Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Downtown, Des Moines, IA

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Wendy Tillgren
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I work with children (ages 8 and up), adolescents and adults to help work through most things life throws our way. I use a combination of evidence based treatments, compassion and humor to help find your best self. I have been in the field for over 15 years across various settings working with people who have experienced trauma , mood disorders, foster care/adoption concerns and general life stress.
(515) 346-6870
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Downtown
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Tammera Bibbins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My practice is grounded in utilizing trauma informed and evidence based practices.
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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Elisa McAfee
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I work with individuals, couples, and families, using systemic, attachment, trauma , and EMDR theories to meet their goals.
I became a therapist to be a professional “feelings friend” – a person whom others can approach with anything and everything in their times of need. No matter the situation, I strive to offer a warm, authentic, and supportive environment to help my clients pursue lasting change in their lives. In my office, you’ll get an advocate, a cheerleader, a teammate, a challenger, and a coach. Progress may look different for you depending on the day - however it does, I am honored to be a part of your healing.
(515) 298-8904
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Des Moines, IA 50309
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Jennifer L Harrington
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Verified
Most of my clients have sought therapy because they feel stuck or overwhelmed, and want help with stress, healthy relationships, anxiety, depression, PTSD , managing chronic mental disorders.
***Teletherapy***Phone/Video Sessions and Messaging Plans Available*** I am currently accepting new clients across the state of Iowa for teletherapy. As a therapist my goal is to join you on your journey, provide support, offer tools, and empower you to meet your goals. My style is non-judgmental and exploratory. I will be direct and honest with you, challenge you when necessary, and always strive to bring out your greatest potential.
(469) 551-4208
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Downtown
Des Moines, IA 50315
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Lindsay Cook
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
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
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Des Moines, IA 50309
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Rena Olsen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am trained in EMDR, Trauma -Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and am a Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
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
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Downtown
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Danielle Wayne | Anxiety And Adult Adhd Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
My clients struggle with anxiety, burnout, trauma , or how their ADHD shows up in their lives.
I specialize in working with millennial professionals who look like they have their shit together, but in reality are overwhelmed by their anxiety and the weight of feeling like a "failure." Together we can help you dial down the anxiety and stress. While we're at it, we can ditch the perfectionism and people pleasing, because your wants and needs are valid. We can even help you learn to accept yourself for who you are, instead of judging yourself based on your productivity.
(208) 600-1089
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Des Moines, IA 50309
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Gayle Greco
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
Verified
Gayle has been trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma -Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Gayle believes that the key components to living a happy, successful life include maintaining functional thought patterns, effectively communicating needs and emotions to others, and cultivating a strong sense of self. After exploring the origin of your distress, Gayle will help you identify counterproductive thought patterns and teach you how to challenge them to bring about personal growth. Gayle earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The University of Kansas, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Iowa.
(515) 454-1685
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Ashley Parker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Let's face it. Surviving ain't living! If you're ready to take action to live a life that is aligned with your values and to stop letting intense emotions and past hurts get in the way of living your best life, I can help! My name is Ashley Parker. I'm passionate about working with clients who are figuring out how to reparent themselves, "adult", and heal from relational trauma . My goal is to help my clients discover their own power to learn, heal, and grow from adversity in order to find peace, connection, and purpose. The types of therapy I use include DBT, EMDR and ego-states work rooted in attachment/relational theory.
(515) 303-3392
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Downtown
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Chelsea Cleveland
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have spent several years helping clients and families heal from trauma .
I always feel honored when a client invites me into their journey through the therapeutic process. Everyone has difficult experiences, some of which can shape them in ways they never wanted. I love walking alongside clients to help restore freedom and parts of themselves that they lost somewhere along the line. It is my privilege to watch clients leave behind things they no longer need—be that an unhealthy view of themselves, behavioral patterns that lead to inauthentic relationships, difficulty in handling emotions, or anything else that hinders clients from stepping into everything they want to become.
(515) 531-5121
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Downtown
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Angela Brannian
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have openings for 2-3 couples starting January 2023. Life can be tough. Dreams die. Grief crushes us. Divorce, loss, trauma , abuse, depression, and anxiety happen to the best of us. My life experiences have taught me how important it is to have a safe place to be heard and seen. We can work together as you heal and build the strength and courage needed to keep going on life's journey. My goal is to help clients create their most beautiful and authentic life.
(515) 303-2681
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Des Moines, IA 50309
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Casey Pestka
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Casey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience working with individuals, couples, families, and children. Casey strives to provide an environment focusing on client strengths and resiliency. Casey believes the client is the expert in their own lives. Casey is trained in Systems Theory and understands the importance of working with systems to create lasting change. Casey has experience working with anxiety, depression, PTSD , relationship concerns, parenting, life stressors, and ADHD.
