Meet our therapists

I’m Megan Schilt, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of WI. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Edgewood College and my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2014. I completed my internship at Green County Human Services Department in the Mental Health Unit and Comprehensive Community Support (CCS) program where I worked with children, teens, and adults. This internship eventually turned into a full-time employment position. During this time, I also served as a mental health team member at the Child Advocacy Center. I worked as a psychotherapist at the Monroe Clinic where I also worked with children, teens, and adults in the Green County and surrounding areas. Prior to receiving my license and working in the Green County area, I worked for a number of years in Dane County in various settings including adolescent group homes, Early Head Start programs, Community Based Residential Facilities for adults with dual diagnoses (mental health and substance abuse disorders), and case management for adults with dual diagnoses (developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses).

In addition to my education and work experience, I have had the opportunity to attend a number of formal trainings in my area of specialty including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), among others. I am a Certified ADHD Professional, and am certified in Trauma-focused CBT.

I work with children, teens, and adults, ages 4 and older treating a number of presenting issues including traumatic stress, PTSD, grief & loss, ADHD, anxiety, panic, depression, mood disorders, anger issues, adults recovering from emotionally abusive relationships, self-esteem/self-worth issues, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, stress management, life transitions, women’s issues, attachment issues, relationship and social issues, and parenting issues.

My personal and professional experiences have given me the compassion and understanding needed to create safe and strong therapeutic relationships with people to assist in self-exploration, processing difficult life events, identifying barriers, problem-solving, and creating personal growth and change necessary to achieve one’s highest potential and quality of life. I believe that everyone has the capacity for self-healing and that we all need help, support, and guidance at times throughout our life. Afterall, we are only human. I strive to empower the people I work with rather than to enable them. We all have the potential for achieving our highest quality of life. I am passionate about joining with others as they work toward their best life possible.

My name is Angie Douglas, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Wisconsin. My education includes earning my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater in 2003. I worked as a Human Resource Generalist for 7 years prior to returning to graduate school to earn my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella
University.

In my Human Resource Generalist position, I learned about business concepts, and was able to identify more closely with my passion for working with people, through interviewing and helping employees solve relational problems as well as employment concerns.

During my Master’s program, I completed an internship at Mercy Health System at their Child and Adolescent Day Treatment, where I worked with children ages 6-18 with emotional and behavioral diagnoses in group, individual, and family therapy sessions. My internship turned into a full-time employment situation, where I worked for 5 years. Through this position, I worked very closely with an
experienced Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner, who handled medication management, occupational therapists, social workers, nurses, and an exceptional team of therapists.

After leaving that position, I worked as a psychotherapist at the Monroe Clinic, where I continued to work with children and adolescents, and gained experience working more closely with adults individually.

Through my work experience, I have found my path in approaches to therapy, and where I feel my strengths lie. I rely heavily on Strengths-Based approaches and building a strong therapeutic alliance with patients. I incorporate evidence-based practices in therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Practices. I
have had the opportunity to attend specialized trainings in Trauma Informed Care, CBT, and DBT.

I will work with children ages 6 and up, adolescents, and adults treating symptoms of depression, anxiety and panic disorders, ADHD, mood disorders, anger control, PTSD, self-esteem and self-worth issues, abuse including sexual, emotional, and physical, conduct disorders and behavioral issues.

I believe the power of connection plays a significant role in the healing process. I feel that each individual regardless of age or diagnoses can benefit from the power of releasing thoughts and feelings in a therapeutic setting. My approach is to treat symptoms as they present in order to relieve stress and result in the highest level of functioning possible. I am passionate about liberating individuals as they
overcome personal life challenges, stressors, and set-backs, through accomplishing goals.

I’m Dan Doden. I have been in the Mental Health and AODA field for 28 years. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.

I provide psychotherapy for individuals and couples. I also have extensive experience doing group work. I have discovered that other significant people in client’s lives can also be included in the therapy producing an even more powerful effect when indicated.

I have worked in inpatient mental health settings, outpatient therapy in the Madison, Monroe and Janesville areas, and done extensive work in the corrections area. I have a certification working in the area of domestic violence and am a certified sex offender treatment professional.

My approach consists of a conglomeration of theories woven into my personal style that has evolved over the years; with the diverse settings and experiences I’ve had I am confident I can be of tremendous benefit to clients with issues ranging from adjustment disorders to chronic mental illness.

Areas of particular interest include anger management, impulse control, domestic violence and addictive disorders and how those issues are often seen together; depression and anxiety; the effects of trauma and abuse; men’s issues and pain management, among others.

 

I am Emily Rufenacht, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Wisconsin and Illinois. It can be difficult for people to initiate therapy services due to feelings of vulnerability and the fear of being judged. Care, compassion, understanding, and openness are all important values that I practice both personally and professionally. These values can help someone feel more comfortable in therapy sessions.

