Licensed Mental Health Therapist
National Certified Counselor
As the Founder of Champion State of Mind, PLLC (CSM) in June 2016, you will find Amanda and Murphy
among many areas with CSM. From administrative work to psychotherapy, Amanda thrives on building a
Team of Champions that provides the best Mental Health and Substance Use services through the use of
scientifically based treatments, constructed advocacy, and servant leadership. Born and raised in
Iowa, Amanda felt it important to continue to stay and serve her local communities when opening CSM.
She completed her Masters in Science degree in Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Crisis and
Trauma Interventions from Walden University in 2013. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Psychology and Religion with minors in Communication Arts, Women's Studies and Leadership Development
from Wartburg College, Iowa in 2008.
Through her years of experience, Amanda has worked with hundreds of clients from all walks of life.
This has provided Amanda with a deep insight and a practical view of contemporary issues and has
to develop a unique combination of interpersonal psychoanalysis, mind-body stimulation, cognitive
behavioral techniques, and the ability to diagnose and treat clients in a detailed manner. Both
professionally and therapeutically, Amanda also works to provide an environment where the whole-person
is considered: striving for the Champion Mindset through the balance of the Mind, Body, Soul and
Amanda holds great pride in Champion State of Mind, CSM’s phenomenal team and all the hard work that
goes into helping local communities.
Murphy, CTD a youthful black Labrador Retriever, joined with Amanda in May 2016 as a re-careered
in training from the Puppy Jake Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa. The Puppy Jake Foundation is a
nonproﬁt organization dedicated to help wounded military
veterans with the assistance of well-bred and professionally trained PTSD service dogs.
Since his infancy, Murphy was part of the Puppy Jake training program. Upon hitting his one-year
Murphy had learned may important skills such as basic canine training, temperament testing and other
extensive skills required for service animal
work. In a few areas, however, Murphy continued to score average than the expected high standards set
service dog certification. Overall, Murphy’s personality leaned more towards human interaction and
extensive work and
attention. Thus, the Puppy Jake Foundation felt Murphy would be a perfect fit as a therapy dog and
right! Murphy’s training and loveable personality has been a seamless fit into the mental health
If a client meets qualifications for AAT (Animal Assisted Therapy), Murphy is welcome to join in the
session with the client. The goal of AAT is to improve a client’s social, emotional or cognitive
functioning. Interacting with an animal in a
therapy session can enhance a client's experience of therapy and provide a different way to acquire
improve important life skills. Research has shown that individuals who experiencing stress,
anxiety, autism-related issues,
dementia, mental disorders, chronic diseases and neurological disorders can be effectively treated
help of an animal.
In Murphy’s spare time he enjoys playing outside, running, chewing on bones, and belly rubs. He also
meeting new people, giving “puppy kisses” and exploring his surroundings. If you happen to see Murphy
around, feel free to come up and meet him!
He loves to say Hi!
Masters Level Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
Heather is currently enrolled in a master’s program for Marriage and Family Therapy through Capella
University. She also earned her undergraduate degree through Mankato State University. Heather's
therapeutic focus leans towards a holistic perspective with additional training among the topics of
hoarding and anger management. She is also proud to be a part of and a supporter of the LGBTQ+
community. Additionally, Heather is a licensed foster parent (since 2017) with the State of Iowa and
has a well-rounded understanding of the foster care system and the Department of Human Services (DHS).
Heather’s involvement with the foster care system empowered her to continue her education to help
children develop healthy attachments, recognize and evaluate environmental living conditions, as well
as process past traumatic experiences. At this time, Heather is facilitating group therapy in a
volunteering position with Champion State of Mind.
Bobbi joined the CSM staff in August of 2019. She is the Billing and Credentialing Specialist for all
of CSM’s office locations. Her work includes case coordination, billing operations, credentialing
providers and accounts receivable overview. In her free time, Bobbi enjoys camping and spending time
with her grandchildren.
Kasey joined the Champion State of Mind staff in March 2021 as the Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Clinical Supervisor. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies and Community Based
Corrections in 2007 from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Kasey has worked in the field of Substance
Use Disorders since graduation and has experience working with Iowa Licensure and CARF accreditation.
She also has an interest in policy, procedures, and compliance within organizations. In the past, Kasey
has worked as a Substance Use Counselor, Iowa Domestic Abuse Program Coordinator and as a Substance Use
Clinical Supervisor within various outpatient programs. Kasey is trained in Motivational Interviewing,
ACTV, Moving On, ACT therapy, and Clinical Supervision.
