Group Therapy

Relationship Growth Group Therapy

Relationship Growth Group is a place where we focus on building healthy relationships with ourselves and others.  We discuss a variety of topics that come up in life (e.g. boundaries, unhealthy habits, perfectionism, family problems, depression, anxiety, shame, addiction, and so on). It’s a safe place to share and learn without judgment. We identify ways to make changes and support one another as we process feelings and thoughts.

Growth Group is facilitated by: Kim Brangoccio, LMFT, IAADC, CEAP

When: Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00 pm

Location: Family Legacy Counseling-Johnston Conference Room

Cost: $40 per session

For more information or to sign up: Call Family Legacy Counseling at (515) 727-1338

STEPPS Teen Group

Family Legacy is pleased to offer a teen STEPPS group that will be a 20-week program and is designed to help teens learn skills to manage emotional intensity and behaviors.

STEPPS(Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving)  is used to help people manage emotional intensity and provide skills for doing so. Examples of areas covered in sessions include fear and worry, unstable relationships, extreme changes in self-image, impulsivity, risky behavior, feeling sad, hopeless, or empty, experiencing frequent mood changes, temper or anger problems.

STEPPS was first developed in 1995 by Nancee Blum and Don St. Louis from the University of Iowa. The group was designed as a group treatment for individuals with borderline personality disorder.

The group will be held on Thursdays beginning February 20th, 2024 from 5-6:30 p.m.

Location: Family Legacy Counseling: 5415 NW 88th St. Ste 100, Johnston, IA

Cost: $40 per session with private pay.

Requirements include:

  •      Intake session to determine group fit with potential participant and parent or guardian. As a clinical intake session, this may be covered by           insurance or paid for directly.
  •      Participants are required to see an individual therapist of their choice

Our group facilitators:

Kimberly Steffen

Cheryl Moore

Betsy Jepsen


Contact Kimberly via e-mail at: to schedule a phone call and an intake for a prescreening for the group.

Sign-up deadline: January 15th



Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Do you or someone you love struggle with anxiety, depression, feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness, trouble managing relationships or setting boundaries? Or maybe you battle suicidal thoughts, addiction, binge eating/emotional eating?

This group may be for you!

We will focus on building skills for:

  1. Mindfulness: This is the practice of being fully aware and focused in the present instead of worrying about the past or future.
  2. Interpersonal effectiveness: This means understanding how to ask for what you want and need and setting boundaries while maintaining respect for yourself and others.
  3. Emotion regulation: This means understanding, being more aware of and having more control over your emotions.
  4. Distress tolerance: This involves understanding and managing your emotions in difficult or stressful situations without responding with harmful behaviors.

  • $60 per session. BCBS insurance is accepted.

  • For adults ages 18+

Dialectical” means combining opposite ideas. DBT focuses on helping people accept the reality of their lives and their behaviors, as well as helping them learn to change their lives, including their unhelpful behaviors.


Your DBT Group facilitator:

Cheryl Moore, tLMHC, NCC

Cheryl Moore, t-LMHC


Cheryl uses DBT informed therapy as part of a comprehensive approach to trauma informed therapy, believing in the importance of building and using effective coping skills as imperative to building resilience and part of the growth and healing process of Build a Life Worth Living.

Cheryl additionally uses Eye Movement and Desensitization (EMDR) therapy, Internal Family Systems informed therapy, Attachment Theory, Somatic Experiencing, and a variety of other therapeutic modalities with individual therapy clients. Accelerated Resolution Therapy available mid-May 2024.

DBT skills group will take place in person at:

Family Legacy Counseling, 5415 NW 88th St, Suite 100, Johnston, IA

(515) 727-1338

Wednesdays from 3-5:30 pm




  • July 10-July 17 :  Orientation/Mindfulness


  • July 24-Aug 28 :  Interpersonal Effectiveness


  • Oct 9-Oct 16 :  Orientation/Mindfulness


  • Oct 23-Dec 4 :  Emotion Regulation (no group on Thanksgiving Day)


  • Dec 11-Dec 18 :  Special TopicManaging the Holidays      


  • Jan 8-Jan 15, 2025 :  Orientation/Mindfulness


  • Jan 22- Jan Feb 26, 2025 :  Distress Tolerance





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