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.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Family conflicts , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Avoidant Personality , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LISW #008035 (Expires: 2022-12-31)


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.

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

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 by J.O. 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

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 by L.O. on Dec 22, 2021 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

Denise is easy to talk to. She is open, honest, asks questions to explore issues, and provides helpful life skills.

Written by C.L. on Dec 18, 2021 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management

Denise has been great, easy to talk to and very encouraging. It's been a very positive experience getting to work with her.

Written by H.U. on Dec 01, 2021 after therapy with Denise for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Denise is awesome! She has made me feel like myself again. She is very personable and has made me feel nothing but comfortable. I came to her with terrible anxiety, she helped me discover the root causes and helped me grow as a person from them. I know I couldn't have gotten where I am now without her. I can't thank her enough!

Written by B.R. on Aug 23, 2021 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Denise is very helpful and responsive! She's caring and has always shared great insight into helping me with my struggles. She listens to me and helps push me through my challenges in a gentle and supportive way. I would highly recommend her!

Written by J.O. on Jul 26, 2021 after therapy with Denise for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management

She is personable and in touch with with real life.

Work with me!