Meet Our Counselors

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Don Damsteegt, Ph.D.

Email: drdon@familypsychologyassoc.com

Dr. Damsteegt is the owner of Family Psychology Associates, P.C. and is a Licensed Psychologist and a Health Service Provider in Psychology.

Dr. Damsteegt is a Licensed Psychologist (Ph.D.) and a Health Service Provider in Psychology. He has been in practice since 1983, including a year of post-doctoral residency in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. His specialties include assessment and treatment of individuals and couples. He has been trained Cognitive Therapy, which is an empirically validated treatment for many disorders, including depression and anxiety. He also is a certified Imago Relationship Therapist. He does assessment of personality, intelligence, ADHD and substance abuse, including being a DOT-SAP. He holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska in 1981.

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Leonarda Decker, LMHC, CADC

Email: leonarda@familypsychologyassoc.com
Leonarda Decker is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC). Leonarda received her Master’s degree in Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development from the University of Iowa. She has been working in the mental health and substance abuse field for the last ten years helping men and women to find their path to a healthier and more satisfying life. Leonarda’s passion is to assist people in the process of self-discovery and help them to reinvent themselves. She utilizes variety of counseling techniques including person-centered and existential approaches, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing.
Specialties:
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Substance abuse and dependency issues
  • Co-dependency
  • Emotional regulation difficulties and anger management problems
  • Spirituality related issues
  • Depression/Anxiety
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Jessica Malecek, LMFT-t

Email: jessica@familypsychologyassoc.com

Jessica has experience working with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. She conducts play therapy and is currently pursuing a play therapy certification. She gained much of her outpatient and play therapy experience at the Olsen MFT Clinic. Jessica also has years of experience in inpatient settings such as Psychiatric Medical Institutions for Children (PMIC) and Residential Treatment (RT) working with the adolescent population. It was in these inpatient settings that Jessica learned and first utilized the trauma informed care model.

Jessica graduated from the University of Iowa with a major in Psychology and a minor in Human Relations. Jessica went on to Mount Mercy University to earn her graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Jessica practices Satir’s Growth Model, Client-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Structural Therapy, Systems Theory, and Gottman Couples Therapy.

Specialties:

  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Play Therapy
  • Self-esteem
  • Children & Adolescents
  • Parenting
  • Life Transitions
  • Couples/Relationships
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Carla Hughes, MA, LMHC

Email: carla@familypsychologyassoc.com

Carla Hughes is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She received her MA degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa and has counseled students at the UNI counseling center. She went on to work with at-risk children at Four Oaks Residential Treatment Center in Cedar Rapids. Carla has been serving the community since 2004 and has worked extensively with children and adolescents using art and play therapies. Also of special interest to Carla is helping couples cope with relationship stressors by building communication skills and in working with individuals with eating disorders

Specialties:
  • Art and Play Therapy
  • Children and Teenagers
  • Couples/Relationships
  • Eating Disorders
  • Childhood sexual abuse issues
  • Depression/Anxiety