In life, we sometimes never know if the choices we make can benefit us or not. Sometimes, the choices that seem wise end up affecting us negatively. Other times, choices that seem sporadic may be able to help us. While we can never truly figure out the choices in life, a counselor based in Ames can help make it clearer. 

Ames’s motto is “Smart Choice.” You want to make the smartest choices in life, and while the choices you make may not be the best at times, you can be able to learn from your mistakes and make a smarter choice in the future. 

This is Deborah Pogel's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW, LISW,
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 13

My name is Deborah Pogel, and I'm a licensed psychotherapist in Iowa. You can take a look at my profile to learn a little bit more about my background and approach. Please also feel free to ask questions. I approach psychotherapy from the view point that we humans don't fully know our own hearts and minds. The things we don't know about ourselves still impact our lives and our relationships. They can limit us and cause us pain. There is value in coming to know our hearts and minds more fully because it gives us the option to be able to do things differently. It of...

This is Dr. Edgar Villarreal's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): PhD
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Self esteem
Years of Experience: 7

Are parts of your life weighing you down? Do you sometimes feel powerless against your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? Have events in your life left you searching for answers and yearning for peace? As your counselor I will help you explore your concerns and regain a sense of balance and control over your life. Together we gain an understanding of these issues and create a plan to address them. You will gain insight and the necessary skills to tackle both current and future challenges. Lets work together to make meaningful changes so you can live a more fulfill...

This is Gina West-Hendrickson's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS,LMHC,RPT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Bipolar disorder, Depression
Years of Experience: 11

Hello. I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Iowa. I have over 11 years of experience working with individuals of varying ages to overcome everyday life challenges. I have experience with those struggling with depression, anxiety, /trauma, family and/or parenting issues as well as relationship and career concerns. My treatment approach is open and honest. I will incorporate cognitive-behavioral , rational-emotive and client centered approaches with skill training in mindfulness activities to help clients feel more grounded and calm. Ho...

This is Andrea Joyce's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS, LIMHP, LMHC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Depression
Years of Experience: 16

Hi! My name is Andrea Joyce. I am a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner in the state of Nebraska, a Licensed Mental Health Clinician in the state of Iowa, and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Kansas. I have been in practice for 16 years. I work with diverse populations and have certifications in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Adoption Competency (TAC), and Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT). I specialize in treating trauma and am certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT...

This is Rebecca Lewis's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMHC
Therapy Specialties: Coaching
Years of Experience: 5

Hello and welcome! I am so proud of you for reaching out for help. I know that is a very difficult step. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship is the best way to work through counseling. Building the foundation of trust and unconditional positive regard, in my experience, promotes the most change and creates a safe space for my clients. I believe in being your authentic self instead of using a mask that is presented to others. I have been working in the mental health field for seven years and I have worked with a wide variety of concerns such as de...

This is Dr. Meaghan Rice's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): PsyD,LPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Depression, Coaching
Years of Experience: 3

Hi there! My name is Meaghan and I'm so glad that you've joined me in this space. I come from a pretty diverse background of clientele, working anywhere from community mental health facilities to within the secure bounds of state penitentiaries. I tend to use a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)approach in my work, so there will be a lot of discussions about how our thoughts, beliefs, and perspectives influence our feelings and behavior. I'm big on relationships, exploring that complex point at which our paths cross with another. I want you to teach me about your ...

This is Karla White's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS,LCPC,LMHC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 13

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. I have been practicing mental health therapy for more than 15 YEARS. I have earned a Masters of Science in Community Counseling degree from Eastern Illinois University. I currently work in private practice in addition to working online with Betterhelp. I believe that ANIMALS are a great benefit to our mental health. I use ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY in my office location. I work with a certified facility dog named Sheldon, to help clients feel comforted during sessions. I enjoy hearing about client experie...

This is Michelle Hoff's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT,NCC,CCATP
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

I am a Iowa and Illinois Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and National Certified Counselor. I am a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional. I am a member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and American Association of Christian Counselors. I have been working in the mental health field for over 5 years now and doing clinical work for over two years. I have worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I have experienced with helping individuals who suffer with depression, anxiety, addiction, family dynamic issues,...

This is Christine Topping's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Grief, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 8

I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Iowa with 8 years of experience working with couples, families, and individuals of all age ranges. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, life stressors, grief and loss and ADHD. I also helped many divorced couples with co-parenting , and I have completed training for PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Training). My therapy style is welcoming of all concerns without judgement. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensiti...

