Who We Are

The foundation of Reverence Counseling Services (RCS) is reverence. By that, we mean a deep respect for someone or something. That someone is you. That someone is also every member of our group.

Our team is built in the spirit of collaboration, and that is how we show up at RCS. That spirit is evident in how we sit in relationships with our clients, with our co-workers and with those in the community. We are a team of professionals that understands the value each person brings with them.

We have deep respect for each client’s story. You are the expert regarding your own life experiences, and we call on that expertise to individualize and tailor therapy to your exact needs.

We welcome you to come and experience the reverent and collaborative culture that makes up Reverence Counseling Services.

Jodi Merritt

MA, LPC-MH, LAC, QMHP, NCC

Helping people accept and express themselves is the most important part of my job. I sit with people in their pain and their shame. We all have brokenness, which makes each of us special. I get the privilege of sitting with people, hearing their story and earning their trust. Collaboratively, we integrate the different pieces of who they are so they can feel whole. That’s what I love.

I work with adolescents through adults on issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, life transitions, and more.

I spent a decade in the addiction field before becoming a mental health therapist. I have worked with adolescents in outpatient addiction programming, conducted substance use evaluations and have also worked with adults in a pain management clinic setting. I presently see people individually to address the concerns they bring to therapy. I also work with therapists in a supervisory role.

I am a Sioux Falls native and have strong ties to the community and to community resources. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health, Licensed Addiction Counselor, Qualified Mental Health Professional, National Certified Counselor and a South Dakota approved supervisor. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota in Psychology and Alcohol and Drug Studies. I also received my master’s degree from USD in Counseling & Psychology in Education, with an emphasis in clinical mental health counseling.

I am founder, owner and clinical director of Reverence Counseling Services. I am proud of the team we have created to work with you.

Jordan Brockhoff

MSW, CSW-PIP, ACT, QMHP

Many clients come to therapy with a fear that they will be judged and misunderstood. I believe in the social work value of upholding the dignity and worth of my clients. I have learned to balance the dialectics of validation and change; it is essential that a client feels both validated and challenged. I believe that all people are doing the best that they can and they can do better. My vocation in life is to help people to find their own life worth living. 

I am originally from the Minneapolis area and got my BSW at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. After graduating, I participated in Teach for America and taught for six years in three states. During my last teaching job, I realized that my true passion was still social work. I got my MSW at the University of South Dakota. Since graduating, I have worked at a community mental health center for two years and in private practice for one year. I am a Licensed Certified Social Worker (CSW), Addiction Counselor Trainee (ACT), and Qualified Mental Health Provider (QMHP).

I have experience in working with adolescents and adults with a wide variety of concerns, including: emotion regulation, suicidal ideation, self-harm behaviors, anxiety, and depression. I work with individuals, couples, and families. I am trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and lead groups at Reverence Counseling for this therapy.

Lacey Leichtnam

MA, LPC-MH, LAC, QMHP, NCC

Helping people feel seen, heard, and accepted is the most important part of my work.  I am proud to be a member of the Reverence team and believe in their mission of meeting each client where they are at and honoring the pain and suffering that has brought each client into my office.  Reverence’s grace-based approach means being seen, cared for, and accepted despite our pain and brokenness.  I believe that through grace, incredible transformation is possible, as I have experienced that in my own life.

I am a native of South Dakota, having grown up in Vermillion, SD.  I completed my bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2014 and master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2017, both from the University of South Dakota.

I began my career in residential treatment working with adolescents and adults suffering with a combination of addiction and mental health disorders.  I work from an Adlerian perspective with a systems integration. I also often incorporate DBT skills in sessions.  I enjoy working with adults and adolescents and see people with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, relationship issues, addiction, and those struggling with life transitions.  I also facilitate DBT skills training group therapy.

I am currently licensed as a licensed professional counselor of mental health (LPC-MH) and licensed addiction counselor (LAC), with a certification as a national certified counselor (NCC) and an endorsement from the South Dakota Department of Human Services as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP).

Find connection and support in walking through your struggles at Reverence Counseling Services.

Crosby Skipper

MS, LPC-MH, RPT, QMHP, NCC

My goal in therapy is to make people feel seen, heard, and understood. By creating a safe, non-judgmental environment for my clients, I lay the foundation for a trusting therapeutic relationship to form. This foundation allows for positive change to happen. I have always been passionate about helping others achieve their goals, and help them get to where they want to be in life. Life is unpredictable and we all go through struggles and experiences that shape us in to who we are. Sometimes we need a little support to help us heal and grow through life’s challenges.

