Our Team

Ed Pat Joel Michelle Deb Dianne Dave Jenise Nancy Nancy Gary Gary Gary


Dr. Ed Ashby is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and co-owner of Family Legacy Counseling along with his wife Pat. In addition to serving as an individual, marriage and family counselor for the past twenty years, Dr. Ashby has been an ordained minister for over 30 years, pastoring churches in California, Ohio, and Iowa. Ed earned his Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary in California, his Masters in Counseling Psychology from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, and a Masters in Contemporary Ministry from Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Ashby addresses a wide variety of issues in counseling, including depression, anxiety, anger management, addictive behaviors, abuse recovery, post traumatic stress disorder, relational conflict, communication skills, leadership development, and spiritual formation. A significant portion of Ed’s work is helping clients whose self-esteem has been damaged by abuse (physical, emotional or sexual) and the resulting difficulties that emerge in their adult lives. In addition to counseling, Ed works with a wide range of issues within the church, as well as the specific stresses relating to ministerial families. Ed’s work as a pastor, and serving on local and regional boards, enable him to speak and coach with insight, passion and empathy.

Ed has been married to Pat for over 35 years, and they have three children and five grandchildren to date. A lover of the outdoors, Ed enjoys bow hunting and fishing, entertaining friends at their home in the country, riding his motorcycle, sprint triathlons, and most especially his children and grandchildren.


Patricia Ashby is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) with over 20 years of counseling experience with individuals, couples and families. She is also the owner/director of Workplace and Family Life Services, an employee assistance program providing counseling and referral services for the past eighteen years for an Iowa company of 2000 employees. Pat earned her Master’s degree in Social Work with a clinical emphasis in Family Therapy from the University of Iowa. She also studied at Azusa Pacific University in southern California, earning a major in Biblical studies. Areas of clinical focus for Pat include anxiety, depression, grief, codependency/boundaries, marital health, relational conflict, divorce recovery, and women’s adjustments in their life stages. Her practice models include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (becoming aware of self-talk and learning how thoughts and feelings impact behavior) and Family Systems Therapy (learning to recognize messages and themes received growing up and how they impact our lives today). For clients who are Christian faith based in their life perspective, Pat enjoys integrating faith and scripture in counseling conversations, which provides a unique setting for healing and restoration of hope. In the counseling relationship, Pat offers warmth, humor, and practical ideas for growth.

Pat is married to Dr. Ed Ashby, co-owner of Family Legacy, and they have three children and five grandchildren. Going to the gym regularly allows her to indulge in chocolate every day, and Pat’s dream would be to travel anywhere, anytime, as long as the destination included sunshine.

Jenise Rychnovsky, LMHC

Jenise is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She received her Master’s in Counseling from Drake University and her Bachelors from Missouri State University. Jenise has a passion for counseling and helping others, with a holistic approach Jenise strives to help her clients become healthy mentally, spiritually, and physically. Jenise counsels with a Biblical emphasis, while incorporating her clinical education. She strives to meet each client where they are at in their own journey, with a non-judgmental approach.

Her clinical focus is primarily women issues including but not exclusive to Eating Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, relationship issues, sexual identity and life changes. Jenise continues to seek training in all these areas in order to meet each client’s needs.

Jenise loves to cook and go out to local restaurants with her husband. Jenise is married to Travis, who she says has more patience and integrity than anyone she knows. He challenges and encourages her daily.


Deb is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has been in private practice in the area of child/adolescent therapy for over 20 years. She has a Master’s Degree in child counseling from the University of Northern Iowa and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary/Special Education from UNI. Her clinical areas of focus for children and adolescents include, but are not limited to, ADHD/ADD, anxiety disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, physical/sexual abuse, loss/grief, divorce recovery, blended family issues, and parent-child relationship issues. Deb taught emotionally disturbed/behaviorally disordered children for eight years in the Des Moines Public Schools and has served as a Guidance Counselor in both public and Christian school settings. She also taught in a missionary school in Taichung, Taiwan, has been published in the Iowa Journal of Counseling and speaks at churches and schools in the local area on topics pertaining to parenting and child/teen issues. Deb is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, has been married for 25 years and has three grown sons.


