Trauma Focused Therapists in Waterloo, IA

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Shantila Marie Caston
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified
Verified
Some of the therapeutic approaches/methods I am skilled in includes; Acceptance and Commitment Theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Person Centered Theory, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, and Trauma focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Not taking new clients currently; Will start taking clients January 2023. Hello my name is Shantila and as a therapist I do not believe that there is one counseling approach that works for every person, and for this reason, I take a more eclectic approach to work with my clients and select the method that allows me to best serve the needs of my clients. I am a strength based, person centered, trauma informed care provider who uses various evidence based therapeutic approaches that will best serve the clients I work with.
(319) 302-3257
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Waterloo, IA 50703
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Brad D Hjelmeland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW, IADC
Verified
Verified
I utilize a trauma focused approach.
I am a Licensed Independent Level Social Worker (LISW) and certified substance abuse counselor (IADC). I have been providing therapy since 2009, working in community mental health and hospital settings. I am able to work with individuals struggling with addictions, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, and parenting issues.
(319) 250-2395
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Deanna Hanson
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Verified
PTSD/ Trauma - Body-based trauma focused .
I have 30 years experience with youth, families, adults and school staff. Multiple trainings on body based approach to healing trauma, and increasing resiliency zone. Clients discover their identity, as I mine hearts to find/extract the ore treasured within. Raised on a cattle ranch: I am practical, hard working and love the outdoors. My joy is to help the afflicted , the broken hearted and proclaim liberty to captives. I love using metaphor to clarify vision/focus around personal and crisis issures. I am a Christian, believing in the Bible / prayer and will gladly integrate in the process if requested.
(319) 284-8739
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Kelli Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Welcome! Starting your therapeutic journey can sometimes be overwhelming and stressful. I try to provide a safe, secure, and empathetic environment as we work together to process through difficult emotions and thoughts.
(319) 284-8956
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Waterloo, IA 50701
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Samarah Greeves
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
My experience in social work began in hospice and an international placement in India. Upon returning home, I continued to work in hospice, where I encountered end-of-life concerns, depression, anxiety, grief, and loss. I implement a strengths-based, heart-centered, holistic, and spiritual approach that is collaborative and non-judgmental. Guided by a culturally sensitive perspective, I enjoy working with a diverse population. I empower clients to tap into their own creativity to assist in their healing journey. I blend cognitive behavioral therapy with expressive arts to help clients reach their goals.
(319) 535-4098
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Waterloo, IA 50701
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Emily Allaire
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW, MSW, CADC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you finding yourself feeling overwhelmed? Guilty? Ashamed? Or are you feeling anxious about making a decision? In the process of preparing for a major life change? Is one or more of your relationships struggling? Our lives can throw us some pretty uncomfortable curve balls from time to time and we get to realize we have choices. You may not know what to do with that ball now that you've caught it, and that's ok. The fact that you’re here tells me you have hope.
(319) 281-0342
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Waterloo, IA 50702
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Abby Meyer
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My name is Abby Meyer (she/her) and I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Waterloo, IA with experience working with individuals, families and children. I strive to provide an environment dedicated to instilling hope and building client strengths. Using a Systems Theory lens, my goal is to work with each client system to create everlasting change.
(319) 251-2424
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Waterloo, IA 50702
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Shelly Blanchard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
In my sessions, I like to focus on the entire person: the mind, body, and spirit. I do provide Christian counseling if that is something you are interested in. I offer therapy with individuals, couples, and families and am happy to say that I love the work I do. When you come to my office, you will be able to share the things in your life that you are struggling with and know that what you share will be met with compassion. You will be able to let me know what you would like to talk about during each session and what you would like to get out of therapy.
(319) 220-3973
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Waterloo, IA 50701
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Katherine M Dinges
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
Verified
I will partner with you to find answers, and build skills to meet life's challenges with renewed strength. As a licensed clinical social worker for more than 25 years, I have the skills and life experience to help when you are dealing with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, grief, life transitions or relationship issues. My specific training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Gerontology enhance a broad range of interventions used in therapy.
(515) 212-2637
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Waterloo, IA 50701
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Andresen Counseling and Consulting, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Hello! I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I have a passion for working with Children, Teenagers, Adults, Elderly and Disabled individuals. I specialize in working with anyone who has experienced traumatic events or has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I am a certified EMDR Therapist. EMDR is a type of therapy that helps people heal from emotional and bodily distress after experiencing a traumatic life event. I am also trained in Play Therapy, which is used with children. Other areas of interest include: addictions and compulsions, anxiety, attachment, depression, divorce issues, grief and loss issues, communication problems, pain, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma and others.
(319) 313-2667
Waterloo, IA 50701
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Lindsay Finnegan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
Verified
