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Des Moines Counseling Services

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Yasmina Mobarek, LLC
4.8
from 42 reviews
  • 139 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marlhene C.
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Yasmina is so caring and understanding, we had only going 2time I personally I have notice the chance 😊 I highly recommend her, she is marvelous!!!

  • 18 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey O.
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Pastor Acker was very comforting and offered me wonderful advice. I am very great full for his inspiring words and the attentive way he listened to my concerns. I highly recommend seeking guidance or counseling from Pastor Acker.

Nancy Haver Counseling
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Claire S.
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I've been to several counselors over the years, Nancy exceeded my expectations. She's no bullshit but also very warm, makes you feel comfortable right away, knows how to mediate a conversation, and is very flexible with scheduling. She's easy going, but also seriously committed to helping. She's pretty great. Go see her.

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  • 18 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Penelope H.
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Shane is extremely helpful and professional during our counseling sessions. My life has taken a complete turn for the better because of the Art of Loving Center.

Eternal Knot Ceremonies
4.4
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Douglas B.
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Very professional, did an amazing job.

NoStressNoStigma.com
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Sally Z.
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“Things are going well. We saw Amanda for premarital and couples therapy. We are now married so there is a little less stress in our lives, in some ways! We both definitely greatly benefited from Amanda’s counseling and we still go back to things she said or things we realized because of her all the time - so thank you!”

Julia Jenkins Counseling
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Ryan F.
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Greenlake Wellness Group has wonderful clinicians with a wide range of expertise. It is a professional and comfortable space in the heart of Greenlake.

Felicia M.
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I may be biased but working with Gerald will immediately set you at ease. He is dependable, trustworthy, and always looking out for your best interests. He continually goes above and beyond for not only his loved ones but everyone he comes in contact with. You will instantly recognize the love he has to share. He is warm and always willing and wanting to do his best in every situation. From guiding me through difficult circumstances to major life changes, I could and always will count on him. Whether you are working with him for your wedding or for counseling he is patient and always seeking to understand to suit your needs and serve in whatever way he can.

Tracey Grady Counseling
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kyle M.
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I've never been to a counselor before, but Tracy made me feel welcome and is very understanding of our issues and had great insight to help us.

Zane Behnke Counseling
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Callum J.
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24/Male - I saw Zane for 6months to help me through a severe bout of major depression/anxiety. He was very understanding, but will not join in with your pity party, unlike some other less useful therapists do, in order to keep you coming back. Instead he made me realise how narrow my negative view of the world was at the time and how to broaden my attitudes and expectations instead of letting them sour and aiming for perfection and disappointment As well as how much easier ,more enjoyable and more realistic this is! He maintained solution-focused throughout and convinced me that things can get better, quicker than you think.And they did. I found Zane to be easy to talk to and very approachable, though he always maintained a professional client-therapist relationship. A few months on it's hard to believe the person I was before. Though I owe the enormous progress I have made to a number of people, places and things (as well as my own efforts) I am adamant that Zane was instrumental in helping me to gain momentum and feel unstuck.

  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa C.
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Alan is a warm and effective therapist, with a great blend of intellect and heart. He's helped me explore ways of creating safety in my relationship, which allows me to reach for deeper intimacy. He's helped me understand myself and my partner in ways I hadn't previously considered. I recommend him highly as a therapist for couples and individuals.

Paige Jones Counseling
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Katelyn G.
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Working with Paige has been a gift. Her authenticity, compassion, and professionalism make her a wonderful therapist. She is approachable and warm, combining knowledge with skill and wisdom. I'd highly recommend her.

To Cherish Family LLC
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kev H.
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Theresa was a great help to our family. We would definitely go back and see her again and we have! She listens, is attentive and really works to help you with whatever issue that you are going through.

About

Ascension Counseling Services believes in the healing power of therapy and that anyone can benefit from seeing a counselor. Our clients are working on personal growth and self-actualization within the context of human relationships. Ascension Counseling Services tailors therapy based on the individual, using their own experiences and stories to help them discover the next step to take. We help people identify the inconsistencies between what they're doing today and what they would like to achieve in the future. Ascension Counseling Services also uses a variety of cognitive behavior and dialectical techniques, such as relaxation and mindfulness to help them feel ready and able to cope with the challenges and stressors that life may present.

  • 13 years in business
About

I am trained in multiple approaches to mental health therapy including psychodynamic, object relational, existential, and cognitive behavioral as a direct result of my rich and varied clinical experiences helping individuals, families, and couples. Because of my diverse work history and interactions with clients from all areas of life, I am uniquely qualified to understand and assist you in reaching a healthier place in life.

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As a marriage and family therapist, I specialize in walking alongside clients having emotional and relational struggles. I listen with compassion, offer pertinent insight, and share hope for a better future. My clients describe me as someone who "gets them", in part because I combine my advanced clinical training as a therapist with my life experience as a wife, mom, friend and businesswoman.

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My areas of expertise include helping adults heal from childhood trauma and abuse, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. I also help individuals gain a sense of self-worth and forge meaningful and healthy relationships.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I specialize in both talk therapy and lifespan integration for anyone who wants to grow and change. I typically see clients with a history of trauma and/or current irrational reactions and behaviors. My ideal clients are stuck deeply in life's issues yet have an even deeper desire to start digging in and through those issues. These clients get excited about their own personal growth and are willing to invite others to partner with them.

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I am a mental health counselor with 3 years of experience counseling individuals of all backgrounds. I specialize in treating trauma, depression and anxiety. I love working with young women and adolescents. I am certified in EMDR (trauma processing therapy), and take a person-centered approach.

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I counsel people on a variety of issues. Examples are career issues, spiritual counseling. family issues and work issues.

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I offer individual and couples counseling. Learn how everyday activities can help you transition your routines and attitudes about life and love. Have you ever closed your eyes during an entire meal just to focus on the taste, smell and how it feels in your mouth? Self-awareness techniques are powerful tools for individuals learning how to create better relationships with themselves and those around them.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What are the types of psychologists?

Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

  • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
  • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
  • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
  • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
  • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
  • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
  • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
  • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
  • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
  • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
  • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
  • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
  • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
  • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
  • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
  • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
  • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
  • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

  • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
  • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
  • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
  • Overcoming addictions.
  • Managing chronic illness.
  • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

How much do therapists cost?

If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

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