Grief Therapists in Des Moines, IA

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Hannah Vestal
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Verified
Life can be difficult to navigate on our own, especially when the rug has been pulled out from underneath us and we don’t feel grounded anymore. My role as a therapist is to help you explore your identity and values so you can feel more connected to yourself and the world. Together we can identify patterns, behaviors, and systems that aren’t serving you in order to cultivate a life worth living. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults on issues related to anxiety, depression, suicidality, grief and loss , life changes, and trauma.
(515) 293-5856
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Des Moines, IA 50309
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Amy Marie Davis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified
Verified
I am active in our community in regard to survivors of suicide loss and prevention.
“What you seek is seeking you.” The mere fact that you are looking for a therapist right now tells me that you are ready to heal. We all go through ups and downs in life, and sometimes we just need someone to listen without fear of judgement. Maybe you’ve experienced trauma, and can’t quite, “get over it.” Perhaps you are showing one side of yourself to the world, but internally dying to be recognized for who you show yourself when nobody is looking. There are so many different reasons as to why you are choosing now to look in the mirror. I can help you see with clarity, with an unbiased, open-minded viewpoint.
(515) 519-3466
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Des Moines, IA 50310
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Brie Carl
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW, CAS, CGP, ASDCS
Verified
Verified
I have taken additional trainings in the area of grief and loss and working with those individuals on the autism spectrum.
Life can be overwhelming and, at times, take unexpected turns. In those moments, it is refreshing to know that we have someone to turn to who can support us as we navigate those challenges. After all, just like children, emotions heal when they are heard and validated.
(515) 203-8286
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Des Moines, IA 50316
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Karin Beschen
Counselor, LMHC, PMH-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have specialized training in grief and traumatic grief .
Over the years I've worked with clients related to life transitions such as career/job challenges, relationships, family dynamics, loss , anxiety and depression. When these detours are a part of your path, you may lose your sense of direction or question your destination. I believe we all have the capacity to better manage our struggles and the potential to feel better ... a lot better!
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Des Moines, IA 50312
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Andrea 'Andye' Lynn Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
I enjoy seeing others reach their goals! I enjoy working with grief and loss issues, DHS involved cases, working with sexual issues and sexual abuse and doing couples therapy.
Sometimes life hurts and we find ourselves feeling alone. Things happen that we just can't explain. The world can sometimes seem cruel and we struggle to find our way. My passion is to empower others and to help them see their worth. I offer a caring, non-judgmental environment where you can feel safe to share what is in your heart. Take that first step with me and we can find the answers together. I am here when you are ready. Taking limited clients currently.
(515) 619-6898
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Des Moines, IA 50310
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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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Des Moines, IA 50309
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Alicia Peña
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am not taking new clients at this time. Welcome! Life is a continual journey of healing the mind, body, and spirit. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and I provide individual and family therapy. My passion is working with people from multi-cultural populations who have experienced trauma, depression, Complex/PTSD, suicidal ideation, anxiety, grief / loss , anger, irritability, stress, and substance abuse. I am a Certified EMDR Therapist, (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and offer Mindfulness, and CBT, Cognitive-Behavioral,
(515) 608-8892
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Des Moines, IA 50310
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Andrea J Gustafson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I have a particular interest in working with adolescents and adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, or grief and loss issues.
Welcome, I know the first steps in asking for help can be challenging and I am glad you are exploring the possibility of counseling and how it can enhance your life. Most people exprience difficulty or obstacles at some point in life, the good news that difficulty doesn't have to be permanent. I strive to create an environment where people can express themselves, learn more about themselves, challenge themselves, and overcome life's obstacles. No obstacle is too small or too big for us to tackle together.
(515) 305-3667
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Des Moines, IA 50322
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Tricia R. Yavitz
Counselor, LMHC, IADC, NCC
Verified
Verified
Sometimes life can be difficult, and we need a safe, compassionate, non-judgmental space to work through our struggles. I have worked with a wide variety of folks, in a number of settings. Some of the issues that I focus on are co-occurring disorders, addiction, grief / loss , trauma, sexuality, anxiety and depression. I work with adults in individual, family, and couples counseling settings.
(515) 608-5469
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Des Moines, IA 50312
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Ashley Mori
Counselor, MA, LMHC, IADC, LPC, CGCS
Verified
Verified
I have dedicated my career to helping clients who struggle with substance abuse/dependency, complex trauma issues, and grief and loss . I have been working as a mental health therapist and alcohol and drug abuse counselor for over a decade, and became an EMDR trained therapist in 2017. I enjoy working with adolescents, children, families and young women. I utilize the style and theoretical orientation that best fits my clients needs, such as cognitive behavioral approaches, reality-based therapy, and solution-focused techniques.
(515) 393-6982
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Des Moines, IA 50321
Not accepting new clients
Not accepting new clients
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Susan Sharp Heitshusen
Counselor, MS, LMHC, IADC
Verified
Verified
I am a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.
We have all been through difficulties and transitions where we seek a sense of strength and healing. Therapy is a way of exploring struggles and developing strengths and coping strategies while enriching life by integrating the mind, body, and spirit to achieve a greater sense of purpose and meaning. It is my goal to walk a path with you in a non-judgmental, accepting, and empathetic atmosphere to help you discover and utilize your strengths, overcome barriers, and achieve mental wellness.
