Family & Parenting Counseling Services

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From the moment a pregnancy or adoption is announced, most parents are receiving advice and suggestions on how to raise their child. Parenting can be satisfying and fulfilling, but it can also be difficult and time-consuming. New parents, overwhelmed parents, parents facing mental health conditions, or separated parents may benefit from the support of a mental health professional to help them through difficult situations or behavioral concerns.

Family Issues

Family therapy can improve communication, resolve family issues, work through shifting family dynamics, and create a better functioning home environment.

Life Transitions

It takes time to adjust to big life transitions like divorce, a medical diagnosis, shifting family dynamics, job changes, and more. Therapy can help you through these emotionally taxing transition times.


Fertility challenges can lead to emotional trauma, stress, anxiety, grief, depression, relationship strain and more. Therapy can help individuals and couples work through the feelings and experiences surrounding infertility, learn coping mechanisms for managing stress, and improve communication within the relationship.


An individual’s past and present experiences may affect how they relate to their children, how their children relate to them, and how the entire family functions. Therapy can help parents identify, address, and manage these factors as well as help them face difficult parenting moments.

Family & Parenting Counselors

Stephanie's clinical experience includes working with adolescent, adult individuals, and couples utilizing a faith-based approach coupled with the therapeutic models of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-focused practices. 

Stephanie utilizes individualized treatment plans to meet each client where they are at including the areas of depression and anxiety, PTSD, addictions and recovery, relational conflict, grief and loss, emotional regulation, and difficult life changes/transitions.

Stephanie only sees patients via telehealth.

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Emilie has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Counseling, and is  currently pursuing her Ph.D at Drake University. Before joining the team at New Life, she had experience working with youth on probation, youth under the care of DHS, marriage and family therapy, eating disorders, homeless families, and working in various ministry positions.

Emilie utilizes many forms of therapy to help fit her client’s needs such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems Approaches and EMDR. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is a therapy designed to heal traumatic and stressful life experiences by decreasing the distressing emotions connected to those experiences.

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Heather’s clinical area of focus is working with adolescent and adult clients dealing with depression, anxiety, relational conflict, grief and loss, postpartum depression, and life transitions. Her approach is to help you learn ways to deal with present circumstances, gain insight from your past, as well as hope for the future. She likes to assess you holistically and work with you to balance all areas of your life: spiritually, relationally, physically, nutritionally, mentally, and emotionally.

Heather has a Master of Arts degree in Community counseling and School Counseling with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She uses an eclectic approach to counseling including various interventions from (CBT) Cognitive Behavioral, (DBT) Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and (TBRI) Trust Based Relational therapy. She also has an interest in how nutrition and gut health affect mental health. Heather is currently pursuing and learning more about nutritional and integrative medicine for mental health professionals. She only offers sessions through Telehealth as an online therapist for New Life Counseling.

Heather only sees patients via telehealth.

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Mike has a degree in Church Education, and a master’s degree in Counseling. He has his Temp LMHC and is working towards full mental health counseling licensure. Mike serviced as a youth minister for 15 years and has spent the last 10 serving youth and families in a social work capacity, providing in-home behavioral health services in addition to leading and training staff.

Mike is passionate about supporting people in their growth of awareness and acknowledgment, leading to changes in thinking and living.

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DeAnne has a B.A in Psychology and an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has her Temp LMHC and is working towards full licensure.

DeAnne works under the umbrella of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, utilizing REBT, EFT, Family Systems, and Motivational Interviewing. She is a certified SYMBIS facilitator for pre-marital couples and is currently working toward Gottman marriage certification.

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Brooklynn has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a graduate degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis which she is set to finish this year. Brooklynn has experience working at a behavioral analysis clinic for kids with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism. She also spent 5 years in Columbia in the mission field working with kids, youth, and adults facing extreme trauma; she is bilingual.

Brooklynn sees people of all stages and ages though her focus is mainly on children, adolescents, marriage and family therapy, and trauma therapy. She will see children as young as 3 years of age and individuals with special needs including but not limited to autism, down syndrome, and genetic disorders. If an individual is nonverbal, she will provide parent training sessions to the parents so they can implement practices at home.

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Kelly has 25 years of experience working in public education as a teacher, instructional coach, and consultant with children, teens, and families. She holds a Master of Arts in Education and a Master of Science in Counseling; she has her Temp LMHC and is working towards full licensure.

Kelly utilizes many different therapeutic modalities ranging from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to play-based therapy based on your individual needs. Additionally, she has training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is designed to heal stressful and traumatic life experiences by decreasing the strong emotions associated with those experiences.

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Elena has a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling and Art therapy. She is a registered art therapist and licensed mental health counselor. Elena’s approach is holistic, trauma-informed, and incorporates art therapy, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, client-centered, and strengths-based models.

Elena’s goal is always to provide a safe and supportive environment for her clients to explore their behaviors, thoughts, and emotions, and feel empowered to move toward growth, change, and healing.

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Jordan has a bachelor’s degree in social work, a Master of Science in School Counseling, is a licensed social worker (LBSW), and has his LMHC. He has several years of experience working as a residential social worker and school counselor.

Jordan’s counseling approach is faith-based, using Biblical values and principles. He also utilizes Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy techniques but likes to remain flexible based on his client’s needs. Jordan is a certified SYMBIS facilitator for pre-marital couples and is certified to give Prepare/Enrich assessments for couples.

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Meg holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Education and a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy. She is also a Gottman Certified therapist for couples counseling. She provides therapy for individuals, couples, and adolescents and takes an interpersonal, client-centered, and collaborative approach to counseling.

Her experience includes inpatient and outpatient care for adults and children in a psychiatric setting, music therapy in a rehabilitation hospital, in-home counseling as part of a hospice team, bereavement counseling/management, and a special interest in emotional issues of individuals who have suffered from strokes, traumatic brain injuries, and other physical traumas.

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Donald is the owner of New Life, has a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology and Religious Studies; he is also an ordained Wesleyan minister.

Donald’s experience and training includes individual, marriage, and family counseling, business and organizational consulting, personality testing, professional and personal coaching, and spiritual leadership. He is certified with the John Maxwell team and Amen Clinics.

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Erik has 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field working with individuals, adolescents, and families. He has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling.

He strives to adapt his therapeutic approach to the needs of the people he is serving, primarily using a cognitive-behavioral approach and some trauma approaches. He strives to give hope and help others recognize their ability to draw on their faith and strengths to overcome adversity.

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Sarah is pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and received her Bachelors in Ministry Leadership with a concentration in Women's Ministry. She has experience working in shelters for homeless women and their children as well as international missions. She also works at Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS) in Ames- responding and advocating for the needs of sexual assault and domestic violence victims. 

She is a certified victim counselor with training in trauma-informed care, crisis intervention, various types of abuse, the civil and criminal justice systems, and more as it relates to sexual and domestic abuse.

Sarah specifically works with children, teen girls, and individual adults. Her professional areas of interest include: trauma, mothering and women's issues, life adjustment, anxiety, and self-worth. 

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