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Therapy Services

Because mental health includes our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships, mental health therapists help clients grow and heal in these areas. Our team of therapists works with individuals, couples, and families on a wide range of challenges, such as depression and anxiety, behavioral issues, family concerns, and major life stressors.

You can feel confident that your therapist is highly trained to serve you with research-supported tools, including approaches such as:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Adlerian Play and Sand Tray Therapy
  • Somatic Therapies, including Trauma-Responsive Yoga and Somatic Experiencing
  • Trauma-Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Therapy services begin with an initial intake assessment where you and your therapist will explore your present concerns as well as history across life domains. Your therapist will use this information to determine a diagnosis and to work with you on goals for the therapy process, such as developing coping skills, improving mood and life engagement, strengthening relationships, or healing past trauma.

Therapy is typically provided by licensed social workers, mental health counselors, or marriage and family therapists. Therapists hold a master’s degree and complete additional training in specific interventions. Our therapists work closely with medication management and community support providers, as well as any other supports that you feel are appropriate, such as school staff or faith leaders.

Movement Therapy for Adults

A therapy group to strengthen your mind-body connection for healing and wholeness.

  • Begin with an individual session to prepare for group
  • Small closed groups for privacy
  • Dress for comfort
  • Mats available or you can bring your own

Nervous System Pic

Movement Therapy helps to mend and transform your nervous system. In this therapy group, you will learn the protective patterns of your nervous system, how to track the felt sensations throughout your body, and how to reprogram old stuck patterns. These stuck patterns can lead to physical illness, anger, irritability, rapidly fluctuating moods, aggression, and avoidance. In addition to learning the science of the nervous system, you will learn movement and breath techniques that aid in the release of the stuck patterns and associated trauma while healing the body and mind.

  • Groups available for both women and men
  • Sessions located at Myrtue Behavioral Health

This class is covered by insurance as it is billed under group therapy.

Movement Therapy for Kids

Helping kids become more calm, curious, + connected:

  • Tailored groups for children and teens
  • Evidenced-based tools to manage anger and anxiety, behavior challenges, and stressful experiences
  • Groups run for 8 weeks with take-home resources and support for parents
  • Scholarships are available to help with out of pocket costs, courtesy of a generous grant from the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation

Research shows body-based strategies are essential for managing anger and anxiety, behavior challenges, and stressful experiences. Movement Therapy for Kids uses a variety of evidenced-based techniques to teach kids how to feel safe, calm, and balanced. Kids learn movement and breathing practices that help release stuck stress patterns and build a healthy body and mind. Each family will have a pre-session for assessment and orientation, as well as a re-assessment and follow-up session after the series ends.

  • Week 1: Learning to Listen to My Body
  • Week 2: My Body and I are Allies
  • Week 3: Understanding the Nervous System
  • Week 4: Moving Our Energy
  • Week 5: Recognizing and Moving Through Fight or Flight Response
  • Week 6: Recognizing and Releasing Freeze Response
  • Week 7: Recognizing and Shifting Shutdown Response
  • Week 8: Building my Resiliency

Starting Point Therapy Group

Ready to take the next stop with your mental health? Begin here for practical tools!

  • Mondays at 1 PM
  • Fridays at 9 AM
  • Walk-ins are encouraged
    • Arrive 30 minutes before group for registration
  • Sessions located at Myrtue Behavioral Health

Topics Rotate (six sessions total):

  1. Understanding Stress and the Body
    1. Learn what stress is and how it shows up for us in our present moment experience
    2. Build understanding of the body process behind experiences such as depression, anxiety, and trauma reactions
    3. Learn how working through the body’s stress cycle can help us feel calmer, safer, and more able to navigate challenges
  2. Using the Five Senses to Feel Grounded and Present
    1. Learn how to use the five senses to shift out of stress response patterns toward more calm and control
    2. Identify how stress responses tend to distort our perceptions and how connecting to the five senses helps the us access more accurate and helpful thoughts
    3. Discover how using the five senses is helpful not only when our stress system is activated but also any time we want to be more present
  3. Breathing strategies to feel more calm and in control

    1. Understand why breathing strategies are helpful for self-regulation and how they work with our automatic stress and calming body processes
    2. Learn and practice breathing techniques to find what works for you
    3. Identify how to use breathing practices both as a way to transition out of stress-activation and as a preventative practice to build resilience
  4. Taking small steps to build momentum

    1. Identify and plan simple, doable actions that build momentum toward larger goals
    2. Learn the types of small actions that can improve mood and strengthen confidence
    3. Develop strategies for when we don’t feel like doing anything so we can get unstuck and move forward
  5. Moving the body to reduce stress and improve mood

    1. Build understanding of the body’s stress cycle and how movement helps complete the stress cycle to move toward calm
    2. Identify the body sensations that are a normal part of experiencing stress and how the body initiates responses designed to help us get back to safety and deal with stressors
    3. Learn and practice movements to burn off stress energy, reduce tension in the muscles, and reconnect us to the moment
  6. Unhooking from difficult thoughts + feelings to act effectively

    1. Develop strategies to become more flexible when experiencing difficult thoughts and feelings in order to regain a sense of choice in how to respond
    2. Learn why thoughts and emotions usually showing up as anger, anxiety, sadness, or a sense of hopelessness when our stress system is turned on
    3. Learn mindfulness and body calming strategies that can help reduce the grip of difficult thoughts and feelings so we can respond in helpful ways

Talk to your therapist or call 712.755.5056 to learn more!

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