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Mark Bjerke, Owner & Clinical Director

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with Neuropsychology Specialty

Practice Location:
Eau Claire

Education:
Fuller Theological Seminary: Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena, California

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Families
  • Trauma
  • Couples and Marital Therapy

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Harlan Heinz, PhD

Licensed Psychologist in Wisconsin and Arizona
Consultant to Wisconsin Forensic Unit

Practice Location: Eau Claire

Education:
University of Wyoming: Ph.D
University of Northern Colorado: BA and MA

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Forensic Evaluations
  • ADHD / ADD Assessment and Treatment
  • Children's Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • Individual and Family Therapy
  • Sex Offender Assessment and Treatment
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Grief Counseling

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Jennifer Abele, MS, LMFT, CSAC

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor

Practice Location: Eau Claire

Education:
University of Wisconsin Stout

Training and Certifications:
Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Trained In Alternating Bilateral Stimulation
Prepare and Enrich Certified

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Financial Stress
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Weight and Health Issues
  • Communication Skills
  • Conflict Resolution

Emily Beer, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Practice Location:
Eau Claire

Education:
Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Concentration, University of Wisconsin - Stout

Training and Certifications:
Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Trained in Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Substance Use Informed
  • Adolescents (12 and Older)
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Conflict Resolution and Communication
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grief and Loss
  • GLBTQ
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias/Fears
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Life Transitions

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Kathy Benson-Storrar, MS, LPC, CSAC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor - State of WI

Practice Location:
Eau Claire

Education:
Master of Science, University of IL at Champaign - Urbana

Training and Certifications:
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor - National
Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor - International
Trained in Dialectic Behavior Therapy
Trained in Internal Family Systems
Trained in Prepare and Enrich

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Faith, Mindfulness, and Spirituality
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (Men, Women, and Adolescents)
  • Co-Dependency
  • Couples Brief Counseling (Prepare-Enrich)
  • Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT with Dogs)
  • Self-Injurious Behavior
  • Trauma (Men, Women, and Adolescents)

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Christine Brudnicki, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Practice Location:
Eau Claire

Education:
Master of Science in Educational Psychology
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Training & Certifications:
Certificate in Christian Counseling
Certificate in MBSR-T (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens)

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Children, Adolescents, and Adults
  • Christian Counseling
  • Attention-Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Anxiety, Depression, and Mood Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Mindfulness, Health, and Wellness
  • Registered Yoga Teacher

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Allison Bunkelman, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Practice Location:
Eau Claire

Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from UW-Eau Claire
Masters of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling / AODA Concentration University of Wisconsin - Stout

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Self-Esteem, Empowerment, and Mindfulness
  • Grief Issues
  • Trauma
  • Sex Offender Treatment
  • Sexual Issues and Difficulties
  • Life Transitions 
  • Healthy Communication and Assertiveness Skills
  • Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Families

Laurie Carlsen MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Practice Location:
Barron

Education:
Masters of Science - Marriage and Family Therapy; University of Wisconsin Stout

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Parenting
  • Anxiety, Depression, and Mood Disorders
  • Health and Wellness
  • Identity Issues and Sexual Orientation
  • Couples and Marital Issues
  • Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • Self-Esteem
  • Children, Adolescents, and Adults

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Kristi Channing, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Practice Location:
Eau Claire

Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from UW-Eau Claire
Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin - Stout

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Eating Disorders and Body Image
  • Life-Transitions
  • Self-Esteem and Empowerment
  • Spirituality and Purpose
  • Healthy Communication
  • Assertiveness Skills

Andrea Dorn, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Practice Location:
Eau Claire

Education:

Master of Clinical Social Work - University of St. Thomas

Training & Certifications:
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavior Therapy
CAMS Suicide Assessment and Treatment

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Self-Esteem and Empowerment
  • Mindfulness
  • Life Transitions
  • Healthy Communication
  • Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Families

