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Before you decide to let us get to know you, please get to know us. Relationship is everything, especially when it comes to finding a therapist. The right fit makes all the difference! While no one is for everyone, we are dedicated to supporting you and will do our very best to find someone that works for you (even if it isn’t one of us). That’s just how important mental health and well-being are to our group.

We provide an intentionally inclusive, comfortable, and warm atmosphere. We do our best to make you feel right at home. Our providers are experienced, well-trained, and invested in your wellness and health. We can’t wait to meet you.

Our Team

Jess Pladsen, LMFT, RPT-S​

Therapist, Approved AAMFT & Play Therapy Supervisor

Specializations

Anxiety, Attachment, Depression, Life Transitions & Adjustments, Trauma, Panic Disorder

Modalities

Narrative, Experiential, Psychodynamic, IFS, Solution-Focus, Sandtray, EFT, DBT, Autplay, EMDR (level 2), Person-Centered Play Therapy, & Theraplay

Works With

Children, Adolescents, Adults, Individual, Couples, & Family Therapy

Availability

T & W 9-5, Th 9-4 and F 9-noon

To our gifts, those of letting go, moving toward, and embracing change. To the breaking through and relief of these moments. Be seen, be heard, be you. Please accept this invitation to befriend curiosity to find or get reacquainted with yourself. The self you may know, or not, but may have moved away from embracing and being present with. You are the writer of your story, perhaps not all the characters or experiences that have happened. However, you can create new meaning, energy, and life within your story. Find the unclaimed unconditional love that belongs to you. Move toward wholeness, full-heartedness, and acceptance. If this speaks to you, I warmly welcome you to be brave enough to risk. To be vulnerable enough to heal and repair. To do the work of moving toward your balance, health, and wellbeing. I believe in the power of healthy authentic relationship, being real, and even the use of humor as an agent of healing and change. I am truly honored, humbled, and invested in this work.

 

ABD PhD: Marriage & Family Therapy, specialization in Neuroscience, Mount Mercy University, August 2018- present

Master’s Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy, Mount Mercy University, 2012

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Major in Psychology, Minor in Sociology, Mount Mercy University, 2008

US Association of Play Therapy, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, 2021

Iowa Association of Play Therapy: General Board Member, 2020-present

Publication as co-author in Journal of Family Therapy, 2020

AAMFT Approved Supervisor, 2019

US Association of Play Therapy, Registered Play Therapist, 2018

IAPT Rookie of the Year Award IAPT 2017

Christine Woodruff Award 2008

Guest College Lecturer & Community Presentations

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Amy Reihman, LMHC​

Therapist, Supervisor

Specializations

Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Woman’s Issues, & Life Stressors or Transitions

Modalities

Narrative, EMDR, Solution-Focused, Collaborative, CBT

Works With

Adolescents, Adults, Individual, Couples, & Family Therapy

Availability

M 9-5, T 9-2, W 9-5, Th 9-5

Every person is unique with their very own experiences and stories. Amy embodies this idea in her therapeutic approach. Each person’s therapy experience should honor these differences and be as individualized as they are. Passionate about helping clients feel safe and comfortable Amy strives to create an inviting therapeutic environment that fosters and promotes the type of healing and change you may be seeking. Collaborative in her approach, a primary goal is to support you in making the progress you want, around the goals that matter to you.

While the process of therapy can be hard and difficult at times, these challenges create the possibility for amazing change and growth to occur. Creating new possibilities around what may have felt impossible, opening the ability to inspire and center us. Amy believes in and enjoys taking moments to reflect upon your growth and steps you have taken, supporting you in the spaces that may be uncomfortable at times. One of the most impactful therapeutic tools we possess as therapists is the ability to connect with others on a genuine, authentic, human level.

