Bridgette Hensley, Psy.D., LP (she/her/hers)

Office Location

2700 Westown Parkway, Suite 425,
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

Phone:+ (515) 528 -7892
Fax:+ (515) 528 -7771
drbridgette@vidapsychotherapy.com

Bridgette Hensley, Psy.D., LP (she/her/hers)

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 part science 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 am skilled in the treatment of depression, trauma, all forms of anxiety including OCD and Panic Disorder, ADHD, relational issues, and identity issues (especially those associated with sexual orientation, gender identity and gender transition). I enjoy working with

individuals, couples, and facilitating group therapy. In addition to working as a generalist, I have developed a few areas of emphasis: I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). Currently, I am working on certifications for Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional and ADHD Professional. I am passionate about providing education and trainings aimed at suicide prevention and enjoy consulting with schools on mental health issues. Thank you for taking the time to read through this brief description to see if we may be a good fit for working together.

Professional

Bridgette Hensley, Psy.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the states of Iowa and Wisconsin. She received a Master of Science in Education (community counseling focus) from Eastern Illinois University in 1991 and earned a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2003. She has held staff positions in psychiatric hospitals, day treatment centers, group homes, and community mental health agencies. Dr. Hensley held clinical and administrative positions as the Director of the Counseling and Testing Center at University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and most recently as the Chair of the Behavioral Health Department and Senior Psychologist for the Integrated Behavioral Health Program at Winneshiek Medical Center, in Decorah Iowa. In addition to providing psychotherapeutic treatment, Dr. Hensley has been working and/or consulting with primary and secondary education since 2000 to establish suicide prevention programs, help schools respond to traumatic events, provide guidance for dealing with mental health issues affecting students and staff, and to work with teachers and parents to develop strategies to manage emotional and behavioral problems at home and in the classroom.. Furthermore, she is a

Certified QPR Trainer and Certified QPR Master Trainer and has provided countless suicide prevention trainings to schools, as well as community agencies and organizations since 2006.

Dr. Hensley is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Iowa Psychological Association and the American Association of Suicidology. She is the recipient of the 2015 College of Education and Professional Studies Leadership & Service Award, Eastern Illinois University and the 2017 Provider of the Year Award, Winneshiek Medical Center.

Dr. Hensley established Evolve Psychotherapy and Consulting, PLC. in 2020 and is thrilled to be in private practice full time and sharing space with the talented clinicians of and associated with Vida Psychotherapy. Dr. Hensley treats youth and adults. In addition to individual, couples, and group therapy, she conducts seminars on suicide assessment for mental health clinicians and medical professionals, QPR suicide prevention trainings to schools, community agencies and organizations, and provides psychological consultation to schools.