Whitney Custer

Whitney Custer

LISW

Whitney is a Licensed Independent Social Worker serving the Des Moines Metro and surrounding areas.

Whitney places great focus on creating a safe, nonjudgmental space to unpack struggle and discomfort. She believes that positive rapport between client and therapist is paramount to the therapy model and she commits to placing that at high value in her work with each client.

Whitney specializes in co-occurring substance use disorder and mental health treatment. She understands the connection from a personal perspective as well as through her education and professional experiences. She utilizes a variety of modalities including Strength Based Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 

Whitney earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California in 2012 with an emphasis in Clinical Social Work. Prior to joining Kä(l)m Therapy Group, she practiced social work in a variety of therapist roles. Whitney has experience working with youth and their families involved with the criminal justice system, individuals within the HIV/AIDS community and individuals struggling with addictions and compulsive behaviors. 

Outside of work Whitney enjoys spending time with her family, attempting to CrossFit with friends and finds it hard to pass up a bingeworthy series on Netflix. Favorite ice cream: Ben & Jerry’s Milk and Cookies.

Whitney is accepting new patients.

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