When kids and families face a seemingly insurmountable behavioral health problem, Ellipsis provides specialized care, counseling and therapeutic support that seeks to understand the root of the concern, address it and establish healthy responses for preventing reoccurrence after treatment is offered.

Our team works with children, teens and adult family members throughout central Iowa to address trauma and behavioral problems resulting from a variety of common struggles, including:

  • Abuse (physical, emotional and neglect)
  • Adjustment concerns and disorders
  • Anger and aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Bullying and problems with peers
  • Behavioral problems or acting out
  • Depression or thoughts of suicide
  • Developmental disorders
  • Divorce and other family turbulence
  • Eating disorders and body dysmorphia
  • Self-harm or cutting
  • Low self-esteem
  • School problems or truancy
  • Sensory disorders
  • Various other diagnoses including ADHD, bipolar disorder and more

Our programs are offered to individuals of all ages and genders at Ellipsis’ South Campus, Johnston Campus and at various school and community settings.

Referrals

Referrals to this program can come from a variety of sources including juvenile court services, local schools, medical offices, other community service providers or self-referrals made directly by a representative of the family. Please contact us to inquire about eligibility for services.

OUR PROGRAMS

Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS)

BHIS provides skill development services to youth and their families dealing with a mental health diagnosis. We provide skill development in areas such as conflict resolution, problem solving, social skills, interpersonal relationships, communication, cognitive flexibility, emotional vocabulary and emotional regulation. BHIS counselors are available for individuals, family and group sessions.

Pediatric Integrated Health Home (IHH)

Available for youth who are eligible for Medicaid benefits and have a mental health diagnosis, IHH brings together mental, physical and social health services into one integrated program. Each family is connected to a three-person team that includes a nurse, a care coordinator and a family peer support specialist who provide flexible support focused on individual and family strengths, needs and comfort level. IHH serves approximately 550 families at any given time in Polk and 25 surrounding counties.

Therapy Services (Individual, Group or Family)

Our therapy program provides assessments and appropriate behavioral health therapy services to youth and their families dealing with a mental health diagnosis. Treatment can assist individuals with addressing emotions, behaviors and functioning issues in their daily lives, assisting them on their paths to independence.

Music and Art Therapies

When talking about a problem is too difficult or doesn’t seem to help, music or art therapy can support mental health and emotional well-being and assist in building avenues for confident self-expression. Music or art therapies are often successful in building comfort levels between kids and our therapists and counselors, allowing them to begin working through challenges to start the healing process.

Therapy in Johnston Elementary Schools

Offered in partnership with the Johnston Community School District, school-based therapy is a voluntary service that provides an Ellipsis mental health clinician at the school during normal school hours. This is a referral-based service for students struggling with a variety of disruptive behaviors such as low self-esteem, anxiety, relationship problems or family concerns. A parent or guardian intake session is required prior to approval. This service is confidential, and consent will be obtained from the guardian before sharing information with school officials or other personnel. School-based therapy is provided by Ellipsis on a sliding fee scale and is available for all Johnston students regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay.