Therapists in Des Moines, IA

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Photo of Katie Gaffey, LMSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Katie Gaffey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50312
Welcome! I am currently accepting new clients ages 15+. I enjoy working with people from various backgrounds and understand the importance of every individual being comfortable and feeling safe in our space. Together, we will develop a unique plan best suited to your needs. My goal is to help provide you support as you navigate day to day challenges.
Welcome! I am currently accepting new clients ages 15+. I enjoy working with people from various backgrounds and understand the importance of every individual being comfortable and feeling safe in our space. Together, we will develop a unique plan best suited to your needs. My goal is to help provide you support as you navigate day to day challenges.
(515) 298-8914 View (515) 298-8914
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Kelly LaMotte
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50312
Not accepting new clients
As a Licensed Mental Health Therapist, it is my focus to provide compassion, a safe therapeutic environment, and potential for creating clearer pathways for clients to grow and heal. I support teens (12+) and adults with depression and anxiety/panic disorders as well as traits of grief/loss, eating disorders, difficulties with communicating emotions, low self-esteem, and coping with relationship, family, and work stressors.
As a Licensed Mental Health Therapist, it is my focus to provide compassion, a safe therapeutic environment, and potential for creating clearer pathways for clients to grow and heal. I support teens (12+) and adults with depression and anxiety/panic disorders as well as traits of grief/loss, eating disorders, difficulties with communicating emotions, low self-esteem, and coping with relationship, family, and work stressors.
(515) 461-7892 View (515) 461-7892
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Tammera Bibbins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50309
For the past 20 years I have worked with children and families who have been faced with traumas in their lives. I am passionate about helping people move past the difficulties that life has thrown in their paths and move toward living the fullest that life has to offer.
For the past 20 years I have worked with children and families who have been faced with traumas in their lives. I am passionate about helping people move past the difficulties that life has thrown in their paths and move toward living the fullest that life has to offer.
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Heather Reid
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50312
Not accepting new clients
UNFORTUNATELY, I AM NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS AT THIS TIME. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with eighteen years of experience who enjoys working with individuals of all ages. My goal is to provide a calm and accepting environment that allows all individuals to feel safe exploring and finding solutions to the issues they face in their lives. My primary areas of specialty are children, adolescents, chronic illness and family concerns. I am also passionate about working with individuals who identify as LGBTQ and/or non-binary.
UNFORTUNATELY, I AM NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS AT THIS TIME. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with eighteen years of experience who enjoys working with individuals of all ages. My goal is to provide a calm and accepting environment that allows all individuals to feel safe exploring and finding solutions to the issues they face in their lives. My primary areas of specialty are children, adolescents, chronic illness and family concerns. I am also passionate about working with individuals who identify as LGBTQ and/or non-binary.
(515) 316-6031 View (515) 316-6031
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Jen Sand
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50312  (Online Only)
I believe therapy is a way to develop a secure connection that can be rare in everyday life. Developing this connection allows one a space to express authentically what may have been hidden or not heard. Within the safety of this space, real change can begin to occur. So often we believe that it is by applying willpower to an issue that we can instigate change, and are left feeling defeated in the end. In therapy, we get the chance to take these moments of defeat and transform them. We can reorganize, reorient, gain hope, and live more satisfying lives.
I believe therapy is a way to develop a secure connection that can be rare in everyday life. Developing this connection allows one a space to express authentically what may have been hidden or not heard. Within the safety of this space, real change can begin to occur. So often we believe that it is by applying willpower to an issue that we can instigate change, and are left feeling defeated in the end. In therapy, we get the chance to take these moments of defeat and transform them. We can reorganize, reorient, gain hope, and live more satisfying lives.
(515) 532-5047 View (515) 532-5047
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Hilary Johnson
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50309
Immediate appointments availiable. My name is Hilary Johnson and I am a licensed Mental Health Therapist (LMHC). Making the decision to come to therapy is not an easy one whether it is for you or your child. I am here to help by providing a safe, compassionate, and judgement free space. As a client centered therapist my goal is to focus on you and what you need out of therapy. I specialize in children (age 10 and up), teens, and young adults who have experienced trauma in their life. I also specialize in the LGBTQIA population, as an identified therapist.
Immediate appointments availiable. My name is Hilary Johnson and I am a licensed Mental Health Therapist (LMHC). Making the decision to come to therapy is not an easy one whether it is for you or your child. I am here to help by providing a safe, compassionate, and judgement free space. As a client centered therapist my goal is to focus on you and what you need out of therapy. I specialize in children (age 10 and up), teens, and young adults who have experienced trauma in their life. I also specialize in the LGBTQIA population, as an identified therapist.
