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Holistic Approaches to Your Journey of Healing and Growth
Holistic Approaches to Your Journey of Healing and Growth

Our Staff

Diane Dickinson, MA, LPC, LCS

Waupaca (2nd Thursday of each month)
and Stevens Point Office
Diane Dickinson
“I believe it takes a great deal of strength and courage to enter into counseling.  I am committed to helping people work through the ongoing challenges and struggles that life brings.  I practice a holistic form of therapy which means that I see everyone as a whole person … a psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual being. My overall goal of therapy is to incorporate all these aspects in the healing process.  When we heal we can leave the past behind us but it’s rather difficult to grow and move forward when we still hurt.In addition to traditional psychotherapy techniques I offer progressive techniques such as EMDR (for trauma recovery), bioresonance (an advanced form of biofeedback), past life regression therapy, and several other energy techniques that incorporate healing for the body and spirit as well as the mind and emotions.”
Diane holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has over 25 years of experience.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and her Master of Arts from the University of Denver.
 
She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the State of Wisconsin.
Diane is a member of the American Counseling Association.
Specializing in:
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)
  • Past Life Regression
  • Enhanced Performance for Professionals, Executives, & Athletes
  • Hypnosis
  • Bioresonance
  • Ancient Rainbow Conscious Healing
  • Feng Shui
  • Mary Network Healing
  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique/Tapping)
  • Certified Doreen Virtue Angel Card Reader
Recommends:
  • The Secret - DVD
  • “You Can Heal Your Life”  by Louise Hay
  • "E-Squared" by Pam Grout
  • “Many Lives Many Masters” by Brian Weiss, MD

Tim Koller, MS, LPC, NCC, CFC

Stevens Point Office
Tim Koller
Tim believes in an eclectic approach to therapy in order to assist the client to attain a self-determined lifestyle. Tim’s background in counseling families and behavioral problems in children and adolescents has given him the opportunity to develop cognitive-behavioral strategies to address their unique issues. Parenting styles, blended families, ADHD, anger, scholastic issues, depression, anxiety, phobias, and marital problems are just a few of the many areas of his expertise. Tim has an extensive background working with adolescent and adult sex offenders and as a Certified Forensic Counselor he is well versed in these evaluations and assessments. Tim has his Master’s Degree in Mental Health and has been practicing in an outpatient setting for over 20 years.
Areas of Experience:
  • Male relationship communication issues:  anger management, domestic violence, decision making, marital and relationship discord with significant other.  These are brief/targeted solution focused therapy approaches.
  • Behavioral problems in adolescents and children:  the challenging years from 12-15 for teenage males and females.
  • Solution focused for parents.
  • Professionals who may have an impairment in their personal or professional lifestyle
  • Cognitive behavioral treatment of depression, generalized anxiety with or without panic attacks and phobic reactions
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Loss, bereavement and grief issues stemming from divorce, death, separation
  • Partner, marital couples counseling or interpersonal communication enhancement
  • Self-esteem enhancement
  • Victims of sexual abuse
  • Lifestyle skills training and brief solution focused coaching for change of life decisions, career development, developmental disabilities, co-dependency
  • Psychosexual evaluations for adults and adolescents: self, attorney and social work referrals welcomed with initial brief free phone consultation
  • Separation, pre-divorce and divorce counseling


Kiersten Carley, MA, LPC

Stevens Point Office
Megan Walhood, MS, LPC
Kiersten’s approach to counseling is compassionate, strength-based, and includes a diverse set of treatment methods with regards to the whole person.  She is interested in working with a variety of populations.  Her guidance through the therapeutic process supports emotional well-being drawn from the client’s own beneficial skill set. While combining person-centered and directive methods, development of natural strengths leads to self-discovery, life-balance, and positive change. 
Kiersten completed her Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Lakeland University.  She graduated Magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Upper Iowa University.  Her diversified background gives her a unique ability to show empathy and understanding where creative strengths are needed or required.  She has a passion for the arts, which continues in her personal life through a wide variety of talents.  She is a member of ACAT:Anchor ART Coalition Against Trauma and The American Counseling Association.


Professional Counselor / Psychotherapist
  • Women, Men, Any Gender, Adults, Adolescents, Children
  • Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress (Abuse Survivors, Veterans…)
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety, Panic, Worry
  • Stress Management
  • Depression, Mood Disorders
  • ADD / ADHD
  • OCD and Phobias
  • Anger Management
  • Self-Esteem, Self-Worth
  • Grief / Loss
  • Communication issues and Development
  • Healthy boundaries
  • Multicultural Issues and Adjustments
  • Men’s / Women’s Issues
  • Successful Aging
  • Mindfulness / Wellness / Life Balance
  • Mindful Eating
  • Therapeutic Journaling
Eclectic Therapeutic Approach:
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Master Certification
  • EMDR
  • Positive Psychology
  • Play Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Heart Math, emWave® Technology (biofeedback)

Kelsey Link, MA, MFT-IT

Waupaca Office
Kelsey's therapeutic style stems from her belief that a person’s mental health is influenced by internal and external factors. She works the individual/family, and their surroundings to help foster growth and positive change in therapy. In regards to her approach, Kelsey utilizes an eclectic mix of treatment methods, and believes in adjusting the therapy to fit the individual, instead of making the individual fit a therapy style. She is committed to working alongside you, providing support, understanding, and guidance through the therapeutic process.
Kelsey holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, and enjoys working with individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and adults. She also has experience working with survivors of abuse, domestic violence, and adult sexual offenders. Kelsey is certified in Prepare-Enrich assessment for couples, and is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Kelsey is available at Waupaca High School, Waupaca Middle School, and Waupaca Learning Center for in school counseling during the school year. 
Providing Services for the Following:
  • Adolescents (11 and above), Young Adults, and Adults individually
  • Families/Blended Families/Divorcing families
  • Couples Counseling/Relational Issues
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Discernment Counseling/Divorce
  • Mood, Anxiety, and Adjustment Disorders
  • Stress/Trauma/ PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Life Transitions
  • Self Esteem
  • Grief and Loss
  • Solution Focused Parenting
  • Cognitive Behavioral Issues (ADHD, Behavioral Concerns)
  • Sexual Issues/ConcernsAnchor
  • Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Anger Management

