I am Angie Appelgate, a therapist at New Life Counseling in West Des Moines, IA where I work with adolescents, teens, adults, couples, and families to restore hope and wholeness to their lives. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Religion at Central College and my graduate degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Denver.
I have received training in Functional Family Therapy which focuses on understanding the underlying meaning behind disruptive behaviors and creating more productive and supportive family dynamics. I am a Certified Therapist in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) therapy, which focuses on helping individuals process and heal from stressful and adverse life experiences as well as decrease negative beliefs and symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. I am also a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and enjoy helping clients explore the shame messages that are keeping them from living a wholehearted life as well as how to overcome those shame messages and move towards more authentic living.
Other areas of focus are communication, life transitions, stress management, trauma, and grief and loss. I utilize a variety of other models and techniques in order to provide the best fit for clients, including various Family System models, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and a Strengths-Based approach.
I enjoy working with individuals from all spiritual backgrounds. I also provide Christian counseling and enjoy integrating faith and scripture for those desiring that approach. As a therapist, I provide a caring and supportive relationship to my clients to help them grow and change in positive ways.