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Vanessa West, PhD., LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Business Owner

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Do you feel like you need to be more connected not only to others; but yourself? As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Iowa, I can help you work through life’s struggles past or present. I provide mental health therapy services to individuals and families beginning as early as 4 years old. I have specialized training to provide therapy to first responders and their families. I specialize in working with both juvenile and adult offenders through the use of correctional counseling. I have extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I also provide strength based therapy to children, adolescents, and adults.

Little bit more about me:

Since 2006, I have experience working in a women’s domestic abuse shelter, residential treatment, and providing behavioral health and mental health therapy services. I love providing therapy to individuals but also enjoy conducting groups to allow clients to avoid feeling alone with their struggles. Additionally, I provide supervision for temporarily licensed mental health clinicians, social workers, and temporarily licensed marriage and family therapists in the state of Iowa.


I created my practice, Therapeutic Innovations, PLLC in 2017 as I felt the need to provide more services to our rural communities. I provide school-based therapy to youth at Vinton-Shellsburg Schools as well as offering in person and telehealth therapy to individuals and families both locally and within the state of Iowa.



  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminology from Iowa State University

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice from University of Central Missouri

  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University with an emphasis in Correctional Counseling

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Psychology from Walden University


Favorite Quotes:

  • “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi

  • “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -The Lorax (Dr. Seuss)

  • “We are all a little broken. But last time I checked broken crayons still color the same.” -Trent Shelton


  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Correctional Counseling

  • Depression

  • PTSD/Trauma

  • Life Struggles and Transitions

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  • Physical, Sexual, Emotional, and Mental Abuse

  • Self-Esteem/Confidence Issues

  • Schizophrenia

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Dissociative Identity Disorder

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