Female Therapists in Arbor Peaks, Des Moines, IA

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Jamie Gilley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
Arbor Peaks, Des Moines, IA 50312
My personality style is welcoming, calm, nonjudgemental but straightforward and funny (maybe mostly to myself!). I believe a positive connection is the foundation to the therapeutic process. Connection facilitates a safe space, builds trust and allows the individual to release troubling thoughts, feelings and trapped emotions in the body. I believe in a mind/body skills approach to healing.
My personality style is welcoming, calm, nonjudgemental but straightforward and funny (maybe mostly to myself!). I believe a positive connection is the foundation to the therapeutic process. Connection facilitates a safe space, builds trust and allows the individual to release troubling thoughts, feelings and trapped emotions in the body. I believe in a mind/body skills approach to healing.
(515) 679-1915 View (515) 679-1915
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Allison Robbins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
Arbor Peaks, Des Moines, IA 50312
Are you going through a major change? Do you remember being happy, but it was long ago? Does the anxiety you feel make you avoid doing the things that you used to enjoy? Change is difficult. Loss can be unbearable. These and so many other life challenges are the reasons why people come to therapy. Let's work together. I will help you unpack the load you are carrying through the use of different therapeutic techniques. Allow yourself to accept the help you deserve.
Are you going through a major change? Do you remember being happy, but it was long ago? Does the anxiety you feel make you avoid doing the things that you used to enjoy? Change is difficult. Loss can be unbearable. These and so many other life challenges are the reasons why people come to therapy. Let's work together. I will help you unpack the load you are carrying through the use of different therapeutic techniques. Allow yourself to accept the help you deserve.
(515) 717-7681 View (515) 717-7681
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Elizabeth Young
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Arbor Peaks, Des Moines, IA 50312
I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapy who enjoys working clients 16 and older. My passion is working with both individuals and couples and helping them navigate life graciously and with self compassion. I view the therapeutic relationship to be compassion filled and client-centered, meeting the client where they are at. I believe in utilizing a strength-based, holistic approach in working with clients, and I focus on relationships for the basis of making change.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapy who enjoys working clients 16 and older. My passion is working with both individuals and couples and helping them navigate life graciously and with self compassion. I view the therapeutic relationship to be compassion filled and client-centered, meeting the client where they are at. I believe in utilizing a strength-based, holistic approach in working with clients, and I focus on relationships for the basis of making change.
(515) 575-4291 View (515) 575-4291
Susan Houts
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified Verified
Arbor Peaks, Des Moines, IA 50312
During my years in practice, I have noticed that many people feel like they are living their lives the way others would like them to live. This can create or contribute to depression, anxiety, and a general feeling of disconnection from oneself. Whether you're dealing with depression, anxiety, childhood or recent trauma, or sexuality issues, my work is dedicated to helping you find your most authentic voice so that you can create the life that you've always wanted to live.
During my years in practice, I have noticed that many people feel like they are living their lives the way others would like them to live. This can create or contribute to depression, anxiety, and a general feeling of disconnection from oneself. Whether you're dealing with depression, anxiety, childhood or recent trauma, or sexuality issues, my work is dedicated to helping you find your most authentic voice so that you can create the life that you've always wanted to live.
(515) 599-3231 View (515) 599-3231
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Jennifer Roberts
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Arbor Peaks, Des Moines, IA 50312
I am currently accepting new clients ages 16+. I enjoy working with people from varied backgrounds. I have experience working with individuals experiencing trauma, grief/loss, PTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction and homelessness. I have been a Medical Social Worker for 12+ years which provides me a unique perspective when working with individuals experiencing crisis and gives me extensive knowledge regarding medical diagnosis/concerns.
I am currently accepting new clients ages 16+. I enjoy working with people from varied backgrounds. I have experience working with individuals experiencing trauma, grief/loss, PTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction and homelessness. I have been a Medical Social Worker for 12+ years which provides me a unique perspective when working with individuals experiencing crisis and gives me extensive knowledge regarding medical diagnosis/concerns.
