Professional background       



Catalyst Counseling, P.L.C.
600 Fifth St.  Suite 302
Ames, Iowa 50010



Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, August 1990

Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology, September 1988


DUKE UNIVERSITY, Durham, North Carolina

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, May 1985

Magna Cum Laude


LICENSE:  State of Iowa, No. 661  (since 1991)




Woman of Achievement Award–Professional Category,  YWCA of Ames-ISU, 2004

          Honorary Lavender Graduate, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Student               Services, ISU, 2002

Award for Outstanding Service to Trio Programs,  ISU, 1998

Certificate of Recognition, Student Affairs Human Relations Committee, ISU, 1997

Who's Who of American Women, 1992

Graduate School Leadership Award, The Ohio State University, 1989

University Fellowship, The Ohio State University, 1985 to 1986

Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, 1985

Rotary International Exchange Scholarship to Sweden, 1980 to 1981




Private Practice Psychologist.  Catalyst Counseling, P.L.C., Ames, Iowa, January 2005 to present.

     Individual psychotherapy for adults and adolescents and couples and group psychotherapy for adults.  Clinical specialties: trauma, eating disorders, career counseling, gender and multicultural issues, pain.


Intern Training Coordinator.  Student Counseling Service, Iowa State University, June 2004 to December 2004. 

     Coordinate an APA approved pre-doctoral internship with three interns. Chair training committee.  Provide individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, consultation, crisis intervention, and training.  Supervise trainee and staff clinical work.


Training Director.  Student Counseling Service, Iowa State University, January 2002 to March 2004.

     Coordinate practicum program and an APA approved pre-doctoral internship with four interns and then three interns.  Facilitate intern case conference.  Chair training committee.  Provide individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, consultation, crisis intervention, and training.  Supervise trainee and staff clinical work. 


Practicum Training Coordinator.  Student Counseling Service, Iowa State University, July 1999 to December 2001. 

     Provide individual, couples, and group psychotherapy.  Coordinate beginning and advanced practicum student counselors.  Teach practicum class.  Co-teach intern supervision of supervision seminar.  Supervise trainee and staff clinical work.  Conduct outreach and train staff and trainees on various topics.  Serve on training committee.  Train student facilitators to conduct workshops on diversity and enhancing inter-racial communication.  Liaison to various offices and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Chaired search committee for assistant director for clinical services. 


Staff Psychologist and Career Exploration Coordinator.  Student Counseling Service, Iowa State University, August 1990 to May 1998

     Provided individual, couples, and group psychotherapy.  Determined policies and resource usage for career development services.  Supervised graduate assistant, interns, and practicum students.  Conducted outreach and trained staff and trainees on career and various topics.  Liaison with Career Services Council, YWCA, Student Affairs, and athletic services.  Public speaking at rape, coming out day rallies and local television programs.  Served on clinical policy, training, education, and diversity committees.  Chaired search committee for staff psychologists twice.  Developed and administered program to train student facilitators to conduct workshops on diversity and enhancing inter-racial communication with peer education coordinator.


Disaster Counselor (Mental Health Technician). Red Cross, Ames and Des Moines, Iowa,  July to August 1993.

     Received training and provided crisis counseling to flood survivors and Red Cross volunteers.  Recruited and coordinated counselors to provide direct services.  Granted media interviews and served on a television panel. 


Psychology Intern.  Counseling and Mental Health Center, The University of Texas at Austin, August 1989 to July 1990.  Paid full-time.  APA Approved Internship.

     Provided individual and couples short-term and long-term psychotherapy.  Co-lead women's therapy, Hispanic women's support, lesbian support, and long term coed therapy groups.  Supervised an advanced practicum student 2 hours weekly.  Participated in eating disorders treatment team. 


Career Counselor.  Career Services, Colleges of the Arts and Sciences, The Ohio State University, September 1988 to June 1989.  Paid half-time.

     Provided individual career counseling to students in eleven social sciences majors.  Facilitated workshops on career exploration, resume writing, employment correspondence, interviewing, and job search skills.





