Are you or a loved one experiencing stress, anxiety, feelings of isolation or depression? You are not alone. YSS offers counseling services for mental health, substance use, family conflict, and more. We see clients of all ages, including individuals, couples, families, and groups.

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Comprehensive Care

  • We offer a myriad of behavioral health services—
    whatever your needs are, you can find it in one place.
  • We are located in six cities across Iowa and offer virtual
    therapy—you’ll find quality services wherever you are.
  • We make it easy for you to access the help you need—
    with one phone call, we’ll get you set up with a caring
    provider quickly.
  • We accept most major insurance plans—our
    experienced staff will guide you through the process
    and customize a payment plan for you.

Individual and Family Focused Services


  • Mental Health Therapy
  • Substance Use Counseling
  • Integrated Health Services (IHS)
  • Psychiatric Medication Management
  • Access and Visitation Program
  • OWI Evaluations
  • Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS)


  • Play Therapy
  • Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT)


Our team of skilled and compassionate providers are experts in their field. With extensive education, training, and experience in a wide variety of treatment approaches, YSS clinicians will work with you to meet your specific needs.

We understand that everyone's story and situation is unique. YSS providers will work with you to create an individualized, personalized plan to help you overcome your obstacles and live your best life.

From play therapy that helps children build coping skills, to equine therapy that helps clients overcome trauma—YSS providers are experienced in a myriad of techniques. We will meet you where you are and help you become the best version of yourself again.

Learn more about our providers.

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At YSS, we create a welcoming environment built on trust and confidentiality for our clients. Treatment services are tailored to meet each family’s unique needs. We also coordinate care with your entire team, including your primary care physician.


Want to talk with a provider from the comfort of your living room, dorm room, or office? We offer telehealth services to anyone residing in Iowa. You don’t even have to schedule an in-person visit to get started.

To begin the process, contact us at 515-233-2250.


We offer in-person counseling at the following centers:

  • Family Counseling Clinic, Ames
  • Iowa Homeless Youth Centers, Des Moines
  • YSS of Boone County, Boone
  • YSS of Marshall County, Marshalltown
  • YSS of Hamilton County, Webster City
  • YSS Francis Lauer, Mason City

At YSS, we know that mental health matters. Whether you're struggling with trauma, grief, anxiety, or depression, we're here to help you overcome life's obstacles and live your best life.

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Courtney's Story

In 2020, Courtney enrolled her youngest daughter in counseling at YSS to deal with her anxiety and trauma. A few months later, Courtney—a single mom of five kids—experienced a series of tragic events in her own life. She realized she, too, needed extra support.

Thankfully, both Courtney and her daughter found the help they needed at YSS.

"If it wasn’t for the mental health services at YSS, I don’t know that my family would be OK," Courtney says. "I continued to reach out and ask for help. I rely on the staff at YSS to continue helping us—and without fail, they have."

About Our Services

Mental Health Therapy
Our experts provide caring, non-judgmental support, including a clinical assessment and diagnosis, to help you begin your positive mental health journey.

Substance Use Counseling
Our substance use counselors are trained to help youth and adults with substance use disorder. We provide substance use evaluations, individual/group counseling, and OWI evaluations.

Psychiatric Consultation/Medication Management
We guide treatment through evaluation, assessment, and diagnosis. When appropriate, we can use prescribed medication as a tool to address your behavioral and mental health disorders.

Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS)
In BHIS, a Medicaid-funded program, we teach families helpful skills to positively address their child’s behaviors, including anger management, conflict resolution, social skills, and communication.

Integrated Health Services (IHS)
Our IHS program connects families with resources to help their child be successful at home, school, and in the community.

Access and Visitation Program
We provide mediation and visitation counseling for families going through a separation or divorce. Our staff will assist in allowing the non-custodial parent to spend time with their child in a monitored environment.

About Our Specialties

Play Therapy
In play therapy, we work with your child in their natural language of "play" to help them develop coping skills, responsibility, and self-control.

Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS)
STEPPS is a treatment program to help clients with borderline personality disorder to understand and manage their behaviors and feelings.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR therapy helps you heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
PCIT is a family-focused approach for young children with disruptive behavior disorders or risk factors such as ADHD or developmental delays.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
TF-CBT is for youth who have experienced trauma, helping the parents and child address behavioral and emotional effects of early trauma.

Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT)
MDFT is comprehensive, family-centered therapy for youth struggling with addiction.

Tyler's Story

When Tyler’s great-grandparents, Art and Mae, adopted him as a child, they felt he needed extra support. So they connected him with therapy services at YSS.

Four years later, Tyler—now 14 years old—says YSS has made a huge difference in his life. He relies on his YSS mental health counselor to help him with everyday situations—from dealing with bullies at school to communicating effectively at home.

Tyler’s great-grandparents notice the benefits from YSS, too. “As parents, we don’t have all the answers,” Mae says. “Therapy is Tyler's personal space, and that’s important to a teenager. We’re really happy with YSS.”

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Get Started

To begin the process, contact us at 515-233-2250 or

Our team will guide you through the process and quickly match you with a provider that best fits your needs.