Therapists for Foster & Adoptive Familes

IFAPA has created a list of Mental Health Professionals in Iowa. This list contains therapists who have experience working with foster and adoptive families. They are categorized by DHS Service Area. If you have a therapist experienced in foster care and adoption related issues that does not appear on this list, please send an e-mail to Crystal Thomason at cthomason@ifapa.org with your therapist name and contact info. IFAPA will contact the therapist about being included as a resource on our website.

Great Resource for Families!

The Child Welfare Information Gateway has a great fact sheet for selecting a therapist. This resource explains the various types of mental health professionals (i.e. psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, marriage and family therapist) and the various approaches to therapy (i.e. play therapy, family therapy, cognitive therapy) and gives pointers for selecting the right therapist for your family's needs.
VIEW FACT SHEET

Please note: This page is accurate to IFAPA's knowledge. The information posted below has been provided to us by each individual therapist. Please be sure to always verify that a therapist accepts your insurance / Medicaid before attending any sessions.

 

Western Service Area

Berneeta Wagoner, MSW
Southwest Iowa Families Inc
215 E Washington
Clarinda, IA 51632
712-542-3501

swfamilies@mediacombb.net

Services provided: play therapy, individual counseling, family counseling, group work
Specialties: play therapy, group work for behavioral disordered kids, victims of physical or sexual abuse or neglect.
Ages served: 0-18
Insurances accepted: Most all insurances will pay
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm, other appts as needed
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: I have worked with many foster and adoptive families. I have been in practice for over 30 years.
Other training: have attended numerous DHS and other workshops/training.

 

Linda K. Dollen, MS, TLMHC
Woodward Community Based Services
1705 McPherson 300 Lower Level
Council Bluffs, IA 51563
712-256-0738 / 712-216-0523
linda.dollen@sequelyouthservices.com

Services provided: Mental health therapy for children, teens and adults.
Specialties: Cognitive/Behavioral
Ages served: All
Insurances accepted: Medicaid
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Yes - evenings and Saturday afternoons
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: I have worked with several families as a remedial service provider, as well as an adoptive, foster mother and grandmother.

 

Amy Riessland
Center for Healing and Hope
427 E. Kanesville Blvd, Suite 102
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
712-256-9660
amy@healingandhopellc.com

Services provided: Mental health therapy for children, teens and adults. I am a registered play therapist (RPT).
Specialties: Play therapy, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
Ages served: All
Insurances accepted: Majority
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Yes - If I don't have an opening there are also 6 other therapists in my office - two other RPT.
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: I have worked with several families in nine years of therapy experience.

 

Shellie Matt
Family Connections
500 Willow Ave, Suite 305
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
smatt@fmlyconn.omhcoxmail.com

Services provided: Family, individual, group counseling
Specialties: Behavior disorders, ADHD, adolescent issues, school issues, substance abuse, adjustment issues, learning disabilities
Ages served: Youth, adolescent and adult
Insurances accepted: BC/BS
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Yes
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Yes
Other training: Evaluation, assessment for social, emotional, behavior, cognitive and/or academic issues - special education evaluations.

 

Barb Gobel, LISW
Family Connections
500 Willow Ave, Suite 305
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
barbLISW@hotmail.com

Services provided: Individual & family therapy, play therapy
Specialties: Reactive Attachment Disorder, PTSD, EMDR therapy
Ages served: 2-20
Insurances accepted: BC/BS, United Bahvioral Health, Value Options
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Yes
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Yes within a week, some Saturdays
Other training: Eye movement Desensitization Rapid Therapy and training and treating RAD & PTSD

 

Laurie A. Licari, MSW, LISW
Therapy Place, Inc.
Council Bluffs, IA
712-254-9018
laurielicari@therapyplaceinc.com

Services provided: Mental health therapy for individuals, families, couples, parent/child reunification
Specialties: Play, art, bibliotherapy, dialectic behaviors, therapy skills - solution focused
Ages served: age 2 & up
Insurances accepted: Medicaid, BCBS, Midlands Choice, Aetna, Cigna
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available:M-F (10am-7pm), Sat., by appt.
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Yes
Other training: EMDR, senior issues

 

Lynnette Aschinger, LISW
Lutheran Family Service of Iowa
Zion Lutheran Church - Denison (Mondays)
Grace Lutheran Church - Storm Lake (Tuesdays)
St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Ida Grove (Wednesdays)
St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Carroll (Thursdays)
For appts, call: 712-276-9000

Services provided: Outpatient therapy
Specialties: Sexual abuse, victimization/loss issues, attachment disorders, play therapy
Ages served: 3 & up
Insurances accepted: Majority of insurance
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Approx 20% of caseload is foster/adoptive children/families.
Other training: Extensive training in foster care, adoption, attachment disorders, abuse, grief and loss, play therapy and sexual abuse.

