President of Iowa Association for Play Therapy: 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. 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.
Treasurer: Megan Heitzman, LISW, RPT-S
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: Melissa Paulsen, LMFT, RPT
Melissa serves as the current Secretary of IAPT and has served since March of 2015.Melissa is an outpatient marriage and family therapist at Life Connections in Anamosa, Iowa. She also supervises the three Life Connection offices located in Jones County. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Mercy College in 2010 where she majored in psychology and criminal justice and minored in sociology. She received her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Mercy University in 2012. Melissa provides counseling to people of all ages struggling with a variety of issues but especially loves working with children and teenagers. Some of her specialties include divorce and other adjustment issues, self-harm, anxiety, depression, anger management, and defiance through both individual and family therapy. When she’s not working, Melissa likes to spend time with her husband and her dog Mac.
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
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 works as a school based therapist at Bethany for Children and Families in Davenport, IA. She has been there since 2014. She works at Truman Elementary School providing therapy for kids K-5th
grade. When not working, Kim is spending time with her cat, Pez, and her family, especially her two young nieces.
Kristin Meany-Walen, PhD, LMHC RPT-S
Kristin K. Meany-Walen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Iowa, teaching in the Counseling Program. She earned her PhD from the University of North Texas where she conducted the first known Adlerian play therapy research study. Kristin works with children and adolescents, and continues to conduct and publish research on the efficacy of Adlerian play therapy. Recently she co-authored Partners in Play: An Adlerian Approach to Play Therapy (3rd ed), with Terry Kottman. When she is not working with children, teaching about working with children, or writing about working with children….she is playing with (or recovering from) her 4 children!
Jen Sacora, LMHC RPT
Jen has been a board member for IAPT since January 2015. Over the last 19 years, Jen has worked and volunteered in the mental health field in various settings including PMIC, inpatient, a crisis center and foster care/adoption. Jen received her BS in Psychology from Mount Mercy and MA in Mental Health Counseling from University of Northern Iowa. She is currently in private practice at Psychiatric Associates of Iowa City. Jen lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband and two extremely spoiled dogs.
Cindy Schloss-Calhoun, LISW RPT-S
Cindy Schloss Calhoun is currently a board member for IAPT and has served since November 2014. Cindy received her undergraduate degree at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids and her graduate degree at The University of Iowa. Cindy worked at Four Oaks in both Cedar Rapids and Des Moines for over 32 years before opening her own private practice in January 2015, Schloss Calhoun Therapy and Consultation PLC in Clive, Iowa. Cindy specializes in early child-hood developmental trauma and attachment deficits in biological, foster and adoptive families. Cindy also works with adolescents and adults with ADHD, depression, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health issues. Cindy is trained in play therapy and provides face to face and phone supervision to therapists seeking play therapy registration. Cindy has also been trained in Soul Collage, trauma focused CBT, and EMDR. Cindy has also participated in advanced trainings focused on attachment across the life-span, and EMDR sand-tray protocol. Cindy receives ongoing attachment focused EMDR consultation through The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska. Cindy resides with her husband in Urbandale, Iowa. Cindy enjoys camping in national parks, hiking and gardening.