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Benjamin Fraundorf, LPC-IT

Licensed Professional Counselor - In Training

Practice Location: 
Eau Claire

Education:
Master of Arts, Mental Health Counseling, Multnomah University

Training and Certifications:
Level I and II Training in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Loss and Grief
  • Trauma
  • Transitions
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Spirituality and Purpose
  • Relationships
  • Mindfulness
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Attachment Theory
  • Individuals and Couples
  • Adolescents and Adults
  • Christian Counseling

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Sarah Gailey, MS, MFT-IT

Marriage & Family Therapist – In Training

Practice Location: Eau Claire

Education:
Fuller Theological Seminary: Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena, California

Training & Certifications:
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certified
Substance Use Informed with Relapse Prevention training
Prepare & Enrich Certified

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Children, Adolescents, and Adults
  • Individuals, Couples, and Families
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Anger Management
  • Healthy Communication
  • Substance Use and Relapse Prevention
  • Self-Esteem and Empowerment
  • Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
  • Victims of Domestic Violence
  • LGBTQ and Gender Identity
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Faith and Spirituality
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Art Therapy

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Karen Garnett, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Practice Location: Eau Claire

Education:
Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin - Stout, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Training & Certifications:
Licensed Professional Counselor with Substance Abuse Special Authority

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Adults and Couples
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Communication Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Anger Management

Sarah Glaze, MS, LPC, SAC-IT

Licensed Professional Counselor
Substance Abuse Counselor - In Training

Practice Location:
Barron and Eau Claire

Education:
Masters of Science, Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin - Stout, Menomonie, WI

Training & Certifications:
Trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Trained in Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Conflict Resolution and Communication
  • Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Children, Adolescents, and Adults
  • Individuals, Couples, and Families

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Roberta Goodman, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Practice Location:
Eau Claire

Education:
Doctorate, Counseling Psychology, University of Colorado - Boulder, Boulder, CO

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Individuals and Couples
  • Grief and Loss of Relationship
  • Communication Issues
  • LGBTQ and Diversity Issues
  • Trauma Resolution
  • Life Transitions
  • Aging Issues
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA)

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Randy Guilhas, CSAC

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

Practice Location: Barron and Eau Claire

Education:
Associate of Science in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counseling
Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI

Training & Certifications:
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Thinking for a Change

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Self-Awareness
  • Spirituality
  • Anger Issues
  • Adolescents and Adults

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Sandra Helpsmeet, MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Practice Location: Eau Claire

Education:
Masters of Science-Marriage and Family Therapy; University of Wisconsin Stout

Training & Certifications:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Wisconsin
Level I and II Training in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Advanced Training in Developmental needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS)
Registered Yoga Therapist with Yoga Alliance

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Life Transitions
  • Stuck Behaviors, Beliefs, and Emotions
  • Trauma Resolution
  • Depression and Grief
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Blending Eastern & Western Approaches
  • Mindfulness and Spirituality

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Sabrina Hince, RN

Mental Health Nurse

Practice Location:
Barron and Eau Claire

Education:
Associate Degree, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

Training & Certifications:
Trained in Comprehensive Community Services (CSS)

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Medication Management

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Jennifer Karper, MS, MFT-IT

Marriage & Family Therapist - In Training

Practice Location:
Barron and Eau Claire

Education:
Masters of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Wisconsin Stout
Masters of Science, Family Studies and Human Development, University of Wisconsin Stout

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Couples, Marital Therapy, and Parenting
  • Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, and Communication
  • Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Families
  • Abandonment, Grief, and Loss
  • Bi-Culturalism and Life Transitions
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Identity Issues, Diversity, and Sexual Orientation 
  • Stress Management, Wellness, and Mindfulness

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Jason Kersten, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Practice Location: Eau Claire

Education:
Master of Clinical Social Work, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Family Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sexuality and Sexual Health
  • Mindfulness, Health, and Wellness
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation

Kayla Klemm, MS, LPC-IT

Licensed Professional Counselor - In Training

Practice Location:
Barron and Eau Claire

Education:
Masters of Science, Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Individuals and Families
  • Adolescents and Adults
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sex Offender Treatment
  • LGBTQ and Diversity
  • Mindfulness
  • Cognitive-Behavioral