 

Deborah L. Pfeiffer
Whispering Pines Counseling, LLC
211 North Locust
Glenwood, IA 51534
712-527-2102

Services provided: Individual, family and couples therapy
Specialties: Depression, anger, ADHD, grief and loss, anxiety, PTSD, sexual abuse, EMDR
Ages served: 6 & up
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Yes
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Yes

 

Rachel Valentine, MA, LMHC
Bethany Christian Services Of Northwest Iowa
123 Albany Ave SE
Orange City, IA 51041
712-737-4831
 

Services provided: individual and family therapy; specialized support groups; ADOPTS trauma-informed therapy for long-term foster and adoptive placements
Specialties: abuse/neglect, adjustment issues, adoption/attachment issues, anxiety and depression, behavioral/learning difficulties, developmental concerns, eating disorders, grief/loss, infertility, marital difficulties, medical trauma, miscarriage, parenting skills, peer/sibling conflicts, post-abortion, separation/divorce, sensory processing issues, and stress/anger management.
Ages served: 0-65+
Insurances accepted:
Most all insurances will pay
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Monday (8:00-8:00), Wednesday (8:00-4:00), Thursday (8:00-4:00), Friday (8:00-4:00)
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: In practice for 8 years with specialized training and history of working with foster/adoptive families.
Other training: ADOPTS/ARC Structured training, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Lifespan Integration Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Eating Disorder Therapy

 

Marty Wallace, LMHC, RPT/S, attachment, trauma, bonding specialist
Creative Living Center
1905 10th Street
Rock Valley, IA 51247
712-476-5245

mwallace@hickorytech.net

Services provided: child, adolescent, and young adult therapy, play therapy, theraplay, filial therapy, attachment therapy, dyadic therapy
Specialties: Attachment therapy, transferring the bond, play therapy, theraplay, filial therapy
Ages served: 3-17
Insurances accepted: Most insurance
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Monday & Tuesday 9am-9pm, Wednesday & Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-1pm
Degree held: MA Ed Psych, LMHC, RPT/S
Other training: attachment disorders, support group management

 

Valorie & Matthew Royster
Royster & Royster, PLLC
204 West Maple Street
Cherokee, IA 51012
712-225-5344

valorie@roystercounseling.com

Services provided: Mental health counseling
Specialties:sexual behaviors
Ages served:5-adult
Insurances accepted: BCBS, Tricare, Title 19, Avera, Sanford, Midland's Choice
Accepts Medicaid? yes
Appointments available: call for appt
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: We are licensed foster parents and have also adopted.
Other training: Iowa Board for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders

 

Carolyn Phillips, LISW
A Brighter Tomorrow
505 5th Street, Ste 337
Sioux City, IA 51101
712-224-2892

abrightertomorrow@longlines.com

Services provided: mental health therapy and counseling, assessments
Specialties: foster care and adoption
Ages served: 3-63
Insurances accepted: BCBS, other private insurances
Accepts Medicaid? yes
Appointments available: M-F 8:45am to 4:15pm, evening vary
Experience working with foster/adoptive families:  Have treated over 100 families
Other training: Adoption Specialist Training

 

Northern Service Area

Leah Weber, LMHC
Avalon Center
22 N. Georgia Avenue, Ste 102 - Mason City, IA 50401
Satelite Office: 1411 Gilbert Street - Charles City, IA 50616
641-422-0070

counseling@avaloncenter.us
Services provided: play therapy, individual counseling, family counseling, group work
Specialties: I am a TAC adoption competent trained therapist, EMDR trained, certified alcohol and drug counselor, nationally certifed counselor and a licensed mental health counselor. I specialize in adoption issues along with attachment.
Ages served: 3 and up
Insurances accepted: Medicaid, BCBS, UHC, Aetna & most other insurances
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm, other appts as needed
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: I previously worked as an adoption social worker at DHS and am adopted myself. Our agency also provides private adoption services to adoptive families and birth families.
Other trainings: I have extensive training in adoption issues

 

Amy Davidson, LISW
Avalon Center
22 N. Georgia Avenue, Ste 102 - Mason City, IA 50401
Satelite Office: 1411 Gilbert Street - Charles City, IA 50616
641-422-0070

counseling@avaloncenter.us
Services provided: play therapy, individual counseling, family counseling, group work
Specialties: EMDR trained, trauma and adoption issues as well as reactive attachment issues.
Ages served: 3 and up
Insurances accepted: Medicaid and other insurances
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm, other appts as needed
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: I am an adoptive parent and was a previous foster parent. I have worked with foster/adoptive families in a PMIC setting. I have experience working with birth parents as well as adoptive parents.
Other training: numerous trainings in trauma informed care and behavior disorders and attachment


Barb Lind, MSW
The People Place
209 Franklin St. Suite 4
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
319-277-7218
heyitsbarb@gmail.com

Services provided: Individual, Family & Relationship Counseling, Play Therapy, EMDR, Filial Therapy, Attachment Therapy
Specialties:Trauma & Attachment, Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health, Play Therapy, Foster & Adoptive Families
Ages served: Infant to Adult
Insurances accepted: Most
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays (9am-6pm), Mondays & Wednesdays (9am-7pm)
Other training: Foster/Adoptive Parent, taken both NOVA & PS-MAPP classes, advance training in promoting attachment and treating attachment disorders.

