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Stress and anxiety are part of our daily lives, but what do you do when it gets to be too much?  Professional therapy is one way to work through stress and anxiety, and the therapists in Catholic Charities Counseling Program provide the insight and support needed to manage life problems in a more productive way.

Our licensed, professional therapists work with clients of all faiths and backgrounds to address issues including depression, anxiety, stress, marital issues, relationship problems, child behavior problems, trauma, abuse, and more.  We specialize in treating couples and families, with a focus on observing the patterns among family members and helping each member to make changes in how they relate to one another.

Family Mental Health Plan

Have you considered how prepared you are for mental health needs in your family. Click here to download our Family Mental Health Plan worksheet to guide you through the process!

If you or someone you know are interested in talking with a therapist, contact Catholic Charities Counseling today.

To schedule an appointment in Des Moines:

To schedule in Council Bluffs:

  • call 712-328-3086


You may print and fill out the following forms to bring along to your first appointment.  This will save time when you arrive.  If you have questions about any of the forms, you may call our front desk at 515-237-5045.

Meet Our Therapists

Nese LarsenPsychology Today VERIFIED button Neseriani (Nese) Larsen, L.I.S.W. (Des Moines office and area schools) graduated from Aurora University in Illinois in 2008 with an MSW (Masters in Social Work).  She has experience using child-centered play therapy through her work with early intervention and treatment for autism spectrum disorder and children with disabilities.  She incorporates the CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) framework as well as integrative health practices such as mindfulness techniques and yoga.  Nese sees clients in our downtown office and in area schools.  To contact Nese, call 515-237-5093 or email at
Carol Mensink

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Carol Mensink,  L.M.S.W., (Des Moines office and area schools) graduated from University of Northern Iowa with her Masters in Social Work. Carol works with children ages 5+, adolescents, and adults. Carol has experience working with a range of concerns and specializes in Trauma Informed Care, strength based therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, (CBT) and play therapy techniques such as stories, art and games allowing children to express themselves at their own pace in a safe and relaxed environment. Carol is trained as an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (MDR) Therapist. Carol works with clients to treat grief and loss, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ issues, sexual assault, domestic violence and more. Carol sees clients in our downtown office and in area schools. To speak with Carol, call 515-237-5023 or email
Pat Curran L.I.S.W. Pat Curran, L.I.S.W, (Council Bluffs Office) has been with Catholic Charities in the Council Bluffs office for almost 20 years. She has completed a certificate program through the Meninger Clinic on Marriage and Family Therapy and is a trained sex offender treatment provider.

Call for an appointment today – 712-328-3086