Meet Our Team
I want to start by saying that I am a wife, a mother, a stepmom, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I have good days and I have bad days. I have had ups and downs in life, but I continue to strive to achieve goals that I set for myself. I am passionate and dedicated to myself, to my family, to my friends, and to my community. My goal is to empower people to be the best version of themselves. I believe that counseling is for everyone. I also believe in integrating other resources in the area that may help you improve in your overall well-being.
I have a Masters in social work from the College of Saint Catherine, University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. My undergraduate degree is in social work from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.
I have over 20 years of experience working with people from all walks of life. This encompasses children experiencing peer pressure, adolescent stress, bullying, divorce, etc. It also encompasses adults experiencing the stresses of daily life, divorce, domestic violence, addiction, incarceration, and narcissistic relationships.
I have been working in the mental health field since 2009. I received my bachelor’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation December 2012. I worked in adult family home working with persons’ with disabilities such as traumatic brain injuries, autism, personality disorders, and cognitive delays. At the group home I would assist in managing problem behaviors, giving direct care support and developing skills with the clients to help them live as independently as possible in the community. During those years I had internship positions. First was through Stepping Stones and the second at the Dunn County Veteran’s Office. These experiences have given me the opportunity to learn from several different populations.
While in graduate school I worked at Northwest Connections crisis line doing mental health/suicide risk assessments. I worked in collaboration with the client, law enforcement, hospitals, and families of those in crisis to determine the least restrictive environment to keep the individual safe. In addition to making the Chapter 51.15 approvals we provided outreach and support for clients over the phone. I started my internship with Kayres Counseling in January of 2014. In December 2014 I graduated with my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in AODA.
After graduation I was hired on as a counselor here at Kayres. The primary counseling theory I like to use is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy but I include other theories and techniques as they fit for each individual client such as play therapy and mindfulness. I work with very young children up to adults with a variety of life struggles. I believe what every client needs is different and I am ready to meet you where you are at.
I am a graduate from the University of Wisconsin Stout and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Wisconsin. I have worked in various disciplines over the years, many of which are, or have been, in the health field. I have worked with people from a variety of socio-economic and educational backgrounds and with pre-teens and adolescents, young adults, mature adults and the elderly.
I value a spirit of compassion, openness, appreciation, non-judgment, exploration, and collaboration in my approach to the therapeutic relationship, fostering an environment of trust and safety. I work with clients to help them recognize and promote their inner resources and strengths as well as to help them learn new tools and skills needed to facilitate growth and healing.
We are always in relationship: to ourselves, to others, to our thoughts and feelings, our circumstances and even to our environment---in fact, to the very ground that supports us. Our primary relationship is with ourselves, however, and influences all of the other relationships in our life as well as how we interpret or perceive events.
Better understanding our patterns of thought, feelings and behaviors, increasing conscious awareness in the moment, and learning how to take care of ourselves empower us to make more appropriate choices so we become “response-able” instead of reacting from habit or “automatic pilot.” The past does not have to define us.
Services Offered: Mental Health Counseling, Alexander Technique Lessons, & Healing Touch
Mental Health Counseling for Anxiety/Depression, Grief/Loss, Self-Esteem , Life Transitions , Anger Management, Codependency, Addiction and Recovery Support, Performance Anxiety
Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Relaxation Techniques and others
Outdoor activities, dance, writing, singing, theater, reading, music, tai chi, art, spirituality
Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Concentration: Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counseling
University of Wisconsin-Stout, 2013
Associate Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Chippewa Valley Technical College, 2009
Certification as an Alexander Technique Teacher, 2002
Energy Healing Work --- Spiritual Healing Touch Practitioner, 2013; Reiki Level II Practitioner, 2005
Jerry received his B.S. Degree in Architectural Engineering from Lawrence Technical University in 1970. During his 23 years in the United States Air Force, he completed his Master degree in counseling in 1988. Jerry worked in a high security prison in Missouri for over 22 years as a therapist with sex offenders that had the full range of mental health issues.
Jerry generally uses cognitive behavioral therapy in his treatment sessions. This enables the client and therapist to form a strong therapeutic bond. That bond contributes to the client to speak in a comfortable and confidential environment. This prompts clients to share information that might not seem important to them, but as one of the factors a therapist can begin to understand the connections and better understand the situation as a whole.
Jerry treated individual clients, couples, groups, and people struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction during his career. He is equally comfortable with each type of client. His long experience helps him offer effective and efficient treatment of the full array of mental health issues.
PH.D, MS-MH, SAC, LPC
Steve is a Psychotherapist specializing in PTSD, addiction, trauma, depression, anger, anxiety and relationship issues. He is also involved in directing, organizing, developing, and directing Soft Landing Transition Services which provides safe, sober housing for people in the community. for the past seven years.
He is a Vietnam combat veteran with degrees in teaching, administration and mental health counseling. He is a licensed Substance Abuse Counselor and a licensed Professional Counselor, Psychotherapist. He has seen the trauma of war first hand and experienced the despair of having his son die at an early age. He has spent the last ten years working closely with veterans and others who experience trauma, substance abuse, and post traumatic stress disorder.
He served internships at the Tomah Veteran’s hospital and the Dunn County jail as a mental health counselor in training. He worked with the Dunn County diversion court and Arbor Place Recovery Center as a mental health counselor. He was one of the primary drivers for the development of Soft Landing Transition Services which operates two sober transition houses in Menomonie.
Steve is nationally published and has presented throughout the United States on a number of topics regarding leadership, organizational development , and transition of people with addictions back into the community. He is a recipient of a Vietnam Veteran of the Year Award, a Mount Horeb Principal of the Year Award, and numerous other recognitions. He has lived in and served the Dunn County Area for the past nineteen years.
I welcome those seeking help with feelings, communication, body challenges, sexual issues, or LGBTQIAP related needs. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Sex Therapist. I work with individuals as well as with couples and family systems. I can help clients facing issues with anxiety, neurodiversity, relationships, spiritual challenges, trauma, medical trauma, PTSD, disability, or many types of sexual challenges. I have a history of working with a diverse variety of clients for 23 years, initially as a recreational therapist and mental health worker, and also as a massage therapist, and a health coach/spiritual counselor.
I earned my M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from UW-Stout in 2017. I also have a graduate certificate in Sex Therapy from UW-Stout in 2016. I have a level II Anger Management Certificate (CAMS-II). I earned my B.A. in Educational Philosophy and Experiential Ed/Wellness from Metro State in 1992. Over the past 30 years, I have pursued trainings in and practiced bodywork/massage, neurobiology, attachment, trauma, sexual trauma, spirituality, mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing Techniques, CAMS-II, sex therapy for over 31 issues
I am a recommended Safe Spaces Provider in the Chippewa Valley and am currently under the supervision of Dr. Alex Iantaffi, PhD, LMFT, CST, SEP, and Gretchen Fincke, MSW, CST, DST.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Stout for Marriage and Family Therapy.