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 Barbara Hovey'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, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 24

If you are someone who could use help with a life transition, a difficult situation, or other challenges in your life, I would love to work with you. I have over twenty years of professional experience providing therapy. My client's range from professionals to college students to stay-at-home parents anywhere from early adulthood through retirement With over 24 years of experience, I have an extensive background in helping people with a variety of issues: depression, anxiety, adjustment, stress, marital discord, grief and problems resulting from growing up whe...

This is Heather Carlson's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC,MA
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Grief, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 8

Welcome! I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Iowa. I have 8 years of experience working with clients. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and supporting clients through life changes. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approa...

This is Natalie Erdahl's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT,LMHC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Grief, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

Hello, I have over eight years experience working in the mental-health field. I enjoy working with teens, couples and individuals in therapy. Mental Health can be elusive, and it can affect every aspect of your presence from significant relationships, family life, and work. Most importantly it can distort how you see your reality. By building a supportive therapeutic relationship, we can create a safe place to explore life struggles, understand difficult issues, learn new skills, and enhance relationships, which can lead to a more satisfying life. I like to work ...

This is Traci Kent's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW, LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 13

Hi . My name is Traci Kent and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Idaho. I earned my Bachelor of Social Work at Utah State University in Logan, Utah and my Master of Social Work at The University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. I have been practicing for thirteen years working primarily with individuals and couples, focusing on issues such as addictions, family struggles, trauma and abuse, grief and loss, as well as life changes. I believe in a strengths-based approach utilizing cognitive behavioral, Motivational interviewing, solu...

This is Kristilee (Kristi) Cappaert'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, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Depression
Years of Experience: 5

Hello and Welcome! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and a Licensed Independent Social Worker in Iowa. I have over five years of counseling experience in Illinois and Iowa. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, marital, life balance and job stress. Throughout my clinical career, I have worked with all different populations from children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Deciding to get therapy can be a scary and I commend you on taking the first step and I look forward to working wit...

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

It takes strength to seek a more fulfilling and peaceful life. If you are ready to take that important first step, I am here to support and empower you. My passion is bringing healing to people that may not see their own strength or purpose during a difficult time in your life. My education through Drake University along with my professional background gives me a unique and effective approach to counseling. Attending Drake University has challenged my intellectual and emotional growth and greatly sharpened my professional skills in helping people to lead healt...

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

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner in Nebraska and Iowa. I have worked with clients with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, PTSD, physical and emotional trauma and more. I have experience with children, adolescents and adults. I have worked with adults who are incarcerated, as well as those who are in an active crisis. I believe in treating all with respect, dignity, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing and dialectical behavioral therapy. ...

This is Emily Minear's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC,NCC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Anger management, Depression
Years of Experience: 5

Hello, my name is Emily Minear and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have been working as a professional counselor for over 5 years now. Before I was a licensed counselor I also worked in a psychiatric hospital setting on adult and geriatric units. I have practiced in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I am also certified and have many years of experience working in Substance Use and Addictions. This is something I am very passionate about.

This is TJ  (Tanya) Gorman's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LIMHP,LADC,CDGC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Family conflicts, Depression
Years of Experience: 19

I am TJ Gorman and I have been working as a therapist since 2001. However, I have worked in the field of mental health for over 20 years. I began working in inpatient mental health as an intake worker and then worked with the homeless providing case management and outreach. I started my counseling profession in the field of substance abuse and gambling. After completing my masters degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Drake University in 2007, I continued to enhance my therapy skills and furthered my knowledge in trauma. While at a large non-pro...

This is Samantha Baxter's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW,LISW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Anger management, Depression
Years of Experience: 7

Hello! My name is Samantha Baxter and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Illinois and am also a Licensed Independent Social Worker in Iowa. I have been working in mental health for over 12 years and have experience with crisis work and outpatient counseling. I have worked with different populations include teenagers, adults, geriatrics and the past 6 years have been working specifically with Military Veterans. My experience includes working with individuals with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, career challenges, substance use issues,...

This is Lacey Schmitt's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 6

Hello, my name is Lacey Schmitt and I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I have worked as a professional counselor for over 6 years, focusing on mood disorders, trauma, aging, grief, as well as working with teens, and adults, as well as the elderly. While I have this experience in counseling, I also have extensive experience working in hospice as a social worker. My style is warm and down-to-earth. I like to use numerous perspectives and tools from many styles of therapy so that I can tailor an individualized approach together with my clients. I believe th...