 

Kate Haberman, LISW
Monarch Therapy Services Inc.
505 Coates St - Parkersburg
3356 Kimball Ave - Ste 5 - Waterloo
406 W. Bremer - Waverly
319-231-9399
khaberman@monarchtherapyservices.com

Services provided: Individual, Family & Play Therapy, Group Therapy, BHIS Services, Child Mental Health Waiver
Specialties: Attachment, Sexuality & Gender, Family
Ages served: 4 & up
Insurances accepted: All
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Yes
Other training: I am a foster/adoptive parent. Training in play therapy and attachment.

 

Quakerdale of Waterloo
140 S. Barclay
Waterloo, IA 50703
319-233-2554

marshalltown@quakerdale.org

Services provided: Individual and family therapy, Behavioral Health Assessments, Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS)
Specialties: Overcoming trauma, assistance with behavioral concerns, depression, anxiety
Ages served: 6 to adult
Insurances accepted: BC/BS, sliding scale assistance available
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointment times available: Flexible scheduling, please call for appointment
Experience with foster care & adoption: Quakerdale's licensed clinicians attend regular training/education in areas of trauma, mood disorders, attachment issues, anxiety, etc. They also have 20+ years experience working in the child welfare field, including serving families involved in the foster/adoptive system.

 

M. Brigid Christianson, LISW, RPT-S
North Iowa Therapy Associates
103 E State Street, Suite 701
Mason City, IA 50475
641-423-3864
brigidc@internet2go.biz

Services provided: Individual, Family, Group, Play Therapy
Specialties: children, adolescents, families
Ages served: 3 & up
Insurances accepted: All
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Monday - Thursday 8am-5:30pm
Experience with foster care & adoption: 10 years experience

 

Chidi Ojinnaka
Counseling & Mediation Center
110 3rd Ave SW
Independence, IA 50644

319-332-0151
comedctr@indytel.com

Services provided:Therapy, counseling and mediation
Ages served: All
Insurances accepted: Blue cross, UnitedHealthcare, Title XIX, Midlands Choice
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Call for appt times
Other training: Parent child interaction therapy

 

Quakerdale of Marshalltown
1909 Summit
Marshalltown, IA 50158
641-752-3912

marshalltown@quakerdale.org

Services provided: Individual and family therapy, Behavioral Health Assessments, Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS)
Specialties: Overcoming trauma, assistance with behavioral concerns, depression, anxiety
Ages served: 6 to adult
Insurances accepted: BC/BS, sliding scale assistance available
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointment times available: Flexible scheduling, please call for appointment
Experience with foster care & adoption: Quakerdale's licensed clinicians attend regular training/education in areas of trauma, mood disorders, attachment issues, anxiety, etc. They also have 20+ years experience working in the child welfare field, including serving families involved in the foster/adoptive system.
Other training: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

 

Quakerdale of New Providence
26866 County Highway S55
New Providence, IA 50206
641-497-5294

marshalltown@quakerdale.org

Services provided: Individual and family therapy, Behavioral Health Assessments, Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS)
Specialties: Overcoming trauma, assistance with behavioral concerns, depression, anxiety
Ages served: 6 to adult
Insurances accepted: BC/BS, sliding scale assistance available
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointment times available: Flexible scheduling, please call for appointment
Experience with foster care & adoption: Quakerdale's licensed clinicians attend regular training/education in areas of trauma, mood disorders, attachment issues, anxiety, etc. They also have 20+ years experience working in the child welfare field, including serving families involved in the foster/adoptive system.

 

Eastern Service Area

Tina R. Flaherty, LISW
Family Counseling & Psychology Center, P.C.
2485 Tech Drive
Bettendorf, IA 52722

563-355-1611
t.flaherty@qcfamilycounseling.com

Services provided: Individual, couple and family therapy
Specialties: Trauma, anxiety, depression
Ages served: All
Insurances accepted: Call to check on insurance coverage
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available:Mondays 8am to 9pm and Tuesdays through Fridays 8am to 4pm
Experience with foster care & adoption: Was a therapist in residential treatment facility and in spec. foster care programs and worked for DHS.

 

Laura Tackett, LCSW, LISW
Family Counseling & Psychology Center, P.C.
2485 Tech Drive
Bettendorf, IA 52722

563-355-1611
l.tackett@qcfamilycounseling.com

Services provided: Individual & family therapy, play therapy
Specialties: Children, adolescents, families, behavior issues, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, abuse
Ages served: children/teens (3-18 years) adults, families
Insurances accepted: Most major insurances
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Call for appt times
Experience with foster care & adoption: 5+ years

 

Theresa L. Reckling, MA, LMFT
Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic, Inc.
Institute for Therapy and Psychological Solutions, L.L.C.
205 Washington Street, Suite 200
Burlington, IA 52601

319-208-1280
theresa.reckling@miftc.com

Services Provided: I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Specialties: Play therapy techniques, individuals, families, couples; mood disorders, anxiety disorders, behavioral problems, trauma, sexual abuse. Psychological assessments and LPHA evaluations.
Payment accepted: private pay, BCBS, Coventry, United Behavioral, most major insurance plans.
Accepts Medicaid: Yes
Appointments available: Monday-Friday 8 am- 6:00 pm, flexible for later times
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: I was a licensed foster parent/pre-adoptive parent. I have worked in child welfare for over 15 years. I work with many birth, foster, adoptive children and families.
Other Training: Member of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Member of Association for Play Therapy, ongoing training in play therapy and marriage and family therapy.

