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Dean Dirksen Iowa therapist

Dean Dirksen

Marriage and Family Therapist

Dean Dirksen, MA, TLMFT

Williamsburg Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

What’s the story of your life? Is the story being written the way you thought it would be or would you like to make some revisions? I think we’ve all heard people talk about their life stories, some read like romantic comedies while others are more horror stories. I believe that everyone has the ability to write or rewrite their stories to read the way we would like. Unfortunately, it sometimes feels like someone else is writing the story for us, not telling it the way we would like. If there are parts of your story that you would like to re-write but aren’t sure where to start, I would be honored to work as co-author of your new story, the one you want to tell the world.

I believe in a collaborative approach to therapy. As a systemic therapist I create a caring, non-judgmental setting in which you, the client, are in charge. After all, nobody knows you better than you do. Michael White and David Epston wrote, “the problem is the problem, the person is not the problem.” This is the basis of my therapeutic approach.

I work from an integrated, strengths-based approach and firmly believe that everyone has the tools within themselves needed to achieve their goals. To help facilitate this I use Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Interpersonal Neurobiology as well as other modalities to create an empathetic and inclusive atmosphere in the therapy room and beyond.

Dean Dirksen can provide counseling for a variety of issues. Call 3196681217 now.

I work with individuals, couples, families with adolescent children in a variety of areas of interest including, but not limited to relationship challenges, low self-esteem, anxiety, parenting, depression, and LGBTQ+.

You can make an appointment to see Dean Dirksen at the Williamsburg office.

Note: If you wish to make an appointment at the Williamsburg Iowa office, please complete the contact form via Ardent’s MidWest Counseling website or call 3196681217.


  • ACA / “Obamacare” (Most Panels)
  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Beacon Health Strategies
  • Coventry Health Care of Iowa
  • Harken Health
  • HealthLink
  • HealthSmart / lnterplan Health Group (IHG)
  • HFN
  • Humana
  • Iowa Hawkeye (children)
  • Iowa Medicaid
  • LifeSynch (a Humana Company)
  • Magellan
  • Midlands Choice
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Multiplan / PHCS
  • Optum
  • Next Level Health Insurance
  • PsycHealth
  • Tricare
  • Unicare
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • ValueOptions
  • Wellcare
  • Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

LOCATION: Williamsburg IA
AGES: Teens (15 yrs up) ~ Adults ~ Couples ~ Families ~ LGBTQ
SPECIALTIES: Addiction ~ Anger Management ~ Anxiety ~ Depression ~ Premarital & Marital Counseling
METHODS: Brief Therapy ~ Mindfulness ~ Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) ~ Narrative Therapy