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Welcome to our newest counselor, Douglas J. Detrick, M.S.W., L.I.S.W., C.T.C.C., I.A.D.C.

Doug Detrick is a licensed independent social worker. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Masters in Social Work. Doug has primarily worked with people who have significant mental health issues, particularly with complex trauma and anxiety and depression issues to help them lead more productive lives. He has had extensive training in third wave behavioral therapy including ACT, focused acceptance and commit therapy, functional analytic psychotherapy and relational frame therapy, all of which are based on how we learn from a behavioral perspective. He has also studied dialectical behavior therapy, structural family therapy, psychodynamic therapy and EMDR. He also is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a International Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He was formerly on the board of the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council for five years where he worked to expand health care through the promotion of the Affordable Care Act to minority and underserved populations. To make an appointment with Doug, please fill out our online intake form:

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Your support serves the community during the COVID-19 crisis.


The Center’s COVID-19 emergency response, updated 3-28-20:

Dear Friends,

Due to the Covid-19 emergency, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center has taken the following steps to promote the safety and health of our clients, staff and community:

    • As of 3-30-2020 — The Center’s services are now offered exclusively through telehealth (including telephone). The Center’s building is  closed, as of 3-30-2020, until further notice.
    • The Center’s telehealth platform is HIPAA compliant and easy to use. Our staff are available to provide technical assistance as needed.
    • Gov. Kim Reynolds has authorized the expansion of telehealth insurance coverage.
    • Many insurance companies will cover telehealth and some are waiving telehealth copays. However we ask that you please call your insurance company to confirm your policy.
    • Clinicians and staff will reach out to their current clients to schedule appointments, or, you may leave a phone message for your counselor by calling (515) 274-4006.
    • If you are new to the Center and would like to schedule an appointment, please fill out our online intake form here.
    • Telehealth counseling is proven to be as effective as in-person counseling, and we are grateful to serve you and the community in this way.
  • As of 3-19-2020, all classes and groups will be offered online until further notice. Please consult the instructor or leader for more information. If you are currently enrolled in a class or group, please consult with your instructor for guidance on changes in meeting venue or schedule.
  • As of 3-30-2020 — The 22nd annual Women Helping Women luncheon has transitioned to an online experience. Your support means more than ever. READ MORE. 
  • To continue preventing the spread of germs, please wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitize prior to and after contact with others.
  • Please keep checking our Facebook page and our website for updates.

We understand that the Covid-19 pandemic is causing physical, mental, and emotional stress to everyone in our community. We are committed to our mission to walk with people through counseling and education to find hope and healing, and to live a fulfilling life.

Much gratitude goes to our loyal and generous donors who make it possible for us to serve vulnerable populations who experience mental health challenges. On behalf of the children, teens, adults and families served – a sincere thank you.

We are in this together.

Thank you.


Jim Hayes, Executive Director

The Center is accepting new psychiatry patients

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