Hope, Help, Heart, and Experience.

Hope Springs Behavioral Consultants provides kind and skilled psychological services to children, adults, and families.  We proudly serve Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty, Solon, Tiffin, and other communities in Eastern Iowa.

Hope Springs

"When we have hope, we discover powers within ourselves we may have never known- the power to make sacrifices, to endure, to heal, and to love. Once we choose hope, everything is possible."

~Christopher Reeve

We are located in the Coralville Center for Performing Arts Building on the Second Floor


Joyful Snow-showers

Snowflakes, soft and fluffy, were floating down, atop the 8 inches of snow on the ground. I watched my dog delightedly running circles in the yard as if to say, “Yey! Fresh snow! Look at me!” I called my 12 year-old son to the window. “I wonder why all dogs, big or small, short coats […]

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How to Talk To Your Child About Scary Things in Uncertain Times

It is important to talk to your child about scary events, especially when we are in uncertain times. However, it can be extraordinarily difficult for parents.  We want to share our values regarding events.  Likewise, it can be hard for children to talk to their parents. Sometimes, children ask questions that we are not prepared to […]

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The Importance of Maintaining Routines for Children on Snow Days

Snow day! Here in the Midwest, we are experiencing a record-breaking amount of school cancellations due to weather.  It is fun to have an occasional random day to stay home and relax.  However, weekly snow days – sometimes more than one per week – can make it difficult for children to be ready to learn […]

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Psychologists and Therapists at Hope Springs Behavioral Consultants

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 evaluate intellectual functioning, emotional health, ability to focus, and your memory and learning. 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 Children and Adolescents

At Hope Springs, we believe that children are very important.  However, the world can be a tough place.  Big class sizes, high academic expectations, and peer concerns can be challenging.  There are more concerns with childhood stress, sadness, and friendships than there were a generation ago.

This is where child psychotherapy can help.  Every child has his or her own pattern of strengths and weaknesses. We can help you learn more about your child, and find ways to work together to make life easier. We often work with issues that impact children, such as anxiety, depression, attention, or learning disabilities. Our goal is for your child to be happier and more confident so your family can thrive. We use approaches that are skills-based and found by research to be effective, such as cognitive behavioral work, ACT therapy, Parent Child Interaction Training, and Trauma Focused CBT.

We will take time to truly get to know you, your child, and your family.  We will work together to provide skills, training, and support for all of you.


Psychotherapy for 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 are passionate about helping our patients achieve a meaningful state of well-being and health.  We include techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), EMDR, and Mindfulness in therapy services.

We believe in a client-based, supportive environment as well as the importance of diversity.  We welcome and work with people from all backgrounds of ethnicity, race, faith, culture, and gender identity.  We also welcome and work with heterosexual and LGBTQQA people.

Parent Child Interaction Training

Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based behavioral treatment for young children.  PCIT is designed to help children with emotional and behavioral disorders feel better.  The main goal is to improve  the parent-child relationship and parent-child interaction patterns.  Children and their caregivers work together with the therapist.

Outcome research for this therapy finds large improvements in behavior of preschool age children.  After treatment, children’s behavior is within the normal range. Also, well-designed and well-controlled studies have documented the superiority of PCIT to wait list controls and to parent group didactic training. In addition to significant changes on parent ratings and observational measures of children’s behavior problems, outcome studies have demonstrated important changes in the interactional style of the fathers and mothers in play situations with their children.

In summary, the findings are clear: it is effective and it helps.  To read more about PCIT at Hope Springs, please click here.


Dyslexia Services at Hope Springs

Is your child struggling in school; is your child falling behind in reading, writing, or spelling?  Does your child have trouble remembering the names for things or sounding out words? Does your child take a long time to complete assignments and become frustrated easily?  If you or your child’s teacher has concerns, it is never too early to seek evaluation.  We specialize in understanding and helping people with learning disabilities, such as Dyslexia.

We can determine whether or not your child has Dyslexia.  We also identify your child’s areas of strength, and determining what strategies and resources are most likely to benefit your child. Often, testing is the best way to distinguish learning disabilities from other, often co-occurring conditions (such as anxiety, depression, and behavioral disorders). Formal diagnosis can aid parents in advocating for their child’s needs in the school system and can aid your family physician in decisions about medical treatments/interventions.

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.


What Our Patients Say About Us

In 2018, we asked our current patients how we were doing through email surveys, as well as paper surveys. Out of 98 of confidential respondents (current patients) over a two-week period, the results supported our mission: that we are kind and provide very strong care.

We are very proud of the service that we provide. Thank you to all who participated. We are honored.  We will be doing more surveys in 2019 and posting updated results then.