Sioux Falls, SD
Address: 400 S Sycamore Ave Ste 105-3, Sioux Falls, SD 57110
Orange City, IA
Address: 400 Central Ave NW Suite 300, Orange City IA 51041

Our Staff

David — Counseling in Sioux Falls, SD
David Nehring
Clinical Director
Degree: Ph.D.

Certification: Licensed Psychologist

Areas of Specialization: Reconciliation, forgiveness and repentance. Psychological integrity and wholeness and its relationship to moral and ethical integrity; Personal integrity; Family and community relationships; Marriage and Family counseling; Counseling with men; Cross-cultural development psychology; Identity and meaning; Masculine psychology, psychology of paternity; Extended family systems; Church functioning and family dynamics, cultural and religious identification.

My view of therapy: My approach is to get to know the client and how she or he understands their struggle, understands him or herself, and how they understand relationships with others. I listen not just to what they say, however, but watch what they do, trying to meet them where they are at. This is especially the case in marriages and families where, despite their love for each other, loved ones deeply misunderstanding one another. I try to help them understand each other better and how to love one another more effectively. Change occurs as clients come to a new understanding of who they are and how their relationships happen.

For clients who are Christian there is an added dimension. For them we explore together what the Word teaches about God, helping them understand how trusting the Lord defines and transforms all relationships. With these clients, it's not just about how they understand themselves, the world, and relationships, but also how they understand the Word, who they are in light of the Word, and, most importantly, Who God Is, really, practically, in life. For the Christian client their relationship with God and how it changes life becomes central to how they understand their problem. Change happens as the client re-experiences and comes to a new understanding of how God shows himself in relationships, in reality, and in life.

Location Served: Mitchell, SD; Sioux Falls, SD
Dale — Counseling in Sioux Falls, SD
Dale Ellens
Church Relations Coordinator
Degrees: M. Div., M.S.

Certification: Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Qualified Mental Health Professional

Purpose: At Bethesda Christian Counselling, we have always sought to come along side pastors and churches to provide an adjunct healing ministry that aids in the further enhancement of grace-based marriages, families, congregations and lives as we, together, advance the Kingdom of God. In keeping with this purpose my work involves regular visits to pastors and church leaders. Bethesda seeks to remain relevant to the needs of pastors and churches as we provide services related to mental health counselling, marriage and family counselling, pastoral education and church health ministries. My role is to listen to what pastors and church leaders are saying concerning their most significant challenges. I share these themes with the staff at Bethesda so that we can always adjust and enhance our services and delivery model in a way this is most advantageous to churches. My purpose is, also, to educate pastors and church leaders on the wide range of services offered to them by Bethesda. As one who has, myself, served as pastor of a church, I understand and appreciate the significant demands faced by pastors, full time ministry staffs, and church leaders. I, also, meet with deacon boards of supporting churches to educate them on the reason Bethesda seeks their annual benevolent financial support. As an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church, I am available to Christian churches of any denomination, located within our service delivery area, to provide regular Sunday preaching and pulpit supply.
William — Counseling in Sioux Falls, SD
Dr. William Fuller
Psychiatrist/Medical Director
Degree: M.D.

Board Certified with the American board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Licensed Psychiatrist

Member: AMA, APA, SDPA

Areas of Specialization: Adult Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychosomatic Disorders, Psychosexual Disorders, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Marital and Family Problems.

View of Therapy: I believe the most effective therapy considers the whole person - physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual.

Locations Served: Orange City, IA; Sioux Falls, SD
Ruth — Counseling in Sioux Falls, SD
Ruth L. Kooiman
Licensed Psychologist
Degree: MS

Certification: Licensed Psychologist

Areas of Specialization: Depression, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Individual Concerns such as: Self-esteem, Grief and Loss Issues, Assertiveness, Individuation, Problem Ownership, Self-responsibility, and Spiritual dilemmas, Relationship Issues including: Communication Skills, Caretaking, Boundary Setting, Sexual Issues, Family and Life Transition Difficulties like: Marital Conflict, Infidelity, Parenting, Stress Management, Women's Issues, Counseling (and Psychoeducation) for Individuals, Couples, Families, and Groups

View of Therapy: I believe that people come to therapy because what they have already tried isn't working and they know they need to try something different. Each client is viewed as a whole person who is made up of social, spiritual, emotional, thinking, and physical parts. People have the potential within themselves to change; however, because of difficulties and issues they have experienced in their lives they are sometimes unable to change in a positive way unassisted. Working together, we discover and use client strengths to address and resolve issues from the past that continue to cause problems or pain in the present. We examine their current ways of thinking, behaving, and feeling. Where needed, we develop, implement, and build upon newer, more appropriate solutions, skills, and strategies for them to use. Emphasis is on building healthy relationships with self and others, and upon making good choices in resolving current and future difficulties using both cognitive-behavioral and rational-emotive approaches.

Locations Served: Luverne, MN and Woodstock, MN
Joseph — Counseling in Sioux Falls, SD
Joseph Richard Goraj
Degree: MSW

Certification: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Areas of Specialization: Individual, Marital, and Family Counseling, Depression, Anxiety, Grief, and Loss Issues, Adolescent Problems, Men's Issues, Trained and Certified in EMDR Therapeutic Intervention, Psycho-educational programs for church, school, business, or civic organizations

View of Therapy: As a fellow traveler in this world, I use a psychodynamic/schema focus approach in assisting couples and individuals work through past/present issues that have prevented them from growing in their key relationships. This is done in a Christian atmosphere of unconditional love, honesty, and mutual accountability.

