Getting Help


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.

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

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 primary care physician.


  • Mental Health Therapy
  • Substance Use Counseling
  • Integrated Health Services (IHS)
  • Psychiatric Services and 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)


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.

Payment Options

Not sure what services would suit you best or how to pay? Don’t worry. We'll work with you to create a customize a payment plan.

YSS accepts a wide array of insurance, as well as Medicaid and Medicare. We also accept private pay in the form of personal check, cash, or credit card.


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 unique needs. See our Providers Directory.


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

About Our Services

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.


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.

Benefits of mental health therapy include:

  • Reduced behavioral problems in school
  • Increased family communication
  • Development of coping skills
  • Healthy conflict resolution and anger management
  • Improved decision making and social skills

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. We help ensure the child is receiving care for their physical, behavioral, and mental health needs.

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.


Get Started

To begin the process, contact us at 515-233-2250 or, or complete the contact form below.

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

Reach out today!

Please feel free to contact us with questions or for more information. If your request is urgent in nature, we request you contact us by phone at 515.233.3141.