Meet Our Licensed Therapists

Facilitating Mental Health & Wellness

Let us help you and your loved ones find emotional well-being, achieve your personal goals, and reach your fullest potential. Our professional staff includes licensed psychologists, psychotherapists, marriage and family counselors, social workers, and substance abuse counselors.

 

Family Service attracts and is able to retain a top quality professional staff and enjoys a broad base of community support. This makes Family Service uniquely qualified to assess critical community needs and to address those needs with programs that are both timely and effective.

Psychotherapists

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Debra Nicotera, MS, LPC

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Education and Credentials

Masters Degree in Guidance & Counseling, Community

Counseling emphasis, UW Whitewater

Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice- UW Oshkosh

Practice Location
School Services

Practice Philosophy
My approach to therapy is multi-faceted as I believe change is

vested in understanding the past, living in the moment and

shaping the future.  This exploration includes a strong focus on how to reframe life experiences through a healthier lens.
 
Areas of Expertise
I have extensive training addressing the effect depression and anxiety have on overall life satisfaction.  I am also a committed advocate for the importance of understanding the mind/body/spirit connection in achieving balance in one’s life journey.
 
Treatment Specialties
I consider myself a systems therapist, which means together we will explore the many different systems (i.e. parent, child, husband, wife, employee) that you bring with you to therapy.  This systems approach is combined with a strong cognitive-behavioral component (thinking-feeling-behaving) in order to increase your conscious involvement in making more satisfying life choices.
 
Board Certification & Organizations

Licensed Professional Counselor


Concentrations
I have experience working with children as young as age 6 which is through the implementation of play therapy techniques and parental involvement if possible.  I also have extensive experience working with teens and adults. I think of myself as a life span trained therapist.
 
Personal Interests

I am a huge fan of getting my hands dirty, whether it’s working in my yard or making pasta..... I’m in!!! Family time is very important to me, hanging out with my adult children, grandchildren and husband is my idea of a perfect day.

Shannon Olson, MSW, LCSW

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

 

Education & Credentials

Master’s of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

B.A. Psychology, North Park University

Certified Trauma Treatment Professional
 
Practice Location
Waukesha Clinic

 

Practice Philosophy
I feel quality counseling depends on a quality relationship

between therapist and client. A quality relationship is one

defined by trust, warmth, empathy - and a bit of laughter now and then! While I maintain a high level of professionalism, a good therapeutic relationship can also feel like letting your hair down with a good friend over coffee. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
 
Areas of Expertise
I have several years of experience as a group and individual counselor, and graduate level instructor in trauma counseling. I have worked with a wide variety of presenting concerns and have a strong background working with career and life changes, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, chronic pain, conflict and trauma. 
 
Treatment Specialties

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, positive/strengths-based counseling

Board Certification & Organizations

Member of NASW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Board Member, Safe Families of SE Wisconsin

 
Concentration
Age 18 and older
 
Personal Interests

I really enjoy music: all different kinds, listening to it, concerts, playing my keyboard and singing. I also enjoy running and working out with friends at the gym. I have two college aged children and two cats and am active in my church.

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Janice O'Rourke, LCSW

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

 

Education & Credentials

Master of Social Work, University of Wisconsin –Milwaukee

Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy- University of

Wisconsin- Milwaukee

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work- University of

Wisconsin-Whitewater
 
Practice Location
Telehealth

 

Practice Philosophy
I believe therapy is a path towards mind, body and spirit, health and healing.  It is an honor when a client chooses me to join them on their journey. I respect who they are and join with them as they begin writing the next chapter of their life, whatever that may be.
 
Areas of Expertise
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), childhood neglect/abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, panic, life transitions, grief and loss, relationship issues, parenting, sexual assault, and depression.
 
Treatment Specialties
Family systems based, Trauma Informed, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness

Board Certification & Organizations
Licensed Clinical Social Work – State of Wisconsin

 
Concentration
Age 18 and older
 
Personal Interests
I am forever reading and learning something new.  I love visual arts and spend much of my free time working with fabric, paint and ink.  My husband and I share an interest in U.S. History and focus our traveling around “history” trips.  As a mother to five and grandmother of eight, life is always an adventure!!

Callie Pauc, BA

PSYCHOTHERAPY INTERN

 

Education & Credentials

Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling-In Progress

I am a psychotherapist intern, and I am currently in the last year

of my clinical mental health graduate program at Mount Mary University.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology, as well as a bachelor’s degree in

social work. My professional experiences include working with those

experiencing adversities such as homelessness, poverty, and experience

intersectionality.
 
