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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.

Education
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
  • Board Member-Camp Hertko Hollow Iowa
 

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

 

Traci Rudolf-Hanrahan, LMSW

Mental Health Therapist/BHIS Supervisor

Traci is a Licensed Master of Social Work specializing in individual, couples, and family therapy, with extensive experience working with young children and adolescents. She has several years of experience working with youth with behavioral health needs and currently provides school based mental health services in rural community schools.

With over 20 years of experience working in social work and mental health in a variety of capacities, Traci specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with an emphasis on interactive, strength based, and solution-focused models.

Education 

Traci completed her Bachelor's degree in Social Work at Dana College, and received her Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Iowa.

License, Certifications & Awards

  • License for Mental Health Counseling in the State of Iowa 
  • Certified Facilitator for Aggression Replacement Training (ART)
  • Certified in Mental Health First Aid
  • Certified Trainer for Common Sense Parenting

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Member of Iowa School Social Workers' Association

 

 

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 allows for 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 with 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.

Education:

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.

 

Teresa Gilbert, LISW, SOTP

Mental Health Therapist

Teresa has over 25 years of experience working as a therapist in numerous settings. She has provided case management for those with persistent mental illness, group and individual therapy for various mental health issues, and has worked in both community and hospital settings. Teresa has worked within county and state organizations, and correctional settings. She  maintained a private practice in Des Moines for the last ten years and now joins CTS for the next phase of her adventure. Teresa has lengthy experience working with depression, anxiety, co-dependency, bipolar, sex addiction, marital therapy, and more. She utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach as well as systems theory and problem solving therapy. 

 

Susan Tridle, BA

Mental Health 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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