Network Community Counseling Services

Helping and Healing Connections

Group Counseling

Most of our counseling groups are open-ended, ​meaning we don't have a specific theme or bring ​people together with one specific problem, like ​depression. Although most of our groups usually ​don't follow a structured “topic list” there are some ​basic concerns that usually emerge. These include:


Relationship problems

Adjustment to life events

Understanding oneself

D​e​aling with psychological distress


In addition, we spen​d time looking at the interactions among the memb​ers 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. However, we als​o offer group workshops that cover specific topics in a​ set amount of weeks. These groups typically cov​er relationship issues, individual​ development, and personal growth.

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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 ​Session


Group Counseling

Session


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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, when available, are charged at the same rate as the initial consultation.


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 current​ly working to complete her Masters of Science in Counseling Psycholog​y. Her approach to counseling includes humanistic, person-centered, a​nd ACT focused element​s.

Corrine Schwarting, MS (She/Her)

Tuesday Group Leader

Corrine received a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and a ​B.S. 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 currently a second year doctoral student in Counseling ​Psychology at Iowa State University. She graduated with a Bachelor of ​Science in Biomedical Science and a minor in Neuroscience from Texas ​A&M University. She is currently working to complete her Masters of ​Science in Counseling Psychology. Haley's counseling work is informed ​by humanistic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral approaches in ​therapy.

Ashley Macbeth, MS (She/Her)

Tuesday Group Leader


Ashley received a B.S. in Psychology at Iowa State University. She is a ​third year doctoral student at Iowa State.

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

groups@iastate.edu

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