Dr. Joel Ashby is a Licensed Psychologist and health service provider for the State of Iowa. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. Family Psychology is a specialty area that focuses on relationships in couples, families, and groups and the broader contexts in which those relationships exist. This area of training enables Dr. Ashby to be particularly effective in understanding and working with individuals and the larger systems with which they are a part.

Additionally, Dr. Ashby is trained in the treatment of specific mood and anxiety disorders, as well as more persistent mental illness such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He also conducts personality assessment and neuropsychological screening. His training in diverse settings, as well his post-doctoral residency at Philhaven psychiatric hospital, have prepared him to work effectively with issues that confront the individual and the family. He has been providing psychological services since 2004.

Joel’s areas of interest include integration of client values and faith in psychotherapy, anger regulation, group therapy, and personality assessment. He believes in promoting wholeness in the lives of those he treats and in his own life. Joel’s personal interests include fly fishing, rock climbing, photography, and spending time with his family. Dr. Ashby is a member of the American Psychological Association and the division of Family Psychology.


Nancy has been working in the field of counseling for over 25 years. She received her M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Colorado Christian University in Denver, CO, and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Iowa. Her past clinical experiences include work in residential treatment and in an agency setting providing an array of services to children and families. Since 1995 she has been in private practice with Family Legacy, focusing her clinical work towards teens, women, and marriages. She has extensive experience in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse recovery, grief and loss, women with ADD, addictions, eating disorders, marriage counseling, and divorce recovery, and participates in ongoing clinical training in all of these areas.

Nancy draws upon a Biblical understanding of change, men and women, and relationships as a foundation for her counseling, and is passionate about spiritual formation. Her therapeutic approach is also informed by Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Nancy enjoys facilitating groups and retreats for women and couples that enhance relationships with God and others.

Nancy would say her greatest joy is being wife to her husband of 26 years, and mom to her two grown sons. She also loves books, movies, music, traveling, sports, and friends!


Dianne Morris Jones, LMHC,CCF / Family Legacy Counseling / Des Moines, IA

Dianne Morris Jones is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor(LMHC) and a Certified Connections Facilitator(CCF) practicing at Family Legacy Counseling in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Family Finance and then went on to receive her master’s degree in Counseling from West Texas A&M University. Dianne is an energetic and creative person who approaches life and her professional counseling with an enthusiasm for growth in wholehearted living. She practices individual and marital therapy from a mindful, cognitive behavioral approach and is multi-faceted in her practice, incorporating various learning environments in addition to one-on-one counseling. Her clinical focus includes working with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, and life transitions. Dianne specializes in helping clients embrace their authenticity and encourages clients to create lives that reflect their values and passions. She supports holistic living in her approach by being intentional to view life through emotional, physical, spiritual, financial, intellectual, and relational perspectives. In addition to being a Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor, Dianne has received extensive training in Spiritual Direction, the Enneagram. Dianne is also a Certified Connections Facilitator(CCF) for Brene Brown’s work, The Daring Way. When she’s not in the office, Dianne enjoys spending time with her family, backpacking, bike riding, kayaking and photography.
Dianne Morris Jones, LMHC,CCF, Email: dianne.familylegacy@gmail.com
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Dr. Kaptain has been with Family Legacy Counseling since 1999, providing addiction-related individual, marital and family therapy for both adolescents and adults. He is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of Iowa and is also licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. David has a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Iowa State University. His over 20 years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields includes work as a psychiatric technician, group home house manager, child and adolescent senior therapist, and Employee Assistance Program supervisor. He currently serves as program manager at Powell Chemical Dependency Center (CDC) in Des Moines. David also provides community service as a board member on the Iowa Board of Certification, and as Powell CDC’s representative at the Iowa Behavioral Health Association. David recently was appointed by the Governor’s office to the Board of Behavioral Science. Current interests of David’s include running, biking, family time, spending time in the mountains, fishing and working outdoors.