Locations Served: Sioux Falls, SD
Bill — Counseling in Sioux Falls, SD
Bill Huisken
Degrees: MSW, CSW-PIP

Certification: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Private Independent Practitioner

Areas of Specialization: Individual, Marital, and Family Counseling, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss Issues, Men's Issues, Spiritual Issues, Communication Issues

View of Therapy: I believe that therapy is a joint process between the client and the therapist with the expressed purpose of identifying and alleviating unhealthy beliefs and behaviors. I work with the client's emotions and spirituality as key elements in this therapeutic process.

Locations Served: Orange City, IA; Sioux Falls, SD
Barb — Therapist in Sioux Falls, SD
Barb Roehrich
Degree: M.S. Ed.

Certification: Licensed Professional Counselor

Areas of Specialization: Individual, family, and couples therapy, Counseling with children, adolescents, and adults, Mood disorders, including depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, Family systems, Marital issues, Parent/child issues, Grief and loss, Relationship difficulties, Communication, Boundary setting, Life transitions, Women’s issues, Self-concept issues, Assertiveness, Stress management, Dealing with disabilities, Career/work-related challenges

View of Therapy: As we go through life each person experiences difficulties. These struggles can be painful and may lead to feelings of loss, sadness, anxiety, disruption in relationships, and questions about our identity and purpose. However, if we work through them in healthy, constructive ways, it is through these struggles that growth and restoration can occur. This restoration includes relationships with family and friends, with the community, and, for those of faith, with God. It is my hope that I can walk alongside you as we work together to effectively address challenges you are experiencing, leading to growth and restoration in your life.

I view therapy as a process involving active participation by both the therapist and client and recognition of the client’s strengths. I am honored as people share their stories with me and allow me to be a part of this process as they come to discover who they are in light of God’s plan, develop skills to deal with challenges, grow in faith, and experience greater joy in life.

Locations Served: Sioux Falls and Mitchell, SD
Deon — Counseling in Sioux Falls, SD
Deon Wynia
Degree: MA

Certification: Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Areas of Specialization: Marriage, Sexual Abuse, Men's Issues, Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Addiction, Childhood Behavior and Emotional Problems. Deon also provides educational presentations to church, business, school and civic organizations. Counseling is available for adults, children, adolescents and couples.

View of Therapy: The counseling I provide especially deals with how the Christian faith guides, informs and effects the struggles life brings our way. I believe that our lives are filled with purpose and meaning, that life is more than just a series of random events. If our lives have purpose, then our trials have purpose. And if our trials have purpose then they are not just things to get rid of; instead they somehow fit into a bigger story.

To better understand our struggles (our stories,) we need to consider: how we are created, the nature of the world in which we live, the struggles, pain and dissatisfaction we experience, our misguided attempts to deal with struggles, pain and dissatisfaction, the ultimate answer to our deepest desires, and the path of healing and restoration.

Our lives are being written by God for a purpose. My goal is to support people as they go through their trials, to help them better understand their purpose, and to assist them in living life with greater freedom, joy and faithfulness.

Locations Served: Sioux Center, Spencer and Orange City, IA,
Mandi — Therapist in Sioux Falls, SD
Mandi Dolieslager
Degree: MSW

Certification: Licensed Master Social Worker

Areas of Specialization: Depression, anxiety, marriage, communication issues, relationship issues, sexual abuse, trauma, grief, family systems, boundaries, assertiveness, self-care, self-esteem, self-harm, work-related issues, women's issues, domestic abuse, substance abuse related issues, spiritual concerns, financial stress, aging, and life transitions. Therapy available for: individuals, couples, adolescents and children..

View of Therapy: The purpose of therapy is to join with another person in the process of exploring our sense of self. By increasing our self-awareness, we are able to identify patterns within our surrounding systems and recognize how they affect our functioning. By seeking truth and promoting honesty, we are able to further grasp our identity and reconcile relationships.

Locations Served: Orange City, IA
Stephanie — Therapist in Sioux Falls, SD
Stephanie Adams
Degree: MSW

Certification: Licensed Independent Social Worker

Areas of Specialization: Individual and couples therapy, Mood disorders including Depression, Anxiety and Bi-Polar disorder, Grief/Loss, Trauma both past and present, Family issues, Self-esteem, Self-harm, Singleness, Relationship issues, Communication and Boundary setting, Aging and Life transitions, Spiritual issues.

My View of Therapy: My work as a therapist focuses on establishing therapeutic relationships with clients to help them better navigate life’s challenges. These relationships form through establishing mutual trust, honesty, and accountability. I expect that through counseling, the use of interpersonal techniques, and exploration of family systems and cognitive strategies, clients will learn healthy ways to thrive. Taking the time and energy to explore present and past struggles ultimately leads to healing and peace with yourself and others. It is a privilege to engage with clients as they unpack their own personal stories and find God’s grace and redemption at work.

Locations Served: Orange City and Sheldon Iowa
Brenda — Counseling in Sioux Falls, SD
Brenda—Counseling in Sioux Falls, SD
Brenda Gunderson
Chief Financial Officer & Office Manager, Sioux Falls
The entire staff at Bethesda is committed to their Christian faith as expressed in a variety of denominations. Out of this commitment we view our employment at Bethesda as part of God's creative renewing activity. We consider it our privileged opportunity to serve you. Our office staff are very proficient at helping you access our services, answering any questions you may have, and filing insurance for you. Our staff of professional therapists are clinically trained and fully licensed. Each therapist is most careful to protect your confidentiality. The counseling room can be experienced as a safe haven away from the rigors of the world.
Stacey — Insurance Specialist in Sioux Falls, SD
Stacey Eeten
Insurance Specialist, Privacy Officer, Sioux Falls
Lynae — Office Assistant in Sioux Falls, SD
Lynae Wagenaar
Office Assistant, Orange City