Traffic Jam on 4 lane road in Des Moines, Iowa. Person in car decides to attend online therapy for depression later to avoid driving to counseling appointments.Perhaps you live in Ames, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City, or somewhere else on the outskirts of Des Moines? Driving into Des Moines can be a long trip just for a counseling appointment.

Or maybe you live within the city of Des Moines and your work schedule doesn’t allow you to drive across town in order to make an appointment. Your lunch break is only so long and you won’t have the time for the voyage to a counseling office.

And, we all know the winters can be rough – it might be snowing and the roads are passable, but you would prefer not to drive on them.  Not to mention the extra time it takes to get anywhere in the colder months.  Time to put on the extra layers, warm up the car, and all the other steps. Participating in an online counseling session from your own home sounds much easier.


You don’t want to settle for just any mental health therapist because they’re convenient to see.  Maybe you even have a counseling office near your house or work that you’ve tried to go to, because the location was convenient.  In the end, though, you understand that it’s important to see the right mental health professional.  You are looking for a counselor who understands you and really cares about the work they are doing. You want high quality, personalized counseling services, but you also need therapy that fits in your life, not add stress to it.  We get this.  Online Counseling (otherwise known as eTherapy/Tele-mental health therapy) at Synergy eTherapy may be the support you’ve been looking for.


A Young Female Student sitting on a couch with a computer attending an online therapy session from her home in Des Moines, IA.As Telehealth services are becoming more and more popular, more mental health providers are starting to offer their online mental health therapy.  Telemental health services, also known as online counseling or etherapy, is the same mental health counseling services that you are used to, but you’d use technology instead of being in the same room, in person.  Typically, you and your therapist login to a secure website and use video chat to have a counseling session.


One thing that many people might not know is that you must see a mental health professional who is licensed in the state where you are physically located.  This means that if you are in Des Moines, IA you need to see a therapist who has a Iowa license to practice counseling or therapy.  At Synergy eTherapy, we have mental health professionals who are highly-skilled and comfortable providing counseling services online and are licensed in several different states, including Iowa.



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Online therapy saves time. You don’t have to worry about if they are doing some improvements in I-35 that will make your travel time twice as long. Instead, you can login to our secure platform on your phone or computer and start your counseling session right there in your home or private office at work.

With etherapy therapy services, you save yourself the time you would normally spend getting to your car, driving to an appointment and waiting in the crowded waiting room.  Therapy appointments can fit more easily into your busy schedule, because you only need a few minutes to login to your computer and your session time!


Research shows us that the most important thing that determines if counseling will help you is good rapport with your therapist. This means that if you are going to invest your time in counseling, you want someone whose personality is a good match for you, who you trust, and a therapist that has the expertise to help with the specific issue you are facing.

Some parts of the state have multiple options for therapists that specialize in a specific issue. Larger cities like Des Moines typically have some options to choose from.  However, finding someone who specialized in trauma, couples counseling, etc. in your smaller city could be difficult, if not impossible to find. It’s important to find someone that specializes in the specific issue you are experiencing as well as finding a therapist that you connect with.  In a smaller city, you might not be able to reach one or both of those goals.

That’s where online counseling can be a huge benefit.  Online counseling opens up your options so you can find a therapist who is a good fit as well as someone who specializes or has experience working with clients with your specific issue.


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Some people have particular needs that make it challenging to get out and go to a counselor’s office such as someone on bedrest, someone in a wheelchair, someone with an oxygen tank, etc.  Online counseling can be an effective way to get around many of these barriers. Not only is it good for people with physical obstacles, it is also helpful for clients that find it hard to leave their house and/or for someone who has experienced trauma and they it is more relaxing for them to be in their own home.


Some people avoid starting counseling because they are afraid others in their community will know they are seeking therapy.  This can be especially true for entrepreneurs and businessmen & women.

As mental health professionals, we try hard to help reduce stigma.  In a perfect world, mental health therapy would be so common that going to your therapist would be just as normal as going to your physician.  However, we know the world isn’t perfect and there are many reasons you might want to participate in counseling with more anonymity.  Online therapy offers you that option.

With Synergy eTherapy, you can participate in high quality counseling with a psychologist or licensed therapist from anywhere in Iowa. You can easily participate in online counseling without worrying about risking your confidentiality in a small town or business community.  You don’t have to worry about running into someone you know in the waiting room or that a someone might recognize your car in the parking lot.


photo of happy latin woman | online depression counseling and anxiety treatment in South CarolinaOnline therapy sounds amazing, but you can’t help but think: Does it actually
work? It’s common to be skeptical of new things, so if you haven’t participated in online mental health services before, it makes sense that you would want to do your research before starting.

The simple answer is that yes, online counseling (also called etherapy or Telehealth) can work.  In fact, research has shown that online counseling can be just as effective in treating many mental health concerns as in person counseling.


A college student in Iowa wearing a long sleeve maroon top raises her hand after gaining confidence through online counseling with a therapist at Synergy ETherapy.You are experiencing the pressure of being a college student. This is a big change in your life.  Your world is different than it used to be. Leaving home and moving away from your family and friends is a big step.  Because of this change, you may experience additional stress, anxiety and/or depression because of this major change in your life.  

