Locations: Ames

Josh Vander Zwaag


Josh Vander Zwaag received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Walden University in 2021. Prior to starting with Compass Tree Counseling, Josh was employed as a police officer for 12 years. Josh has a deep sense of compassion for all people and strives to make a positive impact and a difference in the lives of his clients so they can achieve their maximum potential and reach their personal goals. Josh believes in a strength based and solution focused approach while utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Person-Centered Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

Experience with, but not limited to:

  • Teens (16+), College Students, Adults, Couples, and Families
  • First Responders
  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Coping Skills
  • Crisis Situations
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Depression
  • Trauma/PTSD

​Certifications and trainings:

  • Josh is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR. He is also a Certified First Responder Counselor.