Elisa Lyons, MA, LMHC
Owner/Director, Clinical Therapist
"Life can get difficult-- sometimes a little help from a Mental
Health Professional can make things better."
Elisa chose to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor out of a desire to help children and families of Iowa. As a native of rural Southeast Iowa, she recognized the need to make quality mental health care more accessible to the people of this area. People may not always need this service, but she believes that it is important for all people to have access to mental health services when they are needed. This belief led her to found Iowa Family Counseling in early 2019.
Elisa was awarded her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Iowa and has continued to receive advanced training and education. Elisa has many years of experience providing behavioral health and mental health counseling services in a variety of settings and with a variety of populations. She has worked with children as young as 3, adolescents, teens, and adults of all ages.
Elisa has a special interest in working with children and adolescents and in treating survivors of trauma and abuse. She also offers a wide variety of treatment plans for individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, grief, or those struggling with the stresses associated with major life changes. She draws from a wide-base of psychotherapeutic techniques in her practice to best serve the needs of each individual client. These techniques include cognitive-behavioral therapy, art/play/sand tray therapy, person-centered therapy, and expressive arts techniques. Elisa has also received training in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) for the treatment of PTSD and other disorders.
Elisa is passionate about helping others. She understands that life can get really difficult to navigate at times. She wants clients to understand that Iowa Family Counseling is here to support you on your journey as you move toward self-discovery and healing.
In her downtime, Elisa is always moving! She loves to travel, spending time with her family and friends, and participating in any outdoor activities that keep her in motion.
P. 641-777-2774 Ext. 01
Maddie Marshall, LMSW
"People start to heal the moment they feel heard."
- Cheryl Richardson
Maddie Marshall joined the Iowa Family Counseling team in late 2020. Proud to call Kalona her hometown, she is glad to be close to family while supporting Iowa Family Counseling’s mission to provide quality mental health care to children, families, and individuals.
After completing her bachelor's degree at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, Maddie returned to Iowa to obtain her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. She has training and experience providing a variety of counseling and support services to diverse clients within schools, community programs, and through the juvenile justice system. She is happy to bring her knowledge and expertise to private practice.
Maddie truly appreicates that every individual has different needs and firmly believes in taking a person-centered approach when offering counseling services. She is able to draw on a variety of therapeutic strategies and methods to help each person meet their goals. These include cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectal-behavioral therapy, and acceptance & commitment therapy, among others.
Maddie has a special interest in helping adolescents, teens, and adults who have, or have experienced, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and trauma. She also welcomes the opportunity to work with any individual interested in improving their general mental health and well-being.
Maddie wants her clients to feel empowered by developing an awareness of their feelings and language that they can use to talk about their feelings and experiences. She is honored to have the opportunity to meet people wherever they are on their mental health journey and to walk alongside them, helping to guide them as needed.
When Maddie is not working, she loves to be out and about. When she can, she loves to travel and spend time with friends and family. She also recharges with regular yoga practice and hanging out with her Yorkie, Scout.
P. 641-777-2774 Ext. 03
Nicole has 13 years experience in office management and is a strong asset to our practice. She strongly believes in supporting our clients and staff. Nicole is happy to help you to schedule your appointment, complete any required paperwork, check insurance benefits, or answer any questions that you may have. She also assists with insurance claims, billing, and anything else that needs to be done. Feel free to contact Nicole if you have any questions.
P. 641-777-2774 Ext. 02
Marketing & Education Designer
Sarah came to Iowa Family Counseling with a background in English education. She has always viewed mental health care and support to be one of the most important parts of her job as an educator. Sarah is happy to use her experience to further Iowa Family Counseling’s mission to serve the children and families of Iowa. She is charged with designing our print and promotional materials, press releases, and social media outreach. Sarah is also responsible for collaborating with Iowa Family Counseling’s practitioners to create educational blogs, community programming, and professional development. Please contact Sarah if you or your organization are interested in hosting educational programming or professional development covering a
variety of mental health care topics.
Iowa Family Counseling is growing! We are looking to add an independent contractor (with potential to become W2 employee) to join us in providing school-based therapy services to area students and families. This position (or positions) will cover the following areas/districts: Columbus Junction, Muscatine, Highland, Mid-Prairie, and/or online/teletherapy.
Special consideration will be provided for bilingual (speaks Spanish) candidates, applicants experienced in working with couples, and providing family therapy. For more information, please follow the link below: