Iowa Refugee Counseling Center

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

In Response to Covid-19 - Effective until further notice

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 at IC Compassion, but the therapist will still be remote, and the sessions will take place over the internet.


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

The Refugee Counseling Center has Practicum Positions Available!

We have practicum positions opening for graduate students in Social Work, and Psychology and Counseling for the academic year 2022-23, with additional training opportunities from a collaboration with the University of Iowa School of Public Health. Please email Noemi Ford or Teresa Stecker if you are interested in a position, starting in August 2022. 



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 (2021-2022)
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 (FAQs)

How much does counseling cost?

Due to Covid-related changes, we are temporarily waiving 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 email us.

How long is a counseling appointment?

A counseling appointment typically lasts an hour.