Kathryn E. Wierda, Ph.D.

I place a large emphasis on understanding an individual’s relationships and view the therapy relationship as the primary vehicle for change. I believe that through the therapy relationship individuals can work through difficult emotions, learn and practice more adaptive interpersonal skills, and increase self-knowledge in order to achieve positive change in their life.

I view therapy as a collaborative process and value the identities of each individual, as well as cultural or systemic factors that may impact an individual’s worldview or presenting concern. I aim to empower individuals, promote a sense of personal agency, and increase understanding of various parts of self.

While I am a generalist and enjoy working with a wide variety of presenting concerns, I am particularly interested in working with body image and disordered eating concerns, identity-related concerns (e.g., sexual orientation, gender identity, race/ethnic identity), relational concerns, and conducting psychological assessment.

Professional Bio

Dr. Kathryn E. Wierda is a licensed psychologist in private practice in West Des Moines, Iowa. She completed her doctoral internship at Illinois State University and received her doctorate degree in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University in 2016. She also has a master’s degree in school counseling and has previously worked within the K-12 school system. Prior to private practice, Dr. Wierda worked as a staff psychologist and served as Eating Disorder Services Coordinator at Student Counseling Services at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Dr. Wierda is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Iowa Psychological Association, and is credentialed as a Health Service Psychologist