Like an anchor is to a ship, hope is to the soul.

Providing counseling services to Cedar Falls, Waterloo and surrounding areas of the Cedar Valley.

Our highly-trained staff has over 20 years of combined experience in the mental health field to help guide you through your counseling experience. Our goal is to deliver excellent service by providing a safe environment along with the support you need. We believe everyone possesses the strength to work through or cope with the challenges they are facing. 

Jake Schaefer, LMHC
Jake Schaefer LMHC

Jake is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Iowa. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa, majoring in family services and mental health counseling.  Jake has done extensive work with individuals and families and specializes in anxiety, teens, work related stress, stress management, management training, and Christian counseling.


Jake has worked with a wide range of mental health concerns at various locations including the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic's department of Pediatric Oncology, Allen Hospital's Emergency Mental Health Unit, Grinnell College and the Woodward Academy for at risk teens. He has been in a private mental health practice for several years, has served as an adjunct professor at UNI, and has provided outreach services to employees and community members through churches, businesses and organizations in the local community.


Jake strives to provide a safe space for clients from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and orientations. He works with his client to help them reach their goal of improving their overall quality of life.

Stacey Hurt, LMHC
Stacey Hurt LMHC

Stacey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Iowa.  She earned her B.A. from the University of Iowa and her M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa. 


Stacey has 15 years of experience in the mental health field working among a variety of communities and populations.  She currently provides counseling to individuals 18 years of age and over. She specializes in addressing trauma, as well as treating anxiety and depression. Stacey utilizes her ability to connect with clients from various backgrounds as the basis for her work.


Stacey’s interest in helping clients cope with their experiences of trauma led her to become trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  She has now been an EMDR practitioner for several years.  Stacey is happy to explain this process to you and discuss whether you would be a good candidate for this particular intervention.

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Steve Dreesman tLMHC

Steve is a temporary Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Iowa. He earned both his B.A. in psychology with a minor in family studies and his M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa. Steve provides individual counseling to teens and adults as well as couples counseling. Steve has experience working with anxiety, depression, suicidality, stress, men’s issues, perinatal mental health, and relationship issues. 

Steve has worked in the mental health field in various ways for over six years, including a practicum with UNI’s counseling center and an internship with Allen Hospital’s Employee Assistance Program. During his time in graduate school, he helped raise over $70,000 as an executive board member for UNI’s Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention, in conjunction with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He has also presented original research at national conferences covering topics of suicide assessment as well as the mental health and well-being of the LGBTQ community. 

Steve is passionate about helping clients of all backgrounds reach their goals. He uses a collaborative approach to help clients make changes in their lives through increased self-awareness, insight, and using cognitive-behavioral techniques. He works to help clients engage in self-exploration, personal growth and improve their quality of life.