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Peace of Mind Counseling LLC

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Our Counselors 

Jay Clark - LPC, LPCC

Pronouns: he/him/his


Jay Clark is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in MN and a Licensed Professional Counselor in WI.

Experience

Over 15 year of experience with children, adolescents, and young adults.


ADD - Adjustment Disorders - Anger Management - Anxiety - Blended Families - Co-Parenting - Conduct Disorder - Depression - Divorce - EBD - Delinquency - Developmental Disabilities - Impulse Control - Mood Disorders - ODD - Parent/Child Relations - Personality Disorders - Relational Problems - Self-Injury - Suicidal Ideation

Teaching

Extensive experience as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Winona State University and Western Technical College.

Education

Masters of Science degree from Winona State University in 2001.

Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1990.

My Approach

  • I believe that most people are naturally inclined toward growth. We move toward self-actualization when settings are right.
  • I strongly believe that there is a solution to every problem. We sometimes need to step out of our comfort zone to reach the solution.
  • I believe that fear is the most common obstacle we face.
  • Anxiety, depression, poor esteem, poor relations, and other forms of mental distress result when we allow fear to reign.
  • I believe that everyone has unique strengths and talents.
  • I work with my clients to identify strengths and overcome obstacles and fear.

Jackie Cody - MSW, LCSW

Jackie Cody has 20 years of experience and holds a Clinical Social Worker License in Wisconsin and Minnesota.


I believe in helping clients discover their true sense of self. This discovery allows individuals to achieve their true potential and promotes healing, while restoring balance.


“My practice is built on the belief that all individuals possess inherent strengths”. “I am committed to supporting individuals as they access those strengths while working through difficult issues and challenging times”.


I work with a diverse population including children, adolescents and their families, young adults, adults, and couples, and tailors treatment to each individual and/or family.

Experience

Anger Issues - Divorce/Divorce Recovery - Depression - Mindfulness - Anxiety Disorders - Self-Esteem - Bipolar Disorder - Stress Issues - Parenting IssuesLife Transitions - Unresolved Grief and Loss - Age-related Adjustment Disorders - Suicidal Ideation - Chronic Mental Illness - Self Injury -Co-Parenting - Blended Families

Education

              • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work - University of WI-La Crosse - 1994
              • Master’s Degree in Social Welfare - University of WI-Milwaukee - 1998

Maureen Neuville - LPC

Maureen Neuville is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin. For 8 years she was an Associate Professor at Viterbo University in the Masters in Science Mental Health Counseling program. Neuville has authored professional publications and is a Child Development Specialist for La Crosse County Family and Mediation Services. Her role at Peace of Mind Counseling includes providing Clinical Supervision.

My Approach

My training in Play Therapy and national certification in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) has created a subspecialty for working with young children.


"I offer individualized, nonjudgmental counseling for adults and youth: depression, anxiety, adjustment to life stressors. I specialize in child and adolescent disorders and family issues."


Visit Maureen's Website at: CounselingLacrosse.com 

Karla Fennie MS, LMFT

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Karla Fennie - Marriage & family Therapist

Karla holds certification in Wisconsin for Marriage and Family Therapy. Karla has worked with children, teens and families for over 10 years.


I believe small change can create a significant and vital impact in a person’s life. That small change can restore balance to a family system.


I believe in our fast-paced world we gain benefits by accessing support through our communities to help sustain the change/adaptations we are capable of creating.

Education

          • Masters of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, 2001 UW-Stout
          • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Human Service Concentration, Viterbo University, 1989

Experience

          • Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
          • Level I Training in Gottman Couples Therapy
          • Circle of Security Informed Care
          • Attachment, Parent/Child Relationships/Transition to Parenthood
          • Play Therapy, Conduct Disorder, Anger, Anxiety, Adjustment, Suicide Ideation/Crisis, Depression, Mental Illness

Lisa Hammes - MS, LPC

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Lisa Hammes is a Licensed Professional Counselor serving La Crosse County. Lisa specializes in youth and family therapy. She offers In-Home services for qualified clients.


