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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, EMDR 

mmurray@forward-counseling.com

Michelle (she/her/hers) is the founder and owner of Forward Counseling & Consultation and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Substance Abuse Specialty and is a licensed Independent Clinical Supervisor with over 20 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 the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Social Work with experience teaching classes on assessing and treating adults, substance use disorders and working with individuals, families and groups. Michelle provides individual and group supervision, community education, workshops and consultation services for community agencies around topics of Moral Distress in Healthcare, CBT for psychosis, Trauma, Substance Use and Interpersonal Violence. She 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 Practices, Strengths-Based Motivational Interviewing, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR level I and II trained). Michelle has a unique style, able to nurture a safe and trusting environment while empowering individuals 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 shifts in long-term change for overall wellness.

Michelle offers individual psychotherapy through Community Comprehensive Services (CCS) and private pay clients.   Michelle is accepting private pay referrals.  

Michael Walmer, LPC, SUD, EMDR

mwalmer@forward-counseling.com

Mike (he/him/his) 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. Mike graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and an emphasis in substance use treatment. Mike 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. Mike has experience as a Clinical Team Leader in an outpatient mental health center and has worked in the Janesville and Madison communities for the past several 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.

Mike offers individual psychotherapy, family psychoeducation, individual skills development through Community Comprehensive Services (CCS) and individual psychotherapy services for private pay clients.   Mike is accepting new CCS and  private pay referrals.  

Becky Hiller, LMFT, SUD, EMDR

bhiller@forward-counseling.com

Becky (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 five 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.

Becky offers individual psychotherapy, family psychoeducation and individual skills development  through Community Comprehensive Services (CCS) and individual, couple and family psychotherapy services for private pay clients.  Becky is accepting new CCS referrals for family therapy and/or family psycho-education and private pay referrals for couples and family therapy.   

Annette Haas, MSW, LCSW, EMDR

ahaas@forward-counseling.com

Annette (she/her/hers) 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.

Annette offers individual psychotherapy, family psychoeducation, individual skills development through Community Comprehensive Services (CCS) for individual psychotherapy for private pay clients.   Annette is not accepting new CCS or private pay referrals.

Amanda Henschel, LCSW, SUD, EMDR

ahenschel@forward-counseling.com

Amanda (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.  

Amanda offers individual psychotherapy, family psychoeducation, individual skills development and coaching through Community Comprehensive Services (CCS) and individual and family psychotherapy services for private pay clients.   Amanda is not accepting new CCS or private pay referrals.

Britt Gilles, MSW, APSW

bgilles@forward-counseling.com

Britt (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.

Britt currently offers individual and family psychoeducation, individual skills development and coaching through Community Comprehensive Services (CCS) and individual and family psychotherapy services for private pay clients.   Britt is not accepting new CCS or private pay referrals.

Ann Frisella, MS in Human Development & Family Studies, SAC-IT, Intermediate Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

afrisella@forwardcounseling.com

Ann (she/her/hers) is a graduate student in Counseling at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and holds a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Ann has worked as a community-based case manager in Madison and, previously, Minneapolis over the past 7 years while continuing her education as a professional counselor and being trained as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). She believes in the healing power of relationships and emphasizes a body centered approach to treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, chronic pain, trauma, and addiction. Ann focuses in on how the body holds onto stories and memories that we can’t specifically recall in a different way than traditional talk therapy, which often struggles to fully process the pieces that tend to show up in the body. She works to integrate the body through movement and expressive arts and believes strongly one can move recovery forward by improving emotional capacity and the body’s ability to prepare for and manage stress. Ann relies primarily on Somatic Experiencing techniques to support clients with learning more about themselves, understanding their nervous system and regulation, sensations and emotional response, and ways of coping by practicing ways to effectively release trauma activation in the body.

Ann currently offers individual and family psychoeducation, individual skills development and coaching through Community Comprehensive Services (CCS) and individual and family psychotherapy services for private pay clients.   Ann is currently accepting new CCS and private pay referrals.

Services

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

Appointments

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.

If you are a current client, you can log into our secure portal at forward-counseling.clientsecure.me.

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