Michelle Cushman

PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Michelle Cushman

PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Professions: Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Clinical Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 001360
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Midland's Choice


Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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My Approach to Helping

**Not accepting new clients at this time (12-30-2019).**

I offer compassion and support while challenging you to try out different ways of thinking, feeling, and acting. I will help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and explore different options to facilitate meaningful change in your life. My goal is to empower you to move toward the life you want, including developing a balance of responsibilities (work, school, family, etc.), play (recreation, fun, humor), and meaningful connections.

As a Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in the state of Iowa, I specialize in working with individuals who are experiencing difficulties with anxiety, irritability, depression, relationships, or family-of-origin, including painful or traumatic experiences from the past.

A good fit between client and therapist is important to the process of therapy, so I offer a free 10-15 minute phone consultation for you to get a sense of whether I would be a good fit for you. I look forward to hearing from you!

Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

You've learned what doesn't work for you, so let's talk about it so we can work together toward a more healing experience. I want to know what you liked and didn't like about previous therapy experiences to help me understand your wants and needs in the therapeutic relationship. I will tell you how my approach might be similar or different from previous experiences so you can make an informed decision about your care. I've had many clients express feeling more comfortable with me than in their previous therapy experiences, and I enjoy being able to offer a new perspective.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with individuals age 18 and up.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Depression
  • Family Problems
  • Inadequacy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Psychodynamic

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