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Sharaine Conner, LMSW, IADC
Mental Health Therapist/Substance Abuse Counselor

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.

Education 

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

CHRISTOPHER HARPER, CADC, MS

Substance Abuse Counselor

Christopher has areas of interest Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Reality Therapy.

After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in 2014, Christopher began working in the social services field to express his passion for changing the lives of vulnerable people. He has worked in several different capacities within the field. Christopher was formerly a Youth Counselor at Four Oaks and a Youth Services Worker at The State Training School for Boys while living in Iowa from 2014 to 2016. After moving to South Dakota, he worked as a Family Safety Risk Permanency (FSRP) Coordinator at Southwest Iowa Family Access Center in the tristate area, and during this time he gained his certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). Christopher later transitioned into a therapeutic role as a Residential Treatment Therapist at the Boys and Girls Home, which is one of the psychiatric medical institutes for children in the state of Iowa. Christopher recently provided substance abuse services to adults in both Intensive Outpatient and Extended Outpatient services along with Gambling Counseling.

Education

Bachelors of Arts in Human Services and Sociology from William Penn University

Masters of Science in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University

Certification:

Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) through Iowa Board of Certification.

 

Susan Tridle, BA

Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist

Mental Health Intern

Substance Abuse Counselor Intern

“We can only see with open eyes, We can only listen with open ears, We can only thing with open minds”  (Author unknown)

Susan has had extensive experience over the past 22 years with individuals of all ages and genders in educational settings, home settings, and facility settings. She has worked with individuals having many diagnoses (singular or multiple) including but not limited to: Intellectual Disabilities, Behavior Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Angelman’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Behavior, Conduct Disorder, Anger Management, and Schizophrenia.  She is currently working toward completion of her Masters degree in Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Substance Abuse.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is her specialization along with skill building to replace maladaptive behaviors with socially acceptable behaviors, and using coping skills for anger management.

Education:

BA: Community Recreation, Emphasis: Aquatics, BA: Elementary Education, BA: Psychology

MA in Teaching: Special Education

Graduate Student in Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counseling, expected date of graduation: May, 2019

Professional Activities/Memberships:

Graduate Student Member of American Counseling Association

Autism Society of Iowa, member

National Education Association, member

Nodaway Valley Education Association, membership committee co-chairperson

Orient Women’s Club, President, Fundraiser chairperson

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