Family Solutions Services, Inc. works hard to provide exceptional counseling to each person that comes into our offices. We realize each situation is unique and each person has their own experiences and strengths to draw from. We are proud to have the following professionals on our staff to better serve you.
Doris Wallenburg LISW | Orange City, Le Mars, Cherokee
Psychotherapy and counseling is a way to examine a person’s life story and to assist them in identifying how past and current thought processes and experiences affect relationships, decision-making skills, coping skills, and personal well-being. Many people are seeking meaning and healing for their lives. I work collaboratively with clients to identify and develop goals that are specific to their individual needs. I utilize an integrated approach to assist clients in identifying and building upon their personal strengths. I assist clients in developing coping skills, problem-solving techniques, and positive thought and behavior patterns. Trained and experienced in the following modalities, Lifespan Integration Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, I provide therapy and counseling with a calm and accepting approach. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I graduated from the University of Nebraska in Dec 2008 with a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work. I obtained my LISW in May of 2011.
Kim De Vries, LISW | Sioux City
I grew up and attended college in the Siouxland area. I received my undergraduate degree from Briar Cliff University and my Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. I have my independent Social Work license in Iowa and Nebraska. I have over 25 years of clinical experience working in many different settings. I have worked in inpatient psychiatric facilities, have experience working in chemical dependency and with dual diagnosis. I have extensive experience and particularly enjoy working with adolescents and their complex issues. My work with adolescents has been in residential treatment, alternative school programs, crisis intervention, partial hospitalization and outpatient counseling. My work with adolescents involves special emphasis with the entire family. Other areas of experience include issues of anxiety and depression, anger management, ADHD, oppositional defiance, grief and loss, women’s issues, relationship difficulties and couples issues, trauma and abuse. There is no greater satisfaction in my profession than to empower individual to identify and utilize their strengths.
Kelli Pierce, LMHC | Sioux City, Le Mars
I have grown up and lived in the Siouxland area my entire life. I graduated high school from a small town in Nebraska and graduated from college at Wayne State with both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
I have enjoyed working with a large variety of individuals and couples as a therapist. My experience ranges from working with addiction, couples, families, men, women, intellectual limitations, teenagers, and some identifying to be of the LGBTQ community.
I believe many of our views are shaped from our experiences from our childhood and this dictates our behavior. I want to help people understand the connection between their thoughts and feelings to their behavior. In turn, the hope is that they will be able to identify their thoughts and feelings before negative behavior is exhibited. Through this process, an increase in self awareness and effective communication is established.
Lisa J. Smith, LISW, Certified Juvenile Sexual Offending Counselor | Orange City, Le Mars
I enjoy walking alongside of my clients in order to aid them in developing positive thought processes and behavior patterns by identifying positive qualities they possess while navigating past and current life events that impact them. I have experience working with individuals who have experienced or are experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, attachment disorders, substance abuse problems, relationship issues. I have assisted helping kids, adolescents, adults, families, and couples using Trauma Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Theraplay, Play Therapy, Client Centered Approaches, and Motivational Therapy. I provide counseling through a calm and caring approach meeting each individual where they are during each session. I received my Masters of Clinical Social work in May 2017 from the University of New England. I obtained my LMSW in May of 2017.
Jen Den Boer, LISW | Orange City, Le Mars
I received my bachelors degree from Dordt College in May 2017, and I attended Arizona State University for my Master’s degree and complete my program in May of 2018. Upon graduation, I became a licensed master level social worker. I have experience working with children, adolescents, families, and adults. I have a broad range of experiences that have shaped me into the social worker I am today. This includes working in a residential treatment facility with children and families, providing respite and supported community living services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, facilitating case management services in a domestic violence shelter, and providing therapy in an outpatient setting. I have experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues. I have received training in the following treatment modalities: CBT, TF-CBT, Parent child interaction therapy, and I am currently receiving training in synergetic play therapy. I meet clients and families where they are at and provide an open and caring environment to help clients grow and learn.
Michelle (Chelle) Jones, LISW | Sioux City
I grew up in Sioux City, Iowa where I graduated from high school. I attended Briar Cliff University and graduated from there in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. I have worked in several different social services settings including: residential treatment facilities and managing before/after school programs for children. I began my graduate studies program at the University of Omaha, Nebraska. I graduated from the University of Omaha in 2009 with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work while working at the alternative school in Sioux City, working as an in-home counselor, and providing family therapy. Today I am an Independently Licensed Social Worker (LISW). I provide therapy and counseling services with a calm and accepting approach. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. I enjoy incorporating play in my work with children.
Mandi Allen, LMHC | Sioux City
I grew up in Sioux City, IA where I graduated high school. I attended Wayne State College where I graduated with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Iowa since 2012.
I have experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with diverse backgrounds and ranges of concerns, including mental illness, family counseling, and crisis intervention. I have experience working with adjustment issues, abuse, traumatic events, anxiety, depression, life transitions, mood disorders, and self-esteem issues.
I provide counseling through a client-centered approach, based on respect for the individual and belief in each person’s intrinsic value. I believe it is my responsibility as a counselor to assess what the clients’ problems are, to offer hope and support, and to empower them to make the necessary changes in their lives so they can obtain their desired goals.
Derek Potthoff, LMSW | Cherokee, Le Mars
Throughout my life, I have always had the desire to help those in need. My journey began by earning a Bachelors degree in Family Services from the University of Northern Iowa. After earning this degree, I began working at the Boys Town National Hotline to provide short-term crisis counseling to individuals experiencing suicide ideation, depression, anxiety, family issues, bullying, and a vast array of other concerns. I have also worked in the Boys Town Family Home Program assisting youth with behavioral concerns.
After three years of working with this organization, I decided to further my education by earning my Masters in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. This degree led to my employment with Lutheran Family Services’ RSafe program to assist youth exhibiting inappropriate sexual behaviors or youth who had experienced some form of sexual abuse. While I have a wide variety of experiences, the main commonality was my desire to help those in need to live life to the fullest. I am now a Licensed Master Social Worker and provide my clients with a calm and uplifting setting that allows open expression and honesty. We will work collaboratively to meet the goals you are hoping to achieve through therapy.
Kimber Patterson, LMSW | Orange City, Le Mars
I love helping people, there simply isn’t a better feeling than knowing I helped empower someone to make a positive change in their life or walked with them through a difficult situation. I have spent many years working with individuals that come from different walks of life, have different abilities, and different challenges.
This experience has led me to feel comfortable working with all age groups, families, and couples. I use a “help me understand approach” where the client is the driver and expert of their own life, and my role is to better understand them so I can support them as they work on their desires and goals. I also am a problem solver, and take a hands on approach to find concrete ways to overcome obstacles.
I have experience working with anxiety, borderline personality disorder, transitions, couples therapy, and grief/loss. I received my undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of South Dakota, and after several years in the field I went back to school and got my Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. I look forward to meeting you.
Bri Oetken, LMSW | Orange City, Le Mars
I completed my bachelors of social work from North Central University and completed my masters of social work with a trauma informed specialization from the University of Northern Iowa. I obtained my LMSW in May of 2021.
I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families who have experienced or are experiencing complex or acute trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, relationship problems, and trouble with emotional regulation.
I approach counseling through a trauma-informed lens while remaining client-centered to reach the client’s goals. Elements of body-centered psychotherapies, mindfulness, EMDR, nondirective play therapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and somatic experiencing therapy are used in therapy. Through this, individuals build safety, re-connect the mind and the body, develop cognitive and somatic resiliency, and maintain heart rate control to process traumatic memories and reduce the effects of trauma on their life. This leads to decreased problematic behaviors and increased emotional regulation.