Patty McGown, MS, LPC, RYT

Licensed Professional Counselor

Practice Location: Barron

Education:
Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Montana State University in Bozeman

Training & Certifications:
Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance
Meadows Trained in Development Immaturity (Codependence)
Internal Family Systems Informed

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Anger and Emotion Management
  • Adolescents and Adults
  • Individuals, Couples, and Families
  • Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Mindfulness
  • Relaxation
  • Relationships
  • LGBTQ Issues and Diversity

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Ashley Miller, LPC-IT

Licensed Professional Counselor - In Training

Practice Location: Eau Claire

Education:
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin Stout

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Loss and Grief
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Relationships
  • Mindfulness
  • Children, Adolescents, and Adults
  • Individuals and Couples
  • Play Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Sex Offender Treatment

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Jean Neira, MS, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Practice Location:
Eau Claire

Education:
Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin - Stout

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Individual, Couples, and Families
  • Adolescents and Adults
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Communication Skills
  • Grief and Loss
  • Midlife/Other Life Changes and Transitions

Stephanie T. Nicolet, MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Practice Location:
Eau Claire

Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy - Edgewood College

Training & Certifications:
Training in Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Trauma
  • Children, Adolescents, and Adults
  • Individuals and Families
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Self-Esteem
  • Healthy Communication and Assertiveness Skills
  • Christian Counseling

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Kevin Rooney, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Practice Location:
Eau Claire

Education:
Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Springfield MO

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Families
  • Trauma
  • Behavioral problems with children
  • ADHD treatment
  • Guardianship evaluations

Andrea Ruder, MS, LPC-IT

Licensed Professional Counselor - In Training

Practice Location:
Eau Claire

Education:
Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin - Stout

Training & Certifications:
Substance Use Informed
Eating Disorders Informed

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Adolescents and Adults
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Stress Management
  • Eating Disorders

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Jim Rugowski, MD

Psychiatrist

Practice Location:
Barron and Eau Claire

Education:
University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry
University of Wisconsin Medical School

Training & Certifications: 
Trained in Comprehensive Community Services

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Evaluation for Psychoactive Medications
  • Provision of Medication for Mental Health
  • Provision of Medication for Chemical Dependency Conditions

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Kenneth Snart, MSE, CSAC, LPC-IT

Practice Location: Eau Claire

Education:
Master of Science Education, Counselor Education, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

Training & Certifications:
Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
Independent Clinical Supervisor

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Adolescents and Adults
  • LGBTQ
  • Grief and Loss
  • Christian Counseling

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Mary Sokup, MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Assistant Clinical Director


Practice Location: Eau Claire

Education:
Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Wisconsin - Stout

Training & Certifications:
Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Trauma
  • Life Transitions
  • Behavioral Concerns
  • Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Families

Ryan Stepp, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Practice Location: Eau Claire

Education:
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, The Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Psychological Assessments (Children, Adults and Older Adults)
  • Individual Therapy (Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Older Adults)
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Behavioral Concerns
  • Anger Management
  • Mindfulness
  • Personality Disorders
  • Life Transitions
  • Performance Enhancement / Motivation
  • Geriatric Psychology

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Cory Tischman, MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Practice Location:
Eau Claire

Education:
Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Wisconsin - Stout

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Children, Adolescents, and Adults
  • Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy
  • Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • LGBTQ and Diversity
  • Parenting
  • Trauma

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Lisa Ullrich, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Practice Location:
Eau Claire

Education:
Masters of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling with AODA, University of Wisconsin - Stout

Training & Certifications:
Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Children, Adolescents, and Adults 
  • Couples and Families
  • Life Transitions
  • Trauma
  • Mindfulness and Empowerment
  • Grief Issues
  • Sex Offender Treatment
  • Intelligence and Achievement Testing

Lori Eklund Walsh, LCSW, LPC, CSAC

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

Practice Location:
Eau Claire

Education:
Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin - Stout
Master of Science in Social Work, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Licensed Professional Counselor

Training & Certifications:
Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Children, Adolescents, and Adults
  • Dual Diagnosis Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Trauma
  • Self-Esteem
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Life Transitions