Therapists in Polk County, IA

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Photo of undefined - Erik Oostenink, LMHC, LLC, MA, LMHC, Counselor
Erik Oostenink, LMHC, LLC
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
I strive to provide a warm and welcoming environment for people to feel safe, genuine, and accepted, to work through issues. With over 20 years of experience, I work with many men who can be real about struggles with life changes, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, and substance use. I also see women, couples, and adolescents. I enjoy the balance of working with a variety of people, and also feel passionate about making counseling a healthy place for men too. I take people serious and we can have fun too. Typical sessions involve more laughter than tears and are sprinkled with talk of sports, current events, and family.
I strive to provide a warm and welcoming environment for people to feel safe, genuine, and accepted, to work through issues. With over 20 years of experience, I work with many men who can be real about struggles with life changes, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, and substance use. I also see women, couples, and adolescents. I enjoy the balance of working with a variety of people, and also feel passionate about making counseling a healthy place for men too. I take people serious and we can have fun too. Typical sessions involve more laughter than tears and are sprinkled with talk of sports, current events, and family.
(515) 517-2351 View (515) 517-2351
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Amy J Muell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50322
When you make a decision to begin therapy for yourself or a loved one, you are making a decision to be brave. I believe that for a person to heal and move beyond their internal struggle, they must first have a sense of safety and connection. Together, we will develop a path of treatment that leads you too feeling more balanced.
When you make a decision to begin therapy for yourself or a loved one, you are making a decision to be brave. I believe that for a person to heal and move beyond their internal struggle, they must first have a sense of safety and connection. Together, we will develop a path of treatment that leads you too feeling more balanced.
(515) 531-5795 View (515) 531-5795
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Mallory Bisher
Counselor, MA, LMHC, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
I am Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Nurse. I have been working with children, adolescents, and adults for over a decade. I have experience in a variety of settings which include outpatient, partial hospitalization, inpatient, emergency room services, and juvenile corrections. I like to utilize a variety of treatment methods which include cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and interpersonal therapy. I strive to create a safe and supportive therapeutic environment to promote growth and change!
I am Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Nurse. I have been working with children, adolescents, and adults for over a decade. I have experience in a variety of settings which include outpatient, partial hospitalization, inpatient, emergency room services, and juvenile corrections. I like to utilize a variety of treatment methods which include cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and interpersonal therapy. I strive to create a safe and supportive therapeutic environment to promote growth and change!
(515) 679-3980 View (515) 679-3980
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Erin Suchy-Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Feeling "blah," hopeless, down? Nervous, on-edge, stuck in the past or constantly worried about the future? Find yourself angry/agitated all the time? Do you have physical symptoms like appetite changes, sleep difficulties, fatigue, restlessness, and trouble concentrating? Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy, struggling with everyday tasks, feeling "checked out" and thinking thoughts like "what's the point?," "will X ever get better" can be a sign we could benefit from outside help.
Feeling "blah," hopeless, down? Nervous, on-edge, stuck in the past or constantly worried about the future? Find yourself angry/agitated all the time? Do you have physical symptoms like appetite changes, sleep difficulties, fatigue, restlessness, and trouble concentrating? Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy, struggling with everyday tasks, feeling "checked out" and thinking thoughts like "what's the point?," "will X ever get better" can be a sign we could benefit from outside help.
(515) 417-1913 x209 View (515) 417-1913 x209
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Abby Singleton
Counselor, MA, tLMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Accepting new clients! I use a radical and compassionate approach to therapy and believe that everyone deserves a safe and affirming space to feel seen, heard, and valued for who they are. I am a trauma-informed and affirming therapist with a psychodynamic background. I recognize that therapy is not one-size-fits-all, and I meet each person where they are at; I will modify therapeutic interventions and modalities based on the needs of each individual. We can work together to set goals and promote growth in whatever way feels best for you.
Accepting new clients! I use a radical and compassionate approach to therapy and believe that everyone deserves a safe and affirming space to feel seen, heard, and valued for who they are. I am a trauma-informed and affirming therapist with a psychodynamic background. I recognize that therapy is not one-size-fits-all, and I meet each person where they are at; I will modify therapeutic interventions and modalities based on the needs of each individual. We can work together to set goals and promote growth in whatever way feels best for you.
