Welcome to Better Help! I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) based in Iowa with 20 years experience working with people facing various challenges in their life. I have worked with people of all ages struggling with depression, anxiety, self esteem, and communication issues. My approach is solution focused, strengths based counseling with a focus on Mindfulness-based strategies.
My counseling style is warm and interactive and I believe in treating everyone with respect and compassion. I believe that you know your story the best and I am here to help guide you toward new and more effective solutions to the problems you are experiencing in your life. It takes courage to reach out and ask for help, so feel proud of yourself for taking that first step. I am here to help support and empower you to live a better life!
I am looking forward to meeting and working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Coping with life changes, ADHD
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
IA LISW 06247
5 stars. Brenda has been amazing, answered every question and really helped me think more clearly.
Written on Oct 12, 2023 after therapy with Brenda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes
We've only had one session, but I feel so at ease with Brenda already. Looking forward to more connection.
Written on Aug 28, 2023 after therapy with Brenda for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, coaching, and compassion fatigue
I’ve been in therapy on and off for 10 years, a few months at a time. I’ve been partnering with Brenda for 6 months and am extremely grateful for her kind and thorough approach to therapy. She provides tools and insight that are very helpful, and that are appropriately timed. Most of all Brenda is genuine and holds me accountable. I’m not sure how long I could have held on before I met Brenda. As cheesy as it sounds, she saved me - and is helping me piece myself back together one week at a time.
Written on Apr 24, 2023 after therapy with Brenda for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, coaching, and adhd
Brenda is the best!! She knows exactly what to say and how to encourage me. I completely trust her expertise, she’s been a life saver!
Written on Dec 22, 2022 after therapy with Brenda for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes
Brenda is very personable and takes time to listen and understand your situation so she can offer helpful strategies. She makes you feel as if you are having a conversation with a friend not just your typical therapist response of, "now tell me how that made you feel." She is very keen on self-worth and it's importance it plays in one's life and she is a great motivator!
Written on Dec 10, 2022 after therapy with Brenda for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes
I love working with Brenda! She is an amazing listener and she is very appropriate and respectful and polite. She is a great listener and I love all of her suggestions. She definitely makes it feel like a safe space to talk with her and I think her suggestions and advice can be very helpful
Written on Oct 06, 2022 after therapy with Brenda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd