Bill Fitzgerald, MS, T-LMHC, MBA, MSMechEngr

My path to counseling has been an interesting one. I was born and raised in a small town in Iowa as part of a large Irish Catholic family. I got an engineering degree from Iowa State, and I enjoyed a 40-year career as an engineer and business leader for a company based in Marshalltown. I travelled the world in that role and lived in Europe for 4 years. I speak French and am very comfortable working with other cultures.

After retiring from that career, I felt the need to find a way to give back to my community and counseling seemed like a great fit. Because of my background, I believe that I can bring a calming, pragmatic approach into my counseling relationships. I also think that my life experiences can be an asset as we work together to address whatever challenges you might be facing.

I have naturally gravitated towards Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) coupled with mindfulness, but at this stage in my career, I am open to evaluating other approaches aimed at meeting my clients where they are. I have found that CBT can be beneficial in dealing with many issues including addiction, depression, and anxiety. I am a big believer in connecting Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with CBT and can work with clients who want to know more about the benefits of that approach.

I do a lot of work with couples, including betrayal of trust, and I rely on CBT and the Gottman approach in carrying out that work. I also draw on my own relationship ups and downs and dealing with kids, grandkids, and blended families.

Because of my past management experience, I have been able to assist some of my clients with career planning, and because I am good with numbers, I can also assist with budgeting and financial planning, which can be a big stressor for individuals and couples.

I live with my wife outside of Des Moines, and we are lucky to have children and grandchildren who live close so that we can be part of their lives. I enjoy music of all kinds, travel (I have visited over 75 countries), and still play lots of sports, including tennis and racquetball.

Areas of professional interest:

  • Relationships (marriage and couples, singleness, infidelity, PRE-MARITAL COUNSELING)
  • Growth and fulfillment (self-image, life transitions, work and career, goal setting, and personal growth)
  • Family and parenting (family issues, life transitions, parenting, and blended families)
  • Addiction (substance abuse, pornography, and gambling)

If interested in learning more about this class offering, please contact Bill to discuss individual or group sessions.

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Contact Bill

Bill sees clients at the West Des Moines office, please call for an appointment:

West Des Moines Office
1200 Valley West Dr. #700
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Phone: (515) 225-4006

Areas of interest:

  • Relationships
  • Growth & Fulfillment
  • Family & Parenting
  • Addictions