Mental Health Services

Children & Families of Iowa’s trauma-informed Mental Health Services offer support and understanding to people when they need it most. CFI helps children and adults make healthy, positive changes in their lives. Through family, couples and individual counseling, Children & Families of Iowa ensures that those in pain can find what they need to live a happy and healthy life. Highly trained mental health professionals help families develop goals, structure and positive living environments that are healthy for all family members.

CFI equips individuals and families with life skills to cope with difficult issues and overcome acute trauma. The organization teaches realistic solutions for parenting and family conflict issues. CFI provides encouragement and support to handle life’s everyday challenges.

Children & Families of Iowa offers a complete range of out-patient mental health services to support individuals and families wishing to address mental health issues, improve parenting skills and gain perspective in order to reach their goals. Services are available in the Des Moines area, as well as in Ankeny, Fort Dodge and Osceola. Children & Families of Iowa Mental Health Services are provided by highly-trained, experienced mental health professionals.

Children & Families of Iowa accepts most insurance, Medicaid and private pay. For additional information, contact an Intake Specialist by calling Children & Families of Iowa’s (515) 697-7916.

CHILDREN & FAMILIES OF IOWA’S MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES INCLUDE:

Mental Health Therapy

Children & Families of Iowa have licensed therapists who provide trauma-informed counseling and individual care for adults, children, families and couples facing challenges. Types of therapy offered include:

  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). This family-oriented approach reduces the impact of early childhood trauma for children from birth to age five. Therapists also work with parents or caregivers to heal their own trauma, support healthy attachment and break the cycle of trauma being passed down from generation to generation.
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). This method of psychotherapy is designed to address mental health issues related to acute psychological distress, and is often used in conjunction with standard “talk” therapy. Therapists facilitate the directional movement of the eyes during the discussion of traumatic events, eventually creating a new association between disturbing memories and more positive emotions.
  •  Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). This method of therapy involves collaborating with parents and children together to improve the quality of the relationship between parents and the child. PCIT also teaches parents the skills necessary to manage their child’s behavior problems.

Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS)

This method provides support, direction and education in the client’s home or a community setting in which the client feels safe. BHIS are designed for children or adults experiencing social, behavioral or emotional problems with the primary goal of assisting these individuals and their families in learning age-appropriate skills to manage behavior and self-control issues, allowing them to function in the home setting and in society.
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Psychiatric Services

Children & Families of Iowa’s psychiatric services are offered to clients currently receiving therapy and have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Telehealth is available in Fort Dodge and Osceola, allowing clients to interact with a psychiatrist through two-way video conferencing.

Children & Families of Iowa’s Licensed Mental Health Therapists

Ashley Mori
Cara Lobaito
Denise Stadter
Gwen Babberl
Hallie Henely
John McDonald
Jordan Plummer
Kristen Eekhoff
Michelle Buseman
Rebecca Williams
Serena Matuk

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