 

Emily Clifton, LISW, LCSW
(2 Locations)
Family Counseling & Psychology Center
2485 Tech Drive
Bettendorf, IA 52722
563-355-1611
Mercer County Family Crisis
110 NW 3rd Ave
Aledo, IL 61231
309-5827233

eclifton07@yahoo.com

Services provided: Individual, family & play therapy, and assessment as needed
Modalities: Trauma-Focused CBT, Autplay and general play and dramatherapy
Specialties:
Autism and other neurocognitive disorder, behavior disorders, including anger management, mood disorders, trauma and attachment, abuse, homelessness, GLBT issue and anxiety disorders
Ages served: 2 & up
Insurances accepted: Almost all
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Call for appt times
Experience with foster care & adoption: I have worked with youth and adolescents in the foster care system in a variety of capacities for over 10 years.

 

Teri Hughes-Paulline, LISW
Psychology Health Group
2102 E 388th Street
Davenport, IA 52807

563-359-4049

Services provided: Outpatient therapy for children, adolescents, adults and family
Specialties: children, adolescent and family therapy
Ages served: 10 & up
Insurances accepted: Most, check with your provider
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Call for appt times
Experience with foster care & adoption: 35 years experience

 

Yvette Saeugling
Crossroads Counseling Center, LLC
909 Main Street, Suite 505
Dubuque, IA 52001
563-556-0699
yvette@crossroadsdbq.com

Services provided: Individual & family therapy, play therapy, theraplay, DDP
Specialties: Attachment, trauma, ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, adoption, foster care, relationships
Ages served: Infant to Adult
Insurances accepted: All major insurances
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Monday - Friday
Other training: EMDR, Theraplay, DDP (Dyadic, Developmental Psychology on attachment and trauma approach

 

Cedar Rapids Service Area

Kate Fish, MA, TLMFT
Heart and Solutions
3100 E Ave NW, Suite 102
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
319-540-8146
katef@heartandsolutions.net

Services provided: marriage, family & individual counseling
Specialties: spirituality, TF-CBT
Ages served: All ages
Insurances accepted: BC/BS & Title 19
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: day & evenings
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Yes
Other training: MA in Theology

 

Brianne Guinn, LISW RPT
Brianne Guinn Counseling
1221 Park Place NE, Suite H
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319-775-1949

brianne@brianneguinncounseling.com

Services provided:
Play therapy, EMDR, family and individual focused therapy
Specialties: Attachment, early childhood trauma/loss, adoption and foster care, play therapy, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral/emotional needs
Ages served: 2-adult
Insurances accepted: Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, MidLand's Choice, please contact for additional insurance information
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: varies depending on availability and client need
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: I have worked with families and children in the foster care and adoption system for over 11 years.
Other training: Attachment training, EMDR, I am a Registered Play Therapist, trained in Filial Therapy and trained in PCIT.

 

Steven Washler, LISW
Cedar Centre
1730 1st Ave
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319-365-3993

Services provided: Individual, couples and family counseling
Specialties: Family relationships, parent/child management issues, ADHD, ODD
Ages served: School age through adulthood
Insurances accepted: Yes
Accepts Medicaid? Unknown
Appointments available: Monday – Friday, 8am to 6:15pm
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Many over the last 25 years

 

Brad VanGorkom
Harmonic Family LLC
1935 1st Ave SE, Suite D
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319-531-1158
brad@harmonicfamily.com

Services provided: Individual, family and group therapy
Specialties: Anxiety, PTSD, trauma
Ages served: 3 to 20
Insurances accepted: XIX, BC/BS, Midlands Choice, First Administrators, ect.
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Call to schedule
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Yes
Other training: TF-CBT and CPC Linkage

 

Farrah Bonde, LISW
Coralville Family Counseling
1754 5th Street
Coralville, IA 52241
319-338-1052

farrahbonde@yahoo.com
 
Services provided: Individual and family therapy for children and adults, theraplay techniques, play therapy, EMDR, narrative therapy, attachment and bonding therapy
Specialties: Attachment related trauma/reactive attachment disorder, grief, loss, abuse, depression, anxiety, stress management, and emotional and behavioral issues in children
Ages served: all ages of children and adults served
Insurances accepted: All major insurances accepted as well as EAP benefits
Accepts Medicaid?  Yes
Appointments available: Monday – Thursday 9am-5:30pm
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: 11 years experience and have treated hundreds of foster and adoptive families
Other training:  EMDR, Registered Attachment Clinician training, training in Theraplay techniques, several hundred hours of specialized training in complex trauma and attachment disruptions, narrative therapy, play therapy, etc.

