MARY KAY FRASIER
Educational programmer, Business Manager, and Davis Dyslexia Correction®
Mary Kay earned a degree for Drake University in education and music education. Her early experience is vast including teaching in inner city school, private music lessons, directing choir and serving as a parish organist. She has also been active in the real estate community in Des Moines and has a background in business.
In 1998 she and David Beeman developed Innovative Learning to be a unique practice for counseling and learning. Her ability to look for answers beyond the expected, willingness to analyze each child’s needs and advocate for both the child and parent emerged from her teaching and parenting experiences. She understands the parents quest for solutions not provided by traditional environments and helps create innovative solutions.
Mary Kay has been a presenter to a variety of audiences. She has presented to community groups, an international symposium on dyslexia in Toronto, Canada, and the national conference for the Corrections Education Association. The presentation format provides instruction regarding the visual-spatial learner and its relationship to dyslexia and giftedness. She was retained as a consultant to the Sherrard School District in Illinois to assist teachers in responding to dyslexic students.
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 area 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, and he supervisors the post-doctoral fellow who provides most of that direct service. In addition to administrative, supervisory, and assessment duties, he provides counseling services primarily to adolescents and adults.
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.
Hayden earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Duke University in 2009 and completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Nebraska in 2014.
Her interest and experience is in helping clients first determine the origin of their struggles and then develop specific strategies to reach their personal goals, enhance the meaningfulness of their lives, and become the best possible version of themselves. She relies primarily on cognitive-behavioral interventions (CBT) to treat adolescents and adults struggling with a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
These interventions target a variety of life areas, including reducing the severity of psychological symptoms, improving relationships, engaging in meaningful recreational and leisure activities, increasing work productivity, and addressing any other life struggles. Additionally, she offers comprehensive mental health and diagnostic evaluations to clarify what might be causing problems and what strategies might prove most useful for ameliorating those problems. Her overall goal is to empower clients to live a meaningful, purposeful life.