Mercy Medical Center North Iowa

School-Based Therapy Programs

A team of clinicians offer therapy services to assist students who are struggling. Their struggles may be related to family and peer relationship concerns or academic achievement, common concerns among children and adolescents. Students referred for School Based Therapy Program may be experiencing social withdrawal, sadness and hopelessness, anger and rage, low self esteem, suicidal ideation or changes in sleep and eating habits. Parents are involved in the assessment and treatment process. Because therapy occurs within the school setting, the services are highly accessible and interfere minimally with the student's school day.

The services are currently available at:

  • Forest City School District, Forest City, Iowa

Parents can help children through the maze of depression and anxiety by looking for and recognizing these symptoms:

  • Irritability or anger
  • Continuous feelings of sadness, hopelessness
  • Social withdrawal Increased sensitivity to rejection
  • Changes in appetite -- either increased or decreased
  • Changes in sleep -- sleeplessness or excessive sleep
  • Vocal outbursts or crying
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Reduced ability to function during events and activities at home or with friends, in school, extracurricular activities, and in other hobbies or interests
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Services are currently provided by Natalie Alsop, PhD

 Please call 641-428-7797 or 800-433-3883 ext. 7797 for more information.