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Our Counselors 

Jay Clark - LPC, LPCC

Pronouns: he/him/his

Jay Clark is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in MN and a Licensed Professional Counselor in WI.


Over 15 year of experience with children, adolescents, and young adults.

ADD - Adjustment Disorders - Anger Management - Anxiety - Blended Families - Co-Parenting - Conduct Disorder - Depression - Divorce - EBD - Delinquency - Developmental Disabilities - Impulse Control - Mood Disorders - ODD - Parent/Child Relations - Personality Disorders - Relational Problems - Self-Injury - Suicidal Ideation


Extensive experience as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Winona State University and Western Technical College.


Masters of Science degree from Winona State University in 2001.

Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1990.

My Approach

  • I believe that most people are naturally inclined toward growth. We move toward self-actualization when settings are right.
  • I strongly believe that there is a solution to every problem. We sometimes need to step out of our comfort zone to reach the solution.
  • I believe that fear is the most common obstacle we face.
  • Anxiety, depression, poor esteem, poor relations, and other forms of mental distress result when we allow fear to reign.
  • I believe that everyone has unique strengths and talents.
  • I work with my clients to identify strengths and overcome obstacles and fear.

Jackie Cody - MSW, LCSW

Jackie Cody has 20 years of experience and holds a Clinical Social Worker License in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

I believe in helping clients discover their true sense of self. This discovery allows individuals to achieve their true potential and promotes healing, while restoring balance.

“My practice is built on the belief that all individuals possess inherent strengths”. “I am committed to supporting individuals as they access those strengths while working through difficult issues and challenging times”.

I work with a diverse population including children, adolescents and their families, young adults, adults, and couples, and tailors treatment to each individual and/or family.


Anger Issues - Divorce/Divorce Recovery - Depression - Mindfulness - Anxiety Disorders - Self-Esteem - Bipolar Disorder - Stress Issues - Parenting IssuesLife Transitions - Unresolved Grief and Loss - Age-related Adjustment Disorders - Suicidal Ideation - Chronic Mental Illness - Self Injury -Co-Parenting - Blended Families


              • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work - University of WI-La Crosse - 1994
              • Master’s Degree in Social Welfare - University of WI-Milwaukee - 1998

Maureen Neuville - MS, LPC

Maureen has over 20 years of experience in counseling, supervision, and case management.  While retired from client care, Maureen is still active at Peace of Mind Counseling doing trainings, assessments, and administrative consultations.

She has been adjunct professor at Viterbo University and Winona State University in their Masters level counseling programs. Her specialties were in counseling children and families, and she is 

certified in TF-CBT. Maureen has authored a book and two professional articles.  She is also a Child Development Specialist for the Mediation Department of La Crosse County.


Karla Fennie - MS, LMFT

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Karla Fennie - Marriage & family Therapist

Karla holds certification in Wisconsin for Marriage and Family Therapy. Karla has worked with children, teens and families for over 10 years.

I believe small change can create a significant and vital impact in a person’s life. That small change can restore balance to a family system.

I believe in our fast-paced world we gain benefits by accessing support through our communities to help sustain the change/adaptations we are capable of creating.


          • Masters of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, 2001 UW-Stout
          • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Human Service Concentration, Viterbo University, 1989


          • Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
          • Level I Training in Gottman Couples Therapy
          • Circle of Security Informed Care
          • Attachment, Parent/Child Relationships/Transition to Parenthood
          • Play Therapy, Conduct Disorder, Anger, Anxiety, Adjustment, Suicide Ideation/Crisis, Depression, Mental Illness

Chris Kuhl - MS, LPC

Pronouns: he/him/his

Chris Kuhl is a licensed professional counselor in training serving La Crosse County.


Trauma TF-CBT - Anxiety disorders - Anger issues- Adjustment Disorder- Depression - Emotional and Behavioral Disorders ODD and Conduct - Parent/Child Relationships - Grief and Loss - Esteem issues - Divorce


              • Masters of Science degree from Winona State University
              • 2013 Bachelors of Science degree from Viterbo University, 2007

My Approach

I believe in a person centered approach where healing is created through relationship. In my practice I strive to build relationships and expand supports systems.

I have found that Mindfulness and Relaxation are central components to healing, they allow us to be open to new possibilities of thought and meaning.


Ashlee Vlasak - MS, LPC

Pronouns: she/her/hers


I graduated from Winona State University in May 2015 with a Community Counseling Degree. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of La Crosse with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.


