John grew up in California and earned a degree in communications from Humboldt State University after which he earned his master’s degree in clinical mental health from UW-Oshkosh. He is currently in the midst of his residency at Samaritan where he will complete 3,000 hours of supervised counseling and earn his licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) and substance abuse counselor (SAC). He especially likes working with college students and other adults who are in transitional times in their lives. John helps them discover their unique purpose and unpack any trauma that might otherwise manifest itself in unhealthy coping mechanisms. Working together, he especially likes diverting people from excessive alcohol or drug use before it blossoms into serious AODA issues.
When not at work, John enjoys spending time outdoors, fishing, and shooting skeet.
I am a licensed professional counselor and the executive director for Samaritan. I serve a limited number of clients in the Fox Cities and Oshkosh. I work with children, adolescents and adults, with a special eye for a client’s cultural diversity. I offer counseling in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
I like to meet clients where they are at. If they seek support and understanding, I offer them a listening ear. If they seek direction and coaching, I offer them guidance. If they seek to include the comfort and insight of their spirituality and faith, I welcome the opportunity to walk with them. My hope is that our time together brings healing, hope and empowerment for each of the clients that I’m privileged to serve.I work with adults, couples, families and adolescents. I utilize mindfulness, mental health awareness, and proven therapeutic techniques to help my clients find the peace and wholeness they seek. Anxiety, depression, loss and grief, anger management and ADHD are among the many issues I address with clients. I see clients in our Fox Cities and Oshkosh offices.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and a Wisconsin-licensed and nationally board certified art therapist. I specialize in work with children, adolescents and their families and adults. I am trained in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), a healing resource that supports clients healing from trauma. I enjoy working with clients with a variety of mental health concerns including behavioral issues, parenting, bipolar disorder, abuse, pain management, relationships, marriage, among many others. I have been with Samaritan since 1999 and serve clients at our Menasha office.
I joined Samaritan’s counseling department as an intern in October 2023, working under Dr. Courtney Pohlman’s supervision. I am an alumni of UW-Stevens Point with a BS degree in Communication and Business Administration. I am currently attending Capella University for a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and am on track to graduate in June of 2024. I have worked at Catalpa Health for two and a half years, first as a client support specialist and currently as a care manager doing safety triage and care coordination as well as connecting clients to community resources. I’m excited to work with a variety of individuals and learn from other mental health professionals at Samaritan. I align with a holistic approach to therapy, so I was drawn to Samaritan’s mission of connecting mind, body, and spirit so individuals, families, organizations, and communities thrive. Originally from Seymour, I currently live in Freedom with my husband and dog. I enjoy hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and going to the beach.
I earned my undergraduate degree from Carthage College and am pursuing my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Liberty University. As part of my studies, I am completing my clinical counseling internship at Samaritan. I have the honor of working alongside many different professional counselors as they serve their clients. Their supervision, insight, and modeling are important aspects of my professional training, and I am so grateful to learn from them. My goal with every client is to create a safe space and establish a relationship of trust and safety. I enjoy helping people discover their own strengths and work on the goals most important to them. I work with a variety of clients, including children, teens, and adults. I also have experience facilitating groups and working with special needs families. I live in Neenah with my husband and two boys. I enjoy walking, baking, and spending time with my family.
Sergio was born in Chicago and spent much of his childhood in Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. He is a first-generation Wisconsin college student who benefited greatly from Spanish-language counseling services in college, and this is when he realized his calling to fill the gap in connecting Latinx people and mental health providers. As a bilingual English-Spanish therapist, Sergio strives to build trusting therapeutic relationships that help his clients healthfully accept and adapt to the challenges in their lives. He currently sees children aged six and up, adults, and couples. Sergio’s special interests are depression, anxiety, eating disorders, life adjustments, trauma, anger management, chronic conditions, cross-cultural conflicts, and religious/spiritual journeys. In his free time, he likes tarot card readings, pursuing his dream of becoming a Jungian psychoanalyst, and spending time with his partner.