Visit Lisa's website at: http://lisahammes.efoliomn.com/Home 

Chris Kuhl - MS, LPC

Pronouns: he/him/his


Chris Kuhl is a licensed professional counselor in training serving La Crosse County.

Experience

Trauma TF-CBT - Anxiety disorders - Anger issues- Adjustment Disorder- Depression - Emotional and Behavioral Disorders ODD and Conduct - Parent/Child Relationships - Grief and Loss - Esteem issues - Divorce

Education

              • Masters of Science degree from Winona State University
              • 2013 Bachelors of Science degree from Viterbo University, 2007

My Approach

I believe in a person centered approach where healing is created through relationship. In my practice I strive to build relationships and expand supports systems.


I have found that Mindfulness and Relaxation are central components to healing, they allow us to be open to new possibilities of thought and meaning.

Ashlee Vlasak

MS, LPC

Pronouns: she/her/hers


I graduated from Winona State University in May 2015 with a Community Counseling Degree. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of La Crosse with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.


My interests in counseling are families, couples, relationships, mental health concerns, disabilities, teenagers, anxiety, depression, coping skills, communication skills, and self-efficacy.

I have training in suicide prevention awareness, experience working with low income women and families, and working with offenders in rehabilitation houses.


I strive to help others advocate for themselves and increase their self-esteem while educating those on mental health symptoms and how they may manifest, as well as providing coping skills to utilize in many different environments.


"Asking for help does not make us weak rather it shows we are ready for change."

Amanda Boudry, MS, LPC

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Personal Philosophy

Regardless of our perceived differences and worldviews, we all share a human experience.

Counseling Philosophy

Rather than asking, “What is wrong with me?,” let’s explore what is happening to or around you that is creating barriers to happier and healthier living.

Theoretical Orientation

* Person-Centered * Motivational Interviewing * Family Systems


I believe every person is their own expert. Utilizing a person-centered approach allows me to individualize each counseling relationship in order to fit the needs and goals of that particular person. Identifying and maximizing personal strengths combined with healthy support systems can help us manage even the toughest life challenges.

Areas of Interest

Child/Adolescent Trauma (Includes abuse and neglect) – Life Adjustment Issues – GLBT Populations – Persons with Intellectual/Cognitive/Neurodevelopmental Challenges – Self Injury –Behavioral and Emotional Challenges – Depression – Anxiety – Autism Spectrum Disorder – Suicidal Ideation – Family Distress/Communication Concerns

Education Experience

              • Master of Science Degree – Winona State University 2015
              • Bachelor of Science Degree – University of La Crosse 2004

Erin Collins, MSW

Client Approach

I believe everyone should have someone in their life that sees them with unconditional positive regard. All of us make mistakes and we deserve someone who will not judge us and build on our shame. I believe with the right ingredients recovery and wellness is possible. Everyone deserves a chance.

Interests

Working with families and couples in crisis, children who have been adopted or who are in the foster care system, families impacted by developmental disabilities, mental illness, and addiction.

Experience

Working with the criminal and juvenile justice systems, patients who have been hospitalized, clients who have self-injured or have experienced suicidal thoughts, families involved with child protective services or out of home placements, professionals; such as police, nursing, social work, etc.

Background

I graduated with a Masters of Social Work from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2016, Bachelors in Social Work from Winona State University in 2012, and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Western Technical College in 2003.


I am certified in Circle of Security-informed practice (a psychoeducational approach that promotes quality of child attachment and caregiver resiliency), and certified in Autism Spectrum Disorder intervention.


I am the parent of a special needs child and understand what it means to be a caregiver facing challenges every day.


I have extensive experience in trauma informed care assessment, intervention, and education. I believe that a person’s behaviors are only part of the story. When we view situations through a "trauma lens", we can help find healing for families and individuals.

Michelle Schmidtknecht

MS, PC

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Experience:

10 years of experience working with students and families as a school counselor in Wisconsin working with students ages 4-19. Currently an Intern working with students at various schools (all ages).

