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Desiree Howell(She/Her/Hers)

Psychologist, PhD
Adjustment difficulties & disorders-Perfectionism-Women's issues-Burnout-Sensitivity-Autism spectrum disorder-

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Professional statement

Dr. Desiree Howell is a psychologist offering online therapy to adults in New York, Iowa, and all PsyPact states. She specializes in supporting high-achieving college students, career-oriented adults, and sensitive, neurodivergent women who face immense pressure to "keep it together." Her clients often struggle with perfectionism and self-doubt, despite appearing confident outwardly. Many are women striving to balance successful careers and connected family lives, leading to burnout, emotional fatigue, lack of motivation, and disconnection.

Dr. Howell's trauma-informed approach ensures a safe and secure therapeutic environment, especially for clients with trauma histories. She practices Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help clients move past painful memories and uses somatic embodiment and Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapies to foster mind-body connection and inner healing. Additionally, she offers neurodiversity-affirming ADHD and Autism testing, recognizing and supporting diverse neurological experiences.

With a PhD from Ball State University, Dr. Howell integrates feminism and social justice into her practice, advocating for equality and inclusivity. Her goal is to collaborate with clients of all identities and backgrounds, helping them achieve their mental health goals and thrive authentically.

Message to clients

Therapy isn’t one-size-fits-all so I work collaboratively with you to create a personalized journey that we move through together at your own pace. You are the expert on you, so with our combined strengths, we can create safety to confidently navigate the path of healing and empowerment.

My style is warm, active, genuine, transparent, and humorous (when appropriate). I believe the foundation of successful therapy is a relationship in which you feel safe, heard, understood, & respected.

Using trauma-informed and holistic strategies, we will explore and practice skills related to boundary setting, self-care, relationships, understanding body sensations, & unlearning unhelpful messages from society & personal past events, to ultimately, figure out what your nervous system needs to feel safe so you can better trust your own inner wisdom.  

You don’t need to try harder, you need to feel safer. Your needs matter and you deserve a life that feels good, not just one that looks good.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 10 years

Pennsylvania State University, Externship Coordinator & Staff Psychologist
University of Florida's Counseling & Wellness Center, Psychology Intern

Ball State University, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, 2014


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Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman

Burnout - Managing and recovering from stressors that lead to feelings of decreased motivation and disconnection from the self; practicing effective self-care and finding ways to relax both physically and mentally

Sensitivity - Developing an understanding of one’s sensitivity, including exploring what triggers emotional reactions and the origins of the sensitivity; practicing self-compassion by acknowledging that everyone has emotions and it’s natural to react to what’s around you

Autism spectrum disorder - Support understanding the diagnosis and related challenges and strengths; skill-building in areas of daily routine, transitions, coping with overwhelming sensory experiences, social skills, and emotion identification and regulation


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


Desiree Howell is not in-network with any insurances.

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Out-of-pocket fees

Get reimbursed for sessions with Desiree Howell

Many health insurance plans reimburse 50-80% of session fees with out-of-network therapists. Learn if your health insurance plan qualifies.

  • Individual sessions:$225 (55min)
  • Initial session:$244 (55min)
  • Couples sessions:$500 (120min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
Therapist's note

I've partnered with Thrizer to help you use your out-of-network benefits for possible reimbursement from your insurance company.


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