Ellen Petersen (she/her)

Accepting Clients

I'm Ellen - an open, accepting therapist located in West Des Moines offering both in-person and online therapy appointments!

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in West Des Moines, IA

  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Adolescent/Teen

About My Clients

I believe that every client is the expert of their own life. My goal is to help outline future paths and, through identifying the client’s most important values, pursue the path that will bring the most lasting joy and fulfillment. Life, while it can be incredibly beautiful and rewarding, can also bring overwhelming pain and loss. I aim to be there to help my clients work toward a life where they feel more valued, respected, fulfilled, and true to themselves.

My Background and Approach

I do this work through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with individually tailored activities to aid clients in identifying their own goals and steps needed to bring them closer to those goals every week. My areas of clinical interest are exploration into identity, anxiety, stress, grief and loss. The therapy process can seem very overwhelming and intimidating, but I hope to prove to my clients that it is the opposite. If you are interested in self-discovery and living a more fulfilling life, reach out so we can start your journey together!

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

As a social worker, empowerment is at the heart of all of my work with clients. I believe each and every client is the expert of their own life and should always be in the captains chair of their therapy experience. I have experience with the immigration process, am an avid video gamer, and cat lady as well as an ally to LBGTQ+.

I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 5 years of practice
  • Languages: English


(515) 679-3947 Email Ellen
5000 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50265

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