(515) 852-5105 View (515) 852-5105
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Madeleine Army
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arbor Peaks, Des Moines, IA 50312
Welcome! I'm Madeleine, a Licensed Independent Social Worker with a passion for helping individuals navigate life's challenges and achieve their personal goals. With specialized training in treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anxiety, Depression and other mood-related disorders, I am dedicated to providing a safe, supportive space for you to explore your thoughts and emotions. Additionally, I have extensive experience working with individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, and am committed to offering affirming, inclusive care.
Welcome! I'm Madeleine, a Licensed Independent Social Worker with a passion for helping individuals navigate life's challenges and achieve their personal goals. With specialized training in treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anxiety, Depression and other mood-related disorders, I am dedicated to providing a safe, supportive space for you to explore your thoughts and emotions. Additionally, I have extensive experience working with individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, and am committed to offering affirming, inclusive care.
(515) 329-9087 View (515) 329-9087
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Nicole Stokes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Arbor Peaks, Des Moines, IA 50312
It is important to me that I develop a rapport with each client that I encounter. Every client has different issues that need to be addressed. Clients are involved with identifying goals and a treatment plan to address the specific issues clients are experiencing. Some of the treatment modalities I use are strengths-based approach along with CBT to address negative ways of thinking. It is important for me to hold clients accountable for the decisions they make along with empowering them to be the best version of themselves.
It is important to me that I develop a rapport with each client that I encounter. Every client has different issues that need to be addressed. Clients are involved with identifying goals and a treatment plan to address the specific issues clients are experiencing. Some of the treatment modalities I use are strengths-based approach along with CBT to address negative ways of thinking. It is important for me to hold clients accountable for the decisions they make along with empowering them to be the best version of themselves.
(515) 855-6485 View (515) 855-6485
Susan Helkenn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified Verified
Arbor Peaks, Des Moines, IA 50312
I have had the honor of working with school-age children, teens and adults of all ages. My current clients are typically working on mood disorders (anxiety, depression) or are struggling to adjust to a change in life. I assist parents with parenting concerns and children with school or family worries or challenges. Clients may have questions about their identify, role in life, a job change, or relationships and together we can sort out the details and find a more comfortable way to approach these questions of life.
I have had the honor of working with school-age children, teens and adults of all ages. My current clients are typically working on mood disorders (anxiety, depression) or are struggling to adjust to a change in life. I assist parents with parenting concerns and children with school or family worries or challenges. Clients may have questions about their identify, role in life, a job change, or relationships and together we can sort out the details and find a more comfortable way to approach these questions of life.
(515) 373-4783 x4 View (515) 373-4783 x4
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Kasey Connor
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Arbor Peaks, Des Moines, IA 50312
It takes a lot of courage to seek outside help when you or your family is struggling. If you choose to work with Kasey, the importance of feeling safe and comfortable is understood and is the framework for building trust in the counseling environment. Kasey's hope is that you will feel the support you need to create the changes you would like to see in your life.
It takes a lot of courage to seek outside help when you or your family is struggling. If you choose to work with Kasey, the importance of feeling safe and comfortable is understood and is the framework for building trust in the counseling environment. Kasey's hope is that you will feel the support you need to create the changes you would like to see in your life.
(515) 446-7257 View (515) 446-7257
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Malay Bouaphakeo - The Radical Advocate
Counselor, tLMHC, CPC, ELI-MP
Verified Verified
Arbor Peaks, Des Moines, IA 50312
My belief is if we are disconnected with ourselves, we aren't showing up to this world authentically it is impacting our relationships with others and most importantly, ourselves. We allow ourselves to be defined by our experiences we've had and trauma we've endured, we lose a sense of self, leaving us feeling lost and "broken". So I welcome you to get lost with me because I'll be right there with you when you find your way.