Having access to online counseling as a college student is very helpful.  You have a busy schedule with all of your classes and homework. Online counseling gives you more options so you can choose a therapist who specializes in the things you are struggling with and who you connect with.  Furthermore, privacy is less of an issue with online therapy. You don’t have to worry someone will see you walking to a counseling center on campus or that you’ll run into someone you know there. In summary, online therapy gives students more access to the help they need while reducing the strain put on that college may be bringing on. 

Major life changes can lead to anxiety and/or depression. However, treatment for college students offered online is often very effective.  Because you login from the comfort of your dorm room or apartment, it can sometimes be easier to attend a session online than in person.  A therapist can help you learn to examine those negative thoughts you are having and then to face them head on.  You’ll learn specific skills you can use between sessions.  And then slowly, you’ll find relief from your depression.


Photo of a cup of tea, a pen and a napkin that says, "mind full or mindful?" Representing the benefits of online mindfulness training in Iowa.You are stressed and full of anxiety.  Maybe you are feeling depressed or had been depressed previously and are feeling that way again.
Sometimes you are not feeling fulfilled in your life and you feel empty. You experience both negative and positive thoughts, but maybe don’t know how to deal with the negative thoughts as well as you do the positive thoughts.  Perhaps you are experiencing physical pain and this pain is causing problems with your mental health.  

Mindfulness therapy is a way to become more aware of yourself and your environment.  With Mindfulness Therapy you are able to notice your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in a non- judgmental way.  You can live more in the present moment while promoting good mental and physical health. Through guided mindfulness exercises, such as mindfulness meditation, breathing exercises, physical movement, and even mindfulness for couples, you will be able to reduce symptoms of physical and emotional problems.  


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You and your partner are not communicating well. In fact, it feels like you just don’t understand each other.  When you do communicate, it is mostly negative. In fact, your conversations often ends in arguing. Then, you both feel annoyed and upset. Maybe you have been contemplating an affair or have had one.  You might be living separate lives and feel more like roommates rather than a couple. There is a lack of communication, conversation, and intimacy. You just want to feel supportive.  Maybe you’re even coming to marriage counseling because you’ve had fleeting thoughts of divorce and want to fix your marriage before it gets to that point.

Couples counseling can help you to have more self-awareness and to become vulnerable with your partner.  It can also help with seeing your partner as a team member and not as an opponent. It helps to feel that you are both on the same team.  Couples therapy allows the ability to feel empathy for your partner which is a critical part of the couples therapy. Each partner needs to have compassion for the other partner’s vulnerability and past emotional traumas.  Couples counseling can have a healing impact on each partner individually as well as the marriage or relationship as a whole.

Our Iowa couples counselors see both marriage and unmarried couples.  Essentially, if you are wanting to make your relationship work, you are welcome.


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You worry constantly and this makes it difficult to concentrate and accomplish daily tasks.  Maybe you feel agitated and you experience a racing pulse, sweaty palms, shaky hands, or a dry mouth.  Perhaps you find yourself getting anxious when you know a social situation is coming up, you are worried that you might be judged by others, and you are fearful of being embarrassed or humiliated in front of others.  These are all common signs of anxiety.  Symptoms that most people experience at some point, but perhaps your anxiety is starting to really hold you back. At this point, you might be wondering if you have an anxiety disorder.

The good news is that anxiety disorders are very treatable.  After several months of counseling for anxiety you will be able to reduce or eliminate symptoms.  One evidenced-based therapy for anxiety is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) concentrates on achieving awareness of inaccuracies in your thoughts by exploring painful emotions, thoughts, and reactions and then teaches you to cope with negative feelings.  Counseling can encourage you to set personal goals and move forward in your life without anxiety.  Even better, we offer anxiety counseling online.  Our goal is to make attending anxiety treatment as easy as possible for you.


Are you ready to begin online counseling and are physically located in IOWA?  We’d love to help!  Our skilled mental health professionals provide online therapy in Iowa for a wide range of concerns. We’re here to help. You can begin counseling services with three simple steps:

  1. Visit the FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions
  2. Meet with one of our online therapists in Iowa
  3. Begin working on the issues that matter most to you!


As an online mental health counseling practice, our mission is to offer a variety of online therapy services to help you focus on your wellbeing. We take the stress out of getting the treatment you deserve. Synergy eTherapists provide flexible, convenient, and easy to use mental health services.

In addition to online counseling in Georgia , we offer online therapy in several states including MinnesotaIowa, Wisconsin, South Carolina, North Dakota, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Kansas, California, Florida, Colorado, and Vermont. We add new states to this list regularly.

Our online therapists can treat anxiety, trauma, depression, substance abuse, maternal mental health concerns, grief and loss, and more.

Our therapists help teens, college students, adults, couples, and people with health conditions and chronic pain during online therapy. Additionally, we can offer psychiatric medication management in certain states.

Learn more about our online therapy group practice and the cost of online therapy here



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