Kaitlin Thomas, LMHC
Kaitlin Johannsen is a Temporary Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Iowa. Kaitlin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Creative Writing and Communication Studies in 2014 from Upper Iowa University and her Master of Arts from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Belton, Texas) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2017.
Volunteering and working in the mental health field since 2011 has given a foundation of experience for Kaitlin’s desire to help others. Her professional experience includes volunteering with abused and neglected children at Royal Family Kid’s Camp, serving northeast Iowa as a Behavioral Health Intervention Services Provider, working as a caseworker in Texas, and counseling in the college setting and non-profit community setting.
Working with grief and loss are her greatest passions. Kaitlin has researched and presented on the topic of grief and loss and would like to continue to invest and focus on this area as it is a need in every place and person. She also works with depression, anxiety, trauma and self-harm amongst other mental health concerns.
I have been asked many times, how it is that I use my “faith” in my counseling. To say I simply “use” it would be an understatement as it is at the core of who I am as a counselor and a person.
I have volunteered at Christian camps and organizations, provided counseling at a Christian college, and presented about wellness and faith to community organizations. Jeremiah 1:5 states, “I appointed you a prophet to nations.” It is our calling as Christians to spread God’s word, which talks about giving love and compassion to all, as Jesus did. Jesus is a prime example of the ethical standards a counselor is expected to live up to. Adjectives used to describe Jesus are advocate, leader, mediator, teacher, and “wonderful counselor.”
As a counselor, I strive to work towards being this type of counselor, but I will always fall short as I am incomplete without Jesus. Life experience brings meaning to these words. I have “practiced” as a Christian for most of my life, although it was not until I fell into the darkest depths of grief and loss that I understood what God’s love and grace truly were. A wonderful counselor He is, indeed. The grace, compassion and healing I received during a time of trauma and chaos in my life as a teenager and young adult led me to the passion of wanting to bring healing to people in similar situations.
Psalm 73:26 states, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and all my portion.” Nobody can go through life trying to figure it out on their own. God brings people in all different forms to help people on earth. Counseling is the passion He has placed in my heart and, because of His great example, my life is an ever-changing and growing piece of work in which I hope to share faith with others who seek to change, grow and find peace of mind.
- Adoption / Foster Care Issues
- Anxiety Disorders
- Childhood Behavior Problems
- Grief and Loss
- Mood Disorders (Depression / Bipolar Disorder)
- PTSD / Trauma / Sexual Abuse
- Spiritual / Religious Issues
- Pella Clinic
2611 Washington Street Westport Medical Plaza
Pella IA, 50219