STORM LAKE OFFICE

813 Flindt Dr. 
Storm Lake, IA 50588
(located in the Century 21 Building)

 
Helping Hand

To schedule an initial appointment, please call (712) 213-2205. Reception is available from 9 am to 5 pm CST.

Calls after business hours will be returned the next business day.

Office Hours

Monday: 9 am - 5 pm

Tuesday: 9 am - 5 pm

Wednesday: 9 am - 9 pm

Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm

Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

Fax (319) 359- 4198

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Heartland Counseling Services Counselors and Therapists have been chosen for their unique specialties and reputation in counseling for having high standards of care, strong therapeutic relationships, and positive outcomes with clients.

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JULIE ANDERSON, LMHC, CTMH

In Office and Online Counseling
18 Years+

Julie Anderson completed undergraduate studies at Bethel University and received her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College Graduate School. Through her career she has worked in a variety of mental health settings as a licensed counselor including community mental health, emergency department on-call, behavioral health hospital settings, higher education, and private practice. A key area of interest and experience is helping those impacted by trauma and complex trauma to navigate their path to recovery. Julie utilizes a caring, person-centered, integrated, and collaborative approach to treatment. In her personal time Julie enjoys biking, playing with her dog, traveling, and music.

Specialty Areas:

Young Adults 18-24

Women

Trauma

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DAREN JAQUES, TCADC, MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING INTERN

In-Office and Online Addiction and Co-Occurring Counseling
Adults 18 years +

Daren is a person-centered counselor who values the quality of the therapist-client relationship above all, and values each person's expertise in their own lives. Before coming to the profession of counseling, Daren served Honorably in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Major and earning the Global War on Terrorism Medal, three Commendation Medals, and the Meritorious Service Medal in ten years of total service. Daren is under the direct supervision of Dr. Ruscitto.

Focus Areas: depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. He is also deeply interested in sleep disorders, trauma, canine-assisted therapy, and veterans' issues

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GUS RAYMOND, CADC, MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING INTERN

In-Office and Online Addiction and Co-Occuring Counseling 
Adolescents and Adults

Gus is a certified drug and alcohol counselor in the state of Iowa with experience in individual and group services as well as experience in Family Treatment Court. Gus received his BA in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University in 2020 and expects to graduate with a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University (Chicago) in October 2022.  He is currently under the direct supervision of Dr. Ruscitto while completing his practicum and internship requirements. 

Focus Areas: Addictions/Mental Health Counseling, LGBTQIA+, Gender expansive, Youth, Trauma, Cultural diversity


Gus is very engaged in social justice, community organizing, and collaborative work within diverse communities. One area of additional specialization is the LGBTQIA+ community, especially gender-expansive/explorative individuals and families. He uses a very person-centered, trauma-informed, and strength-based approach in his counseling work.


Gus serves as the Board Chair for One Iowa Action, a legislative advocacy organization, and was selected as a Minority Fellow (Addictions) with the MFP Fellowship program (2021-2022) by the National Board of Certified Counselors, NAADAC, and SAMHSA.

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DAVID KIRK, T-LMHC, CYMHS - NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS AT THIS TIME. 

In Office Counseling
Children 8 years+, Adolescents, Adults

David is committed to providing all clients a safe and structured environment for them to explore and become their best selves. David is the Legislative and Public Policy Chair for ACA Iowa and is passionate about advocating for individuals and families in need. His integrated approach to therapy draws on evidence-based practices that match each individual client’s needs.

David is a Certified Youth Mental Health Specialist (CYMHS)

Focus Areas: anxiety, depression, trauma, ADD/ADHD, parent/child conflict, oppositional defiant, and conduct disorder. His work with adults focuses on individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, life changes, anger management, relationship issues, and parent/child conflict

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ERIC WILLIAMSON, MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING INTERN

Online Counseling
18 Years+

Chances are that if you are reading this, you are considering getting in touch with a counselor. Regardless of the reason or reasons, I believe that it is important for you to recognize and honor your strength in reaching this point. Creating an environment that is judgment-free and unwaveringly supportive is exceptionally important to me. I know that it can be difficult to ask for help, but if you are ready, I am here.

My desire is to work with those who feel that there is something preventing them from living their best and most fulfilling life. I especially have a passion for working with anyone experiencing the unique challenges that often accompany chronic illnesses and chronic pain. My other areas of interest include anxiety, men’s issues, self-esteem, and sexuality.

I am in the process of completing my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University, and I am working under Dr. Ruscitto’s supervision while completing the required internship hours.

Specialty Areas: Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Anxiety, Men's Issues, Sexuality

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ALEX LEFFLER, MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING INTERN

In Office and Online Counseling
Adolescents 15 year + and Adults

Alex is passionate about working with others to overcome and heal from their unique issues and life circumstances in order to become the best version of themselves. She uses a person-centered, integrative approach to counseling to help individuals with the challenges that come with everyday life as well as challenges that are present following significant life events.

Alex is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Upper Iowa University. She is under the direct supervisor of Dr. Ruscitto while completing her practicum and internship experience.

Focus Areas: Trauma, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, life stressors, and life transitions.