After receiving my Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at South Dakota State University, I gained experience providing therapy for children and adults in a community mental health center for four years and in private practice for six months. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health (LPC-MH), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Registered Play Therapist (RPT), and a  Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) in the state of South Dakota.  I utilize child-centered play therapy techniques and Theraplay® techniques to help children who struggle with anxiety, depression, attachment, trauma and behavioral challenges. I have completed the level one Theraplay® training which is an attachment-based therapy that works with repairing the caregiver/child relationship with a focus on nurturance, structure, challenge and engagement skills.

I am trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy to work with adolescents and adults in individual and group therapy. I lead DBT groups at Reverence Counseling. Issues I have experience in working with adults include trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, self-harm behaviors, relationship and occupational stressors, and emotion regulation.  I believe that meeting people with grace and acceptance allows for beautiful change to happen. I am honored to be a part of Reverence Counseling Services doing what I love most, helping people heal and create their life worth living.

For more information about play therapy and Theraplay® see below: 

Association for Play Therapy: https://www.a4pt.org

Theraplay® Institute: https://theraplay.org

Natausha Deurmier

MSW, CSW, CAC, QMHP

It takes courage to initiate the healing process. It can feel intimidating and like stepping into unknown territory at times.  It is my goal to make this process less intimidating and more predictable by creating a therapeutic alliance to assist in developing meaningful goals. I believe that connection is key and healthy support is the catalyst to the healing process. I am inspired by the growth of my clients and the work that they do. Therapy can sometimes be messy, uncomfortable, and challenging but therapy can also be cleansing, calming, and liberating. Being able to walk alongside clients during this process is truly the most amazing part of my work.

I am a Licensed Certified Social Worker (CSW), a Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC), and a Qualified Mental Health Provider (QMHP).

I primarily grew up around the Brookings, SD area. I received my bachelor’s degree in Addiction Studies at the University of South Dakota, then went on to obtain my master’s degree in social work at the University of South Dakota. I have experience working in various settings such as adolescent inpatient and adult outpatient agencies, both in mental health and addiction.

I work with both adults and adolescents regarding a wide array of concerns or issues such as depression, anxiety, codependency and relationship issues, substance use or addiction, past childhood trauma, and life transitions. I also have experience working with individuals who have physical or intellectual disabilities. I would be honored to be a part of your healing process.

Jordan Craig

LPC-Supervisee, NCC

Life can be complicated and challenging, but no individual needs to conquer these battles alone. When faced with challenges, it is our tendency to ignore and avoid looking introspectively to identify the root cause. This could be due to negative past experiences, judgements, or simply the fear of facing the issue head on. My passion is standing with you in the midst of these challenges while showing grace through an accepting and safe environment. Whether it is difficulties in everyday life, relationships, worries about the future, or a past traumatic experience, I will stand with you. I am very passionate, and I consider it a privilege to sit with you and provide support and compassion while also providing the tools to accomplish your goals.

My approach is based on facilitating an environment that meets you where you’re at because no two individuals are the same. I accommodate the session to meet your needs by being authentic, genuine, and benevolent. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, family conflict, personality disorders, adolescent issues, and life transitions.

I began my career in 2018 as an inpatient counselor at a psychiatric residential treatment facility working with adolescents with extensive trauma, substance use disorders, and complex family conflict. This experience was a turning point in my life and the beginning of my passion for counseling. I also have experience in the community mental health setting working with children, adolescents, and adults with histories of trauma and a large range of mental health issues. I completed and obtained my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2022, and I am currently in the pursuit of licensure and under supervision.

Katelyn Hackett

Office Manager

The Reverence mission of respect and value for everyone’s experience is just as true when you walk through the front door as it is in session with a counselor. The interaction with people from all walks of life is the most fulfilling part of my job.

I was born and raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa, but have always felt a deep connection to the Sioux Falls area and officially started calling it home in the summer of 2018.

I started my work experience here in the non-profit sector which cultivated my passion for the service industry.

I have my Associates degree in Business Administration and am currently obtaining my Bachelors in Human Resource Management. With my five years of clerical experience and my degree to be conferred in Spring of 2025, I am equipped with the skills needed to best serve you, the client, in your journey at Reverence Counseling.

Jacey Kulm

Front Desk Receptionist

As one of the first faces people see when they walk through our doors, my goal is to foster a space of openness and acceptance. Being born and raised in Sioux Falls, I am passionate to help those in our community. I am naturally drawn to the service of others and am pursuing my degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Dakota.