Therapists in Iowa City, IA and Nearby Locations

Find a therapist in Iowa City, Iowa that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Iowa City to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, and more.

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Olivia Outlund
LMSW, MSW
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Iowa City, Iowa

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Iowa

My practice is based on the belief that everyone should have access to a trained counselor who greets them with unconditional positive regard and creates a nonjudgmental space to collaborate. I aim to empower you to grow while working toward your...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Iowa

Dr. Green earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Health Psychology, from Iowa State University in 2004. Dr. Green is a licensed psychologist, researcher, and college educator who has devoted her professional life to...
Brandis McFarland
LMHC, MA, CEDS
In-Person Sessions:

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Iowa

Hello, I am a Masters level, Licensed Mental Health Therapist and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. I have been in private practice for 16 years and in the field for 18 years post graduate degree. I am passionate about treating individuals and...
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North Liberty, Iowa

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Iowa

We provide professional mental health services for individuals, children, adolescents, couples, families, and groups. We provide a nonjudgmental environment with an atmosphere the is nestled in the country. We also have an Equine Assisted Therapy...
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Iowa

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, I am now providing online therapy. I have my doctorate in clinical psychology and am a licensed psychologist who specializes in treatments proven to increase children's positive feelings and ability to cope. I...
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Iowa City, Iowa

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Iowa

At times in our lives, each of us need objective support. I have guided and witnessed others as a mental health professional for the past 12 years, and throughout my life as a family member, a friend, and a teacher. I believe that at our core, each...
Richard Stapleton
LMHC, LPCC 15, Ed.D.
In-Person Sessions:

Iowa City, Iowa

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Iowa, Minnesota

Rich Stapleton is Core Faculty at Walden University in the Master's in Mental Health Counseling Program, accredited by CACREP. He has been practicing since 2005 and started out his career working in Aurora, Colorado at an all-girls residential...
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Davenport, Iowa

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Iowa

Anxiety and depression have a way of taking over your life. Sometimes people don’t even know they have been struggling with anxiety and depression; they become used to it. You have probably already done a lot to cope on your own. I’m Margy, a...
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Iowa

A straightforward approach is necessary in order to promote lasting change. My goal as your therapist is to create a comfortable environment for you to identify and express your thoughts and feelings. I have worked in the mental health field for 15+...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Iowa

Today's world is difficult to navigate. Am I doing the right things for my children? Am I making the right career moves? Does my relationship need attention? Do my children need extra support? How can I be a better friend? Sometimes the list seems...
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Iowa

*Accepting new clients for in person or telehealth! Evening sessions available* You’re here, looking for a space where you can be heard without any judgement. You say everything is “fine”, but you know it’s not. 2020 has been absolutely...
Anne Wiser
LISW, Ph.D.
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Iowa City, Iowa

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Iowa

I am a clinical social worker licensed to provide mental health services. I obtained my masters of social work from The University of Iowa in 2011. Prior to this, I obtained a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Colorado and as such,...
Megan Carnahan
MSW, LISW
In-Person Sessions:

Iowa City, Iowa

My goal as your therapist is to help you address the issues that have kept you feeling "stuck" in life. I use an individualized approach when working with each client, and together we will facilitate the changes you desire. My role as therapist is...
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Riverside, Iowa

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Iowa

Elisa has almost a decade of experience providing mental health and support services to clients of all ages. She has special interest in working with survivors of trauma and abuse and utilizing EMDR for the treatment. Elisa is able to provide mental...
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Iowa

As a therapist, I believe that a person is more than just what they have experienced. Each one of us is made up of so many different thoughts, emotions and ideas, and I have devoted my career to finding ways of honoring who you are, as well as who...
Elise Perea
LMHC, MS
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Iowa

My goals are to help you reach YOUR goals in a supportive, empathetic, and compassionate space where you feel safe, and can grow and share. Perhaps you are working through life transitions, feeling stuck, or wondering about how to feel more calm and...
Erin Thiemann
LMHC, MA
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Iowa

Life can be overwhelming and we all need validation that we have the strength to carry on. You might wish that you were more confident in your relationships, parenting, career, or in yourself. Maybe you would like to regain your identity after...

An Overview of Mental Health in Iowa City, Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa is the proud home of the University of Iowa. This college town has a population of over 74,000 and is the county seat of Johnson County. Several mental health challenges are facing residents of Iowa City. Learn about the contributing factors to mental illness, as well as ways you can find hope and healing for yourself or a loved one.

Mental Illness Challenges in Iowa

Throughout the state, about 600,000 Iowans struggle with mental illness. This is approximately the same as the national statistics of one in five Americans. Throughout the country, these are some of the most common mental illnesses:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Autistic spectrum disorder

There are many signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder. If you or someone you know experiences common signs of mental illness, be sure you know a local mental health professional. Feeling sad, or in extreme cases suicidal, is one of the most common symptoms. Others include rapid mood changes, extreme worries and fear, and usual changes in eating habits.

Other factors can increase your risk of experiencing a mental illness, including:

  • Traumatic experiences
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Chronic medical conditions, like diabetes
  • Previous family history of mental illness
  • Homelessness

Not only are rates of mental illness higher among individuals experiencing one or more of these factors, but individuals who are experiencing these tend to develop mental health issues. The cyclical nature of these environmental factors could result in severe mental illness.

Each of these common risk factors is present in Iowa City, Iowa. A major issue in the city is poverty. 26.8% of residents are living in poverty, which is far higher than 14%, which is the national average. The two demographics that are experiencing the highest levels of poverty are 18-24-year-old females and males. This could be attributed to the high percentage of college students in the area.

The rate of homeownership is also far lower than the national average, at only 46%. While many residents choose to rent rather than own a home, a percentage are also facing homelessness.

Iowa has lower rates of drug and opioid deaths than many other states. In 2016, only 6 out of 100,000 individuals experienced an opioid-related death. The highest prevalence in the nation is in West Virginia, at 43 individuals per 100,000. The rate of diabetes is lower in Johnson County than in many surrounding counties, at just 5%. However, the rate of excessive drinking among adults was higher than in many other countries, over 23%. All of these factors can increase the risk of mental health issues in Iowa City. If you or someone you know is struggling with a chronic condition or alcohol or drug use, a local mental health expert can help.

Divorce Rates in Iowa

While Iowans enjoy higher rates of marriage, the state is also known for having lower rates of divorce than the national average. In 2016, Iowans divorced at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000. This makes Iowa the state with the least amount of divorces in the nation. This is a huge benefit to the overall mental health of the state in terms of community mental health, but on an individual level, it doesn’t make a divorce any less emotionally difficult.

Divorce has a strong correlation with mental illness. For many individuals who experience a divorce, strong feelings of depression, anxiety, and even thoughts of suicide are likely to occur. Individuals who are married and already experiencing these thoughts tend to have higher rates of divorce. Whether you’re going through a divorce or having mental health issues while married, make sure you find a mental health professional who can help you overcome any emotional obstacles you may be facing.