Toby, our therapy dog, was donated by Toby and Sylvia Shine and Eva Shine of Shine Brothers Corp. Seasons staff were so appreciative, they chose to name him "Toby" in honor of the gift. Toby received basic obedience training locally and when he was one year old, received further obedience and K9 training. Toby is trained to sit, shake, stay, and lay down. His favorite game is fetch and he loves to go running in the open fields. Toby especially loves spending time with children at Autumn's Center.
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.
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Minnesota State University | Mankato, Minnesota, 2011
In Progress- Doctor of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision, Minnesota State University | Mankato, Minnesota, expected in 2017
Experience Prior to joining Seasons in January of 2017, Casey was an Outpatient Therapist in Minnesota working with children, adolescents, couples, and families. She has specialized training in working with trauma, attachment disorders, anxiety and depressive disorders, marriage and family therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and play therapy. In addition to her work as an outpatient therapist, Casey is an Assistant Professor at Buena Vista University teaching in the Mental Health Counseling graduate program.
Bachelor of Social Work, University of Northern Iowa | Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1992
Master of Social Work, University of Iowa | Iowa City, Iowa/Des Moines, Iowa, 2013
Experience Rashel spent 10 years at Boys and Girls Home working with children with behavior disorders and/or mental health issues. She served in various capacities and in a variety of programs (RCF, PMIC, After School Programming, Alternative School, In-Home Services) including direct care staff, Social Worker, Supervisor, and Site Director. Rashel worked as a Social Worker for 12 years at Cherokee Mental Health Institute, coordinating discharge planning for youths and adults that were experiencing a mental health crisis transitioning to their communities.
Additionally, Rashel served as a Social Service Coordinator for Care Initiatives Nursing & Rehab Center in Cherokee, Supervisor of Direct Care staff and Clinical Therapist for the Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders, and a Supervisor in the Social Work department overseeing Social Workers at Veterans Health Administration in 10 areas of the hospital, including Geriatrics, Palliative/Hospice, Transplant, Spinal Cord Injury, Inpatient Medicine and Psychiatry, Oncology and others.
Areas of Specialty
Rashel has worked with chronically mentally ill individuals who have struggled with a variety of mental health issues including Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, Anxiety, ADHD, Schizophrenia, and a host of personality Disorders, most notably Borderline Personality Disorder and Antisocial Personality DO.
She has extensive knowledge and training in the treatment of persons who have sexually offending behaviors.
Rashel has worked extensively with DHS and JCS in previous settings and is familiar with many of the struggles families and children have that bring them to those entities, including trauma (such as abuse) and family turmoil (divorce, financial problems etc).
Working with clients of all ages, Rashel is familiar with developmental issues that arise from life transitions including failing health and loss of independence in the elderly.
She has a strong reliance on CBT & DBT therapeutic methods which can be used in a myriad of presenting issues.
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's degree in Psychology and Human Services (Minor in Substance Abuse)
Experience Susan has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Human Services with a minor in Substance Abuse. She has worked with children since 1995. She enjoys spending time with family, walking, baking, fishing, camping, go carts, and family vacations.
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.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA
Master of Clinical Psychology degree, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA
Experience Trevor has experience providing clinical psychological services to individuals across the lifespan with severe, chronic mental illness in hospital and long-term residential settings. He also spent several years aiding in psychological assessment as a psychometrician.
Areas of Specialty
About Trevor Trevor enjoys traveling, eating, and reading.
Master of Social Work, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, New York
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (Art minor), Northwestern Colege, Orange City, Iowa
Experience Rebecca previously provided a variety of clinical services, including case management, counseling, and discharge planning to seniors and adults in New York and California. Additionally, she has provided an evidence-based program to military and veteran families to increase problem-solving skills and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, as part of the Rosalyn Carter Institute's Operation Family Caregiver program.
Areas of Specialty
Seniors and adults
Grief and Loss
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Military and Veteran Families
Depression and Anxiety
About Rebecca Rebecca enjoys traveling, creating art or crafting, and having game nights with family and friends.
