Pediatric Psychological Services in Des Moines, Iowa

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

01 Patients
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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

02 Patients
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Urgent Care - Ankeny

3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

02 Patients
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Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

02 Patients
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Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

04 Patients
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Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

00 Patients
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Urgent Care - Urbandale

2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

06 Patients
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Blank Children's Hospital

Blank Children's Psychological Services

About Our Services

Blank Children's Hospital is committed to providing our patients the best physical and emotional care. Psychological services at Blank Children's is a service offered to support patients and their families experiencing a wide range of difficulties. Please discuss any concerns with your healthcare team. Your provider will make a referral and our team will determine what types of services will be best to address your concerns. 

Therapy Services

A psychology therapy or consult referral may be helpful if you observe any of the following:

  • Difficulties managing a medical diagnosis or treatment
  • Increased signs of worry, avoidance or anxiety
  • Worsening mood, increased irritability or sadness
  • Increased behavioral difficulties or noncompliance
  • Ongoing complaints of pain or other physical symptoms that do not resolve with intervention
  • Changes in behavior, interests or school
  • Difficulties adjusting following a loss or traumatic event
  • In young children, difficulties with eating, sleeping or toileting

Evaluation Services

A psychology testing referral may be helpful to obtain additional information on the following:

  • Learning difficulties
  • Intellectual functioning
  • Attention and concentration difficulties
  • Autism and other developmental concerns
  • Changes in cognitive functioning post treatment or medical event

Your First Visit

The consultation appointment will be a 45-50 minute assessment that allows the psychologist to get to know your child and family while obtaining information about your concerns. In some situations, children will not need to be present for the first appointment. If follow-up appointments are recommended, you can expect them to range from 25-60 minutes. Please plan alternative childcare arrangements for other siblings as feasible.

Testing appointments vary based on the nature of the concerns so additional information will be provided regarding the length as these appointments are scheduled. In some cases, an initial consultation is required prior to the testing appointment. 

Insurance and Billing Information

Psychological Services participates with most major insurance companies. Insurance pre-authorization will be conducted prior to your first appointment. A referral from a provider is required to initiate the preauthorization process. Please bring a copy of your insurance card to the appointment if it is not already on file. We will file the claim with your insurance company on your behalf. If you have a co-payment, it is due at the time of service. Any account balance identified as your responsibility after the insurance has been paid will be directly billed to you.

Financial aid applications, payment plans and information about pre-authorization are also available. If you have questions about your account, please contact our customer service line managed by Avadyne at 1-844-849-1260, or speak with a social worker regarding available financial options. 

Our Team

Heather Soyer, PsyD

Dr. Heather Soyer is a licensed pediatric psychologist within Blank Children's Psychological Services. Dr. Soyer earned her degree in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University and now provides assessment, therapy and testing services to children and young adults. Dr. Soyer conducts psychological and neuropsychological evaluations to assess for neurocognitive changes associated with medical illness and treatment, ADHD, learning disorders and autism. She also specializes in providing therapy services to patients and families coping with medical illness, trauma or anxiety. Dr. Soyer is trained in utilizing EMDR, CBT, ACT, hypnosis and biofeedback interventions.

Martha Early, PhD

Dr. Martha Early is a licensed pediatric psychologist within Blank Children's Psychological Services. Dr. Early earned her Ph.D. in child clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Missouri. Dr. Early works primarily with young children (10 and under). She provides assessment for children with suspected developmental problems including autism spectrum disorder. She also provides consultation and therapy for children with behavior, anxiety, and mood disorders. She has received specialized training for treatment of tic disorders, functional disorders, chronic pain and symptoms in youth of all ages. Treatment techniques include CBT, Exposure, Behavioral Parent Training, and ACT.

Jessica Eagan, BA

Jessica Eagan is a psychometrist who is highly trained in administering and scoring psychological assessments and related activities. She helps guide children through testing and ensures the doctor gets accurate results.