Jeralyn Stevens, MA, LPC, CCTP

Stevens Point Office

As a mental health practitioner I use a holistic, strength-based approach to counseling. I enjoy working with a variety of populations including children, adults and couples/families. I have a special interest and passion for working with trauma survivors, and those living with PTSD. I have advanced training in treating trauma  and I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I am also trained in Phase 1 Brainspotting, a technique that can be used in healing even the most severe trauma and PTSD. Additionally, I have a strong interest in working with couples and have completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Gottman Therapy is an evidence- based therapy that has nearly 40 years of research to support its methods. I believe that clients already have wisdom and answers to life's struggles within themselves, they may just need help being guided to it. I utilize both cognitive behavioral approaches and experiential techniques to empower clients in finding the best versions of themselves. I also believe in tailoring therapy to fit the needs of the client instead of making the client fit a therapeutic style. I received my Master's Degree in Community Counseling from Lakeland University. I am also a member of the American Counselors Association and a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals.

Jeralyn is available at Spash, Ben Franklin and PJ Jacobs for in school counseling during the school year.

Areas of Experience:

  • Children, Adolescents, Adults,
  • Gottman Couples and Families Therapy
  • Brainspotting
  • Grief and Loss
  • Stress/Trauma/PTSD
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Victims of Emotional/Verbal/Physical abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Self-esteem
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Mindfulness
  • Art Journaling
  • Therapeutic Journaling
  • Play Therapy/ Sand Tray Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Amber Folz, MA

Art Therapist

Stevens Point Office
Amber
"As an art therapist, I offer a safe space for healing through the creative process and communication. I am devoted to providing an engaging, fulfilling experience while offering an "off the couch" and hands-on approach to healing"
Art therapy is for individuals of all ages seeking healing, growth and support in dealing with illness, trauma, and life's many challenges. There is no need to be familiar with art or have any artistic abilities to benefit from art therapy. In the process of creating, connecting, and reflecting during the session, an individual has the ability to express themselves, deal with difficult emotions, increase awareness of self and others, release tension, problem solve,  and build one's self-esteem. This form of therapy encourages free self-expression through various and unique mediums including both traditional and recycled materials. Art therapy naturally moves the healing process "off the couch and into the studio".
Amber holds a Master's degree in Art Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and is currently working under supervision toward becoming a Registered Art Therapist (ATR).
She has participated as an Art/Play Therapist for the Child Development Project in Superior, WI.
Amber is a member of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) and the Wisconsin Art Therapy Association (WATA).
Areas of Experience:
  • Mindfulness/Meditation/Relaxation
  • Emotional/Behavioral Challenges in children 3+
  • Self-esteem
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Fear
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Stress/Trauma/Abuse
  • Loss/Bereavement/Grief
  • Physical and/or developmental disabilities
  • Art Journaling
  • Therapeutic Writing
  • Play Therapy/Sand Tray Therapy
  • Dream work

Krista Chase, MS, MSE, LPC, CWC

 Stevens Point Office
krista@newdirectionscc.com


Krista Casey
A favorite quote of mine written by Dr. Brene Brown is, "Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage.  Truth and courage are not always comfortable, but they are never weakness."  I have learned that things done to avoid vulnerability always and most assuredly will end up causing more pain than vulnerability in and of itself. It is my firm belief that we must not remain silent about hard things.  In life it is impossible to control all the events that happen but you can always choose to never be reduced by them.
I am a State of WI Licensed Professional Counselor-IT, and practice a non pathologizing form of therapy while believing wholeheartedly that post traumatic stress disorder is an injury that can be healed and recovered from. I earned a Bachelor's degree in Human Services Leadership from the University of WI Oshkosh and hold both Master's of Science and Master's of Education degrees from Concordia University in Mequon, WI and additionally am Certified as a Positive Psychology Wellness Coach having received training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. 
Specialization:
My clinical focus and passionate interest is in the field of Public Safety Mental Health Wellness and Resiliency.  This stems from my own previous EMS experience as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician provider which has given me invaluable street experience to understand the demands placed on responders.  Additionally, I find it a humbling privilege to participate in ride along time with Law Enforcement agencies across the state, 911 Communication centers and assist with critical incident defusings and debriefings.  Developing a comprehensive, vetted and culturally sensitive Psychotherapy practice is a primary goal so to provide safety for all public service professionals who seek to become his or her best self emotionally.  Much of my time is spent focused on mental health education, cultural changes, peer support programming, suicide prevention, developing curriculum, inservice training, reducing stigma and building trusting relationships while speaking directly to first responders to hear their perspectives and meet their mental health needs.
Recommends:
The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong by Dr. Brene Brown at brenebrown.com Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement by Dr. Kevin Gilmartin

Our Locations

5541 US Highway 10 East
Suite B
Stevens Point, WI 54482
Phone: (715) 345-9690
Fax: (715) 345-2938
Email: ​staff@newdirectionscc.com
N2919 County Road QQ
Waupaca, WI 54981
Phone: (715) 345-9690
Fax: (715) 345-2938
Email: ​staff@newdirectionscc.com
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