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree from UW-Stout-1999 Psychology; Master’s Degree from Winona State University 2002; School Counseling; Winona State University 2015-Present; currently taking courses to apply for Professional Counseling License.


I graduated from UW-Stout in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology then went on to earn a Masters in School Counseling from Winona State University in 2002. I worked as a school counselor off and on until 2015 when I decided to go back Winona State to pursue a mental health counseling license.


I am now working as an intern at Peace of Mind in order to gain experience in private practice. I like to work with all age groups, although most of my experience has been with children and adolescents. I currently travel to different schools in order to provide mental health services to students. I also provide in-home services to clients of all ages.

Keiko Knothe

MS, LPC

Education & Experience

I will graduate from Winona State University in December 2017 with my Masters of Science in Community Counseling. I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a major in Psychology and minor in Family Violence and Prevention.


Since returning to La Crosse in January of 2013, I have been working with children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and social difficulties. I have had experience working with youth in a residential setting, day treatment setting and most recently an alternative education setting.

Approach

I concentrate on building healthy and positive relationships by using a Person-Centered approach to empower, encourage and motivate my clients. I am also working towards my Circle of Security Informed Certification. Circle of Security focuses on attachment and helps caretakers learn how to interpret their child’s behavior and needs.

Lisa Burnham

MS, LPC, CSAC

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Lisa Burnham is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor serving La Crosse, Jackson, and Trempealeau Counties.


“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers

Experience

Lisa is experienced in working with adolescents ages 12-17 and adults ages 18-60 with diverse backgrounds.


Dual Diagnosis – Addiction Treatment – Trauma – PTSD – Anxiety – Depression – Bipolar Disorder – Personality Disorders – Schizophrenia – Schizoaffective – ADHD – Anger Management – Domestic Violence – Grief and Loss – Relapse Prevention – Preventative Care – Stress – Wellness

Theoretical Orientations

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Person Centered, Motivational Interviewing, Strength Centered, Cognitive Behavioral, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Existential, Solution Focused, Mindfulness Techniques, and Transtheoretical Model

Educational Degrees

            • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Viterbo University
            • Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies, Viterbo University
            • Associate of Science in Business/Finance, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

Licensures and Certifications

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapist
  • Crisis Intervention Emergency Mental Health Services
  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
  • Taking Care of You, Certified Facilitator
  • Strengthening Families Program, Certified Facilitator
  • Reiki Master/Teacher

Bob McManimon-Moe

BS, CSAC, ICS

Pronouns: he/him/his


My focus is treating Substance Use Disorders and helping train others to do the same with compassion, clarity, and kindness. I have worked in the AODA Counseling field here in the coulee region in Residential, Halfway House, Inpatient, Outpatient and MAT settings with adolescents, adults, and effected family members.

Education and Credentials

            • BS from University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
            • Post graduate studies in Community Human Services thru UW Green Bay
            • Credentialed in Wisconsin as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor and Intermediate Clinical

Supervisor

Ongoing areas of education and interest…


Include a wide range of counseling and therapeutic approaches; Humanistic, Client Centered, Gestalt, Shamanism, Cognitive Behavioral, Rational Emotive, Motivational Interviewing, Educational, Mindfulness, EQ, Meditation, Trauma Informed Care, Self-acceptance Training and the 12 Step Philosophy as a succinct “How to” for many of the difficulties that vex us on the road to where we really want to be.

Philosophy

I don’t particularly care about names or labels except in so far as they can help to identify a problem and more importantly how to deal with it. Two questions dominate my approach to counseling: “What do you want?” and “How can I help?”. I offer traditional as well as contemporary approaches to therapy ever mindful that my client's wellbeing is the reason for all I do.

Brooke Kubicek

MSW APSW

Pronouns: she/her/hers


"I believe therapy is about connection and partnership. I believe that people want to become a better version of themselves. As a therapist, I am happy to guide those struggling on their journey to self-discovery and positive change; working towards their short and long-term goals.


