Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic, Inc. provides comprehensive, independent outpatient treatment and therapy services to children and adults. Mid-Iowa has been delivering services across Iowa for over twenty years. Our executive management team is licensed in the State of Iowa and has a combined forty years of experience helping children and families.

Behavioral Health Intervention Services

Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic offers Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) as part of our comprehensive outpatient programming.   The BHIS program provides community-based services designed to address the behavioral needs of children and adults that accompany a mental illness diagnosis.  The primary goal of the BHIS program is to assist individuals and their family in building additional skills to manage behavior and regain positive functioning within the home and community.

Services are designed to take place outside the office setting thus providing a flexible schedule for appointmentsAppointments are scheduled in convenient locations for the client.  This may be in the home, at school or another community location that provides a private, comfortable environment.    The BHIS program serves individuals with active Title XIX benefits through Medicaid.  To participate in BHIS, an individual must secure a clinical diagnostic assessment with a licensed practitioner of the healing arts (LPHA).  Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic partners with the Institute for Therapy and Psychological Solutions, LLC (ITPS) to secure the necessary diagnostic assessment services.

Mental Health Therapy Services

Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic offers comprehensive outpatient therapy services and psychiatric services through our partner company, the Institute for Therapy and Psychological Solutions, LLC (ITPS).   We serve the mental and behavioral health needs of children, adolescents, and adults and strive to provide a full array of therapy options in an office setting.

Services through ITPS include diagnostic assessments, individual, couple, and family therapy, and medication management with psychiatrist Dr. M. Jerome Fialkov, MD.  ITPS employs clinically trained therapists in good standing with the Iowa Bureau of Professional Licensure.  Therapist are licensed as LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor), LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker) and LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker).   Therapists serve clients with Title XIX and other insurance coverage.

Psychiatric Community Support Services

Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic offers Psychiatric Community Support Services (CSS) for Iowans with the functional impairments typically associated with chronic mental illnesses in the Council Bluffs and Waterloo locations.   Home and Community Based services are habilitation services designed to assist participants in acquiring the skills and support necessary to reside successfully in their home or a community-based setting.    To reinforce this program goal, all services are delivered in the client’s home or community locations.

HCBS is designed to assist clients in building and retaining self-help, socialization and adaptive skills while helping to secure other important support from their community.  Community support might include transportation or medication management, for example.   Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic staff works with the client to achieve the goals in the Individual Service Plan developed by an Iowa Department of Human Services Case Manager.

HAB (Habilitation Services)

Provides individualized services and supports that assist obtaining, maintaining, or improving skills related to living in the community. HAB utilizes activities in home and community environments designed to foster the acquisition of skills, strengthen formal and informal supports, appropriate behavior, and greater independence. Must have Integrated Health Home and have Title XIX/Medicaid.

meet the therapists

Christine Secrist, PhD, LMFT

CEO & Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Dr. Secrist is CEO of Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic, Inc., and the Institute for Therapy & Psychological Solutions, LLC. Dr. Secrist has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1993. She received her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iowa State University. READ MORE

Julie Mertz, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Julie obtained her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Mercy University. Julie is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been working in the mental health/human services fields since 2008. Julie is trained in Trauma-Focused CBT and IoWA- PCIT (Integration of Working Models of Attachment into Parent Child Interaction Therapy). She provides outpatient mental health services for adults, teens, children, couples and families in the Windsor Heights and Perry offices. In 2019, Julie was trained to be a trainer in IoWA-PCIT by creator and founder Dr. Beth Troutman at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Katie Obert, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Katie obtained her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Mercy University. Katie is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is certified in Trauma-Focused CBT, the Incredible Years evidenced based parenting curriculum and trained in IoWA- PCIT (Integration of Working Models of Attachment into Parent Child Interaction Therapy). Katie provides outpatient mental health services for adults, children, couples and families in the Windsor Heights office. In 2019, Katie was trained to be a trainer in IoWA-PCIT by creator and founder Dr. Beth Troutman at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Lori Mozena, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Lori has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1993. She has been working in the child welfare field in Iowa for over 30 years. She specializes in providing training and clinical consultation to social work, therapeutic and provider staff.  Ms. Mozena is a FTDM Meeting Facilitator and Coach and is a Master Trainer for FTDM Meeting facilitation for the State of Iowa. She is trained in Trauma-Focused CBT and Child Parent Psychotherapy – CPP and SafeCare.  Lori is a certified Home Visitor, Coach and Trainer for the SafeCare Program. Ms. Mozena currently works from the Windsor Heights office.

Heather Pickart, LISW

Licensed Independent Social Worker

Heather obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social work in 1999 and a Master’s Degree in Social work in 2005 from the University of Northern Iowa. She is an Independently Licensed Social Worker with 18+ years of experience in a variety of clinical setting within the mental health and human services field. Heather has received 2 years of specialized training in Eating Disorder Treatment along with co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. Heather works with adults, adolescents and families in the Windsor Heights and Cedar Rapids offices.

Siobhan Danreis, LMHC, RPT

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Siobhan’s service as a licensed therapist spans 10 years, with 18 years as principal of a somatic wellness practice. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with the completion of Art Therapy Certification Board educational standards from Prescott College. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from the University of Arizona. Siobhan is also a Registered Play Therapist. She works with individuals and families with those from age 5 to 85 to resolve life stressors in the Fort Dodge office.

Lynette Kirk, LISW

Licensed Independent Social Worker

Lynette obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 2005 from Augustana College, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2010 from the University of Iowa. Lynette is an Independently and Clinically Licensed Social Worker in Illinois and Iowa. She has been working in the mental health/human services fields since 2007. Lynette is trained in Trauma-Focused CBT, as well as Anger Replacement Training (Skill-Streaming, Anger Control Training, and Moral Reasoning). Lynette provides school-based outpatient mental health services for children, adolescents, and families in the Davenport office.

Abigail Nelson, tLMFT

temporary Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Abbi obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Mercy University. Abbi is a temporary Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. From a systemic perspective, Abbi focuses on helping clients develop a greater sense of self within their relationships, leading clients to develop and maintain healthy and sustainable relationships beyond therapy. She provides outpatient mental health services for adults, teens, children, couples and families in the Windsor Heights and Perry offices.

Training

In order to participate in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) training, participants must have a Master’s degree or higher in the mental health field.

For more information or to schedule training in PCIT, contact Julie Mertz at 515-254-1556 or Julie.Mertz@miftc.com.

IoWA-PCIT Training: Part I and II – OPEN

April 27 – May 1, 2020 (Part I) & September 21-23, 2020 (Part II)     Windsor Heights, IA

Applications are now being accepted for IoWA-PCIT Training: Part I and II to be held in Windsor Heights, IA.

Training is conducted in small groups (maximum of 6 therapists per training group).

Please see the registration form here

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