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Counseling Team

Gloria Allhiser, LPC

Gloria Allhiser, LPC

SBMH Coordinator

It’s safe to say at some point in our life we will feel overwhelmed, stuck, or maybe that things are out of our control. We may be caught up in a difficult situation, or find ourselves worrying all the time. We may do certain things to check out or de-stress that over time become unhelpful. Maybe we experienced a traumatic event, or chronic stress, and our stress-response system is always set to “on” or “hyperdrive,” and we just can’t calm down. People of every age experience stress and it shows up in many ways. I am honored to be able to hold space with my clients as they show up to seek answers, healing, and growth. Using an integrative approach I work with clients ages 4+ to help them make the changes they’d like to see, whether it’s parenting support, anxiety management, or recovering from a traumatic event or chronic stress and trauma. With child clients, I prioritize parents and caregivers to give them the support they need to make positive changes in their relationships and child’s behavior. I am trained and experienced in several trauma-responsive modalities, including play therapy, parent behavior management training, TF-CBT,  ACT, and IFS (among others).

I primarily see older adolescents and adults at our Menasha office on Mondays and Thursdays. via in-person and telehealth. I also work with our THRIVE Calumet School-Based Mental Health program and provide clinical mental health therapy to children and adolescents ages 4+ in a school setting.

In addition to my role as a clinical mental health therapist, I serve Samaritan as the coordinator for our school-based mental health counseling program.

John Barajas, MSE, LPC-IT, SAC-IT

John Barajas, MSE, LPC-IT, SAC-IT

Resident Therapist

John grew up in California and earned a degree in communications from Humboldt State University after which he earned his master’s degree in clinical mental health from UW-Oshkosh. He is currently in the midst of his residency at Samaritan where he will complete 3,000 hours of supervised counseling and earn his licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) and substance abuse counselor (SAC). He especially likes working with college students and other adults who are in transitional times in their lives. John helps them discover their unique purpose and unpack any trauma that might otherwise manifest itself in unhealthy coping mechanisms. Working together, he especially likes diverting people from excessive alcohol or drug use before it blossoms into serious AODA issues.

When not at work, John enjoys spending time outdoors, fishing, and shooting skeet. His girlfriend considers him a bit of a nerd, but only because she secretly admires his 1989 Lego Batman car in his office.

Rosangela B. Berbert, MSE, NCC, LPC

Rosangela B. Berbert, MSE, NCC, LPC

Executive Director

I am a licensed professional counselor and the executive director for Samaritan. I serve a limited number of clients in the Fox Cities and Oshkosh. I work with children, adolescents and adults, with a special eye for a client’s cultural diversity. I offer counseling in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Doug Bisbee, M. Div., MA, LPC

Doug Bisbee, M. Div., MA, LPC

Therapist

I like to meet clients where they are at. If they seek support and understanding, I offer them a listening ear. If they seek direction and coaching, I offer them guidance. If they seek to include the comfort and insight of their spirituality and faith, I welcome the opportunity to walk with them. My hope is that our time together brings healing, hope and empowerment for each of the clients that I’m privileged to serve.I work with adults, couples, families and adolescents. I utilize mindfulness, mental health awareness, and proven therapeutic techniques to help my clients find the peace and wholeness they seek. Anxiety, depression, loss and grief, anger management and ADHD are among the many issues I address with clients. I see clients in our Fox Cities and Oshkosh offices.

Megan Burdick-Grade, LMFT, MA, WATR,-BL

Megan Burdick-Grade, LMFT, MA, WATR,-BL

Therapist

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and a Wisconsin-licensed and nationally board certified art therapist. I specialize in work with children, adolescents and their families and adults. I am trained in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), a healing resource  that supports clients healing from trauma. I enjoy working with clients with a variety of mental health concerns including behavioral issues, parenting, bipolar disorder, abuse, pain management, relationships, marriage, among many others. I have been with Samaritan since 1999 and serve clients at our Menasha office.

