Female Therapists in East Village, Des Moines, IA

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Nan King
Counselor, LMHC, CADC
Verified Verified
East Village, Des Moines, IA 50309
I provide a personalized approach tailored to each persons needs to help you attain the personal growth you desire. Most people experience difficulties at some point in their lives. If you are experiencing problems, there is hope. Counseling provides a safe, warm, supportive relationship where you can openly share your thoughts and feelings, find support, and learn new strategies for coping with situations and emotions. My desire is to work with you to develop new patterns in your life that can lead to healthier coping skills, increased confidence, and a greater sense of purpose and meaning in your life.
I provide a personalized approach tailored to each persons needs to help you attain the personal growth you desire. Most people experience difficulties at some point in their lives. If you are experiencing problems, there is hope. Counseling provides a safe, warm, supportive relationship where you can openly share your thoughts and feelings, find support, and learn new strategies for coping with situations and emotions. My desire is to work with you to develop new patterns in your life that can lead to healthier coping skills, increased confidence, and a greater sense of purpose and meaning in your life.
(515) 778-4440 View (515) 778-4440
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Ali Simpson
Counselor, LMHC, MA
Verified Verified
East Village, Des Moines, IA 50309
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.
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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Megan Wych
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Village, Des Moines, IA 50309
Do you feel like you've tried everything, and it is just not 'clicking' for whatever reason? Has your child's personality shifted? Do you recognize struggles where there have not been any? Are you uncertain about what to do next and afraid that whatever this is, it might get worse? You might not have the words to describe what's happening, or maybe you're left second-guessing your thoughts, feelings, or purpose.
Do you feel like you've tried everything, and it is just not 'clicking' for whatever reason? Has your child's personality shifted? Do you recognize struggles where there have not been any? Are you uncertain about what to do next and afraid that whatever this is, it might get worse? You might not have the words to describe what's happening, or maybe you're left second-guessing your thoughts, feelings, or purpose.
(515) 303-4119 View (515) 303-4119
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Hilary Johnson
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
East Village, 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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Andrea Vignovich
Counselor, MA, LMHC, RPT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Village, Des Moines, IA 50309
Hello! My name is Andrea Vignovich (she/her) and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). An important part of my therapeutic role is to meet you where you are on your journey toward emotional wellness and stability. I believe empathy, empowerment, and connection can help lead you toward your personal goals. In counseling, it is pivotal to create a safe and open space for you to foster growth and learning in yourself and your goals. Seeking counseling can be scary and challenging, however, it can also be rewarding and its effects are long-lasting. I hope to join you on your journey of growth and emotional wellbeing.
Hello! My name is Andrea Vignovich (she/her) and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). An important part of my therapeutic role is to meet you where you are on your journey toward emotional wellness and stability. I believe empathy, empowerment, and connection can help lead you toward your personal goals. In counseling, it is pivotal to create a safe and open space for you to foster growth and learning in yourself and your goals. Seeking counseling can be scary and challenging, however, it can also be rewarding and its effects are long-lasting. I hope to join you on your journey of growth and emotional wellbeing.
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Diamond Ruth
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
East Village, 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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Kenlyn Gordon
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Village, 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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Kelsey Taylor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Village, Des Moines, IA 50309
Waitlist for new clients
“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” - Brene Brown. I specialize in helping clients recover from trauma, anxiety, depression, intense emotional ups and downs, and low self esteem. I help my clients gain greater compassion and understanding for who they are, achieve new perspectives and qualities, and heal from what is keeping them from living meaningful, courageous, and fulfilling lives.
“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” - Brene Brown. I specialize in helping clients recover from trauma, anxiety, depression, intense emotional ups and downs, and low self esteem. I help my clients gain greater compassion and understanding for who they are, achieve new perspectives and qualities, and heal from what is keeping them from living meaningful, courageous, and fulfilling lives.
(515) 219-4460 View (515) 219-4460
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Jasey Rebarcak
Counselor, tLMHC
Verified Verified
East Village, Des Moines, IA 50309
When facing life's difficulties, many of us can feel overwhelmed and alone. Therapy is where you are invited to safely connect and build a trusting relationship with someone who will accept you. I see therapy as a space to explore, learn, and heal in order to live a more secure life. I have experience working with diverse populations and most commonly work with adults on issues related to life transitions, depression and mood, anxiety disorders, suicidal ideation, eating disorders and body image, and relational issues.
