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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

Ann Grant therapist





Psycology Today certified


Ann Grant, MA, LMHC (Des Moines office and area schools)

I have been practicing therapy since 1997.  I come to Catholic Charities with a variety of experience from different areas around the country including San Francisco and Kansas City.  I graduated from the University of San Francisco while working at the University of California, San Francisco at San Francisco General Hospital. I am certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for both Children and Adults.  I have a significant experience in working with couples, families (from a system perspective) trauma informed care, transitional issues, and chronically mentally ill.

My approach to therapy is a personable one and I work to understand the underlying causes of current issues to be able to approach an ideal treatment to the symptoms.  The therapeutic relationship is a collaborative one, and together issues can be resolved.

I believe sensory issues can be a benefit to addressing symptoms to assist the client in feeling an increasingly calming sense allowing them to more effectively address issues that are troubling them.

I invite you to contact Stella at today and begin on your journey to a healthier sense of self.

Emily Johnson Emily M. Johnson, MSW, LMSW (Des Moines office and area schools)

My name is Emily M Johnson (she/her), and as a licensed social worker (LMSW), I have over ten years of experience working with adults and families in affordable housing and healthcare. I believe in the dignity of each person and treating others with kindness and compassion. I work to collaborate with clients and believe that every client is the expert on themselves and their needs and that I am here to support and guide you within your current experiences. Working from a strengths-based perspective, I value working with clients from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
I have experience working with low income, disabled and displaced adults. I have significant experience working with adults with dementia and assisting the geriatric population and their caregivers through the aging process. I have also volunteered with hospice and have worked with many people experiencing depression, anxiety, grief and loss.
I look forward to working with you! Please call to set up an appointment. Currently providing telehealth and telephonic therapy only. Education: Undergraduate degrees in psychology and social work from the University of Iowa; Master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St Louis.
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