Let’s Talk about Grief

Billie Wade, writer – click image for full article


Thank you to the wonderful writer Billie Wade for sharing her exploration of grief, through words and thoughts.

Read full article here: https://dmpcc.org/lets-talk-about-grief/

Read our September newsletter

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Whistle while you work – a new post by executive director Jim Hayes

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I recently found myself whistling while walking the halls of the Center. Apparently I have something in common with Snow White and her seven colleagues–whistling while I work.

Why, you ask?


Please share the word – free mental health counseling 

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Thanks to tremendous donor support, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is accepting referrals for Wednesday appointments at our new urban outreach center for eligible children, adolescents, adults and families who need mental health counseling and do not have the resources to cover the costs.

For initial intake session, please contact Nathan DeLange, L.I.S.W., at 515-577-0190. Feel free to share this information. (To schedule an appointment at the Center’s home location in Urbandale, please call 515-274-4006 or email info@dmpcc.org.)

For more info and a printer-friendly flyer: www.dmpcc.org/outreach

Your support helps! Donate online here.


Welcome Jake F. Li, our newest counselor

Jake F. Li, L.I.S.W.

Jake F. Li, L.I.S.W., is a licensed independent social worker and holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Jake provides therapy for adults and couples.  He specializes in treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and mood disorders, and adjustment disorders.  As a 24-year Air Force Veteran, Jake has interest in working with military members and their families with transition challenges and coping with the long-term effects of military service. He is also interested in working with people experiencing life transition issues, including those related to school, relationship and family stressors, as well as sexual and gender identity.  Jake is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a life-member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).  When not at work, Jake can be found in a mountain of books; currently pursuing his PhD, or relaxing with video games.

To schedule an appointment, email info@dmpcc.org or call 515-251-6670.

With tremendous gratitude to our donors, we’re pleased to present the 2016 annual report

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Just $10 a month helps others all year long.

Please consider a recurring donation to help others access quality mental health services. 
  • $10 per month helps a child distressed by domestic violence.
  • $25 per month helps a family relate to a loved one who suffers addiction.
  • $50 per month helps parents who grieve the death of their son or daughter.
  • $100 per month helps an adolescent who is bullied at school.
  • $250 per month helps a veteran who considers suicide.


Please connect with us!

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

Support Group for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Offered at no cost, with thanks to community support

Offered at no cost, with thanks to community support. Click image for more information.

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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