Cheryl is currently a master’s level student at Liberty University targeted to graduate in December 2022. She will be spending 2022 working on internship as she integrates her academic learning into practice.
Cheryl spent 16 years as a stay-at-home mom, homeschooling her 4 children, and homesteading on a small acreage in rural southern Iowa before beginning her educational journey into nursing. She worked as a long-term care psychiatric nurse, in palliative care, and as a rehabilitation nurse at the VA Hospital in Knoxville then Des Moines, IA before transitioning to work in the VA Mental Health Clinics. There she worked with psychologists to help meet the mental health needs of veterans and their families. Cheryl continues to carry a license as a Practical Nurse.
Upon graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Buena Vista University, Cheryl transitioned into community mental health and targeted case management, primarily working with individuals with disabilities to coordinate services, provide assessment, and treatment planning to provide support for these folks to remain in their homes rather than being institutionalized. Cheryl worked within these systems for 10 years before taking the next step towards her earning her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Cheryl has taught children in Sunday School and Children’s Church since she was 14 years old and spent two years working as a summer missionary with Child Evangelism Fellowship as a youth. She has a passion for music and has enjoyed being a member of the worship team at her local church.
New to the Des Moines area, Cheryl is adjusting to city life after having lived in rural areas her entire lifetime. She and her husband currently reside in West Des Moines. She enjoys working out, hiking, bicycling, cooking healthy meals, maintaining fish aquariums, and spending time with her grown children and grandchildren.
Areas of Interest:
- Codependency Recovery
- Narcissistic abuse
- Emotional regulation
- Family/relational issues
- Adjustments to life transitions
I enjoy working with individuals aged 18 and older, providing person-centered services customized to meet the needs of each client. I believe there is hope for every situation and will work with you to understand and unravel the burdens of your past and current area of concern. I will serve you with empathy and kindness. I hold firm to the power of learning to advocate for self and will help you explore what this means for you, to develop a treatment plan, and act on it so you can thrive in life.
American Counseling Association
Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International)