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Holding Hands

Holding hands signifies supporting, guiding, and connecting with one another. It is a beautiful act of humanity.

Our Providers

Hallie Henely, LMFT


Welcome to Holding Hands Family Therapy!  My name is Hallie and I am a therapist here and I am also the owner; I see clients for therapy and I also handle the administrative work for our team.   I'm looking forward to supporting you with your mental health goals or answering any questions you have about being seen by one of our providers or myself.


I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and I have experience working with children, teens, and adults with various emotional needs.  I graduated from Wartburg College with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, then received my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Mercy University.


I tend to develop a teamwork approach with my clients where you are the expert on you, and I'm the expert on mental health and change.  Developing a trusting, comfortable relationship is an important part of the therapy process.  I enjoy using humor, games, art and music in my therapy sessions - whatever fits for you!

My experience working with children has given me creative skills to support kids in fun, interactive ways other than with talk therapy only.  Sometimes kids find it too overwhelming to talk face to face about their concerns.  Play therapy is a great way for kids to express themselves and process in very natural ways.


I find it helpful to focus on my client's strengths, as well as validating their hardships. I use many different approaches in therapy, but one of them includes having a trauma-informed lens.  This just means that I believe our dysfunction sometimes comes from us having to adjust and survive through the hard stuff we've been through in life.  The aftermath of those situations sometimes leaves us with unhelpful thoughts about ourselves, such as "I'm worthless".  I utilize EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy to help clients challenge those unhelpful thoughts, transforming those thoughts to more helpful ones, like "I have value".

To schedule a new client appointment with me, please call 515-635-3300

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Shayna Bell, MS, T-LMHC, NCC


Hi there, I'm Shayna and I'm a provider here who sees children, teens and adults.

The idea of beginning therapy can be incredibly overwhelming. It is often a time when many of us feel our most vulnerable, whether this is your first experience or you’ve been through a previous therapeutic journey. It is my hope and intention to create an inviting, safe, and inclusive space when you enter my office. I have experience working primarily with children and adolescents, but I enjoy working with every developmental age group, including adults.


My goal is to assist you in identifying and recognizing your strengths and how you can utilize those strengths to reach your goals and overcome the hardships life often throws at us. Whether you’re experiencing loss, processing previous trauma or difficult life events, navigating your relationships, or have a desire to grow and explore your values and how those values fit into your life and provide meaning, I am here to support you and hold space for you. As a therapist, I value collaboration and teamwork and will develop an individualized approach that is best suited for you. My approach to therapy is one that allows you to lead as the expert of your own life.


I graduated from Simpson College with my Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2015 before pursuing my Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Drake University. I have training in a variety of areas, but am particularly well versed in play therapy and providing services from a trauma informed lens. I utilize several approaches and techniques including, but not limited to, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, and Existential Therapy. Developing a trusting relationship is key, and I genuinely believe you have the ability to be who you want to be and to become the best version of yourself, someone who is able to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. There are times in life when we all need a little bit of extra support, and that’s okay. Reaching out for support can be incredibly difficult, but I’m glad you’re here! Please feel free to reach out to me at anytime

To schedule a new client appointment with me, please call 515-635-3300


My name is Meagan and I am a therapist here at Holding Hands Family Therapy. I enjoy helping clients meet their desired goals and achieve personal growth.  I see adults, teens, children, families and couples for various therapeutic needs.


I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Family Services. I then attended Iowa State University and received a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. For fourteen years, I worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist, supporting patients who were experiencing an acute or chronic illness and their families. Primary areas I worked in included pediatric oncology, endocrinology, and cystic fibrosis clinics. I also worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) and maternity units. Additionally, in this role I provided support and guidance to adult oncology patients who were navigating cancer treatment and wanted to provide the best care and education to their children at home.


I continue to have a passion to support those who have been impacted personally from health conditions or medical experiences, whether that be their own experience or the experience of a loved one. I also have a special interest in supporting those facing the struggles of grief and loss. I have a deep understanding of how these journeys can impact the entire family system. I have had the privilege of walking with families through some of their most challenging and frightening moments and was fortunate to personally witness the strength and resiliency of families during that time. While working in the medical setting, I also developed a greater understanding of the unique emotional stressors of those working in healthcare.


In my therapy practice, I believe in creating a warm, safe space where clients feel comfortable. I also believe in taking a collaborative approach, working together to meet your needs. I strive to be genuine in my connection to others and to build trusting therapeutic relationships. My goal is for you to feel heard, valued, and encouraged as you move toward growth and healing.

To schedule a new client appointment with me, please call 515-635-3300

Meagan Froehlich, tLMFT, CCLS



2980 100th St, Ste 1

Urbandale, IA 50322

Tel: 515-635-3300

Fax: 515-635-3344

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