Abbey Shell LISW


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Abbey Shell has been a therapist at Life Connections since June of 2017. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and provides individual and family therapy for children and adults as well as offering couples counseling and assessments for Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS). Additionally, she provides tele-therapy services to individuals across the state of Iowa. Abbey graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in child, adult, and family services. She then graduated from the University of Iowa with a master’s degree in social work. While in college, Abbey interned with the Department of Human Services and Bethany Christian Services, and became skilled in working with families and children experiencing foster care and adoption placements. Abbey specializes in treating adjustment-related stressors, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and trauma. Abbey is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is an EMDR Clinician. She works with all ages, varying from young children to elderly populations.

 

 

Alyssa Edwards tLMHC


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Alyssa’s career with Life Connections began in November of 2018. Alyssa is a master’s level therapist licensed in the state of Iowa as a Temporary Licensed Mental Health Counselor (tLMHC) as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology along with multiple minors and obtained her master’s degree in professional counseling. Alyssa is also able to provide Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) assessments. Alyssa is a Mental Health Counselor and also the Brand Manager for Life Connections.
During her master’s degree study, Alyssa interned in group settings with the geriatric population, individual and group settings with college students, and also in a private practice setting with adults and children. Alyssa also worked in public schools with children aged Pre-K through grade 12 as a substitute teacher while obtaining her master’s degree. Alyssa worked as a drug abuse therapist until joining the Life Connections team in 2018.
Alyssa utilizes a warm, person-centered, empathetic, and motivational style of communication which assists her clients in feeling heard, understood, and supported in their endeavors. Alyssa utilizes an eclectic and integrative approach to counseling and specializes in selecting the most effective approach for each individual’s needs throughout the therapeutic process. She has completed training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and especially enjoys utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques and theories. Alyssa continuously seeks education, professional development opportunities, and resources in the counseling field in order to constantly develop her practice. She is particularly skilled in assisting clients with challenging and changing irrational thinking and behaviors, developing healthy coping skills and effective communication, self-esteem building, and identifying goals in order to live their best lives. Alyssa enjoys working with many ages, populations, relationships, and supporting those experiencing life changes, grief, transitions, and other challenges. Alyssa’s office is a safe and welcoming space for the LGBTQIA+ community.

 

 

Alyssa Hennings LMHC

CEO of Behavioral Health


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Alyssa’s career with Life Connections began in April of 2014. She began as a Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) counselor and is now our CEO of Behavioral Health! Alyssa is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and provides individual counseling, couples counseling, and family therapy. She also completes assessment for BHIS.
In 2013, Alyssa graduated from Loras College with her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a minor in biology. In 2016, she received her Master of Arts degree in psychology. While in college, Alyssa worked in a group home with children who had behavioral and developmental diagnoses, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders. Alyssa transitioned from that role into behavioral support at an alternative agency working with children diagnosed with Conduct Disorder and had truancy concerns. Alyssa joined Horizons, a Family Service Alliance Team, in 2013 as a BHIS provider, which later merged with Life Connections.
Alyssa specializes in play therapy and is working toward becoming a registered play therapist. She is also experienced in treating trauma, depression, and anxiety. Alyssa utilizes person-centered therapy techniques, meeting clients where they are and building upon their strengths. She is trained to provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She also utilizes aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which focuses on values-based living and accepting uncomfortable emotions. Alyssa draws on aspects of each modality in order to create a customized treatment plan in collaboration with the client, focused upon their unique experiences and goals.

 

 

Ashley Haugland, MS, tLMHC


View BioAshley Haugland is a Mental Health Counselor at Life Connections. She is a temporary Licensed Mental Health Counselor (tLMHC) and provides individual and family counseling to children, adolescents and adults, as well as assessments for Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS). Ashley is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).</ br> Ashley attended the University of Iowa where she graduated in 2015 with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology while also minoring in Human Services. She received her Master of Science in Education Mental Health Counseling from Buena Vista University in 2019. While in college, Ashley interned at Life Connections while also working as a BHIS provider for Life Connections.</ br> Ashley works with clients in treating anxiety, depression, and anger management. She sees clients ranging in age from 4 years old to 50 years old. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Play Therapy techniques. She often utilizes aspects of various modalities to create a customized treatment plan in collaboration with the client.