Her passion is helping those reach their full potential and working to end the stigma of mental health
and substance use disorder. The quote Kasey lives by is, “This can be your page, your chapter, or your
whole book. You Decide.” In her free time, Kasey enjoys spending time with her busy family, drinking
coffee, and watching sports. You will most likely find Kasey at the swimming pool, basketball court, or
baseball field cheering on her friends and family.
Temporary Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Temporary Certified Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Whitney earned her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University located in
Lynchburg, VA. She also earned her B.A. from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA while triple
in Human Services, Sociology, and Criminology. Whitney has a passion for working with multiple
Whitney has experience in working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, trauma,
and adolescents as well as school-aged children in residential and treatment settings. She has five
experience in working with children and adolescents ranging from working in school systems, youth
and program-specific adolescent treatment programs.
Throughout her professional experiences, Whitney has practiced many modalities such as Motivational
Interviewing, Seeking Safety, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Therapy, and Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy. Whitney has also provided services for suicidal/crisis intervention, traumatic
injury clients, clients in residential settings, and multiple age groups. Her main approach
eclectic stance that includes humanistic theory, a holistic view, and trauma-informed care with an
purpose of instilling hope with each of her clients. Her theories are based on viewing an individual
their many components, but all of which equal a whole being. She values the uniqueness of each piece
person’s whole. It is her goal to unite the body, self, and spirit through greater interpersonal
increasing cognitive flexibility, acceptance, self-compassion, and emotion regulation.
Perla joined the CSM staff in September of 2017. She is the Administrative Assistant for the
Estherville, Sioux Center, Rock Valley and Orange City offices. Her work includes scheduling
appointments, organizing files, coordinating services for clients, and much more! Perla is currently
working on receiving her AA degree from Iowa Lakes and hoping to continue her education. In her free
time, Perla enjoys spending time with her significant other, family and her two dogs.
Angie Kirkpatrick rejoined the Champion State of Mind staff in September 2020. She works as an
Administrative Assistant for the Estherville, Sioux Center, Rock Valley and Orange City offices. Her
work includes scheduling appointments, organizing files, coordinating services for clients, and
administrative auditing. Angie is also a licensed massage therapist, who in her spare time, enjoys
spending time with her family.
Behavioral Health Advisor
Masters Level Social Work Intern
Prior to joining Champion State of Mind, Mikayla earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Human
Services from Buena Vista University in 2020. She is currently continuing her education in graduate
school at the University of South Dakota where she is majoring in Social Work. She joined Champion State
of Mind as a master's Level Social Work Intern where she continues to obtain knowledge and insight
through experience as she works closely with Rebecca (Becky) and our other CSM staff members.
Additionally, Mikayla will be working within the Estherville Lincoln Central School District as a
Behavioral Health Advisor starting in the Fall of 2021. In the future, Mikayla's goal is to become a
Licensed Social Worker in the State of Iowa. Mikayla holds a strong passion for helping others with a
primary focus on supporting children and their families.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
Suzan Loverink holds a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, is a Licensed Mental Health
Counselor in Iowa, Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner in Nebraska and a nationally
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Suzan has experience working with a wide variety of individuals
such as children and adolescents with adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders, ADD/ADHD, depression,
and trauma issues. As well as adults with adjustment conditions, trauma issues, anxiety, depression,
anger management, divorce and blended families, personality disorders and ADD/ADHD. Suzan is trained
in PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), CBT (Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization
and Reprocessing for trauma). Suzan also enjoys learning new modalities so she can better provide
individualized care to her clients. Currently, Suzan is offering individual, couple and/or family
telehealth therapy services through Champion State of Mind, PLLC.
Temporary Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor
Regional Case Manager
Amy started with CSM in November of 2019 and as a Regional Case Manager. Amy has been active in the
social service field for over 22 years. She began her journey at Buena Vista College obtaining her
degree in Social Work. Her first job at Boys and Girls Home as a counselor was her first step in
trying to help others overcome self-defeating choices and to provide replacement skills to be more
successful. Amy continued her career by moving to a position within t Crittenton Center as a Remedial
Service provider in the home for children and parents. She has also worked as a BHIS Mental Health
Specialist with Hope Haven doing in-home family services. With each of her job changes, she stayed
steadfast in her choice of career in the social work field that meant she was able to help others make
positive changes in their lives. Amy has recently committed to adding more education to her wealth of
experience and has continued working towards her tCADC through the Iowa Board of Certification.
