2335 70th St. Urbandale, IA 50322

Please download the following intake paperwork for your initial session at New Heights Counseling Resources.

We at New Heights Counseling Resources strive to create a compassionate and supportive environment where individuals including children, teens and adults, couples, and families:





New Heights Counseling Resources offers individual, couples and family therapy, as well as group counseling. We also provide consultation, team building, and educational services to businesses and community organizations.

Couples Therapy

Whether your relationship needs a "tune up" or healing from a major issue, our therapists will assist you and your partner to identify strengths in your relationship and use those strengths to make your relationship as strong as it can be.

Individual Therapy

We have therapists to assist with all ages of life starting as young as five through adulthood. Our therapists will meet with you one-on-one to assist with areas of adjustment, struggle, addiction or other mental health concerns.

Family Therapy

Our first and primary social interactions take place within our families. Our therapists provide sessions for the entire family to learn more effective communication and interaction patterns.


Jessica Romey, MA, LMHC, CADC

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). I provide individual and family therapy for adults, adolescents, and children in an outpatient counseling setting. I also provide trainings and workshops on topics such as Family Therapy, Stress Management, and Helping People Change. I received my bachelor of arts degree in psychology with a minor in sociology and my master of arts degree in mental health counseling from the University of Northern Iowa. My past experience includes work as Outpatient Coordinator and Clinical Manager for Children and Families of Iowa (CFI), Cornerstone Recovery. Prior to becoming a supervisor at Cornerstone Recovery, I provided mental health counseling at CFI to adults, children and adolescents on an individual basis as well as group counseling for adolescents in the outpatient substance abuse program and dual-diagnosis inpatient facility. Furthermore, I utilized my skills as a Resource Manager through Quakerdale in New Providence, IA. At Quakerdale I gained experience in foster care, in-home counseling, residential, and adoptive services for children and adolescents. My specialties include adult mental health counseling, family therapy, couples therapy, group counseling and adolescent therapy in the areas of depression, anxiety, addictions and general interpersonal relationship problems. I take a strength-based and solution focused approach to counseling. Furthermore, I am wholly influenced by the works of psychotherapist Irvin Yalom, M.D. Overall, I have a passion for understanding family dynamics as well as our internal motivation for improving our own lives.

Jim Wilwerding, M.Div., MA, LMHC, CADC, NCC

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). My educational background includes a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and a master of arts degree in mental health counseling both from the University of Northern Iowa as well as a master of divinity degree from the University of St. Thomas (MN). My professional background includes pastoral ministry work with children and adolescents, substance abuse counseling through the Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC) in Cedar Rapids, IA, work as a therapist for adolescents with co-occurring disorders and their families through Children and Families of Iowa, Cornerstone Recovery and work as a provider of in-home therapy through LifeWorks, Inc. in the Polk and Warren County area. My areas of interest/specialty include all aspects of mental health counseling for adults, and adolescents, family therapy and group counseling in the areas of depression, anxiety, addictions, codependency and spirituality. I draw upon diverse resources to approach the counseling process from the perspective of the strengths of the client and his or her place in life. A particular passion of mine is Adventure Based Counseling/Education and training on a variety of topics. In addition to my therapy practice, I am an adjunct instructor at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in the Psychology and Human Services departments. I enjoy providing training and education to other helping professionals in the areas of addiction, group facilitation, counseling skills, mental health and co-occurring disorders.

Erin Sawhill, MSW, LISW

I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Iowa State University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Iowa. I am a LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker), board certified in the state of Iowa. Over the past 10 years I have had the privilege of helping children, adolescents and families in an array of therapeutic settings. I provided direct care as well as individual/family therapy in a PMIC (Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children). I have also provided office based therapy in an outpatient setting as well as in-home family therapy. These opportunities have provided me experience with Reactive Attachment Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, diagnoses of early childhood (including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder). Naturally, a vital part of my practice has been assisting parents to modify parenting skills as structure in the home. My passion is working with children and families as they learn about their unique and individualized needs in order to advocate for themselves. My background is from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach with training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a new interest in Dialectal Behavior Therapy. I strive for a client-centered, strengths-based approach. I believe in the impact of systems theory and the importance of all family members working to improve areas of needed change.