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.
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.
Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Dordt College, May 2017
Master's degree in Social Work, Arizona State University, May 2018
Experience Jennifer completed her Master's degree at Arizona State University, where she interned as a case manager in a domestic violence shelter. Jennifer received her bachelor's degree in Social Work from Dordt College, and gained experience working with children in the residential treatment setting. Jennifer has experience providing Respite and Supported Community Living services to children with special needs, counseling at summer camp and coordinating a day camp.
About Me Jennifer enjoys spending time outdoors, riding her bike, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Bachelor of Science in Child, Adult, and Family Services, Iowa State University, 2017
In progress - Master of Social Work, University of South Dakota, Expected graduation May 2019
Experience Jacqueline has experience working in childcare and she also completed an internship at a youth transitional living program. During the summer of 2017, Jacqueline worked at Camp Autumn, an extension of Seasons Center, as a camp counselor.
About Jacqueline Jacqueline enjoys reading, fishing, golfing, painting, and walking her dog in her free time. She also love to spend time with her family and friends.
Experience Jessica has experience working with children, adolescents, and families in both residential and outpatient programs for substance abuse and mental health. She has provided crisis interventions, debriefings for traumatic events, and Critical Incident Stress Management for emergency responders. She has also worked with grief and loss with children and adults.
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.
Bachelor's degree in Human Services, Buena Vista University (Minor in Psychology)
Experience Before joining the Seasons team in 2016, Amber worked as a Family Safety Risk and Permanency Counselor, Youth Counselor, and a Home Based Community Serives Provider. At Seasons, she provides intense in-home family therapy in the Northwest Iowa region.
About Amber In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her nephew, family, and cat, Mufsa, and doing crafts.
Bachelor's degree in Human Services, Buena Vista University
Experience Arin has worked with families and children since 1999 in a wide variety of services that include within the community, school, home based services, out of home placement services, coordination of care between agencies and now behavioral health intervention services. For the past 17 years Arin has provided support to families and children through the Juvenile Court Speciality Care Coordinator position. This position has allowed Arin to work with at risk adolescents and their families. Arin has found a passion for working closely with adolscents to help teach and guide them at a critical time in their lives. Arin join Seasons team in June 2014.
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and English, Buena Vista University, 1994
Master's degree in Social Work, University of North Dakota, May 2015
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 young children and their families. Kate joined Seasons Center in June 2015.
Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Emporia State University, 2011
Master's degree in Social Work, University of Kansas, 2013
Experience Jessica began her clinical experience completing internships at the Area Agency of Aging and Alzheimer's Association focusing on geriatric mental health in the Kansas City Metro. She worked at Larned State Hospital providing clinical services on their crisis stabilization unit and civil commitment unit for sexually violent predators. Jessica moved to Lawrence, KS providing crisis services at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and also worked in group home for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She then moved to Cherokee, IA to work at the Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders where she developed a specialized program for offenders with intellectual disabilities.
Areas of Specialty
Sexual Offending/Sexually Deviant Behaviors
About Jessica Jessica is a native Kansan. She's an avid sports fan and tries to find as many opportunities as possible to travel back to Kansas to cheer on the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas City Royals with her fiance.
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. She is also a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
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 Arts in Social Work, Northwestern College | Orange City, Iowa
Master of Social Work, Roberts Wesleyan College | Rochester, New York
About Sean Sean finds joy in working with people and seeing them make progress and accomplish their goals.
In his spare time, he enjoys being active and doing things with his wife and their dog. Some of his favorite activities include softball, basketball, hiking, and camping. He also enjoys visiting new places and has gone on multiple mission trips to Haiti and Mexico.
Juvenile Court Specialty Care Coordinator Specialist
Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Buena Vista University
Experience Before joining Seasons, Heath worked as a School Board Liaison Officer, Tracking Officer, Supervisor at a Day/Residential Treatment Program, and Residential Counselor in Day/Residential Treatment Program.
