Our Therapists

Each of our staff has a unique clinical perspective and specialty area.  Please take a moment to scroll through this page to learn more about our staff and the services we provide.


Cindy Bartel, LCSW

Cindy Bartel

State of Wisconsin Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education

Master's in Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Bachelor's in Human Development, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Bio

Cindy has worked at AFCS since 1990 as a therapist and at the Crisis Center as a crisis counselor before that. Cindy specializes in working with people who have experienced incidents of trauma. This includes physical, sexual or emotional abuse, accidents, injuries or any life threatening event. She has completed Level 2 training of EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). Cindy is a cancer survivor and works with clients and their family members dealing with cancer. She also works with people who have anxiety or depression.

Cindy's beliefs are consistent with AFCS value of healing the mind, body and spirit. She likes to create an atmosphere of warmth and comfort to encourage healing to happen.

Specialty Areas:

Amber Baugnet, LPC

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State of Wisconsin Licensed Professional Counselor

Education

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, U.W. Steven’s Point
Master’s in Counseling, Carson-Newman College

Bio

Amber has experience working with individuals of all ages, but specializes in working with children and parents. She has worked as an outpatient therapist, an in-home therapist, and a residential therapist. Amber utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy, along with a variety of other counseling techniques. She has experience helping with issues such as ADHD, behavioral issues, social skills, anger management and sexually inappropriate behaviors. Amber is married with two children and enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys spending time with her pet dog and three cats and doing anything outdoors.

Specialty Areas:

  • Children of all ages
  • Parent/child relationships/Family therapy
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Anger & stress management
  • Child behavioral issues

Rebecca (Becky) Beall, LMFT

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State of Wisconsin Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Education

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Sociology/Social Behavioral Sciences, University of Mary
Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota

Bio

Becky specializes in working with children, adolescents, parents, and families in a variety of settings. As a therapist her passion for working in a family centered environment influences the structure of her therapy practice. She believes families and individuals ultimately have the answers to create change, and the ability to generate sustaining change. Becky adapts various theoretical orientations to help meet each client and families need. She applies behavior therapy techniques, Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Structural Family Therapy. Becky specializes in issues related to early childhood disorders.

Specialty Areas:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Learning and cognitive disorders
  • Emotional & behavioral disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Family conflict
  • School consultation services for children

Shawn Blakley, MSE, LPC, CSAC

Shawn Blakely

State of Wisconsin Licensed Professional Counselor
State of Wisconsin Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor

Education

Masters in Community Counseling

Bio

Shawn Blakley specializes in addictions and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and has taken extra course work in gambling addictions. He has been in practice for 20 years, and is a strong believer that healing and good mental health involves the balance of mind, body and spirit. Much of his work besides addictions involves depression, anger management, anxieties, working with adolescents and marital/couples counseling.

Specialty Areas:

  • Addictions (including gambling, drug and alcohol)
  • Marriage and Couples
  • Anger Management

Marilyn Brennan, LCSW

Marilyn Brennan

State of Wisconsin Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education

Masters in Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Bio

Marilyn has more than 30 years of experience working in the counseling field. She enjoys working with parents and their children, specializing in issues related to ADHD, anxiety and depression. She also has training in helping children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. Marilyn facilitates a social skills/self-esteem group for children, as well as facilitates a problem solving group with young adults who have Asperger's disorder. She is married with 3 children, and 5 grandchildren.

Specialty Areas:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Parent/child relationships, family therapy
  • Children of all ages
  • Social Skills/Self-Esteem Group

Lana Cheslock, CAPSW, LCSW

Lana Cheslock

State of Wisconsin Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Social Work

Education

Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh
Master’s in Clinical Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Bio

Lana has experience working with individuals of all ages, but specializes in working with children, adolescents and their families. She has provided therapy support in-home, community, correctional and in-patient hospital settings. Lana primarily uses a trauma informed and cognitive behavioral approaches to therapy. She has experience helping with issues such as suicide attempt/ideation, self-harm, trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, behavioral issues, and sexual identity. Lana is married with a large family. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, reading, playing and coaching athletics.

