Meet the Team at Garrison Counseling
Gregg Scharf, MS, LPC, CSAC, ICS
Gregg is the President of Garrison Counseling, and a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor. As a dual-licensed therapist, Gregg specializes in individual out-patient psychotherapy utilizing counseling theory with philosophical rationale. He also assists with DOT assessments as a certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).
Check out Gregg’s Psychology Today profile to learn more about him.
Christi Nowland, MSSW, LCSW
Christi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 30 years of experience. She works with adolescents and adults with a wide range of issues. Christi specializes in trauma work and is trained in EMDR. She also sees clients with adjustment disorders, stress, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief, dissociative disorders and clients dealing with acute or chronic illness. Christi especially enjoys working with college students and retirees.
Check out Christi’s Psychology Today profile to learn more about her.
Leisha Lucas, MA, NCC, LPC
Leisha is a professional counselor who specializes in play therapy, trauma, child sexual abuse and domestic violence. She conceptualizes clients within the framework of their lifestyle and needs, allowing the counseling process to be custom designed for each individual. Leisha provides a supportive, egalitarian counseling relationship and maximizes strengths to help the client work toward achieving their goals.
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Mark Shaw, MS, MFT, LCSW
Mark comes to Garrison Counseling with over 40 years of clinical experience as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. We are blessed to have a therapist with Mark’s breadth of experience for our clients and as a resource for ourselves. When Mark isn’t assisting his fellow clinicians, he can be scheduled on Monday’s and Tuesday’s and he enjoys working with all ages.
Kelsey Whalen, MA, LMFT
Kelsey specializes in marriage counseling and family therapy and works with children ages five and up, as well as adults, including couples who are looking to break any unhealthy cycles that can get them stuck. She believes therapy is a space where we can heal from the past in order to promote a meaningful future. Kelsey offers a warm, empathetic, and personalized therapy experience built on trust and honesty.
Check out Kelsey’s Psychology Today profile here
Jennifer Ward, MSW, CAPSW
Jenni works with children, youths, teenagers and adults. Settings include individual, couple or family. Educated in trauma-informed care and promotes and encourages self-driven goals and treatments.
Jenni assists clients while processing experiences in a safe, trusting and explorative space using a holistic, strength-based approach.
Samuel Mahr, MS, LPCC, LPC
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and young adults age 12 through adulthood. My clinical experience is working in a community based setting to provide individual, family, and group therapy to teenagers and young adults. As a therapist, I have had worked with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, suicidality, trauma, and much more.
I find that providing a safe, genuine, and empathetic setting for clients leads to the best results and experiences. Therapy is a place to learn about oneself and to learn and utilize various coping strategies to improve one’s overall mental health and quality of life.
Check out Samuel’s Psychology Today profile here
Lucian joins us at Garrison Counseling as our new office assistant. He currently attends UWL in pursuit of a degree in finance. Lucian is looking forward to the opportunities of working with both the counselors and clients alike while striving to facilitate a friendly environment.
Brayden is joining us as a new office assistant while working on a degree in psychology at UWL. He enjoys working with and assisting clients as well as colleagues while maintaining a professional and easy going space.
Haylee Munson is interning with Garrison Counseling while studying to obtain her Master of Social Work through Tulane University. She comes to Garrison with a wide variety of social service experience and currently is employed as a Community Response Social Worker with La Crosse County Human Services. She believes the importance of human connection is rooted in honesty and trust. She aims to provide a warm, welcoming, and safe environment that empowers individuals on their journey of healing. Haylee’s areas of interest include trauma work, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), sensory play therapy, and family therapy. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults.
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