Chris Harsh, MS, T-LMHC

As a counselor, my goal is to provide a space where your story is listened to without judgment; where you are met with lots of compassion as you share the more challenging parts of your life. I believe therapy offers a place to work towards moving towards the things that matter most to us, despite the hardships we face. My therapeutic approach is unique to each person as I want to be flexible enough to fit the individual needs you bring to the counseling session. With that being said I find myself using a Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy approach most often. Faith based counseling can be incorporated if so desired.

I am a Des Moines native, and I recently moved back to Des Moines after being away at college for 5+ years. Some of my hobbies include baseball which I played in college for 5 years, as well as outdoor activities such as paddle boarding, hiking, walks, etc. I also am a big time Star Wars fan and have loved all of the shows that have come out lately. I love spending time with my friends and family as well.

My path to becoming a therapist is untraditional. I graduated with my undergrad in exercise science thinking I was hoping to coach college baseball as a career. But as I worked through my own difficulties with mental health through therapy, I realized this is something I want to do with my life. So, fall of 2020 I joined Upper Iowa University’s counseling program and graduated in August 2023.

I see clients in a West Des Moines office or via zoom, and I see clients of lots of different ages. Please reach out to me at with any questions.


Contact Chris

Chris sees clients at the West Des Moines offices, please call for an appointment:

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

Specific areas of interest:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low Self Worth
  • Family and Relationships
  • Trauma