Overall, her education and her experience are wonderful assets to CSM, but more so is her commitment
and focus as she brings in assisting her clients on their journeys to achieving more productive and
Masters Social Worker
Licenced Independent Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Independent Social Worker
Becky earned her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from the University of St Thomas located in St.
Minnesota, and earned her Bachelors in Human Services from Buena Vista University. In the state of
Becky is a Licensed Masters Social Worker and is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in the state of
Minnesota. Additionally, Becky is a lifelong resident of the Midwest which has provided her with a
understanding of the hardships that local families face within rural communities; specifically, among
farming families. Becky has experience working with all ages from prenatal to hospice. She has been
specifically trained in diagnosing and treating children ages birth to five and believes in an
all-encompassing family approach; especially with early childhood clients. Since family dynamics play
large role in everyday life, Becky holds a strong interest in working with couples and families as
Nosbusch details, “Regardless of age, I believe in being creative throughout the therapeutic process.
use of art, music, meditation, mindfulness and other nontraditional approaches are something that I
truly enjoy incorporating into my work with every client.”
Becky is also trained in Natural Lifemanship. This type of therapeutic process highlights the
components of trauma and how it affects the human brain. Natural Lifemanship, additionally, focuses
individual connections and how such connections can be nurtured within a person's home, occupation and
community. Regardless of where a person is in their life, from crisis to maintenance, Becky is eager
speak with you and discuss your individual needs. She believes in meeting people wherever they are in
therapeutic journey and building upon a client's strengths to achieve their overall goals.
Nosbusch will be working with clients in Estherville, Iowa as well as providing school-based therapy
the Estherville Lincoln Central School District.
Amy Ondler is a native to Northwest Iowa and has been working in the mental health field for the last
12 years. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Simmons School of Social Work and a
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northwestern College. Amy has experience providing therapy to
various populations including but not limited to children, families, parents, adults and couples. From
her 12 years of service in the field, Amy has gathered insight in working with individuals during any
walk of life, dealing with various difficulties including but not limited to: anxiety, depression,
trauma, challenging behaviors, intimacy, marital complications, low self-esteem, difficulty with
emotional regulation, etc. When asked what specific population Amy enjoys working with most she stated
“My passion is helping those in need, walking alongside them in order to aid them towards a more
hopeful future. For this reason, I enjoy meeting and working with individuals from all walks of life.
In my opinion, the beginning of the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important moments. It
is one of my favorites because it is a moment when I can meet each individual exactly where they are
and determine a plan to help them make steps towards the desired outcome they are hoping for.”
Throughout her various years in the field Amy has been trained in multiple modalities including but
not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Therapy, Motivational Interviewing,
Seeking Safety, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Along with these modalities, Amy is trained in
various interventions such as emotion regulation, feelings identification, marital reconciliation, and
challenging behavior modification programs.
Amy has been working with Champion for the last two years and recently opened our new satellite
Spencer office. Schedule an appointment to see Amy today! She would love to meet you.
Adam joined Champion State of Mind in June 2021. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from
the University of Northern Iowa in 2017, Adam worked mainly in the Des Moines area providing Behavioral
Health Intervention Services (BHIS) and Care Coordination services for families in the metro. He also
has experience working within residential treatment facilities and suicide prevention programs. Adam
holds training certifications in Seeking Safety, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
and Motivational Interview (MI). Currently, Adam will be working within the Estherville Lincoln Central
Community School District as a Behavioral Health Advisor with the long-term goal of becoming a certified
Substance Use Counselor and Licensed Mental Health Therapist. Adam was raised in Estherville, Iowa and
specifically moved back from Des Moines to assist more with providing mental health services in his
hometown. His passion is to continue to break the stigma of mental health in Northwest Iowa and to
advocate for the families in his community.
Arielle was born and raised in Terril and Graettinger, Iowa. While attending high school, Arielle
received her Associates of Science degree from Iowa Lakes Community College. She then went on to earn
her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa. Currently, she is obtaining
her Masters in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa, as well. Arielle hopes to graduate with
her MSW degree in May of 2022. Her goal is to continue working within the mental health field,
specifically with children and adolescents, as a licensed independent social worker in the State of
Iowa. Arielle's life passion is to help others, especially children, with mental health struggles and to
create a safe and loving environment for everyone.
