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Meet Our Team

Hello! We cannot wait to meet you however we feel it is equally important for you to get to know us! If there is a specific provider you would like to work with feel free to request that provider! If you decide that our provider's just aren't the perfect fit for your mental health needs we will help you find a provider that is helpful in your mental health journey. Our provider's bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to provide you with the wellness you deserve. We look forward to meeting with you!

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Vanessa West, Ph.D., LMHC
Professional Forensic Psychologist and Licensed Mental Health Therapist

Business Owner

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Do you feel like you need to be more connected not only to others, but yourself? As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the beautiful state of Iowa, I can help you work through life’s struggles past or present. I provide mental health therapy services to individuals and families beginning as early as 4 years old. I have specialized training to provide therapy to first responders and their families. I specialize in working with both juvenile and adult offenders through the use of correctional counseling. I have extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I also provide strength based therapy to children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with, but not limited to, the following issues:

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • PTSD/Trauma

  • Life Struggles and Transitions

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  • Physical, Sexual, Emotional, and Mental Abuse

  • Self-Esteem

  • Schizophrenia

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Dissociative Identity Disorder

Little bit more about me:

Since 2006, I have experience working in a women’s domestic abuse shelter, residential treatment, and providing behavioral health and mental health therapy services. I love providing therapy to individuals but also enjoy conducting groups to allow clients to avoid feeling alone with their struggles. Additionally, I provide supervision for temporarily licensed mental health clinicians, including social workers, in the state of Iowa. I created my practice, Therapeutic Innovations, PLLC, in 2017 as I felt the need to provide more services to our rural communities. I provide school-based therapy to youth at Vinton-Shellsburg Schools as well as offering in person and telehealth therapy to individuals and families both locally and within the state of Iowa. 

  • Graduate of Iowa State University

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice from University of Central Missouri

  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Psychology from Walden University

  • Favorite Quotes:

  • “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi

  • “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -The Lorax (Dr. Seuss)

  • “We are all a little broken. But last time I checked broken crayons still color the same.” -Trent Shelton

Dawn Hupfeld, MS, LMHC, CCTP-II, C-DBT 

Licensed Mental Health Therapist

This is the first step on a journey toward well-being. Feeling lost, misunderstood, hopeless, angry, afraid, or ashamed? We have all been there and will be again because we are human with intricate minds and strong emotions. Allow me to walk beside you on this path and teach you how to build resilience and become strong enough to take on the next challenge. Dawn provides therapy services via telehealth.

More about me:

I work from a person-centered approach which means you lead in therapy and I will support you on the journey. I will provide psychoeducation regarding your diagnosis and treatment interventions. I specialize in trauma focused interventions with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), to address the following mental health issues for adolescents, individuals, and couples.

  • Trauma and PTSD                      

  • Borderline Personality

  • Mood Disorders

  • Boundaries

  • Marital / Relationship Conflicts

  • Christian faith based approach for those seeking this

  • Graduated from Walden University in MN

  • BS Psychology 2013 

  • MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling 2017 

  • Have background with Inpatient, Outpatient, and School based Therapy

  • Group Therapy with DBT and Christian based themes

Hilary Wieck, BA

Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist

Administrative Assistant

Hilary earned her Bachelor of Arts from Wartburg College. She has

over 12 years of experience working with children and families in a

variety of settings. Hilary believes that real change happens when

people feel empowered through guidance and skills to improve

their own lives.


Hilary enjoys seeing healthy changes in attitudes and behaviors occur with her clients. As a BHIS provider, Hilary works with youth and their families to provide valuable life skills and develop positive habits. She has experience working with children with a variety of mental health challenges as well as diverse populations. 

Emily Mefford, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker

Emily is a Licensed Master Social Worker. Emily is a school based therapist at Tilford Elementary School. She enjoys working with children of all

ages. Emily engages with clients through the use

of play therapy techniques. Emily utilizes a client centered

approach when working with clients and meets children where

they are at emotionally. Emily works mainly with youth who

struggle with symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, and depression.

When not providing therapy services, Emily enjoys spending time with her family. Emily has a special interest in caring for bunnies. Stop back soon to explore more of Emily's interests!

Beth Hlas, MA, tLMFT

Temporary Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Beth is a temporary licensed marriage and family therapist who has always had a passion for helping people and brightening their lives.  This passion comes from her personal experiences as a child with ADHD and having a supportive network of therapists through her life. 

Beth graduated with her undergraduate in human resources.  After spending over 10 years in the field, Beth realized what she enjoyed most was assisting people through the struggles in life as well as empowering them to move through these struggles successfully. Beth recently graduated from Mount Mercy University with her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Beth has a special interest in working with children of all ages (even those that never grew up!), couples at any stage of their relationship, and those going through grief and loss. Her wit, humor and spunk will help put people at ease as they discover their own resilience and power. 

Clinical Interests

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Children

  • Couples therapy

  • Family therapy

  • Grief & Loss

  • Individual therapy

  • Life Adjustments and Transitions 

  • Self-Esteem Issues

  • Veterans


When not providing therapy, Beth is practicing whole wellness either through yoga, working out, or cooking as well as spending time with her family and their dogs. Beth provides school based therapy services at Shellsburg Elementary School. Beth also provides telehealth and in office therapy sessions.

Tiffany Werderman, MA, tLMFT

Temporary Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Tiffany recently graduated from Mount Mercy where she obtained her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Tiffany provides school based therapy at Shellsburg Elementary School, Vinton Shellsburg High School and Vinton Shellsburg Middle School. She also enjoys providing therapy via telehealth and at the office.

Tiffany enjoys working with children beginning at age 10 through adolescents. She works with adults. She has a special niche where she enjoys working with the LBGTQIA2s+ community! Tiffany also likes to help youth and adults work through trauma they have experienced. Tiffany also provides couples therapy.

Stop back soon to learn more about Tiffany and what her interests are!

Carmen Ramirez-Kinsey, tLMHC

Temporary Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Carmen is a temporary Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Carmen is an evidence based, holistic practitioner who focuses on healing the whole person with an individualized approaches that range from traditional to more modern methods.


Carmen provides telehealth therapy to adults

who reside in the state of Iowa. Carmen is a 

Northwestern University graduate. She provides

therapy through the use of various therapeutic

modalities including but not limited to Cognitive

Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and

Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Carmen comes from a person centered approach and is trauma focused. Carmen has extensive training to help those who have experienced trauma.

Carmen enjoys working with adults. She has a special interest in working with college aged individuals. She is skilled in helping manage ADHD symptoms, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD just to name a few. Carmen has an interest in working with individuals living with chronic illness and pain.  Stay tuned to learn more about Carmen!

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