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Council Bluffs



Toward a Mature marital relationship

by Daniel V. Papero, PhD, LCSW-C, LICSW of the Bowen Center

Date:   Friday, April 29, 2016

Time:   9:00am – 4:30pm

Location:  Mercy College of Health Sciences, Brennan Hall Auditorium

Address:  928 6th Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309



Center for Life Counseling

Stress and anxiety are part of our day-to-day lives, but what do you do when things get to be “too much?”

Professional therapy is one way to work through life’s problems and therapists at Center for Life Counseling at Catholic Charities provide supportive relationships with a focus on managing anxiety in a positive way.


Our licensed, professional therapists work with clients of all faiths regarding a number of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, issues concerning relationships, child behavior problems, marital conflict, eating disorders, sexual abuse, separation and divorce issues, criminal behavior, addictions, physical handicaps, health problems and spiritual crisis.

Counseling is available for individuals, couples and families in downtown Des Moines, Ankeny, Perry and Council Bluffs. Evening appointments are available.

Most insurances are accepted. The program also serves those without insurance through a sliding scale fee structure that is based on income and family size.

If you or someone you know is interested in talking with a therapist, contact Center for Life Counseling offices in Des Moines at 515-237-5045 or in Council Bluffs at 712-328-3086.


Meet our Therapists

Sharon Bandstra, L.I.S.W, (Des Moines Offices) has more than 35 years experience in counseling.  She does individual, couples and family counseling . She specializes in relationship issues, anxiety, stress, depression,  child behavior problems, marital conflict, grief/loss, trauma/PTSD, and stressors in all life situations. 


Harmony Linden, L.I.S.W. (Des Moines Offices) has more than 5 years of experience in mental health.  She is trained in EMDR, trauma-informed care, and Bowen Family Systems Theory.  She has experience working with adults and children of all ages in individual, couples and family therapy sessions. 


Krista Long, L.I.S.W.  (Des Moines Offices)  Krista Long is a licensed clinical social worker with fifteen years of experience in the practice of psychotherapy.  She has extensive post-graduate training in Bowen Family Systems Theory.  She specializes in the treatment of family and relationship issues, anxiety and depression.


Betty Mond, (Des Moines Offices) is a bilingual therapist and works primarily with the Hispanic population. Originally from Argentina, Mond has experience in private practice, the hospital setting, and a large portion of her work is with stress and grief experienced by immigrants.



Pat Curran, L.I.S.W, (Council Bluffs Offices) 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.



Carolyn Shannon, L.I.S.W, (Council Bluffs Offices) has been with Catholic Charities for more than 10 years and is an Iowa Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate Level III and an Iowa Certified Sexual Abuse Counselor. Her post graduate work is in Bowen Family Systems Theory, Trauma and Addiction, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.