Casandra joined the CSM staff in October of 2018. Her work as Administrative Assistant includes
organizing and coordinating client files, scheduling appointments, client communications and much
more! Casandra has worked within the Mental Health previously for 5 years at Boys and Girls Home in
Sioux City, IA. She has traveled around the world to 10+ countries doing missions and has a heart for
volunteering. She loves to spend time with her nephews and working with her brother at the Milford
Pioneer Theater. Casandra also enjoys her backyard wildlife and feeding the birds and squirrels every
Madison Sweet is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist who provides supervisory support with Champion
She attended Iowa State University for her undergraduate degree and University of Northern Iowa for
degree. Madison is trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral
and has extensive training in play-therapy techniques, sand tray techniques, and CBT. Madison has
clinician for the past five years as a school-based therapist. Her main approach is a combination of
behavioral therapy and trauma informed care. She values building connections with the students and
that she works with and finding an integrated approach that fits best. She is passionate about
and how trauma affects the brain, heart, and body.
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor - Minnesota
International Drug and Alcohol Counselor - Iowa
Samantha began her career by earning her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology with a minor in Alcohol and
Drug Studies from Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN. Currently, Samantha is working towards her
Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC/LMHC) through Capella University to enhance her
LADC/IADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor - State of Minnesota/ International Drug and Alcohol
Counselor - State of Iowa). Samantha has close to a decade of experience working in several settings in
the addiction field. Ranging from intensive outpatient, women’s residential, men’s residential, co-ed
residential, Drug Court, Family Dependency Treatment Court, and Celebrate Families. Her experience
includes counseling clients individually and in group sessions, helping to assist clients in overcoming
dependencies, adjusting to life, and/or making overall changes. She also develops client treatment plans
based on research, clinical experience, and client histories. Samantha is eager to help clients succeed
in recovery through individual treatment planning, life skills development and individual/group therapy.
Your success is her passion.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Licensed Masters Social Worker
Reality Therapy/Choice Theory
Wanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Dordt College and a master’s in Counseling from
Morningside College. She is licensed in the State of Iowa as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW). Wanda is also certified in Reality Therapy/Choice Theory
This specialized therapeutic certification focuses on the client’s present-tense issues while
positive problem-solving skills to meet a person’s overall goals. Additionally, Wanda has training in
Solution-Focused Based Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral
(DBT), Energy Tapping, sexual abuse, trauma and behavior disorders.
After working for over 45 years within the healthcare field, with over 15 of those years as a Mental
Therapist, Wanda has acquired a broad range of experience while working among foster homes, in-home
services, residential and Community Mental Health services. Through these experiences, Wanda has come
enjoy working with all age groups such as children, adolescents and adults along with couples and
Wanda will be working with clients in Rock Valley, Orange City, and Sioux Center, Iowa as well as
school-based therapy in the Boyden-Hall School District.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Madison Wagner is a native of Iowa. Madison holds a Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation and Mental
Health Counseling from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Human
Services from Buena Vista University. Madison has experience working with clients on trauma, sexual
assault, self-esteem, adjustment issues, substance abuse, boundary setting, stress management,
depression, and anxiety. Currently, Madison is working towards receiving her training to become a
Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). In
her own words: "It’s an ongoing privilege to empower individuals to overcome personal obstacles from
the bumpy chapters of their life. It is my goal to assist clients in bringing about change, healing,
growth, and acceptance in their lives. I also believe that knowledge is a powerful transformative
tool, which is why I incorporate bibliotherapy and psychoeducation in my therapy sessions along with
cognitive behavioral therapy. You will have the autonomy to direct your own treatment because the
outcome is in your hands.”
Murphy, CTD a youthful black Labrador Retriever, joined with Amanda in May 2016 as a re-careered service dog in training from the Puppy Jake Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa. The Puppy Jake Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonproﬁt organization
dedicated to help wounded military veterans with the assistance of well-bred and professionally trained PTSD service dogs. Since his infancy, Murphy was part of the Puppy Jake training program. Upon hitting his one-year birthday, Murphy
had learned may important skills such as basic canine training, temperament testing and other extensive skills required for service animal work.