(515) 657-7072
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Des Moines, IA 50312
Not accepting new clients
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Erin Suchy-Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Clinical interests include pregnancy/postpartum mental health, anxiety, depression and grief / loss .
Feeling "blah," hopeless, or down? Nervous, on-edge, stuck in the past or constantly worried about the future? Finding yourself angry/agitated all the time? Are you experiencing physical symptoms like appetite changes, sleep difficulties, fatigue, restlessness, and trouble concentrating? Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy, struggling with everyday tasks, withdrawing, feeling "checked out" and thinking thoughts like "what's the point?," "this is all my fault," "will ___ever get better" can be a sign we could benefit from outside help.
(515) 417-1913
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Des Moines, IA 50309
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Emili Lair
Counselor, LMHC, MA, MEd
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Emili has experience treating individuals struggling with anxiety disorders, all severities of depression, employment issues, chronic health issues, relationship distress, as well post-traumatic stress disorder. She is most passionate about helping individuals struggling to cope with the complexities of grief and loss of all forms, including those struggling to understand the most unimaginable tragedies in life. Emili has an interest providing couple’s counseling to partners wanting to improve communication, addressing ongoing conflict and/or betrayal in relationships, and experiencing new stages.
(712) 214-1187
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Des Moines, IA 50301
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Cathy Hugghins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
Verified
My practice offers a calm, supportive atmosphere for clients to share their concerns. I provide counseling for individuals at all stages of life experiencing stress from life transitions (such as college, job loss /change, empty nest, retirement, recent move), anxiety, depression, serious illness, relationship concerns including divorce/end of relationships and grief . I welcome those seeking to increase their own understanding of the family dynamics/patterns at work in their family of birth as well as current family or friendship circle. I also provide guidance for those desiring to change/improve communication within their lives.
(515) 619-5291
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Des Moines, IA 50301
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Ronda L Hood
Counselor, IADC, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I bring 25+ years of experience, skills & training in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for anxiety, depression, panic attacks, loss , limiting self beliefs, performance anxiety &/or unusual or traumatic life events.
Your life is amazing in so many areas, yet you can’t seem to get your anxiety to step aside and let you live your life to the fullest. You worry, your mind races with directionless thoughts, you’re distracted, and you’re too often irritable. Those awkward moments replay in your head and endless fears play and replay in your head. Then this presents challenges for you and your relationships. Maybe the anxiety is even coming from your relationships. Either way, let me help you come up for air. I know there is a lot on your plate, and these constant struggles with your thoughts, feelings, and moods are the last thing you need.
(515) 608-8034
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Des Moines, IA 50312
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Tiffany Gerlovich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LMSW
Verified
Verified
With over 18 years of experience working with children, teens, adults, and military families across multiple settings, I specialize in helping individuals with the unique challenges of adjusting to change/life transitions, relationship issues/separation, loss / grief , anxiety, stress, and trauma.
As a Master's level clinician in the Des Moines Metro Area, I provide culturally responsive, trauma-informed therapy to help you create positive changes in your life. I utilize evidence-based therapies unique to each individual, so your therapeutic experience is tailored to your desired outcomes. Every individual brings personal strengths into a therapeutic setting, and we will build on these together to move toward your identified goals within a supportive environment.
(515) 498-5026
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Des Moines, IA 50309
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Aging Pathways, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified
Verified
Aging can bring a host of new issues such as feelings of isolation after retirement, grief and loss due to deaths of friends and loved ones, and finding new meaning in life after old roles have disappeared. New roles such as being a caregiver for your parents, spouse, partner, adult child, or grandchild can also add stress at this time. Mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, addiction, and schizophrenia can continue and sometimes new mental health issues can arise. Health concerns and family dynamics can also make life challenging. Learning how to cope with these challenges and enjoy life is paramount.
(515) 800-4846
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Des Moines, IA 50310
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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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Susin Bredice
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW, RPT-S
Verified
Verified
My experience is with individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, loss , trauma, adoption related issues, substance abuse, family conflict, child welfare, and managing life events.
Making the decision to start therapy can be a very vulnerable time, whether it be for you or your child. In therapy you will have a safe and judgement free space to meet your goals. I enjoy working with children and adults to recognize strengths and build on them to assist you in meeting your well being needs. Whether you are struggling to overcome an incident or event, wanting to make specific changes in your life, or looking to improve your overall quality of life and feel better about yourself, we will work together.
(515) 512-4658
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Des Moines, IA 50322
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Callie Brass
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Verified
Therapy is an opportunity to build connections within yourself, your personal relationships, and community. My philosophy is that you are whole, possessing all of the tools that you need in order to execute your desired change. My role as a therapist is to help connect you to your inner strengths, beliefs, and values to enhance your life experience and achieve your goals. I am currently am working with individuals experiencing a variety of life stressors that include: life transitions, academic or vocational stressors, grief and loss , depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation and trauma.
(515) 454-5421
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Des Moines, IA 50312
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Grief Therapists
Grief and Bereavement is the acute pain that accompanies loss. Because it is a reflection of what we love, it can feel all-encompassing. Grief is not limited to the loss of people, but when it follows the loss of a loved one, it may be compounded by feelings of guilt and confusion, especially if the relationship was a difficult one.