My interests in counseling are families, couples, relationships, mental health concerns, disabilities, teenagers, anxiety, depression, coping skills, communication skills, and self-efficacy.

I have training in suicide prevention awareness, experience working with low income women and families, and working with offenders in rehabilitation houses.

I strive to help others advocate for themselves and increase their self-esteem while educating those on mental health symptoms and how they may manifest, as well as providing coping skills to utilize in many different environments.

"Asking for help does not make us weak rather it shows we are ready for change."


Amanda Erickson - MS, LPC

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Personal Philosophy

Regardless of our perceived differences and worldviews, we all share a human experience.

Counseling Philosophy

Rather than asking, “What is wrong with me?,” let’s explore what is happening to or around you that is creating barriers to happier and healthier living.

Theoretical Orientation

* Person-Centered * Motivational Interviewing * Family Systems

I believe every person is their own expert. Utilizing a person-centered approach allows me to individualize each counseling relationship in order to fit the needs and goals of that particular person. Identifying and maximizing personal strengths combined with healthy support systems can help us manage even the toughest life challenges.

Areas of Interest

Child/Adolescent Trauma (Includes abuse and neglect) – Life Adjustment Issues – GLBT Populations – Persons with Intellectual/Cognitive/Neurodevelopmental Challenges – Self Injury –Behavioral and Emotional Challenges – Depression – Anxiety – Autism Spectrum Disorder – Suicidal Ideation – Family Distress/Communication Concerns

Education Experience

              • Master of Science Degree – Winona State University 2015
              • Bachelor of Science Degree – University of La Crosse 2004

Erin Collins - MSW

Client Approach

I believe everyone should have someone in their life that sees them with unconditional positive regard. All of us make mistakes and we deserve someone who will not judge us and build on our shame. I believe with the right ingredients recovery and wellness is possible. Everyone deserves a chance.


Working with children who have been adopted or who are in the foster care system, families impacted by developmental disabilities, mental illness, and addiction.


Working with the criminal and juvenile justice systems, patients who have been hospitalized, clients who have self-injured or have experienced suicidal thoughts, families involved with child protective services or out of home placements, professionals; such as police, nursing, social work, etc.


I graduated with a Masters of Social Work from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2016, Bachelors in Social Work from Winona State University in 2012, and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Western Technical College in 2003.

I am certified in Circle of Security-informed practice (a psychoeducational approach that promotes quality of child attachment and caregiver resiliency), and certified in Autism Spectrum Disorder intervention.

I am the parent of a special needs child and understand what it means to be a caregiver facing challenges every day.

I have extensive experience in trauma informed care assessment, intervention, and education. I believe that a person’s behaviors are only part of the story. When we view situations through a "trauma lens", we can help find healing for families and individuals.


Keiko Knothe - MS, LPC

Education & Experience

I will graduate from Winona State University in December 2017 with my Masters of Science in Community Counseling. I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a major in Psychology and minor in Family Violence and Prevention.

Since returning to La Crosse in January of 2013, I have been working with children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and social difficulties. I have had experience working with youth in a residential setting, day treatment setting and most recently an alternative education setting.


I concentrate on building healthy and positive relationships by using a Person-Centered approach to empower, encourage and motivate my clients. I am also working towards my Circle of Security Informed Certification. Circle of Security focuses on attachment and helps caretakers learn how to interpret their child’s behavior and needs.


Lisa Burnham - MS, LPC, CSAC

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Lisa Burnham is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor serving La Crosse, Jackson, and Trempealeau Counties.


“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers


Lisa is experienced in working with adolescents ages 12-17 and adults ages 18-60 with diverse backgrounds.

Dual Diagnosis – Addiction Treatment – Trauma – PTSD – Anxiety – Depression – Bipolar Disorder – Personality Disorders – Schizophrenia – Schizoaffective – ADHD – Anger Management – Domestic Violence – Grief and Loss – Relapse Prevention – Preventative Care – Stress – Wellness

Theoretical Orientations

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Person Centered, Motivational Interviewing, Strength Centered, Cognitive Behavioral, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Existential, Solution Focused, Mindfulness Techniques, and Transtheoretical Model

Educational Degrees

            • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Viterbo University
            • Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies, Viterbo University
            • Associate of Science in Business/Finance, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

Licensures and Certifications

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapist
  • Crisis Intervention Emergency Mental Health Services
  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
  • Taking Care of You, Certified Facilitator
  • Strengthening Families Program, Certified Facilitator
  • Reiki Master/Teacher

Leah Williams - MS, LPC

Pronouns: she/her/hers

My Philosophy

Welcome! I believe all people have the same basic goals for inner peace, happiness and self-awareness. I believe in a person centered approach and creating a partnership with my clients to develop a plan for healing, positive change and recovery. We are all capable of self-improvement and fundamental change with a good support system and internal motivation. Utilizing your inner strength, you can make the changes you desire.


