March 15, 2017 — The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is pleased to announce a new partnership with Grace United Methodist Church, extending services into the heart of urban Des Moines, serving residents of Drake Park and River Bend neighborhoods. Launched in February 2017, the counseling outreach provides private, confidential counseling for children, teens and adults. Counseling is offered for English and Spanish speaking clients.
The services are provided at no cost to individuals who do not have the resources to cover the costs of quality counseling. The goal is to help vulnerable individuals and families overcome their emotional challenges and learn techniques for resilience.
“The program reaches those who otherwise might not have access to quality counseling services,” said program director Christine Dietz, Ph.D., L.I.S.W, the Center’s Director of Clinical Training. “We are thrilled to partner with Grace UMC to provide services to people in need.”
On site coordination is provided by Nathan DeLange, L.I.S.W. and youth minister at Grace UMC. Services are provided by two masters-level students in the counseling profession who participate in the Center’s graduate clinical training program directed by Dr. Dietz. Clinical supervision is provided by licensed, experienced therapists at the Center. Therapeutic approaches include play, art and talk. Specialties include serving domestic violence survivors, refugee families, and addiction issues. Counseling sessions are provided one day per week, increasing as needed, and as resources allow.
“We are sincerely grateful for the Center’s supporters who make it possible for us to expand services beyond the walls of our home facility,” said the Center’s executive director, James E. Hayes, Ph.D. “The Center’s clinicians are dedicated to ensuring excellence in their respective practices, serving people of all ages and all walks of life. We are excited for this opportunity to connect with a population that is currently underserved.”