Counselors

Life Happens. We’re Here to Help.

Appointments available via telehealth or at West Des Moines office.

Tina Leaf, MSW, LISW

Clinical Director

Tina is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa. Tina has 10 years of experience working in a residential setting. Tina provides therapy to individuals, families and couples- ranging in age from preschool to adulthood. Tina helps children, young adults and adults experiencing a variety of challenges including childhood trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Tina enjoys helping clients through a variety of different modalities including: Play-based therapy, attachment/trauma focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and ACT.
I believe that all people have the ability to overcome their obstacles, and I am here to support and guide them on the journey. I use client-centered approaches, which allow the clients to guide their therapy and find ways to meet their unique needs.

Appointments available via telehealth or at downtown Des Moines office.

Joe Klipping, MS, LMHC

EAP/SAP and Outpatient Treatment Counselor

Joe earned his master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. He has experience in a variety of settings, from private practice to residential facilities to community mental health centers. Joe has worked with many age groups, from clients as young as 3 to as old as 84.

I have helped people improve their functioning and overall contentment with their lives. I have experience helping clients with many different mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, as well as spiritual and existential matters, grief and loss, stage of life changes, and family relationships. We know that life is messy at times and a therapist can help clients lean into it, experience it in a healthy way, and eventually take a step closer to becoming who they want to be. When I am away from the office, I enjoy being with my family, going on drives, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Appointments available via telehealth or at West Des Moines office.

Jessica Streeter, LMSW

EAP/SAP and Outpatient Treatment Counselor

Jessica received both her Bachelors and Masters in Social work from the University of Iowa. Jessica enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults through individual, couple, and family sessions. Areas of competence include mood disorders, adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, and grief. Jessica’s therapeutic approach is highly flexible and will be individualized when working with each client. Together you will facilitate the changes you desire. Jessica’s role as a therapist is to create a safe and supportive therapeutic environment, one that inspires growth and change.

Although everyone faces obstacles in their lives, there can be growth and learning taken away from these challenges.

Appointments available via telehealth or at downtown Des Moines office.

Racheal Gibbons, MS, LMHC, NCC, CADC

EAP/SAP and Outpatient Treatment Counselor

Racheal earned her master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Drake University. She has worked in both residential and outpatient settings with children, adolescents and adults. Racheal has helped her patients work through trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, substance/gambling abuse and stress management. She is a member of the Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association.

I believe that everyone deserves a chance to be heard, to be the best version of themselves. I offer a platform that is tailored to the individual that is strength-based, non-judgmental and compassionate. Sprinkled with humor, I offer clients the opportunity to let down their guard, increase their own strengths and develop their own roadmap to success.

Appointments available via telehealth or at West Des Moines office.

Mary Doherty, LMSW

EAP/SAP and Outpatient Treatment Counselor

Mary received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and went on to get her master’s in Social Work. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and families, but enjoys working with children birth through early teenage years the most. Mary seeks to help her clients problem solve by identifying coping skills and finding resources to help the individual.

I am passionate about the client being the experts in their own life and helping someone look at the whole picture of what is going on in their life. I love having the opportunity to work alongside people and finding what supports can be beneficial for each person.

Appointments available via telehealth or at West Des Moines office.

Ashley Morgan, MS, tCADC, LMHC

EAP/SAP and Outpatient Treatment Counselor

Ashley attended Drake University for her B.A. in Psychology, then went on to get her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She’s worked in a variety of settings, including residential facilities and community mental health centers. She has helped children with intellectual/developmental disabilities, adults with serious mental illness, and adolescents in residential treatment. Ashley enjoys working with a variety of populations, ranging from early adolescence through the rest of the lifespan, but one of her favorites is work with LGBTQIA+ adolescents. She has experience treating depression and anxiety, LGBTQIA+ issues, body image issues/self-esteem, and stress management.

When working with clients, I try to be as trauma-focused as possible in my practice. At the end of the day, the client is the best expert in their own life, I am just assisting them in navigating some of the bumps along the way in their journey.

Appointments available via telehealth or at West Des Moines office.