 

Katie Barreras, LISW
Coralville Family Counseling
1754 5th Street
Coralville, IA 52241
319-338-1052

katiebarreras@gmail.com

Services provided: Individual and family therapy
Specialties: Play-based therapies, pre and post adoption counseling, foster care counseling, child emotional and behavioral disorders
Ages served: Ages 3-12 and their parents
Insurances accepted: Yes, all major
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Monday – Thursday, evening appointment available
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Have treated 150 foster/adoptive families
Other training: Ten years of experience in family centered and foster care and adoption services. Multiple training and workshops related to child mental health, adoption, foster care, play therapy.

 

Jamie Berger, LISW
Creating Connections Counseling, PLLC
306 Scott Court
Iowa City, IA 52245
319-351-1381

www.creatingconnectionsic.com

Services provided: Individual therapy, family therapy, support for therapeutic parenting, EMDR, and phone consultation
Specialties: Adoption, attachment & trauma
Ages served: 5 & up
Insurances accepted: BCBS, Midlands Choice, Aetna, First Administrators
Accepts Medicaid?No
Appointments available:
9am-8pm (Monday-Thursday)
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Caseload of exclusively adoptive families for the past five years
Other training: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma & Loss Institute, 800 hours of training in Attachment Therapy

 

Rebecca Dickinson, LISW
Family Systems
625 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA 52241
319-330-8225


Services provided: Individual, couples, family and play therapy for children, youth and adults
Specialties: Specialize in working with children with both directive and non-directive play therapy. Utilize a variety of therapeutic styles based on client needs. Individualized treatment for each client/family.
Ages served: Ages 3 to Adult
Insurances accepted: BCBS of Iowa, Midlands Choice, American Behavioral EAP, EFR EAP, Magellan, Interplan Health Group-Humana
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Call for appt times
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Have treated 15 foster/adoptive families. I have been a licensed foster parent since Feb. 2010. I have worked in residential treatment and worked abroad in London England as a child protection social worker which included investigating reports of abuse, removing children from birth families and placing then in foster care.

 

Becky Grabe, LISW
Everyday Counts, LLC
2461 10th Street, Suite 203
Coralville, IA 52241
319-383-8678
becky@everydaycountstherapy.com

Services provided: Individual therapy to children, adolescents and young adults, while incorporating parenting support and family/sibling sessions.
Specialties: Primary evidence based treatment specialities include PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy) primarily for ADHD, ODD, strained parent/child relationships and attachment issues, TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for trauma victims, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for depression and anxiety, play therapy techniques and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).
Ages served:2-40
Insurances accepted: Most - please inquire
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available:
8am-5pm (Monday-Thursday)
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Yes

 

Megan Heitzman
Heitzman Counseling Services
1150 Fifth Street, Suite 155
Coralville, IA 52241
319-338-2044
megan@heitzmancounseling.com

Services provided: Play therapy, EMDR, family and individual focused therapy
Specialties: Attachment, early childhood trauma/loss, adoption and foster care, play therapy, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral/emotional needs
Ages served: 2-adult
Insurances accepted: Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, First Administrators, please contact for additional insurance information
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available:
varies depending on availability and client need
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: I have worked with families and children in the foster care and adoption system for over 12 years.
Other training: Developmental attachment training and on-going consultation with Holly van Gulden, EMDR, I am a Registered Play Therapist and attend yearly play therapy trainings.

 

Emily S. Logan, LISW, CADC
Okerberg & Associates
1785 Curtis Bridge Road NE
North Liberty, IA 52317
(319) 665-2008

Services provided: Individual, couple, and family counseling
Specialties: Adoption, adjustment, trauma, coping strategies, parenting skills, marital stress, infertility, grief/loss, substance abuse and mental health concerns
Ages served: All
Insurances accepted: Most accepted
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Yes
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: I was an adoption social worker for 11 years with much exposure to issues related to transitions, adjustment, including individual, marital, and family stress related to those transitions.

 

Tiffany Cloke
Southern Iowa Mental Health Center
110 East Main Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501
641-682-8772
simhctiffany@lisco.com
Services provided: play therapy, parent child interactive therapy (PCIT), child and adolescent psychiatry
Ages served: All ages
Insurances accepted: All
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: yes
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Yes

 

Dr. Hilda Mascaro
Southern Iowa Mental Health Center
110 East Main Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501
641-682-8772

Services provided: play therapy, parent child interactive therapy (PCIT), child and adolescent psychiatry
Ages served: All ages
Insurances accepted: All
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: yes
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Yes

 

Des Moines Service Area

Kim Abbey, LMHC, CCDP
Clear Brook Counseling Professional
614 Bill Sunday Rd., Suite 100
Ames, IA 50010
515-337-1764
www.clearbrookcounselingprofessionals.com

Services provided: Individual & family counseling
Specialties: attachment, relinquishment and parenting therapy
Ages served: 10 - adult
Insurances accepted: Wellmark BCBS of Iowa, Health Alliance, Midlands Choice
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available:
 M-F 8:40am - 6:00pm
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Have treated over 100 families

 