 

Aspen Felton, tLMHC


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Aspen has been with Life Connections since November 2016, when she began as a BHIS (Behavioral Health Intervention Services) provider. Aspen graduated from Clarke University with her bachelor’s degree in psychology in May of 2016, and graduated with her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Loras College in May of 2019. She then obtained her temporary license from the State of Iowa in Mental Health Counseling (tLMHC).
Aspen has a positive and soothing approach that allows children to feel relaxed and remain focused, even while discussing difficult topics. Aspen incorporates various counseling techniques but prefers to use CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), play therapy and mindfulness. Clients can always count on Aspen to be positive, motivational, and take a person-centered approach to working with her clients. She works with children in preschool through fifth grade in schools, and completes assessments for BHIS (Behavioral Health Intervention Services).

 

 

Bridget Kleitsch, MS, tLMHC


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Bridget began her career at Life Connections in August of 2015. She is a Therapy Manager and Licensed Mental Health Therapist (tLMHC) at Life Connections’ Anamosa office and School-Based at Midland Middle/High School. Bridget became a BHIS manager for the Anamosa location in December of 2018 and transitioned to therapy management in March 2020 where her skills are utilized to support the Therapy and BHIS teams and work towards growth in Jones County.
Bridget attended the University of Northern Iowa where she graduated in 2016 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in family services. She also obtained her Master of Science degree in clinical mental health counseling from Walden University in February of 2020.
Bridget has a passion in assisting children and adolescents as well as their families with trauma, attachment, adjustment disorders, relationship disorders, anxiety, depression, mood disturbances, impulse control, and anger management. Bridget utilizes several therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral, Person Centered, and Solution Focused therapeutic approaches in her work. Bridget also completes BHIS assessments to assist in the growth of in home skill building in Jones County. Bridget strives to establish a strong presence in Anamosa to bridge the gap between the community and mental health services. She actively participates in the Jones County Community Partnership for Protecting Children, Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition, and Jones County Community Connections teams. In her free time, Bridget enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

 

Diane Hudson MSEd, tLMHC, NCC


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Diane began her career with Life Connections in August of 2019. She is a school-based therapist at Clinton Middle School, and is accepting new adult client’s for in-office services. Diane is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and currently holds Iowa licensure as a temporary licensed mental health counselor (tLMHC). Diane is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), and was a member of the Quad City Sexual Assault Response Team from 2007-2017.
Diane attended Western Illinois University where she graduated in 2005 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, 2010 with her Master of Science degree in Educational Studies, and 2019 with her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Diane has interned for the Scott County Risk Manager, Robert Young Mental Health Center, and The Abbey Addiction Treatment Center; her employment history includes the Davenport Police Department and American Red Cross.
Diane specializes in adjustment-related stressors, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, self-harm, trauma, and addiction. She works with individuals aged 10 and up. Diane is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, a skills-based approach including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Diane is also trained to provide Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Somatic therapies such as healing the mind with yoga. She has presented at local and regional conferences on the topic of using yoga as a tool for supporting mental health.

 

 

Erin Elm LISW, BC-TMH


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Erin began her career with Life Connections in June of 2016. Erin earned her master’s degree in social work from St. Ambrose University and is licensed by the State of Iowa (LISW) to practice independently. For her undergraduate degree, she attended Minnesota State University-Mankato, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business management with a minor in business administration. Additionally, Erin is a Board Certified Tele-Mental Health Provider (BC-TMH) and works with clients from all over Iowa using tele-based services. Erin not only provides assessments and therapy services to clients from the age of three, but is also the Director of Tele-Mental Health Services for Life Connections. She has been working to increase access to quality mental health services for those in every corner of the state. Erin is a member of both the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Erin is extremely passionate about her work with the LGBTQ+ Community and works almost exclusively with this population. She helps clients (and their families) of all ages navigate the social and emotional needs of those who are questioning their identity and/or their orientation. Erin will provide gender- affirming services to anyone who is going to begin Hormone Replacement Therapy or is seeking surgical interventions to complete their confirmation/transition. She is knowledgeable in this process from start to finish and she can help you, or your loved ones, to navigate and understand these changes.
Erin utilizes an integrative approach to therapy which is person-centered, motivational and strengths-based. The specific intervention techniques will come from a variety of modalities depending on the needs of her clients. Generally, you will find that Erin uses techniques from Motivational Interviewing, Reality Therapy, Jungian, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy and Internal Family Systems. You can count on Erin to be straight-forward, open, and honest with you in a way that is warm and caring. She can also assist you in enrolling in Life Connections’ behavioral health supports. While she works well with children, her current work is done primarily with adolescents and adults.

