Mental Health Services

Our Mission is to provide professional therapeutic services designed to meet our client’s needs and empower them to make healthy and positive changes in their lives. Our philosophy is a family-centered, holistic approach that encompasses thoughtful consideration of the physical, emotional, cultural, and spiritual needs of the individuals and families we serve. Behavioral Health services emphasize personal growth and development to promote change, recovery, resiliency, and wellness.

Children & Families of Iowa have licensed therapists who provide trauma-informed mental health therapy. Therapy is provided for individuals, families, or couples experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression resulting from daily stress, work/life challenges, or past and present traumatic life events. We serve all ages – zero throughout the lifespan. We offer a variety of therapy modalities, including talk and play therapy and specialty therapies. We accept most major insurances, Medicaid, and private pay options for treatment.

Specialty therapies offered include:

  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). This relationship-based approach reduces the impact of early childhood trauma on infants, toddlers, and children from birth to age five by building safety and security within their primary attachment relationships. Therapists work with parents or caregivers to heal their own trauma and enhance the attachment with their child during the first five crucial years of development.
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). This method of psychotherapy is designed to address mental health issues related to acute or ongoing 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.
  • Art Therapy. Art therapy is an avenue for expressing emotions, while talk therapy is a barrier to healing. Art therapy is a distinct discipline that incorporates creative methods of expression through visual art media. This form of therapy helps people to use creativity and self-expression to support their mental health and can be effective for children, adolescents, and adults.

Our clients receive comprehensive mental health care that includes collaboration between our therapists and their primary care physician or psychiatrist, should medications be necessary. This ensures our clients receive the best care and treatment for their mental health needs.

For additional information, contact Children & Families of Iowa:

Cornerstone: 515-289-2272 or [email protected]

Northside: 515-266-6338 or [email protected]

Des Moines (Main): 515-697-7916 or [email protected]

Osceola: 641-342-3444 or [email protected]


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*If you are experiencing a mental health or substance abuse emergency, please contact 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for immediate assistance.


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