About Heath Heath grew up in Northwest Iowa and is currently the Head Girls' Basketball Coach for the Cherokee Braves. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as golfing, exercising, and being involved in high school athletics.
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, University of Northern Iowa, 2017
Experience Melinda has experience providing SCL and respite services to persons with disabilities. She has also worked with the Campaign for Grade Level Reading and the Waterloo Community School District creating programs to enhance reading proficiency and attendance in the elementary schools.
About Melinda Melinda is originally from a small town in Southeast Iowa. In her free time, she enjoys exploring bike trailers, reading, and drinking tea.
Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Point Loma Nazarene University | San Diego, CA
Experience Melissa has been working with individuals in the behavioral health field since 1994. She helped start a Bible club for the kids in her community, and she loves books made out of paper, live music, and watching television. She also enjoys spending time with her family, and finding new recipes to make for them in her slow cooker.
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.
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 assists in administering and scoring psychological assessments and writing reports.
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 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. Location Spencer - Autumn's Center
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), The University of Iowa College of Medicine
Masters degree in Public Health (M.P.H.), University of Iowa
Bachelor of Arts with honors in Biology, Grinnell College
Experience Robin Kopelman MD, MPH is a one of the leading experts in the state of Iowa in the field of Women’s and Maternal Mental Health. She was the founding psychiatrist and Co-Director for the Women’s Wellness and Counseling at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and provided care to women in eastern Iowa for over a decade. During that time, Dr. Kopelman conducted extensive research in the development of community-oriented maternal mental health and family mental health services, including research on postpartum depression on partners, perinatal depression screening, and attitudes toward treatment of perinatal depression in Title V maternal health clinics. Dr. Kopelman has also worked extensively with the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Maternal, Child & Family Health on public health programs to improve services for mothers and children throughout the state of Iowa. A lifelong resident of Iowa, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts with honors in Biology from Grinnell College and her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Masters Degree in Public Health (M.P.H.) from the University of Iowa. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry in The University of Iowa College of Medicine. Dr. Kopelman joined Seasons in 2015 in order to bring specialized care to the women and mothers of northwest Iowa.
Bachelor's degree in Psychology, University of Iowa, December 2011
Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of South Dakota, May 2015
Experience Danielle has been working in the behavioral health field since 2010. She has experience working with women who have experienced abuse, children, families, and individuals with devleopmental/intellectual disabilities. She joined Seasons Center in May 2015.
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 currently works at Elderbridge Agency on Aging as a service specialist, where she assists with case management, elder rights, and caregiver support. 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 Human Services, Buena Vista University
Master's degree in Social Work, University of Iowa
Licensed Master Social Worker
Experience DeAnn has worked with children, adolescents, and families as a School Social Worker in multiple school districts and Juvenile Court. She also has experience as a therapist at a therapeutic school serving students with severe mental illness.
Areas of Specialty Strengths based work with children and families Anxiety and Depression Behavior focused services with children and adolescents
About DeAnn DeAnn lives in Carroll with her husband. She has two adult children, a son and a daughter. DeAnn enjoys outdoor activities, time spent with family, relaxing on her front porch, and attending Iowa State football games.
Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and Human Services, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA
Mentoring Coordinator at New Opportunities Prevention Consultant at New Opportunities
About Briana Briana has lived in Carroll or surrounding areas her whole life. Recently, Briana purchased her very first home in Mount Carmel. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and their chocolate miniature schnauzer, Mousse. In their free time, they like to paint, play outside, and play cards.