 

 

 

Felicia Pope tLMHC


View BioFelicia started her career at Life Connections in April of 2018. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, and also majored in art drawing studio. She received her master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a concentration in community counseling. She is now a tLMHC, temporary licensed mental health counselor. She is a therapist in our Cedar Rapids and Anamosa locations, and provides tele-therapy for clients in Humboldt, Algona, and Mason City.
Felicia works with adults, teens, and children providing individual therapy. Felicia interned for Spectrum Healthcare, an AODA center in Milwaukee, and was trained in Hypnosis. She also has experience in working with adults with substance abuse issues, which she gained while working at Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Treatment Center.  Felicia has worked for Paragon Community Services in Wisconsin which treats adults with traumatic brain injury. She has also worked with adults with developmental concerns. Felicia specializes in treating trauma, depression, anxiety, and survivors of domestic violence. She uses Cognitive Behavioral therapy to help clients overcome their underlying beliefs, EMDR to assist clients who have a history of traumatic experiences, and mindfulness and relaxation exercises to help build coping skills for a variety of mental health issues.

 

 

Jackie Lambert LMHC, NCC


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Jackie started her career with Life Connections in June of 2017. She has her license in Mental Health Counseling (LMHC) and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). In her current position, Jackie provides therapy for clients in office settings and at approved schools between Cedar Rapids and Anamosa, and is the Therapy Manager at our Anamosa location.
Jackie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Northern Illinois University in 2013. In 2016, she received her Master of Counseling degree from Governors State University in Illinois, specializing in marriage and family counseling.
Jackie works with kids, couples, and families of all ages. She has additional experience with kids that have Autism and learning disabilities. She also works with clients that have anxiety, depression, have experienced trauma, infidelity in a relationship, ADHD, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, bereavement, and adjustment disorders. Jackie utilizes various techniques including: play therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and person-centered therapy.

 

 

Jada Mathison tLMHC


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Jada’s career with Life Connections began in August of 2019. She is a school-based therapist at Whittier Elementary. Jada is a temporarily Licensed Mental Health Counselor (tLMHC) that provides services to children and families as well as completes assessments for Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS).
Jada graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from St. Ambrose University and a Master of Science degree in clinical mental health counseling from St. Cloud State University. While in graduate school, Jada completed her internship at People Incorporated Day Treatment Program in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which specializes in treating trauma from a developmental lens.
Jada is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Play Therapy. She often uses each of these modalities to provide treatment catered towards each client and their unique goals for therapy.

 

 

Katie Shaull, LMSW


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Katie Shaull began her career at Life Connections in November of 2018. Katie is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and provides individual and family counseling to adults and children as well as assessments for Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS). Katie Shaull provides tele-therapy services for our Algona office and is also Therapy Manager for our Cedar Rapids branch.
Katie attended Mt. Mercy College where she graduated in 2007 with her bachelor’s degree in social work, and a minor in psychology. She received her master’s degree in social work from St. Ambrose University in 2008. While in college, Katie interned for The Arc of East Central Iowa in Cedar Rapids, IA and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA.
Katie specializes in depression, anxiety, adjustment related stressors, and self-harm. She works well with populations from as young as 5 years old to older adults. She is trained to provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Katie often draws from multiple treatment modalities to create a customized treatment plan that fits the client’s mental health goals. Katie focuses on providing therapy that is both strengths-based and person-centered.

 

 

Kristina Rebelsky LISW


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Kristina began her career with Life Connections in August of 2019. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Kristina provides school-based therapy to students at Clinton High School, and also works with clients in the office. She provides assessments for Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) and can work with clients of all ages.
Kristina received her Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational management and psychology from Ashford University. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from St. Ambrose University. While she was working toward her master’s degree, she was an intern for Area Substance Abuse Council and Whiteside County Probation.
Kristina has been in the mental health field for nine years and has experience working with adults with mental illness, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders. She uses a person-centered and strengths-based approach with her clients. Kristina is trained in trauma informed care, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution focused therapy. She’s also a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

 

 

Lindsey Kutcher LMSW


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Lindsey is a therapist at Life Connections and joined the team in May of 2019. She is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) in the state of Iowa. Lindsey received her master’s degree in social work with a school social work endorsement from the University of Iowa and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She has over two years of working with preschool through secondary students and school teams to support students with a variety of academic and behavioral concerns.
Lindsey is a Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer in the Cedar Rapids Area. Lindsey is a member of Grant Wood Area Education Agency’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team that supports local schools in crisis within the next year. She is on the Iowa School Social Workers Board as the Web Master. Lindsey is a volunteer with CommUnity, a crisis chat line in Iowa City, IA. Lindsey is on the Iowa School Social Worker Board as the Webmaster.
Lindsey has experience consulting with preschool through secondary students, parents, and school staff teams for students with ADHD and Autism. Additionally, she has experience developing behavior plans and consulting with school teams and parents for students with Behavior Disorders, Mood Disorders, and other mental health disorders. While Lindsey works with all ages in therapy, teletherapy, and does assessments for BHIS.

