Donald M. Kaesser

Psychologist, PhD

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Donald M. Kaesser

Psychologist, PhD

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Donald M. Kaesser,Ph.D., P.C.
3106 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 981-6980
Offers online therapy

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Announcement icon I make my own appointments and collect the co-payments for each therapy session while BCBS pays me the balance of my fee of $180/50 min/hr.

About

I use 35+ years of DIRECT clinical experience to help in addressing issues that have become obstacles in your life and help you meet your goals in the context of an honest, caring, and direct professional relationship. Individuals, couples/relationships, addictions/substance abuse, depression, anxiety, grief, aging, sexuality, and sexual 'orientation' issues, as well as family matters are among the range of aspects of people's lives with which I effectively work. Counseling may be brief/problem-oriented, or extended/depth psychotherapy depending on your needs. I enjoy individuals, couples, and seniors. Psychotherapy is my calling!
I’m APA certified in Drug/Alcohol/addictions with training AND experience in Gestalt, CBT & informed in Brain/Body clinical approaches for our work together. I use an eclectic blend of Existential/Humanistic modalities and continue training/reading/studying in several Interpersonal Neurobiological/brain based psychotherapies (bottom up) ...to help you!
I am a 2022-2023 Fellow at The Integrative Psychiatric Institute (IPI) and a Lifetime Diplomate in Logotherapy as well as a Full Member of The American Academy of Psychotherapists (AAP). I continue to read/'workshop' in Interpersonal Neurobiology (D.Siegel/A.Schore) and Body/Mind Psychotherapy approaches & Trauma/PTSD treatments (Bessel van der Kolk, MD, T
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“Until face-to-face sessions can be resumed in my office I'll continue to 'see' you via Zoom/telehealth technology as it fits clinically. ”

Finances

  • Cost per Session: $180
Pay By: ACH Bank transfer, American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Venmo, Visa, Zelle
Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Blue Cross
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Wellmark BCBS
I bill BC/BS Electronically for each 50 min. session. BC/BS pays me their portion; you pay me your Co-pay Call BC/BS at 800-245-6106 for amt
Email me or call (515) 981-6980 with questions.

Qualifications

  • Years in Practice: 34 Years
  • License: Iowa / 550LP & 166HSP
  • School: Iowa State University, Ph.D. Dissertation: "Process Dimensions in Therapy."
  • Year Graduated: 1988
Therapists can't do this type of work and stay balanced/sane w/o being in their own personal psychotherapy at various times in life as I do!

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: NCCAP Master Addiction Counselor in Substance Use Disorders / Chemical Dependency No.511934
  • Certificate Date: 2013
  • Certificate: APAs College of Professional Psychology in Substance use Disorders / Chemical Dependency No. AD002035
  • Certificate Date: 1993

Donald M. Kaesser's Groups

I fully support 12 Step/recovery groups as

AA, NA, AlaNon, SAA, ACA, are among those 'free' groups that help you get support and connection with other like-minded human beings...who, like ALL of us, have issues to deal with/work on left over from being raised in this culture.

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Location

Donald M. Kaesser,Ph.D., P.C.
3106 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 981-6980
Offers online therapy

Nearby Areas

This location is easily accessible from:

Website
Specialties
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Interpersonal Neurobiologically Informed
Issues
  • Alcohol Use
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career Counseling
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Divorce
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Men's Issues
  • Passionate Marriage Approach/David Schnarch Ph.D.
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Use
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues
Mental Health
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
Sexuality
  • Bisexual
  • LGBTQ+
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Black and African American
I also speak: Internal Family Therapy (IFS) informed and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level 1)
Faith: Buddhist
Age
  • Elders (65+)
  • Adults
Communities
  • Cancer
  • Gay Allied
  • Lesbian Allied
  • Non-Binary Allied
  • Queer Allied
  • Racial Justice Allied
  • Sex Worker Allied
  • Transgender Allied
  • Veterans

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Attachment-based
  • Clinical Supervision and Licensed Supervisors
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Eclectic
  • Existential
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Gestalt
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal
  • Interpersonal Neurobiologically Informed/BrainBase
  • Logotherapy, Relaxation Response (Benson)
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Person-Centered
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Rational Emotive Behavior (REBT)
  • Reality Therapy
  • Relational
  • Somatic
  • Trauma Focused
Modality
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group

Links

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Last Modified: 7 Sep 2022
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Donald M. Kaesser

Psychologist, PhD