e-Newsletter / 3.19.20
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Watch a video message from Jim Hayes, responding to the Covid-19 virus:
Care and Concern in the Time of Coronavirus

Be Not Afraid
By Jim Hayes, Executive Director

" The scriptures of my faith tradition ooze with admonitions to "Fear Not." "Be not afraid" is among the most consistent quotes, certainly in excess of 100 times.

I find myself repeating the phrase as our world faces the COVID19 pandemic. In spite of the recitation, the emotion resists releasing its grip on my body, mind and spirit. I worry about the health of my family and colleagues. I wonder about how to best lead the Center in such challenging times. What to do with all this fear and anxiety? ..."  READ MORE
Be a Sponsor, Special Friend, or Leader to support women, children and families in need

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NEW CLASS: The Spiritual Journey of Aging

Christine Dietz, Ph.D., L.I.S.W.
"Growing older can be a time for deepening spirituality and sharing our unique gifts with the community. In this group, we will explore the opportunities and challenges of becoming an elder, and share insights, tools, and practices for this stage of the journey...."  LEARN MORE.

Tuesdays / April 21 - May 26, 2020 / 3 -4:30 p.m.

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How Self-Compassion Sets Us on a Path to Freedom
By Billie Wade, guest writer and PrairieFire graduate

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"Many of us understand compassion-empathy, kindness, gentleness, comforting, and open-heartedness. We often show compassion and caring for others who are suffering yet hesitate when we consider it for ourselves. We may be confused about what self-compassion is, the benefits, how to apply it to our life, or have some misgivings about side effects..."   READ MORE

You may find more of Billie's writing at www.dmpcc.org/billie and www.billiewade.com
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction  (MBSR™)

Allison Peet - Qualified Brown University MBSR Instructor
Afternoon and Evening Options:

Orientation:  Monday, May 18, 2020
Classes are on Mondays: 
(June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20) 

MBSR™ is an 8-week intensive course, backed by 40 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.   READ MORE.   Space is limited and classes are filling up!  Register now to reserve your spot.
New career opportunity:
Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life
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Offering high quality counseling at a low-cost, with no waiting list

The Center's fantastic graduate students increase our capacity to offer high quality, low cost counseling -- with the bonus of no waiting list. To schedule with Emily Yen or Erin Moskal, please indicate on the intake form that you would like to meet with Emily or Erin.

 - Schedule with Emily or Erin via online intake form:

- Learn more about Emily and Erin's robust training and supervision:
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Support group for survivors of suicide loss

Next Meeting: April 21, 2020

The group meets every third Tuesday of the month and is facilitated by two professional counselors from the Center. All are welcome.


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Support hope and healing through your IRA

If you are 70½ or older you may also be interested in a way to lower the income and taxes from your IRA withdrawals. An IRA charitable rollover is a way you can help make an impact in your community and benefit this year.

Benefits of an IRA charitable rollover: 
  • Avoid taxes on transfers of up to $100,000 from your IRA to the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
  • Satisfy your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year
  • Reduce your taxable income, even if you do not itemize deductions
  • Make a gift that is not subject to the 50% deduction limits on charitable gifts
  • Help further the work and mission of the organizations that are important to you 
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. 

Check out our listing here: https://www.givedsm.org/
How to schedule a counseling appointment

To better serve our clients, we've added a new, secure online intake form.  The first step in scheduling an appointment is to help us understand your concerns by completing this brief form.
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Mission: We walk with people through counseling and education to find hope and healing, and live a fulfilling life.

Vision: The Center will be recognized as the welcoming place for those seeking inspiration, hope, and healing of mind, body, and spirit.
Key services: 

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization  serving more than 5,000 individuals annually including children, adolescents, adults, couples and families through 30 multidisciplinary clinicians. Although best known for its 47 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
  • Psychiatry (medication management)
  • Biofeedback therapy, Healing Touch and other holistic approaches
  • Training for clinical professionals
  • Leadership and spiritual life programming 
  • Career Coaching
  • Conflict transformation and strategic planning services for congregations, nonprofits and businesses
  • And so much more!
 www.dmpcc.org   / 515-274-4006
Terri Speirs


Terri Mork Speirs, she/hers
Director of Community Relations
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center