My Solution Focused and Client Centered Approach

denise-a_my-approachLife can be hard. There are times when all of us truly need help and support to navigate difficult challenges. When you’re struggling, I know you want to feel better and to get back on track as soon as possible. No one chooses to struggle, and seeking help is often the smartest choice. That’s why my approach to counseling is client-centered and solution-focused.

Therapy sessions are a place to find support and a safe context to express your thoughts and feelings freely, as well as to learn to navigate your innermost concerns and desires. The most powerful thing you can bring to therapy is yourself, and in return, you can expect me to be real with you while I strive to provide the best care possible. In addition to having 30 plus years of experience with social work in schools, adoption agencies, Christian programs and geriatric care, a great deal of life experience informs my approach to therapy. I’ve adopted a child from foster care, changed careers, had to cope with a chronic medical diagnosis and have had my faith tested through a variety of challenges. The techniques I draw upon in my private practice have guided me through some very trying times, and I believe they can guide you as well.

Although everyone struggles at times, we all handle conflict differently. Insomuch, I will seek to understand what you want and need in the context of your work, relationships and lifestyle. It’s common in the midst of everyday life for your true desires to be suppressed or replaced by the need to accommodate the wishes of others. However, in a safe, therapeutic environment with compassionate support you can begin to let go of that façade and begin to truly live. I believe that living according to your values and pursuing your true passions allows the greatest ability to thrive and be happy. Together, at a pace that feels comfortable for you, we’ll explore your identity, values and passions and develop specific ways to help you reach your goals. I also believe the ability to relate is formed early on in life and modeled by attachments to significant people. Exploring those attachments can be a powerful process in our evaluation of how certain emotions and beliefs keep you feeling stuck. Looking objectively at your thoughts and emotions can help you make decisions about whether specific thoughts and ongoing feelings are helping or hindering your wellbeing. We may also explore your support system. A vibrant support system is a significant factor in healing and growth. Developing and maintaining a strong support system will enable you to utilize your inherent resilience and strength. By the end of our work together, my goal is for you to be able to feel strong in the places that felt weak, and confident and hopeful in your ability to foster loving and healthy relationships with yourself and others. Through the therapeutic process, you will increase your self-awareness and learn new tools to effectively navigate challenges as they come up again in the future.

As we explore problems and solutions in detail, you can always expect the utmost care, confidentiality and professionalism from me. I am a Christian therapist with a background in Christian theology, but I invite people of all faiths and backgrounds to try therapy with me. Effective therapy provides a space for all to address and attend to lingering conflicts. And, as you receive the proper support and care during challenging times, what were once struggles can be transformed into profound opportunities for personal growth. No matter what you’re struggling with, I can help you better understand and work through past, ongoing and pressing issues and shift your perspective about what’s possible moving forward.

How Much Does Therapy Cost?

I believe that peace of mind and contentment in your relationships is priceless. When you seek therapy, you are making an investment in yourself, your relationships and your future. I see most clients on a fee for service basis and my fee is typical of most providers in the area. Providing services in this way allows me to provide you the highest level of service and care and the greatest level of confidentiality at a fair cost.

  • Initial Phone Consultation: Free
  • Individual Therapy: $100 for 60 minutes which includes time for scheduling and administration
  • Couples and Family Therapy: $125 for 75 minutes which includes time for scheduling and administration
  • No Show Charge: $100
  • Late Cancellation Charge: $50 for cancellations with less than 48 hours notice. Late cancellations due to weather will be charged unless mutually discussed and agreed upon with me.
  • Paperwork: $30 per 15 minutes
  • Sessions Over 60 minutes: charged on a prorated basis of $25 per 15 minutes

Do You Accept Insurance?

I currently contract with a limited number of insurance companies and can help you check benefits and file claims on your behalf free of charge.

Please be aware that if you choose to use your insurance, insurance companies do require a diagnosis and may choose to access your records to determine medical necessity of services. In addition, they also may choose to limit the length of your session or number of sessions available to you, and may require me to share information with them to determine treatment planning.

Please understand that with companies I do not contract with, you will receive a special receipt that you can choose to submit to your insurance company to be reimbursed at out of network rates. Please check with your insurance provider to see if I am contracted with them. If you choose to seek reimbursement, and I am not a contracted provider, you may receive reimbursement at out of network rates and may have an out of network deductible to meet prior to receiving reimbursement for sessions.

Scheduling An Appointment

If you’re interested in life transitions counseling, teen counseling, young adult counseling, Christian counseling or counseling for anxiety or depression in Bettendorf, IA, please call (563) 213-5100 for a free 30-minute phone consultation. I am happy to discuss any questions you have about my approach or how therapy can address your needs.

Denise Aden has been helping individuals and families heal and find hope for over 30 years. She received her Masters in Social Work from Boston College and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s in Speech Communication from Drake University. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Iowa and has extensive experience working in schools, adoption agencies, geriatric care and Christian programs. Her private practice is located in Bettendorf, IA where she offers a variety of counseling services to individuals, couples and families.