Alli Conrad, LISW, RPT

Outpatient Treatment Counselor

Alli has a master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and she has experience working in both residential and outpatient settings. She works with individuals and families of all ages, but enjoys working with children the most. Alli has experience working with trauma, emotional dysregulation, parent-child relationships, anxiety and depression. She is a Registered Play Therapist, and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

I am passionate about helping people resolve the effects of trauma, as trauma does not define a person. I strive to help my clients meet their identified goals and recognize their strengths.

 

Appointments available via telehealth or at West Des Moines office.

Amanda Khader, M. Ed, Ed. S, tLMHC

Child and Adolescent Clinician

Amanda received her Bachelors in Psychology, and her Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Northern Iowa. She also received an Educational Specialist in School Psychology degree, and went on to take classes at Grand View University for her licensure in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has experience working with children and adolescents with behavior disorders and learning disabilities. She also helps families, and people of all ages experiencing anxiety and/or depression. Amanda is a school psychologist by training. She’s also well-versed in Mental Health First Aid, and Crisis Prevention and Intervention. Amanda belongs to NASP, ISPA, and ACA. Amanda also offers Psychological Testing. To learn more click here.

I am passionate about meeting my clients where they are at, and providing them with tools that they can use on their own to improve their mental health! I am also passionate about providing education and support for families who have a child with a mental health disorder or behavior disorder.”

Appointments available via telehealth or at downtown Des Moines office.

Sydney Seuferer, tLMHC

EAP/SAP Counselor

Sydney earned her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. In 2017, she earned a B.A. in Psychology from Iowa State University and has always had a strong interest in helping others. Sydney strives to promote prevention, wellness, education, personal growth, and empowerment in her clinical work. Sydney helps her clients create and achieve personal goals using an integrated, person-centered approach to treatment and interventions. Sydney enjoys helping adolescents and adults grow in their identities and realize their goals. Sydney is also passionate about working with young athletes to address their unique mental health needs. Sydney helps clients through psycho-education, promoting self-compassion and building skills they can use throughout the lifespan.

I believe in encouraging self-compassion to help people make change and achieve their goals. I am passionate about working with you, and creating a plan tailored to your strengths and experiences. I strive to create a welcoming, safe and comfortable environment for all.

Appointments available via telehealth or at West Des Moines office.

Katie Smith

EAP/SAP Counselor

Katie is a student at The University of Iowa and will complete her MSW in May 2023. Katie studied Psychology and received her B.A. degree in liberal studies at Arizona State University. Katie is passionate about helping people of all ages reach their personal goals. Katie provides counseling to individuals, families, and couples of all ages. Katie enjoys helping adolescents and adults with challenges as associated with grief and loss, stress management, anger management, anxiety, and depression. Katie helps clients to problem solve by identifying coping skills and finding resources to help clients.

I am passionate about mental health and helping clients to reach their personal goals. I am excited to provide clients with a non-biased environment where clients are the experts in their own life. I strive to provide a strength-based, compassionate platform for clients to feel comfortable sharing and feel supported.

Appointments available via telehealth or at West Des Moines office.

Jay Foote, MSW, MM, AMSAT

EAP/SAP Counselor

Jay is a Master Level Social Work Clinical Intern from the University of Iowa. Before joining EFR, he studied and taught a mindfulness practice, The Alexander Technique, in New York City for ten years. Jay provides therapy to individuals, families, and couples aged 15 to 100+ and helps individuals experiencing challenges, including symptoms of anxiety, depression, adjustment, and ADHD. He assists clients using concepts from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, ACT, somatic, and mindfulness awareness approaches.

Helping clients discover their values, building more awareness of the feelings and emotions in their bodies, and exploring core beliefs are highly fulfilling. My goal is to invite clients to cultivate increased awareness to guide their therapy so they feel empowered to make new choices in their relationships and life.

Maddox

Student Assistance Program (SAP) & Outpatient Counseling

Maddox*, an elementary-aged student, struggled with anger outbursts, physical aggression, and difficulties with problem-solving. After spending years off-and-on in therapy seeking treatment with various providers only to remark that “none seemed to want to listen,” Maddox’s parents sought SAP services through their district. 

Today, Maddox is completing his SAP sessions and moving towards outpatient counseling. He has reduced his anger outbursts and has learned skills to help him successfully navigate challenging days.