Meet the Staff
Tamara McDowell, MS, LPC
Tamara is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Bowling Green State University. She has worked with adults, adolescents and children in a variety of settings, including homes, schools and mental health clinics. Tamara has experience in the areas of depression, anxiety, addiction, parenting, grief and childhood mental health disorders. She uses a blended approach to therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, play therapy and person-centered therapy. Although therapeutic strategies are important, Tamara believes the client/therapist relationship is imperative for positive change. She strives to bring compassion, empathy and understanding to each session.
Brian Cook APSW, SAC-IT
Brian has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. At the University his clinical focus was on mental health. Brian’s clinical experience includes working with adults with mental health disorders and/or substance use disorders. He has worked with groups and with individuals to help them find their inner strength to meet their goals. Spirituality is an important aspect to many in recovery from mental health and substance use disorders and Brian has studied a variety of paths. When he works with individuals he believes that there is no one way and that sometimes it takes a variety of modalities to meet people where there are at. Some of the modalities that Brian has experience with is Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Motivational Interviewing, Talk Therapy, Support Groups, and Mindfulness-Based Meditation.
Dan Cruger, APSW, CSAC
Dan earned his Master in Social Work in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His clinical experience includes individual and group counseling in Substance use and Mental health, including coordination with medical assisted treatment and Dual Diagnosis treatment. Dan focuses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, along with Motivational Interviewing in his therapy practice. He understands the importance of the therapeutic relationship including compassion for the needs of the client, supporting and motivating clients to develop their own strength to improve mental health and progress toward self-actualization. Dan is also trained in Thinking for a Change facilitation.
Will Arreola, LPC, CSAC
Will is a licensed professional counselor with his Master’s Degree in Education Professional Counseling Psychology from the University of Concordia. He has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Will specializes in treatment and substance abuse, mood, anxiety, trauma, and family issues. He has an eclectic approach utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, solution focused therapy, and motivational interview.
Erica Petry, MA, SAC
Erica has a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago. Her clinical experience includes providing individual and group counseling to treat substance use disorders and mental health disorders. Erica facilitates therapy sessions using an eclectic approach, which often incorporates art therapy, and is based in Person-Centered Therapy, Adlerian Psychology, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Meditation. Erica’s philosophy in treatment is to empower the client, identify strengths and resources to solve problems, encourage an increase of self-awareness and self-esteem, and impart hope and support throughout the process of recovery.
Mary Wolf, LCSW
Mary has a Master of Social Work (Mental Health/Clinical Tract) from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and Bachelor of Social Work from Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota. Her clinical experience includes individual, group and family (ies) with mental health disorders specializing in Geriatric Psych, Medical Psych and Adult Psych. She has an eclectic approach, utilizing best treatment for a client primarily through a strengths and motivational based approach as well as through Interpersonal Therapy, Solution-Based Brief Therapy, Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness. Mary's personal philosophy is the acknowledgement of Maslow's Theory where basic needs are to be met and then through education (knowledge and skills) and support, an individual would be able to meet and maintain their maximum potential.
Jessica Box, MS, LPC, CSAC
Jessica believes it is an honor to engage others in their journey towards meaningful and lasting change in their lives. She received her Master’s in Community Counseling, with a marriage and family emphasis, through UW Whitewater. Jessica subscribes to an integrated approach to therapy by utilizing models such as Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Perspective Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Reality Therapy. She also likes to integrate multiple techniques such as trauma releasing exercises, brain spotting, mindfulness exercises, and the use of art therapy through Zentangles. Jessica has a wealth of experience working with children and adolescence in both individual and group settings. Jessica also has experience working with adults with substance abuse issues and trauma in an intensive outpatient setting. She is trained in facilitating the Philosophies of Nurturing Parenting as well as Thinking for a Change and can help teach these skills. Jessica’s biggest strength lies in the experience working with victims and survivors of trauma of all ages. She is looking forward to sharing her counseling journey with you.
Laurie Brown, LPC, CSAC
Laurie has a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Her clinical experience includes providing individual and group counseling to treat substance use disorders and mental health disorders, including sex offender treatment and family and marriage counseling. Laurie facilitates therapy sessions using an eclectic approach, which is based in Person-Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. Laurie uses a trauma informed and strengths based approach. Her philosophy is to empower the client, identify strengths, instill hope, and provide support throughout the treatment process. She is trained in facilitating Thinking for a Change and CBI-SOA.
Rebecca has a Master of Science in Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. Her clinical experience includes providing individual and group counseling to treat substance use disorders and mental health disorders. Rebecca facilitates therapy sessions using an eclectic approach, which has its roots in Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Meditation. Rebecca’s treatment philosophy is one that increases self-esteem, inner strength and hope, encourages and supports through recovery and discovery, empowers through education, and promotes personal responsibility and self-advocacy.
Clark Carroll, Nurse Practitioner, PHMHNP
Clark earned his Master of Science in Nursing from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Clark earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Clark has worked in a variety of settings including Community Based Mental Health Centers, Community Support Programs for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, Child and Adolescent Hospital, and Targeted Case Management Programs. His current focus is treating Substance Use Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, and Schizoaffective Disorder. Clark is committed to evidence based treatments across the life span.
Betsy Reed, LCSW
Betsy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Barry University, Miami Shores, FL. Her clinical experience includes providing individual, family, and group therapy for children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing symptoms related to mental health. Betsy’s clinical experience includes providing treatment in a variety of environments including the day treatment, outpatient, and in-home/community settings. Using an eclectic approach to therapy through the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy approaches, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness-based strategies, strength-based approaches and family therapy approaches, Betsy treats a variety of problems including autism spectrum disorders, depression, anxiety, child and teen behavior problems, ADHD, adjustment difficulties, phase-of-life stressors, stress reduction, trauma issues and school-related problems. Betsy also has experience in facilitating Aggression Replacement Training (ART) groups with adolescents in need of improving their overall social skills, anger control, and understanding of moral reasoning concepts.
Gabrielle Montana MS, LPC-IT, SAC-IT
Gabrielle has a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. Her clinical experience includes working with adolescents and adults, providing individual and group counseling to treat mental health and substance use disorders. Gabrielle utilizes trauma-informed models of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered, and Reality Therapy. She is a Brainspotting practitioner, trained in Phase 1. Gabrielle’s treatment philosophy emphasizes empowerment and growth, instills hope, and encourages personal responsibility and self-advocacy.