(515) 516-4538 View (515) 516-4538
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Stacey Haylett
Counselor, tLMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ankeny, IA 50023
I received my master's degree in Counseling in 2012 from Drake University and have been a school counselor for 11 years. I completed my internship in 2023 and am now supporting clients in private practice. Through my experiences, I have learned a lot about meeting people where they are at and walking alongside them in their journey. Trusting the client to know when they are ready to make a change is an integral part of the process. Starting is the hardest part and I'm here to help you get started.
I received my master's degree in Counseling in 2012 from Drake University and have been a school counselor for 11 years. I completed my internship in 2023 and am now supporting clients in private practice. Through my experiences, I have learned a lot about meeting people where they are at and walking alongside them in their journey. Trusting the client to know when they are ready to make a change is an integral part of the process. Starting is the hardest part and I'm here to help you get started.
(515) 303-3110 View (515) 303-3110
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Charlotte Stanton
Counselor, MS, LIMHP, LMHC
Verified Verified
West Des Moines, IA 50265  (Online Only)
I am eclectic when it comes to treatment approaches. Each client has his/her individual needs and I believe they need a personalized treatment plan that works best for them. My most common approaches are SFT, CBT, and client-centered therapies. I also offer faith/Christian-based therapy.
I am eclectic when it comes to treatment approaches. Each client has his/her individual needs and I believe they need a personalized treatment plan that works best for them. My most common approaches are SFT, CBT, and client-centered therapies. I also offer faith/Christian-based therapy.
(515) 417-9040 View (515) 417-9040
Photo of Erika Smith, LISW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Erika Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ankeny, IA 50023
I am a clinical social worker providing therapy to children, adolescents and adults who are seeking a safe and welcoming environment. I believe therapy should be a collaborative approach to reaching goals and bettering your life. I value strong therapeutic relationships so that you may find it easier to trust and gain the skills you need. I want to help you strengthen your own self-awareness and see that therapy is a place for you to improve the steps you are taking to reach your goals.
I am a clinical social worker providing therapy to children, adolescents and adults who are seeking a safe and welcoming environment. I believe therapy should be a collaborative approach to reaching goals and bettering your life. I value strong therapeutic relationships so that you may find it easier to trust and gain the skills you need. I want to help you strengthen your own self-awareness and see that therapy is a place for you to improve the steps you are taking to reach your goals.
(515) 420-1707 View (515) 420-1707
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Josh Vander Zwaag
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CFRA
Verified Verified
Altoona, IA 50009
Accepting NEW Clients (Telehealth & In-Person) As a mental health therapist, and a former police officer, I have over 14 years of combined experience in law enforcement and clinical counseling, and a unique perspective to life challenges. My mission is to make a positive impact and a difference in the lives of my clients by creating a safe and comfortable environment where they can explore, grow, and heal. I am passionate about supporting and enhancing the mental health and well-being of individuals, couples, families, divorced parents, college students, first responders (active/retired), and military veterans (active/retired).
Accepting NEW Clients (Telehealth & In-Person) As a mental health therapist, and a former police officer, I have over 14 years of combined experience in law enforcement and clinical counseling, and a unique perspective to life challenges. My mission is to make a positive impact and a difference in the lives of my clients by creating a safe and comfortable environment where they can explore, grow, and heal. I am passionate about supporting and enhancing the mental health and well-being of individuals, couples, families, divorced parents, college students, first responders (active/retired), and military veterans (active/retired).
(515) 316-5760 View (515) 316-5760
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Chad Peters
Counselor, tLMHC
Verified Verified
My areas of focus are LGBTQIA+ issues, loss and grief, anxiety, depression, and adjustment issues. I work primarily with adults and LGBTQIA+ people of all ages.
My areas of focus are LGBTQIA+ issues, loss and grief, anxiety, depression, and adjustment issues. I work primarily with adults and LGBTQIA+ people of all ages.
