Executive Board Members:
President: Brigid Christianson LISW, RPT-S
Brigid currently serves as President of IAPT and was previously IAPT’s Vice-President and Secretary. She has been on the board since January 2014. She is a play therapist in private practice at Child and Adolescent Integrated Health in Mason City, IA. Brigid provides therapy to children, adolescents and families that are experiencing a variety of mental health issues. She also offers supervision for those working toward licensure and their RPT. She has been a clinical social worker since 1999. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Wartburg College and her Master of Social Work from St. Ambrose University. She has been working with children, teens and their families since 2001 in multiple settings including Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, Francis Lauer Youth Services and North Iowa Therapy Associates. She utilizes of course Play Therapy along with EMDR, Theraplay, AutPlay, and Sandtray. Brigid’s most favorite job is being a mom to two awesome girls and a wife to her wonderful husband. They live in the country outside of Sheffield with their crazy dog Chewbacca and their chickens.
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).
General Board Members:
Alisha Smith LISW, RPT
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.
Kimberly Feeney LISW, RPT-S
Gloria Bieret Ed.D, LMHC, RPT-S
Gloria Bieret is one of the newest members of the IAPT board. Gloria received her AA degree in nursing at Des Moines Area Community College, in Boone, IA, her BSN degree from Graceland University in Lamoni, IA, her MS Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Capella University in Minnesota, and her Doctorate in Education from Argosy University in Arizona. She is currently in private practice at Family Psychology Associates in Cedar Rapids where she provides therapy to children, adolescents and families that are experiencing a variety of mental health issues. Gloria also offers supervision for those working toward licensure and their RPT. She resides in Coralville and enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
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.
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.