My name is Jean Holthaus and I am a licensed clinical social worker and have been practicing for sixteen years. I work with individuals, couples, and families. I have a BA in elementary education and have taught every grade K-8, although primarily I taught junior high math and science.
I received my MSW from the University of Iowa and have done extensive training around integrating faith and therapy--including the training to be a Commission Pastor through the RCA. I have also received training from Cloud and Townsend (boundaries), Terry Wardle (spiritual formation and healing), Gary Smalley (relationships), John Briere (healing from trauma) and many others. I believe Christ is the source of all healing and my desire is to be a vessel through which the healing power and love of Christ can flow to touch the lives of those in need.
I grew up in the church and became actively engaged in following Christ as my savior when I was in eighth grade. In my mid-twenties, I experienced a life-altering crisis which exposed my deep woundedness as well as my performance based life and faith. This crisis set into motion a journey to know and live intimately connected to a God who not only saved me, but loves me and wants to be an active part of every aspect of my life.
As I learned to live believing I was loved by God independent of anything I could every say or do, I experienced deep healing in my life and grew in my desire to walk with others on their healing journey. As I listen and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, I have the privilege of walking with people into places of deep wounding and pain in their lives as a vessel of God’s love—love which brings healing and restoration.
As a Christian therapist, I believe biological, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual factors all contribute to the problems people encounter. I believe God also works through each of these avenues to bring healing. I actively integrate faith in every therapy session at the level my clients feel comfortable, but my faith undergirds all I do in therapy. It is a privilege and a blessing to walk with people on their healing journeys.
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Jean can be reached at the Pella Clinic of Pine Rest by calling (641) 628-9599.