About the Center

The Center for Interpersonal Effectiveness (CIE) is an association of independent practitioners who provide mental health assessment and psychotherapy services designed to increase effectiveness among individuals and systems. We provide mental health services to all of Des Moines and surrounding communities with offices located in Ankeny, Altoona, and Newton.  We want to thank you for taking the time to view the website and consider the independent clinicians at the Center for Interpersonal Effectiveness for the mental health treatment or substance abuse evaluation needs you may have.  We are proud of our association of highly skilled, sensitive and respectful clinicians and support personnel and do not take lightly your faith in our services.  It is our commitment to do all we can to help you reach your potential and gain greater satisfaction, happiness, and effectiveness in your life.

Jim Thorpe, Psy.D.
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Dr. Jim Thorpe is an Iowa licensed psychologist and health services provider with diverse clinical and administrative experience within the Behavioral Healthcare industry. He obtained his Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in addictions and Master degree in Counseling Psychology at Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. In addition he received a Masters degree in Sport Psychology from Florida State University. His theoretical orientation is within the cognitive-behavioral paradigm. Dr. Thorpe’s clinical focus is upon the mood and anxiety spectrum disorders with adult populations and he works with individuals to establish healthy and effective lifestyles. In addition to his clinical work he is licensed by the Iowa Department of Public Health to conduct substance abuse evaluations and OWI evaluations and he teaches the court ordered Children in the Middle parenting program in Ankeny, Altoona, Johnston and Newton each month. Dr. Thorpe is a member of the American Psychological Association, Iowa Psychological Association and serves as board president of the Iowa Psychological Foundation.

Phyllis Eddy, MA, LMHC, NCC
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Phyllis Eddy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She incorporates several therapy modalities in her clinical practice with children, youth and adults. Her treatment approaches include cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy and solution focused therapy. Mrs. Eddy has designed a therapeutic play therapy room at the Center for Interpersonal Effectiveness to effectively address the unique treatment needs of children. She received a Masters degree in Counseling from Seton Hall University and has worked in Employee Assistance and Community Mental Health settings for many years and has been in private practice for the past 4 years. Mrs. Eddy is a National Board Certified Counselor and a member of both the American Mental Health Counseling Association and Iowa Mental Health Counseling Association.

Lori Eisbrener, MA LMHC
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Lori Eisbrener, MA LMHC is an Iowa Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She utilizes a family centered approach that includes cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, parenting skill development and play therapy.  She works with children, adolescents and adults with a clinical focus on mood and behavior related disorders with the specialty interest of infant mental health.  Mrs. Eisbrener earned her Masters degree from the University of Northern Iowa and has worked in the behavioral health field for 17 years.  She is a member of both the American Mental Health Counseling Association and the Iowa Mental Health Counseling Association. 

Susan Price Saylor, LISW
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Susan Price Saylor is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) who earned her Bachelors degree in Science majoring in Social Work from Iowa State University in 1991 and her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa in 1995.  She has been an LISW since 1997 working with people of all ages in a variety of settings.  She uses a number of modalities in her practice but primarily focuses on Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

Lisa Walton, LISW
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Lisa Walton is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) in the state of Iowa.  Lisa has a wealth of experience working with both children and adults.  She uses a variety of treatment modalities, such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.  Lisa also uses play therapy techniques when working with children.  Lisa’s specialties include depression, anxiety, ADHD, adjustment issues, as well as family and relationship issues.  She strives to guide and support her clients to obtain their goals.  Lisa earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology from Central College in Pella, Iowa and then went on to earn her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa. Lisa is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).