There are obstacles to overcome in all aspects of life and together we can work to overcome depression, self-doubt, anxiety, trauma and challenging life issues. I believe there is always a positive and rewarding path forward.


My experience includes 12 years of successfully providing support and advocacy to assist children and families in crisis and those who have experienced trauma. This consisted of assisting parents and children to cope with mental health challenges, substance abuse concerns, complicated family dynamics, societal and economic issues.


                • BA, Psychology, 2006, Winona State University
                • MS, Community Counseling, 2011, Winona State University

Other Credentials:

Certified Social Worker, 2010

Nationally Certified Counselor (NBCC), 2012

Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Training 2015-2016

General goals of this include reduction of a child’s negative emotional and behavioral responses to the trauma that they have experienced, while using helpful learned coping skills.

Instructor, Introduction to Psychology, Western Technical College, 2014-2016


Alicia Skiles - MS, NCC, LPC

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Alicia received her master’s degree in community counseling from Winona State University and bachelor’s degree in psychology with a women’s, gender and sexuality studies minor and youth and child care emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Wisconsin and a nationally certified counselor.

Her clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents and adults on variety of mental health issues. She has also worked 2 years in mental health crisis services and over 10 years with children and families in an early childhood setting. Alicia maintains certifications in ACT (Adults and Children Together, a parenting program) and TF-CBT (Trauma focused- cognitive behavioral therapy for children and adolescents).  Alicia also offers outdoor counseling opportunities in the forest and marsh areas of La Crosse.

The foundation of Alicia’s approach is Person-Centered counseling. This means that she views the client and other family members as experts in their own lives and will honor the direction and feedback clients bring to counseling. Alicia practices LGBTQ affirmative counseling.


Casey Denzine - MSW, APSW


Six years working with adolescents and adults in addressing crises, problem solving, planning goals, and improving well-being. Experience serving individuals with anxiety, depression, PTSD, anger, and bi-polar.


Bachelors of Science – University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Masters of Social Work – University of Wisconsin-Madison


Person Centered, Strengths Based, Motivation Interviewing, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Superhero Therapy, Art Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.


“Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our point of view.” – Obi Wan Kenobi (Return of the Jedi)


J Dobbins - MS, LPC

My Approach

I believe Mental and Emotional Health is just as important as your physical health and well being. The mind and body possess a natural gravitation toward health and balance. We can collaborate to assist mind and body along the path to healing and well-being.

Therapy is a safe place in which I work eclectically to suit the needs of the individual. A key component to my practice is developing an authentic, collaborative, comfortable and compassionate therapeutic relationship, showing genuine respect and unconditional positive regard for all clients.

I believe that my role as a therapist is that of a collaborative thought partner who can foster growth. I work to empower my clients with help, healing, and hope as they learn to make positive life choices and changes unique to their individual needs.

My professional journey has allowed me the opportunity to work with clients across the lifespan, facing many different life challenges and situations.

My primary approach to counseling is an integration of strength-centered, mindfulness-based, and cognitive behavioral therapies and interventions.

In essence, this integrative counseling approach strives to balance an empathic and genuine relationship with the client, fostering a collaborative effort at identifying what changes a client can make to minimize emotional and behavioral disturbances.

I will assist you in exploring the past, creating peace in the present and feeling hope for your future. Issues that clients address in counseling include personal, emotional, professional, and relationship issues, among many others.

Embarking on a counseling journey is a brave undertaking that may challenge you at times. When you embrace the process of healing despite your life experiences, you don't just become who you might have been if you hadn't encountered suffering in the first place.

You gain something better—the hard-earned gift of life wisdom , which allows you to develop deeper empathy , seek more intimacy , value life's sweeter moments, and treasure your connectedness to others and to the world at large.

This is the hard-won benefit of having known suffering. My goal is to help individuals reach their highest potential and to help families live more harmonious and happier lives together.

