Mental Health Therapy

UCS Healthcare offers mental health services including psychotherapy and medication management as part of our integrated treatment and as a stand-alone outpatient mental health service. Our highly qualified therapists are licensed to perform individual, couples and group psychotherapy and help individuals with co-occurring disorders.

At UCS, we believe in complete evaluation and assessment and realistic goal-setting to help our patients see their individual plan and progress. Your complete health is considered whether you seek stand-alone services or as part of an integrated treatment plan for co-occurring disorders or other medical issues. We are experienced in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief and loss, anger, sexual abuse and trauma, stress management, relationship, marriage and family issues. Find your partner in total health at UCS.

UCS Healthcare is proud to offer psychiatric services to our patients as a part of our integrated total care. We seek to be our patients’ medical home – providing medical care and coordination of all health care needs between the patient, their physicians and, when appropriate, the patient’s family. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.

According to the 2017 report by the National Institutes of Mental Health Information Resource Center, 46.6 million adults in America with any mental illness or 18.9%. The age group of 18 - 25 years has the highest rate of incidence at 25 at 25.8% followed closely by ages 26 - 49% at 22.2%.

UCS Healthcare offers mental health care services (therapy) to individuals with or without substance abuse issues. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Assessments for Mental Health Care

UCS provides mental health care assessments for anyone seeking help in Ankeny, Knoxville and West Des Moines.

    Our assessments are administered by a dedicated team of licensed mental health professionals, ensuring quick, proper treatment for our patients. Each patient has their individual needs and our team will help diagnose what options are best after the mental health assessment.

    Treatment is provided in an outpatient setting and can include individual or group therapy. Depending on the patient's needs, visits may be scheduled for weekly sessions up to monthly or quarterly check-ins.

    As with all of our services, UCS treatment is patient-centered.

    What is a Co-Occurring Disorder?

    Co-Occurring Disorders, formerly known as Dual Diagnosis, describes the presence of two or more disorders in the same person. In this case, it refers to a person who has been diagnosed with both mental health and substance use disorders.

    Is this a common occurrence?

    Co-occurring disorders are common for individuals who have either a substance use disorder or a mental illness. According to a 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health by SAMSHA, 7.9 million people or approximately 4.3% in the U.S. experience both a mental disorder and substance use disorder simultaneously.

    Do drugs cause mental illness?

    There are usually a combination of factors that lead to any mental health issue.

    Some may develop an addiction problem that grows so severe it triggers symptoms that would have otherwise remained dormant without substance use. Other people experience mental health issues when they are younger and eventually turn to drugs and alcohol later in life, trying to self-medicate or diagnose themselves.

    What are the benefits of using integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders?

    • Integrated treatment consists of the same behavioral health professionals, working in one setting, providing appropriate treatment for both mental health and substance abuse in a coordinated fashion

    • Using an integrated model to treat co-occurring disorders means that one disorder does not present as “primary” and that mental health and substance use disorder issues are treated simultaneously.

    • Research has shown that integrated treatment of co-occurring disorders can:

      • reduce the need for coordination with other agencies;

      • empower the client to treat their own illness and manage their own recovery;

      • often leads to a higher satisfaction of care.

    How does UCS implement integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders?

    UCS screens all incoming clients for mental health concerns and illness as a part of our intake assessment.

    • If a patient meets the criteria for a mental health disorder, they will be referred to a licensed mental health professional who will do further screening.

    • Patients who meet criteria will be placed in co-occurring disorder specific groups that educate on both substance use disorder and mental health issues.

    • Patients will also meet individually with their licensed mental health professional as needed.