Bridgette Hensley

Psy. D


6600 Westown Parkway
Suite 240
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

(515) 402-4386



Insurance Accepted


Health Partners

Midlands Choice/Cigna

Taking New Appointments



Doctor of Psychology

Licensed Psychologist

Doctor of Psychology, Psy.D.




Over my 30 plus years in the mental health field, I have been honored to work with diagnostically, racially, and culturally diverse clients, ranging in age from 3 to 70. My current psychotherapy practice is focused on treating adults. I have held staff, as well as clinical and administrative positions in college counseling centers, medical centers, psychiatric hospitals, community mental health agencies and most recently worked in private practice. I am a Certified QPR Trainer and Certified QPR Master Trainer and have provided countless suicide prevention trainings to schools, as well as community agencies and organizations since 2006. I am a member of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.


Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Mood Disorders, Identity Issues (especially those associated with sexual orientation, gender identity and gender transition), Relationship Issues, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma & PTSD (to include racial and religious traumas)

My Approach

I believe that to engage in therapy is to embark on the process of mastery as you learn the language for your experiences.  The word “psychotherapy”comes from the Greek words “psyche”,meaning soul, mind, and spirit, and “therepia,”which roughly translates to mean to serve and/or treat. Psychotherapy is partscience and part art.  It is always relational, and a deeply personal process. It is an opportunity for you to understand yourself and your symptoms better, to discover new ways of interacting with the world, to learn new coping strategies, to organize joyful and painful experiences, to grieve, and to heal.  My work with clients and consultees aims to communicate the inherent dignity and value of the individual, as well as compassion and hope, by honoring all dimensions (e.g.affective, behavioral, cognitive, physiological, and spiritual, racial,cultural, etc.) of a person.  I am committed to providing a safe and secure environment in which we can develop a trusting, unconditional, and genuine relationship, in which I can help you direct your own resources and strengths toward health and healing.

I have a deep respect for all psychological theories and find great value in many of them. Professionally, I identify as an integrative psychologist.  I favor exploring issues from multiple perspectives and I am generally suspicious of dogmatic views and one-dimensional explanations.   My approach to therapy is both a technical and assimilative integration of Self-Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic Psychology, Attachment Theory,and contemporary trauma theory.  

I enjoy working with individuals and facilitating group therapy.  In addition to working as a generalist, I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing(EMDR) and I am currently working on certifications for Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional, ADHD Professional, Group Psychotherapy, as well as a recertification for Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).  Additionally, I am passionate about providing education and trainings aimed at suicide prevention.  

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