I look forward to hearing your life story as I work to empower you to make the changes necessary that direct you toward the life you desire.


              • Masters of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling, Viterbo University, 2014
              • Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Viterbo University, 2010

Casey Bohlman - MS, LPC-IT


Over 7 years of combined experience in the following areas: -Direct care staff at an adolescent shelter home -Supervisor/Direct care staff for a residential treatment facility -State Certified Juvenile Detention Officer -Children’s Case Management at a non-profit mental health center -Therapeutic Skills Provider at a non-profit mental health center


Bachelor of Science from University of Wisconsin La Crosse, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Sociology Currently completing Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Winona State University

My Approach

My variety of work experience has given me a special look into the lives of those who grow up with emotional and behavioral needs. My current work has gravitated towards preventative care with children and adolescents to provide them with the chance to have a better quality of life.

This work also includes assisting all caregivers with the necessary changes required to provide a nurturing environment to allow the child to develop in a healthy way.

The work I do is done in real time, in real situations. I try and find scenarios that are applicable to the family or child to work within. This hands-on experience allows them to apply the therapeutic lessons they are developing in real time.

Learning how to get the most out of each experience has shown to be beneficial not only to the clients I work with, but also to me.


Rachel Unseth - MS, LPC, SASA

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Rachel Unseth is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization in WI.

Philosophy & Approach

My counseling and therapy philosophy is influenced by some of the greats including:

- Carl Rogers Client-Centered Therapy and On Becoming a Person

- Irvin Yalom The Gift of Therapy and Existential Psychotherapy

- Bessel van der Kolk The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

- Gabor Mate In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

- Brene Brown The Gifts of Imperfection and Braving the Wilderness

As a counselor and therapist, I believe that my job is to provide a safe environment with a foundation based in genuineness, acceptance, and empathy. I see myself as a mirror and a tool of sorts to help you heal, grow, and move forward.

I also believe that mindfulness, meditation, and/or breathwork are all essential elements of healing. I encourage concurrent bodywork to support your recovery efforts such as yoga, massage, acupuncture, exercise, somatics, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, etc. Regarding drug and alcohol issues, I will see anyone who needs an assessment, is mandated by the courts or probation, currently struggling, sober, or in recovery.

I support 12 step groups and SMART recovery, however most of all I believe in the spiritual principles of recovery which include honesty, hope, faith, courage, integrity, willingness, humility/being humble, love and compassion for others, self-discipline, perseverance, spirituality, and service. Two things I firmly believe in are 1) The opposite of addiction is connection and 2) How it works is Honesty, Openness, and Willingness.

Some other theories and techniques I integrate into my practice are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Reality Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Tapping and Emotional Freedom Techniques, Polyvagal Theory, integration of 12 step models, and other trauma sensitive interventions.

I am interested in pursuing training in EMDR and Gottman Method Couples Therapy in the upcoming years.

Experience & Areas of Interest

8 years of experience counseling individuals, couples, families, and group therapy.

- Co-occurring disorders (mental health and drug and/or alcohol issues)

- Substance abuse, chemical dependency assessments, alcohol and/or drug dependency, and chronic addiction

- Trauma including developmental, attachment disorders, ACES, abuse (emotional, verbal, physical, sexual), neglect, domestic violence, sex trafficking victims, simple, complex, dissociative symptoms, etc.

- Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) and/or codependency issues

- Issues with self-acceptance, self-worth, and/or self-esteem

- Axis II and personality disorders

- ADD, ADHD, impulse control, conduct disorder

- Mood disorders including bipolar I and II, depression and other depressive disorders

- Anxiety disorders including general anxiety, phobias, and panic attacks, OCD and OCD symptoms

- Hopelessness, non-suicidal self-injury, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and/or past suicide attempts

- Eating disorders, disordered eating, appetite and/or weight concerns

- Family and relationship issues

- Work or employment issues

- Spirituality issues

- Legal issues or court mandated counseling

- Ambivalence, malingering, and/or harm reduction

- Social environment problems such as economic issues, homelessness, acculturation, general stress, adjustment issues, etc.


Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from Winona State University in 2015.

Bachelor of Science degree in Addiction Studies from Viterbo University in 2013.

Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from UW- La Crosse in 2011.


