Preventing the removal of a child from a caring home is paramount to our charge of empowering individuals and families to lead healthy, successful lives. The goal of our prevention and diversion programs is to help kids and families overcome a serious emotional difficulty, and to do so in-home through whole-family therapy and community support services.

By diverting youth away from the system and focusing on in-home treatment plans that involve all affected family members, Ellipsis reduces significant interruptions to daily life that may negatively impact individual growth and feelings of self-worth.


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

Crisis Diversion

Crisis Diversion Services are interventions focused on children’s safety, permanency and well-being. Services are provided to address immediate problems or de-escalate situations with the intent to keep families together and avoid a child’s removal from the family home.

Student Assistance Program (SAP) and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for Johnston Schools

SAP and EAP are free programs provided by The Counseling Center for students, employees and their immediate family members in the Johnston Community School District. These programs are designed to help participants manage a variety of issues so they and their families can be healthy and successful. SAP and EAP serve approximately 20 people at any given time.

Contact us

We can be reached 24/7 in case of emergency or during the day for non-emergency appointments or consultations. Please email us at or at or call our direct phone number at 515.587.1735.

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.