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Professional Counseling services are offered at Cherish Center for individuals, couples, families, and children. We offer counseling for a wide range of mental and emotional health issues to accomplish our mission of transforming lives and strengthening families.
Counseling sessions last 50 minutes and are subject to counselor availability.
The Cherish Center currently accepts the following insurances for payment: All Title 19 & Hawk-I, Aetna (formerly Coventry), Avera, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Partners, TriCare and United Health Care.
Self Pay Fee: $75 per session.
A sliding fee scale is available upon request and dependent on income verification.
To schedule an appointment or find out more information, contact our office at 712-338-3333.
Melissa Graves, LMHC, is a state of Iowa licensed clinical mental health counselor who works with children, adults, couples, and families. She has worked with children and families with behavioral and emotional needs for over 15 years, and has been providing therapy services for the past 4 years with experience in areas such as depression, anxiety, Christian counseling, grief and loss, trauma and abuse, and interpersonal relationship issues, among other mental health concerns. Melissa is trained in play therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Shantel Pausley, tLMHC, is a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Counselor for the State of Iowa. She has worked with children and families with behavioral and emotional needs for over 10 years; with specific experience in Child Advocacy, Autism, and Applied Behavior Analysis. Shantel is passionate about the field of counseling and psychology and is dedicated to come alongside her clients in their journey to mental, physical, and spiritual wellness. Currently, Shantel is focusing her clinical work with individuals, couples, adolescents, and families in areas such as depression, anxiety, Christian counseling, grief and loss, trauma and abuse, and interpersonal relationship issues, among other mental health concerns. Shantel is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Spirit Lake High School student, Kailee Jenness, was able to job shadow our therapists for two weeks in January. She specifically was able to observe a type of therapy for children called “Play Therapy”. Kailee was able to both learn about the work of a therapist as well as research play therapy. Click here to see the play therapy brochure created by Kailee for Cherish Center.