Dustin D. Ernberger, LMHC
Clear Brook Counseling Professional
614 Bill Sunday Rd., Suite 100
Ames, IA 50010
515-337-1764
www.clearbrookcounselingprofessionals.com

Services provided: Mental Health Assessment, Therapy (Individual, Play, Family Group)
Ages served: 4 - Adult
Insurances accepted: Wellmark, UBH, Aetna, First Administrators, Value-Options, Midlands Choice
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: 17 years experience providing therapy to children in foster care

 

Warren H. Phillips, Ph.D.
Central Iowa Psychological Services
223 South Walnut Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515-233-1122
3737 Woodland Ave, Suite 415
West Des Moines, IA 50266
515-222-1999
whp@iowacounseling.com

Services provided: Psychological testing and individual and family psychotherapy with children, teens and families
Specialties: ADHD, learning disorders, autism-spectrum disorders, pediatric bipolar disorder(s), anxiety disorders and OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder
Ages served: 5 years through age 18
Insurances accepted: All major insurances including Wellmark, Tricare, Coventry United Behavioral Health, Value Options
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: 11am to 5pm (Monday - Friday)
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: I have treated over 200 families
Other training: I have provided trainings for IFAPA on many topics for several years including behavior problems, ADHD, pediatric bipolar disorder, sexual abuse, and behavior management/parenting.

 

Joann Seeman-Smith, Ph.D.
2515 University Blvd, Suite 102
Ames, IA 50010
515-451-0657
dr.joannss@gmail.com

Services provided: Individual, family and play therapy. Evaluations and assessments as needed.
Specialties: Play therapy, ADHD, anxiety, depression, fostering positive attachment, behavior disorders, autism spectrum disorders.
Ages served: ages 2 & up
Insurances accepted: Many, call the office for specific details
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: 8am to 6pm (Monday - Friday)
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: I have worked with many foster and adoptive families over the years.
Other training: I present an IFAPA training on behavior modification techniques.

 

Matthew T. Hiveley, Ph.D., LMHC
2515 University Blvd, Suite 102
Ames, IA 50010
515-450-8403
DrMattHiveley@gmail.com

Services provided: Therapy/counseling to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.
Specialties: I am a licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Couple and Family Therapist and I specialize in the areas of relationships, communication, general parenting, adolescent concerns, separation/divorce, grief/loss, self-esteem, anger management, stress management, depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and adult symptoms of Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD).
Ages served: Children through adulthood
Insurances accepted: Virtually all insurances
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Monday (9am-8pm); Tuesday - Friday (9am-4pm)
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Many experiences over the past 10 plus years.

 

Emily Childress, LMFT
2515 University Blvd, Suite 102
Ames, IA 50010
515-291-8858
www.therapyiniowa.com

Services provided: Therapy for children, adolescents, adults and families.
Specialties: I am a Certified Therapist in EMDR and a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. I am specialized in treating individuals with trauma (caused by abuse, neglect, serious injury, and/or major life disruptions), anxiety, depression, grief/loss, panic, phobias, and sleep difficulties. I also enjoy assisting families in learning how to offer support to a family member working through past trauma.
Ages served: 5 - Adult
Insurances accepted: Aetna, Midlands Choice, Medicaid, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, First Administrators, United Behavioral Health
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointment times available: Monday - Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Experience with foster care & adoption: Yes
Other training: Trained and Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a highly effective therapy for treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

 

Summer K. Brunscheen, Ph.D.
Central Iowa Psychological Services
223 South Walnut Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515-233-1122

skb@iowacounseling.com

Services provided: Individual and family therapy, psychological testing
Specialties: ADHD, LD's, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder
Ages served: ages 4 & older, primarily children and teens
Insurances accepted: Almost all: contact our office for a complete listing
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Monday thru Thursday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: I have worked with over two dozen families.

 

Pamela Osuch, M.S.
Abundant Life Counseling
111 Lynn Ave., Suite 5
Ames, IA 50014
515-257-1101
pamelaosuch@gmail.com

Services provided: Counseling for anxiety, depression, attachment issues, behavior problems, co-dependency, domestic violence, sexual abuse, spiritual crisis and substance abuse.
Specialties: Licensed Mental Health Couselor, International Alcohol & Drug Counselor, trained in Filial play therapy and trauma focused cognituve behavior therapy
Ages served: 3 to 100
Insurances accepted: Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Midlands Choice, MHNet Behavioral Health, Title 19
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Monday - Friday, 11am to 6pm
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: I have been a foster and adoptive parent for the past six years. I have worked with families and children involved with DHS and the courts for the past 25 years.

