Dr. Joel Ashby, Psy. D.

Insurance Accepted:
Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield
NOT a Medicaid/Medicare Provider

Office Hours:
Monday 8am-5pm
Tuesday 12pm-7pm
Wednesday 8am-5pm
Thursday 10am-6pm

Call for an appointment: (515) 727-1338

Office Location: Johnston, IA

Education: B.A. Psychology, M.A. Clinical Psychology, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology

Specialties: Family, marital, adult and adolescent, depression, anxiety, psychological assessment, grief counseling.


Dr. Joel Ashby is a Licensed Psychologist and health service provider for the State of Iowa. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. Family Psychology is a specialty area that focuses on relationships in couples, families, and groups and the broader contexts in which those relationships exist. This area of training enables Dr. Ashby to be particularly effective in understanding and working with individuals and the larger systems with which they are a part.

Additionally, Dr. Ashby is trained in the treatment of specific mood and anxiety disorders, as well as more persistent mental illness such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He also conducts psychological assessments for personality disorders, ADHD, and for prospective bariatric surgery candidates, among others. His training in diverse settings, as well his post-doctoral residency at Philhaven psychiatric hospital, have prepared him to work effectively with issues that confront the individual and the family. He has been providing psychological services since 2004.

Joel’s areas of interest include:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT Therapy)
  • integration of client values and faith in psychotherapy
  • marriage and parenting issues
  • present-focused living (mindfulness)
  • healthy lifestyle coaching and planning
  • anger regulation

Therapist’s Statement

I am interested in most everything outdoors. I have had a long love for fly fishing in mountain streams and high alpine lakes. Having lived in California throughout my graduate education, I was able to spend many nights in the backcountry of the Sierras. It’s an amazing place! If you want any advice on where to go and backpacking trip planning, be sure to ask away! I also enjoy rock climbing, photography, and get really excited about playing ultimate frisbee in a summer league with my wife. My three children keep me quite busy, too, and I love to introduce them to my passions. Living life head-on is very important to me, which means to me, working to live by my values and not live by the passing thoughts and feelings that can prevent valued living. Should you choose me as your therapist, I would hope to be part of your journey by giving you more ways to live a rich and meaningful life. Looking forward to meeting with you!


  • Member of American Psychological Association
  • Member of Iowa Psychological Association
  • Member of Association for Contextual Behavioral Science