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 Kristy Zink's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC, LPC,IADC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Grief, Self esteem
Years of Experience: 10

Hello! I am a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Iowa and South Dakota. After I obtained my Master's degree, I started my career at a community agency providing counseling to clients struggling with substance abuse and problem gambling. Most recently, I have been working with young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and stress management. My appoach as a therapist is client- centered; you will be directly involved in your therapeutic decisions. I utilize cognitive behavioral (CBT) therapy techniques as well as solution focused te...

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

I am a licensed independent social worker in private practice, currently in the state of Iowa. I have worked in geographic locations with diverse demographics, from rural to urban environments. I bring 20 years of experience working as an individual and family therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting challenges from young children to adult children, parenting special needs children, and ADHD across the lifespan. I have expertise working with physical, sexual, and emotional pos...

This is Lindsay DeMarlie'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, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 8

Welcome, I'm so glad that you have reached out for help! My name is Lindsay, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and a Licensed Independent Social Worker in Iowa. Currently, I'm a therapist that works for a local community mental health center where I provide individual, family, and couple's counseling. Most clients I work with have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder different personality disorders, or bipolar disorder. I have extensive training in trauma, both with trauma occurring in childhood, such as ...

This is Erin Vasquez'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, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 20

Understanding a persons story is the foundation to healing. I have over 20 years experience with a bachelor degree in psychology and a master degree in social work. I am a license clinical social worker and licensed independent social worker (LCSW, LISW) . I have been married for 42 years and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. My husband is a retired United States Marine and we have lived from coast to coast. I am also a play therapist and have worked with children as young as 2 years old. Therefore, I enjoy working with parents who may be struggling with paren...

This is Lisa Childers's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 25

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 25 years of experience in the field of social work and am licensed in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and North Dakota. I have worked with individuals and families from a variety of backgrounds and life circumstances. I operate from a person-centered and family systems approach through the use of cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and mindfulness-based therapy. Some of my areas of experience and interest include anxiety, depression, PTSD, and building healthy relationships. My career history has allowed me to work in the a...

This is Delishia Williams'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, Grief, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 11

Today's world is full of complications and barriers to finding ease in being our authentic selves. The beautiful inner spirit that makes us who we are as individuals is often masked with grief from heavy losses in life, finding too much on our plates each day, and bumping into the strain that others around us are also carrying. I believe in the strengths that reside within us all, as humans. I love being a therapist because this role allows me to work with individuals from all different backgrounds in a supportive way as these individuals look to reignite who t...

This is Emmily Weldon's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS,LPCC,LMHC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression
Years of Experience: 6

Do you find you are expecting perfection from yourself? Telling yourself that you aren’t good enough or not smart enough? Do you feel stuck and not able to make progress because those negative thoughts are getting in the way of you being able to reach your goals? We really are our own worst enemy and our critical evaluations of ourselves are often much harsher than we would ever judge anyone else. Do you wish that you had someone to talk to about these struggles who is safe and unbiased? You are not alone! Working with a therapist that is compassionate and unde...

This is Ashley Paulson's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC,NCC,CHt
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 8

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Iowa. I earned my Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2012. I have helped clients with a variety of issues in different therapeutic settings over the past several years. I have counseled children, adolescents, and adults as well as provided individual, group, and family therapy. I have experience in working with clients with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, parenting issues, relational problems, and trauma. I provide a compassionate and accepting space for clie...

This is Kelly Bellis's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA ,LMHC,LPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 15

Hello, and welcome to BetterHelp! I commend you for taking this step to reach out and improve your quality of life. I know from experience that it takes courage to initiate change and ask for help, and I’m so glad you’re here. My name is Kelly, and I am a licensed counselor in both Tennessee and Iowa. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Psychology, and I completed my Master’s degree in Professional Counseling in 2004. For more than 15 years I have been in the counseling field, and offering help and hope to others has been one of the greatest joys of my life. ...

This is Abby Grothe's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 3

I graduated in 2011 from St. Ambrose University with a Masters degree in Social Work focusing on empowerment practice. I am currently licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I have worked with adults and adolescents in individual and group settings, dealing with substance use disorders, mood disorders and anxiety disorders. I also work as a life coach and mentor for adolescents and young adults struggling with goal setting. my approach is a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused...

This is Cindy Olsen's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): M.S.,LMHC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression, Coaching
Years of Experience: 24

I am a Master's level, licensed counselor with over 20 year experience in human services. Currently, I operate a small private practice where I have been seeing clients for 18 years. Before that, and during the beginning of my practice, I also worked for several agencies in various roles including family therapist, individual therapist, group therapist, play therapist, foster care specialist, social worker, and mental health provider for "therapeutic" classrooms. These experiences have given me both insight and skills for various populations. I will incorpora...

This is Valerie Marsh's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): M.S.,L.M.F.T.
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 20

As a licensed marriage and family therapist and life coach with over 20 years experience, my ultimate goal is to help you uncover your full potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to release negative emotions and resolve challenges in your life that are preventing you from attaining your personal goals. By applying complimentary therapeutic approaches, I share knowledge and skills that will create a more joyful and happy life for both individuals and couples. In this turbu...

This is Laura Kinney'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, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 8

My name is Laura Kinney. These are trying times. You deserve support; it's never been a better time to reach out. You CAN heal! I work primarily with survivors of trauma, childhood emotional abuse/neglect, and/or narcissistic abuse. I believe anxiety and depression (and emotions in general) are messengers, showing us where we have not yet come in contact with our authentic self, where we have trauma, where we have old wounds, and where our current day to day lives are out of balance. Mine is an eclectic approach that involves examining early life and fa...

This is Megan Ries'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
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 12

It takes a lot of courage to reach out and ask for help. I want to be here to support and empower you on your journey I am mental health therapist licensed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa with over 12 years of experience. I graduated from Winona State University with a Masters in Community Counseling and a minor in Chemical Dependency. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, LGBT/identity concerns, addictions, trauma, grief, and abuse. I have also worked with people through life t...

This is Jeannie Hughes's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA, LIMHP
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 7

Aloha, my name is Jeannie and I am a licensed mental health therapist in Nebraska. I enjoy helping clients walking through transition. I also work with those who feel "stuck" in life and could use some help creating practical goals to move forward. I believe healing happens in authentic relationship. This means that I strive to be fully present with my clients and work to help them feel comfortable enough to be fully present with me, as well. I recognize that the first step to a better life is often the most difficult. I help my clients with that first step a...

This is Dr. Tawny Chamberlain's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): PhD,LMHC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 4

Deciding to change is a difficult choice to make and asking for help in the process can be even more challenging for some. Many times individuals may find themselves stuck or needing assistance with emotional, mental, or social areas of their lives that are holding them back from their full potential. That's where my role as therapist can be beneficial. My philosophy to counseling is to help individuals facilitate positive change in one's life. This is done drawing upon the strengths that an individual already has and at one's own pace. I view counseling as a coll...

This is Dr. Amanda  Johnson '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, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of New York in Buffalo in 2010. My treatment approach is integrative including: cognitive behavioral, person centered, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness based approaches, and creative therapies. My areas of interest include: PTSD, grief, chronic pain, gender/cultural issues, and mood disorders. I have worked at VA medical centers, college counseling centers, and community mental health centers. I like to get to know each client I work with and help them to find the best treatment plan to fit t...

This is Courtney  Benda's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Therapy Specialties: Trauma and abuse, Grief, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 3

Hello, my name is Courtney and I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Iowa. I have been passionate about serving in human service professions throughout the last decade. I have had the privilege of meeting and working with people throughout all walks of life. The span of ages I have been able to meet and support include infants and adolescents in a pediatric hospital setting all the way to experience at the end-of-life in a hospice setting. I have worked with parents, children, teenagers, adults with disability, and older adults. I grad...

This is Kat Nydam Olivier'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, LGBT, Relationship issues, Eating disorders, Depression
Years of Experience: 14

One of the things we understand about the practice of therapy is that a good connection between the clinician and the client is absolutely essential to the process. In conventional, in-person therapy, we build that rapport by sitting across from one another in an office, noticing what it feels like to sit together. As the client, you ask yourself, "Do I trust this person? Can I imagine talking with her about things that are hard to talk about? Do I feel listened to and respected?" And the answers to those questions determine whether you schedule a second appointme...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Ames, Iowa (Ames, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW,C-ET
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 15

I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience in helping people find solutions to their problems. Over the years, I have been told by clients that they really feel that I am listening to them and trying to understand what is going on in their lives and how they feel. Clients have also told me that they do not feel any sense of judgment, but rather that I accept them for who they are and where they are in their life’s journey. My style is empathetic and solution focused. I will spend time asking you questions in order to get to know...

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