Kayla has worked in the mental health field since 2016. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Drake University in 2016 and received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Drake University in 2019. Following graduation, she worked as a Milieu Treatment Counselor and PMIC therapist at Orchard Place Campus. Kayla is currently the Director for the Student Counseling Center at Drake University. She is trained in EMDR Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and specializes in trauma informed practices, especially as it relates to LGBTQ+ and BIPOC experiences. Kayla is passionate about utilizing a systemic approach to enhancing mental health services for counselors to better serve underrepresented groups and people from marginalized communities, in addition to continuing to support and advocate for continued learning and growth for Iowa mental health counselors. In her free time, Kayla enjoys dancing, singing, playing basketball, lifting weights, and baking.

Past President

Courtney Ackerson studied forensic psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and graduated with her masters degree in 2010. Being a big fan of Iowa, and particularly Des Moines, she moved back after graduation. She has since worked for Orchard Place as a PMIC therapist, supervisor of community based services, and outpatient therapist.  Currently she is working for Telligen as a quality improvement specialist for home- and community-based services. She enjoys volunteering, community development, traveling and being creative in her free time. Courtney has served at Treasurer, President Elect, and President and has been involved in IMHCA since 2015.

President Elect


Kristten graduated from Iowa State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. She went on to graduate from Drake University in 2003 with a Master’s in Education in Community Counseling. She has been providing mental health and substance abuse services since 2000, working in a variety of settings and roles. Kristten is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). In 2008 she founded Creative Counseling Services in Ames, IA where she provides substance abuse and mental health services.


Public Policy Chair

Lynn received her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and minor in Philosophy from Iowa State University in 2015. She is currently a graduate student at Drake University major in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track. She worked with autistic children at Balance Autism and currently working at House of Mercy as a residential counselor providing mental health services to women in recovery. Lynn is extremely passionate in advocating and promoting mental health services to the minorities. She is excited to work as a Public Policy Chair on IMHCA board to support and advocate for mental health services. In her free time, she likes to read, baking, travels, do origami, and crafting.

Public Policy Co-Chair

Membership Chair

Emma Hendricks completed her undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience from St. Ambrose University. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Iowa in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track. She is passionate about promoting wellness for individuals in any circumstance and advocating for the needs of others. Emma is eager to bring her passions for serving others and student perspective to the IMCHA board.

Networking and Communications Chair

Erin received her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, with a concentration in providing psychological services for Spanish speaking populations. From there she worked several years in Texas as a therapist providing therapy for families with children, working with chronic pain patients in an interdisciplinary setting, administering neuropsychological assessments, and ultimately as the Lead Clinician in a foster care program that provided care for unaccompanied minors from Mexico and Central America. Erin then worked in a private practice setting in Wisconsin before moving to Iowa, where she now sees clients at Mosaic Family Counseling Center. Erin also teaches Abnormal and Developmental Psychology at DMACC and has taught Multicultural Psychology with an emphasis on Latino clients as an adjunct instructor at Drake University. Erin recently coauthored her first published academic article, where she provided a behavioral health perspective for pharmacists preparing to practice in Latin America. Erin is excited to work as a Member-At-Large on IMHCA board to support and advocate for current and future LMHCs in Iowa.

Conference Committee Chair

Rebecca received bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Biochemistry from the University of Northern Iowa in 2008. She completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Drake University in 2014 and has been providing outpatient therapy services with New Beginnings Counseling Service since. Building upon a passion to continue to learn and develop therapeutic skills for her clients, Rebecca became certified in EMDR in 2017 and a Registered Play Therapist in 2019. She is trained in AutPlay, TheraPlay, and DDP. Rebecca began providing supervision in 2019 with the goal to help future counselors in developing their own areas of expertise and continuing to pursue professional development. Rebecca is excited to expand and share her love for professional development in her role as Conference Committee Chair.