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
- Board Member-Camp Hertko Hollow Iowa
Susan Tridle, BA, MS
Mental Health Therapist/ Addictions Counselor
“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.
- 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
- 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
Jennifer Van Fosson-Roelfs
Mental Health Therapist
"Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light." --Brene Brown
Jennifer is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist who specializes in working with individuals, couples and families. Jennifer has been a licensed therapist for over 18 years and has worked in a variety of settings within central Iowa. Jennifer has a strong interest in working with dual diagnosis individuals, adolescents, adults and couples. Jennifer specializes in areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, LGBTQ, along with many other areas.
Jennifer strives to provide a safe, trusting and open relationship with each individual. Jennifer focuses on using person centered, strength based approaches while using techniques from CBT, TF-CBT and systems approaches. Jennifer believes in the importance of providing individualized treatment based on the persons current needs, stage of change and identified long term goals. Jennifer empowers each individual in their journey to make changes necessary to live their best life.
Cara S Kelley, MS, NCC, tLMHC
Mental Health Therapist
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot
Cara has experience counseling adolescents and adults in both individual and group settings. She has ties to the military community and is an advocate for Veteran Suicide Awareness. She believes counseling provides a safe, warm, supportive relationship where you can openly share your thoughts and feelings, find support, and learn new strategies for coping with situations and emotions. Her desire is to work with you to develop new patterns in your life that can lead to healthier coping skills, increase confidence and a greater sense of purpose and meaning in your life.
Cara feels her role is to help people utilize what they already know and their strengths to help them overcome barriers in order to grow more fully into who they want to become. She believes in the strength of human resiliency, but sometimes we become stuck and need help to move forward. She feels that one must take a holistic approach to overall health...mind, body and spirit and that they are all intimately connected and certainly influence the others.
As far as human nature is concerned, Cara believes that people have a desire to do what is right, but often find they do the very things that might not be in their best interest. That desire to do what is right is what gives her hope for everyone. She believes a person can never fall too far to benefit from counseling. She believes everyone can change - if they really want to. Cara wants to be the person that helps them on their journey of Hope. Cara thinks so many people keep everything bottled up and do not share their feelings and fears with anyone. This can lead them to believe they are the only ones feeling this way and that can be a very dark place. Cara wants them to know they are not alone and that there is hope.
Cara enjoys journaling, live music, writing poetry, discovering all the little towns in Iowa and attending local festivals. One day, she would like to own some land and live in the countryside.
Cara has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and has completed courses in Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM), Psychological First Aid (PFA), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is a QPR Gatekeeper for Education in Suicide Prevention.
Professional Activities and Memberships
American Counseling Association
American Counseling Association of Iowa
Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association
Association for Creativity in Counseling
Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling
Alpha Chi National Honor society
Chi Sigma Iota Honor society
Psi Chi National Honor society