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Iowa Refugee Counseling Center

Volunteer With Us

Licensed Therapists and Mental Health Foreign Language Interpreters are needed

Why Volunteer?


Learn about the mental health landscape for immigrants and refugees in the Iowa City area 

Be empowered to do more for your community

Be a mental health advocate

The Iowa Refugee Counseling Center works with individuals aged 12 to adult

The IC Compassion Refugee Counseling Center provides in-person and online telehealth counseling sessions. We provide individual sessions to adults and children over 12, and couples services. With the help of our trained mental health interpreters, we counsel both English-speaking clients and those who speak other languages. Now offering services in Ukrainian.

We need interpreters! Most commonly interpreters are needed for Spanish, Arabic and French. If you are interested in becoming a mental health foreign language interpreter, please reach out to


If you or someone you know is interested in our counseling services,

please email us at

or call 319.330.9883



Provide culturally and linguistically sensitive, trauma-informed social and emotional health services for immigrants and refugees in our community. Deliver these supports with cultural humility and with respect to the uniqueness of the individual and their journey.


Services Provided
  • Individual and group counseling for adults, children and adolescents
  • Psychoeducational workshops on issues related to immigration, acculturation and trauma
  • Community based outreach and engagement
  • Asylum assessment and psychological reports

Click here if you would like a presentation:

Our Staff (2023-2024)
Noemi Ford 
Program Director

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Program Supervisor. 15+yrs clinical experience, providing psychotherapy and mental health assessments to various populations, with an emphasis on working with immigrants in Illinois, California and Iowa. 


Gabe Bodzin
Assistant Program Director

Licensed Independent Social Worker, Child and Adolescent Supervisor.


Rose-Angèle Mizose

MSW Student


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much does counseling cost?

We accept at-will donations for counseling sessions, ranging from $2 - $5 per session.

How often can I schedule appointments?

After the initial intake, appointments are usually set up for once a week. Clients can see their counselors for as many sessions as needed.

How do I schedule an appointment?

If you or anyone you know may be interested in scheduling an appointment, please email us at

How long is a counseling appointment?

A counseling appointment typically lasts 45 minutes.

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