Sergio Guerrero, MS, LPC-IT

Sergio Guerrero, MS, LPC-IT

Bilingual Spanish Resident Therapist

Sergio was born in Chicago and spent much of his childhood in Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. He is a first-generation Wisconsin college student who benefited greatly from Spanish-language counseling services in college, and this is when he realized his calling to fill the gap in connecting Latinx people and mental health providers. Sergio is currently a resident therapist at Samaritan where he will complete 3,000 hours of supervised counseling and earn his licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). Sergio works as a bilingual English-Spanish resident therapist within Centro Esperanza and strives to build trusting therapeutic relationships that help his clients healthfully accept and adapt to the challenges in their lives. He currently sees children aged six and up, adults, and couples. Sergio’s special interests are depression, anxiety, eating disorders, life adjustments, trauma, anger management, chronic conditions, cross-cultural conflicts, and religious/spiritual journeys. In his free time, he likes tarot card readings, pursuing his dream of becoming a Jungian psychoanalyst, and spending time with his partner.

Hannah Keesler, MS, LPC

Hannah Keesler, MS, LPC

Clinical Services Director

I am a mental health and substance abuse therapist. My therapeutic approach focuses on healing the mind, body, and spirit. Therapy is a collaborative process in which my clients and I seek to better understand obstacles interfering with overall well-being. Together, we focus on their strengths, abilities, talents and resources — promoting the positive. I additionally integrate proven therapeutic techniques within a supportive environment so clients can attain their personal goals. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults and families for a variety of mental health concerns, including the following — among many others: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, adjustment, trauma, anger management and relationship difficulties. I not only see clients in our Menasha office, but also works with Samaritan’s resident therapists as their training coordinator.

Debbie Kline, MSE, LPC, NCC

Debbie Kline, MSE, LPC, NCC

Therapist

I am a Christian therapist with special interest and expertise in helping people experiencing domestic violence, substance abuse disorders, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and life transitions. I have more than 15 years of experience working as a school counselor and principal, after which I began counseling clients in outpatient clinic settings.

I focus on people’s existing strengths to help build a positive therapeutic relationship, and then I support and empower them to work through their challenges in a safe and comfortable environment. I currently see children, adolescents, and adults at Samaritan’s offices in Menasha and New London.

Missy Klosterman, MSW, LCSW

Missy Klosterman, MSW, LCSW

Therapist

Hello! I’m Missy. I’m a licensed clinical social worker. I believe it’s important to get to know and understand my clients and the environment in which they live, work and play in order to help them address concerns and bring about healing. I additionally enjoy working collaboratively with clients to help them identify and use their strengths to overcome the difficulty and challenges that they are facing. I work with children, adolescents and adults experiencing a variety of mental health concerns including: anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, eating disorders, life transitions and relationship difficulties.

Paul Kluz

Paul Kluz

Counseling Intern

Paul is pursuing his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from UW-Oshkosh and chose Samaritan for my clinical internship. As an intern, he will observe and learn from Samaritan’s licensed professional counselors as part of his path to graduation and professional licensure. Some of his strengths are his ability to communicate well, speak in front of audiences, and work in small and large groups. Paul strives to be a patient and active listener and is skilled at conflict resolution and problem-solving.

Kate McCarthy, LPC

Kate McCarthy, LPC

Therapist

I am a licensed professional counselor with a master’s in counseling from UW-Oshkosh, and I have special interest and experience in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and anger management. I also provide AODA assessments and AODA counseling.

My faith is very important to me. For nearly two decades, I have worked in non-profit therapy settings that integrate faith and spirituality into mental health care. I am happy to be part of the strong team of therapists at Samaritan who believe in healing the whole person, in body, mind, and spirit.

I believe my calling is to accompany the “walking wounded,” meaning people who have had life experiences that leave them in need of mental, emotional, and spiritual healing. I offer a safe space for my clients to be heard, appreciated, and valued as I encourage and guide them toward reaching their goals. It is a beautiful privilege for me to be involved in my clients’ lives.

Michaela Monteverde, LPC-IT

Michaela Monteverde, LPC-IT

Resident Therapist

I am a resident therapist completing my supervised hours in pursuit of my Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensure. At Samaritan, I work as part of the school-based mental health team that provides services to Calumet County school district students as part of THRIVE Calumet. I also offer telehealth care to other Samaritan clients age eight and older. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and my master’s in professional counseling at Grand Canyon University. Previously, I completed my internship with Samaritan, and I am very happy to return for my residency. I believe that people know themselves best, so I collaborate with my clients to identify their strengths so we can work together to overcome difficulties and reach their goals. I help people with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, grief, and other life adjustments. I use a variety of therapeutic techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. I am originally from La Crosse and now live in Menasha with my husband and three young daughters. I also like to read, go for walks, craft, and listen to podcasts.

Courtney Pohlman, LMFT

Courtney Pohlman, LMFT

Training Coordinator

Courtney’s passion is supporting individuals using a relational focus because she believes we are always making new bonds and creating families. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist that uses a systematic approach to help grow and heal families, couples, and individuals recovering from trauma, anger, domestic violence, and many other struggles. She enjoys walking with clients on their healing journey, offering new perspectives, support, flexibility, humor, empathy, and positivity as we work together to bring hope and resilience to their lives. Courtney is trained in a wide variety of therapeutic services, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She sees children and adults in Menasha and part of THRIVE Calumet school-based mental health in the Hilbert School District.

Courtney is also the training coordinator for resident therapists and interns at Samaritan. As a team, they work together to support one another and process what we see and learn. She is proud to be part of Samaritan’s investment in the future of quality and compassionate mental health care.

Kay Powers Carr, APSW

Kay Powers Carr, APSW

Clinical Intake Specialist

As Intake Specialist, I will meet with you to learn about your concerns and what you are looking for in a treatment provider, I will then match you with the best fitting therapist for your concerns. I, myself, serve a limited caseload of clients with a variety of mental health concerns, who come from diverse backgrounds, and all walks of life. I believe it is important to honor the dignity and worth of each individual client. I seek to support clients’ right to choose their own direction as I help clients find their voice. My strengths-based approach empowers clients to explore outside-of-the-box solutions to facilitate their recovery, healing, and growth. We each have a unique path in life, so our counseling should have the same flexibility! In my sessions, I work to empower clients with tools to manage their mental health to live comfortably. My goal is to create a safe space for clients to grow, explore and discover their path to a meaningful life.

I see children 5 yo+, adolescents, adults, and families in our brand-new Menasha location! My background includes working with children, adults, and families through the county Child Protective Services and Juvenile Justice Systems. In addition, I have also served the community through area non-profits focused on serving runaway and homeless youth and their families. I have specific training and experience serving survivors of Human Trafficking and currently participate in a multi-disciplinary community response team combatting these issues within our community.

LGTBQ+IA allied, Racial Justice Allied, Sex Worker Allied, Blind Allied

Dee Savides, LCSW

Dee Savides, LCSW

Therapist

I look forward to meeting new clients and working with you to find healing from anxiety and depression. I have over 20 years of experience and enjoy working with marriage concerns, parenting challenges, finding creative solutions to family conflict, and helping individuals increase their confidence and faith in themselves. I am a person of faith and open to hearing how your sense of spirituality might give a spark of hope to your healing journey. Finally, I believe humor and imagination are powerful tools to make our lives better and hope we can make this journey to wholeness a creative endeavor we will enjoy together.

James Schroeder

James Schroeder

Counseling Intern

James holds a degree in psychology and is pursuing his master’s degree in counseling from Crown College. As part of his studies, James is completing his clinical counseling internship at Samaritan where he shadows and learns from the professional counseling staff. Most recently, he worked as a clinician in the Samaritan Wellness Screen program for school-age youth. James makes it a priority to listen carefully and establish open and trusting relationships with our clients so we can identify, set, and meet their most meaningful goals.

Ashley Van Dyck, MS, LPC-IT

Ashley Van Dyck, MS, LPC-IT

Resident Therapist

Ashley holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from UW-Stout and has an extensive background in working with people in day treatment settings and group homes. At Samaritan, she primarily works with AODA clients and in school-based mental health services provided through THRIVE Calumet. Ashely has a special interest in play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and working with people who have experienced trauma.

Client Benefits Team

Hunter Lauer

Hunter Lauer

Client Benefits Specialist

Hunter is a client benefits specialist, a role in which she answers incoming calls, schedules appointments, greets clients, and answers insurance coverage questions. She holds an associate’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh-Fox Cities.

Sarah Basler

Sarah Basler

Client Benefits Specialist

Sarah greets clients, answers phone calls, and manages scheduling and insurance paperwork. She has a rich background in the medical field, including the deft use of electronic health records (EHR). Sarah and her husband have three children at home. She also enjoys creative pursuits, especially making t-shirts, mugs, and crocheting.

Pa Houa Vue

Pa Houa Vue

Client Benefits Specialist

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Pa Houa helps clients choose a therapist, answer questions and address concerns about services, scheduling, fees and payment options.

Mai Yang

Mai Yang

Billing Coordinator

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Mai helps clients choose a therapist, answer questions and address concerns about services, scheduling, fees and payment options.