Kristin Brekelmans, CADC
Director of Substance Abuse Wellness and Recovery Program
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
"Learning to dance in the rain, not just waiting out the storms" is my personal motto
I am passionate about making a difference in another person's life, by interacting in deep discussions, setting goals and mutually creating plans of action. To witness a person's life change for the better and taking action steps towards a successful future is the most rewarding experience. In addition I am passionate about faith based treatments that are available for spiritual growth.
Sharaine is a Licensed Masters Level Social Worker whose area of clinical interest and expertise include: various addictions, co-occurring diagnoses, anxiety, depression, sexual health and human sexuality, brain development and lifespan attachment issues, LGBTQIA+, and interpersonal relationship concerns. Sharaine has worked with clients of all ages and specializes working with individual, couples, group and family therapy.
Sharaine utilizes CBT, DBT, and motivational interviewing methods, as well as art, music, and narrative therapy. She has a passion for working with those who have substance use disorders as well as their families in order them to understand each other and heal from their experiences. She believes that she in a holistic approach to addiction and mental health and works to build a bridge between the two in the community. Sharaine prides herself on being an eclectic therapist that works to individualize treatment for each person that she works with - no two individuals lives or treatment journeys are alike.
Sharaine completed her Bachelor's degree in Social Work with an emphasis in education at the University of Iowa, and received her Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of New England.
Professional Activities and Memberships
Offers training on addiction, counseling skills, human relationships, and deaf culture for the Iowa Board of Certification.
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Iowa Board of Certification (IBC) Training Committee Member
Iowa Club of Des Moines Board Member
Iowa Mental Health Counselor's Association Member