Iowa State University

     Career Awareness Through Self-Assessment

     Enhancing Communication Between Black and White Women

     Exploring White Identity Development

     Body Image and Eating Disorders

     Reducing the Odds of Sexual Assault (for women)

     Sexual Consent and the Believable Yes (for men)

     Creating Your Dating Checklist

     Self-Esteem: Character and Integrity

     Relationship and Coming Out Issues for Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Bisexual





Organizational Trainer and Consultant.  Ames, IA.  January 2001 to January 2002.

Provided training and facilitation on conflict for staff in two non-profit organizations.  Conducted individual assessments with staff to provide intervention plan.  Provided advice to directors and board of directors.  Facilitated board meetings related to staff performance issues.  Conducted small group team building sessions. 




Practicum Instructor.  Psychology Department, Iowa State University, Fall 1992, Spring 1993 & 1994, Fall 1999, 2000, & 2001.

     Created syllabus and co-taught graduate students in counseling psychology about case conceptualization, case management, psychotherapy technique, and agency policies and procedures.  Received Adjunct Assistant Professor status Fall 1994.


Graduate Teaching Associate.  Psychology Department, The Ohio State University, Columbus, August 1986 to June 1988.  Taught a total of 200 students.

     Taught "The Psychology of Academic and Personal Effectiveness". Wrote and delivered lectures, facilitated group discussion, constructed tests, and evaluated student performance.


Guest Lecturer.

Iowa State University

     Career Theory into Practice

     Multi-Cultural Issues in Psychotherapy

Social Class Issues in Psychotherapy

     Overcoming Internal and External Barriers to Achievement for Women in the


     Multi-cultural Issues for Mediation: Center for Creative Justice, Ames, Iowa

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames

     Toward Greater Worker Justice

     Helping: the Original Ethical Dilemma

     E-Motion: Energy for Motion

     Coping with Disaster

     The Power of Self-Determination and Connection

     Being a Welcoming Congregation

     Jewish Perspectives on Guilt and Redemption

Our Whole Lives: Sexuality education for 7th and 8th graders – one semester

Psychology Department, Ohio University, Zainesville, February 1988.

     Co-taught 2 undergraduate lectures on gender roles.





Zilber, S.M. (2012). Social class and classism in the helping professions: Research, theory and practice. (Book Review). Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 18, 317-318.

Zilber, S.M. (2012, July)  Social Class Issues Awareness.  6 hour adult training, 2 hour high school student training, and one documentary viewing with discussion at Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly, Potosi, MO. 


Zilber, S.M. (2012, May)  Balancing your stress snapshot. Keynote speaker for Story County Go Red for Women Luncheon, American Heart Association, Ames, IA.  


Stark-Rose, R. M., Lokken, J. M., Norton, M., & Zilber, S. (2011). Bridging the gap. In M. Pope, J. Pangelinan, & A. Coker (Eds.), Experiential Activities for Teaching Multicultural Counseling Classes and Infusing Cultural Diversity into Core Classes. American Counseling Association.


Zilber, S.M. (2005, April) EMDR: Targeted treatment for troubled times. Iowa Psychological Association Spring Conference, Ames, IA.


Zilber, S.M. (2004, October) Exploring social class issues in counseling.  Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies Conference, Atlantic Beach, FL.


Zilber, S.M. (2004, October)  Letters of Recommendation Issues.  Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies Conference, Atlantic Beach, FL.


Zilber, S. M. (2003, March)  Living your values at wartime.  Panelist for university wide “The War on Iraq: A Community Conversation”, Iowa State University.


Zilber, S.M.  (2002, November)  Avoiding the doom loop:  Team improvement through strategic career development.  Iowa Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration Fall Conference, Ames, IA. 


Zilber, S.M. (2002, June)  The Laramie Project:  A Community response to hate crime

based on sexual orientation.  Ames and Gilbert Communities, Ames High School, IA.  