Everyone is capable of change and/or doing things differently - whether that is a perspective shift or a lifestyle change. All it takes is one caring adult (at least one connection) to motivate or help someone. I'm a big advocate for helping others help themselves."

Experience with:

Anger – Depression – Mindfulness – Anxiety – Self Esteem – Adjustment Disorders – Suicidal Ideations – Relationship Struggles – Inpatient Setting – Crisis Counseling – Emotional and Behavioral Disorders – Caregiver/Child Relationships – Domestic Violence – Trauma – Children in the foster care system

Education/Background:

            • Winona State University – 2015, Bachelors in Social Work
            • University of Wisconsin-Madison – 2018, Masters in Social Work with emphasis in Mental Health

Approach/Theoretical Orientations:

Person Centered Focus, Person-in-Environment, Motivational Interviewing, Circle of Security, Strengths Based, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Mindfulness, Coping skills, Family Systems Theory

Leah Williams

MS, LPC

Pronouns: she/her/hers

My Philosophy

Welcome! I believe all people have the same basic goals for inner peace, happiness and self-awareness. I believe in a person centered approach and creating a partnership with my clients to develop a plan for healing, positive change and recovery. We are all capable of self-improvement and fundamental change with a good support system and internal motivation. Utilizing your inner strength, you can make the changes you desire.


There are obstacles to overcome in all aspects of life and together we can work to overcome depression, self-doubt, anxiety, trauma and challenging life issues. I believe there is always a positive and rewarding path forward.

Experience

My experience includes 12 years of successfully providing support and advocacy to assist children and families in crisis and those who have experienced trauma. This consisted of assisting parents and children to cope with mental health challenges, substance abuse concerns, complicated family dynamics, societal and economic issues.

Education

                • BA, Psychology, 2006, Winona State University
                • MS, Community Counseling, 2011, Winona State University

Other Credentials:

Certified Social Worker, 2010


Nationally Certified Counselor (NBCC), 2012


Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Training 2015-2016


General goals of this include reduction of a child’s negative emotional and behavioral responses to the trauma that they have experienced, while using helpful learned coping skills.


Instructor, Introduction to Psychology, Western Technical College, 2014-2016

Alicia Skiles

MS, NCC, LPC

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Alicia received her master’s degree in community counseling from Winona State University and bachelor’s degree in psychology with a women’s, gender and sexuality studies minor and youth and child care emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Wisconsin and a nationally certified counselor.

Her clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents and adults on variety of mental health issues. She has also worked 2 years in mental health crisis services and over 10 years with children and families in an early childhood setting. Alicia maintains certifications in ACT (Adults and Children Together, a parenting program) and TF-CBT (Trauma focused- cognitive behavioral therapy for children and adolescents).


The foundation of Alicia’s approach is Person-Centered counseling. This means that she views the client and other family members as experts in their own lives and will honor the direction and feedback clients bring to counseling. Alicia practices LGBTQ affirmative counseling.

Casey Denzine

MSW, APSW

Experience

Six years working with adolescents and adults in addressing crises, problem solving, planning goals, and improving well-being. Experience serving individuals with anxiety, depression, PTSD, anger, and bi-polar.

Education

Bachelors of Science – University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Masters of Social Work – University of Wisconsin-Madison

Approach

Person Centered, Strengths Based, Motivation Interviewing, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Superhero Therapy, Art Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Philosophy

“Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our point of view.” – Obi Wan Kenobi (Return of the Jedi)

Kenzie Fox

MS, LPC

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Kenzie Fox is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Wisconsin. She received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in child and adolescent counseling from Viterbo University.

Experience

I work with children, teens, adults, and families. My specialties include trauma, anxiety, depression, and relationship conflicts.

My Approach

I believe you are the expert in your own life; I can simply serve as a guide, walking along next to you, to help you become who you want to be. I believe that change comes through increased self-awareness. I utilize person-centered, cognitive behavioral, and strengths-based therapy.

