e-Newsletter / 1.8.19
Jim's Blog: Generous Spirits

James E. Hayes, D.Min., M.Div., 
Executive Director
"I spent a good bit of my time in 2018 --  my sophomore year at the Center -- developing deeper relationships with various stakeholders. Deep relationships are what make this place go. Clients sharing their stories with therapists, career counselors and spiritual directors. Peers diving into the healing process in various groups. Board members and volunteers giving of themselves through sharing of the precious resources of time, talent and treasure. And so it goes..."  READ MORE
Retire or Rewire: A Support Group for Career Women Considering "Retirement"

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Women of the Baby Boomer generation are entering new territory. More  women of this generation have had careers outside the home than in any previous generation. As these women reach the traditional age of "retirement," they have questions, concerns and dilemmas, but few role models. In this support group for career women, we will begin to identify the next steps in our life's journeys, whether its "retirement," "rewirement," or something yet to be defined. This class is part of the Center's Redefining Aging Initiative. 

Class Times: Fridays, January 18 - March 8, 2019 from 10:30 AM - Noon
Learn more and register here:   www.dmpcc.org/retireorrewire
Dying Well: Exploring the Spirituality of Dying

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Through our stories and experiences we can find purpose, meaning and our life's legacy to transform our spiritual existence to the end to make death a purely sacred process.  This class is designed to create a sense of community and to engage on a deep personal level to talk about dying.   LEARN MORE.   

Class Times: Monday mornings, January 21 - February 18, 9:00am-12:00pm

Learn more and register here:   www.dmpcc.org/dyingwell
Private, Individual Meditation and Yoga Sessions

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Private meditation and yoga sessions are completely customizable based on your unique needs and what you'd like to explore and discover in your own life. Through careful and gentle attending to your own experience, as it is, your world can transform, beginning from the inside out. 
Individual sessions are for those who are not ready to participate or comfortable in group classes or  have a busy schedule and cannot meet during other set times.

Learn more and register here:  
Billie's Blog: The Miracle of The Center
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By Billie Wade, guest writer and PrairieFire graduate

"I enter the doors of Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, feeling a sense of peace, a sense of tranquility. The reception room fills me with a sense of reverence. I am comforted by the arrival of others to the waiting room. I feel connected. We are all here on our journey of hope and healing. Though we may never exchange pleasantries, we are not alone. As other people face their pain, they share in mine and vice versa...

More of Billie's blog posts here:
The Center is Hiring: Full-time Adult Therapist

 We're seeking a full-time, licensed adult therapist to join our team of multi-disciplinary clinicians who are committed to a mind/body/spirit therapeutic approach.  Email letter of interest and vita to Kelli Hill: khill@dmpcc.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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Informational webpage for Spanish speakers

B ienvenido al Centro de Consejería Pastoral de Des Moines.  Nosotros somos especialistas en consejería, en nuestros servicios incluimos un enfoque especializado para niños y adolescentes. 

We now offer a webpage and bilingual staff to support our Spanish speaking clients.

Professional Development for Clinicians
November 2018 - January 2019

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We are pleased to offer the following series of professional development opportunities for mental health professionals in the community. You may
register for one or more courses:

Mindfulness in Therapy: 
January 9-30, 2019

Register and more info here:  www.dmpcc.org/education
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Support group for survivors of suicide loss

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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You can save lives. With thanks to your support, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center provides holistic, high quality counseling and education to all who enter our doors -- including children and adults from low income households. For as little as $10 per month, you can make a big impact by setting up a recurring donation. Thank you!


Our mission is to bring understanding, hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education.
Our key services:  

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization  serving more than 4,000 individuals annually including children, adolescents, adults, couples and families through 28 multidisciplinary clinicians. 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
  • 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
Hello Center Friend,

Thank you for your interest in the Center's programs and services. In our world filled with so much turmoil, loss and pain -- I am deeply inspired by all of you who cling to goodness.  There are so many ways you all step up to strengthen our shared mission of hope and healing.  Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season.

In gratitude,

Terri Mork Speirs
Director of Development and Marketing
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center