Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Ankeny, Iowa

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Anne Jessen

LMHC
12 years experience
Hi, my name is Anne Jessen and I live in a small town in Iowa. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and have had this title since 2011. I received my Master's degree in mental health counseling in 2006 from the University of Northern Iowa. I am currently a PhD Candidate at Capella University, in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior. I am working on the last part of my program, my dissertation. I... Read More
Hi, my name is Anne Jessen and I live in a small town in Iowa. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and have had this title since 2011. I received my Master's degree in mental health counseling in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

Gina West-Hendrickson

MS, LMHC, RPT
11 years experience
Hello. I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Iowa. I have over 11 years of experience working with individuals of varying ages to overcome everyday life challenges. I have experience with those struggling with depression, anxiety, /trauma, family and/or parenting issues as well as relationship and career concerns. My treatment approach is open and honest. I will incorporate cognitive-behavioral , rational-emotive and client centered approaches with... Read More
Hello. I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Iowa. I have over 11 years of experience working with individuals of varying ages to overcome everyday life challenges. I have experience with those struggling... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Danielle Wayne

LCSW, LICSW, LISW
5 years experience
Imagine if you could reach your goals without having to sacrifice your time. What would it be like for you if you could wake up tomorrow and live the life you always wanted to live? It can be hard to reach out and ask for help. Especially when life is stressful and overwhelming. So I want to do what I can to make this process of healing as user-friendly as possible. ... Read More
Imagine if you could reach your goals without having to sacrifice your time. What would it be like for you if you could wake up tomorrow and live the life you always wanted to live? It can be hard... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Heather Carlson

LMHC, MA
8 years experience
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,... Read More
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Ankeny, Iowa

Ankeny, Iowa, is a suburb of Des Moines and is one of the fastest growing cities in the state. The city began as a farming community in 1975 by an active political figure and businessman. According to the last census report, the population is just under 55,000 people. Recently, the United States Census Bureau named the city the 4th fastest growing in the country and the fastest growing city in the Midwest. According to census data, the city grows by five people a day.

The median household income in Ankeny is much higher than the overall income for the state. The state’s income is around $56,000 each year while the median in Ankeny is closer to $80,000. Home prices are also significantly higher in the city than they are in the rest of the state. The city is made up a large population of whites with small numbers of Hispanics, Asians, blacks, American Indians and mixed-race individuals.

In Ankeny, over 90 percent of the population has a high school degree or higher, where close to 46 percent also have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Only 3.8 percent of people are unemployed, which is almost as low as the country’s lowest average in 50 years at 3.7 percent. This shows that as people are moving to Ankeny, they are retaining their jobs or moving for new ones.

The divorce rate is almost 13 percent while 53.6 percent of people who have married stayed that way. Just under three percent are widowed and 30 percent have never married.

The crime rate in Ankeny, Iowa, is quite a bit lower than the average United States crime rate. On the index, Ankeny ranks at 135.4 where the country’s average is 278.7. This means there are less murders, assaults, robberies, rapes, burglaries, auto thefts, theft and arson in Ankeny than is average in other cities throughout America.

Ankeny is home to a thriving school district and system and is within several miles of a long list of higher education institutions, such as the following.

  • Kirkwood Community College
  • Hawkeye Community College
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Indian Hills Community College
  • Iowa Central Community College
  • Iowa State University
  • Drake University

The health rates of the residents are good, with the city at 50.6 percent and the state a little lower at 48.7 percent. While in the state of Iowa 22 percent of people report feeling badly about themselves, only 21.7 percent in Ankeny report the same things.

Mental Health Resources in Ankeny, Iowa

While Ankeny appears to be a thriving, growing city, it is vulnerable to the same mental health issues that every city deals with. According to the Iowa Department of Education, 20 percent of children between the ages of 13-18 will at some point deal with a mental illness. Of those over age 14 with a mental illness, almost half of them will drop out of high school. Mental illness continues to be a serious issue that needs to be addressed in both children and adults. When it comes to seeking treatment, there is a large delay between the onset of symptoms and any type of intervention. Many live with a mental illness for 8-10 years before they can obtain help.

Within the last several years, legislators in Ankeny have committed to improving mental health legislation. The city provides access to mental health first aid with the Iowa Department of Human Services and other treatments through UCS Healthcare.

The Mental Health First Aid training program was created in Iowa to help the public better understand, identify and respond to signs of substance use disorders and mental illnesses. When the average citizen knows what to look for in someone with a mental illness, it is easier to provide quick care that can save lives and prevent addiction, poverty and homelessness.

The Challenge of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Ankeny, Iowa

Because we know how important it is for you to find a therapist that shares your beliefs and values who you feel comfortable with, we have created a directory of therapists in Ankeny to help you choose the right one. When you are looking for help for an illness that you can’t control, we want you to have fast access to those who can help you the most. Browse the list of therapists at E-counseling to get started on your journey to a better life.