; Counseling Services

Cedar Valley Mental Health Connections provides an excellent list of mental health providers around the Cedar Valley. Please not only check out their site for recommendations but see the below options as well.

Tammi Hartley, M.A.P.C., practices pastoral counseling (psychotherapy that takes seriously the spiritual dimension of a person ) to help resolve emotional or relational problems.

Options:  Outpatient, Individual, Couples, Family

Location:  Jesup

Contact:  281-886-9061  |  Website

Individual and family therapist who is also a certified AutPlay provider.

Options:  Individual, Outpatient

Location:  Waterloo

Contact:  319-239-1699

; Support Groups

We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with several suicide loss support groups. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us who have lost someone to suicide. Please join us, we'd love to see you.

Donations from Alive and Running provide support to both of these support groups.

This ongoing grief support group is open to individuals in the community who have lost a loved one to suicide. This group aims to help those grieving the death of a loved one. It is a “drop-in” group, meaning you can come and go as you please depending on your needs or monthly availability.

Time:  4th Thursday of each month  |  6:00p to 7:30p

Cedar Valley Hospice
900 Tower Park Dr.
Waterloo, IA 50701

Contact:  Heather Peiffer  |  319-272-2002  |

Time:  2nd Saturday of each month  |  10a to 12p

Heritage United Methodist Church
1201 230th Street
Waverly, IA 50677

Contact:  Bonnie Travers  |  |  ​702-203-9567

Time:  4th Sunday of each month  |  1:30p to 3p

St. John's School of Religion
823 W Main St
New Hampton, IA 50659

Contact:  Facebook  |  |  ​319-406-2508

; FAQs

Each attendee is encouraged to talk, but not required to talk. The facilitator would prefer you to say your name, the name of the person you lost, and the date the person died. If that is overwhelming for your first visit, then you can just sit and listen.

Suicide bereavement support groups are specifically for people who have lost someone to suicide. If you have attempted or are considering suicide, please call 1-800-273-TALK.

It varies by the different groups in Iowa. Some meet once a month, some meet twice a month, and some meet weekly.

Contact us and we will find a current group member or group leader to talk or meet with you before attending the actual group meeting.

The facilitators are either trained by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or hold a college degree in a mental health related field.

Most groups are free with some groups asking for a small donation if food and beverage are served.

Yes, what is said in the group does not leave the group.

Contact Ryan Nesbit at or 641-990-4957 with any questions regarding support groups in Iowa or the surrounding states.