Network Community Counseling Services

Helping and Healing Connections

Group Counseling

Group counseling is an effective way to work on most ​mental health and relationship concerns that cause ​people to seek help. Although people can feel hesitant ​to join a group, most people find the group setting to ​be supportive, engaging, and ultimately quite helpful.

Our counseling groups are not theme-based, meaning ​we bring people together with different problems and ​backgrounds. People dealing with anxiety, loneliness, ​isolation, grief, depression, lack of assertiveness, and ​other other mental pain have all benefitted from our ​groups.

In addition, we spend time looking at the interactions ​among the members of the group. We call this the ​group “process” and have found that understanding ​what goes on in the group is a great way to learn how ​we relate to others outside the group as well.

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Individual Counseling

Our primary focus and mode of treatment is group ​counseling, but we also have some availability for ​individual counseling sessions. Individual counselors ​work with clients on their specific concerns and may ​make referrals to group if that is deemed appropriate for ​the specific client.

Who We Serve

People Seeking Counseling

Our first priority is to provide counseling for those ​in need. Any adults dealing with a mental, ​emotional, or relational concern are potentially ​appropriate for our services. This includes (but is ​not limited to) concerns such as depression, grief, ​anxiety, separation/divorce, substance abuse, life ​adjustments (such as job loss), and relationship ​problems.

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People Seeking Training

Network also serves those who are interested in ​learning more about counseling. The program is ​a primary training site for doctoral students in ​counseling psychology at Iowa State University ​and also conducts continuing education for ​licensed mental health practitioners.

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Our Mission

To provide affordable ​group counseling ​services to adults with ​a variety of mental ​health concerns

The intake process

Meet individually with one of ​our intake counselors. This ​meeting is designed to assess ​whether the groups would be ​beneficial to you and to allow ​you to ask any questions you ​might have before beginning.

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Pre-group screening

Prior to joining a group, you ​would meet individually with ​the co-leaders in a pre-group ​screening session. They would ​provide information about the ​specific group, and answer ​questions you might have.

Joining a group

We have found that coming ​to the group for the first time ​can be the single hardest step.

After the initial session, ​however, most people look ​forward to coming and miss ​very few sessions. We suspect ​that you will as well.

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Counseling fees

Initial Consultation and ​Individual* Sessions

Group Counseling


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$10 (ISU Students)

$20 (All Others)

$5 (ISU Students)

$10 (All Others)

Fees are expected at the time of service. We accept cash and checks, but not credit/debit cards.

*Individual counseling sessions are not always available. Please contact us to check availability.

Insurance: We do not accept insurance reimbursement.

Meet Our Team

Nathaniel Wade, PhD (He/Him)​

Director and Clinical Supervisor​

Nathaniel is a licensed psychologist in Iowa (#01000) and a Health ​Service Provider in Psychology. He is also a Professor of Psychology at ​Iowa State University. Nathaniel has been leading counseling groups for ​over 25 years. He uses an interpersonal approach in counseling. He is ​also the primary supervisor for the clinic, providing support to the other ​staff at Network.

Anna Lall-Alvarez, BA (She/Her)

Associate Director, Monday Group Leader

Anna is currently a third-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at ​Iowa State University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology ​from the University of North Florida and is currently working to complete ​her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology. Her approach to ​counseling includes humanistic, person-centered, and ACT focused ​elements.

Riley Harper, MS (He/Him)

Friday Group Leader

Riley received a BS in Psychology at BYU–Idaho, and a MS in Counseling ​from Cal State–Fullerton. He is a fourth-year doctoral student at Iowa State ​where his clinical interests include meaning making, recovery, trauma, ​relationships, personal empowerment, and identity development. His ​approach to counseling incorporates attachment theory, emotion-focused ​therapy and interpersonal therapy with a touch of cognitive behavioral ​therapy techniques.

Ashley Macbeth, MS (They/she)

Tuesday Group Leader

Ashley (They/She) received a MS in Psychology at Iowa State University. ​They are a third-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology ​program. Their interests lie mainly in queer issues such as gender identity ​development and religious stigma. Ashley's philosophy of therapy is mainly ​humanistic, with influences from feminist and liberation psychologies. They ​practice from a queer-affirming lens, and incorporate alternative therapy ​methods, such as artistic expression into their counseling work.

Corrine Schwarting, MS (She/Her)

Tuesday Group Leader

Corrine received a BS in Human Development and Family Studies and a ​BS and MS in Psychology at Iowa State University. She is a third year ​doctoral student at Iowa State where her clinical interests include habit ​building, meaning of life, relationships, alcohol and cannabis use within a ​college environment, and personal narratives. Her approach in counseling ​is a mixture of person-centered cognitive behavioral therapy with ​splashes of existential theory.

Haley Williamson, BS (She/Her)

Monday Group Leader

Haley is a second year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Iowa ​State University. She graduated with a BS in Biomedical Science and a ​minor in Neuroscience from Texas A&M University. She is currently work-​ing to complete her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. Haley's ​counseling work is informed by humanistic, interpersonal, and cognitive-​behavioral approaches.

Administrative Assistants

We also have several part-time administrative assistants who help with ​answering phones, scheduling, and other administrative duties. These ​are undergraduate psychology students at Iowa State who are trained ​and supervised by Network staff. They understand the importance of ​confidentiality and work hard to make the counseling experience safe ​and comfortable for our clients.

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Network is located on Iowa State University campus.

On the basement floor of Science Hall I, the clinic is in Room 56.

Clinic Address:

Science Hall I

Room 56

Iowa State University

Contact Us

Mailing Address:

901 Stange Road

Department of Psychology

Ames, IA 50011

(515) 294 - 1898

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