(515) 972-9860 View (515) 972-9860
Photo of Jake Bergman, MS, LMHC, NCC, Counselor
Jake Bergman
Counselor, MS, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
Urbandale, IA 50322
My approach to therapy is based on my belief that no two individuals are exactly the same, and what works for one person might not work for the other. With that in mind, I utilize an individualized therapeutic approach to identify and select the most effective method, to address the specific needs of each client. My work with clients has a firm foundation in person-centered and cognitive-behavioral therapies and frequently incorporates; dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and positive psychology.
My approach to therapy is based on my belief that no two individuals are exactly the same, and what works for one person might not work for the other. With that in mind, I utilize an individualized therapeutic approach to identify and select the most effective method, to address the specific needs of each client. My work with clients has a firm foundation in person-centered and cognitive-behavioral therapies and frequently incorporates; dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and positive psychology.
(515) 203-8316 View (515) 203-8316
Photo of Meredith Stahl, MA, LMHC, NCC, Counselor
Meredith Stahl
Counselor, MA, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
I work with adults and adolescents and have experience with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, loss, and trauma. I am passionate about working with teens who have been affected by bullying. Addressing the lived effects bullying behavior can have on an individual is imperative in order to negate any residual trauma that results in feelings of depression and anxiety as a young adult. Having a safe space that encourages clients to be vulnerable is key and I hope to provide that for my clients.
I work with adults and adolescents and have experience with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, loss, and trauma. I am passionate about working with teens who have been affected by bullying. Addressing the lived effects bullying behavior can have on an individual is imperative in order to negate any residual trauma that results in feelings of depression and anxiety as a young adult. Having a safe space that encourages clients to be vulnerable is key and I hope to provide that for my clients.
(515) 203-8602 View (515) 203-8602
Photo of Emma Hendricks, MA, LMHC, CADC, Counselor
Emma Hendricks
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CADC
Verified Verified
Altoona, IA 50009
My purpose as a counselor is to support you in making positive changes in your life. I strive to create a safe and open space to foster growth through meaningful self-reflection and empowerment. It is not uncommon to feel stuck at times and I believe the key to healing is through connection. I will work collaboratively with you to meet you where you are on your journey toward emotional wellness and stability.
My purpose as a counselor is to support you in making positive changes in your life. I strive to create a safe and open space to foster growth through meaningful self-reflection and empowerment. It is not uncommon to feel stuck at times and I believe the key to healing is through connection. I will work collaboratively with you to meet you where you are on your journey toward emotional wellness and stability.
(515) 993-7847 View (515) 993-7847
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Emma Sakanovic
Counselor, tLMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
I believe that therapy is a sacred place where my clients will feel safe, welcome, and heard. Our lives can bring adversity and tribulations that shake us to our core, leaving us lost and alone. With me, you don’t have to be alone in your journey. With 20+ years of experience working with adults in the criminal justice system, I bring patience, empathy, understanding, and a nonjudgmental stance. I am grateful for the opportunity to help you grow and reach your full potential. While we can’t change our past experiences, together we can find ways to better understand and resolve life challenges.
I believe that therapy is a sacred place where my clients will feel safe, welcome, and heard. Our lives can bring adversity and tribulations that shake us to our core, leaving us lost and alone. With me, you don’t have to be alone in your journey. With 20+ years of experience working with adults in the criminal justice system, I bring patience, empathy, understanding, and a nonjudgmental stance. I am grateful for the opportunity to help you grow and reach your full potential. While we can’t change our past experiences, together we can find ways to better understand and resolve life challenges.
(515) 824-2443 View (515) 824-2443
Photo of Trisha Crabbs, LMHC, CADC, Counselor
Trisha Crabbs
Counselor, LMHC, CADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50312
Not accepting new clients
I am a caring therapist with a down-to-earth style who strives to create a nonjudgmental and supportive environment where people feel comfortable sharing their feelings. I strongly believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship to assist others on their journey of self-reflection and healing. Together we will explore your life challenges and develop personal goals for lasting change.
I am a caring therapist with a down-to-earth style who strives to create a nonjudgmental and supportive environment where people feel comfortable sharing their feelings. I strongly believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship to assist others on their journey of self-reflection and healing. Together we will explore your life challenges and develop personal goals for lasting change.