(515) 375-5576 View (515) 375-5576
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Emily Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50312
Not accepting new clients
My wish is to help you find peace of mind and balance in your life. My approach is compassionate and engaging. My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, stress management, perfectionism, and self-criticism. We can work together to resolve relationship issues with your loved ones, manage problems you may be facing at work, or navigate through any challenges life happens to bring you.
My wish is to help you find peace of mind and balance in your life. My approach is compassionate and engaging. My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, stress management, perfectionism, and self-criticism. We can work together to resolve relationship issues with your loved ones, manage problems you may be facing at work, or navigate through any challenges life happens to bring you.
(515) 393-2806 View (515) 393-2806
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Rena Olsen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50309
Not accepting new clients
I am passionate about coming alongside individuals, families, and couples from all walks of life to work through difficult feelings and life situations. I believe that clients are the experts on themselves, and approaches therapy as a learner and a partner. I strive to work with clients to help them gain new insights and skills to resolve concerns and instill hope for the future. I am willing to work as hard as my clients to help them achieve whatever goals they set for themselves and believe that a positive relationship between therapist and client is key to reaching those goals successfully.
I am passionate about coming alongside individuals, families, and couples from all walks of life to work through difficult feelings and life situations. I believe that clients are the experts on themselves, and approaches therapy as a learner and a partner. I strive to work with clients to help them gain new insights and skills to resolve concerns and instill hope for the future. I am willing to work as hard as my clients to help them achieve whatever goals they set for themselves and believe that a positive relationship between therapist and client is key to reaching those goals successfully.
(515) 454-1319 View (515) 454-1319
Photo of Megan Hoxhalli, LISW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Megan Hoxhalli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50312
Not accepting new clients
Hi, I'm Megan, an experienced therapist who works with teenagers and adults. I'm here to help you work through trauma, cope with anxiety and depression, and move towards living the life you want. I believe that every person deserves a safe and comfortable place to talk through stress, share their fears, and receive nonjudgmental support.
Hi, I'm Megan, an experienced therapist who works with teenagers and adults. I'm here to help you work through trauma, cope with anxiety and depression, and move towards living the life you want. I believe that every person deserves a safe and comfortable place to talk through stress, share their fears, and receive nonjudgmental support.
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Photo of Alex Jennetten, tLMHC, tCDAC, Counselor
Alex Jennetten
Counselor, tLMHC, tCDAC
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50312
Working with mamas on their unique journeys to and through motherhood is what I'm here for. While we use the term mama, we are an LGBQTIA+ affirming clinic and welcome ALL who are on a parenting journey.
Working with mamas on their unique journeys to and through motherhood is what I'm here for. While we use the term mama, we are an LGBQTIA+ affirming clinic and welcome ALL who are on a parenting journey.
(515) 882-5499 View (515) 882-5499
Photo of Antonia L Valadez, LISW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Antonia L Valadez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50309
Not accepting new clients
Sometimes we know that certain things in our lives need to change and we may not know where to start or how to make progress toward our goals. Therapy can help individuals examine where they are, what they are struggling with, and help them create a plan to begin making changes in their lives and/or in their relationships. Trauma, anxiety, or stressful life events can make things feel overwhelming but finding a therapist you can connect with is the first step. Petunia, my 20 lb. mixed breed dog (DOB 7/4/21) is training to be a therapy dog. She is present during sessions but I can put her in her kennel if you prefer.
Sometimes we know that certain things in our lives need to change and we may not know where to start or how to make progress toward our goals. Therapy can help individuals examine where they are, what they are struggling with, and help them create a plan to begin making changes in their lives and/or in their relationships. Trauma, anxiety, or stressful life events can make things feel overwhelming but finding a therapist you can connect with is the first step. Petunia, my 20 lb. mixed breed dog (DOB 7/4/21) is training to be a therapy dog. She is present during sessions but I can put her in her kennel if you prefer.
(515) 220-2729 View (515) 220-2729
Photo of Hannah Vestal, LMHC, Counselor
Hannah Vestal
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50309  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Hannah and I appreciate you taking the time to find the right therapist for you. I often work with individuals who have experienced a major loss/change or are navigating instability in their mood and/or relationships and would like to feel lighter and more in control. Across our lifespan we develop ways of thinking and behaving that are self-protecting; but as we get older these same ways of thinking and behaving might become barriers to us leading the lives we want to live. I treat adolescents and adults with issues related to grief/loss, mood disorders, borderline personality disorder, relationships, and trauma.
