Outpatient Behavioral Health

House of Mercy’s Outpatient Mental Health Assessment and Counseling Services are nationally accredited (COA) and available to children, adolescents, and adults. They consist of: Individual, Family, and Group Mental Health services; and, Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS). House of Mercy subscribes to a philosophy of care that focuses on access, engagement, retention, and outcomes. 

Mental Health services are provided by masters-prepared, licensed therapists and are available to anyone with an identified/diagnosable mental health need. A board certified psychiatrist is available to provide treatment oversight, evaluate medication needs, and provide additional needed mental health supports. House of Mercy mental health treatment services include, but are not limited to, individual, marital, family, and group therapy sessions, as well as, pharmacological interventions. House of Mercy provides specialized, evidence-based mental health services such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

For more information concerning House of Mercy’s behavioral health treatment program and services please contact:

Rebecca Peterson, Director, (515) 643-6588 or rpeterson@mercydesmoines.org


BHIS are available to children and adults. BHIS are intended to build skills and help reduce symptoms and behaviors that are associated with a diagnosed psychological disorder. BHIS are specifically designed to restore mental health functioning that the individual lost or never achieved because of interference in the normal maturational and learning process due to individual or parental dysfunction. Individuals receiving BHIS begin with a behavioral health assessment, which will determine a diagnosis and recommendation for service.  A treatment plan is then established, where goals and objectives are specifically listed and outlined. Individual Interventions are provided through a predictable schedule of formal sessions that are directed at the cognitive and emotional dynamics that influence behavior. Family Interventions enhance the family’s ability to effectively interact with the child and support the child’s functioning. Crisis Interventions are unscheduled intensive interventions for the purpose of restoring adequate child or family functioning. 

For more information concerning House of Mercy’s BHIS program please contact either:

Laura Miller, Clinical Manager, (515) 643-6566