Therapy Place, Inc.

1307 Sunnyside Lane
Atlantic, Iowa 50022

Phone 712-243-1213     

Fax 712-243-4675


Therapy Place, Inc., established 7-01-2000, offers mental health therapy for individuals, families, and couples in an office or home setting. Group therapy and/or support groups will be developed as needed. Online Services are also available and are outlined below.

Payment Options

We currently accept Medicare, Medicaid, Title 19 (Iowa Plan), Midlands Choice, Principal, Wellmark BlueCross/BlueShield (HMO programs), First Health, Fortis, Tri-Care (formerly Champus), Private Healthcare Systems, American Psychiatric Systems, United Behavior Health, Accountable Health Plans of America, and private pay arrangements for therapy services. The insurance programs still pending as of this time are Mutual of Omaha and Cigna Behavioral Health. Other services not covered by insurance will be negotiated with the client. Please call if your insurance is not listed, as out of network benefits are sometimes available for certain services.

On-Line Services

We are currently developing on-line supportive services through the Internet called Professional Solutions. This service is designed to offer professional problem solving, education, and advice for the specific life concerns of a client through emails. An alternative to in-office therapy, this service is designed to provide assistance for those persons who need sound advice on a specific issue and who do not feel the need for more comprehensive therapy services at this time. This service is NOT therapy, but rather practical advice from trained professionals for specific life situations. This type of service is currently being offered on both coasts and is designed to reach those individuals who may find it difficult to commit to weekly therapy sessions due to busy schedules and daily demands, but would benefit from brief and immediate problem solving for a specific life concern or situation.

The cost for this service will be negotiated with each client at a set price per month with an established number of email responses from the facilitator agreed upon beforehand with the client OR a set price per email agreed upon beforehand and sighed in a contract between the client and therapist. The service will be supervised by Deborra M. Smith, MSW, LISW, and Mary L. Oetter, MSW, LISW. Trained facilitators will be added as the need presents itself. Your name, address, and phone will be required for monthly billing purposes, but your email address is the only requirement needed to actually provide this confidential service along with a written consent and signed contract. Please contact us for information concerning this service.


Meet Our Staff:
Deborra M. Smith, MSW, LISW, Administrator and Therapist
Deborra has worked in the mental health field since 1975. She is licensed to practice in Iowa and Nebraska.
Mary L. Oetter, MSW, LISW, Therapist and Program Director
Mary has worked in this field since 1991. She is licensed to practice in Iowa and Nebraska.
Doris A. Whiddon, MS, AAMFT
Doris has worked in the mental health field since receiving her masters degree in 1993. She is certified through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists in addition to state licensure.
Joni Cook Griffin, BA in Psychology and Masters pending with completion of thesis
Joni has worked since the mid 1980's with children and families. She has worked many years for Boystown. She is also a foster parent for the state of Iowa.