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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Jenn Marolt, ATR, LPC

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

 

Education & Credentials

Masters of Science in Art Therapy, Mount Mary University

Bachelors of Arts in Art Therapy, Mount Mary College
 
Practice Location

School Services

Practice Philosophy
I believe that each person is a unique individual who is also a part of a larger

family system. I think it best to focus on the needs of each person’s needs

and incorporate ways to support them as a person, so they are able to

function appropriately in the various aspects of life. As a Registered Art Therapist, I use art as a foundational approach in my work with others.  Feelings and thoughts that are often difficult to put into words,  can be effectively expressed through art modalities.  I incorporate creative, expressive therapies in all my work to help my clients build emotional and behavioral regulation skills, coping skills, positive and appropriate self-expression.
 
Areas of Expertise
Trauma and mental health issues in children, adolescents; family and parenting concerns
 
Treatment Specialties
Art Therapy, Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Informed Care, Brainspotting

Board Certification & Organizations

Registered Art Therapist

Licensed Professional Counselor

American Art Therapy Association

 
Concentration
Children, Adolescents, and Families
 
Personal Interests
I love to spend my free time with my family and friends. I enjoy being active, traveling, attending concerts and creating art.  I enjoy humor and movies.

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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.

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!!

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Jill Panther, LCSW

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

 

Education & Credentials

UW-Madison, BA Psychology and Sociology

Loyola University-Chicago, MSW
 
Practice Location
School Services

Practice Philosophy
I have 20+ years experience working with all ages and diverse

populations.  I strive to use an integrated, holistic approach and

provide a comfortable, non-judgmental environment. I am

passionate about helping each client to gain a sense of

empowerment to overcome difficult life circumstances by understanding and resolving problems, modifying behavior and sustaining positive life changes. 
 
Areas of Expertise
Mental health issues in children, adolescents; family and parenting concerns. Grief/Loss Issues.
 
Treatment Specialties 

Systems Therapy, Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma Informed Care.

Board Certification & Organizations

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

 
Concentration
Children, Adolescents, and Families

 

Personal Interests

I love spending time with my two daughters, family, and friends, international/domestic travel, being active, and yoga.

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 
 

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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Rebecca Rahn, LPC, NCC, SAC-IT

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

 

​Education & Credentials

Master’s Degree: MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling,

Mount Mary University

Bachelor's Degree:  Psychology, Upper Iowa University

​Practice Location
Waukesha Clinic 

 

Practice Philosophy
I have experience working with a multitude of clients, some who

are in crisis, have co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues, are struggling with tough circumstances in life, those want to improve their relationships with others, and who choose to address these concerns through psychotherapy.  For some, that is to quickly identify barriers and find solutions for success or improvement, while others may appreciate a third party to simply listen and provide support. My goal is to provide a positive, non-judgmental experience, and help adults make sense out of their problems by learning more about one's self identity and other factors that are influencing the issue.
 
​​Areas of Expertise

Trauma, Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Depression, Addictions, Workplace Issues, Posttraumatic Stress, LGBTQ+ issues, Women's Issues, Caregiver Stress, Communication Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Anger Management, Grief, and Coping with life changes.


Treatment Specialties

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Board Certification & Organizations

National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor

Concentration

Adults 18+

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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.

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Bethany Williamson, LPC

PSYCHOTHERAPIST 

Education & Credentials

Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling – UW Milwaukee;

Bachelor of Science Education – UW Whitewater

Practice Location
School Services 

Practice Philosophy
I view my role as a supportive partner through life’s journey.  I see each

client as the expert while I serve as a guide and help clients develop skills and use tools such as resilience and courage to support their healing.  I promote successful outcomes by empowering my clients.  I like to enhance, celebrate, and add to the toolbox as we work together on mutually defined therapy goals.
 
​​Areas of Expertise
Trauma and mental health concerns in children/adolescents, social skills, anxiety, depression, stress management, treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Treatment Specialties

Person centered, EMDR Level 1, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), trauma informed approaches.  I like to use a holistic approach.  I draw from various modalities and often incorporate art and play to meet each client where they are.

Board Certifications & Organizations

Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

Concentration

All ages:  children ages 3+, adolescents, teens, adults

Personal Interests

Spending time with my dogs and family, enjoying nature, trying new foods, reading, listening to education (and funny) podcasts. Mom to 3 (one baby, two dogs).

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