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.

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC,LPC,NCC
Therapy Specialties: Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression
Years of Experience: 15

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 been licensed since 2011. I’ve also been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Wisconsin since 2021. 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 lis...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW,LISW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Self esteem
Years of Experience: 13

My name is Lynn Murphy and I earned a Masters Degree from The University of Iowa in 2019 with a focus in Individual, Family and Group therapy. I am licensed in Louisiana as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, in Mississippi as a Licensed Certified Social Worker and in Iowa as a Licensed Independent Social Worker. My experience includes working with anxiety, stress, ADHD, trauma/abuse and family issues. I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and families so I have an overall picture of how mental health issues affect the entire family system. I believ...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LIMHP (Nebraska),LMHC (Iowa) ,LADC (Nebraska)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

Hello! I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services/Management in 2012 from the University of Phoenix. I earned my Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling in 2016 from Bellevue University in Nebraska. I have worked in a variety of mental and behavioral health venues, including at-risk and detained youth as a support specialist, a mental health crisis responder, outpatient therapist, intensive in-home therapist, and foster care therapist. My recent primary focus has been on behavioral modification, therapeutic skills building with implementat...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LISW,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, ADHD
Years of Experience: 10

Results driven former program administrator for mental health clinics in Texas and Iowa, licensed clinical social worker in Iowa and Texas (LCSW/LISW) . Subject matter expertise in public policy advocacy, community organizing, grant writing, budgeting, medical social work and case management with vulnerable adult and youth populations. Previously on Texas Council Board for Children's Special Initiatives. Love to present to groups on various trauma and mental health topics for CEU opportunities, excellent oral and written communicator highly skilled in develop...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LISW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 5

I am a LISW licensed in Iowa with over 5 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 and/or emotional abuse. My counseling style is collaborative, warm and interactive. I believe in order for therapy to be successful, the relationship has...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 6

I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Minnesota with 6 years of experience working as a therapist, and 22 years of experience working as a coach. I am also a current Ph.D. student in Developmental Psychology. I have accumulated a wide range of experience working with a diverse clientele. I have worked in school based mental health, addiction treatment, and residential treatment for children and teens. I have also worked in an outpatient setting treating severe and persistent mental illness. I have worked with children and teens that have had severe trau...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LICSW,LISW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Depression, ADHD
Years of Experience: 15

I am a Clinical Social Worker with 15 + years of experience in various programs and settings providing mental health therapy and counseling services to children, adolescents, adults and family systems. Over the years I have worked with individuals seeking support and guidance in a variety of areas; mainly focused in the areas of trauma, anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, mood disorders, family conflict, parenting struggles and social relationships. My counseling approach is calm, warm, and supportive. I believe my role is to be a non-judgemental support and to...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LPC,Certified School Counselor,Telehealth Certified
Therapy Specialties: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger management
Years of Experience: 3

I am currently a certified school counselor and I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Louisiana for the last 3 years. I have over 12 years of experience working with children and families as a school counselor. I have had specialized training in play therapy, bully prevention, applied suicide intervention training (ASIST), and currently hold a tele-mental health certification. I have previously operated a domestic violence crisis line, provided anger management classes for students and parents, and was the coordinator of an afterschool program fo...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCPC,LMHC,MSEd
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 23

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...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS,LMHC,CEAP
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Grief, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

My name is Marla Hummel. I graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Houston and a Masters in Counseling from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. I use cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, client-centered, and motivational interviewing. I have experience working with individuals struggling with negative self-talk, low self-esteem, depression, mood instability, substance use, irrational thought processes, anxiety, history of trauma, identity development, attachment issues, grief and loss, elder care issues and concerns i...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 9

Brene Brown once said, “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” I respect the strength it takes to reach out for help, especially when you are feeling overwhelmed by life. As a therapist, I don’t see myself as the expert on your life, but someone who can hold space for your experiences, provide support, look at situations objectively and offer tools and coping skills to work through emotions. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I am licensed in Nebraska and Iowa. I have worked in community mental health, an inpatient psychiatric h...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 10

Hello and welcome to my profile! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Missouri and have been helping individuals seek life solutions for over 10 years. I enjoy helping clients work on a variety of issues but am especially passionate about helping women overcome issues related to anxiety and life changes (relationship, motherhood, menopause, etc). Methods that I have found particularly effective for clients in therapy include but are not limited to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Exposure and Response Preve...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC,ATR
Therapy Specialties: LGBT, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 3

Hello, I am genuinely happy that our paths have crossed. I am a Licensed Mental Health Therapy (LMHC) and Art Therapist (ATR); I have been working in the therapy field for four years, having a M.S. in Clinical Counseling and in Art Therapy from Emporia State University. I am a compassionate and empathetic provider who believes that everyone has the ability to overcome their past. My clinical approach is strongly based on us working together as a team; you are the expert on yourself and I bring with me my years of experience. Together we can help change happen...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): EMDR-Trained
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Anger management, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 4

Hello! I'm a counselor/mental health provider in the states of Iowa, Oregon, and Texas. I have four years of experience in the counseling field. I'm a Navy veteran and I'm married to a Coast Guard veteran. We have an amazing son who has autism, and I am blessed to be able to homeschool him. I am working on my Doctorate in Counseling with a trauma specialization from Liberty University. I earned my MS in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University in 2019. I also have a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. I have extensive tra...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 22

I am licensed in Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois with 22 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & intimacy-related issues. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Therapy Specialties: Relationship issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 24

I am licensed in Florida with 24 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, anger management, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 12

