Substance Abuse Services

Capstone employs two counselors who can provide substance abuse services. Both providers complete substance abuse evaluations, for clients who are self-referred or have been referred by the courts. These providers also complete OWI evaluations. Substance abuse counselors at Capstone provide extended outpatient substance abuse treatment for clients who have been either self-referred or court ordered for treatment. An individualized treatment plan will be created for each client, and follow-up appointments will be scheduled consistently throughout treatment based on each client's specific needs. Finally, each provider will work with the client's mental health counselor (if applicable) to ensure proper care for both substance abuse and mental health diagnoses is being provided. 

Jim Christianson, BA, CADC

Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Drake University and received his Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor training through DMACC. He joined Capstone in 2006 after completing his internship with Powell Chemical Dependency Center at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines. Jim is available to complete substance abuse and OWI evaluations. He also provides outpatient substance abuse treatment.

Natalie Harding, PhD, IADC

Natalie joined Capstone in 2019.  Natalie has a Master’s degree in Health Psychology and a Post-Master’s degree in Addiction. Natalie finished her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2019.  She became a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor while working with long-term inmates at Polk County Jail. Natalie developed and administers a Dual Treatment Program that focuses on both Addiction and Mental Health. Natalie’s treatment program is integrative including: Drug Education, Self-Awareness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychoeducation, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivation Interviewing, Client-Centered approach, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused therapies. 

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