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 makes 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.
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.
I grew up in California and earned a degree in communications from Humboldt State University before starting graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where I studied higher education while working as an assistant hall director on campus. One night I helped calm a student who was having suicidal thoughts, connected him to services, and communicated with campus police about what had happened. One of them asked if I was in the graduate counseling program based on how I was able to assist. I wasn’t—but I soon would be. That experience started me on my path to earning my master’s in clinical mental health counseling from UW-Oshkosh and deciding to call Wisconsin my home.
I am currently in the midst of my residency at Samaritan where I will complete my 3,000 hours of supervised counseling and earn my licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) and substance abuse counselor (SAC). I especially like working with college students and other adults who are in transitional times in their lives. I help them discover their unique purpose and unpack any trauma that might otherwise manifest itself in unhealthy coping mechanisms. Working together, I especially like diverting people from excessive alcohol or drug use before it blossoms into serious AODA issues.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time outdoors, fishing, and skeet shooting. My girlfriend considers me a bit of a nerd, but only because she secretly admires my 1989 Lego Batman car in my office.
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.
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.
I was born in Chicago and moved to Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, very near the U.S. border, when I was five years old. By age 14, my family moved to Wisconsin and I became a first-generation college student who first pursued a degree in biochemistry at UW-La Crosse. I sought counseling when I had trouble adjusting to college life and quickly discovered the field was dominated by white women who did not understand my language, culture, and experiences. Later I was matched with a Spanish-speaking intern, and my entire therapy and college experience improved dramatically. I realized that I was called to fill the gap in connecting Latinx people and mental health providers. Today I am a bilingual English-Spanish resident therapist within Centro Esperanza at Samaritan. I strive to meet people where they are and build trusting therapeutic relationships that help my clients healthfully accept and adapt to the challenges in their lives. I currently see children age six and up, adults, and couples. My special interests are depression, anxiety, eating disorders, life adjustments, trauma, anger management, chronic conditions, cross-cultural conflicts, and religious/spiritual journeys. In my free time, I like tarot card readings, pursuing my dream of becoming a Jungian psychoanalyst, and spending time with my partner.
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.
I am a mental health 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
As an experienced licensed clinical social worker, I work with people who have both mental health and substance use concerns. I enjoy collaborating with my clients as we identify their strengths and concerns and as we move together toward achieving their counseling and personal goals. I work with children – ages 8 and up, adolescents and adults dealing with a variety of challenges including relationship issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral problems, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance abuse, and compulsive gambling. I see clients in the Menasha and New London offices.
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.
Stefany speaks Spanish and English. She works with both Centro Esperanza and Samaritan Counseling clients helping choose a therapist, answer questions and address concerns about services, scheduling, fees and payment options.
Pa Houa helps clients choose a therapist, answer questions and address concerns about services, scheduling, fees and payment options.
Mai helps clients choose a therapist, answer questions and address concerns about services, scheduling, fees and payment options.