(515) 505-1961 View (515) 505-1961
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Samantha Ness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hi, I’m Sam! I’m a mental health provider who strives to create a safe and inclusive environment for all with consistent encouragement to come as you are. I work with individuals on grief and loss, and in addition to bereavement I work with adults, adolescents, children, and families on topics such as anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, and family dynamics.
Hi, I’m Sam! I’m a mental health provider who strives to create a safe and inclusive environment for all with consistent encouragement to come as you are. I work with individuals on grief and loss, and in addition to bereavement I work with adults, adolescents, children, and families on topics such as anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, and family dynamics.
(515) 517-2546 View (515) 517-2546
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Red Couch Counseling LLC.
Counselor, MEd, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ankeny, IA 50023
Currently accepting new clients. I have been a practicing licensed therapist for over 27 years. I work with adults, adolescents, couples, families, and children. I possess a comprehensive expertise in many fields, namely; anxiety, depression, trauma and stress. My Goal is to work WITH you to create a therapeutic space that is supportive and safe. I am knowledgeable about the biological, emotional, and relational aspects of mental health and have both respect and compassion for the complexity of these factors in your life.
Currently accepting new clients. I have been a practicing licensed therapist for over 27 years. I work with adults, adolescents, couples, families, and children. I possess a comprehensive expertise in many fields, namely; anxiety, depression, trauma and stress. My Goal is to work WITH you to create a therapeutic space that is supportive and safe. I am knowledgeable about the biological, emotional, and relational aspects of mental health and have both respect and compassion for the complexity of these factors in your life.
(515) 705-0288 View (515) 705-0288
Photo of Leisha Ristau, LISW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Leisha Ristau
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ankeny, IA 50023
With a passion for fostering mental well-being and a commitment to personalized care, I have embarked on a transformative journey to opening a practice in Ankeny, IA called Nurturing Therapy Services. Any new or previous clients can reach out.
With a passion for fostering mental well-being and a commitment to personalized care, I have embarked on a transformative journey to opening a practice in Ankeny, IA called Nurturing Therapy Services. Any new or previous clients can reach out.
(515) 517-6908 View (515) 517-6908
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Courtney Mergen
Counselor, MA, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
I have only daytime availability and am accepting BCBS insurance! Hello and welcome! My name is Courtney and I am a compassionate and open-minded mental health therapist located in West Des Moines. I enjoy working with individuals aged 12 through adulthood with particular interest in trauma/PTSD, women's issues, anxiety disorders, chronic illness/chronic pain, insomnia and sexual strain/dysfunction. My approach is trauma-informed and empirically supported. I use play-based strategies in my work with children and I am trained in EMDR as well as CBT-i (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia).
I have only daytime availability and am accepting BCBS insurance! Hello and welcome! My name is Courtney and I am a compassionate and open-minded mental health therapist located in West Des Moines. I enjoy working with individuals aged 12 through adulthood with particular interest in trauma/PTSD, women's issues, anxiety disorders, chronic illness/chronic pain, insomnia and sexual strain/dysfunction. My approach is trauma-informed and empirically supported. I use play-based strategies in my work with children and I am trained in EMDR as well as CBT-i (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia).
(515) 454-1969 View (515) 454-1969
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Ann Latham
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Johnston, IA 50131
I feel it is a privilege to meet with people of all ages and backgrounds who are willing to seek professional input regarding their personal situations. I work with children, adolescents, families, and individual adults to address a variety of concerns, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, stress, family issues, learning difficulties, life transitions, and parenting.
I feel it is a privilege to meet with people of all ages and backgrounds who are willing to seek professional input regarding their personal situations. I work with children, adolescents, families, and individual adults to address a variety of concerns, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, stress, family issues, learning difficulties, life transitions, and parenting.
(515) 497-2119 View (515) 497-2119

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Polk County, IA

700+

Average cost per session

$157

Therapists in Polk County, IA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
89% Depression
78% Self Esteem
77% Relationship Issues
76% Trauma and PTSD
74% Stress
70% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% BlueCross and BlueShield
76% Wellmark BCBS
52% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Polk County, IA see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Polk County?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.