Tara Allert

MS, LPC-IT, SAC-IT

Pronouns: she/her/hers


I have worked with several populations including children, adolescents, adults, and families. Additionally, I have approximately 10 years of experience supporting youth, families, and adults in crisis and with histories of complex trauma.

My approach strongly emphasizes coming alongside individuals or families with a stance of curiosity as a means to facilitate growth. I believe that each client has the inherent strengths and qualities needed to reach their goals and am privileged for the opportunity to witness such growth and change.


I have interest and experience working with a variety of clinical presentations including: anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, personality disorders, and relational & family distress.


I tend to utilize a strengths-based and person-centered approach. I also implement: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.

Education:

              • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Viterbo University, 2018
              • Bachelor of Arts in Substance Abuse Counseling, Viterbo University, 2016

J Dobbins

MS, LPC-IT

My Approach

I believe Mental and Emotional Health is just as important as your physical health and well being. The mind and body possess a natural gravitation toward health and balance. We can collaborate to assist mind and body along the path to healing and well-being.


Therapy is a safe place in which I work eclectically to suit the needs of the individual. A key component to my practice is developing an authentic, collaborative, comfortable and compassionate therapeutic relationship, showing genuine respect and unconditional positive regard for all clients.

I believe that my role as a therapist is that of a collaborative thought partner who can foster growth. I work to empower my clients with help, healing, and hope as they learn to make positive life choices and changes unique to their individual needs.


My professional journey has allowed me the opportunity to work with clients across the lifespan, facing many different life challenges and situations.


My primary approach to counseling is an integration of strength-centered, mindfulness-based, and cognitive behavioral therapies and interventions.


In essence, this integrative counseling approach strives to balance an empathic and genuine relationship with the client, fostering a collaborative effort at identifying what changes a client can make to minimize emotional and behavioral disturbances.


I will assist you in exploring the past, creating peace in the present and feeling hope for your future. Issues that clients address in counseling include personal, emotional, professional, and relationship issues, among many others.


Embarking on a counseling journey is a brave undertaking that may challenge you at times. When you embrace the process of healing despite your life experiences, you don't just become who you might have been if you hadn't encountered suffering in the first place.


You gain something better—the hard-earned gift of life wisdom , which allows you to develop deeper empathy , seek more intimacy , value life's sweeter moments, and treasure your connectedness to others and to the world at large.


This is the hard-won benefit of having known suffering. My goal is to help individuals reach their highest potential and to help families live more harmonious and happier lives together.


I look forward to hearing your life story as I work to empower you to make the changes necessary that direct you toward the life you desire.

Education:

              • Masters of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling, Viterbo University, 2014
              • Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Viterbo University, 2010

Casey Bohlman

MHP

Experience

Over 7 years of combined experience in the following areas: -Direct care staff at an adolescent shelter home -Supervisor/Direct care staff for a residential treatment facility -State Certified Juvenile Detention Officer -Children’s Case Management at a non-profit mental health center -Therapeutic Skills Provider at a non-profit mental health center

Education

Bachelor of Science from University of Wisconsin La Crosse, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Sociology Currently completing Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Winona State University

My Approach

My variety of work experience has given me a special look into the lives of those who grow up with emotional and behavioral needs. My current work has gravitated towards preventative care with children and adolescents to provide them with the chance to have a better quality of life.


This work also includes assisting all caregivers with the necessary changes required to provide a nurturing environment to allow the child to develop in a healthy way.


The work I do is done in real time, in real situations. I try and find scenarios that are applicable to the family or child to work within. This hands-on experience allows them to apply the therapeutic lessons they are developing in real time.


Learning how to get the most out of each experience has shown to be beneficial not only to the clients I work with, but also to me.

Rachel Unseth

MS, LPC, SASA

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Rachel Unseth is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization in WI.