Lisa Smith - MS, LPC-IT

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Bachelor of Science from University of Wisconsin La Crosse

Master’s degree in mental health counseling from Viterbo University


My Approach

Person-Centered, Strength-Based, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Adlerian, Narrative, Trauma Informed


I believe that each person has within them the ability to grow and heal I feel honored to be a part of the journey to wellness while they learn more about their selves and their personal strengths



Trauma-LGBTQ+ populations-Anxiety-Depression-Bipolar Disorder-Adjustment Disorder-Communication Skills-Coping Skills-Mindfulness-Self Injury- Suicidal Ideation-Stress


Chris Rinkenberger - MS, LPC, NCC

Pronouns: he/him/his


Chris has a multi-faceted clinical experience serving others. He is an adoptive parent and spent many years as a treatment foster parent. Chris has worked in outpatient and residential settings, as well as in the jail and juvenile detention center.


During the past several years, Chris has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in crisis. These experiences have provided a wealth of knowledge and insight to an array of unique clients and situations.

Chris is the coordinator for the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) services.

Chris believes strongly in the power of connection with others. He believes that we are all capable of change, given the right environment. Chris takes a person-centered and strengths-based approach in his work.


Chris is grounded in a humanistic approach and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  He believes strongly in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).  He also utilizes an eclectic approach in his therapeutic work.


Chris’ counseling interests involve working with adolescents and adults with a variety of clinical presentations including depression, anxiety, trauma, emotional/behavioral concerns, relational issues, communication, grief and loss, suicidal ideation, self-injury, shame and vulnerability, self-esteem, and adjustment concerns.


  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Capella University
  • Bachelor of Science - Kaplan University


Jillian Niemyjski - MS, LPC, NCC

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Jillian Niemyjski, MS, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a minor in Interpersonal Communication and a Child Youth Care emphasis.


Jillian has experience working with children, teens, adults, and families with a variety of mental health concerns including: anger issues, divorce, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, sexual assault, domestic violence, trauma, adjustment disorders, children in the foster care system, suicidal ideation, self-injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Additionally, she has training in implementing TF-CBT (Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for children and adolescents who have experienced some form of trauma.

Jillian’s approaches are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Art in therapy, Play in therapy, and mindfulness. She supports clients in learning new skills to face current challenges and helps individuals recognize their strengths and the importance of staying positive.



Jennalee Oefstedahl - EdD, LPC

Pronouns: she/her/hers


  • M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, Viterbo University

  • Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, Viterbo University 


Adjunct faculty in the counselor education programs at Viterbo University

Areas of Experience/Interest:

Anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, complex family relationships, trauma, prenatal and postpartum wellbeing, infertility, miscarriage/infant loss, exercise therapy, advocacy


I gravitate towards strengths-based, narrative, family systems, humanistic, and postmodern approaches, but I adapt therapy to meet the needs of the individual, couple, or family. I believe you know your story and/or struggles better than anyone and I provide the safe space for you to explore your experiences and challenge yourself to make the changes you desire.



Rebecca Kreger - MS, LPC, LPCC

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Rebecca Kreger, MS, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in MN and a Licensed Professional Counselor in WI. She completed her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with concentrations in AODA and Eating Disorders at the University of Wisconsin, Stout, a CACREP accredited program.


During that time, she was initiated into the Iota Sigma Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota as an Executive Board Member. Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society for counseling students, counselor educators and professional counselors.

Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse where she was inducted into Psi Chi, the International Honor Society for Psychology in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement and excellence. Rebecca is also a veteran of the United States Army.

Rebecca’s clinical experience includes providing individual and various group therapy services, such as Dialectical Behavioral Skills Training, to adolescents and adults in the community as well as institutions in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.

She is certified as an Anger Management Specialist-I through the National Anger Management Association, is a QPR Gatekeeper for suicide prevention, has completed Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Foundational Training through the Linehan Institute and currently is working toward certification as a Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional.

Rebecca takes a strengths-based, person-centered approach using evidence-based therapeutic methods such as Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Rebecca has experience with: Anger - Depression – Mindfulness -Anxiety – Self Esteem – Adjustment Disorders – Suicidal Ideations – Relationship Struggles – Crisis Counseling – Emotional and Behavioral Disorders – Domestic Violence – Trauma.


Kayla Leichtnam - MSW

Pronouns: she/her/hers


I graduated with my Masters in Clinical Social Work in December of 2019 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to that, I earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.


Throughout my education l’ve gained numerous years of experience working with primarily adolescents in residential, in-home, and school settings. As a clinician, I emphasize motivational interviewing techniques by focusing on aligning the clients strengths with their individualized goals.

