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e-Newsletter / 9.12.18
Meet Danielle Llyod, t.L.M.F.T.
Danielle Lloyd, t.L.M.F.T.

Please welcome one of the newest members of our team. Danielle is a Temporary Marriage and Family Therapist. She is interested in working with behavioral problems, parenting issues, family therapy, life transitions, and couples. She also engages in play therapy and family systems techniques when seeing clients. Danielle has been seeing clients at The Center for about a year as an intern as part of the training program. For more about Danielle's credentials, learn more here. Danielle is now accepting clients.

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The Center is pleased to welcome two new graduate student counselors, Ann Flood and Ramona Wink, carrying on our long tradition of training the next generation of counseling professionals. Ann and Ramona are accepting clients. To start the process of scheduling an appointment at the Center, click button below to fill out a secure, online intake form.
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Rorschach Workshop

Eva Christiansen, Ph.D.
A four-day introduction to the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS) for psychologists. Facilitated by Eva Christiansen, Ph.D., licenced  psychologist at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.

November 2, 3, 9, and 10, 2018
8:30AM - 4:30PM

Register and more info here:

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Allison Peet, MBSR Instructor
mindfulnessHealth Tip: Three Simple Ways to be More Mindful Today   by Allison Peet, BA, RYT200,  MBSR Instructor

"Mindfulness is a process of self-exploration; a way of discovering our inner landscape from moment to moment and becoming more familiar with who our essential Self actually is. It can be practiced any time, the tricky part is remembering to do it; catching ourselves living on auto-pilot and using the present moment to come back home to the here and now...simple, not easy!  If you're short on time, like most of us, here are three simple practices you can begin to practice right now..."  READ MORE.

4-Week Beginner Meditation Class begins on Monday evenings, November 26th. 
Thank you West Bank!

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Jim Hayes, Executive Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, and Geoff Gade, Vice President, Commercial and Industrial Banking, West Bank

The Center was thrilled to receive a $5,000 grant award from West Bank to support C.O.O.L. (Children Overcoming the Obstacles of Life) , the Center's specialized mental health services for children and adolescents. C.O.O.L. is a unique approach to counseling -- integrating play, art, music, food, music, sports, nature and fun into the therapeutic process. 

The Center is a nonprofit organization and is grateful for a broad base of community support to strengthen its mission to bring understanding, hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education.

Blog:  Hope and Healing for Children and Adolescents through C.O.O.L. (Children Overcoming the Obstacles in Life)

Billie Wade, Guest Writer
By Billie Wade, guest writer and PrairieFire graduate

C.O.O.L. is a specialized clinical approach within the Center. The Center believes in children's abilities to thrive, given a fertile environment. Since December 1999, the experiential program has helped thousands of children. C.O.O.L. aims to help children, adolescents, and their families navigate the murky waters of life's challenges. C.O.O.L. meets children at eye-level with age- and developmentally-appropriate activities and services....

More of Billie's blog posts here:
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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.

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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Bienvenido 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.

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Our mission is to bring understanding, hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education.
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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!   / 515-274-4006
Hello dear friend,

If you made it all the way to the bottom of this email -- you've earned a prize! Email me to claim it. We try to keep our information succinct but there is so much opportunity to share! Thank you to you and the lovely community who support the Center's mission of hope and healing. 

In gratitude,

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