My belief is if we are disconnected with ourselves, we aren't showing up to this world authentically it is impacting our relationships with others and most importantly, ourselves. We allow ourselves to be defined by our experiences we've had and trauma we've endured, we lose a sense of self, leaving us feeling lost and "broken". So I welcome you to get lost with me because I'll be right there with you when you find your way.
(515) 882-5514 View (515) 882-5514
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Tiffany Thomas-Killam
Counselor, tLMHC, MA, EMDR, RYT, CCPT
Verified Verified
Arbor Peaks, Des Moines, IA 50312
Waitlist for new clients
Full until Oct 24'. I work with adolescents, adults and couples. As a former high school educator, I'm passionate about helping adolescents who are experiencing anxiety, stress, and self-esteem issues. I have special interests in working with student athletes, LGBTQ clients, and those in faith transitions. I am also passionate about helping couples reconnect, stop ineffective communication patterns, heal emotional wounds and navigate mismatched values and desires. I use my background as a yoga teacher to incorporate mindfulness and meditation techniques (tantra, metta, spiritual, moving) when these approaches serve the client.
Full until Oct 24'. I work with adolescents, adults and couples. As a former high school educator, I'm passionate about helping adolescents who are experiencing anxiety, stress, and self-esteem issues. I have special interests in working with student athletes, LGBTQ clients, and those in faith transitions. I am also passionate about helping couples reconnect, stop ineffective communication patterns, heal emotional wounds and navigate mismatched values and desires. I use my background as a yoga teacher to incorporate mindfulness and meditation techniques (tantra, metta, spiritual, moving) when these approaches serve the client.
(515) 854-3489 View (515) 854-3489
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Jennifer Haidar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW, MEd
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Arbor Peaks, Des Moines, IA 50312  (Online Only)
I am honored to walk alongside teens, adults and couples as they learn to navigate and find strength and purpose in their own story. I believe therapy is a healing relationship, in which individuals are empowered to use their own gifts and resiliency to heal and grow. I utilize several trauma-informed therapeutic approaches including EMDR, CBT, and IFS. With teens, I enjoy using art and client-centered therapy.
I am honored to walk alongside teens, adults and couples as they learn to navigate and find strength and purpose in their own story. I believe therapy is a healing relationship, in which individuals are empowered to use their own gifts and resiliency to heal and grow. I utilize several trauma-informed therapeutic approaches including EMDR, CBT, and IFS. With teens, I enjoy using art and client-centered therapy.
(515) 206-8307 View (515) 206-8307
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Liz Kist
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Arbor Peaks, Des Moines, IA 50312
Not accepting new clients
Starting counseling can be scary AND courageous! My purpose as a therapist is to support you along the path to making positive changes in your life. It is common to feel stuck sometimes. Counseling offers hope, understanding, and a safe place to talk about hard things.
Starting counseling can be scary AND courageous! My purpose as a therapist is to support you along the path to making positive changes in your life. It is common to feel stuck sometimes. Counseling offers hope, understanding, and a safe place to talk about hard things.
(515) 523-5920 View (515) 523-5920
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Heather Reid
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified Verified
Arbor Peaks, 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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Lindsay Cook
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arbor Peaks, Des Moines, IA 50312
Not accepting new clients
Being a kid is hard sometimes. Being a parent or caregiver can be hard too. Perhaps life has taken an unexpected turn. Maybe the stressors feel too big to handle or things just don’t feel right & you aren’t sure why. Perhaps you’ve noticed a change in your child’s behavior & mood. Loss, trauma, anxiety, relationship concerns, or issues related to adoption, foster care or abuse can leave your child (and you) feeling lost, hopeless, confused, & hurting. Life doesn’t have to feel so hard & you don’t have to figure it out alone. I’m here to walk alongside you & your child with compassion and care as you navigate life’s twists & turns.
Being a kid is hard sometimes. Being a parent or caregiver can be hard too. Perhaps life has taken an unexpected turn. Maybe the stressors feel too big to handle or things just don’t feel right & you aren’t sure why. Perhaps you’ve noticed a change in your child’s behavior & mood. Loss, trauma, anxiety, relationship concerns, or issues related to adoption, foster care or abuse can leave your child (and you) feeling lost, hopeless, confused, & hurting. Life doesn’t have to feel so hard & you don’t have to figure it out alone. I’m here to walk alongside you & your child with compassion and care as you navigate life’s twists & turns.
(515) 517-2420 View (515) 517-2420

