Mental Health Services

Capstone employs three licensed clinical psychologists and six mental health counselors/therapists. These providers work with clients and their medication management provider (if applicable) to diagnose and treat mental health concerns through a variety of psychotherapy interventions. The provider will meet with each client for an evaluation appointment and will work with the client to create an individualized treatment plan. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled consistently throughout treatment based on each patient's specific needs. 

Our large treatment staff brings extensive experience in mental health treatment and expertise needed to treat a variety of mental health concerns for children, adults, couples, and families. In addition, the availability of our psychologists on staff allows Capstone to provide psychological testing services for both children and adults for a number of concerns. 

Amanda Johnson, PhD-Clinical Director

Amanda joined Capstone in 2013. She earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of New York in Buffalo. Her treatment approach is integrative including: cognitive behavioral, person centered, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness based approaches, and creative therapies. Her areas of interest include: PTSD, grief, chronic pain, gender/cultural issues, and mood disorders. She also provides psychological testing services.

Jessica Virzi Gasser, Psy.D

Jessica joined Capstone in 2016. She earned her Psy.D. from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in Dayton, Ohio. She utilizes several clinical approaches in her therapy work, including CBT, DBT and others. Jessica works with all adult clients, specializing in patients working with the legal system. She also provides psychological testing services.

Suzanne Rozendaal, LISW

Suzanne joined Capstone in 2006 after receiving a Master's degree from the University of Iowa School of Social Work. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. Her treatment specialties include adolescents and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, grief and loss and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

Lori Schoh, LMHC

Lori graduated from Capella University with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and has been with Capstone as a therapist since 2013. Lori welcomes ages 6 and older at both the Grinnell and Newton locations and has experience with issues such as: depression, anxiety, attachments, emotion regulation, self-esteem,  behavior problems, PTSD, trauma, relationship, social and/or school concerns.  Lori focuses on integrative techniques that can include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client Centered techniques, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, and others as needed.

Kristi Howerton, LISW/RPT

Kristi Howerton is a mental health therapist, who has been employed at Capstone since 2005 and working as a therapist since 2018. Kristi earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University. She has training in play therapy and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy.  Kristi’s areas of interest are working with children and adolescents experiencing behavioral concerns, trauma, anxiety, and depression.

Morgan Blom, LISW

Morgan joined Capstone in 2019 after receiving a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa. She serves children, adolescents, and adults. Areas of interest include trauma, anxiety, and depression.

Ryan Emerson, LMHC

Ryan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 10 years of experience. He graduated in 2009 in Colorado, where he was first licensed, moved to Iowa in 2014, and started at Capstone in 2019. He handles anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD, PTSD, traumas, grief and loss, behavior issues, sleep issues, relationship issues, chronic pain, and many other concerns you might seek help in. Ryan sees adults, teens, children, couples, and families. He is a Certified EMDR Therapist, which he uses in treatment along with many other research and evidence based techniques to help clients heal.

Ben Lehl, TLMHC

Ben joined the Capstone team in 2019. He earned a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drake University. Ben’s approach utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Reality Therapy, Person-Centered, Emotions-Focused and Solutions-Focused therapies. He is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy as well. Ben welcomes people of all ages. Ben is especially interested in helping those experiencing symptoms of Grief/Loss, PTSD, Relationship Problems, Anxiety, Depression and those simply needing an objective listener!

Renae Northcutt, LMSW 

Renae has many years of experience in the mental health field and joined Capstone as part of the administration team in 2012. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from Boise State University in 2019 and also provides individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults at both Newton and Grinnell locations. Renae has training in; Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based approaches, Play therapies, Motivational Interviewing techniques, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

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