Carmen Caruso


About Me

I am a mental health therapist (LMHC) licensed in Iowa with several years of experience working as a psychotherapist and life coach. My experiences in this career path has lead me to work with clients with a wide range of presenting issues such as anxiety, anger management, grief and loss, depression, trauma, processing trauma, relationship obstacles and more. I am trained in EMDR and am currently working towards a greater understanding and certification in Internal Family Systems training (IFS).

My approach to each of my clients is based off of the individual, meeting them where they are at, providing support, compassion and understanding as well as respect for you and the experiences that formed you into the person you are today. I allow myself to utilized several modalities including humanistic, Rogerian (empathetic approach), existential theory and cognitive-behavior therapy. It is my privilege to provide a safe, non judgmental environment for my clients to achieve personal growth and wellbeing.

I firmly believe that when life presents you with adversity that it doesn't have to beat you down, but instead refine you, making you stronger, healthier, happier and more resilient. It can be a bit scary, stepping out of your comfort zone, choosing to do this important work. It takes courage and a willingness to work forward, whatever your pace, to a healthier, happier you. Welcome to the journey!

I'm looking forward to working with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMHC #095132 (Expires: 2022-09-30)

LPCC #3212 (Expires: 2023-02-28)


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Carmen Caruso. 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 by C.A. on May 20, 2022 after therapy with Carmen for 1 week on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

She is not very interested in learning about you, or being a friend. Business type

Written by A.R. on Apr 28, 2022 after therapy with Carmen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She is amazing. I feel so much better already and I have quite a ways to go. She makes me feel understood and heard. I don’t feel alone with my problems and I feel like I will be able to live a happier healthier life with strong mental health practices that I can use on my day to day to help me get through all the stress and anxiety I am dealing with.

Written by E.L. on Apr 24, 2022 after therapy with Carmen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

I have always been someone to not talk about my issue. Carmen is someone who is easy to talk with and really gets you to figure out the root of the issues you are having.

Written by G.U. on Apr 05, 2022 after therapy with Carmen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Shes really good and understanding and helpful

Written by H.A. on Feb 16, 2022 after therapy with Carmen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, coping with life changes, trauma and abuse, and adhd

She is the first therapist I have found in 8 years that makes me feel validated and worthy of the best life I can get. I know I am more then welcome to message her with anything anytime, no matter how small. I’m so lucky to have her in my corner.

Written by H.A. on Feb 03, 2022 after therapy with Carmen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, adhd, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, compassion fatigue, and lgbt

She is true amazing. She focuses on the core of my concerns. Though she is very patient with me and my change, I love how she keeps me proactive with my journey as well. She is my first therapist and I’m happy this journey has started with Carmen.

Work with me!