Theoretical Orientations: 

Cognitive Behavioral, Strength Based, Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Coping Skills, Mindfulness Techniques, Person in Environment.


Beth Mullen-Houser - PhD, LP

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Thanks for stopping by! Everyone has uncomfortable feelings at times. I work with clients to uncover and heal the parts of themselves that are stuck in distress and harmful ways of coping. These internal changes allow clients to be more fully themselves, living a rich, full and meaningful life.


I utilize various forms of psychotherapy, adapting and tailoring to the particular needs of each client, including Internal Family Systems and other compassion and mindfulness-based approaches.

I strive to be respectful, humble, curious, compassionate and flexible. I believe in the dignity, unique strengths, and worth of every individual. I have been practicing psychotherapy for over 15 years and I love my work. I have also studied and published on the relationship between our thoughts and feelings and our physical and mental health.

Outside of my therapy practice I enjoy the beauty of the Driftless area including hiking, biking and canoeing, reading novels (my most recent favorite authors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Jasmine Guillory, Leah Johnson and Sandhya Menon), cooking using our CSA veggies and eating at restaurants with cuisine from around the world.

Before becoming a psychologist I was fortunate to have many mini-careers, including teaching and/or traveling in Japan, Europe, Mexico and Canada, being a national park ranger in both Colorado and California and staffing the front desk of the Madison Urban League. I can often be found in our backyard playing with my family, including our dog.


Rhonda Rhodes - MA, SAC-IT, LPC-IT

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Rhonda Rhodes is a dual-diagnosis therapist, providing adults of all ages with addiction and mental health counseling services.


Rhonda’s approach is client-centered and strengths-based to address client issues with addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, age-related adjustment disorders, and other chronic mental health illnesses.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

12-Step Facilitation



Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School: Master’s Degree, Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders, August 2020

University of Houston: Bachelor’s Degree, Communications, May 1989


“Once you chose hope, anything’s possible”

~ Christopher Reeve


Angela Goethel - MS, LPC

Before joining Peace of Mind, I worked as a school psychologist for ten years. I have experience with children, youth, and young adults ages 3 through 21 and have collaborated with families, school staff, and community providers to maximize student success and well-being. I started working with Peace of Mind in the fall of 2020. As my professional journey evolves, I continue to enjoy working with individuals of all ages as they seek to realize their own goals in the area of healing, wellness, growth, and development.




I ascribe to an integrative, multicultural approach which is person-centered, strength-centered, and solution-focused. I believe that all people have tremendous capacity for personal insight, motivation, and growth. I view the client as the expert in their own life and see my role as joining clients in active dialogue, providing structure, and integrating additional approaches that are relevant to, and effective with, individual needs, goals, and worldviews.



1995 B.S. Deaf Education – University of Tulsa, Oklahoma

2010 M.S. School Psychology – UW-La Crosse, Wisconsin

2012 Ed.S. School Psychology – UW-La Crosse, Wisconsin

2020 M.S. Mental Health Counseling – Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisconsin



Karen Morken - MS, LPC

Certified EMDR Therapist

Pronouns: she/her/hers


My Therapy Philosophy:

Welcome to the world of therapy! The reasons people consider and seek therapy are as varied as the individuals who seek it. Most people have gone through seasons in life where things can feel a bit too confusing or overwhelming to figure it out on their own. Or there may be something painful from an individual’s past that just seems to keep coming up in one form or another, and the individual finally feels ready to do something with it.

In the fast pace of today’s world, many people unintentionally forget to slow down and listen to themselves. Engaging in therapy can be a supportive and accepting place where you have the opportunity to slow down and tell your story- whether it be your life story or your “what is currently happening” story, and then sort through and figure out how you would like to move forward with your life journey.

The bottom line of therapy is it is a unique experience where an individual has the luxury of being truly listened to, heard and seen. The therapy process can help an individual work through difficult times; better understand and accept themselves; and discover and get in touch with their authentic, strong, one-of-a-kind self.



My experience includes 16 years of providing therapy services to diverse populations in outpatient and in-home therapy settings in Milwaukee and La Crosse.


Specialty Area and Training:

My specialty area is trauma. I am an EMDR Certified Therapist and I work with adults ages 19+. I have much experience providing EMDR therapy to persons who are struggling with symptoms of grief, depression, panic attacks, anxiety, and post traumatic stress.

