When you visit one of our clinics or therapists, you will see we are committed to hosting our customers as a guest in a warm, relaxing and comforting environment. We are a “one-stop shop” with a wide variety of services available to assist with many issues. We are creative, resourceful, understanding, genuine and will “go the extra mile” to assist our customers.


Andy Wolf, LCSW
Siren, Menomonie, and Ladysmith offices

  • Special Interests: Anxiety & depression, communication issues, mood and psychiatric disorders, mediation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, corrections
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Masters of Social Work – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • NASW-WI Member for past 17 years

Licensed Clinical Social Worker involved in clinical work for the past 20 years. Andy uses a variety of approaches when working with individuals and families that assist in promoting healthy and productive living while paying attention to the importance of balance in daily life. Andy has extensive experience in providing counseling on a community outpatient basis, in correctional settings, community programs, and other settings.

In his free time, Andy likes to spend time with his family and enjoys fishing, camping and other outdoor activities.

   

Wendy Prigge, LSW, CSAC
Spooner office

  • Special Interests: Working with adults, substance abuse, educational and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, trained in the Domestic Violence Duluth Model
  • Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, Licensed Social Worker
  • Bachelors in Social Work and Alcohol and Drug Counseling-UW Superior and St. Mary’s College, MN.

Wendy has over 27 years of experience working with individuals with dual diagnoses of chemical dependency and mental health concerns. Wendy creates a supportive therapeutic setting to allow people to explore their problems and find solutions. She facilitates groups, sees people individually, and uses a variety of therapeutic interventions that are educational, supportive, and solution focused. Wendy believes in an atmosphere of respect and positive self-regard.

   

Mandi Amundson, LMFT, CSAC
Siren office

  • Special Interests: Relationships & family, trauma, grief, anxiety, depression & women’s issues.
  • Specialized training and experience in Trauma-Focused; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy TF-CBT, EMDR, training on shame and its impact on individuals and families, in-home family services and work with youth and family ministry.
  • Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary
  • Chemical Dependency Certificate from the University of Minnesota
  • Certificate in Sexuality and Intimacy Issues from the University of Minnesota
  • B.A. in Social Work & Student Personnel Services from Moorhead State University

Mandi's work began in the field of chemical dependency in 1977 working in an in-patient setting in St. Croix Falls and then at Hazelden. Her work since that time evolved into a variety of therapy modalities including work in therapeutic foster care programs, in-patient settings, residential programs, in-home therapy and outpatient therapy. Mandi uses a systems approach in working with individuals, couples, families, and organizations.

   

Jackie Perro, LCSW
Spooner office
  • Special Interests: Working with children and families, adults and adolescents, Intensive In-Home Family Therapy, school services, community involvement,
  • Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota
  • Master of Pastoral Ministry, Boston College

Using a strength-based and solution-focused approach to therapy, Jackie assists clients in healing from past hurts, processing grief and loss, and deepening relationships. She works closely with parents to address children’s special needs and is an active community member collaborating with schools and other community agencies.

In her free time, Jackie enjoys hiking, kayaking, spending time with her family and spoiling her dog, Zoe.

   

Robin Abraham, Psy.D.
Menomonie and Ladysmith offices

  • Specialized Interests: Experience in outpatient and inpatient treatment of individuals with eating disorders, experience as a Counseling Psychologist in college counseling setting, non-suicidal self injury behaviors, experience working in foreign countries.
  • Comprehensive assessment of mental health needs using the MMPI-2 (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, 2nd edition)
  • Past work as an Academic Advisor for the U.S. Dept. of Education
  • Doctor of Psychology at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota

Robin has a broad range of experience from her work in a variety of positions and clinical settings. Robin’s theoretical orientation is grounded in validating, supportive, and cognitive-behavioral therapies, including Client-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. Robin is a life long student and enjoys learning about new and developing areas in the field.

   

Karen Kaufman, LMFT
Spooner office

  • Special Interests: Mind/body relationship, grief, couples work, individual empowerment
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy – UW-Stout
  • Licensed Professional Co-active Coach

Karen has been working in the field of personal growth, healing and empowerment for over twenty years. Her therapy approach builds on the strengths and values of each individual client, family or couple. Karen has worked in both public and private settings as a therapist and as a privately contracted life coach. Known as a gentle yet firm presence, Karen is able to challenge without being threatening. Karen’s background in midwifery, crisis debriefing, theater and dance all inform her work as a therapist.

Karen remains involved with theater and dance as well as gardening, swimming, and appreciating the great outdoors in many ways.

   

Ruth Pooler, LMFT, SAC-IT
Ladysmith office

  • Special Interests: Working with families and couples, foster families, adoption families, and individuals. Working with individuals with anxiety, depression, communication issues, general life stressors.
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Bachelor in Social Work. Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy-University of Wisconsin Stout
  • WAMFT Member for 8 years, trained in the Domestic Violence Duluth Model, Prepare/Enrich certified, Member of the Harvest of Talents in Rusk County.

Ruth uses her background in Child Protective Services to work with children and their family on difficult issues. She uses a strength-based, solution-focused approach in her counseling and tailors therapy to suit individual and family needs paying special attention to family members’ unique styles. Ruth utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches to best meet the diverse needs of each client.

