Iowa Refugee Counseling Center

Iowa Refugees Counseling Center is open to work with individuals, aged 12-adults, starting in the middle of August, 2020.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are only able to offer counseling via telemedicine platforms, and only to those who have a conversational command of the English language. 

If you have no access to reliable internet service or to a confidential space, but still would like to participate in counseling services, we may be able to provide an office space and a computer for your use, on a weekly basis here at ICCompassion, but the therapist will still be remote, and the sessions will take place over the internet.

We are now able to work with Spanish only speakers in tele health counseling


If you or anyone you know may be interested in scheduling an appointment, please send an email to:

Our Mission

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

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Our Staff (2020-2021)
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Christopher Anders - Counselor

Christopher Anders is a doctoral student in the counseling psychology program at the University of Iowa. He previously received his M.A. in Counseling from the University of Minnesota and has worked in community mental health in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. He believes that counseling is a collaborative process based on a trusting relationship, and that it works best when both client and therapist take responsibility for healing and growth. 


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.


Rachel Leach - Supervisor

Licensed Independent Social Worker, Supervisor. 10+ years of diverse clinical experience, with a passion for fostering meaningful connections and bringing voice to individual experiences


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How Much does counseling cost?

Due to Covid related changes, we are temporarily waving all fees

How often can I schedule appointments?

After the initial intake, appointments are usually set up for once a week

How do I schedule an appointment?

If you or anyone you know may be interested in scheduling an appointment, please send an email to:

How long is a counseling appointment?

A counseling appointment typically lasts an hour