Meet Kim Feeney
I’m pleased to bring my unique balance of experience, expertise, and training to my new private practice, Butterfly Beginnings. Believing all behavior is purpose-driven, I work with parents and children to find alternative ways to meet social and behavioral needs. Since 2013 I have been a Licensed Independent Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor since 2014.
I attended the University of Iowa and earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Social Work in 2001 when I also began my career. For many years I worked with children in their home settings, providing direct care while also mentoring parents. In addition, I provided services to teens in residential treatment settings.
I obtained my graduate degree in Social Work at The University of Iowa in 2011. I have worked in a therapeutic capacity in schools and office settings. Along with the credentials above, I am advanced certified in Adlerian play therapy, a certified EMDR therapist, an Internationally credentialed sand therapist, a certified Synergetic Play Therapist (graduation May 2022), a registered clinician with the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children, and a certified AutPlay provider. I have also attended training in Theraplay.
When I am not in the office or playroom, I can be found reading a book, spending time with family, or watching a sporting event.
Sound like someone you would like supporting your child and family? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Meet Michelle Mehrens
Michelle graduated from Western Illinois University with her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and she received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. Michelle is working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Throughout her studies and experiences in her career, she has cultivated her passion for working with children and families. Michelle enjoys working with clients across the lifespan. She practices from a strengths-based approach and is trauma-informed.
Because no two families are alike, she will collaborate with you to identify the specific goals that you have for your child and for your family. Play therapy techniques such as stories, art, and games allow children to express themselves at their own pace in a safe and relaxed environment.
Email Michelle@butterflybeginningscounseling.com to schedule a consult today.
Meet Melissa “Mel B” Barrett
Melissa “Mel B” Barrett is a seasoned and experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in clinical, agency and school settings who is passionate about the wellness of children and families. Melissa has compassion for individuals going through life’s challenges and transitions and strives to provide them a non-judgmental and safe place. Through a strengths-based, trauma-informed and person-centered therapeutic approach, Melissa recognizes the importance of building relationships with clients in order to establish realistic and attainable goals together.
Melissa earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from the University of Northern Iowa and her Master’s degree in Social Work from St. Ambrose University. Melissa began her career providing child welfare services by helping to establish safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families involved within the child welfare system. This was done by tailoring services to their unique needs by building upon their strengths. Melissa also assisted families in navigating social service systems to help overcome barriers. Melissa then transitioned into the role of a school social worker where she loves working with children, teachers, school staff and families to help students have successful outcomes including assisting those students with learning disabilities. During the past couple of years, Melissa has become a certified Autplay provider and developed a passion for becoming a Registered Play Therapist where she sees the great value in play to assist children and families in finding successful outcomes.
In her spare time, “Mel B.” loves spending time with her family and friends, participating in water aerobics, playing games, attending concerts, live bands and traveling. While she has enjoyed traveling all over the country, Melissa especially loves being at the beach, where the salty water, soft sand, and warm sunny weather are her ultimate get-away!!!
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