Karla Fennie - MS, LMFT
Ashlee Vlasak - MS, LPC
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.
Amanda Erickson - MS, LPC
Erin Collins - MSW
Keiko Knothe - MS, LPC
Lisa Burnham - MS, LPC, CSAC
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
Leah Williams - MS, LPC
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.
Alicia Skiles - MS, NCC, LPC
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.
Casey Denzine - MSW, APSW
J Dobbins - MS, LPC-IT
Casey Bohlman - MS, LPC-IT
Rachel Unseth - MS, LPC, SASA
Rachel Unseth is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization in WI.
Lisa Smith - MS, LPC-IT
Bachelor of Science from University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Master’s degree in mental health counseling from Viterbo University
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, NCC, LPC
Chris has a multi-faceted clinical experience serving others. He is an adoptive parent and he 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 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. However, he also draws from Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, existential, and experiential techniques.
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
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.
Jennalee Oefstedahl - EdD, LPC
M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, Viterbo University
Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, Viterbo University
Rebecca Kreger - MS, LPC, LPCC
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.
Kayla Leichtnam - MSW
Beth Mullen-Houser - PhD, LP
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.
Rhonda Rhodes - MA, SAC-IT, LPC-IT
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
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
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.
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
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.