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About Carrie Leaf, MS, LMFT


** Licensed therapist offering individual, couples, marriage, and family counseling & therapy in Des Moines / Central Iowa experienced in treating communicative and relationship issues, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, PTSD, life transitions, etc.

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* Offering:

  • Psychotherapy

  • Life Coaching

  • Executive/Leadership/Professional Coaching

  • More coaching packages

  • Anger management

  • EMDR

  • Hypnotherapy

  • Mindfulness/Guided Imagery/Meditation practice

  • Smoking Cessation/Quit Smoking

  • And MORE.....

I am an independently licensed mental health counselor/therapist/consultant and supervisor providing services in the Des Moines Metro area. I have worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, community mental health, residential, the Iowa National Guard, Drake University, and private practice. 

I completed my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Northern Iowa with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. Following my undergraduate work, I completed my graduate work at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY earning my Master of Science in marriage and family therapy.

I have completed training in EMDR therapy. EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma.

In my therapeutic stance I like to think holistically and make sure to pay attention to the connection between mind/body/spirit. My eclectic approach to therapy has roots in Rogerian Client-Centered Therapy and Systems Theory, often pulling from cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based skill sets. I believe in every human's capacity to heal and grow with the right combination of hard work and support. It is a true honor to me to be a part of your healing and growth process with you.

Other interests include spending time with friends and family, music, being outdoors, exercise, good food, trying new things/experiences, traveling, and hanging out with my boxer dogs, Jax and Opie.

Psychotherapy Services Provided:

Diagnostic Assessment
First appointments include an assessment during which I’ll get a picture of your background, strengths, struggles, and goals. Cost of the initial assessment is $200.00. See insurance page to check if your plan is accepted. I do offer reduced fee services for those who cannot afford insurance and/or not utilizing insurance. Please print and complete the intake form and bring with you when presenting for your appointment.  Co-pays are between $20 and $40 or 20% to 40% depending on your insurance provider.

Individual Therapy
Individual sessions are 50 minutes in length depending on your needs and insurance authorization. Cost for each 50 minute session is $160.00.

Couples/Family Therapy
An assessment to gain insight and discovery of goals occurs prior to the first couples/Family session. Cost of couples/Family sessions after assessment are $185.00 per session.

Cost of Records
For those who request paper copy of records that charge is $25.00 minimum.

I will not participate willingly in client litigation matters.  If I happened to be subpoenaed to appear as a witness involving a client, I will contact you immediately.  Charges associated with preparation, travel, and time I spend in court will be charged at $250 per hour.  In addition, I will not make recommendations related to child custody.

Plans Covered:

- Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

- Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield: Alliance Select
-Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield: Blue Access
- Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield: Blue Advantage
- Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield: Blue Choice
Blue Select

- Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield: Classic Blue
- Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield: Wellmark Blue HMO
- Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield: Wellmark Blue POS
- Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield: Wellmark Blue PPO

-Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield/HealthLink/Wellpoint Military Care

- Midlands Choice

Questions to ask your insurance company prior to the appointment
Does my current insurance have mental health benefits and cover therapy?
What is my current deductible?
Do I have a co-payment?
How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Cash and all major credit cards are accepted for payment. Payment or co-payment is due at the time of service. I require a release of information to relay and remit payments from your insurance company which I will have you sign on the day of your appointment. I also require a credit card on file. The card will only be charged with your signature for session fees, co-pays, or no-shows.

Cancellation Policy
There will be a charge for any appointments missed without prior notification of at least 24 hours. Insurance does not cover a no-show fee and you will be charged the full rate of the session.

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