Heather is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has more than twenty years of experience working with children, youth, families and adults. Heather transitioned to being an outpatient therapist full-time in 2015. She specializes in working with youth and families using behavior therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a specialized program that helps people understand and control their emotions. This is especially helpful for people who are otherwise engaging in less healthy behaviors(cutting, substance abuse, other self harming behaviors) to manage their emotions. She is an Independent Facilitator of the Love and Logic ™ program and has additional training in Sensory Integration, Play Therapy, “How Does your Engine Run?” and child development.
LCSW, CSAC, ICS, SAP
Amy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with dual certification in mental health and substance use disorders. Amy has been with the clinic since 2003. She specializes in trauma, women’s issues, mood disorders and personality disorders. She brings a number of modalities to her work with individuals and families including Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), EMDR, and more. Amy is also a Substance Abuse Professional for the DOT and provides SAP services.
Amy’s background includes teaching at UW-Madison School of Social Work, chairing the Recovery Coalition of Dane County, advocating for the integration of behavioral health care into primary care settings, and developing quality improvement programs for healthcare entities. She enjoys fitness, the outdoors, reading, and her family.
Cristin has been Open Door’s Office Manager since September 2016. She has a BA in Psychology from UW Eau Claire and has served in many different healthcare related roles over the years, most recently as a health unit coordinator at an inpatient child and adolescent psychiatric hospital and working for the State of Wisconsin as a Disability Determination Specialist.
In addition to her role as Office Manager, Cristin also serves as our Intake Specialist and is the first line of contact for new clients. She can answer questions about services offered, therapist availability, insurance and prior authorizations, and is responsible for enrolling new clients.
LCSW, CSAC, ICS
Tami has more than 20 years of experience providing both mental health and substance abuse treatment to individuals and families in a variety of settings. Tami pursued a M.S.S.W. in social work with an emphasis on addictions to increase her skill base and more effectively support others.
Tami uses an eclectic approach when working with individuals and families. She blends cognitive behavioral, solution focused, and motivational enhancement therapy to tailor services. Tami works with individuals experiencing co-occurring symptoms, like substance use, self-harm, eating disorders, and trauma.
Her work with individuals experiencing trauma-related issues highlighted the need for more experiential-based therapies. Tami trained to provide equine assisted psychotherapy using the EAGALA model, which effectively integrates a strength-based, solution-focused perspective allowing participants to uncover their own deeply moving answers.
Tami is also an instructor at Edgewood College, Faculty for the Flex Program at University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a member of the Recovery Coalition of Dane County. She continues to pursue training and sharing of knowledge through presentations at various conferences.
Natalie has more than 10 years of experience in the mental health field, in both intensive inpatient and outpatient settings. She has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy as well as a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a human services concentration. She practices with an increased awareness of systemic perspective, understanding the impact of family, peer groups, schools, and the community, in the healing process.
Natalie is trained and certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), an evidence based therapy aimed at improving self-awareness and one’s ability to tolerate painful emotions. She has a special interest in using DBT techniques with diverse populations, including couples, children and teens with oppositional defiant disorder and individuals with developmental and/or cognitive disabilities.
Natalie understands all too well both personally and professionally, what works for some may not work for others. Although her education and training have provided a foundation for her work as a therapist, it is her clients and their families who have taught her the most about what works in therapy.
Jennifer has an MSW and a BSW from UW-Madison. She is a therapist with more than 15 years experience working with youth of all ages and their families. Jennifer has worked at both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings and brings a wide variety of training and experience to Open Door. She is trained in Theraplay as well as other Play therapy techniques.
Jennifer provides thoughtful, client-centered services to children, adolescents and adults individually and in groups. She is part of our DBT program, co-facilitates multiple DBT groups.
Jennifer has also provided educational sessions to parents, daycare providers, and other service providers in the community. She has spoken on such topics as Love and Logic, Treatment of Externalizing Disorders, and Adolescent Depression.
Becky Gennerman-Schroeder comes to Open Door Center for Change with more than 20 years in the mental health field. Becky graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1996 with a degree in Rehabilitation Psychology. She continued her graduate studies at the University of Colorado Denver, obtaining a masters’ degree in Counseling Psychology in 2001. Becky is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked in rape crisis & domestic abuse agencies, children’s residential treatment, child abuse prevention & intervention agencies and the University of Colorado Denver’s Counseling Center.
