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Meet the Team at Garrison Counseling

You can count on Garrison Counseling to have the right counselor for you. We look forward to meeting you in person and answering your questions about our therapy or parent education opportunities.

Gregg Scharf, President, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor at Garrison Counseling

Gregg Scharf, MS, CSAC, ICS-IT

Gregg is the President of Garrison Counseling and a 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, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Garrison Counseling

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, Professional Counselor at Garrison Counseling

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.

Click to see Leisha’s Psychology Today profile.

Leisha Lucas, Professional Counselor at Garrison Counseling

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. 



Leisha Lucas, Professional Counselor at Garrison Counseling

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.

Leisha Lucas, Professional Counselor at Garrison Counseling

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

Dave Bashaw, Office Manager at Garrison Counseling

Lucian Scharf

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.

Dave Bashaw, Office Manager at Garrison Counseling

Brayden Bernegger

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.

Dave Bashaw, Office Manager at Garrison Counseling

Haylee Munson

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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