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Des Moines



666 Grand Ave., Ruan Building

9th Floor

Des Moines, IA 50309


En Español, llame al 515-237-5018



Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Council Bluffs


300 W. Broadway, Suite 223

Council Bluffs, IA 51503



Monday - Friday

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.






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Friday, April 7, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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

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Spring Conference
October 13, 2017
Dr. Michael E. Kerr, MD



Center for Life Counseling

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 at Center for Life Counseling at Catholic Charities 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, and abuse.  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. 


Therapy is available in Des Moines, Ankeny, and Council Bluffs.  All major insurance plans are accepted.  The program also serves those without insurance through a sliding fee scale 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 today. 


To schedule an appointment in Des Moines, call 515-237-5045 or email  En Español, llame al 515-237-5018.   To schedule in Council Bluffs, call 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. To speak with Sharon directly, call 515-237-5024 or email


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. To speak with Harmony directly, call 515-237-5022 or email at


Amanda Wentworth-Puentes, MA, LMHC (Des Moines and Dowling High School Offices) has 5 years of experience as a therapist. Amanda graduated from University of Northern Iowa with her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. She is trained in trauma-informed care, CBT, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).  She has experience working with children, teens, and adults in outpatient, school based, and residential settings.  To speak to Amanda directly, call 515-237-5023 or email


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.


Se encuentra disponible en Caridades Católicas Center for Life Counseling, una consejera que habla español, para asuntos de familia, de pareja o individual. Para más información o para hacer una cita, llame al 515-237-5018. 



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.