I provide therapy services to individuals, couples, and families. I use a cognitive-behavioral approach to address presenting problems. This technique is beneficial in helping to treat anxiety, depression, mood disorders, grief, relationship issues, etc. as thoughts and feelings lead to behaviors or actions. Treatment services are also provided utilizing trauma informed care and EMDR to help with symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
(712) 380-1513
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Waterloo, IA 50702
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Raven Counseling Services LLC
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Do you feel defeated and alone? Are you seeking to heal the inner areas of self doubt, worry, fear, pain, and other places where hope is subsiding? Do you need a space to problem solve, slow down, and reflect with guidance from a clinical perspective? I am a clinician with over 12 years of experience providing person centered counseling and would like to help you discover how to find awareness and cope better. A raven is associated with loss; yet it's symbolism is complex. As a talking bird, it represents prophecy and insight which makes complex decisions and shows rich awareness. I am ready to help support you in your hour of need!
(319) 318-6773
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Waterloo, IA 50702
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Liz Freese
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Welcome! Thank you honoring yourself and giving the gift of self-exploration, understanding, healing and balance to your life. Therapy is an amazing journey that can help with many areas of life that may feel overwhelming and unchangeable. I have a passion for helping others and find joy in the work I do. I would be honored to be with you on this journey. I have been practicing in the field for 17+ years, working with youth, adults, and families.
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Waterloo, IA 50701
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Rosario Garcia Fino
Counselor, MA, tLMHC
Verified
Verified
I am a bilingual Spanish/English mental health counselor who understands that talking about how you really think or feel is not easy, and sometimes can be scary. Opening up to a stranger takes courage, and I know that taking that first step can be difficult. You might doubt that things can get better, that’s why I want to provide you that space where you feel comfortable and where you can be you. Choosing a therapist is not an easy process, I am committed to developing our therapeutic relationship.
(319) 800-5564
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Waterloo, IA 50701
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Amanda Marks
Licensed Professional Counselor, t-LMHC
Verified
Verified
I am a graduate of Upper Iowa University and a temporary licensed mental health counselor. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and parents dealing with anger, anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, parent/child conflict, coping with divorce, and other life stressors.
(319) 595-4572
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Waterloo, IA 50701
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Cathy A. Rottinghaus
Counselor, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My practice is a trauma-informed and strengths-based approach focused on empowering clients to actively assist in their mental health journey. I use a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, play therapy techniques, art therapy techniques, and other personally expressive interventions with clients. I place a high value on clients’ personal autonomy and collaboration in establishing mental health goals.
(319) 220-4572
Waterloo, IA 50701
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Alicia Jefferson
Counselor, tLMHC, NCC, MA
Verified
Verified
The journey to mental wellbeing can sometimes be intense and choosing a professional to help you along is not always easy. Knowing these two things, I value the opportunity to help you engage in self-care. My name is Alicia Jefferson, I work with individuals from all walks of life and with various issues. I am particularly interested in helping women process and heal from traumatic experiences. I’m also interested in working with individuals impacted by the incarceration of a love one. With all who allow me to help them along their journey, my aim is to build a trusting and productive relationship. Look forward to working with you!
(319) 670-2037
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Waterloo, IA 50703
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Taylor Peterson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
I earned my Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. I continued my education and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Master of Social work degree with specialization in trauma informed care. During my time at UNI, I gained valuable experience working with children, youth, and families. Outside of college, I worked as a Mental Health Therapist, in the school system, counseling students experiencing concerns with depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, self-identify, self-harm, relationships, and more.
(800) 531-4236
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Waterloo, IA 50701
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Summer Elliott
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Having someone listen to you, without judging or minimizing what you feel and think is so important. Together, we can help you gain clarity, set goals, and take steps toward healing. I provide a safe space in my practice to allow for all stages of self-discovery and wellness for you or your family.
(319) 349-8077
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Waterloo, IA 50701
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Brandi Schmitt
Counselor, MS, NCC, LMHC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
Attempting to cope with a mental health concern is often a lonely and exhausting process. Additionally, pursuing counseling can often be a difficult decision to make, but one that I believe is worthwhile. As a counselor, my role is to help support you through your healing journey and empower you to rediscover your own unique strengths and resources as a means to promote such healing. I strive to create a safe, non-judgmental environment for you to share your own unique life story.
(800) 531-4236
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Waterloo, IA 50701
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What type of Waterloo mental health professional is right for me?
While most types of therapy have a lot in common, they also fall into clusters that share core features, such as cognitive therapies or psychodynamic approaches. It is important to seek someone who practices evidence-based therapy, meaning one or more forms of treatment that have been scientifically evaluated and tested, and demonstrate consistent improvement for a majority of patients.

If you are unsure about choosing the right therapist, it might be useful to first learn more about therapy types and modalities.
How to find a therapist in Waterloo?
When looking to find a therapist, it is certainly important to consider training and credentials. Studies also indicate that the therapeutic alliance, or the relationship the client develops with the therapist, is an important factor in their ability to work together to achieve the client’s goals.

What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.

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