I am licensed in Iowa with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, & compassion fatigue. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Therapy Specialties: Addictions, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Anger management, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 26

I am currently licensed in Iowa and Nebraska with over 26 years of professional work experience. The bulk of my career has been in community-based settings as I felt this type of setting was where I could give back to those that have helped me and my family of origin. I had a mother that was bi-polar and had a significant borderline personality disorder. Her first major hospitalization occurred following my birth. I have grown up in the Midwest but have lived in California and South Carolina as well as serving in the US military with one deployment to Afghanistan ...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching
Years of Experience: 3

I am licensed in Missouri with 3 years of professional therapy experience as well as 20 years within the social work, mental health, and the medical fields. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, mood disorders, depression, and the physiological affect mental health has on our bodies. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I pride myself in looking at people as a whole as well as their parts. You can expect empathy, honesty, humor, and most likely random movie quotes during our sessions...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 6

I am licensed in Iowa with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

Having A Hard Time Selecting A Mental Health Professional In Council Bluffs?

Finding the right therapist can feel intimidating. However, there are a few methods you can try to narrow your search for a counselor in the Council Bluffs area if you find it challenging to find therapists accepting new clients.

First, research what type of therapy you'd like to pursue before finding a therapist or psychologist. You might be interested in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), group therapy, marriage and family therapy, or couples therapy. Each therapy can offer various benefits. If you're still unsure, consider asking your prospective therapists which methods they practice.

When you're ready to search, search for 'therapist near me in Council Bluffs and scroll through the options. Next, consider your goals for the gender of your therapist, the type of therapy they're most experienced with, and their specialty. Finally, choose a therapist located near you in the city of Council Bluffs or elsewhere in Pottawattamie or the state of Iowa.

Mental health professionals working through private practice or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships and communication skills, working through life's obstacles, or changing negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a listening ear and validation. Verified Council Bluffs therapists can provide licensed marriage and compassionate counseling, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

What Is The Cost Difference Between Conventional Therapy And BetterHelp? 

Forbes reports that the average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Council Bluffs due to a higher cost of living.

Some therapists in the state of Iowa may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp therapists serving the city of Council Bluffs and elsewhere throughout the state of Iowa you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $60 to $90 per week (billed every four weeks).


Did You Know BetterHelp Therapists Are Not Limited To In-Person Visits?

Online therapists, including the US-based therapists above, can work with people like you in or around Council Bluffs to offer creative forms of communication and treatment. You do not have to commute to a therapist's office to meet with one of these counselors.

Through BetterHelp, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, receive worksheets, and sign up for mental health webinars. Additionally, the BetterHelp app offers a journaling feature.

Suppose you're struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists specializing in behavioral health and relationships. You can also try a provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. Look through the available therapists above and consider which might work for you.

San Jose has many professionals who provide client-centered individual counseling in person and through online therapy. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with therapists all over the US. Many individuals gain further insight into their lives through internet-based counseling. In Council Bluffs, therapy can be easily accessible and a click away.


How To Know If Therapy Is Right For You?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but they may struggle to provide objective guidance as a therapist can. Therapists are also professionals trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A therapist may support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health or life concerns. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another benefit of therapy is having a safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A San Jose therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With almost one million people in Council Bluffs, IA, finding a therapist can be costly, and therapists may be booked out with clients. Through the list of therapists above and others through BetterHelp, you may be able to find a therapist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching for a nearby therapist close to 51501 or the surrounding zip codes, consider other available therapists through the BetterHelp therapist page.

Stay Up To Date With The Leading Online Therapy Platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and FacebookFor mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time to learn more about BetterHelp therapists and counselors to understand the services available to you clearly. If you have any questions, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online counseling, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched with a counselor within 24 to 48 hours.

Emergency Situations

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

·      National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

·      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

·      Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

·      Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 (and press 1) or text 838255. For support for the deaf and hard of hearing community, please use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.

·      Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ Lifeline): (866)488-7386 

·      SAMHSA National Helpline (Substance Use): (800)662-4357

·      National Eating Disorder Association Helpline:1-800-931-2237 (M-Th: 9 AM-9 PM EST, Fri 9 AM - 5 PM EST)

·      Child Help Hotline: Call 1-800-422-4453 or use the online chat feature

·      National Anti-Hazing Hotline: 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293) 

·      Physician Crisis Support Line: Call 1-888-409-0141 if you are a first responder or medical provider experiencing crises related to Covid-19

·      Sexual Assault Hotline: Call RAINN at 1-800-656-4673

Zip Codes Served By BetterHelp Therapists

Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Council Bluffs:

51501, 51502, 51503

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy and BetterHelp can be found below:

How Do I See A Therapist For The First Time? 

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading about the counseling process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your therapist. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and why you're attending therapy.

Should I Attend Therapy If I Feel Fine? 

If you don't feel the need to see a therapist, you don't have to. However, some people may avoid attending counseling due to preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although therapists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general advice. A therapist may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is Crying In Therapy A Breakthrough?

Crying can be a breakthrough for some individuals who struggle to express emotions. Others might find that they often cry during sessions. Crying can be normal and healthy, so whether you cry or not may be a personal aspect of sessions.

Are Therapists Worth It?

We may all be on different paths in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, and goals. A therapist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities. Unlike advice from a friend, family member, or non-professional, therapists are trained to meet you where you're at. Therapy can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy each year, showing it's a popular option and may be often effective.

Do Therapists Judge You? 

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to protect you and them from ethical concerns. Therapists are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. Their job is to support you and make you feel safe and respected. You might consider changing therapists if you don't feel safe or respected.