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Adrian Aswegen, Intern - working toward his LMHC

Adrian Aswegen is a Drake University student completing his internship with Heartland Christian Counseling. He is working toward a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and greatly enjoys helping individuals and groups navigate through their life journey. Adrian believes in a holistic healing process and is very passionate about mindfulness and creating a space where others are able to freely share what is on their heart and mind.

When not working or studying, Adrian enjoys hanging out with his wife, two dogs, and a cat. Adrian greatly enjoys spending time with his church group and will often be seen playing basketball at his local park. Adrian also enjoys iRacing, watching Netflix, and generally being outdoors.

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Abigail Cox, Intern - working towards her LMHC

Abby graduated with her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Evangel University. She is currently a student working to receive her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Christian counseling.  

Understanding mental health to help others through their journey is one reason she choose to be a counselor. Her goal is to integrate her Christian faith along the journey. Her passion is equine therapy and working with younger children. She hopes her clients feel loved and accepted through the love of Jesus. 

She is married and has one child.  She loves to spend time with her family. She enjoys going out and exploring nature with hikes, horseback riding, walks, and photography. She enjoys traveling to different places and exercising.  

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Levi Faas, Intern - working toward his LMFT

Levi is a graduate student at Colorado Christian University completing his internship with Heartland Christian Counseling. He is working toward a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Human Services, with a dual minor in Psychology and Theology from Grand View University in 2019. Prior to joining the staff at Heartland, Levi has worked in a variety of roles including bus driver, worship pastor, electrical technician, and director of campus ministry at Grand View.


Levi is passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families identify the past wounds, destructive habits, and environmental forces which have been obstructing their growth and hindering their relationships. He also believes that healthy relationships and the sense of belonging they engender are key to the healing process. With compassion, curiosity, and care, Levi desires to offer presence and guidance to people as they move toward a life of wholeness and purpose. Levi is eager to work with individuals, couples, and families who may be experiencing a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, grief, trauma recovery, identity exploration, family conflict, communication issues, and questions of faith and meaning.


Levi lives in Des Moines with his spouse, their son, and their two cats. When he’s not working, studying, or parenting he can usually be found hiking, playing his guitar, or enjoying his favorite tv show, The Office. 

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Rachel Smith, Intern - working toward her LMHC

Rachel is a graduate student at Buena Vista University studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She received her Bachelor of Science in Child, Adult, and Family Services from Iowa State University.  


She believes that everyone has a story to tell and hopes to walk alongside children and families as they navigate their own life story. Her Christian beliefs and values set a standard for Rachel to uphold with all her clients. She looks forward to partnering with her clients through their difficulties and equipping them with tools to bring out the best in themselves.  


Rachel is a wife and dog mom. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, and playing games. She enjoys spending time outdoors and building Lego sets. 


Gabrielle Llewellyn, Intern - working toward her LMFT

Gabrielle is a Regent University student completing her internship with Heartland Christian Counseling. She received her Bachelor of Science in Child, Adult, and Family Services from Iowa State University and is working toward a Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling.


Her relationship with God, the ultimate Comforter, has been foundational in her pursuit of a career in counseling. Gabrielle is passionate about individual healing as well as multigenerational family wellness. She desires to speak hope and truth in love to her clients. She looks forward to serving individuals, couples, and families as they navigate challenges such as anxiety, depression, grief, anger, conflict, marital and parenting issues, and unexpected life events.


Gabrielle is married to her high school sweetheart and has one daughter. She exercises her creativity through writing, drawing, and poetry. At any given time, she is reading one non-fiction and one fiction book. She also enjoys traveling with her family and going for walks as the Iowa weather allows.


Hannah McFarland, Intern - working toward her LMHC

Hannah McFarland graduated in 2020 from Crown College, based in Minnesota, with a BA in Psychology. As an intern at Heartland, she is in her 3rd year of graduate school and is projected to graduate in August 2022 with her MA in Counseling through Crown College.


Working in mental health, Hannah’s desire is to walk alongside others and providing support through any walks of life. Hannah strives to integrate her Christian faith in counseling, understanding that the world we live in is imperfect while God is the perfect counselor and healer. She has a special place in her heart for young children, connecting with them and helping them develop tools that they can use now and in the future.


When not working or studying, Hannah is hanging out with her family or chatting with her pet bird, Koopa-Troopa. Hannah also enjoys crocheting anything cozy, and playing the piano for fun or for church. Being a 1st degree black belt in Taekwon-do, she has exhausting fun sharpening her self-defense skills when she finds the time.


Hollee Stover Nelson,Intern - working toward her LMHC

Hollee is a Liberty University non-traditional student interning with Heartland Christian Counseling. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business, with a dual minor in Communications and Biblical Studies from Cedarville University in 1992. After 25 years of parenting, she is working to receive an MA in Clinical Mental Health.


Before returning to school, Hollee has worn many diverse hats that have offered learning and growth opportunities. Those hats included being a single mother, certified nursing assistant, 911 operator, EMT, business owner, janitor, student mentor, photographer, and counseling assistant.


Hollee finds joy and irony in the fact that we are seeds waiting to sprout. The soil of life’s trials can be very dark and heavy and feel at times as those it holds power to bury us. Hollee believes that the deep discomfort of pain can be a potent fertilizer to supercharge exponential growth. She asks, “what in your life is full of chaos and pain right now?” Hollee enjoys adversity tenacity training and welcomes a growing client base teaching others how to thrive and not just survive challenging circumstances. She is excited to build her client base working with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing issues related to navigating stress, grief, loss, divorce, relational trauma, adjustment, career glass ceilings, and displaced homemakers.