This is Jill Kreimeyer's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC,CADC,EMDR
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Depression
Years of Experience: 6

I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in Iowa with over six years of experience. I have experience working in non-profit, residential, and clinical practice settings with individuals, facilitating group sessions, couples, families, as well as assisting individuals while involved in Department of Human Services and Department of Corrections who are experiencing a wide range of challenges. I have years of experience working with people who want to make a positive change in their life. I have acquired a wide range of skills, knowledge, and interventions t...

This is Rodney Collins's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Depression
Years of Experience: 15

As a licensed marriage and family therapist for close to 20 years I serve many populations including, couples, individuals, families, children and adolescents. My expertise includes areas such as:depression, anxiety, addictions, communication issues, play therapy, work related stress bipolar disorders, parenting concerns and crisis management. I have extensive experience working with EAP's as well (EAP-Employee Assistance Programs). I have a Master degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill CA. I have a great deal of tra...

This is Monica Congdon's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LISW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 25

Hello! I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) in the State of Iowa, working with individuals & families in a variety of clinical settings. My nonjudgmental and genuine nature allows me to develop trusting therapeutic relationships. I will partner with you to process and problem-solve. I work with people on a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems and lifecycle transitions. I have specific training in helping people recover from trauma. My counseling style is supportive and interactive, and I am...

This is Sarah Gallagher's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LISW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

It takes courage to seek therapy and begin the therapeutic process in a culture where it feels everyone is writing a self help book, article, blog or recording a podcast. It is my goal to provide a safe environment to collaboratively work through whatever is preventing you from living the life you dream of. I will be your partner in this journey toward healing and wellness. I have almost twenty years of experience in the helping profession and I work with children and adults of all ages. I utilize and implement a wide variety of evidence based interventions wh...

This is Tasha  Lowman 's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LISW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

I am a mental health counselor licensed in Iowa with over 5 years experience working with children, teens and adults. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, anger management and trauma. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines several therapy techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused. I will tailor our conversations and create individualized treatment plan to meet your speci...

This is Karen Williams's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MC,LIMHP,NBCC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 20

Hi! My name is Karen Williams. I've been a therapist for over 20 years, and have a wide range of experience helping others overcome issues with relationships, divorce, empty nests, career and school challenges, emotional overeating, self-esteem issues, grief and loss issues, and more. I hold a Master's Degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix, graduating in 1999. I am certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors, and hold a Distance Counseling Certification through the NBCC. My experience as a therapist includes being...

This is Kathee Foxan's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LISW,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 11

I am a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist with experience working as a professional therapist in the state of Iowa for the last eleven years, counseling clients with concerns regarding mood, anxiety, anger based, and personality disorder symptoms. I have worked as a therapist in a community mental health center for the last 11 years and as a therapist to residents in nursing home settings four the last four years. In my eleven years of experience, I have counseled people of all ages, stemming from the age of three, to my oldest client, aged ninety-three. I work with a...

This is Kristy Eaton's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS,LPC LMHC,NCC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

Hello, my name is Kristy. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, LMHC), dual-licensed in both Missouri and Iowa. In my 13 years of experience, I have helped clients with a wide range of concerns, including: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, addiction, and ADHD. I have also helped many people who have struggled with physical trauma and emotional abuse. Reaching out to talk with someone can seem scary and overwhelming, but it is a brave first step toward getting better. I believe in treating everyone with respe...

This is Dr. Shana Nichols's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): PhD
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 23

Hi, I'm Dr. Shana Nichols (she/her), a licensed clinical psychologist living in Long Island, New York, however, I am also licensed in Colorado, Iowa, and Missouri. I hail from Canada originally and bring with me a dash of north of the border kindness, warmth, and reassurance that with me, you have found a safe space within which you can share your story and concerns. I have over 20 years of experience providing individual and group therapy and parenting support to youth, teens, young adults, and adults. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns ...

This is Becky Olson's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC,EMDR Certified
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 7

Hello! I am Becky and I’ve been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) for 7 years and clinical supervisor for the last 3 years. My therapy approach is supportive and empathetic. I believe in meeting people where they are at and then moving forward together! I have experience in working with individuals and families with a variety of life’s difficulties such as depression, anxiety, trauma, family discord, and individuals who are going through major life changes. The approaches I use most are cognitive-behavioral therapy, client-centered therapy, and am a...

This is Caitlin Silveira's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Eating disorders
Years of Experience: 9

I am a mental health counselor licensed in Iowa and Massachusetts with nearly 10 years of experience working with adults, teenagers, and couples. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and PTSD, transitional and phase of life issues, career challenges, self esteem related cocerns and eating disorders. My counseling style is warm, interactive, and authentic. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, meeting people where they are at in their journey towar...

