Counseling & Therapy

UAY ONCALL Counselors can be reached at 338-7518


United Action for Youth has provided counseling services for teens and their parents since 1970. UAY offers a variety of activities and services, which includes formal therapy by licensed mental health counselors, mediation and crisis resolution services or informal counseling and skill building.


New clients can print intake forms here:

Client Intake Form

Treatment Authorization Form

Confidentiality Policy

Rights and Responsibilities

Insurance/Financial Responsibility Form

Private Pay Mental Health Counseling

Iowa Notice Form – HIPAA

Release of Information HIPPA 2014



Diane Tonkyn, ATR-BC, LMFT

Diane received her Masters degree from Loyola Marymount University. She has been practicing as a board certified Art Therapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1989. She has been working with young children, teenagers and families for over 20 years. Diane has been the director of a child sexual abuse treatment program for children age 3-12 years old. She is especially skilled in treating depression and trauma. Diane is bilingual in Spanish.

Alison Coffey, MA, LMHC

Alison earned her Master’s from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.  Alison has worked with adolescents as both a counselor and advocate for the last seven years. Her clinical interests and areas or experience include depression, anxiety, abuse, trauma, self-injury, and Asperger Syndrome.

Talia Medlinger, LMSW

VOCA Counselor/Crisis and Family Mediation.  Talia received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Iowa.  She has been working with youth and families in the Iowa City community since 2008.  Her clinical experiences include working with you and families in conflict, anxiety, depression, victims of crime, and LGBTQ issues.  Talia uses CBT and a Strengths-based approach to help youth and families find solutions for the challenges that they face.  In addition to clinical work, Talia provides advocacy for her clients in school, court, and other community settings to help clients navigate barriers that impact their well-being and functioning.

Dana Keeton, MS, ATR-BC

VOCA Counselor/Crisis and Family Mediation. Dana is a registered, board certified art therapist. She received her Master of Science Degree in Art Therapy/Counseling from the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY. Dana has been working with adolescents, children and adults for more than 10 years in a variety of treatment settings. Her clinical experience includes the treatment of sexual offenders, trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety and autism spectrum disorders. Dana works from a strength-based therapeutic approach, and enjoys using the art therapy process to assist clients in finding their individual strengths and the solutions that work best in their lives.

Anna Hepker MS, MSW

Rural VOCA Counselor/Therapist/Advocate.She has been trained in the Strengths-Based Approach, Trauma-Informed Care, Victim-Centered Approach, Adverse Childhood Experience, Crisis Management, and Aggression Replacement Training. Her educational background includes a MA in Social Work and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Sam Thompson, LISW
Sam received his Masters from the University of Iowa, and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. He has worked with teenagers and their parents for 20 years. Sam is very good at looking at conflict from new perspectives and offering concrete suggestions for changing family dynamics. Teenagers appreciate his honesty and willingness to address them as intelligent individuals. Sam specializes in counseling preadolescents to young adults.

Shelly Goffstein, M.Ed, LMHC

Shelley received her Masters from the College of Saint Rose in 1999, and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Shelley has over 20 years of experience working with teenagers and their families in her varied roles as educator, school counselor, and therapist. Most recently, Shelley has provided substance use treatment for teens with co-occurring disorders as a school-based counselor in the Iowa City Community School District. Shelley’s approach to therapy is solution-focused and strength-based; she works hard with the teen to discover what works in their lives and how best to build on these successes.

To speak directly and confidentially to a UAY counselor, call 338-7518.UAY accepts:

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Hawk-i Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa
  • Title IXX
  • Iowa Medicaid
  • Some grant funding is available for families without resources.


United Action for Youth
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 892
Iowa City, Iowa 52244
Fax: 319-337-7999

Main Office and 24 Hour Crisis Line
1700 S First Ave Suite 14

Youth Center
355 Iowa Avenue