West Des Moines Staff – Name, Degree, Population & Specialty Areas
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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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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L.M.H.C. – Licensed Mental Health Counselor
I provide individual and couples therapy for adults. My areas of clinical interest and expertise include pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, depression, anxiety, grief, post-traumatic stress and work-related issues.
I specialize in women’s reproductive and maternal mental health. I work with women struggling with fertility issues, pregnancy ambivalence, pregnancy loss, pregnancy after a loss, transitions in motherhood, prenatal and postpartum adjustments, perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders and relationship challenges after the birth of a child.
Click here to learn more about Karin Beschen
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.
Click here to learn more about Bridget Bencke
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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M.S. – Mental Health Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, National Certified Counselor
My practice focuses on adolescents and adults dealing with emotional and behavioral difficulties as well as substance use issues.
M.A. – Marriage and Family Therapist
Clients include teens, college students, adults, couples and families. My areas of focus include couples who are working through a relationship whether it is a marriage or a personal commitment and couples who have ended the relationship and are trying to co-parent effectively. Other areas of focus include working with families who are struggling as well as with individuals on a one to one basis.
Click here to learn more about Deanna Engrav