Life challenges do not discriminate. When they enter your life the struggle is the same. It does not matter race, culture, class, or age the stress is the same.
As a therapist, I believe each client struggling with challenges has a story to tell and needs a non-judgmental listening ear. The story of life brings a variety of fears, expectations, victories, losses, feelings of grief, and possibilities for making new meanings. Challenges not only affect the individual, but also impacts intimate relationships, families, and communities. Both mental and physical health suffers as one navigates towards restoration. I believe healing is possible and recovery is a process. I support, educate and counsel clients by focusing on their unique feelings they may be experiencing. The focus is placed on helping clients develop and strengthen the tools needed to cope and effectively face whatever life brings.
Gilonda Butler is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in both Iowa and Minnesota. She has over 14 years of experience as an in-school therapist, medical family therapist, and domestic abuse counselor. She has practiced in medical clinics, schools, and agencies working with families and adolescents dealing with issues such as grief and mourning, terminal illness, academic underachievement, and legal issues, among others.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Postpartum Depression, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
IA LMFT 101874
MN LMFT 2470
Gilonda is skilled, experienced, knowledgeable, professional and I am so grateful to have her as my therapist. Working with her has helped me through several major life events and difficult decisions that I’ve faced. More importantly, I’ve grown as a person mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and professionally.
Written on Mar 27, 2023 after therapy with Gilonda for 2 years on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Gilonda is incredible
Written on Aug 01, 2022 after therapy with Gilonda for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd
I’ve been working with Gilonda for months now and it has been a really helpful experience. It’s great when you find a therapist that listens to you abs understands your journey. She’s great with helping me figure out and find answers for both my career and personal life.
Written on May 03, 2022 after therapy with Gilonda for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Gilonda has only been my counselor for a short while but I feel seen and heard by her. I also feel like she is able to see my needs before I realize I need them. I wish I could send everyone I know who needs help to Gilonda.
Written on Apr 20, 2021 after therapy with Gilonda for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
She is very empathetic and I feel safe telling her about my problems. I would highly recommend her.
Written on Apr 08, 2021 after therapy with Gilonda for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem