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Therapists

Sarah Nichols, LCSW, ICS, Director

Sarah is state licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Independent Clinical Supervisor. She serves as the Director at Interconnections. She is a Therapist, Custody and Placement Mediator, and Custody and Placement Evaluator. In her therapy work, Sarah works individually with adults, teens and children to overcome issues of anxiety, depression and stress while emphasizing client empowerment. Sarah also works with couples to improve communication and build trust in their relationships. In her family court roles, she promotes successful outcomes for children by encouraging clients to achieve low-conflict, positive co-parent communication. She is also an instructor of the co-parenting class for the Kenosha County Family Court where she helps divorcing couples find cooperative ways to parent post divorce. 

 

Sarah received a Master of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Divorce Mediation training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Bachelor's degree with a concentration in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and Parent Coordination Core Training through the American Psychological Association (APA). She has been a scholarship recipient for both the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and Wisconsin Inter-Professional Committee On Divorce (WIPCOD).  She has post-graduate training in domestic violence, parental refuse/resist dynamics, high conflict families, cultural fluency, personality disorders, issues in parent relocation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), trauma focused supervision and is state certified to provide Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services in Wisconsin. She has served as an adjunct professor for George Williams College of Aurora University, helping prepare future Social Work candidates. Additionally, Sarah currently serves as a Board Member for WIPCOD, helping to ensure that professionals working in Family Court  have access to high level continuing education, led by experts in the field.

Maria Bishop, LPC

As a therapist it is Maria's goal to provide a safe and comfortable environment in which the client can feel comfortable to share. Within this space of safety is where stories are told, and goals are formed for the client to explore and grow. It is within this environment that she feels privileged to come alongside my clients as  she is given permission to step into the client’s world and to journey with them. As clients move through the varying changes in emotions, cognitions and behaviors and become more in line with living authentically, they identify their values and live authentically from them. As this value driven life is identified and brought forward, she partakes in guiding clients to engage with courage and take hold of personal lifelong changes that offer insight and healing for themselves. 

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Maria has experience working with individuals, couples, and adolescents. Focusing on solutions after a thorough assessment of client concerns and history. Maria uses an eclectic range of modalities that include, but are not limited to; Psychoeducation, Jungian Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Childhood Development Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and has pursued advanced training in the following areas: treatment for trauma-related issues, the integration of the body, mindful awareness through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), art and play therapies and adolescent development. Additionally, Maria holds a 250-hour certification in Hatha Yoga (CYA).

Maria has been engaged as a speaker for motivational events, women’s groups, and conferences. She has coordinated non-profit events that support highly sensitive trauma clients by using the arts as healing. Maria has developed and facilitated a therapeutic group for teenage girls teaching healthy self-esteem through the identification of morals, values, and beliefs that lead to healthy development and choice making. She has experience as an experiential wilderness therapist with at-risk youth and is also Prepare/Enrich Certified for premarital and married couples that assist in the journey and growth of marriage. Maria has a Master of Science from Mount Mary University.

Jena Cluka, LCSW 

Jena is a Licensed Clinical Social worker. She works with diverse populations including adults, children and adolescents. 

 

Jena has extensive experience working with grief, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. Jena believes in using a strengths based approach in order to inspire all clients to identify their own strengths and use them in the therapeutic process. She uses integrated modalities based upon what the client is looking for in psychotherapy. Jena is very passionate about her work as a psychotherapist and is non-judgmental.

 

Jena received her Master of Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago and her undergraduate degrees of Sociology and Environmental Studies from Ripon College.

Angela Martin, LPC

Angela works with clients of all ages and backgrounds and uses evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. Angela believes that it is important to give each client the time and space to express and process their emotions in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Angela has specific training and interest in treating anxiety, depression and trauma-related mental health concerns including PTSD. Angela has also received specific training in treating survivors of domestic violence.

 

Angela received her B.A. from Butler University and M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University.