When facing life's difficulties, many of us can feel overwhelmed and alone. Therapy is where you are invited to safely connect and build a trusting relationship with someone who will accept you. I see therapy as a space to explore, learn, and heal in order to live a more secure life. I have experience working with diverse populations and most commonly work with adults on issues related to life transitions, depression and mood, anxiety disorders, suicidal ideation, eating disorders and body image, and relational issues.
(515) 949-4544 View (515) 949-4544
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Shannon Evers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified Verified
East Village, Des Moines, IA 50309
Like many of us, most of my clients are seeking greater meaning in their lives, improved connection and satisfaction in relationships, and relief from loneliness, worry, rumination, and shame. My practice is based on values that emphasize acceptance/non-judgment, compassion, and authenticity. Starting therapy doesn't need to have a rigid plan or agenda. Simply being curious or wanting to feel better is a great place to start. We all need a space where we don't feel judged and are free to explore who we are, what we want, and who we want to become.
Like many of us, most of my clients are seeking greater meaning in their lives, improved connection and satisfaction in relationships, and relief from loneliness, worry, rumination, and shame. My practice is based on values that emphasize acceptance/non-judgment, compassion, and authenticity. Starting therapy doesn't need to have a rigid plan or agenda. Simply being curious or wanting to feel better is a great place to start. We all need a space where we don't feel judged and are free to explore who we are, what we want, and who we want to become.
(515) 884-3952 View (515) 884-3952
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Addison Malinski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
East Village, Des Moines, IA 50309
Our world is fast paced. So, it makes sense that many individuals struggle with feelings of anxiety, isolation, or shame when they want to feel grounded, connected, and at peace. I help my clients to explore these and similar concerns and express themselves authentically.
Our world is fast paced. So, it makes sense that many individuals struggle with feelings of anxiety, isolation, or shame when they want to feel grounded, connected, and at peace. I help my clients to explore these and similar concerns and express themselves authentically.
(515) 361-7598 View (515) 361-7598
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Emily Crabtree
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Village, Des Moines, IA 50309
Currently accepting new clients! Life can be overwhelming sometimes and reaching out for help can feel difficult, so I am happy you are here. My name is Emily Crabtree and I am a licensed mental health counselor. I graduated from University of Northern Iowa with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I work with individuals from 16 years old to adults. I have experience working with issues including: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-esteem, life transitions, grief, among others.
Currently accepting new clients! Life can be overwhelming sometimes and reaching out for help can feel difficult, so I am happy you are here. My name is Emily Crabtree and I am a licensed mental health counselor. I graduated from University of Northern Iowa with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I work with individuals from 16 years old to adults. I have experience working with issues including: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-esteem, life transitions, grief, among others.
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Ann Flood Counseling
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
East Village, Des Moines, IA 50309
Our minds are really good at shuttling between past and future, driven by our fears and desires, memories and imagination. This disconnection with our present reality has become even more severe with the advent of smartphones, the high levels of stress in our modern day lives, and endemic psychological trauma in our communities.
Our minds are really good at shuttling between past and future, driven by our fears and desires, memories and imagination. This disconnection with our present reality has become even more severe with the advent of smartphones, the high levels of stress in our modern day lives, and endemic psychological trauma in our communities.
(515) 493-7520 View (515) 493-7520
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Nicolette Novak
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
East Village, Des Moines, IA 50309
I am accepting new clients. I am a mental health therapist with specific experience working with youth, adolescents, and adults. I believe therapy works best when it is a collaborative process where the client and counselor work together toward the client's therapeutic goals. My clinical approach is genuine and non-judgmental. I meet clients where they are and adjust each therapeutic intervention to the individual.
I am accepting new clients. I am a mental health therapist with specific experience working with youth, adolescents, and adults. I believe therapy works best when it is a collaborative process where the client and counselor work together toward the client's therapeutic goals. My clinical approach is genuine and non-judgmental. I meet clients where they are and adjust each therapeutic intervention to the individual.
(515) 717-3205 View (515) 717-3205
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Megan Dooley
Counselor, MA, (t)LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Village, Des Moines, IA 50309
Hi there! I am currently accepting new clients for individual therapy. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (tLMHC). I am passionate about empowering individuals to live a wholehearted life and make meaningful progress toward their goals. It is important to me to make sure my clients know they are not alone. In therapy, we will work together to process thoughts, emotions, and determine how themes might impact relationships.
Hi there! I am currently accepting new clients for individual therapy. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (tLMHC). I am passionate about empowering individuals to live a wholehearted life and make meaningful progress toward their goals. It is important to me to make sure my clients know they are not alone. In therapy, we will work together to process thoughts, emotions, and determine how themes might impact relationships.
