Krista M Lindholm, LISW

Krista M Lindholm, LISW 

LISW, Director

Krista is the owner and director of Assessment Services Inc. She has been with the company since its inception in 2005. She attained her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa's school of social work and is a licensed clinical social worker. Krista is a certified EMDR therapist and treats individuals with co-occurring disorders. Krista understands the connection between trauma and addictive/compulsive behaviors. Krista has over 19 years experience in the addiction field and serves as a resource to the legal profession on matters regarding substance use disorders. Krista also served as a voting member of the Iowa Board of Social Work. She specializes in OWI evaluation, counseling, brief intervention, and in assisting agencies in reducing recidivism among alcohol offenders. Krista's passion to serve and her approachable demeanor make her an ideal counseling provider. Krista lives in Des Moines with her husband, three children and her two dogs. Krista is available in the Des Moines area office Monday-Friday by appointment only. Krista is also available to serve as an expert witness on issues related to addiction and the law. Krista also practices as a mental health therapist specializing in the treatment of co-occurring substance use/mental health disorders. She accepts most insurance plans and private-pay arrangements.  She accepts new clients based on availability. Visit for more information. 



University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Masters of Social Work

Summa Cum-Laude

Thesis: Biological Expressions and Bio-social Bases of Sensation Seeking: The relationship between sensation-seeking and engagement


Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Bachelor of Arts Honors in Social Work and Psychology



Phi Alpha Honor Society


Iowa Board of Social Work (past member) 


February 2005 to Present

Assessment Services Inc., Des Moines, IA 


Accomplishment: Co-founded Assessment Services Inc. Provided over 3000 unique substance abuse assessments. 

Responsibilities: Supervises clinical counseling staff, provides three-tiered substance abuse assessment to court-ordered and voluntary clients by screening, evaluating, and diagnosing substance use and substance-induced disorders according to the the DSM-IV-TR.

May 2018-PRESENT


Managing Member 

Accomplishment: Founded group mental health therapy private practice. 

Responsibilities: Responsible for clinical direction of licensed mental health providers, policy and procedure development, licensure and accreditation and administrative duties. 

May, 2004 - October, 2006                           April, 2016- May, 2018

Lifeworks, Inc. 

In-Home Social Worker/Licensed Therapist 

Responsibilities: Provide In-home counseling, supervision and skill-building services to adjudicated families and children in the Des Moines area. Facilitated both group and individual sessions with an emphasis on substance-dependent individuals within the DHS system.

Provided office based individual mental health therapy to community members. 

September, 2002 - May, 2004

House of Mercy

Client Services Coordinator

Responsibilities: Managed all incoming referrals and waiting list. Coordinated admission to programs’ residential levels of care. 

Primary Counselor

Responsibilities: Utilized counseling and therapeutic techniques to provide rehabilitation services and support to substance-dependent women with children. 

Homeless Outreach Primary Counselor

Responsibilities: Provided substance abuse assessment and referral services to homeless men and women in the Des Moines metro at the three main shelters via a contract with Primary Health Care Inc.


Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society - lifetime member


National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 

National Association of Forensic Social Workers (NOFSW) 

Iowa NASW Chapter Member 

National Association for Addiction Professionals 

National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) 


Presenting basic SCRAM data in Court, Denver, CO - May, 2009

SCRAM Field Training, Denver, CO - October, 2009

SCRAM Level 1 Training, Denver, CO - September, 2006

EMDR Therapy 


Iowa Board of Social Work - Licensed Independent Level Social Worker # 06426

State of Iowa Department of Public Health- Assessment Services Inc. Licensed Comprehensive Program (Adult and Juvenile) (3 year)  #1212

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