In life, you always need something to perk you up. When life gets hard, you want to learn how to get past it. However, depression or a lack of direction can say otherwise. In a situation such as that, a counselor based in Council Bluffs can help you. 

Council Bluffs’ motto is “Iowa’s Spirit.” Everyone can use a little more spirit in life, be it the determination to live a better life or to persevere despite all the troubles life throws at you. By speaking to a counselor, you can get some much better spirit. Talk to someone today and see what they can do.

This is Dr. Edgar Villarreal's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, 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 Pamela Osborne's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LIMHP,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 25

I am a clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience in the areas of adoption, depression, grief and loss, relationship issues, work issues, family relationships and parenting. I am licensed in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Florida and am here to help you with whatever you may be struggling with right now. Everyone has times that seem more difficult and reaching out for help can seem overwhelming, scary and like you are giving up on being able to solve the problem yourself. I provide non-judgemental support to help you explore your curr...

This is Heather Carlson's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, 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 Kelly Bellis's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, 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 Anne  Jessen 's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC,LPC,NCC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression
Years of Experience: 13

Hi, my name is Anne Jessen and I live in a small town in Iowa. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Iowa, and have held this title since 2011. I recently became a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Wisconsin. I received my Master's degree in mental health counseling in 2006 from the University of Northern Iowa. I greatly enjoy helping others, and working together with clients to assist them in achieving their goals and reaching their highest potential. I understand that life can be challenging, and sometimes we need someone who will listen ...

This is Natalie Erdahl's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, 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 Lisa Meek's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW, LISW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 9

Hello....I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker who has 25 years experience in Social Work. For the past 9 years I have been providing outpatient mental health counseling with the last 2 years spent in private practice. I have significant experience in working with clients experiencing stress, depression, anxiety, abuse and trauma. I have also worked with adolescents who are experiencing stress and have difficulty coping. My counseling style is very engaging. I provide a very client centered approach implementing cognitive behavioral strategies. I also...

This is Dr. Nena Kircher's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA, PsyD
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 14

Hello. I am Dr. Nena Kircher, a licensed Clinical Psychologist in multiple states. I completed my MA in Clinical Psychology in 2007 and my PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) in 2009. I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings and with individuals who had a range of concerns. My primary areas of focus include stress and anger management, working with survivors of trauma and abuse, managing issues related to chronic pain and other health related concerns, managing impulsivity and compulsive behaviors (e.g. compulsive online behaviors), and intimacy and sex...

This is Christine Topping's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, 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 Emily Minear's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, 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 Rachael Stensrud's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

Rachael Stensrud graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Master's in Mental Health Counseling. Her passion is marital and individual counseling. Rachael believes the goal of counseling is to help individuals persevere through challenging times to find their full potential. Her therapeutic approach promotes an environment of acceptance and compassion. She believes that a positive therapeutic relationship between a therapist and client is essential to the growth process. She will work to create a collaborative, warm and comfortable environment in whi...

This is Lydia Frazier's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LISW,MA
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

I specialize in issues related to depression, anxiety, current or past trauma, and the impact of these on your life today. I work primarily with adolescents and young adults. I will always use an eclectic and individualized approach to treatment, drawing from many modalities such as mindfulness, interpersonal, trauma or solution focused, and will adhere to a strengths based model to move you through challenging times. I will use a holistic lens when hearing your story. We can explore how family of origin, chemistry, sleep patterns, diet, and movement impact you...

This is Cynthia Boyle's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, 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 Caitlin Silveira's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, 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...

This is Lynne Adams's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Depression
Years of Experience: 8

Throughout life we all are faced with challenges. How we overcome these life challenges and experiences help shape us as people. Often there are times the obstacles we face can feel so overwhelming that we can not see the solutions. I believe we all hold the answers to resolving life's challenges inside of us. I view my role as supporting people through the process of facing difficult life events, guiding them to uncovering the solutions and working together to overcome these obstacles. My main goal is to assist my clients in attaining balance, strength, a health...

This is Karen Grace 's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Relationship issues, Intimacy-related issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 6

I am a therapist licensed in Missouri who has been practicing for over six years. I have experience in working with various range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma/abuse, attachment disorders, substance abuse, sexual issues, and LGBTQIA + populations. I also have experience work with couples and family systems. My counseling approach is warm, open and interactive. I enjoy working with each client to create a unique treatment plan that will ultimately help each client achieve their individual goals. I believe in coming to each session from a pl...

This is Erika Fortin's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW,MA,LICSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Self esteem, Depression, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 5

Hello, my name is Erika Fortin. I am a licensed clinical social worker in both Minnesota and Iowa, with over 5 years experience working with individuals with mental health needs. I have over 13 years of experience working as a social worker supporting the well-being and social justice concerns of individuals, families and communities. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, LGBTQ+ specific needs, relationship issues, parenting problems and career challenges/burnout. My therapeutic approach is collaborative, s...

This is Alyssa Domel's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA, LPC-MH, LAC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Family conflicts, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” (Joshua J. Marine) Everybody struggles with the challenges of life and everyone deserves a full and fruitful life. I am committed to facing these challenges with you and walking along side you to create the life that you deserve. I am trained in working with adolescents, adults, and families who struggle with substance abuse and dependence, depression, anxiety, postpartum anxiety and depression and personality disorders. I am also certified to work with those individu...

This is Patricia Miller's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCPC,LMHC,CCMHC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 21

If you are reading this bio, you're looking for some support, help, healing, guidance or just someone who is very good at listening. I have been a professional clinical counselor for over 20 years. Prior to becoming a behavioral health professional, I excelled in business leadership in a variety of fields. I have lived in the southern states and mid-west states my entire life. My approach to helping others is positive, encouraging, solution focused, problem solving and crafted to meet the individual client need. The value and benefit of engaging in a trusting, c...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LISW,MSW,EdD
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Self esteem
Years of Experience: 19

Hello! My name is Jill Weigel. I look forward to partnering with you to address whatever stressors you are dealing with. I have background and experience working with children, adolescents, and families. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy. I help individuals set goals and action plans around the issues that are causing the most stress and that they want to work on. I have experience working with a variety of individuals in the areas of stress, anxiety, and depression. I have also helped clients to address family issues that ...

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

Finding the right therapist can feel intimidating, but there are simple ways to narrow down your search for the Council Bluffs 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 Council Bluffs 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 Council Bluffs, or elsewhere in the Pottawattamie 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 Council Bluffs, 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 Council Bluffs 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 Council Bluffs 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 Council Bluffs therapist can help you confront these kinds of issues and find ways to face them and heal.

With more than 62524 people in the city of Council Bluffs, 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 51503 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 Council Bluffs, couples counseling in Council Bluffs, family conflict therapy in Council Bluffs, 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 Council Bluffs, 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 Council Bluffs, Iowa can serve:

51501, 51502, 51503