Kristin Meany-walen

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Kristin K. Meany-Walen, PhD, LMHC, RPT-S earned her doctorate in Counseling from the University of North Texas, Denton where she specialized in play therapy. She has over 15 years of teaching experience and has taught courses across the CACREP core. She worked for Walden from 2011 to 2015, prior to her return in 2020. With Walden, she taught a variety of courses and residencies.
Kristin Meany-Walen owns a private practice in Iowa where she specializes with children and families. Her areas of expertise include Adlerian play therapy, school-based counseling, and wellness. Kristin frequently presents, publishes, and conducts research on these topics. Her research contributed to Alderian play therapy being recognized as an evidenced based treatment. Kristin co-authored Doing play therapy: From building the relationship to facilitating change and Partners in play: An Adlerian approach to play therapy (3rd ed.) with Terry Kottman, developer of Adlerian play therapy.

Courses Taught

COUN 6250 - Group Process and Dynamics


BA, Upper Iowa University

MA, University of Northern Iowa

PhD, University of North Texas

Public Service

Iowa Association for Play Therapy, Board of Directors -

Awards / Honors

Summer Fellowship, University of Northern Iowa, 2014

Emerging Leaders Fellow, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2009


Agarwal, S., Meany-Walen, K. K. (2019). Application of Adlerian play therapy with multiracial children. International Journal of Play Therapy

Kottman, T., Meany-Walen, K. K. (2018). Doing play therapy: From building the relationship to facilitating change.


Meany-Walen, K. K. (2020). Ethics and other expectations of play therapists: A discussion. . Iowa Association for Play Therapy

Kottman , T., Meany-Walen, K. K. (2018). Advanced Interventions in Adlerian Play Therapy. Association for Play Therapy