Dr. Richard Stapleton

Walden University

Contact Details

Walden University
1153 Langenberg Ave.
Iowa City, IA
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I am a core faculty member at Walden University.  A majority of my 14 years of clinical experience was spent working with children and adolescents.  I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Iowa and I'm in private practice in Iowa City.  I also maintain my LPCC in the state of Minnesota, and I am a National Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and a Board Certified Tele-Mental Health Provider.    

I have a passion for helping other professionals practice self-care.  My research was on finding correlations between coping styles and secondary trauma.  In addition to seeing youth, I also work with professionals experiencing impostor syndrome and compassion fatigue. 

I'm a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC), Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ), and Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). I also serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling.  I am currently serving as the President of the ACA of Iowa.   

Issues Treated:
Anxiety Disorders
Impostor Syndrome
Secondary Trauma (Trauma professionals experience working with traumatized individuals)
Bariatric Surgery Evaluations
Bariatric Counseling


Argosy University
Denver, Colorado, United States
Ed.D., 2012
Counselor Education and Supervision
2006 To 2012
Dissertation: Coping styles and secondary traumatic stress in direct care staff working in residential treatment centers.
Advisor: April Young, Ph.D., LPC

Professional Associations

ACA of Iowa
2018 - Present

Counselors for Social Justice
2018 - Present

Association of Children and Adolescent Counseling
2016 - Present

Association of Counselor Education and Supervision
2016 - Present

Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association
2015 - Present

American Counseling Association
2008 - Present

Job History

Shanthi Wellness, LLC
Iowa City, IA, United States
August 2018 - present

Walden University
Core Faculty
August 2016 - present

Behavioral Health Clinical Team Lead
Coralville, IA, United States
November 2017 - January 2019

Optimae Life Services
October 2012 - September 2017

Excelsior Youth Center
Team and Treatment Coordinator
January 2008 - October 2012

Argosy University - Denver
Adjunct Faculty
August 2011 - July 2012

University of Phoenix
Adjunct Faculty
September 2009 - February 2011

Excelsior Youth Center
Treatment Coordinator
June 2005 - December 2008

Excelsior Youth Center
Group Living Counselor
September 2001 - June 2005

Arapahoe County Residential Center
Coordinator of the Women's Recovery Academy/Case Manager
March 1999 - September 2001