 

 

Lindsey Lundry LMHC

View Bio Lindsey’s career with Life Connections began in August of 2019. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Iowa. Lindsey received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa as well as her Master of Arts in mental health counseling. While in college, Lindsey interned at the Veteran’s Home in Marshalltown, Iowa. She initially had no intentions of working with adolescents or children. However, after working in a residential treatment facility for five years, she learned that she loved working with this population, particularly adolescents. While working in residential, Lindsey received training in Trauma Informed Care, Aggression Replacement Training, and Functional Family Therapy. Her favorite training by far has been in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Most recently, Lindsey worked for a community agency for four years providing school-based therapy prior to coming to Life Connections.

 

 

Marinna Kroh LMFT

View Bio Marinna began her career with Life Connections in November of 2019. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist and provides individual counseling, couples counseling, and family therapy. She also completes assessments for Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS). Marinna is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She graduated from Kirkwood Community College in 2011 with an Associate of Arts degree in early childhood education. She attended Kaplan University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, with an endorsement in adolescent development in 2016. Marinna then went on to receive a Master of Science degree in marriage and family therapy from Capella University in 2019. Marinna provides office as well as school-based therapy services. She has attended trainings in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Functional Family Therapy.

 

 

Mark Wiezorek tLMHC


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Mark’s career with Life Connections began in November of 2019. Mark is a Temporary Licensed Mental Health Counselor (tLMHC) in the state of Iowa. He graduated from Coe College with his bachelor of arts in psychology and art. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, Mark went on to complete his Master of Science degree in art therapy with a concentration in counseling at Mt. Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Over the past two years, Mark has worked as an in-patient therapist at Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a highly respected service provider in the area. Mark served as part of a multidisciplinary team whose focus was to provide intensive therapy and support to high-risk and high- acuity children and their families. Mark provided weekly individual and family therapy, as well as occasional group therapy, utilizing modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, patient-centered and art therapy.
Mark’s degree in art therapy has allowed him to provide other avenues of expression when traditional talk therapy has not been effective. The primary focus of his work has been on improving the individual’s emotion regulation skills and/or family relationships in order to overcome challenges of everyday life.

 

 

Mary McAllister, LMSW


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Mary began her career at Life Connections in July of 2020. She is a School-Based Therapist, working within the Western Dubuque Catholic Schools and is based out of Life Connections’ Anamosa office. Mary attended the University of Iowa where she graduated in 2017 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She then went on to attend Clarke University to complete her Master of Social Work degree in May of 2020.
Mary works with students in grades K-12 and has a passion in assisting individuals as well as their families with anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, trauma, impulse control, anger management, relationship disorders, and mood disorders. Mary utilizes various therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Person Centered, and Brief Psychodynamic Therapy approaches in her services.

 

 

Melissa Paulsen LMFT, RPT

CEO of Mental Health


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Melissa has been working at Life Connections since October 2014. Melissa is an Independently Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She provides individual counseling, couples counseling, and family therapy. She also does assessments for Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS). Melissa is Life Connections’ CEO of Mental Health.
Melissa is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Association for Play Therapy (APT). Melissa served on the Iowa Association for Play Therapy Board from March 2015 to December 2019. Melissa attended Mount Mercy College where she graduated in 2010 with her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and criminal justice while also minoring in sociology. She received her Master of Arts in marriage and family therapy from Mount Mercy University in 2012. While in college, Melissa interned for the Sixth Judicial District and worked at Tanager Place in the PMIC facilities.
Melissa specializes in adjustment-related stressors, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, self-harm, and trauma. She works with all populations from as young as three-years-old to the elderly. Melissa is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is a Registered Play Therapist with over 270 hours of play therapy-specific training, received Level 1 Theraplay training, and is an EMDR Clinician. She completed training in Evidence-Based Assessments.
Melissa also facilitates Mediation Education and Children In The Middle Classes in Jones County. Melissa is on the Wyoming Library Board of Directors (Secretary), Paul Petersen Fitness Center Foundation, Jones County Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (Chair), Jones County Family Council (President), and Jones County Safe & Healthy Youth Coalition (Planning Committee).

