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You mental health care is important to our clinicians. We are still in office. However, we are offering Clinical Telehealth to all existing client. Informed consent and letter is in your HIPAA compliant online portal and you can book online. Just click on the schedule today button.


Individual Therapy

Each client will receive a highly personalized approach tailored to individual needs. Our experienced mental health counselors treat a a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues: Depression & Anxiety; Stress Management; Chronic Pain /Long Term Illness/ Cancer; Adjustment Disorders; Panic Disorder/ Generalized Anxiety/ Test Anxiety; Postconcussional Syndrome/Mild TBI; and Trauma/PTSD.

Video Session via Secure Video

We realize you have busy schedules. Technology has integrated itself with our society. Daily we use technology to communicate at a very rapid pace. As technology continues to grow it has begun to stretch out into many venues. One of these venues is counseling. Our philosophy with clinical telehealth technology and counseling is a blended method. Incorporation of  face to face sessions & video -based individual counseling session is utilized. The blending face to face sessions and clinical telehealth sessions are up the patient and  his or her convenience.  The goal will always be to provide the best practices and promote the highest clinical standards. Ames Therapy and Consulting utilizes SecureVIdeo HIPPA Compliant Videoconferencing. 

Clinical telehealth is a venue to provide evidenced based psychological health treatment which embraces a new and evolving practice, bringing many advantages to the demands of counseling: Access to care- For those that are disabled or limited in travel abilities now has access to counseling professionals; those in rural areas seeking providers, and overall convenience for the client. Brief Interventions - connection with counselors during acute issues is now readily available; allowing for abbreviated sessions twice a week. Cost Savings to Insurers & Clients- limits commute cost, offers greater access for counselor interaction in a highly concentrated setting. 


Secure Video
Group Therapy
  • Upcoming Mood Management Group will start in June 13th, 2018 | 10 weeks/every Wednesday 5 to 6:30pm

Mood Management

Group therapy for mood management helps clients learn to cope with negative changes and emotions, improve relationships, and manage mood more effectively. Ames Therapy & Consulting Services Group therapy combines informal discussion about moods and formal lectures regarding the mood/thought connection, and alternative or balanced thinking. Sessions focus on particular themes, including patterns of behavior, or areas of learning such as:

  • Identifying moods
  • Understanding depression
  • Understanding anxiety
  • Anger Management
  • Role of guilt and shame
  • Thought/mood connection 

Chronic Pain - NEW GROUP starts beginning of July 16th, 2019 (3:30 -5:00pm Des Moines Office)

Group therapy for chronic pain help clients become aware and learn to cope with negative changes and emotions, improve relationships and manage pain more effectively. Ames Therapy and Consulting Services Group therapy combines informal discussions about how lives have been affected by chronic pain and formal lectures in regards to pain psychology, establishment of coping skills, and relaxation techniques. Sessions focus on a particular theme, pattern of behavior, or area of learning, such as: Anger management; Assertive communication; Perfectionism and unrealistic expectations; Cycle of chronic pain; Planning for a difficult day; Personal responsibility; Relationships and chronic pain. Click on: Chronic Pain Group to learn more with our video on our YouTube channel!

Ellyn Nitchals-Kellner is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the resolution of mental health symptoms that arise from adverse life experiences. Adverse experiences can overwhelm a person’s ability to cope and can have a lasting negative impact on mental and physical health. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. EMDR utilizes your mind’s natural problem solving and coping abilities such as those experienced during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. This process allows you to reprocess adverse events and break up negative messages and feelings in order to see past experiences from a different, less distressing perspective.
Amy Mooney, PhD, LMHC, NCC, ACS is certified in Biofeedback through the Stens Corporation and The Biofeedback Training Institute. Biofeedback is a way to help you develop a greater awareness of your physiological functioning. Biofeedback instruments measure physiological activity in a visual and auditory format. It allows you to be aware of your physiological systems response and change. In essense you work toward regulating your automomic nervous system. One of the primary uses of biofeedback is to help you become more aware of your response to stress, to become aware of any triggers that stimulate stress response, and current methods of recovery from stress that is not working.  Ames Therapy & Consulting utilizes biofeedback as an additional treatment approach integrated into the counseling services. Clients with a variety of presenting concerns can benefit (PTSD, panic attacks, anxiety, difficulty with sleep, coping with chronic pain, depression, Fibromyalgia, and headaches). If biofeedback is recommended for a physical concern (for example headache, chronic pain, or Fibromyalgia) a doctors must order this. Click on : Biofeedback to learn more with our video on our YouTube channel!

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