Rich Saxton, LMFT

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

Office Hours:
Monday 7am-4pm
Tuesday 7am-5pm
Wednesday 7am-3pm
Thursday 7am-5pm
Friday 7am-2pm

*Subject to availability

Call for an appointment: (515) 727-1338

Office Location: Johnston Office

Education: M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University; B.A. from Milligan College in Tennessee

Telehealth: Telehealth Room Link


Rich Saxton earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Milligan College in Tennessee.  His Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy is from Indiana Wesleyan University, where he also received certification in Addictions Counseling.  Rich is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Prior to working as a therapist, Rich lived internationally in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and has served as a pastor.  It has been through these experiences that Rich has seen firsthand the profound impact that wise counsel and supportive listening at the right moment can have.

Rich has worked in both the private and community mental health sectors.   In addressing the needs of both adolescents and adults, Rich utilizes a number of practice models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (identifying the relationship between beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and how these impact behavior patterns and actions), Emotionally Focused Therapy (the understanding that distress in intimate relationships is often related to deeply rooted fears of abandonment), and Solution Focused Therapy (developing your vision of a desired future and enhancing your internal abilities to achieve the desired outcomes).  In addition to these models, Rich operates from a person-centered and strengths-based perspective, seeking to understand each client’s unique experience, as well as the skills in which they already approach the world in order to build new skills for the future.

Rich’s areas of clinical interest include

  • Working with couples in crisis
  • Marriage enrichment
  • Parenting
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Addictions
  • Relational and family conflict
  • Grief and loss
  • Integration of faith within therapy

Therapist’s Statement

There is nothing I enjoy more in therapy than awakening awareness and insight, encouraging action, fostering healing, and cultivating joy and hope.  I believe helping is an honor and that therapy should be a collaborative adventure.  My goal within each therapy session is that the client has felt heard and that they leave with hope.  Viktor Frankl stated, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”  It is my joy to join you in this ‘space’ as we collaboratively pursue growth and freedom for you.
When I’m not in session, I enjoy spending time with my two girls and my wife.  I enjoy long phone calls with my oldest daughter, as she is currently away at college.  I’m fortunate to have my youngest daughter still at home, and, if the weather is right, you will probably find us on a tennis court.  As for my wife, we enjoy long meaningful conversations over good (i.e. strong) coffee.  In addition to my family, I enjoy being outdoors, growing deeper in my faith, and Thai food!