Dean Dirksen, MA, TLMFT

(He/Him/His)

Licensed Mental Healthcare Provider

"Sometimes it feels like someone else is writing our life story for us. I believe that everyone has the ability to write or rewrite their own story. If there are parts of your story that you would like to re-write but aren’t sure where to start, I would be honored to work alongside you as co-author of your new story."

In his previous career, Dean spent many years working in the restaurant industry. He loves to cook, having learned a lot from his mom as well as cooking professionally. As someone who knows his way around a kitchen, he recognizes that having the right ingredients are necessary to ensure a successful outcome.

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Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2019
Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, IA

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2015
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA

Dean's Areas
of Expertise

Anxiety, Chronic and Severe Illness, Depression, Divorce, Grief & Loss, LGBTQ Affirming Care, Loneliness, OCD, PTSD, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Sports Performance, Stress, Substance Use Disorder, Suicidal Thoughts, Teens, Trauma

Offering Mental Health Therapy Services For

Teens, Adults, Couples, and Families

Treatment
Methods

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Experiential Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma Informed Care

Get to know Dean

What’s the story of your life? Is the story being written the way you thought it would be or would you like to make some revisions? We’ve all heard people talk about their life stories, some read like romantic comedies while others are more horror stories. Dean Dirksen believes that everyone has the ability to write or rewrite their own story.

You Have the Power Within

“The problem is the problem, the person is not the problem.”

Michael White and David Epston

Dean is guided by the above philosophy. He believes each person has the tools inside them that they need to reach their goals and overcome the difficulties they are facing. His role is to help you .

Dean’s approach is to work collaboratively with those in his care. He sees you as the ultimate expert in ‘you’ — you have known yourself a lot longer than he has. His role is to work with you to help you learn to use the tools you already possess discover the strength within.

Dedicated to Service

The reality is we have a serious mental health crisis in the United States. Dean wants to be part of the solution. He wants to help people work through the things that are preventing them from living their best lives. He also understands the more people we can help be their best selves the more we will create a better overall society.

Finding that Perfect Recipe

In his previous career, Dean spent many years working in the restaurant industry. He loves to cook, having learned a lot from his mom as well as cooking professionally. As someone who knows his way around a kitchen, he recognizes that having the right ingredients are necessary to ensure a successful outcome. (Just swap salt for sugar in a recipe and see how things turn out.) The same is true for mental health. Having the right ingredients in your toolbox for mental health healing can make all the difference.

Dean knows coming to therapy can be a difficult decision. He would be honored to work with you as you begin their journey toward healing and happiness. To schedule an appointment with Dean, please reach out via email or call 319-200-5104. He is ready to help you write your story the way you want with the perfect ingredients.

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