Becky’s areas of experience include working with trauma, assertiveness training & self-defense, anxiety, depression, family & couples therapy, life transitions, parenting, grief & loss and self-esteem. Becky is committed and passionate about supporting people experiencing challenges with issues related to culture, sexual and gender identity. Becky also enjoys working to help those expressing an overall desire for more health, wellness and self-care in their lives.
Becky finds great value in working to empower clients to create the change they desire in their lives and considers it an honor to go along with another person on their journey.
Kate Hulbert is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 10 years of experience providing long-term psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, adults and families. Kate earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University, and has experience working in community mental health, residential treatment, public schools and non-profit organizations.
Kate enjoys working with a wide range of behavioral and mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, PTSD, Aspergers and Autism, difficulties managing and expressing anger, parenting issues, mood disorders, major life transitions, issues related to loss, problematic coping and relationship issues. Kate also has a strong commitment to working with families of children with special needs, helping them to look at the ways their children challenge families to make new meaning of their lives.
Kate believes in the restorative value of the therapeutic relationship and works to build interventions around each individual’s unique challenges and inherent personal strengths.
Courtney has nearly 10 years of experience working in the helping professions. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in May 2006. Courtney received her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mount Mary University in May 2015 and is working towards full licensure as a Professional Counselor.
Courtney also has previous work experience at a residential treatment center working with severely emotionally disordered and at-risk male and female adolescents. In addition, Courtney has experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with Eating Disorders.
Courtney’s professional interests include: child and adolescent counseling, trauma-informed care, adult and parenting counseling and a humanistic, person-centered approach to working with clients. Courtney collaboratively engages in experiential and talk-therapy practices that are focused on the client’s needs and goals.
Courtney looks forward to meeting and accompanying you, your child, and/or your family on your unique journey towards a wholehearted life.
LCSW, Bilingual (Spanish/English) Therapist
Chris is a highly motivated, creative, and versatile Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 15 years of experience working with some of the most disenfranchised populations, including abused, at-risk, foster, and special needs children; marginalized adults experiencing multiple traumas and mental health crises; and families of low socioeconomic backgrounds.
Chris provides psychotherapy and Neurofeedback training to children, adolescents, and adults coping with issues related to trauma, emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, mood and personality disorders and more. Chris relies on an eclectic approach, drawing from brain sciences and the philosophies of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), solution based and strengths-focused therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and others. Chris believes in treating the whole person and tailors his interventions to meet each individual’s aspirations, needs, and treatment goals. Chris is very committed to the well-being of his clients, both mentally and emotionally.
Chris obtained his B.A. from the University of Connecticut, and received his Masters in Social Work degree from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, Massachusetts.
Kathleen A O’Donnell completed her undergraduate degree from the University of MN twin cities. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago.
During her time in Chicago, Kathleen worked with Domeena Renshaw in the sexual Dysfunction lab doing couples therapy. Upon graduating she moved to Maine to work for New Horizons, a wilderness therapy program for Teens and Young Adults. She moved back to Wisconsin and began working for Journey Mental Health Center as a Child and Family Therapist.
Kathleen specializes in working with Teens and Adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety and mental illness. She has experience working with couples facing infertility, adoption and foster care. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Kathleen aims to help clients shift their perspective to help identify new areas of strength, coping and resilience.
“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” ― John Lubbock
Heatherwynn moved to Madison from the west coast where she worked in a Marriage and Family Therapy private practice and a Somatic Psychotherapy clinic. Heatherwynn holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychology as well as an LMFT license in Wisconsin.
Heatherwynn’s areas of specialization are LGBTQIQ identities, gender, sexuality, trauma, anxiety, depression, and communication. She has worked with adolescents as well as adults in many capacities ranging from individual/couples counseling, crisis work, group facilitation, and outreach.
Heather practices Somatic Psychotherapy through integrating different lenses. Lenses can include Queer Theory, Self Psychology, Trauma Theory, Relational Work, Depth Psychology, Authentic Movement, Feminist Theory, Attachment Theory, Hakomi, Object Relations, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Family Systems Theory.