Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Iowa

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Alaina Ellington
Counselor, MS, TLMHC, CTP, CGP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have been trained to provide DBT therapy and most commonly use CBT, DBT, EMDR, and reality therapy techniques through a trauma -focused lens.
I work with individuals who are ready to transform their mental health and wellbeing. Maybe you are trying to heal from the past, wanting to change your future, or learning to live in the present; maybe all three are true. Whatever your situation is, please know that change starts by taking the first step. I am here to help you take that step in creating the life you want and deserve! I offer individual and couples therapy throughout the state of Iowa. I work with individuals who are 15 years old and older. In-person and online sessions available.
(319) 220-3685
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Birmingham, IA 52535
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Not accepting new clients
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Liz Freese
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I use a variety of therapeutic modalities to fit your needs, as well as EMDR ( trauma treatment).
Welcome! Thank you honoring yourself and giving the gift of self-exploration, understanding, healing and balance to your life. Therapy is an amazing journey that can help with many areas of life that may feel overwhelming and unchangeable. I have a passion for helping others and find joy in the work I do. I would be honored to be with you on this journey. I have been practicing in the field for 17+ years, working with youth, adults, and families.
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Waterloo, IA 50701
Not accepting new clients
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Michelle Hansen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
Verified
Michelle's approach to psychotherapy is grounded in her belief that the potential for healing and change lies within us all. She combines modern psychotherapy techniques with holistic mental health techniques to create an individual approach to healing to support client's experiencing anxiety/depression/grief and loss/ trauma and life adjustments. Her goal is to provide therapeutic approaches and tools that can easily be integrated into daily life. She believes that creating a life of joy, meaning and balance are possible with the proper support and practice.
(319) 250-2402
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North Liberty, IA 52317
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Not accepting new clients
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Brittany Greenbaum
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Welcome, thank you for being here. I see (many) experiences of suffering as inevitable and how we respond and care for ourselves through them matters. My work is based on a philosophy of learning to suffer well, meaning that we engage with curiosity and kindness, as we develop new ways to soothe distress and communicate with honesty and respect. Together we can tend to the roots of your suffering and make room for joy. I work from a trauma and compassion lens and integrate other EBTs. I prioritize safety, trustworthiness and transparency, collaborating and empowering your voice and choice while respecting your culture and history.
(319) 552-6523
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Iowa City, IA 52246
Not accepting new clients
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Jessica Aldrich
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CADC
Verified
Verified
I specialize in working with adults & elders to address issues such as trauma , depression, anxiety, stress-management, & substance abuse.
I believe we are all capable of growth & change. We have the power within ourselves to make the changes necessary to live life to its fullest. At times, we need help with achieving & maintaining these changes. Mental health therapy can help by promoting growth & helping find the strengths one already has within them. At Tranquility Counseling, I will support you with learning those strengths & develop new skills to promote growth & change with a new sense of confidence. I believe one can build this confidence with the support in a safe, comfortable environment & strong therapeutic relationship.
(515) 631-5519
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Altoona, IA 50009
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Waitlist for new clients
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Colleen R Kuhse-Portzline
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Through my trauma based work I am able to go with you as we revisit experiences and help create a new narrative, one that combines your past with hopes for the future.
Hi. I am Colleen Kuhse-Portzline. I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. More specifically, I’m a therapist who is passionate about helping people navigate life’s twists and turns. Are you feeling anxious, confused or maybe just “stuck”? Perhaps you’re missing the joy in life you once had or want to feel alive and thriving again. I believe in the idea of wholehearted living, of letting go of what holds us back and cultivating meaningful relationships.
(563) 363-6939
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Manchester, IA 52057
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Waitlist for new clients
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Stephanie Wheeler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
Verified
As your therapist, my goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment to promote individual healing and growth. I enjoy working with a diverse array of populations and issues, some of which include trauma and abuse, anxiety and depression, personality and relationship issues, as well as life transitions and stress. In particular, I enjoy joining with clients as they explore both internal and external systems to gain insight, and enhance their daily living.
(515) 305-3547
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Ankeny, IA 50023
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Richard A Stapleton
Counselor, EdD, LMHC, NCC, ACS, BC-TMH
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I treat all mental health issues and not just trauma .
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.
(319) 264-1603
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Iowa City, IA 52240
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Kylie Russell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
Verified
I am trained in trauma -informed care and EMDR and actively practice this intervention with many of my clients.
It takes a great deal of courage to reach out during vulnerable times and making the decision to seek help is a big step, which is why I focus on building a supportive and trusting therapeutic relationship in a safe environment. I focus on empowering clients to gain overall well-being by providing a non-judgmental atmosphere. A cornerstone of my work is to become an ally for clients to assist them in achieving their goals and recognizing their strengths. Although I work with clients with many different concerns, my passion lies in assisting with symptoms of trauma , depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and self-esteem.
(319) 601-8078
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Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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Lanaya L Ethington
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
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.
(319) 519-4147
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Iowa City, IA 52240
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Jason Drwal Trauma Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Have you gone through a trauma that's still affecting you? Is it affecting your relationships or self-esteem or making you feel stressed or overwhelmed? I’m a trauma therapist and I can help you take back control of your life. Here are some (but not all) of the issues I can help with: abuse in relationships/childhood/adulthood, accidents, deployment to combat zones, losses/grief, divorce/relationship breakups, events that were humiliating and assaults.