I am a mental health and substance abuse therapist. My therapeutic approach focuses on healing the mind, body, and spirit. Therapy is a collaborative process in which my clients and I seek to better understand obstacles interfering with overall well-being. Together, we focus on their strengths, abilities, talents and resources — promoting the positive. I additionally integrate proven therapeutic techniques within a supportive environment so clients can attain their personal goals. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults and families for a variety of mental health concerns, including the following — among many others: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, adjustment, trauma, anger management and relationship difficulties. I not only see clients in our Menasha office, but also works with Samaritan’s resident therapists as their training coordinator.
I am a Christian therapist with special interest and expertise in helping people experiencing domestic violence, substance abuse disorders, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and life transitions. I have more than 15 years of experience working as a school counselor and principal, after which I began counseling clients in outpatient clinic settings.
I focus on people’s existing strengths to help build a positive therapeutic relationship, and then I support and empower them to work through their challenges in a safe and comfortable environment. I currently see children, adolescents, and adults at Samaritan’s offices in Menasha and New London.
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health both from UW Oshkosh. I am currently in the midst of my residency at Samaritan. I try to meet every individual where they are at in their life and work collaboratively with them to help them overcome the challenges they are facing. I have been trained in a range of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral, Acceptance and Commitment, and Family Systems Therapy. I have a special interest in working with adolescents and adults in treating, among many others – anxiety, depression, grief and loss, adjustments/life changes, and trauma. I also work with couples and families to help alter, repair, or strengthen connections between them.
I am a licensed professional counselor with a master’s in counseling from UW-Oshkosh, and I have special interest and experience in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and anger management. I also provide AODA assessments and AODA counseling.
My faith is very important to me. For nearly two decades, I have worked in non-profit therapy settings that integrate faith and spirituality into mental health care. I am happy to be part of the strong team of therapists at Samaritan who believe in healing the whole person, in body, mind, and spirit.
I believe my calling is to accompany the “walking wounded,” meaning people who have had life experiences that leave them in need of mental, emotional, and spiritual healing. I offer a safe space for my clients to be heard, appreciated, and valued as I encourage and guide them toward reaching their goals. It is a beautiful privilege for me to be involved in my clients’ lives.
I am a school-based resident therapist at Samaritan. I am at area schools half of the week and at the clinic the other half. I enjoy working with clients of any age and have counseled clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, and general life changes. I played college soccer, so I also enjoy working with athletes and value the importance of mental health in sports. I value building a relationship with my clients, hearing their experiences, and working together to help reach their goals. I completed my undergraduate degree at UW-Parkside and my graduate degree at UW-Oshkosh. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports, doing yoga, walking with my dog, and spending quality time with friends.
At Samaritan, I work as part of the school-based mental health team that provides services to Calumet County school district students as part of THRIVE Calumet. I also offer telehealth care to other Samaritan clients age eight and older. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and my master’s in professional counseling at Grand Canyon University. Previously, I completed my internship with Samaritan, and I am very happy to return for my residency. I believe that people know themselves best, so I collaborate with my clients to identify their strengths so we can work together to overcome difficulties and reach their goals. I help people with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, grief, and other life adjustments. I use a variety of therapeutic techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. I am originally from La Crosse and now live in Menasha with my husband and three young daughters. I also like to read, go for walks, craft, and listen to podcasts.
Courtney’s passion is supporting individuals using a relational focus because she believes we are always making new bonds and creating families. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist that uses a systematic approach to help grow and heal families, couples, and individuals recovering from trauma, anger, domestic violence, and many other struggles. She enjoys walking with clients on their healing journey, offering new perspectives, support, flexibility, humor, empathy, and positivity as we work together to bring hope and resilience to their lives. Courtney is trained in a wide variety of therapeutic services, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She sees children and adults in Menasha and part of THRIVE Calumet school-based mental health in the Hilbert School District.
