Our Therapists

Each of our staff has a unique clinical perspective and specialty area.  Please take a moment to scroll through this page to learn more about our staff and the services we provide.


Cindy Bartel, LCSW

Cindy Bartel

State of Wisconsin Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education

Master's in Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Bachelor's in Human Development, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Bio

Cindy Bartel is the Director of Outpatient Services Department. Cindy has worked at AFCS since 1990 as a therapist and at the Crisis Center as a crisis counselor before that. Cindy specializes in working with people who have experienced incidents of trauma. This includes physical, sexual or emotional abuse, accidents, injuries or any life threatening event. She has completed Level 2 training of EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). Cindy is a cancer survivor and works with clients and their family members dealing with cancer. She also works with people who have anxiety or depression.

Cindy's beliefs are consistent with AFCS value of healing the mind, body and spirit. She likes to create an atmosphere of warmth and comfort to encourage healing to happen.

Specialty Areas:

Amber Baugnet, LPC

baugnet

State of Wisconsin Licensed Professional Counselor

Education

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, U.W. Steven’s Point
Master’s in Counseling, Carson-Newman College

Bio

Amber has experience working with individuals of all ages, but specializes in working with children and parents. She has worked as an outpatient therapist, an in-home therapist, and a residential therapist. Amber utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy, along with a variety of other counseling techniques. She has experience helping with issues such as ADHD, behavioral issues, social skills, anger management and sexually inappropriate behaviors. Amber is married with two children and enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys spending time with her pet dog and three cats and doing anything outdoors.

Specialty Areas:

  • Children of all ages
  • Parent/child relationships/Family therapy
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Anger & stress management
  • Child behavioral issues

Shawn Blakley, MSE, LPC, CSAC

Shawn Blakely

State of Wisconsin Licensed Professional Counselor
State of Wisconsin Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor

Education

Masters in Community Counseling

Bio

Shawn Blakley specializes in addictions and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and has taken extra course work in gambling addictions. He has been in practice for 20 years, and is a strong believer that healing and good mental health involves the balance of mind, body and spirit. Much of his work besides addictions involves depression, anger management, anxieties, working with adolescents and marital/couples counseling.

Specialty Areas:

  • Addictions (including gambling, drug and alcohol)
  • Marriage and Couples
  • Anger Management

Bridget Blean, MA, LPC

Bridget Blean

Education

Master’s Degree in Community Counseling, Lakeland College
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, St. Norbert College

Bio

Bridget Blean has a master’s degree in Community Counseling from Lakeland College and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Norbert College. Bridget has worked at the Crisis Center and with the community’s homeless population for many years. Through these experiences, she has worked with individuals and families from all walks of life. Bridget especially enjoys working with teens, young adults, and parents assisting them with depression/anxiety, relationship issues, and parenting. Bridget believes that the therapeutic relationship is key to client success emphasizing the importance of meeting clients where they are at and building upon their strengths. Bridget is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and is part of the DBT team providing individual and skills training sessions to adults and adolescents.

Specialty Areas:

  • DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) adults & adolescents
  • Adolescents
  • Parenting
  • Trauma
  • Stress management

Marilyn Brennan, LCSW

Marilyn Brennan

State of Wisconsin Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education

Masters in Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Bio

Marilyn has more than 30 years of experience working in the counseling field. She enjoys working with parents and their children, specializing in issues related to ADHD, anxiety and depression. She also has training in helping children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. Marilyn facilitates a social skills/self-esteem group for children, as well as facilitates a problem solving group with young adults who have Asperger's disorder. She is married with 3 children, and 5 grandchildren.

Specialty Areas:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Parent/child relationships, family therapy
  • Children of all ages
  • Social Skills/Self-Esteem Group

Kavita Carlson, LCSW

Kavita Carlson

State of Wisconsin Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education

Master of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Bachelor of Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Bio

Kavita is our Organizational Development Coordinator. As part of AFCS's mission she provides executive coaching and consultation services to businesses, clergy and congregations. Kavita is trained and experienced in leader assessment and coaching, change management, team development, and conflict resolution. She has also developed the Women in Leadership Seminar.

Kavita is available for personal coaching and outpatient therapy as well, where her focus is primarily on adults. She especially enjoys working with couples, multi-generational families, people looking to develop healthy relationships and those who wish to lead more authentic and fulfilling lives. She is also fluent in Spanish.

Specialty Areas:

  • Personal Coaching
  • Couples Therapy
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Leader Assessment, Development and Coaching

Bob Johnson, LCSW

Bob Johnson

Whether helping a couple renew the commitment and intimacy in their marriage, individuals wrestle control of their lives away from the grips of depression and anxiety, assist adolescent and adult men deal with issues of attention deficit disorder, or alcohol and drug abuse, or enable a Pastor to develop strategies to reduce conflicts in his congregation, Bob believes that change and growth are possible, and at the same time make us feel clumsy and uncomfortable, and demands persistence. He also believes that for change and growth to occur you have to focus on your whole life, integrating your mental, physical and spiritual health.

Bob has significant training and experience in clergy, congregational and denominational consultation. Bob has worked in the Behavioral Health and Consultation field for over 30 years. He is married and has five children.

Specialty Areas:

  • ADHD
  • Marriage
  • Clergy
  • Substance Abuse

Jill Krejcie, LMFT

Jill Krijcie

State of Wisconsin Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Education

Master's Degree, University of Minnesota School of Psychology at Argosy University
Bachelor's Degree, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Psychology

Bio

As a marriage and family therapist, Jill enjoys helping others create healthier and stronger relationships. She believes that relationships develop the framework of who we are as individuals and that by focusing on improving them, individuals become healthier in other areas of their lives as well. Jill nurtures positive interactions in relationships that have been hurt by betrayal, strained by ineffective communication, or have been weakened by doing too much of the same. She works with adults, couples, divorced couples, adolescence and families. Jill utilizes a multi-modal style including solution-focused, educational, and systemic approach to facilitate the process of change.

