Jean Holthaus, LISW, MSW
Jean is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with over 15 years experience providing therapy. She earned a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa and was an elementary and junior high teacher for 10 years. She earned her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa in 1995.
Her professional experience includes working with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families within a therapy setting. She has also worked as a dialysis social worker in a hospital setting. Jean enjoys working with adolescent and adults dealing with abuse, depression, marital issues, divorce, spiritual issues, changes of life, parenting, and family issues.
Jean participates with Faith Community Outreach, an initiative within Pine Rest that seeks to connect area clergy, churches, and ministries to services available from Pine Rest; as well as develop new services specifically designed to benefit the faith community.
My name is Jean Holthaus and I am a licensed clinical social worker and have been practicing for sixteen years. I work with individuals, couples, and families. I have a BA in elementary education and have taught every grade K-8, although primarily I taught junior high math and science.
I received my MSW from the University of Iowa and have done extensive training around integrating faith and therapy--including the training to be a Commission Pastor through the RCA. I have also received training from Cloud and Townsend (boundaries), Terry Wardle (spiritual formation and healing), Gary Smalley (relationships), John Briere (healing from trauma) and many others. I believe Christ is the source of all healing and my desire is to be a vessel through which the healing power and love of Christ can flow to touch the lives of those in need.
I grew up in the church and became actively engaged in following Christ as my savior when I was in eighth grade. In my mid-twenties, I experienced a life-altering crisis which exposed my deep woundedness as well as my performance based life and faith. This crisis set into motion a journey to know and live intimately connected to a God who not only saved me, but loves me and wants to be an active part of every aspect of my life.
As I learned to live believing I was loved by God independent of anything I could every say or do, I experienced deep healing in my life and grew in my desire to walk with others on their healing journey. As I listen and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, I have the privilege of walking with people into places of deep wounding and pain in their lives as a vessel of God’s love—love which brings healing and restoration.
As a Christian therapist, I believe biological, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual factors all contribute to the problems people encounter. I believe God also works through each of these avenues to bring healing. I actively integrate faith in every therapy session at the level my clients feel comfortable, but my faith undergirds all I do in therapy. It is a privilege and a blessing to walk with people on their healing journeys.
- Anxiety Disorders
- Couple / Marital Relationship Issues
- Eating Disorders
- Mood Disorders (Depression / Bipolar Disorder)
- Perinatal Mood Disorders
- PTSD / Trauma / Sexual Abuse
- Spiritual / Religious Issues
- Pella Clinic
2611 Washington Street Westport Medical Plaza
Pella IA, 50219