Serving Central Iowa with offices in
West Des Moines, Ankeny, and Knoxville


Mental Health and Psychological Services

Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the training and expertise of your provider, the personalities of both you and your therapist, and the particular problems you are experiencing. There are many different methods we may use to deal with the problems that you hope to address. Psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, it calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and in between sessions..

Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, it has also been shown to have many benefits. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. However, because different people can have the same or very similar symptoms, but may deal with those symptoms very differently there are no guarantees of what you will experience or any particular outcomes you will have.

Our first few sessions will usually involve an evaluation of your challenges, needs and what you hope to improve in your life by coming to therapy. Based on that evaluation, we will offer you some first impressions of what our work will likely include and, if you decide to continue with therapy, we will work together with you to form a treatment plan to follow. You should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with us. If you have questions about any aspects of the process or types of therapy techniques used, we would hope to discuss those questions whenever they arise. If you have any doubts that persist, we will be happy to help you set up a meeting with another mental health professional for a second opinion.



Child and Adolescent Counseling

We offer mental health assessments and counseling for children, adolescents, and families at our two locations: West Des Moines and Knoxville. Our licensed therapists help with issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, anger, abuse, learning disorders, ADD/ADHD, stress management, relationship issues, work issues and more.

School-based Mental Health

We offer mental health assessments and counseling for children at over 50 schools in 7 counties in the greater Des Moines area. Our licensed therapists help with issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, anger, abuse, learning disorders, ADD/ADHD, stress management, relationship issues, work issues and more.

Play Therapy

Play Therapy is not the same as regular, everyday play. While spontaneous play is a natural and essential part of the developmental process, Play Therapy is a systematic and therapeutic approach. Play Therapists are licensed mental health professionals with extensive training, supervision, and education in Play Therapy. Play Therapy incorporates a growing number of evidence-based practices and techniques to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.

Couples Counseling

Couples and families can hurt for many different reasons. Counseling is a safe place to learn how to get your needs met and learn to meet the needs of others. We use a variety of methods to help couples improve their communication skills, increase their emotional bond, and rediscover one another.

Adult Counseling

We treat clients as a whole person: body, mind, and spirit. Our goal is to help our clients feel empowered to handle previously overwhelming problems or difficulties by providing them the tools necessary to grow in a nurturing environment.

Substance Use Disorder Counseling*

This service can be provided online or in-person. There are immediate openings, and most insurances are accepted. Call today for more information.

Skill Development

Integrative Counseling Solutions provides skill development for clients who have Medicaid. These services are called Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) and are offered to strengthen basic areas of functioning.

Our skill development counselors:

  • Identify strengths
  • Teach coping, self-relaxation and anger management skills
  • Model and teach communication skills
  • Develop conflict resolution and problem-solving skills

Trauma-informed Care

Our licensed therapists provide trauma-informed care through a variety of means including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). These programs help relieve many types of psychological distress, for all ages.

TMS Therapy

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy is a medication-alternative treatment for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). With a proven track record for remission for people living with depression, TMS Therapy may be a viable treatment option for you if other depression medications aren’t providing adequate results.

Esketamine Nasal Spray

Another medication alternative treatment we provide for adults struggling with Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) or Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is Spravato (Esketamine) nasal spray. Generally this treatment works best in conjunction with your current antidepressant – our team can help decide if it’s the right fit for your care.

Workplace Solutions

Personal and work stressors are an inevitable part of life. Normal stressors that go un-addressed reduce engagement and productivity. Employers can reduce stress in their workforce and create a more resilient organization by offering an Employee Assistance Program. Helping your employees manage stress, especially work stress, becomes an asset to the organization by ensuring that employees bring their best self to work every day.


Through a video call, our licensed therapists are able to offer clients access to counseling services when either the therapist or client is unable to travel to the office. Our telehealth program is offered on a secure, encrypted, web-based platform that ensures your counseling sessions are private.


A revolutionary therapy for rapid change and treatment of anxiety, trauma and PTSD for children, teens and adults. Brainspotting therapy combines the strengths of brain-based and talk therapies into a powerful technique. Developed by Dr. David Grand, author of Emotional Healing at Warp Speed and Brainspotting. Currently six staff are trained in this modality, they have openings and can accept most insurances.

Brain Health Coaching

An innovative program that is exclusive to Integrative Counseling Solutions, can help you, your children, or partner build resilience, mindfulness and coping and relaxation skills to deal with the stressors in your life including COVID, children learning from home while you are working from home and other changes needed during a a global pandemic. This program is not covered by insurance but may be covered by your Flex Spending Account or Medical Savings Account.