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.

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

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.

 

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.

Office Management

Jolie LaBarre
Office Manager

Erin Gellings
Intake and School-Based Mental Health Coordinator and Office Assistant

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