about us

Mikki Stimson


Mikki is passionate about supporting kids and individuals as they discover their path to emotional wellness. She has dedicated her career to treating children, adolescents, and young adults with mental and behavioral health needs, and understands that all of our paths look a little different. Some of our journeys to wellness are filled with winding roads, some with large barriers, and some are hidden deep in the woods. Mikki’s goal is to partner with children, families, and individuals as they walk these paths, because nobody should have to do this work alone.

Mikki has built her life around her passion, both at work and at home. Her career is filled with knowledge gained from years of working in child welfare, to serving children who have experienced trauma, abuse, and neglect, and finally through supporting children and adolescents with more acute mental health care needs requiring higher levels of intervention through outpatient or inpatient hospitalization. At home, Mikki and her wife are raising five amazing and wild boys. Each of their sons has their own distinct strengths, needs, and struggles, whether it be with anxiety, ADHD, trauma, or developmental diagnosis. She has an intimate understanding of the challenges these struggles present, and of the various techniques and therapeutic interventions to support the unique needs of each of her children. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community herself, Mikki is a LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist and has experience working with individuals of all identities, backgrounds, and intersections.

Mikki was born and raised in a small town in Eastern Iowa. She grew up on an acreage outside of town, the oldest of four girls. After high school, Mikki attended Central College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She then went on to pursue her master’s degree in Social Work at St Ambrose University. Mikki is currently a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) in the State of Iowa. In her free time, Mikki enjoys spending time with family, going for bike rides, spending time outdoors, cheering for the Cyclones, and watching all her children’s activities.

Jennifer Stimson


Jennifer is passionate about helping individuals, couples, employees, and companies discover and find comfort in taking a leap to their next desired level. With years of experience in leadership, direct services, conflict resolution, and coaching, Jennifer has gained a wealth of knowledge motivating and inspiring others to claim their vision and create action plans to achieve their goals.

Jennifer and Mikki are parents to five wild and wonderful boys. Their house is never quiet and rarely put together. They work multiple jobs on passion projects to better the world, so since they don’t get to spend enough time together at home, they decided to open a small business together. Trust me, they have weathered the ups and downs of life and understand the importance of communication, respect, a mutual vision, and a plan. To stay sane, Jennifer trains for races and triathlons.

Jennifer runs behavioral health programs at Blank Children’s Hospital. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and her Master’s in Public Administration from Drake University. Jennifer is currently enrolled in the University of Iowa’s Master of Social Work Program with an anticipated graduation date of May 2025. Jennifer and Mikki have spent years working to create a robust mental health foundation for children and young adults in the greater Des Moines area. They founded Cascade Clinical Connections in 2022 to further this vision in exciting ways for both individual/family mental health services and businesses across our community.

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1400 Walnut Street Suite 107
Des Moines, Iowa 50309