Mental Health Therapy

Expert Support for the Whole Child

ChildServe’s Mental Health Therapy program offers expert support to children and families who display signs of a mental health disorder. Our mental health specialists provide comprehensive assessments and mental health diagnoses, individual and family therapy for children and their caregivers,  family education, and diverse group therapy opportunities that are focused on children and families and are trauma-sensitive. With the support of a licensed mental health professional, children with behavioral health concerns can build stronger social skills and greater emotional understanding through play, talk, and reflective interactions.

Why choose ChildServe?

Pediatric Experts

ChildServe’s pediatric experts, including our Licensed Psychologists and Mental Health Counselors, have specialized training and knowledge to assess and care for children with developmental delays and their families.

Variety of Care Options

Our Mental Health Therapy program offers well-rounded support through developmental, medical, and mental health services. Our team of experts is trained to provide play therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-informed therapy and art therapy.

Multidisciplinary Team
ChildServe’s multidisciplinary team of pediatric specialists provides evaluations and services for a wide range of mental health needs in one convenient location.

Our Approach

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We Know Kids

Our entire organization is built around kids! ChildServe’s specialists are experts in providing mental health therapy for children, young adults and families. Our facilities and equipment are designed to make kids feel comfortable, safe, and inspired.

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Mental Health Support

Each individual in the Mental Health Therapy program receives a personalized care plan centered around their needs as determined by assessment, parent feedback, and previous testing from other qualified providers. Families who are already receiving services at ChildServe can combine Mental Health Therapy into their programs.

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Customized Programs

ChildServe offers individual therapy or parent support groups in specific therapy programs including Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Play Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, and Applied Behavioral Analysis-based activities.
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We Care about Families

ChildServe provides feedback, guidance, and resources to help parents and educators understand a child’s condition. Our social workers coordinate services for children who are new to ChildServe and for those already receiving support through ChildServe’s other programs. We help families transition to any other community resources that may be needed. We also recognize that keeping parents healthy and well is key to helping kids with special healthcare needs live a great life. Parents, guardians and siblings of children who receive care at ChildServe are eligible for Mental Health Therapy.

Our Team of Specialists

ChildServe employs a variety of healthcare professionals, including but not limited to the following positions:
Licensed Psychologists
Licensed Mental Health Counselors
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Licensed Independent Social Workers

Who We Serve

ChildServe’s Mental Health Therapy program serves children and young adults (toddler – 21 years old) with a developmental disorder who also display signs of a mental health disorder. We commonly assess and diagnose:


Adjustment Disorders

Attachment Difficulties

Autism Spectrum Disorder



Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Generalized Anxiety

Interaction Difficulties

Mood Disorders

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Panic Disorders

Phobias and Fears

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Selective Mutism

Separation Anxiety

Social Skill Deficits

Trauma-Related Concerns/Disorders


Meet Ann Spaine

Mental Health Therapist Ann Spaine helps individuals become more confident, prepare for their next steps in life, and realize that their greatest potential has no limit.

Bennett’s Story

For 9-year-old Bennett, developing a typical relationship with food has been a complicated journey. Since combining feeding therapy and mental health services at ChildServe, Bennett has gone from receiving most of his calories through supplementation to just 350 daily calories away from weaning off entirely!

Tesla & Caleb’s Story

Tesla and Caleb’s mom, Katie sits down to discuss how ChildServe’s Behavioral Health program has impacted their lives.

View Our Annual Outcomes

ChildServe regularly gathers child and family satisfaction feedback, quality reports, and census data to monitor our services and continuously improve the care and services we provide.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to receive services from ChildServe’s Mental Health Therapy program?

Our Mental Health Therapy program serves children and young adults (toddler – 21 years old) who also display signs of a mental health disorder, and their families. This includes children and young adults with a developmental disorder.

Parents, guardians and siblings of children who receive care at ChildServe are also eligible for Mental Health Therapy. If you feel that you could benefit from speaking to a mental health professional 515-331-4518 to get started.

How do I get started?

Referrals can be made by the child’s parent/guardian, physicians, case managers, therapists, or other members of the child’s care team. To make a referral or request more information, call 515-727-8750.

Where are services provided?

Mental Health Therapy is currently offered at ChildServe in Iowa City and Johnston.

When are services provided?

Mental health support is available by appointment Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Contact Us!

ChildServe – Iowa City
2350 Oakdale Blvd.
Coralville, IA 52241
ChildServe – Johnston
5406 Merle Hay Road,
Johnston, IA 50131

ChildServe Center - Iowa City

ChildServe Center - Iowa City (Coral Ridge Location)

ChildServe Johnston


ChildServe improves the health and well-being of nearly 5,800 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, injuries, and other special healthcare needs.

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