About

My name is JaCarie Owens. I am the owner and mental health therapist (LMHC) of Courageous Minds Counseling. I attended Langston University (forever a lady lion) for my undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice. I attended Walden University and earned my graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Throughout the years, I have grown a love for studying trauma and how trauma affects our brain, heart and body. I am currently an approved consultant and certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) through EMDRIA. I provide consultation to therapist learning how to integrate EMDR into their practices. I’m also a Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) clinician. I have extensive training in play therapy techniques, TF-CBT, FirstPlay techniques and sand tray techniques. I have worked with children, families, and caregiver of the Des Moines area from all different walks of life. I value building connects with my clients, meeting my clients where they are at, and finding an integrated approach that best fits my clients’ needs.

When I am not in the office. I enjoy spending time with family and friends. Spending time with my children and watching them compete in activities GIVE ME LIFE! My favorite sport to watch is basketball (AGAIN forever a lady lion).

So… let’s get to know each other!!!

Associations

  • Certified Child Parent Psychotherapy
  • Certified FirstPlay® Child Practitioner FirstPlay®,
  • Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association
  • EMDR International Association

 

Erin is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa. Throughout her career she has worked in the field of drugs and alcohol use and mental health. Erin provides a holistic and a person-centered approach to treating mental health needs. Erin sees pre-teens to adults for individual therapy. She utilizes EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS) to treat anxiety disorders, depression, complex trauma, relationship and attachment issues, and grief and loss. Erin also works with individuals with emotional intensity, stress, anger, and self-esteem. Erin believes in the healing work and guiding clients on their journey for optimal health and well-being. In her free time, she enjoys biking, being outdoors, live music-especially jazz-and spending quality time with her family and friends. Feel free to contact her to receive services that meet your mental health needs.

 

My name is Gerd’Anice S Noel, and I am a Licensed Master of Social Worker (LMSW). I attended Troy University (GO TROJANS!) where I received my Bachelor of Social Work with a concentration in Case Management. My career post-grad began in direct practice within the scope of children and family welfare. I had the opportunity to work on multidisciplinary teams that sought to meet the needs of parents and their children. However, as I worked within diverse communities and differing populations, I recognized families were sorely at a disadvantage due to the lack of available resources, policies that did not fit their individualized needs, the stigmas tied to seeking mental health treatment, in addition to the trauma associated with other varying factors. My passion for service that impacts lives, longed for further growth and expansion. Thus, in true Trojan fashion, I returned to Troy University to receive my graduate degree in Social Work, with a concentration in Mental Health. Amid my years of practice, my primary objective, no matter the setting, has been to provide individuals the space to understand the true power within their voice. I believe it is essential to understand how trauma affects an individual holistically. When I am not in the office, I enjoy writing, traveling, singing, and spending time with family and friends. I believe God has equipped me with the tools necessary to fulfill my purpose to help others. In addition to my life, educational, and professional experiences I believe my unique perspective on intervention techniques will provide an atmosphere that fosters self-recognition, confidence, and growth. Let’s grow together!

 

My name is Rickelle Curtis and I am a licensed mental health clinician (LISW). I attended the University of Iowa where I obtained my Bachelor’s in Social Work and a Minor in Sociology. I then continued my education to pursue my Master of Social Work at the University of Denver. Throughout my professional career, I have been drawn to work with children and families that are experiencing adversity and/or challenge in their relationships, daily functioning, and overall well- being. I have provided individual and family therapy for children ranging in age from 2 to 18. I believe in the power of early intervention and the ability to address, process, and incorporate our life experiences to continue to thrive in our daily lives. Through working in the school setting, I have continued to gain knowledge of child development and the ways that delayed development and/or traumatic experiences can impact the brain and ability to regulate. I know that there are many ways to assist children and families to heal and grow in order to achieve a desired state of being. I have experience in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, mindfulness training, attachment training, and practice utilizing a variety of play therapy interventions. I believe therapy and self-growth is an investment in your own joy. I believe that when we have joy, we can contribute peace to our communities.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, going on hikes, and listening to audio books. I love spending time with my children and watching them grow and explore their own interests. I am a big believer in the necessity of play time for adults and children alike, so I try to nd opportunities to engage in leisure activities, one of my favorites being to play sand volleyball.

I look forward to working together!

 

Emily is a first year student within the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program at Grand View University. Emily is currently a counseling graduate intern under the supervision of JaCarie Owens, LMHC at Courageous Minds Counseling. Emily graduated from Iowa State University in 2019 upon completion of her Bachelor of Sciences (B.S.) in Child, Adult, and Family Services. Emily values trauma-focused approaches, along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in addition to other mindfulness practices. She is determined to establish an environment for her clientele population that promotes their overall wellbeing and therapeutic success. In her free time, Emily loves jamming out to music in her car, and appreciates all genres. Emily also enjoys spending time with family and friends, and being able to be outside or go for walks with her dogs.

 

Molly is a first year student of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program at Grand View University. Molly is currently a counseling graduate intern under the supervision of JaCarie Owens, LMHC at Courageous Minds Counseling. Molly graduated from Central College in 2021 upon completion of her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology. Molly played soccer all throughout college and was a member of both Student Senate and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Molly values Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Approach in addition to other mindfulness practices. She is determined to establish an environment for her clientele population that promotes their overall wellbeing and therapeutic success. In her free time, Molly enjoys exercising, reading, cleaning, and spending time with loved ones.