 

Karen Combs, LISW
66684 110th Street
McCallsburg, IA 50154
641-487-7832 or 515-231-3476
karencombs@netins.net
 
Services provided: attachment therapy (parents are always in the room when working with the child), parent child interaction therapy (PCIT), child custody mediation, parenting skills, permanency mediation, information and referral
Specialties: attachment, trauma, assessment, adoption, foster care, parenting for attachment, family mediation, support, referral
Ages served: children 0-18 and their family
Insurances accepted: Call the office for details
Accepts Medicaid? Call the office for details
Appointments available: Generally Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm. Availability is affected by the needs of my family and the needs of the family being served.
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: 38 years of experience working in a variety of positions with foster and adoptive families; most recently in private practice. My husband and I have been foster parents and are adoptive parents. I understand the importance of always expanding my knowledge & skills in the fields of adoption, foster care, attachment, trauma, & parenting. Every year I attend educational and skill building conferences/trainings where professionals & parents are together to discuss current practices and new techniques in the field of adoption/foster care/attachment. Specialized training: child sexual abuse; transitioning children from foster care to adoption, Love & Logic Parent Instructor; Family & Child Custody Mediator, Professional Open Adoption Practitioner, Permanency Mediator, studied with Holly van Gulden, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Foster Parent Training, Treatment Level Foster Parent Training, Trainer for Adoption Pre-Service Classes, Trainer for PS-MAPP Classes, Trainer for Vision for Tomorrow Classes (NAMI), Parent Child Interation Therapy (PCIT).

 

Tony J. Raymer, LISW
Next Step Counseling Services
3812 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312
515-468-5165

traymer@nscsiowa.com
Services provided:Individual and family therapy, parent consultation, training, evaluation
Specialties:
Play Therapy, Theraplay, Trauma, ADHD, Behavioral Concerns, Family Therapy
Ages served: 2+
Insurances accepted: Medicaid, Medicare, Wellmark, Cigna, Midland's Choice, Aetna
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: 8:30am-5pm
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Therapy with foster and adoptive families, training foster and adoptive parents
Other training: Level one trained in Theraplay, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Adlerian Play Therapy, Trauma Systems Therapy

 

Wendy Solawetz MS/LMFT
Sampson Family Therapy
309 Court Ave. Suite 241
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-875-4940

wendys@sampsonfamilytherapy.com
Specialties: Individual, Couple and Family Therapy, Bowen Family Systems Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Trust Based Parenting, Parenting Children From Hard Places
Ages served: Children and families
Insurances accepted: BC/BS /Sliding Fee Scale
Accepts Medicaid? N/A
Appointments available: Monday - Friday (9am-5pm) earlier and later appointments can be arranged for special circumstances.
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Wendy has worked to provide support and resources to individuals, couples and families touched by adoption for 15 years. As licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Wendy provides services to individuals, couples, and families who have embarked on an adoption journey through professional therapy. She looks forward to assisting families to assist their children who have been adopted to grow as individuals and to heal from the loss and trauma they may have experienced prior to finding their way home.
Other training: Wendy has extensive Post Graduate training in Bowen Family Systems Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Trust Based Parenting, and Parenting Children From Hard Places.

 

Child Guidance Center / Orchard Place
808 5th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-244-2267

 
Services provided: individual, family and group therapy, psychological testing and evaluation, and psychiatric evaluation and med management, and early childhood and school-based therapy
Specialties: attachment, trauma, loss
Ages served: 0-18
Insurances accepted: most insurances accepted and sliding fee scale available for those uninsured.
Accepts Medicaid? yes
Appointments available: Call for times
Other training: therapists have received extensive training on attachment, trauma and loss issues and their effects on children; evidenced based practice of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is often used

 

Gladys Noll-Alvarez, MSW, LISW
Child Guidance Center / Orchard Place
808 5th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-244-2267

galvarez@orchardplace.org

Services provided: individual, family, group therapy, attachment assessments and dyadic therapy
Specialties: young child who have been sexually abused and discovery work
Ages served: 0-18
Insurances accepted: All
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: I have treated over 200 families.
Other training: I have knowledge in attachment disorder, attachment assessment and dyadic therapy. I have worked extensively with the Juvenile court system with Model court and Court Improvement Project.

 

Hope Hall Counseling Services
Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS)
918 SE 11th Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

515-282-9377

Services Provided: Individual child counseling, family/group counseling, assessments, expressive arts therapy, parenting classes, support groups, substance abuse support, behavioral health intervention services (BHIS) and other specialized therapeutic support including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Specialties: overcoming trauma, building attachment, assisting with behavioral concerns
Ages Served: children of all ages (0-17) and their families
Insurance Accepted: Most insurances accepted, sliding scale or other assistance may be available for children and families who do not have insurance
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Flexible scheduling is available to accommodate a variety of schedules
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Team members at Hope Hall have extensive experience supporting foster/adoptive families. Hope Hall’s licensed therapists have received training in trauma-related disorders, attachment disorder challenges, substance abuse issues, mood disorders, and other family relationship issues. Visit www.yessiowa.org/hopehallcounselingservices.aspx for additional information about their services and counseling staff.


Pat Petersen, MSW, LISW
The Healing Center
4685 Merle Hay Road, Suite 108
Des Moines, IA 50322
515-201-9953

pjmpete@aol.com

Services provided: Talk and sandplay therapy
Specialties: depression, anxiety, domestic violence, relationship issues
Ages served: 6 - Adult
Insurances accepted: Yes
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Monday - Thursday 11- 7
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Training and expertise in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults.

