Ricki (Richelle) Bouska, LMHC
Ricki (Richelle) Bouska
LMHC
Ricki (Richelle) Bouska, LMHC

Ricki (Richelle) Bouska

LMHC
General Information
Online Sessions
Female
White/Caucasian

Bio

Hi! I’m Ricki. I am 45, a daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, friend, and counselor. I have been in the helping profession since 1996, with a BA in psychology and sociology, and a counselor since 2004, with a master’s in mental health counseling from UNI. I have just completed coursework (but have more to do) in my PhD Counselor Education and Supervision program. I am a woman of great faith, a deep love for my family, and an abundance of hope! I truly believe I was called into the counseling ministry. I have a heart for helping and embrace opportunities to come alongside others as they endeavor to move forward in life. I believe in human potential and each person’s inherent worth. I take an empowering, person centered, insight oriented, strengths based approach. I incorporate various methods, including, cognitive behavioral therapy, reality/choice therapy, solution focused focused therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness/contemplative therapy, existential therapy, somatic/body therapy methods, narrative therapy, and creative/experiential therapy. My work is informed by many things, including attachment theory, the companioning model, and trauma/adversity sensitivity. I specialize in grief and loss work. I also enjoy supporting people and their loved ones as they face chronic, life altering, or terminal illness. The retirement phase of life is a burgeoning research interest of mine. In fact, my dissertation is entitled: “The Experience of Psychological Adjustment to Retirement in Biological Parents Estranged from their Adult Children.” I also comfortably address most mental health diagnoses, life transition and adjustment, couple issues, attachment and relationship bonds, trauma and adversity, low self esteem and dis-empowerment, spirituality and existential issues, and more! I challenge my clients to live their best lives. I believe authentic and life changing growth comes from within. I see each person as the expert on him or herself. I work hard for my clients and ask that they do the same!

Areas of Expertise
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Grief
  • Marriage and Relationships
  • Trauma
Additional Specialties
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Attachment & Codependency
  • Chronic Illness & Medical Issues
  • Coping with Life Transitions
  • Depression
  • Family Conflicts
  • Pregnancy & Postpartum
  • Spiritual Struggles
Treatment Approaches
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Faith-Based
  • Psychodynamic & Psychoanalytic

Hi! I’m Ricki. I am 45, a daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, friend, and counselor. I have been in the helping profession since 1996, with a BA in psychology and sociology, and a counselor since 2004, with a master’s in mental health counseling from UNI. I have just completed coursework (but have more to do) in my PhD Counselor Education and Supervision program. I am a woman of great faith, a deep love for my family, and an abundance of hope! I truly believe I was called into the counseling ministry. I have a heart for helping and embrace opportunities to come alongside others as they endeavor to move forward in life. I believe in human potential and each person’s inherent worth. I take an empowering, person centered, insight oriented, strengths based approach. I incorporate various methods, including, cognitive behavioral therapy, reality/choice therapy, solution focused focused therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness/contemplative therapy, existential therapy, somatic/body therapy methods, narrative therapy, and creative/experiential therapy. My work is informed by many things, including attachment theory, the companioning model, and trauma/adversity sensitivity. I specialize in grief and loss work. I also enjoy supporting people and their loved ones as they face chronic, life altering, or terminal illness. The retirement phase of life is a burgeoning research interest of mine. In fact, my dissertation is entitled: “The Experience of Psychological Adjustment to Retirement in Biological Parents Estranged from their Adult Children.” I also comfortably address most mental health diagnoses, life transition and adjustment, couple issues, attachment and relationship bonds, trauma and adversity, low self esteem and dis-empowerment, spirituality and existential issues, and more! I challenge my clients to live their best lives. I believe authentic and life changing growth comes from within. I see each person as the expert on him or herself. I work hard for my clients and ask that they do the same!

Qualifications
License Number: 001037
Type: LMHC
State: Iowa
Experience:
16 years

Languages:
English
  • rickibouska@sacredspacecounselingcenter.org
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