Philosophy & Approach

My counseling and therapy philosophy is influenced by some of the greats including:


- Carl Rogers Client-Centered Therapy and On Becoming a Person


- Irvin Yalom The Gift of Therapy and Existential Psychotherapy


- Bessel van der Kolk The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma


- Gabor Mate In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction


- Brene Brown The Gifts of Imperfection and Braving the Wilderness


As a counselor and therapist, I believe that my job is to provide a safe environment with a foundation based in genuineness, acceptance, and empathy. I see myself as a mirror and a tool of sorts to help you heal, grow, and move forward.


I also believe that mindfulness, meditation, and/or breathwork are all essential elements of healing. I encourage concurrent bodywork to support your recovery efforts such as yoga, massage, acupuncture, exercise, somatics, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, etc. Regarding drug and alcohol issues, I will see anyone who needs an assessment, is mandated by the courts or probation, currently struggling, sober, or in recovery.


I support 12 step groups and SMART recovery, however most of all I believe in the spiritual principles of recovery which include honesty, hope, faith, courage, integrity, willingness, humility/being humble, love and compassion for others, self-discipline, perseverance, spirituality, and service. Two things I firmly believe in are 1) The opposite of addiction is connection and 2) How it works is Honesty, Openness, and Willingness.


Some other theories and techniques I integrate into my practice are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Reality Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Tapping and Emotional Freedom Techniques, Polyvagal Theory, integration of 12 step models, and other trauma sensitive interventions.


I am interested in pursuing training in EMDR and Gottman Method Couples Therapy in the upcoming years.

Experience & Areas of Interest

8 years of experience counseling individuals, couples, families, and group therapy.


- Co-occurring disorders (mental health and drug and/or alcohol issues)


- Substance abuse, chemical dependency assessments, alcohol and/or drug dependency, and chronic addiction


- Trauma including developmental, attachment disorders, ACES, abuse (emotional, verbal, physical, sexual), neglect, domestic violence, sex trafficking victims, simple, complex, dissociative symptoms, etc.


- Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) and/or codependency issues


- Issues with self-acceptance, self-worth, and/or self-esteem


- Axis II and personality disorders


- ADD, ADHD, impulse control, conduct disorder


- Mood disorders including bipolar I and II, depression and other depressive disorders


- Anxiety disorders including general anxiety, phobias, and panic attacks, OCD and OCD symptoms


- Hopelessness, non-suicidal self-injury, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and/or past suicide attempts


- Eating disorders, disordered eating, appetite and/or weight concerns


- Family and relationship issues


- Work or employment issues


- Spirituality issues


- Legal issues or court mandated counseling


- Ambivalence, malingering, and/or harm reduction


- Social environment problems such as economic issues, homelessness, acculturation, general stress, adjustment issues, etc.

Education

Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from Winona State University in 2015.

Bachelor of Science degree in Addiction Studies from Viterbo University in 2013.

Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from UW- La Crosse in 2011.

Beth Aschenbrenner (Hellenbrand)

MS, LPC

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Experience:

I have held positions as a behavioral specialist, direct care provider, teacher, and respite provider. I have been fortunate to work with children and adults with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and physical challenges.

Education:

      • I will have my Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Winona State University in December of 2019.
      • I have my Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Approach:

I believe that each person has so much to contribute to life and my role is to support the self-acknowledgment of that worth in a healthy way. I tend to lean towards using cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral approaches as well as motivational interviewing theories.


I have also have been trained in dialectical-behavioral therapy and often run youth and adult groups with this approach. With children, I do use play-centered therapy and have been trained within child-focused ideology.

Chris Rinkenberger

MS, NCC, LPC-IT

Pronouns: he/him/his


Chris has a multi-faceted clinical experience serving others. He is an adoptive parent and he spent many years as a treatment foster parent. Chris has worked in outpatient and residential settings, as well as in the jail and juvenile detention center.


During the past several years, Chris has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in crisis. These experiences have provided a wealth of knowledge and insight to an array of unique clients and situations.

Chris believes strongly in the power of connection with others. He believes that we are all capable of change, given the right environment. Chris takes a person-centered and strengths-based approach in his work.


Chris is grounded in a humanistic approach and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. However, he also draws from Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, existential, and experiential techniques.