(515) 220-2970
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Downtown
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Clear Brook Counseling Professionals
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CADC, CCH
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
NOW OFFERING MEDICATION MANAGEMENT IN ANKENY AND AMES. At Clear Brook Counseling Professionals, we work together to provide you the therapy - family, couples, or individual that will deliver the best results for your unique needs. We believe life has meaning, and every moment is worth living. That's the end goal. At Clear Brook you'll experience a team of counselors, proven treatment, and techniques that work. The process is about finding clarity in the situation, and seeing change. Clear Brook Counseling Professionals weave proven practices and life-exercises into your therapy to help foster results.
(515) 200-7584
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Downtown
Des Moines, IA 50309
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MacKenzie Gibbons
LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
****Not accepting new clients. After undergrad I moved to North Carolina where I received my M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Marriage and Family Counseling. I was licensed in NC for two years prior to making the decision to move back to Iowa. I work with all ages, but primarily focus on ages 10 years or older, and I am comfortable with working with most diagnoses. I am a CBT therapist that will also at times use a Solution-Focused and DBT approach. I remind clients who are searching for a therapist, “Therapist are like shoes. We do not fit you all. You need to make sure you find your right fit”.
(515) 500-2619
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Downtown
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Devin Waterhouse
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Currently accepting new clients! Something feels off. Sometimes it’s obvious what is affecting you, but often you’re less certain. Perhaps you have some ideas about what’s wrong, but you aren’t sure how to feel better. Maybe you are experiencing relationship issues, or just feel like you are alone even when you know you have people who care about you. It may even be possible that you are uncertain there is anything wrong at all because you’ve always felt this way - but is it really this hard for everyone? There are many people just like you that could be living happier and healthier lives - they just don’t know how to get there.
(515) 219-4620
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Downtown
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Hayden Finch
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
*ONLINE THERAPIST* Like you, I’ve felt like I was working really hard to keep it all balanced but was somehow only treading water. Now, I use my personal and professional experience and all the knowledge I got earning my doctorate in psychology to help you find meaningful balance. My focus is on helping you escape life’s overwhelm by teaching you step-by-step, actionable strategies proven to help you feel more relaxed and more empowered so you can thrive in your life. No crystals, no horoscopes, just proven techniques. If you feel like no matter what you do, you're never good enough, I've got your back.
(515) 444-5813
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Des Moines, IA 50309
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Sampson Family Therapy Services, LLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
8 Endorsed
Verified
8 Endorsed
Sampson Family Therapy Services staff strive to engage in a collaborative process with clients, coworkers, and the community to welcome growth, embrace strengths and successes, and acknowledge our role in making wellness a priority for others and ourselves. We work with many client needs and make it a priority to provide attentive and consistently accessible therapy services. It is the mission of Sampson Family Therapy Services, LLC to embody a dynamic and progressive therapeutic service environment for the cultivation of health and well-being for clients served, employees, and the community at large.
(515) 421-9313
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Des Moines, IA 50309
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Brett Vitzthum
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brett provides in-office therapy services to individuals and families looking for a strength-based approach to address counterproductive behavioral functioning. He strives to develop healthy interpersonal dynamics and the skills necessary for optimal family, community and societal integration. Brett assists clients to identify their desired change goals such as communication, conflict resolution and social and emotional coping. He holds an awareness of cross cultural ethnicities and is versatile in providing services based on multicultural aspects.
(515) 209-3184
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Downtown
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Shannon Peterson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Not Accepting Clients At This Time-11/16/22. I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I have 15+ years in the Human Services field working in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. I am trained in Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Process Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I take a person-centered, solution-focused, strengths-based approach while celebrating your successes and validating your experiences.
(515) 375-9271
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Downtown
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Ellie Jones
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My name is Ellie Jones (she, her), and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I am currently transitioning to private practice at Sampson Family Therapy Services. I will be accepting new clients upon the start of this position in January 2023. My therapeutic approach is client-centered, and I work from a systemic, narrative perspective. I appreciate hearing stories about your life and how you got to where you are today. It’s my goal to listen to these stories and find patterns, examine different dynamics, explore past and current challenges, and use those to encourage positive, healthy change.
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Trauma and PTSD Therapists
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological reaction that occurs after an extremely stressful event, such as physical violence or military combat. Those suffering from PTSD have recurring memories of the stressful event and are anxious or scared even in the absence of danger. Flashbacks and nightmares are common symptoms as well.