Counseling Services

Mental Health Counseling

Strengthening Families

Inspired by the belief that marriage and families are at the core of our social structure, Catholic Charities provides professional counseling for marriages, families and individuals experiencing various social, emotional and interpersonal struggles. The option to use insurance, or pay on a sliding fee scale, makes counseling attainable for anyone who is truly in need. 

Post abortion (“Project Rachel”) and crisis pregnancy counseling services are free.  All Catholic Charities’ counselors (pictured to the right) are masters-level, licensed professionals, and services are available to anyone regardless of religious, social or economic background. 

Catholic Charities Counseling services are funded in part by the United Way.

Often, major problems can be avoided through early intervention, and finding new ways to deal with daily struggles.  Counseling provides individuals, couples, and families the ability to work out their problems before they become a crisis, helping to maintain emotional health and strengthen relationships.  Subjects that Catholic Charities counselors treat include, but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Struggles with parenting, or step parenting
  • Trauma
  • Issues surrounding a past abortion
  • Marriage problems
  • Loneliness
  • Grief and loss
  • Confusion with an unplanned pregnancy
  • Depression
  • Stress related to work and/or family
  • Trouble dealing with a family member’s addiction
  • Emotional and behavioral issues in children

Mental Health Counseling services available in Ames, Decorah, Dubuque, Mason City, and Waterloo.

Crisis Pregnancy Counseling

Strengthening Families

An unplanned pregnancy may cause emotional and social stress on an individual, which may prompt them to make a quick decision that they later regret. Catholic Charities aims to help people deal with the stress of unplanned pregnancies and provides assistance in securing appropriate medical, financial, and adoption resources to help them make a sound decision whether or not to parent the child.  Should the decision be made to pursue adoption, Catholic Charities assists in connecting the birthparent with a partnering, licensed, child placement agency.  Professional counseling is available for birthmothers and fathers, their parents, siblings, and other concerned persons at no cost.

Crisis Pregnancy Counseling available in Ames, Decorah, Dubuque, Mason City, and Waterloo.

  • To speak with a counselor or set up an appointment call 800.772.2758.
    Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. Evening appointments may be arranged.

Post Abortion Counseling and Reconciliation | Project Rachel

Strengthening Families

Project Rachel is a free and confidential program available to anyone who is having difficulty with the after effects of an abortion. Project Rachel consists of meeting with a professional counselor and, if desired, referral to a priest, or minister who can prepare individuals for reconciliation.

Project Rachel available in Ames, Decorah, Dubuque, Mason City, and Waterloo.

  • To ask for help please call our toll free number 800.772.2758 and ask for “Rachel”. You will be connected to a trained counselor who will help you sort through your feelings, questions, and current conflict.

Notice of Privacy Practices

To view or download a copy of our Notice of Privacy Practices, click here.

If you have questions, concerns, or would like additional information regarding the issues covered by this Notice of Privacy Practices, or if you seek additional information regarding Catholic Charities’ privacy policies and procedures, you may  contact us at 1229 Mount Loretta Avenue, Dubuque, IA 52003 or 800-772-2758.