Amanda Downing ma, lmft - Mental Health Therapist

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Individuals are the experts on their own lives and experiences and it is my role to support them while providing tools and insights as they work to overcome current stressors. This approach helps me tailor to the unique needs of  each individual. When working with youth I utilize play and other creative arts to assist them in communicating emotions and working through difficulties. I enjoy working with many different people and supporting them through various life situations.

Jenny Schill ms, mft - Mental Health Therapist

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As a licensed clinical social worker, I have spent over 15 years working to strengthen family relationships in Polk County.  My clinical practice is based on a client-focused, strengths-based approach in a calm, non-judgmental setting.  Through a trusting, caring relationship, I partner with my clients to discover new solutions to life stressors. Clients will experience an increase in emotional health and overall well-being through this respectful collaboration. 

Kim Henningsgard  msw, apsw - Mental Health Therapist

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My goal as a therapist is to create a safe space for individuals to share their life stories and provide the encouragement to explore, heal, and re-create their lives. I have worked with victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence since 2007. I utilize educational recourses and creative arts/crafts within the therapy session. Overall, my therapeutic technique involves an emphasis on strengths and capabilities. I am inclined to focus on aspects in life that are healthy and unhealthy rather than right and wrong.

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Val Zellmer ms, lmft - Clinic Director, Mental Health Therapist

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My career as a therapist and clinic director/owner has been among the most rewarding experiences of my life. Each day I am blessed with the opportunity to enter into people’s stories and to help them move toward greater healing and wholeness. During my years in therapeutic practice, I am repeatedly amazed at people’s resiliency, at their ability to overcome trauma and abuse, and at their capacity to triumph over incredible obstacles.     Much of my work with clients revolves around helping them recognize their inner-strengths and developing new skills to facilitate happier, fuller, healthier living.

Populations Served: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly, Couples and Families

 

Special Interests: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Abuse, Trauma Resolution, Grief, Family and Relationship Counseling, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues and Marriage Counseling

Populations Served: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families

 

Special Interests: Relationships, Child and Adolescent Behaviors, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Stress, Effective Communication, Parental Support and Pre-Marital and Marital Counseling.

Populations Served: Ages 5 years old and up   

 

Special Interests: Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Teens, Children, Behavior issues in school, ADD/ADHD, Parenting Challenges, Grief, Divorce

Populations Served: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families

 

Special Interests: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault/Abuse Recovery, Emotional Manipulation, Self-Esteem, Family and Relationship Conflict Resolution, Parenting and Empowerment.

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Amy DeLong MA, MDiv —Business Manager

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As a Co-Owner of and Business Manager at Peace Tree Counseling,  I am one of the first faces you see when you walk through our clinic door. From its inception, we have wanted  Peace Tree Counseling to be more than a “business.” We have intentionally created a peaceful and joy-filled environment where clients feel welcome and safe.    As an active member of the Polk County Mental Health Task Force, I am dedicated to reducing the stigma of mental illness and helping provide access to mental health services. 

Leah McEllistrem BA, Intern —Mental Health Therapist

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As a therapist, I strive to create a safe and comfortable environment in which clients can feel supported and move toward growth. I believe in utilizing a client’s unique strengths to help them work through stressful life events.  I have special interests in working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and relational conflicts.  Under the Supervision of Val Zellmer, MS, LMFT

Populations Served: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families

 

Special Interests: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Stress Resilience, Marriage Counseling and Relationships, Family Dynamics, Mindfulness.

JoAnn Pomerleau MSE, LPC —Mental Health Therapist

Populations Served: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families

 

Special Interests:  Victims of trauma; depression and anxiety; ADHD, Oppositional Defiant and Conduct Disorders in adolescents, bullying, non-suicidal self injury behaviors, parenting skills training, Systemic Family therapy.

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I have been providing counseling for individuals, families, and groups for over 20 years. I believe that people can make positive changes in their lives using their own personal strengths. I have developed a system of cognitive constructs which help individuals understand ways they can make changes and move toward more balanced health. My approach is eclectic using varying methods depending upon the needs and strengths of those I serve.