February Newsletter: Upcoming Classes & Events!

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Professional development opportunity

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Join our team!

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 What is calling you in 2018?

A reflection for the new year, special to the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center by Billie Wade. READ MORE.

Billie Wade, writer

Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes offered at the Center:

Kathe Irvine, L.I.S.W., Certified Yoga Instructor, and Yoga Coordinator at the Center.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga may be a good complement to your ongoing therapy. Feel free to discuss with your counselor. Scholarship funds available for those in financial need.

“Deep Gratitude to our Board of Directors” by Jim Hayes

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Discover the many opportunities to explore renewal at the Center

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Are you curious about the PrairieFire program? Sign up for a discovery session. Applications are open for the next session.

PraireFire is an invitation to set time aside for renewing of self, and awakening of soul. Click image for more information.

This is hope and healing – a new 4-minute video

Our mission is to bring hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education. What does it look like? Please view our new 4-minute video. (Be sure to turn your speakers on!)

2017 accomplishments thanks to YOU — a letter from the executive director

  • James E. Hayes, D. Min., M. Div., Executive Director – click image for letter

    Launched Spanish speaking counseling services.

  • Started a support group for survivors of suicide loss.
  • Expanded capacity to serve veterans and their families.
  • Enhanced treatments for trauma, depression and anxiety.


Thank you from our staff, all who “bring their heart to work”

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Meet board member, Shirley Poertner

Shirley Portner, a member of the Center’s Board of Directors.


“I’d like others to know what a unique place the Center is, its diversity of services, its inclusiveness and accessibility. We don’t turn anyone away who is in need of healing, offering a sliding fee schedule and assistance funds.”

~ Shirley Poertner, board member


How to donate stock

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Giving in a big way through your IRA

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Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group:


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Sign up for the Center’s E-Connect monthly newsletter to receive regular updates on classes, programs and support groups: dmpcc.org/connect

How to make a counseling or psychiatry appointment

Dr. Kelli Hill, Ph.D., (center) child psychologist and Director of Clinical Service at Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, is one of 26 masters or doctorate-prepared counselors on staff. The Center’s psychiatry team, Dr. Geoffrey Hills, D.O., (right) and a psychiatric physician assistant, Susan Koehler, PA-C, (left) offers a full range of psychiatric care and consultation.

To make a counseling or psychiatry appointment, call 515-274-4006 or email info@dmpcc.org.

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit organization providing mental health services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. The Center’s approach is holistic, integrating mind, body and spirit for healing.

Although best known for its 45 years of quality, professional mental health therapy, the Center is a multi-faceted organization providing a range of services:

      • Counseling, including specialized services for children and adolescents
      • Psychological testing and assessment
      • Psychiatric consultation and care
      • Training for clinical professionals
      • Spiritual direction and community education
      • Career Coaching
      • Leadership development for faith communities
      • Conflict transformation services for congregations, nonprofits and businesses

As a nonsectarian organization, the Center is not affiliated with or restricted to a particular religious group.

A sliding payment scale is available for those without insurance. We gratefully accept donations to support our counseling assistance fund.



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