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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brian Zanin, LPC-IT
Brian holds a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. He has worked with adults, adolescents, and children in a variety of settings. Brian has experience in the areas of depression, anxiety, grief, addiction, marriage, and parenting. He draws from a variety of therapeutic methods, including Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. He also values spirituality as an important resource in the therapeutic journey. Brian seeks to empower his clients to grow in self-awareness and esteem by discovering their strengths and their ability to solve problems, leading to hope and change.