Staff

Our Staff 

 

Liz

Liz Hanson Will, LCSW,  Executive Director - I grew up here in Racine and proudly attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work.  After moving out of state for a time, I returned to Wisconsin in 2000 and began working with children and families in treatment foster care.  I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wisconsin and, in addition to eight years in the foster care system, have worked as a school counselor and in private practice.  I am thrilled to work with children, teens, and adults to help alleviate stress and roadblocks in their lives.  Anxiety, depression, grief, loss, and helplessness are powerful experiences which can leave otherwise very capable people feeling powerless in their own lives.  Through a solution focused and action-oriented framework, I blend empathy, honesty, and humor to assist people in reaching their maximum potential.  Therapy is a partnership and we start where you need to start and move at the speed that works for you.  My office is a place where it’s safe to be honest and vulnerable without fear of judgment.  I will share thoughts, observations, and strategies but you are in the driver’s seat.  I will support and encourage you, but you will make the decisions that move your life forward.  This approach empowers clients and ensures that you get all the credit for the hard work done in therapy. 

 

 

 Amber

Amber Aussem – LPC-IT - Amber graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Human Development from UW-Green Bay. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Lakeland College.  Amber has over 15 years of experience in community organizations, working with a variety of people of different ages and backgrounds. Amber utilizes an empathetic, non-judgmental, person-centered approach to counseling. She offers a combination of therapeutic techniques in order to best serve her clients. This allows clients to not only feel heard, but also develop their goals, identify their strengths, and be an active participant in their journey to a fulfilling and healthy life.

 

 

 

 

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Kelly Mixdorf, Ed.S., MFT-IT 
Are you feeling overwhelmed, down, or worried all the time? Are you experiencing conflicts in your relationships? Do you or your child have school issues? Are you struggling with your sexuality or gender identity? Do you feel stuck?

I believe in meeting clients where they are at in their healing process. We will work as a team to identify strengths as well as collaborate in creating goals in order to move toward growth and healing. I bring empathy and compassion to the counseling session and strive to create an accepting, nonjudgmental environment.
I work with individuals, children, families and couples treating a variety of presenting problems using Systems Theories. I have experience working with adolescents, adults, and couples who identify as LGBTQ+. I will work with you and your family to tailor treatment to your unique needs and experiences.

 

 

 

 

John

 

John Tate II, APSW

I am a Social Worker with experience in residential, in-patient and outpatient care.  I earned my Master's Degree in Social Work from Loyola University - Chicago and am skilled in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, individual and family therapy.  I especially enjoy working with children and young adults.  I use a Social Constructionist clinical orientation and prefer Narrative Therapy, which supports clients in developing new perspectives on their challenges and empowers individuals to take control of seemingly out of control circumstances.

 

 

 

 

 

Kaitlin

 

 

Kaitlin Peterson APSW - I am a graduate with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities and a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. My previous practice experience includes working in non-profit counseling agency and private practice. Through these roles I have served clients across the lifespan who are coping with a variety of struggles and diagnoses, with a specific focus on helping children and young adults through transitional periods resulting in anxiety. As a therapist I believe building a supportive connection is key in any relationship, but even more so in therapeutic relationships. I approach each new client with an open, caring, compassionate nature. Many clients come in feeling a lack of genuine, empathetic support from those around them, and showing support and understanding is a key first step in moving towards change. Each client comes in with their own personal story, and I see it as my job to become a student and learn everything I can about each client to deliver the best services possible. I enjoy engaging with clients creatively using various therapies, humor, skills, and activities to promote a sense of comfort and to ease stress around the idea of therapy. My mindset is to put the client in control of driving the treatment, while helping them to navigate the roads ahead.

 

Jana

 

 

Jana Breckinridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Spence
Mary Spence, Front Office Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheryl

 

 Cheryl Lowe- Front Office Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morgan

 

Morgan Maiers, Office Manager