Carlos Canales

Psychologist, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA

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Carlos Canales, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA, Psychologist in West Des Moines
(515) 393-2921 Website

Carlos Canales

Psychologist, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA


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Carlos Canales
VIDA PSYCHOTHERAPY
2700 Westown Parkway, Suite 425
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
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I believe therapy is a way to enrich life in general, to enhance the enjoyable, and to understand and move through the painful. I think life is better in supportive company and that is why I am a therapist. I am fascinated with the multilayer complexity of life; in integrating the mind, body, heart, and spirit, as well as the richness of community, relationships, and culture. I enjoy building connections with clients and jointly exploring what brought them to therapy, how their history informs their present situation, and how needs are communicated. In essence, I’m thoughtful about how life is experienced, assimilated, digested and observed. I also value the encounter created in the present moment when two people are invested in making changes towards health.

In addition to being trained as a generalist, I have developed a few emphasis areas. For instance, I am skilled in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and difficulties that emerge from relationships. Furthermore, I am attuned to immigration and acculturation issues. I am interested in issues related to spirituality, religion and living a more integrated, fuller life.

I am fluent in Spanish and I am bicultural. I also make an effort to speak from the core, valuing authenticity and sincerity. In addition to working with individuals, I enjoy working in group therapy and also seeing families and couples.

Cada persona desea su propio progreso. Desea verse fuerte, vivir con eficiencia e integridad y estar en buena conexión con sus seres amados. Desafortunadamente, la vida no viene con un manual de instrucciones y muchas veces no tenemos mentores a nuestro lado para guiar aspectos de nuestro caminar diario. Es más, comúnmente, atravesamos momentos de alto estrés o demanda y nos sentimos desolados, oprimidos, con ansiedad, desconectados, y sin satisfacción. Psicoterapia es un lugar óptimo para reconectarse con uno mimo, crecer, y entender lo que nos pasa en el contexto de nuestras circunstancias. ¡Mi primera oferta es esperanza!

Mi objetivo es establecer una relación cercana y colaboradora contigo, ofreciendo constante compañía y aliento. Cada sesión, por lo general, es una invitación a desarrollar la habilidad de comunicar lo que sientes dentro de ti, de pausarte, conocer tu mundo interior, y de reflexionar sobre tus circunstancias.

Con entendimiento y empatía, vivimos con más seguridad y valentía, no importa que este enfrente. Psicoterapia es una experiencia sagrada, vulnerable, valiente, y de lujo. Nos invita a conversar de los mas íntimo, de como procesamos nuestro dolor, soledad, tristesa, y alegría. Como dijo Freud, terápia una expresión de amor para nosotros mismos.

Qualifications

  • Years in Practice: 21 Years
  • School: Rosemead School of Psychology
  • Year Graduated: 2007
  • License and State: PSY072183 Iowa

Finances

  • Cost per Session: $150 - $160
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
Pay By: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Paypal, Visa
Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Midlands Choice
  • UnitedHealthcare
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Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: Somatic Experiencing Institute / Somatic Exp Practitioner, SEP™
  • Certificate Date: 2018
  • Certificate: American Group Psychotherapy Association / Certified Group Therapist, CGP
  • Certificate Date: 2011

Carlos Canales's Groups

Tuesday Group - Mixed Adults Process

This group is intended for adults interested in building a community of support, acceptance, and collaboration. Members will increase their self-understanding and wellbeing. It is also meant to decrease isolation and loneliness and to help you develop trust, support, and overall life satisfaction.

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Wednesday - Adult Mixed Process

This group is an invitation to explore your life in a supportive and nurturing environment. Members are encouraged to feel, connect, and take ownership of their present dynamics while attending to their relationships towards one another. It also seeks healing from previous wounds in a safe and gradual manner.

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Thursday - Mixed Adult Process

This is an opportunity to know yourself better in relationship with others. You will have a chance to learn how to articulate your internal experience to others and grow in your understanding of your interpersonal life. It also provides an opportunity for healing relational wounds in a safe and supportive environment.

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Location

Carlos Canales
VIDA PSYCHOTHERAPY
2700 Westown Parkway, Suite 425
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Call Dr. Carlos Canales
(515) 393-2921

Nearby Areas

This location is easily accessible from:

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Specialties
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Divorce
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Parenting
  • Self Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma and PTSD
Mental Health
  • Personality Disorders
Sexuality
  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Hispanic and Latino
I also speak: Spanish and Spanish
Faith: Christian
Age
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
Communities
  • Gay Allied
  • Lesbian Allied

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Existential
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Gestalt
  • Interpersonal
Modality
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group

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Professional Connections

Carlos is very insightful and skillful in working with couples. I appreciate his awareness towards cultural diversity issues that come into therapy. I highly recommend Carlos.
Dr. Sara Ruebelt, PhD, LMFT, LPC
Dr. Sara Ruebelt, PhD, LMFT, LPC
Marriage & Family Therapist

Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019
Carlos Canales, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA, Psychologist in West Des Moines

Carlos Canales

Psychologist, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA