Elaine B. Hoversten, Psy.D., LP
Brene Brown once said, “The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little braver each time.”
I believe that showing up for psychotherapy is a courageous act. Even if we know about the importance of mental health care, sharing with another human being that we are struggling remains a vulnerable undertaking. It takes strength to confront past experiences or current situations that have left us feeling discouraged, wounded, frustrated, stuck, or ashamed. I endeavor to provide a welcoming and safe environment that invites and inspires the freedom to express yourself, exploring the precious and the painful, what is holding you back, and what dreams you have for your future.
It is an honor and privilege to facilitate and witness the healing and liberation work of adults in my psychotherapy practice. I have years of personal (I’m 57) and professional (28) experience that I bring to each therapeutic encounter. I commit to showing up with my authentic self and my accumulated wisdom, skills, empathy, compassion and what I consider a sense of humor. You bring you, the one and only expert on your lived experience. You matter. Your story matters. I look forward to listening to you carefully, understanding you to the best of my ability, and collaborating with you in the rewarding and brave process of growth and change. Through psychotherapy, you can gain insight into your strengths and patterns (behavioral and relational), renew and strengthen connections with yourself and others, clarify your values, goals and purpose and have support as you try out new skills and approaches.
I hold years of treatment experience with common therapeutic issues such as anxiety, mood disorders, grief, death, loss, trauma, problems with relationships and family dynamics, reproductive issues, adjustment to illness, life transitions, parenting, sleep and other health behavior struggles. My therapeutic method is collaborative, holistic, and organized around the goals of the individual. I am attentive to the mind-body connection and neuropsychological/brain science to aid in case conceptualization and pathways to healing. I sample from many respected theoretical approaches, borrowing heavily from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy techniques and strategies. I seek out continuing education, including training to increase awareness of implicit biases. I strive to provide psychological care that is culturally competent, sensitive to ethnicities, backgrounds, disabilities, identities and orientations different from my own. My goal is to provide each client with the best care possible with the support of proven approaches.
I have been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1995. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1988. My graduate work was completed at Indiana State University where I received the Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in 1994. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Veterans Administration (VA) Knoxville, then pursued and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Geropsychology (including neuropsychology and palliative care) at the VA the following year. I joined Iowa Methodist/UnityPoint Health Systems in 1995 and remained employed there for over 26 years. From July 2021 to May 2022, I worked as an Independent Contracted Psychologist for Sonder Behavioral Health & Wellness in Minnetonka, Minnesota. I am a member of the Iowa Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. Since 1997, I have been listed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and licensed in Iowa as a Health Service Provider.