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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.

Marcy Taylor, LISW
Clinical Director

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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Austin Barth, LMHC, 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. 

Debra Arbuckle, LISW

Debra 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 is EMDR trained. She also is certified with Populations with Mental Illness and Cognitive Limitations. 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.

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Kim Durbin, LMHC

Kim has been working in the Human Services field helping children and families since 2000.  She earned her Master of Science in Youth and Family Services in 2013 from Bellevue University.  Kim has spent the majority of her career working with children and challenging behaviors, however, has experience working with adults dealing with anxiety, depression, and life transitions.  Kim has experience with CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, and was recently trained in the utilization of EMDR.

Kim has spent the majority of her life in Southwest Iowa and has a son who is 16.  Kim enjoys the outdoors including camping, golfing, walking her dog, fishing, and campfires.  Kim spends time traveling to spend time with family and friends and exploring what the world has to offer. 

Kim’s experience in the Human Services field include 8 years at the Iowa Department of Human Services, Mills County; Family Safety Risk and Permanency Services for Boystown of Iowa for 8 years covering several counties of Southwest Iowa; and as a Supervisor, Therapist, and Clinical Supervisor at Apex Regional Program in Glenwood Iowa, helping children grades K-12 who have exhausted all resources in their district school. 

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