Practice Location
Waukesha Clinic

Practice Philosophy
I take a strengths-based approach when working with people and believe that each person is the expert of their own lives and experiences. I strive to provide a safe space for people to be heard, as well as providing unconditional support for them as they navigate through life and work towards discovering and growing the best version of themselves.

 
Areas of Expertise
Life stress and transitions, mood disorders

Board Certification & Organizations
Wisconsin Counseling Association

American Counseling Association

 
Concentration
Adults, ages 18+

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Amy Plum, LPC*

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

 

Education & Credentials

Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology, Emporia State

University, Kansas.
 
Practice Location
School Services 

Practice Philosophy
I believe the key to individual growth and healing is providing

the client a safe, non-directive environment, where they can

access their inner expert, healer, guide, and teacher that has far

more knowledge than anyone else. I believe in using nature as a

means for healing, to decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as yoga and meditation to find inner peace. I also love helping clients express themselves through art projects, such as dioramas, as a means to express what is difficult with words.  
 
Areas of Expertise
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Holographic Memory Resolution, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Trauma Sensitive Yoga
 
Treatment Specialties
Trauma informed, EMDR, attachment wounds, grief/loss, early childhood neglect, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, family violence, transitional challenges  

Board Certification & Organizations
Licensed Professional Counselor
PATH Program Therapist, Whittier Elementary

 
Concentration
Grade school aged children and their families 
 

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Emily Prahlow, MS, MFT-IT

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

 

Education & Credentials

Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy,

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
 
Practice Location

Waukesha Clinic and Children’s Place

Practice Philosophy

I believe people live healthy and happy lives through connection with other

people. I love to work with individuals, couples and families and use a

strength based, systems perspective when working with my clients. I tend to

focus on past experiences that are contributing to the current problem while

finding the balance of staying present in the moment, and finding hope for

the future. I enjoy walking alongside people as they find their inner peace, confidence and resiliency.


Areas of Expertise
Couples work, families, self-esteem, trauma, anxiety and depression.
 
Treatment Specialties
EMDR, Gottman couples work, Attachment-Based family therapy, TF-CBT, Mindfulness

 
Concentration

Children ages 3-11, adolescents transitioning to adulthood, adults and couples, LGBTQ affirming

 

Personal Interests

I enjoy walking, running, going to the beach, playing board games with friends and family. I love trying new foods.

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Matthew Pratt, LPC-IT

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

 

​Education & Credentials

Master’s of Science in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University

Bachelor’s of Art in Art Therapy from Capital University

​Practice Location
School Services

 

Practice Philosophy

I believe that every person carries their own stress, trauma, and burdens, but these

are not what define who we are, or our character. I will work with you to define where your story begins and where your story is headed despite any challenges you may be facing. I hold a personal belief that art can be found in everything and does not always include a paint brush and paper. I will help you define your story in a creative way that makes sense to you. I aim to help each individual by defining "what is art" in order to avoid an intimidating and stressful atmosphere. The challenges that we experience in life are not our defining traits and through working together we will continue to change the ending of your story.


​​Areas of Expertise

Grief and loss, adolescent and childhood abuse


Treatment Specialties

I blend a combination of Narrative and Gestalt based practices together to help you identify the whole picture of your life’s story, while working through our sessions with an expressive and art-based approach

Concentration

Children and Adolescents

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Kory Scherer, M.S. in Professional Counseling-In Progress

PSYCHOTHERAPY INTERN

 

​Education & Credentials

Master of Science in Professional Counseling,

Clinical Mental Health Concentration- Mount Mary University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology- Carthage College

​Practice Location
Waukesha Clinic 

 

Practice Philosophy
Through a person-centered and strength-based approach to therapy, I believe

that individuals have the power to achieve immense growth and positive

change in their lives. I view individuals as the experts of their own realities and,

thus, find that the therapeutic process should be a collaborative journey. As we work together to uncover individualized pathways to healing and wellness, I always strive to create a safe environment and trusting relationship for clients to explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Healthy connections and supportive relationships are often central to our overall well-being.


​​Areas of Expertise
Anxiety, Depression and Other Mood Disorders, Trauma, Life Transitions, Stress Management, Relationship Conflicts


Treatment Specialties

I embrace an integrative and tailored approach to therapy based on an individual’s unique needs and goals. This may include Narrative Therapy, Trauma-Informed Treatment, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), or Mindfulness.

