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 her 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.

Keri Racette, PsyD

Keri joined Capstone in 2015. She earned her Psy.D. from Argosy University in Washington, DC. Keri works with clients of all ages, but particularly enjoys working with children, adolescents, and parents. Her treatment approach is integrative, with a preference for play therapy, behavioral, and cognitive-behavioral techniques. Keri also provides psycho-logical testing services to children and adults.

Natalie Harding, Post Doctoral Psychologist

Natalie joined Capstone in 2019.  Natalie has master degree in Health Psychology and a post-master degree in Addiction. Natalie finished her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2019.  She became a Certified Drug and Alcohol counselor while working with inmates at Polk County Jail in 2019. Natalie has taught part-time at DMACC in the Psychology, Human Services and Department of Corrections departments since 2014. Natalie works with all ages addressing addiction, trauma, attachment disorders and mood regulation.  Natalie’s treatment program is integrative including: Self-Awareness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychoeducation, Dialectical Behavioral therapy, Motivation Interviewing, Client-Centered approach, Play Therapy, Sand Tray therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused therapies. Natalie also provides psychological testing services for children and adults.

Suzanne Rozendaal-LISW

Suzanne joined Capstone in 2006 after receiving her masters 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 her 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.

Jennifer Kramer, LISW

Jennifer Kramer is a clinical social worker with Capstone Behavioral Healthcare. She provides initial assessments and individual therapy. She serves children, adolescents and adults. She has training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and works with clients regarding issues of depression and anxiety. She obtained her degrees from DMACC (Associate of Arts), Central College (Bachelor in Psychology and Religion) and University of Iowa (Masters in Social Work). 

Aaron Seely, LISW

Aaron Seely is a mental health therapist, who has been employed at Capstone since 2009. Aaron graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Iowa. Aaron areas of interest include working with individuals experiencing depression or anxiety, as well as couples counseling.

Michelle Walker, LISW

Michelle is a licensed independent social worker with over 23 years of mental health clinical practice working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Michelle's clinical training and experience include art and play therapies; and trauma-trauma based therapies, including sexual abuse treatment for individuals of all ages.

Kristi Howerton, LMSW

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. Kristi 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 - MSW

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. He 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.

Jana Brown, LISW

Jana Brown is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. She is currently the Intake Specialist at Capstone Behavioral Healthcare in Newton, Iowa. Jana earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Iowa in Social Work and Psychology. She earned her Masters of Social Work Degree from St. Ambrose University. Jana has over 10 years of clinical social work experience. She has served on the National Association of Social Work Iowa Chapter Board. Jana has also been a Mandatory Reporter Trainer.

Ben Lehl , TLMHC

Ben joined the Capstone team in 2019. He earned his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University after earning his BA from Drake University. Ben’s approach utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Reality Therapy, Person-Centered, Emotions-Focused and Solutions-Focused therapies. Ben is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy as well. Ben welcomes all people of all ages. He 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, MSW 

Renae has many years of experience in the mental health field and joined Capstone as part of the administration team in 2012. She earned her Masters 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. She 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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