NSAC Des Moines, also known as Prairie Wellness, is conveniently located on Ingersoll Avenue, just a few minutes west of downtown. We’re honored to be the only psychotherapy practice in Iowa to be an NSAC Regional Clinic.
The highly skilled therapists at Prairie Wellness provide individual, couples, and group therapy to adolescents and adults. We specialize in treating social anxiety and other anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, and emotional overeating. Treatments are brief (usually 8-10 months) and focus on building the skills needed to alleviate the distress you’re experiencing. We offer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction™ classes, mindfulness meditation training, and self-compassion training to complement our psychotherapy services.
We’re deeply committed to using evidence-based practices like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), including it’s variants such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). Our therapists receive intensive, ongoing training to ensure you have access to the latest, science-based advances in mental health care.
Contact National Social Anxiety Center
3209 Ingersoll Ave Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50312
Staff at the National Social Anxiety Center
Zach Pacha, LISW, is a licensed mental health therapist. He specializes in the broadly-focused issues of anxiety, depression, and feeling stuck, as well as the more focused areas of social anxiety, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). He takes great pride in being a person who guides others along the way towards change, in the spirit of helping each individual move in the direction of a more meaningful life. Prairie Wellness uses evidence-based therapeutic practices in all treatments: including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and it’s variants, such as Exposure Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). You can be assured you are receiving the best treatment available for your mental health and well-being.
Zach earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Iowa. He received two additional years of training in CBT for the treatment of anxiety disorders from Scott Temple, Ph.D. at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He completed the International OCD Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute, which indicates specialty training in Exposure and Ritual Prevention (ERP), the gold standard treatment for OCD. Additionally, He is a Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and a professional member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Prior to working at Prairie Wellness, he was a therapist at Eyerly Ball CMHS Cropp Clinic, a mental health center in Des Moines, IA. Additionally, he provides technical assistance and training for three teams in Iowa for First Episode Psychosis treatment.
Emily Smith, LISW, is the founder of Prairie Wellness. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction™ instructor. Emily uses mindfulness-based, empirically supported treatments for anxiety, mood disorders, emotional overeating, and chronic pain management. Emily is trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and its variants, including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassion-Focused Therapy. She offers individual and group therapy, mindfulness training, and self-compassion training to adults in central Iowa.
The National Social Anxiety Center (NSAC) exists solely to promote
evidence-based treatment for social anxiety, and education about social anxiety.
NSAC is not a group psychotherapy practice, and does not provide any psychotherapy services.
NSAC assumes no liability for it’s regional clinics’ work or practices.