Chris’ counseling interests involve working with adolescents and adults with a variety of clinical presentations including depression, anxiety, trauma, emotional/behavioral concerns, relational issues, communication, grief and loss, suicidal ideation, self-injury, shame and vulnerability, self-esteem, and adjustment concerns.

Education

              • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Capella University
              • Bachelor of Science - Kaplan University
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.” - Brené Brown
“Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not who someone else is today.” - Jordan B. Peterson

Jillian Niemyjski

MS, LPC, NCC

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Jillian Niemyjski, MS, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a minor in Interpersonal Communication and a Child Youth Care emphasis.


Jillian has experience working with children, teens, adults, and families with a variety of mental health concerns including: anger issues, divorce, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, sexual assault, domestic violence, trauma, adjustment disorders, children in the foster care system, suicidal ideation, self-injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Additionally, she has training in implementing TF-CBT (Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for children and adolescents who have experienced some form of trauma.


Jillian’s approaches are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Art in therapy, Play in therapy, and mindfulness. She supports clients in learning new skills to face current challenges and helps individuals recognize their strengths and the importance of staying positive.

Jennalee Oefstedahl

MS, LPC-IT

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Education:

  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Viterbo University Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  • Currently enrolled in Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program, Viterbo University

Areas of Experience/Interest:

Anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, complex family relationships, trauma, prenatal and postpartum wellbeing, infertility, miscarriage/infant loss, exercise therapy, advocacy

Approach:

I gravitate towards strengths-based, narrative, family systems, humanistic, and postmodern approaches, but I adapt therapy to meet the needs of the individual, couple, or family. I believe you know your story and/or struggles better than anyone and I provide the safe space for you to explore your experiences and challenge yourself to make the changes you desire.

Rebecca Kreger

MS-LPC, LPCC

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Rebecca Kreger, MS, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in MN and a Licensed Professional Counselor in WI. She completed her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with concentrations in AODA and Eating Disorders at the University of Wisconsin, Stout, a CACREP accredited program.


During that time, she was initiated into the Iota Sigma Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota as an Executive Board Member. Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society for counseling students, counselor educators and professional counselors.

Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse where she was inducted into Psi Chi, the International Honor Society for Psychology in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement and excellence. Rebecca is also a veteran of the United States Army.


Rebecca’s clinical experience includes providing individual and various group therapy services, such as Dialectical Behavioral Skills Training, to adolescents and adults in the community as well as institutions in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.


She is certified as an Anger Management Specialist-I through the National Anger Management Association, is a QPR Gatekeeper for suicide prevention, has completed Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Foundational Training through the Linehan Institute and currently is working toward certification as a Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional.


Rebecca takes a strengths-based, person-centered approach using evidence-based therapeutic methods such as Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).


Rebecca has experience with: Anger - Depression – Mindfulness -Anxiety – Self Esteem – Adjustment Disorders – Suicidal Ideations – Relationship Struggles – Crisis Counseling – Emotional and Behavioral Disorders – Domestic Violence – Trauma.

Bethany Hart

MSW, APSW

Pronouns: she/her/hers


I believe that everyone does their best with the tools they have. I am here to walk with you and help you acquire new tools to improve your overall quality of life. I provide a comfortable and supportive environment to help you safely explore and work through your worries, thoughts, and emotions.


Bethany is an Advanced Practice Social Worker and Qualified Therapist in Training, with a master’s degree in clinical social work from UW Madison. She has clinical experience working with a variety of clients from ages three to seventy-three. She is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in addition to having experience working with preschool aged children with severe autism.

Bethany has experience assisting clients who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, complex trauma, anger, sadness, loss, adjustment, transition, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, attachment, abuse, disruptive behavioral disorders, foster care, out-of-home placement, relationships, developmental disabilities, personality disorders, etc.