 

Kenya J Randall, MS, LMHC, LPHA
Mosaic Family Counseling Center, Inc.
3705 Grand Ave, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50312
515-724-8920

krandall@mosaicfamilyinc.com
See brochure

Services provided: mental health counseling
Specialties: E.M.D.R. Trauma Counseling
Ages served: Children, adults, couples and families
Insurances accepted: Medicaid, BCBS
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Monday-Friday (8am – 6pm)
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: 10+ years of working with foster and adoptive families

 

Michelle Stewart-Sandusky, LMFT
SS Therapy & Consulting, LTD
4725 Merle Hay Road, Suite 205
Des Moines, IA 50322
515-528-8135

sandusky@sstherapyandconsulting.com
www.sstherapyandconsulting.com

Services provided: mental health counseling
Specialties:Conduct Disorder and beahvioral issues in children and adolescents as well as trauma, anxiety, depression and family conflict
Ages served: Ages 6 to Adults
Insurances accepted: Most
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Monday-Friday (8:30am – 6pm)
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Yes

 

Elyse, LMFT, LLC
14225 University Ave, Suite 118
Waukee, IA 50263
712-592-7915

elyselmft@gmail.com
Services provided: teach parenting skills, attachment work, healing past trauma, family therapy, EMDR therapy
Specialties: past trauma, EMDR, attachment work, teaching skills and supporting parents through raising foster/adopted children
Ages served: 2 through adult
Insurances accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Wellmark, UBH, UHC, Tricare, Co-Opportunity, VMR, Hawki
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: varies (no weekends)
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: yes
Other training: Training through Attachment Center of Nebraska

 

Shane Fortner, M.S., Temporary LMHC
Integrative Counseling Solutions, Inc.(2 LOCATIONS)
1200 West Valley Dr., Ste. 306 & 909 W. Pleasant St.
West Des Moines / Knoxville, IA 50266/50138
515-267-1340

sfortner@integrativecs.net

Services provided: Individual/family therapy
Specialties: Play Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Solution-focused, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma-informed Care
Ages served: 4-adult
Insurances accepted: Medicaid
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointment times available: Monday through Friday 9am to 7pm
Experience with foster care & adoption: I was an ongoing case manager in child welfare at Nebraska Families Collaborative in Omaha, NE for 3 years where I facilitated the reunification process as well as facilitated relinquishments, adoptions, and completed home studies for kinship placements. I am currently licensed as a Certified Adoption Investigator with Iowa DHS.
Other training: I have extensive training in Family-Centered Practice, and completed my clinical internship at Munroe-Meyer Institute at University of Nebraska Medical Center where I provided individual and family therapy to children with disruptive behaviors and adults with developmental disabilities.

 

Molly Hayes, Psy.D.
Kavalier & Associates
1003 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50265
515-267-1003

 
Services provided: child and adolescent individual therapy, family therapy, psychological assessment
Specialties: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, behavioral problems, abuse/neglect/trauma, pervasive developmental disorders (Autism spectrum), ADHD, learning disorders
Ages served: 0-18
Insurances accepted: most major insurance plans accepted
Accepts Medicaid? no
Appointments available: Monday - Friday daytime, some early evening times available
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Training and expertise working with many families with foster/adoption issues. While practicing in community mental health, about 40-50% of my caseload was with children and adolescents who were in foster care or had been adopted. Experiences in coordinating treatment with a multidisciplinary team including DHS, remedial workers, school staff and other providers.

 

Bridget Bencke, LMHC, NCC, MA
Central Iowa Psychological Services
3737 Woodland Ave #415
West Des Moines, IA 50266
515-222-1999
bbencke@iowacounseling.com

Services provided: Therapy for children, teens and families
Specialties: Depression/anxiety, grief work, behavioral issues
Ages served:3-21
Insurances accepted: Tricare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, First Health, MHNet, APS Health, Multi Plan, Aetna, Coventry, Cigna, Principal
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Monday (8am-5pm), Tuesday (10am-8pm), Wednesday (10am-7pm), Thursday (8am-4pm), Friday (8am-3pm)
Experience working with foster/adoptive families: Several foster/adoptive children and families

 

Charlcie Y. Carey, LISW
Counseling for Growth & Change, LC
6959 University Ave
Windsor Heights, IA 50324
515-243-1020

Services provided: Individual, Couple & Family Therapy; Assessments
Specialties: Family foster care and adoption issues, attachment disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, grief & loss
Ages served: 8yrs to Adult
Insurances accepted: Wellmark BCBS and Midlands Choice; will negotiate fees for uninsured families
Accepts Medicaid? Yes
Appointments available: Mondays & Wednesdays (3pm-7pm)
Experience with foster care & adoption:
Over 30 years of varied experience in child welfare with a major emphasis on family foster care and adoption.
Other training: Participate in on-going mental health and related training

 

Attention Mental Health Professionals

If you would like to be included on this resource list and have experience working with foster and adoptive families and practice in Iowa or near the Iowa border, please e-mail Crystal Thomason at cthomason@ifapa.org.

 

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