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Our Team

Lauren Wood, MA, LMFT

Owner, Therapist

Lauren Wood is a Marriage and Family Therapist trained to work with individuals, couples, and families.

Originally from South Carolina, Lauren has been living in Cedar Rapids for nine years. She taught middle school English Language Arts and Social Studies prior to relocating to Iowa. 

Lauren graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mt. Mercy University and is currently working on getting her PhD at Mt. Mercy University. Lauren enjoys volunteering for Mercy Medical Center and the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center. Her favorite volunteer activity is to emcee the Your Skin Is In Prom Fashion Show every January at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, which educates teenagers on the danger of skin cancer from using tanning beds.

Liz Burgin, TLFMT


Liz Burgin is a believer in potential. She has always felt drawn to helping others succeed. In 2021 she graduated with a Masters degree from Mount Mercy University in their Marriage and Family Therapy program. Liz holds a tLMFT license and is available to see people throughout Iowa. Currently she is offering in-person and telehealth sessions. Fascinated by the gray area of our lives, Liz wants to help you examine your identity, your context, and your future.

Outside work Liz spends time with her family and enjoys photography, exploring the bike trails as well as finding food gems of the corridor, all with a coffee in hand. 

Jordan Root-Japenga, TLFMT


Jordan Root-Japenga aspires to help individuals through authentic and meaningful encounters. She believes that every individual possesses the power for personal growth and healing, and enjoys helping them access their desired goals in therapy.

Jordan graduated from Mount Mercy University in 2022 with her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Jordan holds a tLMFT license and is available to see individuals, couples, and families throughout Iowa via telehealth or in-person sessions.

Outside of being a therapist, Jordan enjoys spending time with family, playing with her 93lb. yellow lab, traveling, cooking/baking in the kitchen, and going on tiny adventures with her husband!

Stacy Groom,  TLFMT


Stacy Grooms is a graduate of Mt. Mercy University, having earned her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in August of 2021. Stacy strives to offer a therapeutic environment that is inclusive, safe, and nonjudgmental. Her therapeutic approach incorporates a safe space for processing the most intimate thoughts and feelings, acceptance, and hope.

Stacy is excited to work with couples and families as well as individual adults, teens and children. Particularly couples with fidelity and communication issues. Families in times of turmoil. Individuals with panic disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and/or depression. 

Her  therapeutic approaches include dialectic behavioral therapy, narrative, solution-focused, and mindfulness-based approaches.

Stacy’s personal interests include Girl Scouts Troop Leader, hiking, cycling, reading, and playing board games.

Licensure, Education, and Training

  • Temporary Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, licensed to practice in the state of Iowa
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Nebraska
  • Dialectic Behavioral Therapy Certified

Preferred pronouns: she/hers

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