David began his practice in the human services field as a Social Worker in 1973. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1984, and completed additional graduate work at the University of Iowa in 1990. He is a licensed psychologist and a licensed health service provider in psychology in Iowa. As a graduate student, he was selected by Phi Kappa Phi as being in the top 7% of all college students across all fields of study in the United States.
Dave’s therapy approach combines biological, psychological, social, developmental, and spiritual aspects of the human experience. He is a strong believer in the healing power of laughter and humor, and incorporates them into the therapeutic process. His practice at Compass Clinical Associates includes individual and group psychotherapy, marriage and family therapy, psychological testing, and forensic psychology.
Dave serves school-age children through geriatric patients. In addition to his private practice at Compass Clinical Associates, his experience includes college teaching, working with children at a residential treatment facility, outpatient chemical dependency group work, school psychologist, Head Start consultant, directing a Community Mental Health Center, and forensic psychologist. He was awarded Diplomate by the American Board of Psychological Specialties, and is identified as an expert in Forensic Psychology.
Dr. Barlow has been practicing psychiatry in the Des Moines area since 2003. He received his medical training at the University of South Dakota and completed a residency with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Barlow is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. General adult psychiatry is his main focus, with emphasis on the treatment of Treatment Resistant Depression, specifically utilizing Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) treatments. Compass Clinical Associates is a center of excellence for Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS), which Dr. Barlow leads. Dr. Barlow’s personal interests include spending time with his family, reading, 80’s rock music, hiking and traveling with his wife.
At Compass Clinical Associates we are committed to the highest level of full-service mental health care to all our patients, which is unmatched in our industry.
We are a well-staffed treatment center offering a greater than 1:1 client to staff ratio. We believe that client centered individual care is at the core of successful recovery.
At Compass, we realize that in order to effectively treat mental health issues and illnesses, we must provide a safe, comfortable, and pleasant environment.