Sarah Kiani, founder, CEO, therapist
Founder, Director, and Therapist

Sarah Kiani, M.A.

Sarah Kiani is the founder, CEO, and a therapist of Hope Tree Counseling Services. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Iowa and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Minnesota. She is trained in facilitating Equine Assisted Mental Health (EAMH) from the University of Denver’s Institute for Human and Animal Connection.

Sarah works with those with ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and those experiencing difficulty with attachment, parenting, women's issues, and life changes. Sarah has extensive skills in working with young children using Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT)

Sarah specializes in working with people experiencing trauma, grief, and loss. Sarah survived the loss of her child, Yasmine, in 2009. With the aid of therapy, the arts, nature, and horses Sarah has not only survived but has experienced post-traumatic growth. It was with a deep desire to honor her child’s memory that Sarah launched Hope Tree in 2015.

Sarah practices mindfulness, EMDR, person-centered, trauma-informed, narrative, psycho-drama, equine-assisted, nature-assisted, and child-centered play therapies with clients. Sarah believes that lasting positive growth can occur through professional counseling that incorporates creativity, nature, and animals in the healing journey. 

Sarah is passionate about every human's ability to grow and heal. She is committed to offering the possibility of true healing to all who come to Hope Tree. 

Sarah is also the founder of Innisfree Farm and the Enchanted Forest Children’s Theater.

Erika, a therapist at Hope Tree in Hastings.

Erika Fortin, M.A.

Erika Fortin is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW). She has over 13 years of experience working as a social worker supporting the well-being and social justice concerns of individuals, families, and communities. Erika has clinical experience working with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, LGBTQ+ specific needs, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and burnout.  Erika has experience working with children, youth, and adults.

Erika’s therapeutic approach is collaborative, supportive, warm and interactive.  She is experienced in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), emotionally focused, mindfulness based, solution focused and trauma therapies.  Erika believes that everyone is unique with a set of strengths that have helped you to survive and can be leveraged toward living the life you wish to have. 

Erika is passionate about working to help you to heal and live life more fully.  She believes that it takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps toward increased ease and well-being.