Rachel Hutten, LMFT

Based in our North Liberty office.


Rachel Hutten’s practice as a marriage and family therapist is a natural extension of her lifelong study of how people navigate relationships of all kinds. She helps clients age 16 and older understand and improve their relationships with family members, partners, and other significant people in their lives, working one-on-one with individuals, as well as jointly with couples. She also works frequently with younger adults who want a trusted, nonjudgmental partner as they define themselves outside of their families of origin.

Communication is a fundamentally important element of our relationships. How do people in a relationship fight? Make up? Develop trust? Develop intimacy? Rachel coaches people toward healthy and productive communication skills.

Rachel walks with people through their individual processes of self-discovery with the goal of helping them not to be limited by the past but empowered by it. Life events don’t happen in isolation. They often are part of behavior patterns every person establishes over a lifetime. Rachel helps clients gain perspective and new insight about their lives as a whole to identify patterns and to see the impact of past experiences on current issues.

In her therapy approach, the client takes the lead while Rachel offers tools, insights, alternate perspectives, listening, and validation. She helps people understand how they can use their strengths to solve problems and address challenges such as anxiety and depression. She can incorporate tools such as Prepare/Enrich, designed to help both pre-marriage and established couples build resiliency in their relationship. Another tool Rachel is adding to her expertise is Emotion-Focused Therapy, which explores how attachment to those who raised us shapes and affects our later relationships. No matter the therapeutic approach, Rachel builds a supportive alliance with each person as they work through self-discovery to create a healthier future.

License, Education and Training

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, licensed to practice in the state of Iowa

  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, in Springfield, Missouri

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Illinois University

Insurance Accepted

  • UIChoice, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Anthem, Health Alliance Medical Plans (HAMP), Health Choices, HealthPartners, Health Smart, Humana/Choice Care, Medical Associates Health Plan (MAHP), Medica Insure, Medica IFB, Midlands Choice, TRICARE, UnitedHealthcare, Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VACCN)

  • Medicaid: Amerigroup Iowa and Iowa Total Care