She facilitates a group for teenagers ages 14-17 years called Face 2 Face. The purpose of group is to help teens learn how to balance in areas of school, relationships, family, and friends in a non-judgmental environment.

Specialty Areas:

  • Couples
  • Marriage
  • GLBTQ Issues
  • Parent/Child Relationships
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma

Kim Marohl, LPC

Kim Marohl, LPC

State of Wisconsin Licensed Professional Counselor

Education

Master's in Community Counseling, Lakeland College
Bachelor's in Psychology and Human Development, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Bio

Kim specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She was intensively trained in 2013 and has been providing DBT to adolescents and adults at AFCS since 2010. She enjoys group and individual therapy and helping clients build a life worth living. Kim also uses exposure therapy to help clients cope with traumas and cognitive therapy to improve thinking patterns. She has experience with adolescents, adults and families supporting positive change related to depression, self-esteem, behavior concerns, anger management, anxiety, stress, improved communication and relationships. Kim is married and has two children. She enjoys reading, yoga, doing crafty things and spending time with her family.

Specialty Areas:

  • DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) adults & adolescents
  • Adolescents
  • Family, positive parenting
  • Communication, assertiveness training
  • Mindfulness
  • Mood Disorders
  • Self-esteem

Bill Mathias, MSSW, MTS, LCSW

Bill Mathias

State of Wisconsin Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education

Master's of Science-Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master's Theological Studies, St. Norbert College

Bio

Since the late 1980’s, Bill has been called to help improve lives, marriages and work environments. Most recently, Bill was trained as a life/leadership coach using a specific form of organizational consultation, Results-Based Conversations™. This method is a useful facilitation technique for many applications, especially strategic planning and implementation.

Bill also enjoys being outdoors mentoring youth, speaking on conflict resolution with engaged couples, talking with men about their spirituality, and exploring the change process with incarcerated men.

Specialty Areas:

  • Relationship/Marriage Counseling
  • High School, College & Adult Males
  • Public Speaking (male development, male spirituality,
    male-female relationships, stress management)
  • Life/Leadership Coaching
  • Organizational Consulting

Chris Nelson, PhD

Chris Nelson

State of Wisconsin Licensed Psychologist

Education

Ph.D. M.S. Ohio University

Bio

Chris has been working as a psychologist for 17 years. Chris provides psychological testing and counseling services. Psychological testing services are available for children, adolescents and adults. Testing is provided to evaluate mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, learning disorders, behavior problems and personality functioning. Chris also provides counseling services and has a particular interest in helping people with relationship issues, depression (including post partum depression), and anxiety (including worry, panic attacks and social phobia). Chris has been married since 1992 and has 3 school aged children.

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Elaine Schoeni, MSW, LCSW

Elaine Schoeni, MSW, LCSW

State of Wisconsin Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education

Bachelor's in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Steven's Point
Master's in Social Work, University of Illinois-Chicago

Bio

Elaine is an outpatient therapist working at AFCS since January, 2010. Elaine had previously worked in the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) field prior to joining AFCS. Additional counseling background includes inpatient treatment for children and adolescents and crisis counseling at the Crisis Center. Through these settings, she has worked with a wide variety of issues but mostly works with couples and individuals with depression, anxiety, stress, loss and change, work issues, and relationship concerns. She has facilitated a group on anxiety management and will continue to offer that group in the future. Elaine utilizes a problem-solving approach and cognitive behavior methods. She believes in utilizing the strengths inherent in everyone to help people move forward in their lives.

Specialty Areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety Management Group
  • Depression
  • Individuals and couples
  • Loss and changes in life
  • Relationship
  • Stress management
  • Work Situations

Dawn Vardis, LPC

Dawn Vardis

State of Wisconsin Licensed Professional Counselor

Education

Master's of Science in Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Bio

Dawn has experience working with children, adolescents and their families in an intensive therapeutic setting. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages and believes strongly that everyone's story matters. Dawn combined both person-centered and cognitive behavioral approaches to therapy in order to provide her clients with unconditional acceptance and tools for improved functioning. She also has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and offers DBT individual and group therapy to adolescents and adults. In her free time, Dawn enjoys spending time with her husband and children and having fun outdoors.

Specialty Areas:

  • Blended/Divorced Family Issues
  • Mood Instability
  • Children and Adolescents
  • Parenting
  • Couples
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) adults & adolescents
  • Relationship Issues
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem

Steve Wille, LPC, NCC

Steve Wille

State of Wisconsin Licensed Professional Counselor

Nationally Certified Counselor

Education

Master's in Counseling, Marquette University

Bio

Steve's counseling expertise includes the populations of children, adolescents, and young adults, with specialties in non-traditional families and college counseling. He has experience and education working with depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavior disorders, relationship issues, self-esteem, social skills, anger and stress management. Steve has been developing a comprehensive counseling program for parents and children in adoptive families and looking to adapt his practice into concentrating on a wellness perspective.

Steve prefers a cognitive-behavioral, solution-based therapy method that utilizes an individual's strengths. He believes that there are multiple pathways to mental health that include physical well being, education and spirituality. Currently an outpatient therapist, he has previously worked as an in-home counselor and a high school teacher. He also spent five years coaching cross country and track and field at the high school and university level. Steve is married and has two young sons. In his spare time, he enjoys film, indie music, baseball and exercise.

Specialty Areas:

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Adolescent
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders
  • Self-esteem
  • Blended, divorced and adoptive families
  • Social Skills
  • College Student