience as a youth minister.
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.
Doctor of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, May 2013
Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Texas Pan American, May 2008
Experience Dr. Santacruz is a Family Medicine/Psychiatry Resident at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, providing services via telemedicine at our Storm Lake office. At UIHC, she has had the privilege of serving patients with a wide variety of medical and psychiatric diagnoses including depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Dr. Santacruz is very interested in the integration of behavioral and primary healthcare services. For the past three years, she has provided psychiatric services in an integrated setting, which has given her the unique opportunity to learn how to care for the patient as a whole person. Dr. Santacruz is a member of the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry, American Academy of Family Physicians, and American Psychiatric Association.
Areas of Specialty Integrated Health Care Spanish-speaking populations Underserved populations Community psychiatry
About Dr. Santacruz Dr. Santacruz is originally from a small Texas town. She enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and kayaking. She is also passionate about replicating her grandmother's cooking and spends much of her free time perfecting typical Mexican dishes.
Education Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Southwest State University, Marshall, MN
Experience Prior to coming to Seasons Center for Behavioral Health, Carrie worked as a chemical use assessor, case manager, and was a social worker for 10 years in Minnesota.
About Carrie Carrie was born and grew up in Southern Minnesota. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys golf, scrapbooking, reading, and cheering on the high school football team that her husband coaches.
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 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 Psychology, South Dakota State University
Master of Social Work, The University of Iowa
Experience During her time at the University of Iowa pursuing a master of social work, Rachel was a practicum student in both outpatient and school-based therapy settings working with the child and adolescent population. Rachel joined the Seasons team in July 2018.
About Rachel Rachel ejoys spending time outdoors, reading, traveling, and with family and friends.
Location Spencer - Autumn's Center Spencer School District
Bachelor's degree in Human Services and Psychology, Buena Vista University
In Progress - Master of Science in Education - Mental Health Counseling, Buena Vista University
Experience Candace has over 20 years experience as a Certified Victims Advocate working with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and homicide survivors, as well as other violent crimes. She spent 16 of those years as a Child Advocate providing counseling and outreach services at a Crisis Shelter for victims in Fort Dodge. Candace also has experience assisting in a K-12 school counseling department, and has worked with children affected by substance abuse in an inpatient treatment facility.
About Candace Candace was born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa where she lives with her husband and 3 children. Together they enjoy camping, traveling, and attending her children's extracurricular activities.
Locations South Central Calhoun School District- Rockwell City, IA and Lake City, IA
Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Northwestern College | Orange City, Iowa
Master's degree in Social Work, University of Iowa | Iowa City, Iowa
Experience Nikki is a native Iowan with over 15 years working with children and families in the social work field. She graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City with her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and the University of Iowa with her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has experience in adoption, juvenile delinquent, school, and child welfare fields. Nikki uses a caring, family/client centered approach. She is a Parent Child Interaction Therapy trainer and is trained in specialized attachment interventions for children and families. Nikki currently supervises the therapy department.
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.
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.
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