Courtney is also the training coordinator for resident therapists and interns at Samaritan. As a team, they work together to support one another and process what we see and learn. She is proud to be part of Samaritan’s investment in the future of quality and compassionate mental health care.
As Intake Specialist, I will meet with you to learn about your concerns and what you are looking for in a treatment provider, I will then match you with the best fitting therapist for your concerns. I, myself, serve a limited caseload of clients with a variety of mental health concerns, who come from diverse backgrounds, and all walks of life. I believe it is important to honor the dignity and worth of each individual client. I seek to support clients’ right to choose their own direction as I help clients find their voice. My strengths-based approach empowers clients to explore outside-of-the-box solutions to facilitate their recovery, healing, and growth. We each have a unique path in life, so our counseling should have the same flexibility! In my sessions, I work to empower clients with tools to manage their mental health to live comfortably. My goal is to create a safe space for clients to grow, explore and discover their path to a meaningful life.
I see children 5 yo+, adolescents, adults, and families in our brand-new Menasha location! My background includes working with children, adults, and families through the county Child Protective Services and Juvenile Justice Systems. In addition, I have also served the community through area non-profits focused on serving runaway and homeless youth and their families. I have specific training and experience serving survivors of Human Trafficking and currently participate in a multi-disciplinary community response team combatting these issues within our community.
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I look forward to meeting new clients and working with you to find healing from anxiety and depression. I have over 20 years of experience and enjoy working with marriage concerns, parenting challenges, finding creative solutions to family conflict, and helping individuals increase their confidence and faith in themselves. I am a person of faith and open to hearing how your sense of spirituality might give a spark of hope to your healing journey. Finally, I believe humor and imagination are powerful tools to make our lives better and hope we can make this journey to wholeness a creative endeavor we will enjoy together.
James holds a degree in psychology and is pursuing his master’s degree in counseling from Crown College. As part of his studies, James is completing his clinical counseling internship at Samaritan where he shadows and learns from the professional counseling staff. Most recently, he worked as a clinician in the Samaritan Wellness Screen program for school-age youth. James makes it a priority to listen carefully and establish open and trusting relationships with our clients so we can identify, set, and meet their most meaningful goals.
Ashley holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from UW-Stout and has an extensive background in working with people in day treatment settings and group homes. At Samaritan, she primarily works with AODA clients and in school-based mental health services provided through THRIVE Calumet. Ashley has a special interest in play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and working with people who have experienced trauma.
I am a lifelong artist and muralist who also has many years of professional experience in human services, including crisis intervention and recovery programs. My therapeutic approach often involves the use of expressive therapies like art, music, and play. I aspire to walk with my clients through their life challenges because although suffering happens, we don’t need to stay there. I work to help guide my clients toward holism and life satisfaction.
I am part of the Samaritan front desk team, where I help clients choose a therapist, schedule their appointments, and assist them with checking in and out. I also address any concerns they have about services, scheduling, fees, and payment options. When needed, I am a contact for Spanish-speaking clients.
I joined Samaritan with more than four years of experience as a patient service representative and in customer service, primarily serving as a bilingual representative. In my free time, I have volunteered with a Latin dance group called Happy Feet, offering dance lessons to those who will participate in quinceañeras. I received bilingual education from kindergarten through my junior year in Menasha. I enjoy walks, time with friends and my nieces and nephews, listening to music, working out, and watching movies.
“I like the culture and the people I work with. I get to use my empathy skills to listen to clients who sometimes just want someone to listen to them.”
I am considering going back to school to further my education and advancing my career at Samaritan, but for now, I hope to be a welcoming face there.
Lillian helps clients choose a therapist, answer questions and address concerns about services, scheduling, fees and payment options.
Mai helps clients choose a therapist, answer questions and address concerns about services, scheduling, fees and payment options.