In her free time Ruth enjoys dancing, riding bike, and spending time with her family.

   

Michelle Sanderson, MA, LPC, SAC-IT
Ladysmith office

  • Special Interests: Individual and family therapy, extensive experience in parenting skills, substance abuse, working with children, anger management counseling / emotion regulation
  • Trained in the Domestic Violence Duluth Model
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Masters of Arts in Counseling – Lakeland College, Chippewa Valley Campus

Michelle has a Master’s in Counseling degree and she uses a variety of approaches which focus on assisting individuals in identifying their own internal resources to find contentment and fulfillment in life. She helps individuals pursue and achieve meaningful relationships, pleasures and experiences in their lives. Michelle works from a person-centered perspective, assisting individuals, families, and couples in a manner that fits their individual uniqueness and specific needs.

While not working with clients, Michelle spends time with her family and practices consistent self care.

   


Richard Wanek, LPC, LAPS
Siren, Balsam Lake, and Barron offices

  • Special Interests: Working with veterans and their families regarding reintegration, communication, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, dealing with rapid change and building coping mechanisms.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Advanced Practice Social Worker, former professional school counselor, teacher 7-12.
  • Masters degree in educational psychology and counseling at Winona State
  • Numerous post graduate credits at St. Cloud State in psychology, sociology and counseling and continuing education.

Rich has been active in school and private counseling for over 36 years. Rich uses a cognitive behavioral approach with clients to build encouragement, growth and success in their daily lives. With humor and direct client involvement, Rich helps build a strong framework of resiliency.

Being a rural farm person, when Rich isn’t at work with clients, he is at work with chainsaws and farm equipment. He is a man of the outdoors.

   


JoAnn Pomerleau, MSE, LPC
Spooner and Siren offices

  • Special Interests: Victims of trauma; depression and anxiety; ADHD, Oppositional Defiant and Conduct Disorders in adolescents, bullying, non-suicidal self injury behaviors, parenting skills training, Systemic Family therapy.
  • Specialized training and experience with adolescents with severe behavioral disorders and the provision of trainings and workshops for families and community groups. A provider of intensive In-Home Family Therapy for the past 10 years.
  • Masters of Science in Education and Community Counseling – University of Wisconsin Superior

JoAnn has been providing counseling for individuals, families, and groups for over 20 years. She believes that people can make positive changes in their lives using their own personal strengths. JoAnn has developed a system of cognitive constructs which help individuals understand ways they can make changes and move toward more balanced health. Her approach is eclectic using varying methods depending upon the needs and strengths of those she serves.

JoAnn loves to spend time with her family, her new granddaughter, and friends and is a devoted Brewers fan - even if they don’t win. JoAnn likes to read and write in her spare time.

   



Gary Johnson, LAPSW
Menomonie and Eau Claire offices

  • Special Interests: partnering with people of all ages to draw out their sense of hope and confidence.
  • Licensed Advanced Placement Social Worker
  • Master of Social Work degree (MSW) Augsburg College, Mpls., MN
  • Certified Three Principles Psychology Practitioner, Resilience/Health Realization Trainer and MN Consensus Institute Facilitator

Gary draws on his years of experience as a school social worker, focusing on the strengths of youth and their parents, to continue to point clients toward their innate mental health and solutions coming from a healthy state of mind. He partners with his clients to overcome challenges and labels to draw out their wisdom and common sense through an understanding of how they operate from the inside out (Three Principles Psychology). Gary also has experience working with individuals and groups in Head Start, juvenile and adult corrections, conflict resolution and mediation processes and strength based parenting education. Gary enjoys gardening with his wife, playing guitar and singing, working with his team of horses and spending time with his adult children and grandson.

   



Steven L Schreiber MS, LPC, CSAC, CRC
Spooner and Siren offices

  • Special Interest: Co-occurring disorders and chronic pain, Trauma Informed care, chronic disease recovery management, mindfulness/mind body connection. Motivational Interviewing and Prochaska and DiClemente’s Stages of Change.
  • Undergraduate degree in Vocational Rehabilitation with a concentration in substance abuse counseling from UW Stout and a Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) ]
  • Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)

Steve has over twenty years in the field of behavioral health with broad academic and vocational experience. He has worked in all continuums of substance abuse care from residential to continuing care services in multiple capacities. Steve provided clinical supervision for students and clinicians as a unit supervisor at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Center City MN.

Steve incorporates an eclectic counseling approach in working with individuals based on stages of change. Primarily incorporating person centered approach to identify individual values and goals to set the stage for empowerment and attainment.

   



Paula Scheffler-Burkard MS, LPC
Menomonie, Eau Claire, and Ladysmith offices

  • Special Interests: Anxiety and depression, mood and psychiatric disorders, crisis intervention, progressive muscle relaxation and mindful living.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Masters of Science Degree – Community Mental Health, Southern New Hampshire University; Attended Madison, Wisconsin Co-hort.

Paula has experience providing mental health services in various settings including: inpatient and outpatient settings, in-home therapy, community support program services, and crisis stabilization. Paula utilizes a variety of therapy approaches that encourage client participation and awareness and does so with a person-centered, strength-based approach. Paula believes balance within every day life is important to remain healthy.

