Our Team

Michelle Murray, LCSW, SUD, CSIT

mmurray@forward-counseling.com

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

mwalmer@forward-counseling.com

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

bhiller@forward-counseling.com

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 she will soon be a certified provider of trauma release exercise (TRE). 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 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

ahaas@forward-counseling.com

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. 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

ahenschel@forward-counseling.com

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

bgilles@forward-counseling.com

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.

Diversity & Inclusivity Facilitators

Kayla Eggen, MSW, LCSW, SUD

keggen@forward-counseling.com

Kayla (she/her/hers) is driven, passionate, and a knowledgeable psychotherapist who will be working with Forward Counseling & Consultation to provide processing groups to employees of community organizations dedicated to providing safe spaces for employees. Kayla is dedicated to providing culturally responsive, trauma sensitive, and recovery-orientated services with over 7 years of experience working with diverse clients with intersecting identities as it relates to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, and sexuality. Extensive experience providing culturally response services to African Descent individuals in a culturally responsive treatment program.

Marco Torrez-Miranda, MSW, LCSW, SUD

mtorrez@forward-counseling.com

Marco (he/him/his) is a driven, passionate, and a knowledgeable psychotherapist who will be working with Forward Counseling & Consultation to provide processing groups to employees of community organizations dedicated to providing safe spaces for employees. Marco is a licensed psychotherapist and substance use disorder specialist in the state of Wisconsin. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Marco’s experience has centered around being and working with minoritized individuals and communities. He has developed interventions and programming to increase access, engagement and healing from racialized trauma.

Kayla Eggen and Marco Torrez-Miranda do not see individual clients at Forward Counseling & Consultation at this time. Their practice is focused on providing community Affinity Groups with partnering agencies and organizations.