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Addison Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Village, Des Moines, IA 50309  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Seeing clients across Iowa via Telehealth! I have a tremendous understanding of the social, emotional, psychological, and societal impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences, and am aware of the importance of identifying and addressing toxic stress in both children and adults. I am also well-versed on the numerous symptoms of trauma. I understand how these symptoms can perpetuate other secondary effects such as addiction, eating disorders, difficulties with learning and processing information, and building and sustaining relationships.
Seeing clients across Iowa via Telehealth! I have a tremendous understanding of the social, emotional, psychological, and societal impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences, and am aware of the importance of identifying and addressing toxic stress in both children and adults. I am also well-versed on the numerous symptoms of trauma. I understand how these symptoms can perpetuate other secondary effects such as addiction, eating disorders, difficulties with learning and processing information, and building and sustaining relationships.
(563) 278-2024 View (563) 278-2024
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Danielle Ballard-Green
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW, CADC
Verified Verified
East Village, Des Moines, IA 50309
Not accepting new clients
I believe therapy can be a catalyst for new beginnings, a safe place to explore fears, loss, trauma, stress and anything holding you back from reaching your full potential. As your therapist I want to provide a safe place for you to learn about yourself, develop new insights, and heal from past hurts and trauma. I enjoy working with clients 16 years old and beyond. I specialize in working with clients who are experiencing life transitions, depression, anxiety, and trauma. I am an LGBTQ+ ally. I am an independently licensed clinical social worker (LISW) and licensed substance abuse counselor (CADC).
I believe therapy can be a catalyst for new beginnings, a safe place to explore fears, loss, trauma, stress and anything holding you back from reaching your full potential. As your therapist I want to provide a safe place for you to learn about yourself, develop new insights, and heal from past hurts and trauma. I enjoy working with clients 16 years old and beyond. I specialize in working with clients who are experiencing life transitions, depression, anxiety, and trauma. I am an LGBTQ+ ally. I am an independently licensed clinical social worker (LISW) and licensed substance abuse counselor (CADC).
(515) 257-6137 View (515) 257-6137
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Karla Mracek-Knight
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW, RD
Verified Verified
East Village, Des Moines, IA 50309
Not accepting new clients
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.
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 View (515) 575-2053

Online Therapists

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Jen Gauerke
Counselor, MS, LMHC, CADC, CGP
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50309
Waitlist for new clients
Every person has the potential for growth. Yet, people can work very hard and not make progress. Old ineffective patterns, habits, even addictions, dominate and prevent happiness and growth. Hope can dwindle and lead many to believe they are broken or defective. There is hope! With extensive training and experience in treating trauma and addiction, I explore with you the reasons that patterns persist. I am invested in helping people understand themselves, as they build personal and relationship satisfaction. You can create a life, not simply existing, but full of creativity, connection and enjoyment.
Every person has the potential for growth. Yet, people can work very hard and not make progress. Old ineffective patterns, habits, even addictions, dominate and prevent happiness and growth. Hope can dwindle and lead many to believe they are broken or defective. There is hope! With extensive training and experience in treating trauma and addiction, I explore with you the reasons that patterns persist. I am invested in helping people understand themselves, as they build personal and relationship satisfaction. You can create a life, not simply existing, but full of creativity, connection and enjoyment.
(515) 414-7921 View (515) 414-7921
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Janet Rieckhoff
Counselor, LMHC, MA, M DIV
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50314
Taking new clients. I offer telehealth and in person sessions. Feeling stuck in same unhealthy situations and relationships which produce anxiety, anger, depression and broken trust? We can explore communication patterns, attachment styles, and past traumas affecting relationships. I provide a nonjudgmental environment to work on your issues. I am experienced in areas of anxiety, depression, grief, chronic pain, spirituality, and family issues of parenting, caretaking, LGBTQA issues, adoption, infertility. First I listen to your life situation, then give homework, and then build on your strengths so you can reach your life goals.
Taking new clients. I offer telehealth and in person sessions. Feeling stuck in same unhealthy situations and relationships which produce anxiety, anger, depression and broken trust? We can explore communication patterns, attachment styles, and past traumas affecting relationships. I provide a nonjudgmental environment to work on your issues. I am experienced in areas of anxiety, depression, grief, chronic pain, spirituality, and family issues of parenting, caretaking, LGBTQA issues, adoption, infertility. First I listen to your life situation, then give homework, and then build on your strengths so you can reach your life goals.
(515) 517-2953 View (515) 517-2953

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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.