Online Therapists

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Steff Cullum - Trauma And Attachment Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50309  (Online Only)
You make sense in the context of your own story. Many of us suffer from complex trauma which comes from repeated experiences in childhood when we felt helpless or unable to control what happened to us. The way you perceive yourself & the world is a direct result of what's happening in your nervous system: your thoughts, your feelings, your behaviors, your health, your relationships. This often leads to anxiety, depression, burnout, relational issues, & low self-esteem. You CAN heal and reconnect with your most authentic self. I strive to create a warm, comfortable, and safe environment as we embark on your healing journey together.
You make sense in the context of your own story. Many of us suffer from complex trauma which comes from repeated experiences in childhood when we felt helpless or unable to control what happened to us. The way you perceive yourself & the world is a direct result of what's happening in your nervous system: your thoughts, your feelings, your behaviors, your health, your relationships. This often leads to anxiety, depression, burnout, relational issues, & low self-esteem. You CAN heal and reconnect with your most authentic self. I strive to create a warm, comfortable, and safe environment as we embark on your healing journey together.
(702) 996-5658 View (702) 996-5658
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Jennifer Lock Oman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50321  (Online Only)
Life gives us experiences that are unexpected, often perplexing and sometimes overwhelming. With over 30 years of practice, I've worked with wonderful people facing just about everything life has to offer. Through this, I've developed a way of working with clients that is empowering, and most of all, effective. Relief comes when we begin to understand the emotions motivating us. The ability to identify and soothe difficult emotions is central to alleviating depression, anxiety, the echoes of trauma, or relational issues.
Life gives us experiences that are unexpected, often perplexing and sometimes overwhelming. With over 30 years of practice, I've worked with wonderful people facing just about everything life has to offer. Through this, I've developed a way of working with clients that is empowering, and most of all, effective. Relief comes when we begin to understand the emotions motivating us. The ability to identify and soothe difficult emotions is central to alleviating depression, anxiety, the echoes of trauma, or relational issues.
(515) 375-1033 View (515) 375-1033
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Stephanie Frey
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50310
Evening appointments are currently full. Email is the best way to reach me! Beginning therapy is a big step, and I'm here to help on your journey. I provide a supportive, nonjudgmental environment for clients of all ages and backgrounds to express themselves. I have worked with people to address issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, relationships, self harming behaviors, improving self-esteem, or just stress that life throws our way. Whatever your struggle is, we can work together to find solutions that work for you.
Evening appointments are currently full. Email is the best way to reach me! Beginning therapy is a big step, and I'm here to help on your journey. I provide a supportive, nonjudgmental environment for clients of all ages and backgrounds to express themselves. I have worked with people to address issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, relationships, self harming behaviors, improving self-esteem, or just stress that life throws our way. Whatever your struggle is, we can work together to find solutions that work for you.
(419) 547-5155 View (419) 547-5155
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Hailey Penrod
Counselor, tLMHC
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50322  (Online Only)
Hello! I work with individuals (13+) exclusively through telehealth; on many topics including; anxiety, depression, the stress of life, PTSD and trauma, ADHD, relationship concerns, body image, self-esteem struggles, and many other concerns. I am an EMDR-informed therapist, and provide EMDR through telehealth. My goal when meeting with you is to meet you where you are while offering you unconditional positive regard, support, and a non-judgmental space where we can explore any of the stresses, problems, trauma, or any other issues that you are be experiencing, while also working together to build up and celebrate you.
Hello! I work with individuals (13+) exclusively through telehealth; on many topics including; anxiety, depression, the stress of life, PTSD and trauma, ADHD, relationship concerns, body image, self-esteem struggles, and many other concerns. I am an EMDR-informed therapist, and provide EMDR through telehealth. My goal when meeting with you is to meet you where you are while offering you unconditional positive regard, support, and a non-judgmental space where we can explore any of the stresses, problems, trauma, or any other issues that you are be experiencing, while also working together to build up and celebrate you.
(712) 412-4692 View (712) 412-4692
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Kenlyn Gordon
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50309
Hello! My name is Kenlyn, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). I feel my role is to walk alongside you as you come to deeply know yourself and heal from the inside out. A strength of mine is facilitating a safe, open space to address pain, emotional distress, life difficulties, relational concerns, and any other areas we determine are important in enhancing emotional balance and well-being. My approach is collaborative and enthusiastic. I find such meaning in helping you feel deeply known, valued, and understood. Start today in creating the life you want.
Hello! My name is Kenlyn, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). I feel my role is to walk alongside you as you come to deeply know yourself and heal from the inside out. A strength of mine is facilitating a safe, open space to address pain, emotional distress, life difficulties, relational concerns, and any other areas we determine are important in enhancing emotional balance and well-being. My approach is collaborative and enthusiastic. I find such meaning in helping you feel deeply known, valued, and understood. Start today in creating the life you want.
(515) 361-7515 View (515) 361-7515

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Female Therapists

Does it matter what gender my therapist is?

In general, this is not an important factor, as there is no relationship between a therapist’s gender and their efficacy. Some clients, however, prefer to see therapists of a particular gender, whether due to their own past experiences with men and women, or ingrained beliefs about how people of different genders think and behave. Exploring the roots of such preferences and considering what one wants to address in therapy can help someone determine whether their therapist’s gender truly matters to them.

Should I see a female therapist?

Many people—not just women—prefer to see a female therapist, either because they believe that a woman will be able to relate to their specific challenges (for example, sexism in the workplace) or because they imagine feeling more comfortable disclosing sensitive information to a woman. Such beliefs may not turn out to be accurate, however, and adhering too rigidly to a gender preference can at times hinder a client from finding the best therapeutic match.

Do therapists get specific training to help with women’s concerns?

Therapists are trained to provide care to clients of any gender. However, some therapists—both men and women—may pursue additional training in feminist therapy, gender-specific issues, or women’s mental health. Female clients may wish to ask prospective therapists whether they have received specific training in the client’s primary area(s) of concern, or whether they have worked extensively with women on issues similar to their own.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience in treating women?

It’s OK—even encouraged!—to ask a therapist directly whether and how often they have treated women in the past, or whether they have treated women dealing with the client’s most prominent concern(s). Competent therapists will be happy to share their educational background, preferred treatment modalities, and prior client experience to help an individual find the therapist best suited to their needs.