Maggie completed her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UW-Whitewater as well. Additionally, she is certified through the National Board for Certified Counselors.
Maggie works with a broad range of individual clients, including children ages 5 and up, adolescents, and adults of all ages. She has extensive experience working with young adults through mental health counseling and higher education services. She also has experience working with children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities in a variety of settings. Maggie currently works with many children and adolescents going through life changes and adjustment issues. She works with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief and loss, work-related stress and work-life balance, self-esteem, emotional regulation, and trauma. Although her focus is mental health, she has also worked conjointly with clients receiving simultaneous services for substance use at Alarus.
Maggie’s approach to counseling is integrative and person-centered, meaning that she meets her clients where they are to address their individual needs. Her approach is trauma-informed and strengths-based, with a foundation of empathy, unconditional positive regard, and authenticity in the therapy process. Maggie views her clients as the experts of their lives, as she joins them to identify concerns, and goals to work toward in therapy. Counseling is a collaborative process between client and counselor, and the unique experiences, ideas, and perceptions of each client matter. Non-judgement, patience, and humor are important in her sessions. Maggie strives to ensure each person she works with feels validated and respected by providing an accepting environment. She draws on personal strengths of her clients and encourages them to utilize these qualities, resources, and skills in their lives. Maggie views her role as a counselor as an honor and privilege. She understands that the decision to seek help and pursue counseling can be difficult, and acknowledges the courage of her clients in this process.