Hi, my name is Hannah and I appreciate you taking the time to find the right therapist for you. I often work with individuals who have experienced a major loss/change or are navigating instability in their mood and/or relationships and would like to feel lighter and more in control. Across our lifespan we develop ways of thinking and behaving that are self-protecting; but as we get older these same ways of thinking and behaving might become barriers to us leading the lives we want to live. I treat adolescents and adults with issues related to grief/loss, mood disorders, borderline personality disorder, relationships, and trauma.
(515) 293-5856 View (515) 293-5856
Photo of Vincent Kelly, MS, CRC, LMHC, EMDR CT, Counselor
Vincent Kelly
Counselor, MS, CRC, LMHC, EMDR CT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50310
Not accepting new clients
Congratulations on taking the first step to healing. At times life can be very challenging and keep us from becoming the person we see ourself becoming/being. Those challenges can come in many forms. They can be social, emotional, physical, financial or spiritual. I offer an environment that is peaceful and free of judgement. I am an exceptional listener with 17 yrs of experience working with individuals and families involved in the Child Welfare and Judicial Systems. I provide individual, family and couples counseling. You don't have to feel alone, I am here to take the journey with you!
Congratulations on taking the first step to healing. At times life can be very challenging and keep us from becoming the person we see ourself becoming/being. Those challenges can come in many forms. They can be social, emotional, physical, financial or spiritual. I offer an environment that is peaceful and free of judgement. I am an exceptional listener with 17 yrs of experience working with individuals and families involved in the Child Welfare and Judicial Systems. I provide individual, family and couples counseling. You don't have to feel alone, I am here to take the journey with you!
(515) 361-3265 View (515) 361-3265
Photo of Michael State, MA, LMHC, Counselor
Michael State
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50316
Connection is the basis of healing. My style in therapy focuses on creating a non-judgmental and genuine environment by implementing support and encouragement throughout the therapeutic process. Through this, trust begins to be built and the work can begin. I want to help you in developing a compassionate view and more secure sense of self. I am experienced with working with individuals who are experiencing mental health challenges and trauma. I am currently working with individuals in young to late adulthood.
Connection is the basis of healing. My style in therapy focuses on creating a non-judgmental and genuine environment by implementing support and encouragement throughout the therapeutic process. Through this, trust begins to be built and the work can begin. I want to help you in developing a compassionate view and more secure sense of self. I am experienced with working with individuals who are experiencing mental health challenges and trauma. I am currently working with individuals in young to late adulthood.
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Photo of Tony J Raymer, LISW, RPT-S, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Tony J Raymer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW, RPT-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50313
Not accepting new clients
Not currently accepting new clients at this time. I am happy to help you connect with others. Is it difficult to feel close to your child because of defiance, emotional outbursts, or behavioral struggles? Have you tried therapy before, but the therapist didn’t seem to understand you? My approach to counseling for adults and play therapy for children is nonjudgmental, supportive, and often fun. I believe interacting with the world through joy and humor lets us build healing connections with others. I have 11 years of experience helping families of kids ages 2-12 with skill building to become confident, peaceful, and connected.
Not currently accepting new clients at this time. I am happy to help you connect with others. Is it difficult to feel close to your child because of defiance, emotional outbursts, or behavioral struggles? Have you tried therapy before, but the therapist didn’t seem to understand you? My approach to counseling for adults and play therapy for children is nonjudgmental, supportive, and often fun. I believe interacting with the world through joy and humor lets us build healing connections with others. I have 11 years of experience helping families of kids ages 2-12 with skill building to become confident, peaceful, and connected.
(515) 303-2026 View (515) 303-2026
Photo of Jamie Allen, MS, LMHC, CADC, Counselor
Jamie Allen
Counselor, MS, LMHC, CADC
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50313
Today you are one step closer to achieving your goals and beginning a positive path toward growth and well-being. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work to better understand and resolve challenges in life. Applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will begin to change long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions holding you back from a more fulfilling and meaningful life.If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or ready to move in a new direction in life, I look forward to assisting you to achieve.
Today you are one step closer to achieving your goals and beginning a positive path toward growth and well-being. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work to better understand and resolve challenges in life. Applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will begin to change long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions holding you back from a more fulfilling and meaningful life.If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or ready to move in a new direction in life, I look forward to assisting you to achieve.