Paula enjoys spending time with her family and close friends (who are just like family), yoga, nature hiking, and preparing “made from scratch” pies.

   



Abbey Lancaster MS, LPC, CSAC
Ladysmith office

  • Special Interests: Dual diagnosis mental health and addiction disorders, trauma/abuse counseling. Individual, couple, family, and group therapy.
  • Master of Science-Community Counseling-UW-Whitewater
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor

Abbey’s theoretical approach is eclectic in Solution Focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, and Mindfulness therapy. Abbey focuses on individual strengths, setting goals and taking action, resolving past, present, future obstacles in the here and now, gaining self-awareness, and helping one restore meaning and purpose in their life.

Abbey enjoys being outdoors, spending quality time with family, exercise, laughter, and gardening.

   



Rebecca Schalinske, MS, SAC, LPC
Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire offices

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Emotional Wellness and Spirituality
  • Couples Counseling
  • Grief, Loss and Trauma
  • Utilizing Therapy Dogs
  • Adults Struggling with Alcohol or Other Substance Abuse, Including Tobacco and Behavioral Addictions
  • Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling with an AODA emphasis is from the University of Wisconsin-Stout
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor

Becky has been providing EAP, Substance Abuse and Mental Health counseling related services for the past 6 years in the Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls area. Her experience comes from working within a local treatment center, providing detoxification and residential treatment assessment and counseling services as well working within a dually licensed outpatient clinic providing EAP counseling and educational services, facilitating Intensive Outpatient substance abuse groups, and encouraging mind, body, soul wellness through individual mental health and substance abuse counseling services. Becky and her Golden Retriever, Maggie, are certified for pet therapy through Therapy Dogs International and Maggie will often join Becky in session to provide emotional support to clients. Becky utilizes an integrative approach while working with clients, recognizing each person comes into the counseling relationship with differing needs, goals and expectations.

In her free time, Becky loves spending time with her family and three dogs. She enjoys spending time in nature, going for walks and interior design opportunities.

   



Renee Conley, MA, LPC
Chippewa Falls office

  • Special Interests: Geriatric population, the LGBTQ community, veterans, grief and loss, mood disorders, CBT, solution-focused and mindfulness-based practices.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, New College of California in San Francisco
  • Former hospital corpsman in U.S. Navy

Renee has spent 19 years working in community mental health, including in Seattle, Wash., and most recently in Madison. While in the Navy, she worked with people who were active duty and retired, serving both their mental health and medical needs. She works with diverse populations and feels honored that individuals entrust her with being a part of their healing journey.

Renee’s favorite pastimes are hiking, biking, and gardening. She also enjoys creative writing.

   



Nicole Peterson, MS LPC-IT
Siren and Spooner offices

  • Special Interests: Working with children and adolescents, addiction disorders, crisis intervention, corrective thinking, and trauma/abuse counseling
  • Comprehensive assessment using the MMPI-2 (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, 2nd edition)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor-In Training
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, UW-River Falls
  • Master of Science degree, Walden University

Nicole has experience providing mental health services in various settings, including: inpatient and outpatient settings, in-home therapy, traumatic experiences, and crisis stabilization. She utilizes an eclectic focus of different therapy approaches that encourage client participation and awareness and does so with cognitive behavioral and trauma-based approaches along with dialectical behavior therapy and a solution-based orientation. She believes balance within everyday life is important in remaining healthy, gaining self-awareness, and helping one reestablish meaning and purpose in their life.

Nicole enjoys spending time outdoors, loves hunting, has two amazing dogs Diesel and Lillee, and loves to spend time with her family and friends.

   



Peggy Skold, BS, CSAC
Siren office

  • Special Interests: Experience in working with adolescents, adults, and families with substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders.
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Concentration in Substance Abuse University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Kaplan University
  • Graduate courses in Psychology and Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in state of Minnesota
  • Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor in state of Wisconsin

Peggy has many years of experience in providing addiction therapy and has worked in both inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities. She uses a variety of therapeutic techniques in working with adolescents, adults, and families. Peggy has been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness practices. She utilizes a direct but supportive approach in working with individuals and groups. She’s also an artist and enjoys incorporating creative expression into her work with individuals and groups.

In her free time, Peggy enjoys painting, gardening and collecting antiques along with spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.

   



Kris Thompson, MSW, LCSW
Siren and Spooner offices

  • Special Interests: Psychotherapy with children, adults and families addressing grief/loss, trauma, depression and anxiety.
  • Specialized training in mindfulness-based practices, trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy, person-centered therapy.
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  • Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota –Duluth

Kris has a Masters degree in social work and began her career as a social worker in 1991 working with foster parents and children and group therapy with special needs children. Kris uses a person-centered approach to assist individuals and families in improving their lives and relationships, tailoring strategies based on individual needs to strengthen coping skills and remove barriers to emotional wellness. Kris enjoys using art and creativity as catalysts for healing and change.

In her free time, Kris likes to quilt, paint, spend time with her grandchildren and go camping with her family.


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