Executive Board Members:

President: Kimberly Feeney LISW, RPT-S

Kim Feeney, President of  Iowa Association for Play Therapy

Kim has been an IAPT board member since August 2016. Kim received her BA in psychology and social work from the University of Iowa in 2001. She graduated with her MSW from Iowa in 2011. Kim recently started a new job at Life Connections in Davenport, IA. Kim provides therapy to children, adolescents and families that are experiencing a variety of mental health issues. Her specialty is play therapy, utilizing different approaches including Adlerian, Theraplay, Sand Tray, and Child Centered. She is also trained in attachment based models and EMDR.  She also offers supervision for those working toward licensure and their RPT. Kim spends her free time playing with her nieces and cat, Pez.

 
Treasurer:  Megan Heitzman LISW, RPT-S
Megan Heitzman of Iowa Association for Play Therapy

Megan Heitzman has been involved with the Board since 2008 and currently serves on the Executive Board as Treasurer.  Megan has been working in the human service field for 20 years, graduating with her Masters in Social Work in 2001.  She is currently in private practice in Coralville, IA where she owns Heitzman Counseling Services.  She provides therapy to children, adolescents and families who have experienced early childhood loss/trauma, have attachment related concerns, and foster care/adoption histories, as well as children and adults with depression, anxiety or other various mental health needs. Megan is trained in EMDR and is currently working towards her certification in this area. She is an EMDR Child-Specialist through Ana Gomez’s Agate Institute. She integrates EMDR and play therapy into her work with children, adolescents and their families.  She is available to provide face to face or phone supervision for people looking to become RPT.  Megan lives in Williamsburg with her two children (ages 11 and 8).

 
Secretary:  Kelli Switzer LISW, RPT-S
 

 

Kelli has been on the IAPT board since 2017.  Kelli received her Bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology from Wartburg College in 2005.  She then went onto receive her Master in Social Work from the University of St.Thomas/College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN in 2007.  Kelli has her LISW and her RPT-S.  Kelli owns her own private practice, Switzer Counseling Services  LLC, in Marengo, IA.  She provides therapy to children, adolescents, families, and adults ranging from a variety of different issues.  Kelli specifically enjoys providing play therapy and focusing on trauma related treatment.  In addition, Kelli provides supervision to therapists seeking both their clinical licensure and play therapy registration.  When Kelli isn’t helping others, she is at home spending quality time with her 3 children and husband.

 

 

General Board Members:

Alisha Smith  LISW, RPT

Alisha

Alisha Smith is one of the newest members of the IAPT board.  Alisha received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 2002 where she majored in psychology.  She then received her Masters in Social Work from St. Ambrose University in 2009.  Alisha currently works at Imagine Therapy Solutions, PLC, a private practice in North Liberty.  She specializes in working with children ages 3-10 years old, but also enjoys working with adolescents and adults.  She provides therapy to children who have experienced trauma, anxiety, grief/loss, family transitions/changes such as divorce, as well as other mental health concerns.  Alisha resides in Belle Plaine with her husband, and three daughters (ages 10 and 5, and another one to bless us in October 2016).  She enjoys time with her family, boating, camping and spending time outdoors.

Katie Amos MA, LMFT, RPT

  Katie received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Iowa in 2009. She returned to school several years later and earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Mercy University in 2016. As a marriage and family therapist, Katie is passionate about helping clients achieve emotional and physical wellness. Katie has several years of experience working with families and children; this has included community work, in-home work and clinical practice. Katie also has extensive experience working with individuals, families and children who have experienced abuse and trauma. She has worked with children on the autism spectrum for over four years. Katie has training and experience in marital and family therapy, play therapy, sandtray therapy, AutPlay, Applied Behavior Analysis and Theraplay. Katie loves animals and has recently decided to pursue credentialing in Animal Assisted Play Therapy. Katie enjoys spending time with her husband, Aaron, and 10-year-old corgi, Doc.

Thea Bedell

As a play therapist, my passion is assisting children and their families in being able to process and heal through traumatic and difficult situations. I believe children are resilient and their main source of communication is through their play. I highly value offering a safe, accepting, and non-judgmental environment for individuals to begin making the changes and progress they are hoping for. By making these changes, our clients have the ability to live the life they want and do so successfully.
I approach the therapeutic process with a curious, positive, and non-judgmental attitude. I strive to utilize my connection with clients to create change they are wanting. I assist clients in being able to identify their natural strengths and gain insight to how these changes can be made.
I offer a variety of therapeutic modalities for care to best suite the needs of my client and their families. Each client is unique and deserves their own special, individualized therapeutic approach. Areas of experience include: ADHD, anxiety, Autism, depression, ODD, abuse and trauma, childhood behavioral issues, self-esteem, and social skills.
 

Kristen Meany-Walen

Rebecca Dickenson