Mary  Gesing

Mary Gesing


Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Iowa Accepting Online
Gesing Counseling LLC Accepting In-person

Accepting new clients for both in-person and virtual appointments.

Updated December 6, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Trauma

Professional statement

My name is Mary Gesing and I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over thirty years of experience helping individuals navigate the many adjustments that come with transitioning to college, entering the workforce or making other major life changes. I have a deep understanding of the unique challenges that come with these stages of life and am dedicated to helping you develop the skills and confidence you need to thrive.

My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, life adjustments and transitions, trauma and managing stress. I use both Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in my work, as well as EMDR. I focus on helping clients develop a heightened awareness of their thoughts, feelings, and sensations in the present moment, as well as to identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors that are contributing to their distress.

I aim to create a non judgmental, open space where you can feel supported and challenged. The healing process can often be uncomfortable and I believe that by helping you see yourself and your experiences in a new light, you can gain a greater sense of clarity and learn to navigate difficult situations and emotions in a more effective and healthy way.

Message to clients

Seeking therapy is a brave step towards personal growth. It's completely normal to feel broken or overwhelmed at times, but it's important to remember you already possess the strengths and resources needed to overcome challenges and make positive changes. My approach is centered on helping you tap into your own inner strengths and resilience.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


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


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • HealthPartners

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $158 (55min)
  • Initial session: $188 (55min)


Online Sessions (Iowa)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 8 am - 4 pm
  • Wed 8 am - 6 pm
  • Thu 8 am - 6 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Gesing Counseling LLC practice
700 16th St NE, 205, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 8 am - 7 pm
  • Thu 8 am - 7 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 36 years

Kirkwood Community College, Counselor/Professor, 1988 - 2022

Medialle College, Post Masters Certification in Clinical Mental Health, 2017
University of Iowa, MA - Student Development and Counseling, 1988


Iowa: 079652