 

Board Certifications & Organizations

American Counseling Association

Wisconsin Counseling Association

Concentration

Adults and Adolescents

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Julia Shaughnessy, MA, MFT-IT

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

 

​Education & Credentials

Master’s Degree: Marriage and Family Therapy, North Central

University

Bachelor's Degree:  Communication,  University of Connecticut.

​Practice Location
Waukesha Clinic and Children's Place 

 

Practice Philosophy
I focus on evidence-based approaches to ensure that clients

achieve positive outcomes. Drawing from a strength-based perspective helps individuals and families identify solutions that improve relationships and individual function. Everyone has the ability to make positive changes in their lives, but everyone’s solution is slightly different. Together we can find not just what works, but what is most effective for each individual client.
 
​​Areas of Expertise
Family relationships, family conflict, parenting, marriage/couples concerns, trauma, behavioral issues, teens and adolescents, depression, anxiety, stress.

Treatment Specialties

Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy

 

Concentration

Distressed Families, Couples, Children 10 and older.

Personal Interests

Cooking, traveling and experiencing exotic things are top of my list. But I also love to hang out at home with my family playing games, taking hikes and enjoying each other's company.  We have a cocker spaniel and we love playing and snuggling with him. I am also a  lifelong girl scout and I volunteer when I can.

Marisa Stovich, MS, LPC-IT

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

 

​Education & Credentials

Master of Science in Professional Counseling, concentration in Clinical Mental

Health Counseling from Mount Mary University

Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Carroll University

​Practice Location
Waukesha Clinic

 

Practice Philosophy

My passion is to help clients improve their mental health while helping

each client gain a better understanding of themselves, their strengths, and

their values. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where honest conversations and exploration can occur. In this way, it is my goal to empower my clients to recognize and connect with their own inner strength. I take a collaborative approach when working with individuals as I believe each person is the expert on themselves and their unique experience. I believe in the healing power of cultural and spiritual practices and beliefs, and take time to learn about and incorporate my clients’ individual healing practices in treatment.
 
​​Areas of Expertise
Anxiety, Adjustment Disorder, Depression, Trauma, Substance Use Disorder, Life Transitions, and Relationship Conflicts. 


Treatment Specialties

Adlerian therapy, Person-centered therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-informed treatment

Board Certifications & Organizations

Licensed Professional Counselor-IT

American Counseling Association

 

Concentration

Adults and Adolescents

Personal Interests

I enjoy playing the piano, getting lost in a good book, and connecting with loved ones. I have a passion for exploring new places, trying new food, and learning about photography.

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Elizabeth Szalewski, ATR, LPC

PSYCHOTHERAPIST 

Education & Credentials

Master of Science in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University

Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Benedictine College

Practice Location
School Services 

Practice Philosophy
I strive to promote empowerment, connection, understanding,

and holistic well-being with clients. I operate from a

strength-based approach, honoring a client’s wisdom and experience.  
 
​​Areas of Expertise
Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and trauma, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, emotion and behavior regulation, and adaptive art making.

Treatment Specialties

I practice from Person Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Existential theories. I am also fond of Mindfulness techniques.

Board Certifications & Organizations

Licensed Professional Counselor

Registered Art Therapist

Concentration

Children and Adolescents

Personal Interests

Outside of work, I can be found in my home studio, painting away. I also enjoy absorbing as much sunlight as possible, hiking, photographing flora and fauna, and visiting lakes.

Ligia Wipfli, MS, LPC, CSAC

PSYCHOTHERAPIST-Bilingual (Spanish)

Education & Credentials

Master of Science in Counseling

Clinical Substance Abuse Counseling

Practice Location
Telehealth

Practice Philosophy

I believe in the empowerment of each individual client through

active and engaged sessions by working together in addressing and

adjusting behaviors that would help the patient reach their personal and professional goals.
 
​​Areas of Expertise
I have 20+ years’ experience working with a diverse population helping clients with issues of depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, substance use disorders, Anger issues, and Domestic abuse.

Treatment Specialties

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness.

Board Certifications & Organizations

Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Wisconsin Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, Member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association

Concentration

Adults and couples

Personal Interests

I enjoy traveling international and domestic. Love road trips specially with my family and listening to educational podcast in Spanish and English.

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For more information about Family Service or to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed therapists, please contact us!