(319) 671-6301
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North Liberty, IA 52317
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Amanda Ackerman
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I am certified in EMDR and working towards EMDRIA certification. I often also utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I enjoy providing therapy to individuals and families. I provide a safe supportive and non-judgmental environment. I encourage my clients to be comfortable, open, and honest. Together, in a casual and comfortable environment, we identify and approach life's challenges and set attainable goals. You are important to me. In session we will focus your struggles and your concerns. We may potentially focus on anxiety, depression, delinquent defiant behavior, conduct concerns, school or work issues, trauma , relationships, stress management, substance issues, or self-esteem.
(515) 800-2101
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Des Moines, IA 50322
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Richelle Derfus
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW, CADC, CCTP
Verified
Verified
I assist in helping clients heal from trauma , sexual abuse, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. I use a wide variety of treatment modalities to assist in overcoming difficulties. I use several treatment modalities, based on what you need. I am certified in EMDR, which is a first line treatment for helping people to overcome trauma . It is also used to treat other emotional experiences. I also assist with people struggling to cope in healthy manners, and help you to discover and implement new coping skills. You will learn new skills to assist you in having the life you want.
(319) 250-4305
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Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
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Kenlyn Gordon
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I enjoy working with a broad array of concerns including trauma recovery, anxiety disorders, depression, identity concerns, eating disorders, body image, emotional dysregulation, relational issues, self-esteem, chronic stress, and family issues.
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, and I find such meaning in helping you feel deeply known, valued, and understood. Start today in creating the life you want.
(515) 361-7515
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Des Moines, IA 50309
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Paul Marion . Beacon Of Hope Coralville Counseling Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CTP
Verified
Verified
I am a licensed therapist, certified trauma professional, and Veteran, who utilizes an integrated approach of several evidence-based body therapy techniques including, but not limited to somatic experiencing and bi-lateral therapies.
I provide a very straight-forward and direct solution focused approach for addressing barriers of life. I understand that sometimes we all can use a safe space to process situations that come along with being human in a sometimes less than humane world. I provide guidance through instructing the use of various breathing exercises, grounding, stabilization, and relaxation techniques to provide clients with tools for minimizing stress responses.
(319) 316-6803
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Coralville, IA 52241
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Not accepting new clients
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Susan Haines, MS LMHC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMHC, MS
Verified
Verified
I am well accustomed to dealing with a multitude of issues ( trauma , anxiety, depression, relationships, anger, sense of self, addiction, personality issues and more).
I will bring to your therapy not only 25+ years experience, but also a focus on developing a client-focused and caring environment where together we can work toward the change you are seeking for yourself, your family and/or your relationships. I understand that looking for a therapist can sometimes be challenging, as a result I work hard to develop rapport and incorporate important resources to support that journey.
(515) 303-3911
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Clive, IA 50325
Not accepting new clients
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Lindsey Olsen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Some common concerns are, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, self-esteem, abuse (emotional, sexual, physical), attachment, family conflict, communication issues, somatic issues (pain, seizures, loss of vision), grief and loss, addictions and compulsions, trauma and PTSD , and changes and adjustments in life.
Hi! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and I am passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families to meet their desired goals. I have an interest in working with clients who have experienced trauma and/or PTSD . I am a certified therapist in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a type of therapy that enables people to heal from symptoms and/or emotional distress that can result from disturbing life experiences. I also work with clients experiencing somatic (body) issues from traumatic experiences. Please do not hesitate to ask questions about specific issues you would like to address.
(515) 505-1833
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West Des Moines, IA 50266
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Christy J Meyer
Counselor, LMHC, LMHP
Verified
Verified
These experiences have given me a unique window to understand the challenges trauma causes across many kinds of experiences.
My name is Christy Meyer. I have been a therapist for 22 years but my best experience in life is my experience as a mother. I have worked in parent education, I have experience as an adoptive mother and a foster mom. I love working with individuals in life transitions, I have worked with many people who have experienced significant trauma . I teach parenting, communication and train foster parents. I have been part of the first responder mental health community in Des Moines for the past 8 years. I am CISM certified in debriefing of critical incidents.
(402) 720-4518
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Windsor Heights, IA 50324
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Katie Gillespie-Jensen
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
Verified
Katie utilizes a person-centered approach, based on her belief that the foundation of meaningful therapy is a genuine relationship between the client and therapist. Katie operates from trauma informed perspective and will support clients in exploring the impact of their earlier experiences on their current functioning. Katie works to assist clients in developing deeper self-understanding. Katie supports clients in identifying their values and making meaningful and intentional choices.
(319) 284-4027
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Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
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Shannon Haus
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, t-LMHC, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Each person is unique and as we walk through the journey of life there are bound to be occasional bumps in the road. With an emphasis on trauma -informed care I utilize EMDR, ACT, CBT, mindfulness and meditation to best fit your therapy goals. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, trauma related disorders, attachment, and sports performance issues. I enjoy working with teens, college students as well as adults. As a former school counselor, I enjoy assisting students struggling with college and career decisions.
(515) 454-2202
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Ames, IA 50010
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Trauma and PTSD Therapists
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological reaction that occurs after an extremely stressful event, such as physical violence or military combat. Those suffering from PTSD have recurring memories of the stressful event and are anxious or scared even in the absence of danger. Flashbacks and nightmares are common symptoms as well.