Zilber, S.M.  (2002, February)  The believable yes: Sexual consent programming for men.  Cultivating Campus Communities – Big Ten Counseling Centers Conference, Iowa City, IA. 


Zilber, S.M.  (2002, January)  Avoiding the doom loop:  Team improvement through strategic career development.  Iowa Association of County Conservation Board Employees Winterfest Conference, Waterloo, IA. 


Zilber, S.M. (2001, September)  Coping and Compassion after the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.  Panelist addressing 4000 Iowa State staff and students at memorial service and also radio broadcast, Ames, IA. 


Zilber, S.M., & Douglas, L.  (2000, October)  Sexual consent programming for college men.  Iowa Student Personnel Association, Des Moines, IA. 


Zilber, S. M. & Jackson, R.  (2000, March)  The joys and concerns of biracial and multiethnic identities.  Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity, Ames, IA. 


Zilber, S. M. (2000)  Leona Tyler.  In Encyclopedia of Psychology, Washington D.C.:       APA Books & Oxford University Press.


Zilber, S.M. (1998, April).  Avoiding the doom loop: Strategic staff career development.  Big 12 Counseling Centers annual conference, Ames, IA. 


Zilber, S.M. & Harbin, J.J.  (1998, January).  Diversity awareness for therapy.  Staff training for Mental Health Services, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Knoxville, IA


Zilber, S.M. & Spreda, S. (1997, October).  Promoting girls to promote themselves in science and engineering. The Road Less Traveled Statewide conference offered by program for women in science and engineering.  Ames, IA.


Zilber, S. M.  (1997, October) The kaleidoscope: Reflecting on our differences.  Keynote presentation.  Iowa Society for Healthcare Human Resource Administration Fall Conference, Ames, Iowa.


Zilber, S. M. & Poole, A. (1997, August)  Cultures and communication: Impact on police work. (two 4 hour sessions).       Ames Police Department, Ames, Iowa.


Zilber, S. M. & Munoz, E. (1996, October)  Black, white and beyond: enhancing inter-racial communication.  The Faces and Voices of Iowa Conference, Des Moines, Iowa.


Zilber, S. M. (1995) Therapy for emotionally abused women.  A book review of M. T. Loring's Emotional Abuse.  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 19, 588-589.


Johnson, D. C., Zilber, S. M., and Osipow, S. H. (1995, April).  Training students to have higher occupational self-efficacy.  Poster session presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association annual meeting.


Zilber, S. M. (1995)  It wasn't your fault:  How rape victims can stop blaming themselves.  Womenews.  ISU Women's Center Newsletter, Spring, 4-5.


Zilber, S.M. (1994, May)  Making the transition from trainee to professional.  The Ohio State Counseling Psychology Reunion Conference, Columbus, Ohio.


Zilber, S.M. (1994, April)  Helping children cope with disaster.  Risky Business: Being a kid today, Youth and Shelter Services Annual Conference, Ames, Iowa.


Zilber, S.M. (1993, September)  Enhancing control while reducing blame.  Stop Rape on Campus Conference, Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Ames, Iowa.


Dawson-Threat, J. & Zilber, S. M. (1993, March) "Feminism: Black and White Perspectives" A program for Ames/ISU YWCA.


Enhancing Communication Between Black and White Women. 

Zilber, S. M. and Davis, S., (1991, November).  The Way Up IX, Des Moines, Iowa.

Zilber, S. M. and McKinney, K. (1991, April).  YWCA sponsored program at Iowa State.

Zilber, S. M., McKinney, K., and Constantine, M., (1992, March).  The American College Personnel Association, San Francisco, California.

Zilber, S.M. and Constantine, M. (1993, March).  Pre-conference workshop, The ACPA, Kansas City, Missouri

Zilber, S. M., Pollard, D. and Boyd, R. (1991, November).  Diversity Among Women; Empowerment Through Identity Development, Way Up IX, Des Moines, Iowa.


