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

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New class: The Spirituality of Aging

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The Center is accepting new psychiatry patients

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New career opportunity: Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life

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How is Your Spirit Growing?

Do you desire a more meaningful life enriched by a deepening spiritual awareness, new ways of building and contributing to community, or living authentically in an increasingly challenging and unpredictable world? Consider applying for PrairieFire, a two-year program of spiritual renewal.

Accepting applications NOW for the fall 2020 cohort

Click here for more information and to register

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction™ (MBSR™) – Now Online

MBSR is being offered in a virtual classroom on Zoom – required orientation is May 18 and class begins June 1 – Afternoon and Evening sessions:

Although stress is at the cause of many physical illnesses and psychological disorders, it is not often diagnosed or treated at the root level. There are very few resources that effectively treat stress as a condition. MBSR™ is an 8-week intensive course, backed by 38 years of research, proven to reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Utilizing curriculum developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD at UMASS Center for Mindfulness, this non-clinical (i.e. not group therapy) course is designed to teach mind-body awareness, recognize and put to use our inner psychological resources to respond to toxic stress, increase stress hardiness, focus, creativity, regulate emotions, and allow a greater sense of self-care and well-being.  Read more and register here…

Serving the community with excellence, and training new counselors

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Our graduate students increase the Center’s capacity to provide high quality counseling services, at a low-cost and with no waiting list. To schedule an appointment with Emily Yen or Erin Moskal (photo), please click intake form and indicate that you would like to seek services from one of our graduate students. Learn more about their training and supervision here.


We are now happy and proud to be listed on GIVEdsm, a community-wide platform that highlights Central Iowa charities! We are proud to be included in such a caring and generous city. Click image to check out listing. Thank you!

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group

Every Third Tuesday of every month / 7 – 8:30 PM
No need to register. No cost.
A support group for survivors of suicide loss, no matter how long ago your loss occurred. This is offered at no cost with thanks to community support.


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