The devoted clinicians at Forward Counseling & Consultation are dedicated to providing exceptional, culturally competent, evidenced-based mental health wellness and substance use services. We provide individual, couple and group therapy with an array of clinical supervision, mentoring, consultation and trainings services to the community. We focus on where you are, in this moment, and help you reveal where you want to go. We provide a place for you to be yourself, to explore and to learn new skills and join in the process of empowerment, non-judgement, and recognition of your strengths. It takes courage to find your path forward, we will work collaboratively to navigate towards change and healing.

Our Team

Michelle Murray, LCSW, SUD, ICS


Michelle Murray (she/her/hers) is the founder of Forward Counseling & Consultation and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Substance Abuse Specialty and a Clinical Supervisor In Training with over 15 + years of experience. She has a unique background of working in community agencies that address interpersonal violence, mental health issues through crisis intervention, case management, and psychotherapy. She has experience with individual and group therapy for people who experience both mental health and substance abuse disorders. Michelle is a Long-Term Lecturer at UW-Madison and currently teaches lectures on assessing and treating adults and substance use disorders and mental health. Michelle provides individual and group supervision, community education and/or workshops and consultation for community agencies. Michelle has advanced training in trauma and is skilled at addressing a wide range of diagnoses and mental health concerns. Michelle tailors her treatment approach to each client by using a variety of methods including: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral activation, mindfulness, solution-focused, strengths-based motivational interviewing, and (EMDR) eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (level I and II trained). Michelle has a unique style, able to nurture a safe and trusting environment while empowering her clients to realize their full potential and reach their personal goals. She believes in treating the “whole person” which includes addressing their spiritual, physical, and social needs. Michelle will work hard to find a healthy balance between challenge and support necessary in making changes that will help you be happier and healthier.

Michael Walmer, LPC, SUD 

(Accepting new clients)


Michael Walmer is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Substance Use Specialty, who has experience working with individuals to address a variety of mental health and substance use concerns. Michael graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and an emphasis in substance use treatment. Michael has received specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), trauma informed treatment, and substance use treatment, and has experience providing individual and group psychotherapy, case management, medication-assisted treatment, and clinical supervision. Michael currently holds a position as a Clinical Team Leader in an outpatient mental health center. He has worked in the Janesville and Madison communities for the past four years, providing client centered, strengths based treatment to a variety of populations, to treat issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders. Through treatment modalities such as EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and person-centered therapies, Michael works with individuals to help them mobilize their own resources, and use their own strengths and abilities to learn, cope, adapt, and grow in their recovery.

Becky Hiller, LMFT, SUD

(Accepting referrals for couples and families) 


Becky Hiller (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Substance Abuse Specialty, and specialized training in Trauma Informed Care. She has worked in Madison as a social worker since 2008, and has provided psychotherapy for the past four years in a community agency setting. She has a strong understanding of the challenges faced by marginalized communities, and resources available in Dane County. She has experience providing individual, group, and couples counseling. Her approach as your therapist will be straightforward, compassionate, and collaborative. She uses a mind-body approach to help individuals access their natural ability to heal from psychological and physical symptoms. Specifically, she provides treatment that utilizes techniques from Expressive Arts Therapy, guided imagery, mindful breath and movement, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  She specializes in helping clients: heal attachment wounds, shift stuck emotional/relational patterns, regain control from substance use, increase confidence in managing overwhelming emotions, and heal from traumatic experiences.  Becky works with individuals, couples/families, groups and enjoys family systems work.  Becky is a passionate and consistent provider, showing up for clients in each session, and working collaboratively with individuals to navigate their personal path towards healing.

Annette Haas, MSW, LCSW


Annette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing mental health treatment to adults and adolescents. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Annette works from the perspective that each person has a unique set of gifts to offer the world and is inherently worthy of love and belonging. Annette adapts her treatment approach for each individual by using techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused treatment, Behavioral Activation, and Strengths-Based Motivational Interviewing and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  Annette is skilled in treating grief related concerns, depression, anxiety disorders, significant life changes, and trauma. She provides a calm nonjudgemental space to develop a collaborative relationship to support her clients in reaching their goals. Annette provides psychotherapy and individual skills development services to individuals.

Amanda Henschel, LCSW, SUD


Amanda Henschel (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Substance Abuse Specialty, and specialized training in trauma treatment. She graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago with her Masters in Social Work. Amanda has a passion for working with underserved communities and started her career in Chicago, providing in home therapy and case management support to individuals struggling with severe mental illness, addiction, and homelessness. She also has experience working with survivors of interpersonal violence, medication assisted treatment for opiate addiction, and a variety of other mental health and substance use concerns. Outside of her work with Forward Counseling, Amanda currently holds a position at an outpatient mental health center, as a therapist and a supervisor for clinical interns completing their Masters program. Her therapy approach is compassionate and client centered, empowering clients to take the lead in their own treatment and matching methods to meet each individual’s unique needs. In her work, she utilizes a number of therapy approaches and evidenced based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Amanda strives to create a safe, nonjudgmental, and supportive therapeutic environment for healing and growth. She believes that each person has the strengths and resources they need within themselves to reach their recovery goals.  

Britt Gilles, MSW, APSW


Britt Gilles (she/her/hers) is an Advanced Practice Social Worker who has an in depth understanding of the societal, cultural, and economic pressures that individuals are faced with in our community. Through this view, Britt views therapy as guiding individuals through life’s path to hear and develop further understandings. Britt believes that your identity is the key to building your recovery and works to create an open space of collaboration. She has gathered this perspective through offering treatment to survivors of intimate partner violence; providing residential support to individuals with attachment disorders, trauma, and mental health diagnoses; and her experience of providing crisis interventions, counseling, and advocacy for clients with addiction and mental health diagnosis. Britt is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she graduated with a master’s degree in Social Work. Britt’s experience and academics were focused on supporting individuals experiencing addiction and pervasive mental health symptoms. Her approach as your Psychotherapist and/or Independent Skills Developer will be to provide a safe and collaborative space to talk through your concerns to foster your identity and recovery.




Mental Health Concerns

  • Anxiety and related disorders
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use disorders
  • Trauma, including complex trauma
  • Problematic sexual behavior
  • Dissociation

Life Concerns

  • Stress reduction
  • Stress-related health problems
  • Anger
  • Exploring identity
  • Personality and self-regulation problems
  • Overcoming fear
  • Disabilities
  • Chronic problems and recovery from illness
  • Abuse
  • Improving relationships
  • Grief and loss
  • Wellness
  • Recovery, finding meaning, and reconnecting spiritually
  • Coping with life stressors
  • Pain Management
  • Weight loss
  • Smoking cessation

Treatment Methods

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Exposure
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Seeking Safety
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Behavioral Activation Therapy
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Motivational Interviewing


At this time, we are accepting Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) and self-pay clients.  Please email or call for rates.

Appointment time availability varies and will be scheduled on an individual basis during the complimentary intake process.

To make an appointment, please call (608) 455-6070, email info@forward-counseling.com, or complete the form below.

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