 

 

Nathan McCarty LMFT

View Bio Nathan’s career with Life Connections began in January of 2019. Nathan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and is the Mental Health Manager. He is also under mentorship as an AAMFT Approved Supervisor providing Clinical Supervision to temporary licensed counselors and therapists. Nathan earned his bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University, with a major in psychology and minor in theology, as well as a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Nathan specializes in issues related to trauma and relational distress, having extensive experience working with couples and families. Nathan has worked in a number of settings providing therapy to chronically homeless individuals, university students and faculty, equine-assisted family and couples therapy, intensive in-home therapy, multiple out-patient settings, and private practices. Nathan utilizes an integrative approach to therapy, incorporating EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), EFT (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy), family systems theory, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and Narrative Therapy. Nathan believes that the intersection of insight and experience can bring about the most change for his clients individually and relationally, and is committed to helping clients facilitate the process of healing and growth toward their goals.

 

 

Rebecca Booth LMSW


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Rebecca began her career at Life Connections in November of 2019. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and provides individual, couples, and family therapy.
Rebecca also does assessments for Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS). Rebecca is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Rebecca currently is the residing chair of the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition board.
Rebecca attended the University of Iowa School of Social Work where she graduated in 2016 with her Bachelor of Arts in social work while also minoring in business. She received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa School of Social Work in 2019. While in college, Rebecca interned for the University of Iowa Police Department and worked at Abbe Health in supportive community living.
Rebecca specializes in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, self-harm, stress, and adjustment related stressors. She works with all populations from as young as three to the elderly. Rebecca is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Rebecca is currently working towards certification in Animal Assisted Therapy.

 



Riley Andrews tLMHC


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Riley’s career with Life Connections began in December of 2015. She started as a behavioral health intervention services (BHIS) provider and is now the BHIS Manager in Dubuque. Today, Riley is also a temporary licensed mental health counselor (tLMHC) and provides individual, couples, and family therapy. She also provides assessments for behavioral health intervention services (BHIS). Riley attended Emmaus Bible College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biblical studies and counseling psychology. Riley then attended Regent University where she received her Master of Arts degree in clinical mental health counseling. While in college, Riley interned with Market Street Mission in Morristown, New Jersey. During her time there, she became knowledgeable in addictions and their treatment, as well as group counseling and work therapy. Riley also interned with Emmaus Bible College, expanding her skill set to work with clients on forming healthy relationships and working through interpersonal struggles such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. Riley also provided couples counseling and career counseling during this time. Riley now specializes in treating adjustment-related stressors, anxiety, depression, self-harm, and trauma. Riley uses an integrative approach in her counseling techniques, applying a variety of treatment modalities to best fit the needs of each individual client. Riley formulates a treatment plan in collaboration with every client to establish goals and treatment approaches, which results in a counseling experience that addresses the client’s needs holistically.

 

 

Sarah Matus, LMSW


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Sarah has been working at Life Connections since September of 2019. Sarah is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW). She provides individual and family counseling. Sarah also offers assessments for Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS).
Sarah graduated from Mount Mercy University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work. She received her Master of Social Work degree at Clarke University in 2019. While attending college, Sarah interned for The PATHS program in Cedar Rapids, Mount Vernon Middle School, and with Tanager Place’s School – Based Therapy program.
Sarah specializes in treating depression, anxiety, adjustment related stressors, anger management and trauma. Sarah works with all ages ranging from as young as 4 years old to the elderly. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness techniques, and takes a strengths-based and person-centered approach. Sarah also utilizes techniques of Adlerian Play Therapy when working with children, and has attended several play therapy trainings. She will collaborate with you to create a treatment plan and identify a combination of therapeutic approaches that will help you achieve your mental health goals.

 

 

Sharyl Murphy LMSW


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Sharyl began her career with Life Connections in November of 2019. She is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) and provides school-based therapy at Jefferson Elementary. Sharyl also completes assessments for Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS).
Sharyl attended Ashford University and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and sociology. She received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa in 2019. She has interned with Vera French.
Sharyl has experience working with adults with schizophrenia spectrum disorders, Bipolar Disorder, depression, and anxiety. She has also provided anticipatory grief counseling. Her education was focused on positive psychology, family centered therapy, and the psychology of food and mood. Sharyl has worked with clients of all ages, but is especially passionate about working with children ages 3 to 12.

 

 

Stephanie Fiser tLMHC

View Bio Stephanie’s career with Life Connections began in November of 2018. Stephanie is a temporary licensed mental health counselor (tLMHC). She provides individual counseling and family therapy in both office and school settings. She also does assessments for Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS). Stephanie is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Stephanie attended the University of Iowa where she graduated in 2009 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She received her Master of Arts degree in rehabilitation and mental health counseling from the University of Iowa in 2017. While in college, Stephanie interned for NAMI of Johnson County, Vocational Rehabilitation of Johnson County, and a private substance abuse outpatient treatment center. Stephanie specializes in adjustment-related stressors, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, ADHD, and behavioral concerns . She works with all populations from as young as four years old, but she especially enjoys working with teenagers.