Having a hard time selecting a therapist in Ames? (Here Is How Our Ames Therapists Can Help)

Finding the right therapist can feel intimidating, but there are simple ways to narrow down your search for the Ames area; especially when you're having a hard time trying to find therapists accepting new clients.

First, research what type of therapy you’d like to pursue BEFORE trying to find a therapist or psychologist. Maybe that’s psychodynamic, cognitive behavior therapy, group therapy, family therapy, or couple’s counseling; just pick the Ames therapist that is right for your needs. Next consider whether the gender of your therapist matters, the types of therapy they're most experienced with, and then finally choose a therapist located near you in the city of Ames, or elsewhere in the Story county or state of Iowa.


What is the cost difference between conventional therapy and working with one of our listed therapists above?

The United States has many therapists who are comfortable charging $200 or more per session, and in some instances you might find that the average price of a therapy session in Ames, IA ranges from $85-$150.

Some therapists in the state of Iowa will work on a sliding scale, meaning they’ll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With our therapists serving both the city of Ames and elsewhere throughout the state of Iowa, you can expect significantly more affordable options with sessions ranging from $40 to $70 per week (billed monthly).


Did you know our therapists are not limited to in-person visits?

Online therapists, including all those listed above (all of which are in the United States) able to work with people like you in or around Ames offer creative forms of communication to help people like you receive the best type of treatment for your needs.

Whether that’s via sms texting with your therapist, video sessions where you see you one another and talk about your problems, live chat or phone sessions, you and your therapist will find the best way to address your mental health challenges.

So if you're dealing with things like relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy, you want to work with one of our experienced cognitive behavioral therapists (specializing in behavioral health), assistance with eating disorders, or support with other common mental health issues (like stress, anxiety, depression, grief, etc)... take a look at our available therapists above and find a therapist that is right for you.


How to know if therapy is right for you?

One of the rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is that they are listening to your feelings. Our friends and loved ones often hear us, but they may have a hard time providing objective guidance in the way a therapist can; which can be extremely valuable due to the fact that many therapists have experience helping others through similar difficult times.

A therapist wants to support you toward a healthier emotional state, no matter what you're dealing with (including behavioral health concerns, grief, anxiety, depression or stress). In addition to developing healthier emotions, another benefit of therapy is you have a safe space to discuss problems that you may be hesitant to talk about with people in your everyday life.

Many people have sensitive topics to discuss; possibly an addiction or an issue with their relationship that they’re ashamed to speak about with their friends and/or partner. A Ames therapist can help you confront these kinds of issues and find ways to face them and heal.

With more than 66191 people in the city of Ames, IA finding a therapist can be both costly and hard to do. Our goal with the list of therapists shown above is to get you the support you need today. If you’re looking for a nearby therapist close to 50012 or the surrounding zip codes (shown below), take a look at other available therapists in the popular nearby cities listed at the bottom of this page.

Other FAQs:

What is the difference between a therapist and a psychologist?

Both a therapist and a psychologist can help with some of the most challenging times in life. Often times, a psychologist will work along side a psychiatrist who is also a doctor in order to have medication prescribed if needed for a patient's care; but this is not always to case. At the end of the day, both mental health care professionals can provide the different types of therapy that someone needs.

So if you're looking for a professional, it's likely that one of our therapists can be of assistance and help you feel comfortable and confident with online counseling. Our counseling services will connect you with a licensed professional that is ready to work with clients like you to form a helpful therapeutic relationship.

Whether you are here looking for a a child psychologist in Ames, couples counseling in Ames, family conflict therapy in Ames, or a marriage counselor open to working with individuals in you area... BetterHelp can assist you, possibly in new ways that you haven't tried using technology.

Are therapists covered by insurance?

Therapy with a clinical psychologist is often NOT covered by health insurance. While only some health plans in the USA cover counseling in Ames, this does not have to make your search for therapists in you area a challenge. The reason is our new ways of using technology like text, video, phone, and live chat options have made it easier for therapists working with individuals like you easier and much more affordable; as described above.

With that in mind, you can feel comfortable to look at the list of available therapists on our platform ready to both help and work with clients like you; all while building a healthy therapeutic relationship designed to assist you. When it comes to working with a BetterHelp therapist on our platform, it's important to keep in mind that the services offered here normally are not covered by health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare.

Therapists... what exactly do they do?

Therapy, aka psychotherapy and/or counseling, on the BetterHelp platform is basically the process of working and meeting with a licensed clinical psychologist online. Whether you're looking for a couples counseling session, or cognitive behavioral therapy... we have counselors that are actively working with individuals like yourself and are able to work with you.

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Other zip codes that therapists in or around Ames, Iowa can serve:

50010, 50011, 50012, 50013, 50014