Zilber, S. M. (1991).  Pointing the Way:  New Directions for Career Research.  A book review of R. A. Young and W. A. Borgen (Eds.)  Methodological Approaches to the Study of Career.  Contemporary Psychology, 36 710-711.


Zilber, S. M. (1990).  Doctoral Dissertation:  Attributions as mediators of the relationship between midterm grade and academic and course requirements self-efficacy.  Conducted under the advisement of Samuel H. Osipow, Nancy E. Betz, and Donald Dell.


Zilber, S. M. & Osipow, S. H. (1990).  Biography on Leona E. Tyler,  In A. O'Connell & N. F. Russo (Eds.), Women in Psychology, Greenwood Press.


Zilber, S. M. & Serling, D. (1990, August).  Creating a student advocacy committee to address research training issues.   In D. Pilon (Chair), Research in psychology: Making the most of it.  Symposium conducted at the American Psychological Association annual convention, Boston, MA.


Zilber, S. M. (1988, August).  The Effects of Attributional Styles, Sex, and Task Performance on Task and Career Self-efficacy Expectations.  In K. M. Taylor (Chair), Recent applications of self-efficacy theory to career behaviors.  Symposium conducted at the APA annual convention.  Based on master's thesis. 


Zilber, S. M. & Lent, R. (1988, May).  Graduate student involvement in Division 17.  Presentation and discussion at Great Lakes Regional Conference of Division 17, The Ohio State University, Columbus.


Zilber, S. M. (1987).  A professional odyssey:  One graduate student's journey through the APA convention.  Student Affiliate Group of Division 17 Newsletter, 10, Number 3.


Research Assistant.  The Talent Identification Program, Duke University, June 1984 to August 1984.  For Drs. R. Sawyer and G. Kimble.  Social support systems of academically gifted adolescents.




Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames.   Sunday Services Chair, 1991-1993,  Pledge Drive Chair, Spring 1994, Ministerial Search Committee, 1994-1995, Committee on Ministry and Publicity Chair, 1995-1998, 5th grade teacher 2000-2001, Director of Religious Education Relations Committee, 2001-2003, Capital Campaign Canvass Visits Coordinator, 2003.  Religious Education teacher – 5th graders, 2-4 graders, preschoolers, middle schoolers.  Coming of Age Mentor 2004.  Religious Education Chair, 2007-2008, 2008-2009 COA Fundraising Coordinator- $20,000 raised, 2010 Our Whole Lives Facilitator- youth sexuality education program, Interim Minister Search Committee 2010.


Neighborhood Organizer, August 2009 to May 2010.  Planned two events to address tension between homeowners and renters after crime increase in the neighborhood.  Sept 20 event had 46 adults, May 15 event had 117 kids and adults.  Assisted in the second event by the Strengthening Neighborhoods Action Group of United Ames.  


Newsletter Editor.  Iowa Psychological Association.  December 2004 to May 2008.  Solicit, write, and edit submissions for quarterly professional newsletter, circulation 260.  


Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies Standing Committee on Diversity,  Diversity Scholarship co-chair.  Solicited nominations, selected, and introduced two professionals of color presenting at ACCTA conference October 2004.


Fundraising Committee Member.  Beyond Welfare, Ames, IA.  March 2001 to July 2002


Art Committee Member.  Student Services Building, ISU.  October 2000 to September 2002.

Commission artist to develop outdoor sculpture.  Raised $1850 in private donations.


Board Member.  Children's Museum of Central Iowa, Ames, IA.  November 1999 to March 2000

Met weekly to develop new museum encouraging interactive learning.  Co-chaired financial development.


Proposal Reviewer.  APA Division 35 Psychology of Women, for APA Convention 1993 & 1994.


Board Member.  Center for Personal Development, Ames, IA, July 1993 to October 1995.

     Met monthly to provide guidance to residential treatment center for adults.  Participated in restructuring the services to a shorter term model.  Participated in deciding to close the center while still capable of meeting fiscal responsibilities.



