Real Connections Counseling, LLC

2540 106th Street, Suite 202
Urbandale, IA 50322

What We Value

Therapists at Real Connections Counseling value relationship and intentionally work as a team in counseling so that you, our clients, know that we are partners with you as you make your best relationship happen. Together we all learn from experience. Practice does not make perfect, but it can make a whole lot better. We value practice because every time you’re given something to practice you continue your trek to relationship greatness. We love to encourage you, and in doing so you learn to encourage each other. And we love growth, which means that not only you are practicing your relationship at home, so are we. We value co-therapy with you because we know that we become better together.

What is Our Mission?

Our desire to improve the relational health of our community is what drives the purpose behind Real Connections Counseling, and we will lead the efforts of relational health as we go. Each person that passes through Real Connections Counseling - whether by counseling, psychoeducation, coaching, couples intensives, or marriage retreats - will become vital pieces of their mission at home, in their businesses, and their communities as they live out their capability for healthy relationships. For each of our efforts, the team approach of two therapists (called Co-Therapy) will continue to be the cornerstone of how we help make the best relationships happen.

What is Our Goal?

The co-therapy model of team counseling helps shape you, our clients, to become the best relational people out there as you connect with others in your sphere of influence.

Our Services

Foundation Course


A small group class where you and your
partner will learn about Communication,
Healthy Conflict Resolution, and Boundaries.

Couples Foundation


You receive a rare opportunity at Real Connections Counseling. Co-Therapy. Co-therapy means Monique and Rick go together with you into counseling! Be better heard, understood, respected, and healed with co-therapy.

Counseling Services

Play Therapy For Couples

Remember the last time you played with your spouse or partner? At Real Connections Counseling you’ll learn to play again. Playing together gives you a renewed opportunity to create intimacy and be your best version of your relationship.

Play Therapy

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Success Story

We can help you make your life better. We can help you understand, and better your relationships. And we can say with full confidence that... It's Your Life. Your Story. And it Matters! Read more about our counseling & therapy services…

About Us

About Rick and Monique

Rick & Monique Are Your Counseling Team

Welcome! We are Real Connections Counseling, LLC. Our names are Rick & Monique Elgersma, and we are Couples and Family Therapists working primarily in the Greater Des Moines, IA area. Our practice is located smack in the heart of Urbandale, IA.

We focus our work for couples. We work through and past whatever hurts and harms your relationship such as transitions, trouble, anxiety, depression, anger, infidelity, infertility, loss, communication issues, and/or confusion. We also help couples to start their relationship off right with a solid marriage prep program! Our work is to help clients give themselves their best opportunity to grow their lives into something amazing, beautiful, and flourishing. Make your best relationship happen here!

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