maggie suits, LMHC:
Great therapy is a sacred, unique, and mutually respectful relationship. My approach is holistic in nature, seeking to balance the mind, body and spirit. There is no one approach for everyone, so I like to utilize many forms of therapy with clients, allowing a person-centered, humanistic, and eclectic approach. I also incorporate aspects of spirituality if desired, and am open to all beliefs. I mainly work with adults but am also interested in working with teens. My therapy is intuitive and empathic, which invites individuality to shine.
I am trauma-informed and practice EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). I am grateful to work with a diverse population and approach everyone through a multicultural lens. I operate from a feminist theory, which all sexes and genders can utilize. I am also an Usui Reiki practitioner and am working toward incorporating Reiki into my sessions.
Regardless of what brought you to therapy, it takes a lot of courage to choose to heal and you should absolutely be proud of yourself. It's not always easy, but it's so rewarding and you will grow exponentially. Check her out on Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/maggie-katherine-suits-west-des-moines-ia/836259
My role as an intern counselor is to provide a safe space for individuals to honor and explore where they are at, where they have been, and where they would like to be. My approach is trauma-informed, person centered, and free of judgment. All of one’s hurts, hopes, joys, and struggles are welcome in this space as I assist clients in discovering meaning in even their most difficult experiences. Counseling is an opportunity for us to deepen our connection with ourselves in the present, while moving forward in life with greater authenticity and ability to connect with others.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2011. Currently, I’m working on a Master’s Degree in Counseling at Drake University. Prior to this, I’ve worked for ten years in Human Services; facilitating one on one counseling and group counseling with people affected by substance abuse, mental health disorders, physical and intellectual disabilities, chronic illness, grief, PTSD, LGBTQA+ issues, sexual orientation and gender identity issues, and life transitions.
Outside of working with people, I enjoy traveling, hiking, photography, meditation, film, concerts, and cozying up to a good book next to my cat, Frankie.
The times in my life that I have experienced the most significant healing and growth have been when I felt unconditionally accepted and emotionally safe. I believe that everyone has potential for healing and growth and it's an honor to hold space for that growth in others. I have been a birth doula in the Des Moines area since 2010, working with pregnant people and their families, providing resources, education, and physical and emotional support. My passion for being present to families going through a major life transition is what led me to pursuing a career as a mental health counselor. In my experience in the birth world, I witnessed the power and strength of a person to go through incredibly difficult circumstances when surrounded by knowledgeable support, acceptance and compassion.
I have special interest in providing person centered therapy to individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, and life transitions. I also enjoy working with parents and couples on attachment, connection, and communication. Getting to the root of imbalance and disconnection within yourself, as well as in relationships, is the path towards freedom. May you have peace, wherever you are in your own journey of healing!
If you're interested in connecting with Emily, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org