I am experienced in working with clients who are going through challenging life adjustments and major events, such as loss of a loved one; loss of a job or work issues; adjusting to a move; pregnancy and


post-partum adjustment; divorce; chronic illness; physical assault; motor vehicle accidents; COVID challenges; and many other life issues. I also have a history of successfully helping military personnel (veterans and active duty) work through trauma issues; as well as other first responders such as law enforcement and EMT workers.


The impact of trauma can take many forms, and sometimes people who are suffering from the consequences of trauma do not realize that this might be the source of their mental, emotional and possibly physical discomfort. Sometimes people don’t even realize that they have been traumatized. Part of my role as a trauma therapist is to screen for and identify any history of trauma while listening to people’s life stories, and then educating my clients and offering the option of providing evidence-based EMDR therapy when appropriate. Throughout the eight years that I have been practicing EMDR therapy, I have had the honor to witness some amazing healing outcomes for my clients.


My Approach:

In addition to my specialty as an EMDR therapist, I have been trained to use a variety of evidence based therapy approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Mindfulness based tools and skills; Motivational Interviewing (MI); and person-centered therapy. Depending on my client’s needs, I often use a combination of these approaches and weave them throughout the therapy process.

I have high regard and respect for the uniqueness of individuals. As we go through the therapy process together, I will often check in with my clients to learn how they are feeling about the therapy and if they feel we are on the right track. As a therapist, I feel honored when clients choose to trust me and to be vulnerable with me, and I will protect that dynamic fiercely!

Please contact me if you have any questions. Therapy can be an exciting; life changing experience, and I look forward to being a part of your journey!


“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better you do better.”

~ Maya Angelou



Kristina Bechtel - MS, APSW

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Kristina has over 11 years’ experience working with adults and transitional age youth (Ages 14-21) experiencing substance use addiction and/or mental health disabilities. She received her APSW in April 2022 and has been providing therapy services for Peace of Mind, LLC since August 2022. Kristina has experience working with individuals or couples experiencing the following: Chronic and Acute Trauma, Anger Issues, Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic and Acute Stress, Life Transitions, Unresolved Grief and Loss, Suicidal Ideation, Self-Injury.



Master of Social Work – Winona State University 2021

Bachelor of Social Work – UW – Eau Claire 2014

Kristina believes in utilizing a trauma-informed and a person-centered approach with her clients. She specializes in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Internal Family Systems interventions.


Lisa Miller - MS, LPC

Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor serving La Crosse, Jackson and Monroe Counties.


Lisa comes to PoM with over 25 years of In-Home Family and Individual Therapy experience in the Jackson, Monroe and La Crosse County areas. Lisa has also worked within the county systems of Jackson and La Crosse, within the Comprehensive Community Support and Children’s Long-Term Services programs over the past 5 years.



I very much enjoy working with families to assist them in healthier strategies of family functioning in order to enhance their overall relationships. I am a strong believer that working with the entire family system will bring about positive changes more effectively. Individual therapy, with all ages, I also find rewarding. Building strong relationships is the key to healthy and positive movement forward.

Therapy approaches most often utilized consist of Person Centered, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems and Experiential Therapy



*Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

* Motivational Interviewing -Proficient

* Equine Assisted Therapy Certification trained in EGALA model

* Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Certification

* Circle of Security Informed Care



University of Wisconsin La Crosse – Bachelors of Science, Major: Psychology, Minor: Sociology

Winona State University – Masters Degree in Community Counseling

Currently hold State of WI License in Professional Counseling and Social Work

Caitlyn Snyder - MS, LPC-IT, SAC-IT


I will be graduating with my Masters in Mental Health Counseling in August 2022 from Viterbo University. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Ethnic and Racial studies from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2018.



I have numerous years of experience in the mental health field. I began my work in the community mental health setting in 2018 as a peer support specialist. Since then, I have worked with a range of clients from ages 8-90 providing case management, peer support, life skills coaching, and counseling.

I have experience working with: Depression, Substance Abuse Disorders, Anxiety, Suicidal Ideation, Self-Harm, Bipolar Disorders, Personality Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Trauma, and Oppositional Disorders



I believe that the client is the expert on themselves so I take a collaborative and client-centered approach to counseling. I also believe that every person is unique so I pull from a variety of counseling techniques to tailor each session to the client’s individual needs. I believe that incorporating multicultural components into treatment is important as well.</