About Me

Welcome to Better Help! I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and a Certified Mindfulness-Informed Professional (CMIP) based in Iowa with 18 years experience working with people facing various challenges in their life. I have worked with people of all ages struggling with depression, anxiety, self esteem, and communication issues. My approach is solution focused, strengths based counseling with a focus on Mindfulness-based strategies.

My counseling style is warm and interactive and I believe in treating everyone with respect and compassion. I believe that you know your story the best and I am here to help guide you toward new and more effective solutions to the problems you are experiencing in your life. It takes courage to reach out and ask for help, so feel proud of yourself for taking that first step. I am here to help support and empower you to live a better life!

I am looking forward to meeting and working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Coping with life changes , ADHD

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 18

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

IA LISW 06247


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Brenda Starr. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Oct 06, 2022 after therapy with Brenda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

I love working with Brenda! She is an amazing listener and she is very appropriate and respectful and polite. She is a great listener and I love all of her suggestions. She definitely makes it feel like a safe space to talk with her and I think her suggestions and advice can be very helpful

Written on Aug 14, 2022 after therapy with Brenda for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

I have full trust and confidence in Brenda’s expertise. Her advice is so spot-on and tactile. She knows exactly how to respond to my concerns in a kind, nonjudgmental way with real solutions/tools to help me approach situations differently to work through my concerns. She’s truly vested in helping me!

Written on Jul 19, 2022 after therapy with Brenda for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I feel like she reals hears what I am saying.

Written on Jun 15, 2022 after therapy with Brenda for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

Brenda has been super helpful and have had challenges feeling connected with therapists before. Not so with Brenda.

Written on Apr 26, 2022 after therapy with Brenda for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

She’s great

Written on Mar 11, 2022 after therapy with Brenda for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and grief

Great experience!

Written on Dec 19, 2021 after therapy with Brenda for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, and coping with life changes

Brenda has been super helpful. She listens to my concerns and provides solutions/coping skills based on where I am not just because.

Written on Nov 29, 2021 after therapy with Brenda for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, coping with life changes, and adhd

Brenda is great. I've never seen a therapist before so I didn't know what to expect. She has been great to work with and walked me through my feelings and given me different points of view to consider. She has given me small ideas to work and focus on during this time of grief. I highly recommend her.

Written on Nov 15, 2021 after therapy with Brenda for 2 weeks

Brenda is amazing. Offers many different solutions based on your conversations and asks for feedback at your next meeting and offers other possible solutions based on your feedback if needed!

Written on Sep 29, 2021 after therapy with Brenda for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Brenda is awesome. I've really enjoyed working with her and learning from her expertise.

Written on Sep 20, 2021 after therapy with Brenda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I think Brenda has helped me a great deal in just 3 weeks. I would highly recommend her to anyone.

Written on Sep 18, 2021 after therapy with Brenda for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and adhd

Brenda is extremely honest, genuine, and compassionate. She provides a multitude of strategies and always has me leaving her sessions feeling refreshed and energized. She validates me and my feelings. I appreciate her providing me “exercises” after our sessions to help me continue to dig deeper! I’m so glad to have been paired with her and would recommend her to anyone!

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