Hello. I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Iowa. I have over 16 years of experience working with individuals of varying ages to overcome everyday life challenges. I have experience with those struggling with depression, anxiety, /trauma, family and/or parenting issues as well as relationship and career concerns.
My treatment approach is open and honest. I will incorporate cognitive-behavioral , rational-emotive and client centered approaches with skill training in mindfulness activities to help clients feel more grounded and calm. However, I am always focused on what the needs of the client are and will individualize to the clients specific needs. I do have specialized training in EMDR and Play therapy techniques. EMDR is a treatment for trauma related issues and Play therapy techniques involve utilizing play as a way to process through feelings and trauma.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IA LMHC 001293
I have been with Gina for a long time and would not see anyone else. She responds quickly and thoughtfully. She has helped me through so much over the years.
Written on Jun 09, 2023 after therapy with Gina for 4 years and 1 month
Gina is thoughtful, kind, supportive, and very knowledgeable. She is patient when I need her to be and not afraid to be direct when necessary. She's relatable and non-judgmental, making one feel very comfortable to discuss and share regarding uncomfortable topics and situations. Would totally recommend her to anyone who needs therapy but wants to feel like you're just hanging out having coffee with a friend.
Written on Jul 08, 2022 after therapy with Gina for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd
Gina is thoughtful and genuine. She provides valuable tools and resources to help me navigate my world.
Written on Mar 30, 2022 after therapy with Gina for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and adhd
I've been with Gina for over 1 year now. She has been every important to me with her patience, experience and her heart felt concern. She allows me to vent, talk about my issues and has solutions, and shares tools to help.
She has ways to contact her and checks in on me often. Gina is flexible and responds in a timely manner. With her help, I have improved with my depression and anxiety.
Written on Mar 14, 2022 after therapy with Gina for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, grief, and bipolar disorder
Gina has been a great help getting through some really tough personal situations. She really helps you work through the problems and helps you analyze them. It has been extremely great working with her, I look forward to our sessions.
Written on Apr 26, 2021 after therapy with Gina for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching
Out of the counselors that I have had, Gina seems to be the most invested and understanding.
Written on Mar 22, 2021 after therapy with Gina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue