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Denise Stutes, LISW

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Grief Depression
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About me

Hello, I am a licensed therapist in Iowa. I have over 23 years of experience in the mental health field with the past 5 years as a therapist. Some of my background includes working in; community settings, hospitals, domestic violence shelters and in corrections. I have worked with a wide variety of individuals who have suffered from all kinds of problematic areas in their life including severe physical and mental trauma. I enjoy helping others and I love to see people grow and succeed in their journey of life.

My counseling style is compassionate, direct, interactive and sometimes I like to add some humor. I also like to empower others. When you see your own strengths that is when growth takes place. My approach is a combination of family systems, cognitive behavioral, person centered and mindfulness. This is a judgement free zone. I am on your side. I believe we all are unique in our own ways. You are enough just the way you are.

It takes courage to reach out and take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support and empower you.

I look forward working with you and thank you for the opportunity to do so.

Professional experience

5yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Grief Depression

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Avoidant Personality, Caregiver issues and stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Hoarding, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Midlife crisis, Money and financial issues, Mood disorders , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic stress, Self-love, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's issues, Workplace issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

IA LISW 008035


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Denise Stutes. 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.

Denise has been so helpful and professional she is extremely knowledgeable and caring

Written on Mar 25, 2024 after therapy with Denise for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues

Denise is literally the best. She is thoughtful, knowledgeable, and knows how to communicate with me.

Written on Jan 25, 2023 after therapy with Denise for 2 months on issues concerning family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Denise Stutes is an excellent and skilled therapist

Written on Nov 01, 2022 after therapy with Denise for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Pure awesomeness

Written on Oct 16, 2022 after therapy with Denise for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Denise really helped me through some struggling months. She took time to listen, ask questions and gave me the right nudges when I needed them (and allowed me space when I wasn't yet ready). She was key to the mental improvements I've seen over the last few months. Would definitely recommend.

Written on Jun 15, 2022 after therapy with Denise for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and parenting issues

I worked with Denise for several months and I saw a huge change in myself. She helped me through a huge career change, through relationship anxiety, avoidance issues, anxiety and much more. She is comforting, supportive and safe. She gives you space to help yourself so you can feel yourself achieve your mental health goals, but is there at a moments notice to prop you up if you need it. She is highly relatable and applies real life situations to her advice and overall work. I highly recommend her for assistance with any mental health struggles you may face. You will never feel alone with her on your side.

Written on Jan 17, 2022 after therapy with Denise for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, career difficulties, and coping with life changes