Hope Springs

Hope, Help, Heart, and Experience.

Hope Springs Behavioral Consultants provides kind and skilled psychological services to children, adults, and families.  

We have proudly served Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty, Solon, Tiffin, Cedar Rapids, West Branch, and other communities in Eastern Iowa since 2009.

Welcome Dr. Ohrt

We would like to announce a new provider at Hope Springs!  Dr. Ohrt, a Native Iowan, completed her graduate program in Clinical Psychology at Arizona State University at Tempe.  She recently completed a year of clinical training at the Iowa State University Student Counseling Center.

She specializes in psychotherapy with adults and also neuropsychological assessment and testing for people of all ages.

Dr. Ohrt works with adults with a wide variety of concerns, including sleep concerns body image issues, depression, anxiety, interpersonal trauma, relationship concerns, and self-esteem concerns. She also works with people struggling with identity issues. She welcomes clients from diverse backgrounds and is a LGTBQ+ supportive provider. She utilizes a warm and interactive approach and provides high-quality care in this area.

We are very proud to have her as a provider at Hope Springs.

Interested in Becoming a New Patient at Hope Springs?

Interested in scheduling an appointment as a new patient?  Please complete the following form at this link and someone will get back to you within 2 business days.  We appreciate you and look forward to meeting you.


Psychologists and Therapists at Hope Springs Behavioral Consultants

Mid-week Mindful Meditations with Hope Springs.

Every week, Hope Springs will post an easy meditation that you can do at home.  Meditations help us become more aware of our bodies and the world around us.  Many people feel calmer, more balanced, and more energetic when they practice regularly.  Whether you practice meditation regularly, or are are new to this practice, these are helpful exercises to try.

Situation: We all have minds that wander from time to time.  Sometimes, this mind-wandering can make it hard to feel productive.  At other times, we may feel disconnected from our ourselves and our values.

Meditation this week:  “Become aware of your body’s touch points.  The small areas where your back, thighs, knees, or buttocks are in contact with your chair.  (You can also notice) where your hand is in touch with your knee or where your lips are touching or your ankles are crossing.  Focus on these points, picture them, feel them.  Doing so can pull you away from your spiraling thoughts and bring you back to this moment).”  Sharon Salzburg, Happiness at Work.

Task: When your mind wanders, when you feel overwhelmed, or stretched too thin, try the meditation above.  Take a few breaths while you do it, and when you are done noticing.  Does it help you settle into the present moment?


Sleep After the Pandemic: Ways to Find Some “Shut-Eye.”

Sleep is a complicated issue with many inter-connected components. However, if you are struggling with sleep, consider making some dietary changes to promote improvements in your sleep cycle.

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Self-Care During the Fall and Winter Months

Changes in season can be really hard, particularly following 18 months of a global pandemic. For some, the idea of moving into fall and winter can bring happy and enjoyable feelings. However, for others, this transition can also prompt feelings of overwhelm or dread, as we move towards colder weather, holiday planning, and staying inside […]

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Learning Delays After the COVID Pandemic: How We Can Help

(Hint: It’s Not All Academics) Learning delays and learning disabilities are common among many students.  In fact, prior to the pandemic, some research estimated that about 10% of children are diagnosed with a learning disability (University College of London, 2013).  Other research has found that 20-30% of students have learning disabilities, such as Dyslexia (Yale Center for […]

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Dyslexia Services at Hope Springs

We specialize in understanding and helping people with learning disabilities, such as Dyslexia.   Often, an evaluation is the best way to identify emotional and learning concerns, as well as a plan to help your child do better. To learn more about the assessment services for Dyslexia at Hope Springs, please click here.  To read articles written by our psychologists on Dyslexia, please click here.


Neuropsychological Testing

At Hope Springs, we have skilled psychologists who administer neuropsychological evaluations for children, teens, and adults. These evaluations help us learn about how your brain works, as well as your experiences.  We can help you understand WHY you or your child are struggling.  Most people find the testing process very helpful in terms of understanding their symptoms and finding a plan for effective treatment in the future.  You can read more about neuropsychological testing by clicking  this link, for a general summary of neuropsychological testing at Hope Springs or this link for an article by Dr. Mollie Burke on psychological or neuropsychological evaluations.

Psychotherapy for Adolescents and Adults

The psychologists at Hope Springs Behavioral Consultants provide kind, empirically-supported psychotherapy for adults.  We commonly address concerns like trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, ADHD, identity issues, relationship concerns, and difficulties with school or work.  We include techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), EMDR, and Mindfulness in therapy services.  We welcome and work with people from all backgrounds of ethnicity, race, faith, culture, orientation, and gender identity.

Services for Children and Adolescents

The psychologists at Hope Springs Behavioral Consultants provide kind, empirically-supported services for children.  We commonly address concerns like learning concerns, ADHD, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, identity issues, and difficulties with school.  We include techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT).  We welcome and work with children from all backgrounds of ethnicity, race, faith, culture, orientation, and gender identity.

Tools to Cope

In this very helpful video, Dr. Michelle Nanji discusses another tool which can also be very helpful to getting through tough situations.


This powerful video, produced by Sounds True, discusses the concept of Self-Compassion.  At Hope Springs, our providers integrate the concepts of Self-Compassion into our work with patients.  As one of the interviewees stated in this video, “It teaches you how to face your life with love rather than criticism.”

We support the LGBTQ Community

We stand in support of the LGBTQ+ community every day of the year.  We believe in the importance of inclusion for safety, mental health, physical health, and relationships.  Support comes in many forms and all forms of Allyship are important.  We encourage all people to lead with love.


We Require Masks For All In-Person Services

Given the increase of the COVID Delta variant, and because we are healthcare providers, we require masks for everyone in the office.  If you do not want to wear a mask, we are glad to see you through Telehealth.  We have spare masks available if necessary.  Thank you for helping us keep people safe.