Brenda Wood-Clark, LMHC, CFTP
Licensed Therapist/Clinical Director
Brenda is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist specializing in individual, couples, group, and family therapy. She is also a Certified Family Trauma Professional who believes that although we are all a product of our past, it should not define our future.
With over 20 years of experience working in mental health in a variety of capacities she specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
She is an interactive, solution-focused therapist who believes that assisting the client to create a life that happens by them and not to them, is of utmost importance. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, Brenda works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Brenda graduated from Buena Vista University completing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Human Services and Psychology and completed a Master of Science degree at Drake University in Mental Health Counseling.
License, Certifications & Awards
- License for Mental Health Counseling in the State of Iowa
- Basic I Certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP)
Professional Activities and Memberships
- Member of the American Counseling Association
- Member of National Association for Professional Women
- Member of International Trauma Professionals
- Credentials and Background approved by Psychology Today
Lauren Youngs, LMHC
Licensed Therapist/BHIS Provider
Lauren is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in areas of anxiety, interpersonal relationships, life transition, parenting, women’s issues, self-esteem and holistic self-care. Lauren has worked with clients of all ages and specializes in working with clients of diverse backgrounds, adolescents, women and families.
Lauren utilizes mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral techniques with a psychodynamic understanding of development and adapts her approach to the specific needs of her clients. She provides compassionate support and guidance for her clients in order for them to develop emotional wellness, increase their personal insight and become their authentic selves. Lauren easily builds rapport with clients of various backgrounds, ages and cultures while helping them identify goals and take an active role in achieving them.
Lauren earned her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling at Drake University in 2010 after completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Graceland University in 2005.
Licensures and Certifications
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of Iowa
Lifetime Trainer Certification Investigations into Economic Class in America curriculum
Lifetime Trainer Certification on Understanding and Engaging Under Resourced College Students
Member of the Iowa Mental Health Counselor’s Association
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
Mary Pulscher, LMHC, ATR-BC
Licensed Mental Health Therapist/Certified Art Therapist
Mary is a licensed mental health therapist who has over 30 years of experience working in behavioral health. She has special certification in Art Therapy which allow a unique and rewarding therapy environment for her clients. She has worked in community mental health, corrections, and crisis with a variety of individuals to assist them in creating change and balance in their lives.
Mary has a strong interest and experience working in trauma informed care with people of all ages and stages of life. She works with young children by using art as a vehicle to interpret and communicate their needs as well as adults to better understand obstacles that may be inhibiting the change they are seeking in their lives.
Mary's experience is collaborating with clients who have struggled with: PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, and like diagnosis. She is experienced in helping women, men, children, families, couples, and individuals work through difficult times.
Mary holds a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling and licensed in the State of Iowa. She is also certified in Art Therapy through the Art Therapy Credentialing Board.