Search Committee Member for Women's Center Director.  Iowa State,  February 1993 to May 1993.


Co-founder and Facilitator.  Research Training Committee.  January 1988 to August 1989.

     This student committee developed recommendations and programs to enhance the research training environment within the counseling psychology program.  Presented on establishing this group at APA 1990.  Met biweekly using consensus process.  Conducted research on student perceptions and presented data and recommendations to the faculty.


Participant:  Working conference, in the identity task group: The 3rd National Conference for Counseling Psychology.  Division 17, APA.  Atlanta, April 1987.


Inmate Support Volunteer.  Man to Man, Woman to Woman:  United Way, the Ohio Reformatory for Women, Marysville, Ohio.  November 1987 to August 1989.

     Monthly visits and ongoing correspondence with 38 year-old African-American woman until her release.




Foundations of Diversity Training.  Lee Gardenswartz. Ph.D. and Joy Hawkins.  Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication.  Portland, Oregon.  July 16-18, 1997.


The Gestalt Approach to "Resistance".  Phillip Belzunce, Ph.D., Lalei Guiterrez, Ph.D., Daniel E. Jones, Ph.D., Lynne Kweder, LSW.  Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Ohio.  June 12 & 13, 1998: 14 hours.


Drawing and Writing for Personal Transformation.  Lucia Cappacchione, Ph.D., A.T.R.  Ursuline College, Cleveland, Ohio.  June 19 & 20, 1998: 10 hours. 


Advanced Training in Cognitive Therapy.  Barbara Fleming, Ph.D. and James Pretzer, Ph.D., Behavioral Health Associates, Cleveland, Ohio.  September 1998– June 1999.  70 hours.  Received Certification July 1999.


Iowa Mental Health and the Law.  Alfredo Alvarez, J.D.  Des Moines, IA, April 28, 2000


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Level 1 Training.  Kay Werk, LISW.  EMDR Institute, Overland Park, KS.  July 7-9, 2000: 17 hours.


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Level 2 Training.  William Zangwill, Ph.D.  EMDR Institute, Milwaukee, WI.  May 18-20, 2001: 17 hours.


APA Training Site Reviewer Training.  Committee on Accreditation.  ACCTA Conference, Santa Fe, NM. October 9, 2002. 


Psychopharmacology for the Therapist.  John Preston, Ph.D.  New England Education Institute, Santa Fe, NM.  October 11-13, 2002: 15 hours. 


Integrating EMDR into the Treatment of Panic, Phobia, and OCD.  Marcia Whisman LCSW. Avila University, sponsor.  March 12-13, 2004: 13 hours


Trauma, Attachment and the Body.  Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. Crime and Effect: Improving Victim Services multistate conference.  Dubuque, IA.  September 17, 2004: 6 hours


Legal Issues in Behavioral Health in Iowa.  Heather Campbell & Christine Cownie.  Des Moines, IA.  September 28, 2004: 6 hours.  


Empirically Based Practice in Psychology.  Carol Goodheart, Ph.D.  Iowa Psychological Association Conference. Ames, IA.  April 9, 2005.  6 hours


Legal and Ethical Risk Management in Professional Psychological Practice.  Jeffrey Younggren, Ph.D.  American Psychological Association Insurance Trust.  Cedar Rapids, IA  June 11, 2005.  6 hours


The Power of Mind-Body Medicine.  Mark Weisberg, Ph.D.  Iowa Psychological Association.  Grinnell College, IA.  October 21, 2005.  6 hours


Intermediate Training in Clinical Hypnosis.  Michael Yapko, Ph.D.  St. Olaf College.  Northfield, MN.  January 19-21, 2006.  20 hours


Art Therapy and Anxiety: Healing Through Imagery.  Pamela Hayes, MFT, LMHC, ATR-BC.  Cross Country Education.  Des Moines, IA.  January 24, 2007,  7 hours


Minding the Body: Somatic Interventions for Enhancing EMDR Effectiveness.  Janina Fisher, Ph.D.  Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.  Kansas City, MO.  March 16-17, 2007.  12 hours. 


Treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorders.  Deb Carnine, LISW, Ames, IA.  February 16, May 11, June 1, 2007 .  9 hours


Bodily Harm: Strategies for Treating Those Who Self-Injure.  Wendy Lader, Ph.D.  Iowa Psychological Association Spring Conference, Amana, IA.  April 27, 2007.  6 hours. 


Mindfulness: Practical Application for You and Your Clients.  Thomas Roberts,  LCSW, PESI,  Des Moines IA.  August 8, 2007.  6 hours.


Ethics for Psychologists and the APA Ethics Code.  Stephen Behnke, J.D., Ph.D.  Iowa Psychological Association.  Ames, IA.  October 12, 2007.  6 hours


The MMPI-2-RF, MCMI-III, MBMD, M-PACI and MACI in Clinical Use.  Yossef Ben-Porat, Ph.D., Stephen Strack, Ph.D., and Robert Tringone, Ph.D.  Iowa Psychological Association Spring Conference, Des Moines, IA, April 18 & 19, 2008.  12.5 hours


Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Grades 7-12.  Jane Detwiler, UUFA OWL coordinator, and Ben Theil.  Des Moines, IA.  August 15 and 16, 2008, 13 hours. 


Affect Regulation, Attachment and Trauma.  Pat Ogden, Ph.D.  Des Moines, IA.  October 30, 2008.  6 hours. 


Insatiable Hungers: Eating Disorders, Chemical Dependency, and Depression in Women.  Adrienne Ressler, LMSW,CEDS.  Overland Park, KS.  December 5, 2008, 6 hours.


Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Training for the Treatment of Trauma. Celia Grand LCSW, BCD and Joe Gillan MA, Kansas City, MO, 5 weekends,  May through November 2009. Level 1 training completed with 80 hours.


Reprocessing Early Trauma and Neglect in Implicit Memory with EMDR.  Katie O’Shea M.S. LMHC,  St Louis Park, MN  March 6 & 7, 2010.  13.5 hours.


Assessing and Managing Risk in Psychological Practice.  American Psychological Association Insurance Trust.  March 16, 2010.  8 hours


In the Shadows of the Net: What Clinicians should know about Online Sex.  David Delmonico Ph.D. and Elizabeth Griffin, M.A. LNFT.  Iowa Psychological Association, Perry Iowa.  October 10, 2010.  6 hours


Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Development, Attachment and Trauma Training.  Joe Gillan, MA and Celia Grand LCSW, Kansas City, MO,  10 weekends, September 2010 through November 2011.  160 hours currently completed. 


Adventures on the Electronic Frontier:  Ethics and Risk Management in the Digital Era.  Eric A. Harris,  E.D., J.D., Des Moines, IA.  American Psychological Association Insurance Trust.  June 4, 2011.  6 hours


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome and Related Conditions.  Valerie Gaus, Ph.D.  Iowa Psychological Association.  April 20, 2012.  6 hours


Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Skill Building for Level III Certification.  Christina Dickinson.  Kansas City, MO.  August 18, 2012.  6.5 hours


Heart and Soul of Change.  Barry Duncan, Psy.D.  Iowa Psychological Association.  Des Moines, IA.  5 hours


Understanding the Gut Brain: Stress, Appetite, Digestion, and Mood.  Merrily Kuhn, R.N., Ph.D..  Institute for Brain Potential.  Des Moines, IA.  May 3, 2013  6 hours. 


Revolutionizing Diagnoses and Treatment Using the DSM-5.  Robert Bogenberger, Ph.D.  Des Moines, IA,  PESI. May 9, 2013.  6 hours






The American Psychological Association

     Divisions of Counseling Psychology (17) and Psychology of Women (35)

The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (51)

Iowa Psychological Association

EMDRIA  International Association

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)

9to5, National Association of Working Women







Last revision: July 16, 2013

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