Kayla McCluskey

MSW

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Education:

I graduated with my Masters in Clinical Social Work in December of 2019 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to that, I earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Experience:

Throughout my education l’ve gained numerous years of experience working with primarily adolescents in residential, in-home, and school settings. As a clinician, I emphasize motivational interviewing techniques by focusing on aligning the clients strengths with their individualized goals.

Theoretical Orientations: 

Cognitive Behavioral, Strength Based, Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Coping Skills, Mindfulness Techniques, Person in Environment.

Beth Mullen-Houser

Ph.D, LP

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Thanks for stopping by! Everyone has uncomfortable feelings at times. I work with clients to uncover and heal the parts of themselves that are stuck in distress and harmful ways of coping. These internal changes allow clients to be more fully themselves, living a rich, full and meaningful life.


I utilize various forms of psychotherapy, adapting and tailoring to the particular needs of each client, including Internal Family Systems and other compassion and mindfulness-based approaches.

I strive to be respectful, humble, curious, compassionate and flexible. I believe in the dignity, unique strengths, and worth of every individual. I have been practicing psychotherapy for over 15 years and I love my work. I have also studied and published on the relationship between our thoughts and feelings and our physical and mental health.


Outside of my therapy practice I enjoy the beauty of the Driftless area including hiking, biking and canoeing, reading novels (my most recent favorite authors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Jasmine Guillory, Leah Johnson and Sandhya Menon), cooking using our CSA veggies and eating at restaurants with cuisine from around the world.


Before becoming a psychologist I was fortunate to have many mini-careers, including teaching and/or traveling in Japan, Europe, Mexico and Canada, being a national park ranger in both Colorado and California and staffing the front desk of the Madison Urban League. I can often be found in our backyard playing with my family, including our dog.

Holly Dwyer

MS, LPC-IT

Pronouns: she/her/hers

I received my master's in Clinical Mental Health from Winona State University in 2021. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree from Viterbo University with a major in Psychology and minor in Substance Abuse Counseling.


I have experience working with children and adults that are experiencing emotional, behavioral, and social struggles. My interests include working with students and adults with chronic illness or pain, LGBTQIA+ identities, grief, anxiety, depression, and navigating through life transitions.

My counseling theories are shaped through personal experiences and education. They include a person-centered approach, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral, and dialectical behavioral theory. An eclectic combination of these theories allows me to meet each client at their current state and encourage growth to help them be the best version of themselves.

My role as a counselor is to hold hope for my clients until they’re able to hold it for themselves.

Rhonda Rhodes

MA, SAC-IT, LPC-IT

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Rhonda Rhodes is a dual-diagnosis therapist, providing adults of all ages with addiction and mental health counseling services.


Rhonda’s approach is client-centered and strengths-based to address client issues with addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, age-related adjustment disorders, and other chronic mental health illnesses.

Experience

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

12-Step Facilitation

EMDR


Education

Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School: Master’s Degree, Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders, August 2020

University of Houston: Bachelor’s Degree, Communications, May 1989


“Once you chose hope, anything’s possible”

~ Christopher Reeve

Angela Goethel

MS, LPC-IT


Before joining Peace of Mind, I worked as a school psychologist for ten years. I have experience with children, youth, and young adults ages 3 through 21 and have collaborated with families, school staff, and community providers to maximize student success and well-being. I started working with Peace of Mind in the fall of 2020. As my professional journey evolves, I continue to enjoy working with individuals of all ages as they seek to realize their own goals in the area of healing, wellness, growth, and development.



Approach

I ascribe to an integrative, multicultural approach which is person-centered, strength-centered, and solution-focused. I believe that all people have tremendous capacity for personal insight, motivation, and growth. I view the client as the expert in their own life and see my role as joining clients in active dialogue, providing structure, and integrating additional approaches that are relevant to, and effective with, individual needs, goals, and worldviews.


Education

1995 B.S. Deaf Education – University of Tulsa, Oklahoma

2010 M.S. School Psychology – UW-La Crosse, Wisconsin

2012 Ed.S. School Psychology – UW-La Crosse, Wisconsin

2020 M.S. Mental Health Counseling – Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisconsin

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