Rebekah Burhenn, the new counselor on the Boone campus, brings her experience and alternative techniques to help students grow.
“My goal in life is to assist any persons in need of recovery or growth. I focus on inner strength and self-exploration by providing counseling services,” she said.
Rebekah lives in State Center with her six year old Golden Retriever Lucy. She graduated from Gilbert High School and then attended DMACC. She worked as a dental assistant for ten years prior to switching to the mental health field at Iowa State University. She earned an undergraduate degree in sociology, and at the University of Northern Iowa she completed the program with a master’s degree in social work specializing in trauma-informed care.
Because she had a positive experience at DMACC as student, Rebekah likes working with this age group and relating with students. Rebekah was an intern at the Ankeny campus for a year, and started here in Boone in September. She enjoys learning from people she works with as much as well as people learning from her.
“I have worked with students struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, addictions, trauma, behavioral issues, family conflicts,” she said. Her own experiences created a desire to offer therapy like she experienced. She is confident in what she does today which gives her purpose.
Rebekah’s goals include becoming a full time counselor, getting more involved in the Boone community, and working on herself. She wants to become more informed with mindful techniques and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). When she’s not working on herself or helping students, Rebekah enjoys podcast such as Brain Candy, Trauma Therapy 2.0, Hidden Brain and Ted Talks. She also likes decorating, collecting art, vintage things as well as photography.
To schedule an appointment with Rebekah, contact the front desk. She is available at Boone on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. She is also available at the Hunziker Center in Ames on Wednesdays.
Photo Credit: Micki Lynn Anderson