I enjoy working with people who are reluctant about or new to the therapeutic process. My clients would tell you that I am very laid-back, non-judgmental, and authentic. I welcome humor and enjoy working with people to shift their perspectives when things get rough. I am passionate about self-discovery, empowerment, and personal growth. I view anxiety, depression, and addiction as maladaptive coping skills that can offer insight and serve as a catalyst for positive change.
Susan G Schmitz, MSW, LISW and Sarah K Anderson, MSW, LISW work with adults, adolescents and some older elementary school-aged children along with their families. Common presenting issues include anxiety, depression, trauma, difficulty with life transitions such as divorce, grief and loss, and relationship issues. We employ a strengths-based approach within a non-judgmental, eclectic framework. We will work together to tailor treatment plans to your needs. Each of us offers a unique, yet similar approach, having been trained a generation apart, but within the same theories and modalities.
Finding a counselor that is a good fit for you is vitally important to the counseling process. With this in mind, I work hard to develop a strong therapeutic relationship that is collaborative and supportive for my clients. Here is a bit about me to help you decide if I would be a good fit to help with your concerns! I provide individual and group counseling to clients of all ages, including adolescents and adults. My previous experience has involved working with people in the correctional system. I also have training in working with people who identify as transgender and has experience writing letters of support for HRT or GRS.
**Accepting new clients in Fall 2021** I enjoy working with adult students and professionals who are experiencing psychological conditions including PTSD, depression, sleep concerns, obsessive-compulsive and anxiety disorders, and with those who are coping with loss and grief, role, identity, and career concerns, and relational conflicts. As motherhood can be challenging, I have specialty training in providing care for women throughout pregnancy and postpartum recovery and facilitate a psychotherapy group for moms to further increase support during this important time.
The therapeutic relationship can be a very important one and, like any other healthy relationship, it is based on mutual respect, trust and commitment. I approach our work together with a nonjudgmental stance. I will meet you wherever you are in your life's journey and honor your unique strengths. I support clients in creating their most fulfilling lives, in line with their values and goals. I incorporate mindfulness into a collaborative and client-centered process and employ an honest, direct communication.
I provide psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for people suffering from depression, stress and anxiety, trauma, identity and relationship issues, GLBTQ concerns, immigration, racial, cross-cultural and acculturation concerns, grief and loss, parenting, marital and premarital concerns, women’s issues, self-esteem concerns, personality disorders, mood regulation and self-injurious behaviors, end of life issues, and career and life discontentment problems.
I have provided clinical social work services in human service agencies, hospitals and outpatient clinics since 1986. To address the broad spectrum of populations and needs in these locations, I have received specialized training in Solution-Focused Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis, EMDR, and Marital/Family Therapy. At the same time, I know that the most important factor is not technical expertise; unless the client feels safe and understood, therapy can't get started! I enjoy developing collaborate relationships with clients, and then selecting an integrated approach tailored to meet their unique needs.
James R. Smith, LISW, counselor/therapist, provides mental health counseling and therapy in Iowa City, Iowa, and surrounding area. Mr. Smith uses a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy approach to teach people how to deal effectively with negative self-talk. Clients learn to diminish their destructive thinking and promote inner calm. Clients will also learn to enhance positive thought and action. James R. Smith, LISW, also encourages couples to communicate more effectively and more completely with each other. Each partner will learn to listen deeply to their mate and reflect clearly what they understand about their partner's needs and concerns.
I have a very engaging and relaxed approach to therapy. Clients often report that they appreciate my authentic style and sense of humor. In any case, the process of therapy begins and is sustained as the client feels heard and understood and can begin to feel comfortable. I come to this work with a certain reverence for what is dignified, courageous, and creative in each of us which over time has informed my life both personally and in my work in supporting others. I rely on no particular therapy framework or "treatment modality" but nonetheless bring a pretty big box of tools to the table.
*NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS - WAITLIST ONLY* Poet Anne Sexton wrote, "That the worst of anyone Can be, finally, An accident of hope." If you're here, you probably feel at your worst. Maybe a traumatic event has left you feeling broken and lost. Perhaps what you've been doing to cope just isn't working anymore, or is doing more harm than good. Whatever your reasons, I'm glad you're thinking about therapy. This process can be scary and takes hard work, and I welcome anyone courageous enough to seek out hope.
I consider it my privilege to join with others as they share their stories of who they are, the challenges and joys of where they have been and assisting them as they discover what lies ahead in their life's journey. Anyone who has a curiosity about who they are, how life events and circumstances affect them, have a willingness to change with a hope of where they want to be in life... is welcome.
Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, addiction, people pleasing, perfectionism or others, it is my hope to guide you towards gratitude for these coping mechanisms that have kept you safe and brought you to this point in time. If you are ready to heal and move from surviving to thriving, from isolation to connection, from pain to enjoyment and from crisis to engagement, I am here to walk beside you on your healing journey.
Shanthi is a tele-mental health practice that uses a HIPAA compliant video-based system. I work with all mental health issues, but I focus a lot of my practice working with trauma, vicarious trauma, and working with medical professionals experiencing compassion fatigue or imposter syndrome. I only provide individual counseling for adults. All sessions are conducted through audio/video. I don't provide in-person sessions.
Welcome! Working through depression, anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions, and other mental health concerns can be difficult and intimidating to do alone. Therapy can be a helpful tool if you are feeling stuck and looking for a change. I work to provide non-judgmental insight, while recognizing that each client is their expert of their own experiences.
My ideal client is commited to personal growth. I believe we are all fragile creatures, yet capable of resilience. We experience painful thought/feeling states and then we weave stories to explain them. Narrative Therapy has been a natural fit for me: the client defines the goals, we examine the details of self-limiting stories, including family and cultural "scripts." We work to co-create stories about identity that have more space for possibilities and emotional resilience.
I work well with clients whose concerns are related to anxiety, eating disorders, OCD, grief/loss, trauma, mood disorders, depression, perfectionism, and concerns related to identity. I enjoy helping people build skills to more effectively respond to their distress, and to engage in their lives with an increased sense of purpose and awareness of their values. I worked in a college counseling center for 10 years before co-founding a private practice, and work well with people who are making a life transition.
Are you ready for a change, but feeling unsure of how to navigate personal transformation on your own? Integrative holistic therapy can help you move beyond anxiety, negative self-talk, or depression and begin to build a life of inner connection and meaning. I am moved by my clients’ stories and seeing them grow into their potential. With 13 years of experience working in personal growth development, I feel honored to be a companion on the journey of change—someone who offers a safe and non-judgmental environment in which to explore collaborative goals.
I am a clinical social worker in Iowa with over 10 years of experience in the field and 3 in counseling. I have worked with clients on many issues, including anxiety and depression, addiction, family conflict, and grief. My therapeutic style is casual and based on a mutual exchange of ideas, knowledge, and understanding. I believe all people have the capacity for growth and learning. My approach combines multiple therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioral, dialectical, trauma-informed, and mindfulness based treatment which I will adapt to fit your specific needs and concerns.
I enjoy helping individuals, couples, and families build resilience and thrive through the challenges and changes and losses that life inevitably brings. I offer an empathetic listening ear and a hopeful solutions-focused approach, developing my client's strengths and coping skills to help them meet their therapy goals. I believe that human connection through healthy relationships makes all the difference when we are struggling, and I love working with people to strengthen relationships with those closest to them.
I focus on providing an accepting, creative, and supportive space for clients to safely process challenges, build on strengths, and learn new skills to empower personal growth. I am a registered, board-certified art therapist, and a licensed mental health counselor. My work with clients focuses on an integrative mind-body approach rooted in trauma-informed psychotherapy. In my sessions I incorporate art therapy, breath work, EMDR, hypnosis/hypnotherapy, mindfulness, and movement techniques.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Iowa City are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Iowa City then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
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Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Iowa City psychologists specializing in EMDR.
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. Psychologists in Iowa City specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. 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?
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