OUTPATIENT THERAPY PROVIDERS

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SUSAN ECKER, LISW

Susan has been providing counseling support to children, adolescents, adults and families in southwest Iowa since 2003.  She earned her Master of Social Work degree from University of Missouri in 2002.  Susan has a passion for working with adults that are experiencing some form of loss or life transition to include divorce, chronic illness, conflictual relationships, and grief associated with death and dying.

 

For most of her practice, she has treated a full range of symptoms with cognitive-based approaches to include the practice of mindfulness.  In 2019, Susan became a EMDR trained therapist. She is amazed, after all her years of practice as a therapist, in how utilization of the EMDR protocol rapidly produces reduction of symptoms and restoration of balance.

 

Susan was born and raised in northwest Missouri.  She and her husband live on a farm in Missouri.  Susan spends most of her time away from work outdoors, and has a deep love of nature.  She enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, golfing, gardening, and watercolor painting.  Susan holds a strong belief in mind body connection and practices yoga and meditation.
 

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AUSTIN BARTH, TLMHC, NCC

 

Austin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Peru State College and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University. He brings with him a passion for the mental health field, and knowledge about how to help people who are experiencing or have experienced trauma.

 

Currently, Austin is actively pursuing a certification in EMDR Therapy. Before coming to work at Waubonsie Mental Health Center, Austin spent more than two years working at Midwest Mental Health in Shenandoah providing services to a wide variety of children, teens, and adults. Prior to this, Austin spent over two years working in the Residential Treatment Center at Boys Town, where he worked with kids who were suicidal and others that had behavioral disorders.

 

In the past, Austin served for over two years on the fire and rescue squad during his time at Peru State College. In his free time, Austin enjoys spending time with his wife and their three children, and being active in the local community. 

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MARCY TAYLOR, LMSW

Marcy Taylor is a licensed master social worker (LMSW)  who received her Bachelor of Social Work from Nebraska Wesleyan University and her Master of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University.

 

As a Therapist, Marcy uses a trauma-focused lens and a person-centered approach to healing and connection.  This includes providing a nurturing, supportive environment, meeting the client where they are, and identifying and using personal strengths to improve their unique situation.  Marcy uses a variety of modalities and tools depending on the client’s individual needs and goals.  Marcy has specialized training in grief counseling, and offers EMDR, DBT, CBT, and ego state work.

 

Marcy is a native of Southwest Iowa.  She returned to the community in 2011 with her husband in order to raise their children near her family.  Marcy’s faith is an integral part of her life, and she offers Christian counseling to those who are seeking a Christ-centered approach to healing.

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CAROLINE OBERMILLER, LPC

Caroline grew up in West Wales and moved to US after marrying her husband. One of the first things people often comment on is her accent. Caroline attended Missouri Baptist University in St Louis for both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.


As a Registered Play Therapist, Caroline believes strongly in the power of play and the healing properties it offers. Play is the language of childhood and through play we support growth, strength, and individuality throughout all phases of our life. Utilizing play therapy with EMDR allows for a unique opportunity for therapy to be tailored to meet the needs of each client she meets.

 

Caroline approaches therapy with humor, positivity, and a belief that each of us has unlimited potential. One of her favorite phrases is “there are no wrong answers in here.” Caroline will walk alongside each client and meet them wherever they are at in their journey. 

In her spare time, Caroline loves to travel, read, take trainings and spend time on her front porch. She currently has two cats, one dog, three children and a husband who often shakes his head in wonder at her ideas. Time with family and friends is always a priority to her. 
 

 

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Tonja Batt, LMHC

Tonja is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who recently joined Waubonsie Mental Health Center in the Shenandoah office two days a week. She received her master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University. 

Tonja is originally from western Nebraska and returned to the Midwest after living in Texas for the past 30 years.  Her early experience includes over ten years of crisis intervention and emergency management.  Tonja has experience counseling adults, adolescents, families, and groups.  In addition to extensive experience working with bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, PTSD, and anxiety disorders, she has special interest and training in trauma. Tonja has previous experience in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Tonja spent several years in crisis mental health and management responding to meet people where they were at in the community and facilitating disaster response.  Tonja is experienced with diverse cultures and populations in a wide variety of life situations.  She strives to provide a safe and trusting environment for all her clients.

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Debra Arbuckle, LMSW

Debra recently moved to Southwest Iowa from the Pacific Northwest after her husband retired from over 30 years of active duty service in the Oregon Air National Guard. She earned her undergrad and graduate degrees at Eastern Washington University. She also has a certificate in Developmental Disabilities. Debra has over 10 years experience working with people who have dementia and their caregivers. She worked with people in their homes to overcome barriers of aging in place as long as possible.  Debra has worked with therapeutic needs foster children. She also has experience working with incarcerated individuals. Debra has held board positions in nonprofit agencies that focus on the wellbeing of people from birth to the end of life that may have disabilities, or barriers to meet their daily needs. She also spent many years serving in all levels of the Washington State PTA.

Debra is currently getting EMDR certified. She works with a strengths base and motivational modalities. Debra works with a person centered approach to her clients. Debra’ s faith helps guide her in meeting each client where they are, and helping them become the person they would like to be. She is looking forward to bringing her knowledge and skills to serve the clients of Waubonsie Mental Health Clinic.

In her free time Debra is enjoying exploring the Midwest with her husband. She has 3 adult children, who she enjoys spending time with as much as possible.

MEDICATION MANAGEMENT PROVIDERS

STEPHANIE GRAY, ARNP, FNP, PMHNP

I earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Nebraska Methodist College in 1996. I then earned a master’s degree in the Family Practice Nurse Practitioner program from Creighton University in 2004. I went on from there to earn a post-master’s certificate in Psychiatry from Creighton University in 2006.


I have extensive experience in the Emergency Department delivering medical care as well as Psychiatric care. I have practiced in close to every level of psychiatric care available which brings a seasoned and well-rounded view into my practice abilities. I have a very special interest in Individuals with intellectual disabilities and co-morbid psychiatric illnesses.


I enjoy the autonomy that my dual licensures provide for me. However, I am also a collaborator with many other disciplines, as they say, “it takes a village”.


Although, I have carried these advanced degrees for an extended period of time, I am a nurse and love to teach students at all levels….Empower those that are our future!

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DENISE CROSSON, PHD, FNP

Denise D. Crosson, Ph.D. has been a nurse for thirty-eight years, a nurse practitioner for twenty-one years, and a nurse researcher for sixteen years. Her first job working with children was in high school as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the YMCA.

 

Throughout her nursing career Crosson has worked with children and their families in hospital, home, hospice, and community-based settings.

 

Denise earned a masters and doctoral degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where she was a fellow in the VA-LEND neurodevelopmental disabilities training program, which focused on children and families. Her dissertation research focused on short- and long-term effects of preterm birth on childhood development.

 

Denise has been a provider at WMHC since August 2017. She provides telehealth services in Clarinda and Red Oak.
 

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