Master of Arts in Special Education, Intervention Specialist with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, University of Northern Colorado, December 2017
Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, Generalist K-12, University of Northern Colorado, December 2014
Experience Katie has taught special education for the past 4 years, working mainly with children and young adults who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in her classrooms. Following graduation from University of Northern Colorado with her Masters degree in Special Education as an Intervention Specialists with an Emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, Katie has become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst to continue serving children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Areas of Specialty
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Applied Behavior Analysis
About Katie Katie is a Colorado native, who recently moved to Iowa to dig into her Midwest roots. Katie enjoys reading and being outside doing things like skiing, hiking, or paddle boarding. Katie is passionate about working with children to help them gain the skills needed to access the world around them.
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 American Indian Studies from University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
Master of Arts in Counseling from University of North Dakota
Psy. D. in Clinical Psychology from Capella University
Experience Rebecca primarily has experience working with children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, oppositional behaviors, and substance use. Additionally, she has experience working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness and substance use.
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 Arts in Education, Northwestern College | Orange City, IA,
Master of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Capella University | Minneapolis, MN
Experience After teaching for 10 years, Melissa decided to go back to school in hopes of working more directly with people struggling with relationships and emotional regulation, and she is especially passionate about working with individuals who have been impacted by trauma. Before joining the Seasons team in the fall of 2016, she worked for Avera Behavioral Health on their inpatient Child and Adolescent Units and as an Emergency Assessment Counselor. She also worked as a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Counselor, and, combining two of her favorite things, horses and emotional growth/healing, doing Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. She is very excited to work in the Cherokee School District setting, as well as the Storm Lake outpatient office.
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.
Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communication, University of Northern Iowa
Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, St Cloud State University | St Cloud, Minnesota
Experience Prior to joining Seasons Center in fall of 2016, Anne worked as a therapist at an outpatient day treatment program in St. Cloud, MN providing individual, family, and group therapy to young children. Prior to that, Anne worked alongside adolescents providing group and individual therapy.
Areas of Specialty
EMDR/specialty training for EMDR for children
Anxiety & Depression
Adoption & foster families
Children of divorce or seperation
About Anne Anne was born and raised in Spencer, Iowa. She was away for 9 years gaining school and work experience, but returned to Northwest Iowa in the Fall of 2016 to be closer to her family. She enjoys spending time with her cat, Zoey, baking, and traveling. Alaska has been her favorite vacation destination to date.
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.
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.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Northwestern College | Orange City, Iowa
Master of Clinical Psychology degree, Wheaton College | Wheaton, Illinois
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree, Wheaton College | Wheaton, Illinois
Experience Dr. Natalie Sandbulte, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and health service provider in the state of Iowa. She has 10 years of clinical experience, with expertise in psychological testing and assessment. Dr. Sandbulte has worked in community mental health clinics, college counseling centers, and was a faculty member in the psychology department at Dordt College for 6 ½ years.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, a Master of Clinical Psychology degree and a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree, both from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. Dr. Sandbulte joined Seasons in 2013 as supervisor of the Psychological Testing department.
Associate degree in Psychology, Iowa Central Community College - Fort Dodge
In Progress - Bachelors degree in Health and Human Studies, University of Iowa
Experience Before joining Seasons, Jessica interned at the Storm Lake Elementary school, helping young children learn how to play the violin, viola, cello, and bass. In her spare time she enjoy being with friends and family, gathering around the bonfire, and traveling. Jessica's long-term goal is to become a Mental Health Counselor.
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.
Bachelor's degree in Human Services, Upper Iowa University, 2002
Experience Angie has a variety of experience working with children, youth, geriatrics and individuals with disabilities. For the past seven years she has worked as a targeted case manager for children and adults with disabilities. Angie joined Seasons Center in December 2014.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Services, Buena Vista University, 2012
In Progress- Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Walden University
Experience Jess 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), 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 4 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.
Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Central College | Pella, IA
Experience Camp Counselor, Supervisor, and Intern K-12th – Iowa and Illinois Milieu Treatment Counselor at Orchard Place Elementary School 1:1 Associate through the AEA in Cedar Rapids Elementary School Special Education Associate through the AEA in Cedar Rapids Youth Counselor at Four Oaks Case Manager at Seasons Center Home visitor with the KIDS Program through the AEA in Spencer
About Kimberly Kimberly enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, shopping, being outdoors, working out, and playing volleyball.
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 my 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 Criminal Justice, Colorado Technical University | Sioux Falls, SD, 2006
Experience Jackie has a variety of experience with both children and adults ranging from structured residential placements to community based settings. For the past several years her focus has been working with the homeless population, both adolescents and adults who suffer from substance use and mental health disorders. Jackie joined Seasons in July 2015.
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.
PhD in Clinical Psychology;, University of South Dakota | Vermillion, South Dakota
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, University of South Dakota |Vermillion, South Dakota
Bachelor of Arts at Dordt College | Sioux Center, Iowa
Experience Dr. Van Kley is a clinical psychologist lincensed in Iowa and South Dakota. He was previously employed at the South Dakota Human Services Center in Yankton where he worked as a staff psychologist on the adult acute, rehabilitation, and geriatric wards while also serving as Director of Psychology for 15 years. For a total of four years, he was part of an outpatient clinic in Yankton with the primary focus on individual therapy with children and adults. In addition to joining Seasons on a part-time basis, he continues to maintain a private practice in Southeast South Dakota.
Areas of Specialty
Psychological evaluation of personality and cognitive status
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.
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.
Master of Public Health, Harvard University – School of Public Health, 2002
Medical Degree, Stanford University – School of Medicine, 1998
Bachelor of Arts with Honors, University of Chicago, 1990
Experience Dr. Vita has served a board-certified attending psychiatrist since 2003, treating patients in inpatient and outpatient settings through pharmacology and psychotherapy. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Vita treats conditions such as major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety/panic disorders, substance use disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and ADHD.
In addition, Dr. Vita has served as the Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth College, the Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the Director of Electroconvulsive Therapy Service and President of Medical Staff at Bellin Psychiatric Center.
Dr. Vita is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and holds medical licenses in Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa.
Areas of Specialty
Major Depressive Disorder
Substance Use Disorders
About Dr. Vita Dr. Vita’s interests include the opera, the symphony, investments, Hebrew, business valuation, travel, classic film, and bird watching.
Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Drake University, 2012 (Minors in Sociology and Graphic Design)
Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas State University, 2015
Experience Jordon received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Graphic Design from Drake University in 2012. She received her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Kansas State University in 2015. During her Master's program she gained a variety of experience working with individuals, both children and adults, as well as couples and families dealing with an assortment of mental health, relational, and substance abuse issues. Jordon joined Seasons Center in July 2015.
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, co-facilitated the adolescent DBT Group, and currently facilitates the adult DBT group in Spencer. Along with DBT, Shante utilizes EMDR, CBT, and TF-CBT therapy techniques.
Areas of Specialty
Teenagers and adults
Borderline Personality Disorder
About Shante Shante enjoys Blackearth Java coffee, napping, singing, trying to master Pinterest recipes, and spending time with her family and friends. She volunteers on the CAASA friends committee, with the Spencer High School cheerleading squad, and as an alumnae volunteer for Alpha Chi Omega.
Bachelor degree in Psychology and Human Services, Buena Vista University
Associate degree in Human Services / Disability Studies, Iowa Lakes Community College
Experience April completed an internship at Lakes LifeSkills in Spirit Lake, IA, and also has experience as an aide at the Orange City Elementary School. She enjoys being a GEMS counselor, fishing, swimming, biking, baking, going to concerts, and most of all spending time with her family and friends.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Child, Adult, and Family Services, Iowa State University, 2010
Experience Alicia has a variety of experience working with children, adults, and families. Prior to her position at Seasons, Alicia worked at Hope Haven as a Community Lead Coach at a local waiver home. Alicia joined Seasons Center in the spring of 2015 as a Psychometrician and assists with the administration and scoring of psychological tests, as well as, report writing.
Locations Spencer - Autumn's Center
Guiding individuals and families towards a meaningful and fulfilling life.