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 Kris Hull Houghton
Kris has worked for the empowerment of women and children for almost 20 years. She is a licensed therapist in the states of Florida, Iowa and Illinois. Kris also holds certification as an NCC and holds certification in CTMHC (Clinical TeleMental Health Counselor) CCATP (Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional). Kris has obtained her Bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of Iowa and her Master’s of Science in Counselor Education at Western Illinois University.
Kris loves to travel in her free time and spend time with family, friends and two dogs Misty and Sunny. During her career she has worked in a variety of capacities with schools, shelters, holistic centers and mental health centers to support advocacy, awareness and empowerment of women and children from a variety of cultures. Kris grew up as a military “brat” and was fortunate enough to live and travel abroad from an early age. This love of travel and learning to embrace new cultures and customs has inspired her to continually work in creating a mentality of diversity, awareness and acceptance with the people she works with.