Ph.D., Psychologist, Director of Assessment and Psychological Services.
David obtained his doctorate in psychology from Iowa State University in 1992 after completing his undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame. He has been working in the field full time since 1991. He has a strong background in assessment of children, adolescents, and adults including psychological, educational, emotional, cognitive, and perceptual aspects of psychological evaluations and neuropsychological screenings.
He holds a contract with Juvenile Court Services to conduct forensic psychological evaluations, with ongoing services since 2009. He has trained numerous psychologists over the years, and he continues as the clinical director of the practice, supervising the other clinicians as needed. In addition to administrative, supervisory, and assessment duties, he provides counseling services primarily to adolescents and adults. He approaches all his work with undeniable passion.
He has a deep desire to maintain a quality standard of assessments, to develop treatment alternatives, and to recognize the need to address learning issues as related to an individual’s functioning as a whole. David serves as the director of assessment and psychological services (including counseling, EEG Neurotherapy, and Cognitive Rehabilitation).
SUSAN SMITH HELKENN
Licensed Social Worker
Susan joined our practice in 2009 to add neurotherapy to her range of skills and treatment modalities. ILP was a good fit for Susan’s unique range of practical and clinical experiences, having served adults and children in the mental health and medical field for over 15 years.
Susan is certified as a Child Life Specialist, holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology-Anthropology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Iowa.
Clinical interests include adjustment disorder, anxiety, depression, school related problems, relationship issues, grief/loss as well as medical trauma and stress. Susan strives to schedule new clients promptly and is accepting referrals for adults, adolescents, and children.
Dusty Baker received his B.S. in Psychology from Drake University in 2008, and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University in 2016.
He works from a humanistic and emotion-focused perspective, and views self-critical beliefs as the core to most concerns that bring people to therapy. Dr. Baker believes approaching their concerns from a non-judgmental perspective with self-compassion allows the client to feel safe in the exploration and incorporation of new perspectives that helps foster personal growth in the client's life. Honoring the client’s unique multicultural identity is also emphasized to better understand how self-critical beliefs developed and how those beliefs can be challenged with respect to each client’s personal and cultural values.
Dr. Baker works with a wide variety of concerns and has special interests in psychological assessment, ADHD, trauma, and vocational concerns. He also enjoys clinical supervision, teaching, and is a firm believer in the power of humor.