Wellmark BCBS Therapists in Downtown, Des Moines, IA

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Mikki Stimson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
Verified
Mikki is passionate about supporting kids and individuals as they discover their path to emotional wellness. She has dedicated her career to treating children, adolescents, and young adults with mental and behavioral health needs, and understands that all of our paths look a little different. Some of our journeys to wellness are filled with winding roads, some with large barriers, and some are hidden deep in the woods. Mikki’s goal is to partner with children, families, and individuals as they walk these paths, because nobody should have to do this work alone.
(515) 333-1789
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Downtown
Des Moines, IA 50312
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Tammera Bibbins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
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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Downtown
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Not accepting new clients
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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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Elisa McAfee
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
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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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
Not accepting new clients
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Chelsea Cleveland
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
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
Not accepting new clients
Not accepting new clients
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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
Not accepting new clients
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Angela Brannian
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
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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Downtown
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Colyn Burbank
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CADC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am an approachable therapist with a down to earth style. My goal is to provide a setting that is welcoming and safe for clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. I strive to help my clients overcome the unique difficulties they are working through using an empathetic and compassionate approach.
(515) 715-4332
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Downtown
Des Moines, IA 50309
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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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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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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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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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Gayle Greco
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
Verified
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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Downtown
Des Moines, IA 50309

Online Therapists

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Ryan McClure
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
Verified
I have been providing therapy support within the Des Moines area and surrounding communities for over 20 years. My primary areas of interest include helping individuals overcome challenges with depression, anxiety, social phobias, low self-esteem, anger issues and overall learning how to effectively manage challenging emotions. In addition, I specialize in providing support to athletes of all varying skill level who struggle with anxiety. Typically, I serve clients older than 12 years and younger than 99. I enjoy my profession and take pride in assisting and supporting clients that I see each week. We all have a story to tell.
(515) 368-8229 x301
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Des Moines, IA 50312
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Karla Mracek-Knight
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW, RD
Verified
Verified
When someone asks me what I love about being a therapist, my answer is, "Everything." I love meeting new people, understanding their stories, being present for the vulnerable moments and witnessing the hope and change. I provide a warm and inviting space for clients to share their struggles and find their strength. My approach is client-centered, driven by your goals, navigated with compassion and humor.
(515) 575-2053
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Des Moines, IA 50311
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Phuong N. Chastain
Counselor, MS, LMHC, NCC, RPT
Verified
Verified
Taking that first step to healing is a step you don't have to take on your own. I have a passion in guiding and supporting those who have the courage to want to take steps to heal emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. I have my Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Drake University and completed my art therapy certificate from Grandview University. I have experience using art and play therapy techniques with children, adolescents and young adults in both inpatient and outpatient therapy settings.
(515) 619-6045
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Des Moines, IA 50313
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Ali Simpson
Counselor, LMHC, MA
Verified
Verified
Starting counseling can be overwhelming and can leave you feeling vulnerable. My name is Ali Simpson and I strive to provide a comfortable, nonjudgmental, supportive environment to help you reach your goals. I use a collaborative approach which helps individuals feel comfortable openly sharing their thoughts and feelings. There are no concerns that can be viewed as too big or too small. Counseling is a place for all individuals seeking a more fulfilling life.
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Des Moines, IA 50309
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Anna Sposeto
Counselor, MS, NCC, CADC, tLMHC
Verified
Verified
For the past 8 years, Anna has worked with children, adults, and families in many capacities. Her clinical focus is on treatment of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD, personality disorders, addiction, grief and loss, and adjustment disorders. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Approach with several mindfulness practices.
(515) 206-8302
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Des Moines, IA 50321
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What type of Downtown, Des Moines mental health professional is right for me?
While most types of therapy have a lot in common, they also fall into clusters that share core features, such as cognitive therapies or psychodynamic approaches. It is important to seek someone who practices evidence-based therapy, meaning one or more forms of treatment that have been scientifically evaluated and tested, and demonstrate consistent improvement for a majority of patients.

If you are unsure about choosing the right therapist, it might be useful to first learn more about therapy types and modalities.
How to find a therapist in Downtown, Des Moines?
When looking to find a therapist, it is certainly important to consider training and credentials. Studies also indicate that the therapeutic alliance, or the relationship the client develops with the therapist, is an important factor in their ability to work together to achieve the client’s goals.

What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.

How to use my insurance?
Understanding cost and insurance coverage is an important concern for many people. With some basic research and conversations with prospective therapists, you should be able to have a good understanding of the best way to afford therapy.