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Mental Health Counseling

The purpose of the Heartland Family Service professional Mental Health Counseling services are 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. 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.

Our Child & Family Center helps children, and their families address past and ongoing trauma and improve relationships. Enhanced therapeutic counseling and treatment is offered for children ages birth to 18 as well as their families. Services are provided in Council Bluffs, Iowa, but are open to children and families throughout the metro area. Similar services are also offered in at our Central Administration and Sarpy Offices in Nebraska.

Mental Health Counseling services are provided in these primary areas of clinical concentration: Mental Health; Parent-Child, Family, Marital, and Relationship; Substance Use; Gambling; and Domestic Violence. Clients can participate in one or more of these service areas at the same time or in a certain order as needed, with support from agency service providers in an integrated treatment model. Clients will improve their level of functioning during the span of treatment. They will learn the skills to manage their symptoms and live their lives in a healthy manner to the best of their individual abilities.

Areas Served
Iowa: Harrison, Mills, & Pottawattamie Counties
Nebraska: Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, & Washington Counties

Eligibility & Fees
Must live in one of the counties listed.
Fees: Services offered on a sliding fee scale.

Iowa Funding: Heartland Family Service’s Mental Health Counseling services 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.

Nebraska Funding: Heartland Family Service’s Mental Health Counseling services 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.

This project is supported by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 funding for State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) and is being administered by the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) by way of an award totaling $541,680. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, BHECN, UNMC, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit: Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska


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.