Humor can be a great tool in this area, and laughter and shared smiles are encouraged. After all therapy incorporates the entire spectrum of emotion. When therapists are able to genuinely and authentically connect people feel seen, heard, and cared for. It ignites powerful healing and resilience, more impactful than any particular therapeutic technique or modality alone. To quote Brené Brown “shame is that warm feeling that washes over us, making us feel small, flawed, and never good enough… if we share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.”


Master’s Degree: Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Capella University, 2014

Bachelor of Science Degree: Major in Psychology, Minor in Sociology and Human Relations, University of Iowa, 2009

Approved Supervisor
Community Presenter & Speaker
Safe Haven: Board Member & Volunteer

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Leona Childs, LMHC

Therapist

Specializations

Infertility Treatment Interventions, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, & Life Transitions

Modalities

Person-Centered, ACT, DBT, Strength-Based

Works With

Adolescents & Adults, Individual Therapy

Availability

M-Th 8-1

With experience comes new appreciation, insight, and understanding. You know yourself better than anyone. You are your best resource when it comes to therapy. As a mental health counselor, I take the time to get to know you in ways that you can be heard, understood, and heal. Providing the supports you need to promote a growth mindset and create new meanings and insights. Using a collaborative approach, I can help to facilitate and set attainable goals focused on your values, ambitions, and aspirations.

You deserve a safe, empowering, and compassionate space in which to explore these areas. I am very intentional about creating a genuine and mindful connection with clients and have acquired the skill of balancing between securing supportive and directive action-oriented communication often needed to make a difference. Currently, I work with adolescents and adults. My areas of interest include anxiety, depression, grief, and life transitions. My passion and specialization is working with individuals impacted by infertility issues. I can navigate with you through the stages and complicated toil this can have across all aspects of a person’s life. With the specialized training as a mental health professional approved through the American Society of Reproductive Medicine for treatment and use of infertility interventions, I strive to provide exceptional care for infertility.

Please know you don’t have to go it alone. You can work through these spaces with someone who truly “gets it”.

Master’s Degree: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Northern Iowa, 2014

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Major in Psychology and Family Services, Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Northern Iowa, 2011

Infertility and Treatment Interventions – Mental Health Professional Certificate – American Society for Reproductive Medicine

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Lindsay Miles, LISW​

Therapist

Specializations

Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Trauma

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment, DBT, Solution-Focus

Works With

Adolescents, Adults, Individual, Couples, & Family Therapy

Availability

M: 4:30-7, T: 5:30-7:30, W: 4:30-7, Th: 4:30-6

No one should move through life, silently experiencing emotional distress with little to no sense of hope. Yet, so many individuals do. Whether it be a result of biology and/or experience, a person’s thoughts and emotions can greatly shape their reality- leaving them to struggle to see the light at the end of the tunnel. By reconnecting with values, meaning, and purpose: a person can begin to break free from the hold of uncomfortable thoughts and emotions. While involvement in therapy entails a great deal of vulnerability, it can also be an important step toward desired growth. One of the best indicators of therapeutic success lies within the client-therapist alliance. For this reason, I look to provide a warm, non-judgmental presence that empathizes with the client’s journey and identifies areas of resilience, empowerment, and strength. Through a combination of Acceptance and Commitment, Dialectical-Behavioral, and Solution-Focused Therapies, I incorporate mindfulness strategies into my approach to support clients in creating lifestyle balance toward their desired values and goals.

Master’s Degree: Social Work, St. Ambrose University

Bachelor of Science: Psychology, University of Iowa

15+ years community service in mental health

Non-profit residential & crisis intervention

Public Education

Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa Volunteer

Non-profit residential & crisis intervention

Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa Volunteer

Critical Incident Stress Management Certified

Trauma Art Narrative Therapy Certified

Member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals

Recipient of 2021 Administrative/Support Staff Excellence Award

Adjunct Professor at St. Ambrose University’s Master’s of Social Work program

Community trainer, facilitator, presenter- topics include general mental health, anxiety, mindfulness, expressive arts in therapy, cultural humility, and trauma-informed practices

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Madison Miller, t-LMFT​

Therapist

Specializations

Anxiety, Depression, Relational, Development & Life Phase Transitions

Modalities

Narrative, Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral, Emotional Focused Therapy

Works With

Children, Adolescents, Adults, Individual, Couples, & Family Therapy

Availability

M-T: noon-7, W-F 9-5

Every person is capable of growth and improvement as they move through their personal journey. No two journeys are the same and no one should have to walk it alone. I am passionate about working collaboratively with clients, supporting them on their path to wellness, and encouraging the solutions that can make a difference. As a recent Master’s level graduate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Mercy University I am current on the latest effective treatment and best practices. My education in family systems, human development, and relationships can be helpful in providing new perspectives, awareness, and support in stepping out of these perpetual problems to find long-lasting solutions. Currently I am working toward becoming a registered play therapist and volunteer as the student board member for Iowa’s Association of Play Therapy. Sometimes my work, is literally PLAY! Thoughtful in my approach I create a welcoming environment and cherish forming meaningful connections with others. I truly care and have a high desire to help others reach their desired goals, cheering them on as they make this progress, and celebrating the positive impact this can have.

Master’s Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy, Mount Mercy University, 2021

Bachelor of Science Degree: Psychology, Mount Mercy University, 2019

Iowa Association of Play Therapy: Student Board Member 2021-present

Psi Chi – The International Society in Psychology 2018-19

National Society of Leadership and Success 2018-19

National Council of Youth Leadership Scholarship 2016

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Alyssa Caldwell, t-LMFT

Therapist

Specializations

Anxiety, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Life Transitions & Adjustment, Women’s Issues, Panic Disorder

Modalities

Narrative, IFS, Experiential, Solution-Focused, EFT, DBT, CBT, Play Therapy

Works With

Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples, & Family 

Availability

M & T 9-2 & 4-8, F 9-2, S 9-4

Life can be challenging. We are all human, and we all struggle at times. I believe through the presence of support and compassion in therapy, change is possible. This believe drives me to connect with my clients in a real and genuine way, encouraging clients to come as they are and be themselves. I am passionate about working with people from all populations and backgrounds. I strive to provide a safe and supportive space to help clients realize their own internal and external resources for change. But I do more than just sit and listen, I am active in facilitating tools and interventions tailored to the specific needs identified. Each person’s experiences are unique and should be treated with the utmost care and respect. Being invited into someone’s world is the most humbling and honoring experience. My goal is to help all that I work with process and heal from past or present experiences to then work towards how to live their most authentic and healthiest lives. 

Master’s Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy, Mount Mercy University, 2020 

Bachelor of Science Degree: Major in Human Resource Management, Mount Mercy University, 2018

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Sarah Bell, T-LMFT

Therapist

Specializations

Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Adjustment 

Modalities

Solution-Focused, Experiential, Emotionally Focused Therapy

Works With

Adolescents, Adults, Individuals, Couples, & Families

Availability

M 2-5, T 2-5, W 3-7, Th 2-5

We all struggle from time to time, no one is alone in this.  Whether difficulties stem from emotions, relationships, day to day life, or anything in between.  Having a non-judgmental space to share these experiences in can be immensely beneficial. Sometimes we need someone to actively listen and other times we need someone with the knowledge to provide skills and tools to make changes that can better our lives. It’s great when one person can do both.  I firmly believe authentic and supportive relationships can help heal. While sometimes this process can be challenging, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart, it can be rewarding as well. My goal as a therapist is to provide an atmosphere of compassion and curiosity to help develop new insight and awareness. Supporting and building confidence, motivation, understanding, and resilience.  Focusing on strengths and encouraging you to get to the place you want to be.

Master’s Degree: Marriage and Family Therapy, Mount Mercy University, 2022
      
Bachelor of Science: Psychology, Iowa State University, 2018

7+ years community service in mental health

 Crisis intervention experience 

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