Mental Health AssociatesMission & VIsion

Vision Statement

  • To provide quality care for our patients.
  • To treat each patient with dignity, respect, kindness and courtesy.
  • To serve our community through preventive services and education.
  • To have a smoothly functioning practice, where the staff and practitioners work together in a spirit of harmony and cooperation.
  • To have a practice that recognizes its responsibilities to its employees and understands that the work of the office is most productively and efficiently done in an environment of mutually understood guidelines.

The mission of Mental Health Associates is to provide the highest quality mental health services, with a commitment to each individual at any stage of their life, and to provide research-based therapeutic services by highly trained and independently licensed professionals.

Serving Siouxland Since 1998

Since 1998 Mental Health Associates has been dedicated providing excellence through patient care. We focus on delivering the best and most practical solution for all sorts of conditions. We treat a variety of age groups. From Just two-years old to geriatric mental health and conditions, we are equipped to provide you the tools and strategies to a better mental health state of mind.

Reasons Clients Continue to Choose Mental Health & Associates

Lois Holmes, LISW is a certified Grief and Bereavement counselor.


Jessica Luitjohan, PsyD is the only Pediatric Psychologist in the area.


Susanna Shell-Phillips, LISW is certified in Clinical Hypnosis


Denise Marandola, PhD has over 20 years experience providing therapy and Psychological testing services.


Scott Cox, ,LISW has over 20 years experience with specialization in relationship problems and effectively communicating with others.

Mental Health AssociatesStaff

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Denise Marandola, Ph.D

Dr. Denise Marandola is a Clinical Psychologist who received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Morningside College. Master’s Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Dakota.

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Jessica Luitjohan, Psy.D., HSPP

Dr. Jessica Luitjohan received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Indiana State University in 2005. She then completed a two-year fellowship, specializing in pediatric health psychology, through Michigan State University.

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Susanna Shell-Phillips, MSW, LISW, CADC

Susanna earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Omaha. She is a licensed independent social worker and certified alcohol and drug counselor in the State of Iowa.

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Scott Cox, LISW

Scott D. Cox, LISW has been practicing as a mental health therapist since graduating with a Master’s of Social Work degree in 1999 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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Lois Holmes, LISW

Lois Holmes, LISW has over 15 years of experience working with individuals, families and within the community. She is a Certified Resolve Through Sharing Counselor and Coordinator.

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Jeanne Mathey & Tammy Rusch

Our excellent office staff that makes your appointments, and helps keep everything running smoothly for you and our providers.