Michelle Coon, LMSW

Michelle Coon is a Licensed Master Social Worker, with a family therapy emphasis, from the University of Iowa. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, Minnesota. Michelle has experience working with families in the areas of parenting special needs children, adolescent challenges, and maternal and postpartum depression. Areas of specialized training include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), trauma, family mediation, and depression. Currently, Michelle is focusing her clinical work with individuals, couples, adolescents and families on a variety of issues, including personal growth and change, depression, attachment, anxiety, infertility, and issues pertinent to women. A passion of Michelle’s is to assist clients in accessing their own personal strengths and beliefs in order to recognize their potential, improve relationships, and practice better self-care. If clients express a desire to address their concerns from a spiritual perspective, Michelle will work with them within a biblical world view and understanding. Michelle has been active in the church in a variety of areas and is currently a Sunday School teacher in her local church. She has been married for over 20 years and has two daughters.


Sarah received her Master’s of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Drake University and her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Cedarville University. Sarah is passionate about the field of counseling and psychology and is dedicated to come alongside her clients in their journey to mental, physical, and spiritual wellness.

Currently, Sarah is focusing her clinical work with individuals, couples, adolescents, and families in areas such as personal growth and adjustment, depression, anxiety, post-partum depression, miscarriage, infertility, grief,, and self-esteem. Sarah works in the context of a Biblical framework in order to best meet her client’s goals and desire for therapy.

Sarah also teaches psychology at Des Moines Area Community College. Her number one passion is her family which includes her husband Steve and three daughters. They continue to allow Sarah to grow with grace in the midst of puke, poop, and pandemonium.

Gary Selof, MA, MDIV

Gary has his Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University, and a Master’s of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Monmouth College in Illinois. He has experience in dealing with depression, anxiety, couples therapy, and grief and transition issues. He does both adult and adolescent individual therapy, and marriage counseling..

Gary has Advanced Training in EMDR to assist in the treatment of trauma and is a Certified Administrator for Preventive Relationship Enhancement Program, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Family and Active Relationships.

Gary currently serves as a chaplain for the Iowa National Guard.

Kim Brangoccio, LMFT, IAADC, CEAP

Kim is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist , Advanced Certified Addiction Counselor in the state of Iowa, and a Nationally Certified Employee Assistance Professional.

Kim has been providing counseling and clinical supervision for over 30 years. She is experienced with families and individuals in the area of relationship building, parenting, addiction and recovery services and mental health counseling. She has worked with marital and family problems, sexual and physical abuse, grief and loss, and developmental disabilities. Kim’s faith in God has allowed her to work through both personal challenges/losses and to helpi others work through problems.

In addition to her work at Family Legacy, Kim is the Clinical Supervisor at Powell CDC at UnityPoint in Des Moines, IA. She did her undergraduate work at Marycrest College in Davenport, IA and her graduate work at Phillips Institute in Los Angeles, CA. She lives with her husband of 28 years, a daughter and a son. She enjoys exercise, cooking and entertaining.

Holly Van Kooten, LMSW

Holly is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Iowa. She received a Masters of Social Work from Arizona State University and a Bachelors of Science in Child, Adult, and Family Services from Iowa State University.

Holly has counseling and social work experience gained from various human service settings. Her experience includes but is not limited to residential treatment, school social work, substance abuse case management, outpatient mental health counseling, and crisis intervention.

Currently, Holly is focusing her clinical work on the areas of women’s issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, and life transitions. She is passionate about helping people grow into the best version of who they were designed to be. Her practice is guided by social work values that emphasize evidence-based practice, inherent client strengths, and client empowerment. Holly uses a diverse set of counseling skills that support meeting a client where they are at in their journey. She has a passion to help people become whole in “spirit, soul, and body” (I Thessalonians 5:23) so that they can discover and fulfill the purposes and plans for their lives.

Outside of the office, Holly enjoys traveling, sports, photography, and spending time with her family and friends.