Our Focus

We take a holistic approach to mental health care at Prairie Wellness. We use science-informed, evidence-based interventions like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR and we may incorporate mindfulness training, yoga, and nutritional counseling in your wellness plan, if that’s right for you. Our specialties include:

Rumination, excessive worry, social fears, obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviors, panic attacks, phobias.  Each type of anxiety brings its own kind of suffering and symptoms can be debilitating.  Our therapists excel at treating generalized anxiety and more specific conditions like social anxiety and OCD with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response PreventionContact us today to discover your path to peace of mind.

Many of us tend to minimize the impact of trauma on our health and wellbeing.  Yet, science shows that a single traumatic experience, or chronic trauma like abuse or neglect, can undermine our ability to feel safe in the world and can cause us to withdraw from others or act out.   At Prairie Wellness, we’ll help you heal from trauma with science-backed approaches like Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Contact us today to find your your way back to wellness.

Depression is more than just feeling sad or blue about something and we usually can’t “just snap out of it” no matter how hard we try.  Fortunately,  individual and group therapy can ease the pain and help get you back on track. Contact us today to book an appointment.

Chronic pain not only hurts, it can lead to depression, anxiety, and other conditions that make life more difficult to manage. Recent studies show that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness meditation can be more effective than narcotics to reduce chronic pain. Prairie Wellness offers CBT treatment and a ten-week mindfulness-based program to help you learn how to manage your pain so you can start living your life again. Contact us today to schedule your assessment.

Life can feel out of control or off balance when we’re constantly stressed. We may experience stress-related symptoms like anxiety, anger, depression, high blood pressure, headaches, trouble sleeping, or gastrointestinal problems. Too much stress can cause strain on our relationships at home  and work, exacerbate chronic pain, and lead to disordered eating or the misuse of drugs or alcohol. Learn to transform your relationship to stress with individual or group therapy or take our next Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction™ class. Contact us today to get started.

Our relationships with others can bring us great joy and deep sorrow. So much suffering comes when we try to hold on too tight, control things, or push people away before they have time to leave us. At Prairie Wellness, you’ll learn how to identify and break destructive relationship patterns and resolve issues with family members, partners, and friends. Dealing with a demanding boss or difficult co-workers? We can help with that, too. Contact us today.

We all need food for nourishment and it can be a beautiful part of celebration and tradition. But sometimes we use food to bury feelings like sadness, loneliness, shame, stress, or boredom. This can create a pattern of excessive overeating that carries serious consequences for our bodies and destroys our peace of mind. Prairie Wellness offers individual and group therapy to teach you healthier ways to manage your emotions. Contact us today to learn more.

Whether you’re mourning the loss of someone close to you or grieving over one of the many changes life brings, you don’t need to do it alone. We offer individual and group therapy to help you find your way through grief, loss, and life transitions. Contact us today.  You’ll be glad you did.

Prairie Wellness is proud to be a National Social Anxiety Center Regional Clinic. NSAC was established to make the highest quality, evidence-based psychotherapy services to treat social anxiety available to those in need.

Our Team

Meet our team of professionals. We're passionate about providing our clients the most advanced, empirically-based treatment available and we do it with competence and compassion.

Trisha Crabbs

LMHC, CADC

Trisha sees adolescents and adults for individual therapy and addiction counseling.  She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, and Compassion-Focused Therapy to treat trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, anger issues, relationship and family conflicts, and sleep disorders.

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Jessica DeBoom

LMHC

Jessica sees adolescents and adults for individual and group therapy.  She uses Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, EMDR, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Compassion-Focused Therapy to treat trauma, anxiety, depression, anger issues, relationship and family conflicts, and emotional eating.  Jessica is a certified EMDR therapist.

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Susan Heitshusen

LMHC, IADC

Susan sees adults for individual, group, and couples therapy and addiction counseling.  She uses EMDR, Compassion-Focused Therapy, and mindfulness interventions to treat trauma, depression, anxiety, prolonged grief, relationship and workplace issues, and addiction.  Susan is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.

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Zach Pacha

LISW

Zach sees adolescents and adults for individual therapy.  He uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat social anxiety, OCD, panic, agoraphobia, and other phobias.  He specializes in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD.  Zach is a Clinical Fellow at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

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Emily Smith

LISW

Emily sees adults for individual and group therapy.  She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Compassion-Focused Therapy to treat depression, anxiety, stress, chronic pain, relationship issues, and emotional eating.  Emily also teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction™ classes.

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Our Services

We know how busy you are, so we offer extended hours and evening classes for your convenience.

Individual Therapy

We offer individual psychotherapy to adolescents and adults using interventions that are client directed and research-informed.

Classes and Group Therapy

MBSR & Other Mindfulness Groups

Grief & Loss

Managing Emotions

Self-Compassion

Emotional Eating

Telehealth

Research shows that video conferencing with a therapist can be just as effective as in-person sessions. Telehealth services are available for Iowa residents.

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You can request an appointment by completing this form or call us at 515.207.1705.  Therapists schedule their own appointments, so please decide who you’d like to see and send them a message.  Not sure who’s the best fit?   Choose the General Inquiries option and we’ll be in touch.  

Everyone is welcome at Prairie Wellness.  We’re LGBTQ affirming and we don’t discriminate for any reason.  

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