Rachael Nitz, LPC

Rachael received her Master's of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Old Dominion University. She is passionate about involving each individual and couple in the therapeutic process. Rachael views mental health from a holistic standpoint where true health encompasses multiple aspects including physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and intellectual health. She believes that every aspect of mental health is interconnected and strives to work with each person to develop healthy patterns that serve them in the long run.  

 

Rachael's approach stems from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Compassion-Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She frequently utilizes aspects of mindfulness, trauma-informed care, and family systems to best assist individuals in achieving better health through therapy. 

 

Rachael has experience working with a wide range of individuals including children, couples, veterans, young adults, middle-aged adults, both men and women. 

Jesse Maan, APSW

Jesse is an Advanced Practice Social Worker who received his master’s degree from Aurora University. He has helped individuals and families through bereavement in the hospice setting, guiding them through the process of grieving and coping with loss, anxiety, and stressors. He also works closely with individuals in the recovery community.

 

Jesse focuses on creating a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental space to cultivate an atmosphere for healing with a person-centered therapeutic approach. His positive approach helps clients to connect with their strengths to help them reach their goals. Focusing on empowering clients to bring about positive and lasting change through their lifespan. Jesse views psychotherapy from a holistic perspective to assist clients with improving their physical, emotional, and spiritual condition while recognizing the gender, cultural, and socio economic issues that impact mental health. Jesse also provides cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to assist clients with positive changes and coping. healthy patterns that serve them in the long run.  

Christine McFarlane, APSW

Christine is an Advanced Practice Social Worker, who has a focus in depression, anxiety, and trauma. Christine has worked with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, and a spectrum of concerns.

Christine works with all populations including Children, adolescents, adults, and families. She uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Integrative Therapy to assist individuals on being able to improve their ability to focus on the positives of their life and how to implement their coping skills when needed. She works with clients to create a positive and judgement free zone to make all of her clients feel safe and secure.  

 

Christine graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and from George Williams College with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.

Michelle Percudani, LPC-IT

Michelle has clinical experience working with a variety of populations such as children, adolescents, adults and couples. She genuinely enjoys working with client of all ages and different backgrounds.

Michelle primarily uses a person-centered approach which allows for development of a collaborative counseling space.  By providing a safe and supportive environment, it is Michelle's goal to help her clients grow and develop skills that will help them navigate and overcome life's difficulties. She also approaches her clients with a strengths-based lens to acknowledge, encourage, and embrace their natural strengths and qualities. 

Michelle will often integrate treatment modalities to provide the best form of support for each individual client's needs.  In addition to her person-centered and strengths-based approach, other modalities may include CBT, DBT and trauma-informed care. 

 

Michelle received a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Lakeland University.  

Sheila Rawn, LPC-IT

Sheila strives to assist clients in uncovering and clarifying their challenges that caused them to seek therapy.  She provides an opportunity to build a safe and supportive environment to work together towards resolution and wholeness.  Sheila has clinical experience with children, teens, adults and couples.  

When working with children and teens, Sheila believes it is important to invite parents into the intake process.  Then transitions to client only sessions where she can provide her young clients the safe confidential space they need.  With children and adolescents, this can involve age appropriate Art and Play Therapy, teaching Structured Problem Solving and utilizing Narrative Therapy.

When working with couples, Sheila believes it is important to start with communication skills which will allow the couple to effectively tackle the bigger challenges that brough them to therapy. She has assisted clients in learning to have tough conversations, clarify and establish mutually agreed upon boundaries, and identify and change a problematic relationship dynamic.

Sheila is also a trained mediator with a specialty in helping co-parents create parenting agreements and has helped co-parenting clients make mutual decisions, improve communication, and transition into a smoother rhythm of agreed upon custody and placement. 

Sheila received an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University, Alamosa, CO, an MDiv from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, and a BA from Carleton College Northfield, MN. She is currently being supervised from Maria Bishop, LPC, an expert in trauma therapy.

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