This is Katie Strub's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMHC,EMDR Therapist
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 13

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Iowa with over 10 years of experience working with individuals and families. I have worked with individuals with a wide variety of concerns including trauma (abuse, neglect, domestic violence, first responders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder criteria, emotional abuse, grief and loss, abandonment, etc.), depression, anxiety, relationship issues, family of origin issues, emptiness, invisibility, LGBTQ+, and many many more. I am an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist and I utilize other ...

This is Gilonda B's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT,LPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 13

Life challenges do not discriminate. When they enter your life the struggle is the same. It does not matter race, culture, class, or age the stress is the same. As a therapist, I believe each client struggling with challenges has a story to tell and needs a non-judgmental listening ear. The story of life brings a variety of fears, expectations, victories, losses, feelings of grief, and possibilities for making new meanings. Challenges not only affect the individual, but also impacts intimate relationships, families, and communities. Both mental and physical healt...

This is Cynthia Boyle's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMHC,NCC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Parenting issues, Bipolar disorder, Depression
Years of Experience: 15

Hi. My name is Cindy and I am a licensed mental health counselor and national certified counselor. I have had a private practice for 12+ years where I provide individual, couple and group counseling. I am a former president of the Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association and am active with a number of other professional counseling organizations. I began my counseling work in addictions treatment, with a particular emphasis on treating the family system. I also have specialized in working with children and adults on the autism spectrum. My training as a mental ...

This is Rae Lynne Chase'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, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 4

I am a LISW licensed in Iowa with over 4 years of experience working as a mental health and substance use therapist and an additional 9 years of experience in the social work field. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-image and confidence, parenting concerns and ADHD. I have also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is collaborative, warm and interactive. I believe in order to therapy to be successful, the relationship has to...

This is Mary Blankenburg'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, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Depression
Years of Experience: 35

A therapeutic relationship is the most powerful healing tool. I build therapeutic alliances, connect, with clients while exploring their emotional lives and histories. I am a psychotherapist with 35 years experience doing individual, couples, family, and group therapy with a variety of client populations. I have worked in a community mental health agency, an agency serving adolescents and their families, and have been in private practice for thirty years. I am also a trained dancer and my psychotherapeutic approach increasingly explores, in simple ways, the relati...

This is Jenifer Regennitter's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCPC,LMHC,MSEd
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 22

Hello! My name is Jenifer, and I am a licensed therapist in both Illinois and Iowa. I have a Masters of Science in Education in Counseling and a Bachelors degree in psychology from Western Illinois University. I have worked as a Masters-level clinician in behavioral health since 2000, and have experience working in virtually every level of care--from residential, to inpatient, to outpatient, to community mental health. This has given me the opportunity to work with individuals at various levels in their mental health journey. I see adults of any (or no) spiritu...

This is Barbara Fay's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC,NCC,MA
Therapy Specialties: Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Self esteem, ADHD
Years of Experience: 20

Counseling is courage in action: when life throws a curve ball and my client decides to excel rather than tolerate, to Live instead of existing. Hello, my name is Barbara (Barb) Fay. My undergrad degrees were Art and Psychology and my graduate degree was Counseling. I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) with over twenty years of experience. A good working relationship is crucial to therapy success. It is important that my client feel heard, understood and accepted. I believe in tailoring the counseling approach to the client and therefore, use ...

This is Leona Childs'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: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 8

Seeking help can be one of the most difficult things to do. If you're seeking counseling services, you probably recognize things aren't working, you're stuck, hopeless, and/or maybe you don't know where to go from here. You might be numb or feel like everything is too much. Your experiences are important and valid, but it can be hard to see that after dealing with it alone for so long. You want to live your life without this bringing you down. I believe people deserve to have a safe and compassionate space where they can be heard, understood, and heal. We wil...

This is Michael Morrison's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC MS CMHC NCC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 42

Hello, I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor licensed in Iowa with over 40 years of experience working with people of all ages and psychological, emotional, relational, and behavioral concerns. My therapeutic technique is eclectic, meaning that I utilize aspects of many therapy approaches tailoring treatment to the individual client’s needs. My therapeutic style is that of a friendly conversation, providing empathy, compassion, absolute acceptance, and complete confidentiality. The entirety of counseling is based upon the interaction developed between the c...

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 50011 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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Emergency Situations:

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If you need Domestic Violence support, please contact The National Domestic Hotline at 1-800-799-7233

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

50010, 50011, 50012, 50013, 50014