I received both my Bachelors of Science in Psychology and my Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Edgewood College. I worked with a variety of clients such as children, teens, adults, couples, and families during my internship at The Family Center in Madison, WI. After my internship, I worked at Orion Family Services as an in-home therapist. In the years that I worked as an in-home therapist, I worked with clients of varying ages, including children from 3 years of age to adults of 75 years of age. I was able to work with various relational dynamics such as individuals, families, couples, parents, parent-child, and siblings. Prior to my career as a psychotherapist, I had experiences in working with children on the autism spectrum, as well as
working with adults with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses.

I currently work with a number of different issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, behavioral issues, trauma, abuse, stress management, life transitions, relationship issues, anger management, and self-esteem. More specifically, I am trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that is evidence-based and used to treat children who have experienced trauma.

I empower clients to identify and build on their own personal strengths, as well as creating a “team” approach to help navigate personal challenges and struggles. Through this collaborative and positive approach, clients are able to feel connected, empowered, and the ability to get through difficult times.

Because after all…

“We don’t have to do it all alone. We were never meant to.”—Brene Brown

John Samaha, M.S., N.C.C., L.P.C. I am John Samaha. I attended Western Connecticut State University for my Masters in Counseling, with a focus in school counseling. I also worked to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Wisconsin. I worked as a coordinator at a residential therapeutic group home with Family and Children’s Aid in Danbury, CT, first for boys ages 5-12 and then for adolescents ages 12-21. I continued to work with Family and Children’s Aid for nine years, later as a therapist in their Child Guidance Clinic. Through my work with FCA I also had the honor of working with children and families who were students, relatives, and others that had direct impact from the 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy. During this time I also completed my internship in the city of Danbury both in an alternative school and a public high school, and later becoming a long-term counseling substitute at the high school.

I have most recently worked at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT as a school counselor for the past three years. During my three years at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, I gained a variety of skills in various areas of practice. I created and acted as the leader of the district’s regional crisis response team; through my efforts, we were able to earn grants for district-wide suicide prevention and education. I also worked on many different district policies and procedures regarding mental health wellness.

I have also worked to become certified in a number of other specializations which help me work with children and adolescents. I have become a certified trainer in Question. Persuade. Respond. “QPR” and “Signs of Suicide” both are suicide prevention interventions for adolescents and teens, as well as in elementary-age suicide interventions. These skills have aided me in addressing the increasing prevalence of self-harm and suicidal ideation among our children and teens. I am a certified trainer in NOVA’s (National Organization for Victim’s Assistance) Group Crisis Intervention model and have taken their advanced practice training as well. I am certified in PMT Restraint (Psychological/Physical Management Training.) This certification allows me to help others de-escalate during times of heightened emotional arousal and keep everyone safe during crisis situations.

I work with children, adolescents, and young adults ages 3-21, especially those struggling with self-harm, depression, anxiety, difficulty with social situations, behavioral challenges, issues of identity, difficulties with transitions or major life changes, and trauma from crises such as abuse, neglect, physical injury, acute mental or emotional situations, etc. I also have a great deal of experience in working with children, adolescents, and young adults with various intellectual and learning disabilities. I believe in holistic self-care (mental, emotional, and physical). My focus is to build positive relationships with my clients and to help them build other strong and positive relationships in their personal interactions with those around them. I do not adhere to any one specific modality of counseling, but use many elements from Person-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Play Therapy.

My name is Suzanne Koch and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of WI. I have provided mental health services and support for over 20 years in Vermont and WI. I received my Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento and my Master’s of Social Work from the University of Vermont. I am a Monroe native and moved back to the area after to living out of state for 25 years. This change has been a rewarding and positive endeavor as I have been reintroduced to the area and community and all it has to offer.

My experience as a mental health social worker has been in schools, outpatient clinics, and in the community. In the State of Vermont, where I initially obtained my LICSW, I worked for 15 years in a community mental health agency and was based in schools, in the outpatient clinic, and in the comfort of people’s homes. I provided individual and group therapy with children, adults and families around trauma issues, sexually reactive behavior in youth, parenting challenges and support, domestic abuse, alcohol issues, the aging process, gender/LGBTQ+ and women’s issues.

In WI, my focus and area of growth has been on LGBTQ+ issues, grief, the aging process, women’s issues and dementia. My education and practice is based on the Strengths Perspective and the inherent belief that change is positive and possible. I believe in starting where you are at and creating a treatment plan that enhances your strengths and addresses your challenges in a collaborative manner in order for you to live life to the fullest. My approach is very person centered, and “down to earth, but I utilize evidence based practices such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness to help you on your journey. The decision to seek out counseling illustrates the strength and courage you possess and my goal is to help you feel more at peace with yourself, especially when facing stressful times, and to empower you through that process.

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Office Manager

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