Liz Kist, MA, LMHC

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).  I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Psychology and minor in Women’s Studies.  I completed my Masters of Art’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in counseling at The Chicago School of Professional in Psychology. I provide individual, couples, and family therapy. I have diverse work experience in residential, private practice and out-patient community mental health settings. I have a background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but I also utilize concepts from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-processing) Therapy, an evidence-based approach that has been found to be effective in treating trauma, anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem and an array of other concerns. I focus on the treatment of general mental health issues, stress management, co-dependency and relationship issues. I have a special interest in working with individuals and families impacted by trauma and take a trauma-informed care and strength-based approach when working with clients. My goal as a therapist is to offer hope and support, while offering tools to help clients reach their personal goals.

Allison Morlan, LMFT

I believe that counseling can help strengthen and empower all individuals. I strive to provide a welcoming non-judgmental environment for my clients to explore concerns and experience true healing and growth.  I have a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University.  I am a certified administrator of the PREPARE/ENRICH premarital and marital assessments. I have also completed Level 2 of The Gottman Method of therapy for couples. The Gottman Method is a scientifically-based therapy supported by over 40 years of clinical research. This method utilizes research-based exercises and interventions to help couples navigate conflicts, deepen intimacy, and develop greater understanding in their relationship. I have a passion for helping individuals, couples, and families struggling with a variety of life stressors and/or mental health concerns. My specialties include anxiety, depression, grief, parenting/co-parenting, blended family dynamics, relational/marital issues, emotional dysregulation, communication skills, conflict management, and self-esteem.

Jennifer Drew, LMSW

I received a Bachelor of Science in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Social Work from The Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), board certified in the State of Iowa. My professional background includes group and individual therapy in a Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Outpatient Program (PHP/IOP) at NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, Illinois. This programming is based on the theoretical frameworks of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT). In addition to providing outpatient therapy, I have been a Crisis Social Worker in hospital emergency rooms in both Illinois and Iowa, offering brief counseling to individuals experiencing psychiatric emergencies. At New Heights Counseling Resources, I provide individual therapy for adults specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, codependence, and conflict in interpersonal relationships. My work has been influenced by the research of Brene Brown, PhD (Shame Resilience Theory), Kristin Neff, PhD and Chris Germer, PhD (Mindful Self-Compassion). I utilize a patient-centered, goal-oriented, and strengths-based approach to therapy, and believe in taking a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. The most common goal of therapy is to change patterns of thinking and behavior that are problematic in our lives. By improving the ways in which we internalize ideas and react to our world, we are often able to positively affect the way we feel. I look forward to working with you!

“New Heights Counseling gave me back my life and allowed me to be independent.”




2335 70th St.
Urbandale, IA 50322


Phone: 515-274-9690
Fax: 515-274-9680



  Driving Directions

Our office is located near the corner of 70th St and Hickman Rd.

From Merle Hay Mall: Drive south on Merle Hay Rd. to Hickman Rd. Turn right on Hickman to 70th St.Turn right onto 70th St. Our office is on right (east) side of the street in the Rocklyn Office Park, Building 4 Lower Level.

From East/Downtown Des Moines: Take 235 west to the 63rd Street exit. Turn right (north) on 63rd St. to Hickman Rd. Turn left on Hickman to 70th St. Turn right on 70th St. Our office is on right (east) side of the street in the Rocklyn Office Park, Building 4 Lower Level.

From West Des Moines: Take Hickman Rd. heading east to 70th St. Turn left on 70th St. Our office is on right (east) side of the street in the Rocklyn Office Park, Building 4 Lower Level.

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