Central Iowa Psychological Services Therapists

Ames Staff - Names, Degree, Population & Specialty Areas


Summer K. Brunscheen

Ph.D. - Licensed Psychologist, Certified Health Service Provider, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Children, teens, & adults. Cognitive-behavioral, play & interpersonal therapy. Psychological evaluation, psychotherapy for adjustment & transition issues, ADHD, trauma, behavior disorders, mood disorders, autism spectrum issues, and emotion regulation issues.

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Amy Badding

L.M.H.C., R.P.T. - Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Play Therapist

I specialize in working with children and families who are struggling with anxiety disorders, ADHD symptoms, anger control problems, attachment issues, behavior management, depression, coping with divorce, grief and loss, separation from a parent/fostercare, and healing after trauma/abuse.

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Paula Gallt

M.S. - Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Specialty areas: Children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, family therapy. Obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD, behavioral problems, self harm behaviors, anxiety, panic, depression, adjustment & transition issues.

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Lu Klatt

M.S.W. - Licensed Independent Social Worker
Adolescents and adults with anxiety, phobias, PTSD, depression, grief and loss as well as eating disorders. Family & relationship issues, past abuse, cultural challenges and difficult transitions.

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Susie Lang

L.M.H.C., N.C.C. - Licensed Mental Health Counselor
College students, adults, teens, couples, children and families, using integrative approaches that are multicultural sensitive, focusing on goal oriented, solution focused, strength based therapeutic techniques. Trained in EMDR. Fluent in Spanish.

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Alyson Pearson

L.I.S.W. - Licensed Independent Social Worker
I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I provide individual, couples, and family therapy with adults, children and adolescents. I work with trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral concerns, abuse, couples concerns, and family concerns. I use an empowerment approach with each client and believe that building on strengths allows for more growth to occur.

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Warren Phillips

Ph.D. - Licensed Psychologist & Certified Health Service Provider in Psychology
Children, teens, families, adults. Cognitive-behavioral and systems therapy. Psychological evaluations and psychotherapy with ADHD, learning disability, adjustment difficulties, behavior disorders, depression and anxiety disorders.

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Anthony Santiago

Ph.D. - Licensed Marital & Family Therapist
Pre-adolescent, adolescent, adults, couples, and families. Cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, solution-focus, and systems perspectives. Pre-marital counseling, marital/couples psychotherapy, behavioral, emotional, spiritual, addiction, and multicultural issues.

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Robin Schinnow

L.I.S.W. - Licensed Independent Social Worker
I work with children, adolescents, and adults and a large variety of concerns. Specialty areas include sexual abuse, ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma, divorce issues and family therapy.

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Robert Thacker

M.A., International Advance Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, (DOT) Substance Abuse Professional
College students, adults, teens, couples, and families. Specializing in treatment of substance abuse related issues and other addictive symptoms and behaviors. I focus on the recovery of the individual and their family. I have spent a number of years successfully treating individuals with co-occurring issues as well.

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Linda Trudeau

Ph.D. - Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marital & Family Therapist
Teenagers, adults, families, couples. Cognitive-behavioral and relational approaches to couple counseling, anxiety, depression.

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Stephanie Wheeler

L.I.S.W. - Licensed Independent Social Worker
Children, adolescents, and adults. I enjoy working with a diverse array of isues, some of which include trauma and abuse, anxiety and depression, and relationship issues.

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Melissa Wubben

M.S. - Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. Eclectic therapy for individuals, couples, and families dealing with emotional and behavioral difficulties, as well as substance use issues.

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West Des Moines Staff - Name & Degree

Karen R. Ahrens

Psy.D. - Licensed Psychologist, Certified Health Service Provider in Psychology
Adolescents, adults and older adults in individual therapy with an eclectic approach based in Rational-Emotive-Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused therapy, and the Common Factors Theory. I also provide psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, adults and older adults. Testing may address emotional difficulties, learning difficulties, ADHD, memory, and brief driving evaluations.

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Danah Barazanji, Ph.D.

Ph.D. - Licensed Psychologist
Adolescents, young adults, and adults. Areas of specialty and interest include relationship problems, posttraumatic stress, grief work, depression and anxiety, male and female survivors of sexual trauma, and substance abuse and dependence. Work with veterans and military families.

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Teresa M. Barrett

M.A. - Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families. Eclectic approach in working with depression, anxiety, binge/emotional eating, sensory processing concerns, relationships, separation and divorce, and parenting.

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Karin Beschen

L.M.H.C. - Licensed Mental Health Counselor

I work with adolescents and adults, providing individual, parent-child and couples therapy.  My areas of clinical interest and expertise include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, separation and divorce, grief and work-related issues. I utilize cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness and interpersonal approaches with clients.

My specialty is treating emotional difficulties related to pregnancy and post-partum (depression, anxiety, trauma).

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Bridget Bencke

M.A. - Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor   
My specialty is counseling children and adolescents. I also enjoy working with young adults. I use play therapy typically with the younger kids and focus much of my work on Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. Areas I focus on include anger management, depression/anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Adjustment issues, grief, abuse and trauma. I look forward to meeting and working with you.

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Amy Cantazaro

Ph.D. - Licensed Psychologist    
My professional practice includes individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults (18-22) with a wide variety of concerns including disruptive behaviors, anxiety, depression, ADHD, life transitions. I also offer psychological assessment services for individuals ages 5 to adult.

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Cassie Leutzinger

Psy.D. - Licensed Psychologist, Certified Health Service Provider in Psychology   
Clients of all ages with an emphasis on adolescents and adults. I will have a significant part of my practice dedicated to psychological testing for all ages. I also work with people of any age who are experiencing simultaneous psychological and medical/physical difficulties to improve general functioning and build a strong, healthy mind-body connection.

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