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Jim Andrikopoulos PH.D.
Specializes in Neuropsychology, Psychology
Address: 1111 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314
Michelle Leigh Cushman PH.D.
Specializes in Counseling, Psychotherapy, Psychology
Address: Des Moines, IA
Clinical Interests: anxiety, postpartum depression, mindfulness ... (Read more)
Mrs. Michelle Raye Stewart-Sandusky MS, LMFT
Specializes in Family Therapy
Address: 4725 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50322
Clinical Interests: family therapy services, group therapy services, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) ... (Read more)
Daniel J. Harkness LMFT
Specializes in Family Therapy
Address: 840 E University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50316
Dr. Donald M. Kaesser PH. D.
Specializes in Counseling, Addiction Therapy, Psychology
Address: 1922 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
Clinical Interests: long-term therapy, relational therapy, depression ... (Read more)
Susan Marie Guenther PH D
Specializes in Psychology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 2800 Rutland Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311
Clinical Interests: crisis intervention, personal growth and development, personality disorders ... (Read more)
Dr. Kindra Lee Perry LP, PSYD
Specializes in Psychology
Address: 1801 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50314
Dr. Heather L. Soyer PSY.D.
Specializes in Child Psychology
Address: 1206 Pleasant Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Heidi Lynn Vermeer-Quist PSYD
Specializes in Psychology
Address: 6200 Aurora Avenue, Urbandale, IA 50322
Marcene R. Moran ED.D.
Specializes in Psychology
Address: 2643 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
Annie Lass
Specializes in Counseling
Address: 3125 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311
Clinical Interests: abuse, depression, relationship issues ... (Read more)
Mrs. Jessica Ann Pilling L.M.H.C.
Specializes in Counseling
Address: 600 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
Ms. Allison J. Robbins LMSW
Specializes in Counseling
Address: 1063 14th Place, Des Moines, IA 50314
Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Celentano LMSW
Specializes in Counseling
Address: 600 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
Mrs. Brenda L. Wood-Clark
Specializes in Counseling
Address: 699 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Dr. Bruce Lee Dawson PSY.D.
Specializes in Psychology
Address: 4313 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

What is Therapy?

Therapy, in a mental health context, includes a broad range of treatments designed to help people feel and function better in their daily life. It usually involves talking to a professional to gain insight and coping skills for stressful life events. Some of the fields that may be included under 'therapy' are:
  • Psychology, or the scientific study of the mind, including the science behind human development and cognition, mental health, memory, perception, and intelligence.
  • Psychotherapy, or 'talk therapy,' where patients talk to a therapist in order to problem solve and learn new ways to handle difficult issues in their lives.
  • Counseling, which is sometimes used interchangeably with psychotherapy, and is very similar. It is also a type of 'talk therapy,' but it tends to be more short-term, and it can be provided by professionals without medical credentials, such as spiritual advisors. The goal of both counseling and psychotherapy is to improve a patient's well being by helping them navigate difficult situations in life.
  • Substance abuse therapy, or rehabilitation, which often uses a combination of medication and talk therapy for treatment. Substance abuse therapy may include coping skills, life skills training, family therapy, or behavioral therapy to learn new ways of reacting.

The use of mental health therapy is extremely common and safe, and it is an effective tool in supporting people who are struggling with life changes, unwanted feelings and behaviors, or difficult circumstances in their lives. If you are feeling stuck with an issue or circumstance that is troubling, therapy can be a very healing way to be guided past it to a more positive future.
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