Mental Health Counseling

The purpose of the Heartland Family Service professional Mental Health Counseling program is to improve the psychological, emotional, and social functioning of individuals and families through an integrated and comprehensive system of professional therapeutic services. Professional counseling helps individuals and families change by achieving behavioral, emotional, and/or attitudinal changes in the client, family, and/or social environment.

Mental Health Counseling services may address concerns of conduct, identity, mood, anxiety, affect, impulse control, addictive, or other behavioral concerns; other mental or emotional conditions; and adjustments to the expected or unexpected transitions in the family life cycle.

Eligibility: Services are offered on a sliding fee scale in Harrison, Mills, and Pottawattamie counties in Iowa and Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington counties in Nebraska.

Nebraska Funding: Heartland Family Service’s Mental Health Counseling programs in Nebraska are funded 72% by federal, state, and regional sources, and 28% by non-government sources. These programs are supported by CFDA 93.958 MHBG/CFDA 93.959 SAPTBG; Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, Nebraska Health and Human Services, and Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare. This program is also supported in part by a grant from the United Way of the Midlands.

Iowa Funding: Heartland Family Service’s Mental Health Counseling programs in Iowa are part of the IDPH Integrated Provider Network, with services funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


Prime for Life – OWI/DUI Course
This course meets the requirements for a 12-hour Driving Under the Influence (DUI/OWI) course required by the Iowa Code 32IJ.17 (2a) and 32IJ2 (2a4). This course is IOWA DOT approved and is appropriate for court referrals for OWI/DUI offenders.

Heartland Family Service will notify the Iowa Department of Transportation or Education for each student that successfully completes the Prime for Life – OWI/DUI Course.

OWI/DUI Course success criteria:
  * Begin the program on the assigned date Attend Friday (4-8 p.m.) and Saturday (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) classes
  * Participate in class discussion and complete all in-class activities

Course includes:
  * Physical and mental effects
  * Social, emotional, financial, and spiritual impacts
  * Psycho-pharmacology
  * Progression to addiction
  * Recovery process

To register, see available Friday and Saturday classes, and fee information on our calendar.

Partners/Couples Counseling

Are you and a partner looking to find better ways to deal with conflict and improve communication? Heartland Family Service Couples Counseling is offered for partners/couples who wish to develop skills to better handle conflict and compromise in a more healthy and productive way.

  • Counseling subjects include:
  • Conflict resolution
  • Improved communication
  • Increase in happiness and satisfaction
    Pre-marital/pre-commitment counseling/building a healthy foundation

To register, call (712) 322-1407 or email

Couples Counseling can be paid for using private insurance or Medicaid. We also offer a sliding scale fee available.