(515) 500-5880 View (515) 500-5880
Photo of Celine E Miller, LMSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Celine E Miller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50313
Not accepting new clients
Life can throw us curve balls and I am here to help you through these challenges. I am currently accepting new clients. My work is to support individuals and families facing challenges that stem from mental health, trauma history and overall life challenges. I believe in partnering with you to offer individualized services that serve to enhance overall mental health, resilience, and wellbeing. I specialize in working with individuals and families to gain coping skills that will help aid in overcoming past trauma and mental illness. My approach is non-judgmental, playful, educational and supportive.
Life can throw us curve balls and I am here to help you through these challenges. I am currently accepting new clients. My work is to support individuals and families facing challenges that stem from mental health, trauma history and overall life challenges. I believe in partnering with you to offer individualized services that serve to enhance overall mental health, resilience, and wellbeing. I specialize in working with individuals and families to gain coping skills that will help aid in overcoming past trauma and mental illness. My approach is non-judgmental, playful, educational and supportive.
(515) 884-7961 View (515) 884-7961
Photo of Ben Lehl, MS, LMHC, Counselor
Ben Lehl
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50312
Ben is a kind and energetic Licensed Mental Health Counselor! He believes kindness, care and compassion are the foundations for successful therapy. He also feels honest, direct and authentic teamwork adds to positive outcomes. Ben is an EMDR-trained provider who specializes in trauma work, relationship issues, emotional or mood problems including anxiety and depression. He spent several years working in a public/community mental health environment and believes care belongs to every person, and there can be room for laughter and joy in it as well! Ben is a lifelong musician and loves the rock n' roll.
Ben is a kind and energetic Licensed Mental Health Counselor! He believes kindness, care and compassion are the foundations for successful therapy. He also feels honest, direct and authentic teamwork adds to positive outcomes. Ben is an EMDR-trained provider who specializes in trauma work, relationship issues, emotional or mood problems including anxiety and depression. He spent several years working in a public/community mental health environment and believes care belongs to every person, and there can be room for laughter and joy in it as well! Ben is a lifelong musician and loves the rock n' roll.
(515) 972-9484 View (515) 972-9484
Photo of Katherine Donahue, LISW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Katherine Donahue
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50312
Not accepting new clients
Finding a good fit in a therapist is important. If you feel comfortable and at ease in the therapist’s presence, feel understood and affirmed, even “click” interpersonally on some level, you’re building a good foundation for getting what you want out of counseling. By nature, my personality style is welcoming, genuine and straightforward, calming, and supportive. I see the strengths in people and provide a compassionate, affirming presence. I think hope and humor are critically important aspects of therapy and in life.
Finding a good fit in a therapist is important. If you feel comfortable and at ease in the therapist’s presence, feel understood and affirmed, even “click” interpersonally on some level, you’re building a good foundation for getting what you want out of counseling. By nature, my personality style is welcoming, genuine and straightforward, calming, and supportive. I see the strengths in people and provide a compassionate, affirming presence. I think hope and humor are critically important aspects of therapy and in life.
(319) 670-2127 View (319) 670-2127
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Diamond Ruth
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50309
Hello! My name is Diamond Ruth (she/her) and I am a Licensed Master of Social Work. I believe one of the bravest things you can do is begin to understand your own story. It is unique and has helped shape and influence how you perceive and respond to the world around you, and sometimes everything isn't always positive. Understanding how past and potential traumas can influence the present, as well as help give you the power to promote positive change is the goal. I believe in the dignity, power, and potential of human beings and make it my personal and professional mission to help clients recognize this power within themselves.
Hello! My name is Diamond Ruth (she/her) and I am a Licensed Master of Social Work. I believe one of the bravest things you can do is begin to understand your own story. It is unique and has helped shape and influence how you perceive and respond to the world around you, and sometimes everything isn't always positive. Understanding how past and potential traumas can influence the present, as well as help give you the power to promote positive change is the goal. I believe in the dignity, power, and potential of human beings and make it my personal and professional mission to help clients recognize this power within themselves.
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Number of Therapists in Des Moines, IA

400+

Average cost per session

$155

Therapists in Des Moines, IA who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
91% Depression
81% Relationship Issues
80% Self Esteem
76% Trauma and PTSD
76% Stress
71% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Wellmark BCBS
52% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Des Moines, IA see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Des Moines?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.