Shelby Kruse, ERYT (she/her)
Clinical Mental Health Intern

Office Location

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

Phone:+ (515) 666 - 1868, Ext 108
Fax:+ (515) 528 -7771

Email Shelby

Shelby Kruse, ERYT (she/her) Clinical Mental Health Intern

My desire is for you to feel heard and understood in order to move towards more authentic and intentional living. I am playful, emotionally honest, creative, and, as you may have gathered from my photo, I enjoy expressing my individuality. I value close, caring relationships that build on trust, reflection, and action. I offer a warm, non-judgmental, LGBTQ-friendly presence.

You are the expert on your life and subjective experiences. I will walk alongside you with support and curiosity as you gain insight and understanding about yourself and your social world. I will hold space for your anger and fear as well as your joy and your sorrow. Together we will create a safe enough space to explore all emotions, thoughts, and beliefs. My approach to healing is rooted in trauma-informed perspectives where we jointly explore how difficult past experiences continue to influence you today.

With over a decade of experience as a yoga and meditation teacher, I have had the privilege to work with a wide variety of bodies, minds, and dynamics. Together, we will investigate the connection of our physical bodies with our psychology and spiritual mind. Congruence, integrity, and relationships are fundamental tenets of health.


Shelby is currently finishing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health at Drake University, practicing under the supervision of Carlos Canales, PysD. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Communication and is also an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT) with certifications in Trauma Informed Yoga and Prenatal Yoga. She is also a Certified Meditation Teacher. Shelby enjoys using her background in yoga to incorporate mindfulness and meditation techniques with clients who are well-served by these approaches. Theoretically, Shelby has been influenced by relational-cultural theory, attachment theory, feminist theory, and emotionally-focused therapy.

Professional Organizations: American Mental Health Counseling Association, Iowa Mental Health Counseling Association, Yoga Alliance, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP) Alumni Association