Rooted Therapy

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Meet the Therapist

Ellyn Nitchals-Kellner is a licensed mental health counselor and a certified EMDR therapist. Ellyn believes that all people are capable of healing and growth, and is honored to work with you towards your goals. Ellyn’s clinical areas of interest include working with survivors of trauma including intergenerational trauma, violence and interpersonal trauma, and racial/ethnic trauma, as well as the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, adjustment disorders, and personality disorders. She is experienced in helping clients work through sexuality and relationship issues, identity exploration, and chronic shame. Ellyn earned her Masters of Science in Counseling from South Dakota State University and her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Iowa State University. She is a certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist. EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach proven effective in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, chronic pain, complicated grief, and other issues arising from adverse life experiences. Ellyn respects the uniqueness of each person, and utilizes client-centered, individualized approaches to help you reach your goals. Ellyn works with adults from all cultures, communities, and spiritual backgrounds, and has specialized experience with the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans and their families, immigrant and refugee populations, and college students.
Ellyn Nitchals-Kellner
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Common Concerns, Approaches, and Insurance Information

  • Ages 18+
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Life Transitions
  • Perfectionism
  • College Mental Health
  • Relationship Issues
  • Military/Veteran's Issues


  • Person-Centered
  • Eclectic
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)

Insurance Accepted

  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • United Healthcare / Optum
  • Midlands Choice
  • Health Partners
  • Medica
  • UMR
  • Cigna
  • Medicaid


Rooted Therapy

511 Duff Ave Suite 301
Ames, IA 50010

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