Specialty Areas:

  • Children and Adolescents
  • Parent/Child Relationships/Family Therapy
  • Trauma
  • Suicide
  • Self-Harm
  • Anxiety
  • Child Behavioral Issues

Julie Feld, LCSW, CSAC

Julie Feld

State of Wisconsin Licensed Clinical Social Worker
State of Wisconsin Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor

Education

Master’s in Social Work, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Bio

With over 30 years of experience, Julie believes you are the expert of you! Her role is to assist you in defining your goals for counseling and then provide you with the skills and knowledge to achieve those goals. Her approach to therapy tends to be client centered with knowledge and skill in cognitive behavioral, solution focused and family systems therapies. Julie is also experienced in 12 Step programs and other recovery based concepts.

As a licensed clinical social worker and a certified alcohol and drug counselor, she typically works with individuals or couples. She has assisted individuals in addressing issues in: grief and loss, relationship issues, depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, drug and alcohol addiction, traumatic brain injury and other neurological impairments, physical disabilities and trauma issues.

She looks forward to meeting you and assisting you in your life journey.

Specialty Areas:

  • Addictions
  • Substance Abuse
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Counseling for persons with neurological impairments or brain trauma

Joanne Klysen, MA, LPC

Joanne Klysen

State of Wisconsin Licensed Professional Counselor

Education

Master's Degree in Community Counseling, Lakeland College
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Human Development, UWGB

Bio

Joanne has more than 20 years of experience working in the human services field most recently as a counselor and case manager in an adolescent group home in Green Bay. She has worked extensively with adolescents and their families who present with a variety of complex issues, including trauma, conduct disorder, attention deficit disorder, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, anger management, emotional/physical/sexual abuse, and persons in the autism spectrum disorder. Joanne has experience in the subject area of infertility and is open to working with women and couples who struggle with this issue. She accepts clients ages 10 and older.

Joanne values helping clients understand their personal story in order to both validate their feelings as well as empower them in their growth. She believes in finding and cultivating strength in everyone. Her approach is client-centered and uses cognitive-behavioral therapy as her primary therapy approach.

Joanne is the mother of two children. She enjoys cooking and baking, doing home improvement projects, reading, taking nature walks, and bird-watching.

Specialty Areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Trauma
  • Anger Management
  • ADHD
  • Infertility
  • Emotional/Physical/Sexual Abuse
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

Bill Mathias, MSSW, MTS, LCSW

Bill Mathias

State of Wisconsin Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education

Master's of Science-Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master's Theological Studies, St. Norbert College

Bio

Since the late 1980's, Bill has been called to help improve lives, marriages and work environments. Most recently, Bill was trained as a life/leadership coach. He enjoys hunting, wilderness canoe camping, mentoring youth, talking to men about spirituality, and exploring the change process with incarcerated men

He volunteers at Green Bay Correctional Institution where he explores the "change process" with inmates.

Specialty Areas:

  • Relationship/Marriage Counseling
  • High School, College & Adult Males
  • Life/Leadership Coaching
  • Public Speaking
    ~ Male Development, Male Spirituality, Male-Female Relationships
    ~ Stress Management
    ~ Conflict Resolution

Tyler Robertson, LPC

Tyler Robertson

State of Wisconsin Licensed Professional Counselor

Education

Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Troy University, AL
Bachelors in Psychology, Troy University, AL

Bio

Tyler has worked extensively with children age 10 and older, along with their families, addressing a wide range of issues such as ADHD, behavioral issues, self harm, anxiety and adjustment disorders. Typical topics that he has addressed with youth include problems with peer relations and non-traditional families. He also has experience with young adults dealing with mood disorders, medication management, trauma, sexual orientation and identity issues, phase of life changes, and other anxiety issues. He typically sees clients ages 6 and older.

Tyler is originally from Wisconsin, but he was raised in a military family and moved around a lot. He lived in Alabama starting in 7th grade and moved back to Wisconsin in January 2016. He played saxophone in school and earned a black belt in Songham Taekwondo. Tyler enjoys playing video and board games, as well as fantasy themes such as dragons and magic. He is married and has one child.

Specialty Areas:

  • ADHD
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Gender Issues
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Self-Harm
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Stress

Elaine Schoeni, MSW, LCSW

Elaine Schoeni, MSW, LCSW

State of Wisconsin Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education

Bachelor's in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Steven's Point
Master's in Social Work, University of Illinois-Chicago

Bio

Elaine is an outpatient therapist working at AFCS since January, 2010. Elaine had previously worked in the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) field prior to joining AFCS. Additional counseling background includes inpatient treatment for children and adolescents and crisis counseling at the Crisis Center. Through these settings, she has worked with a wide variety of issues but mostly works with couples and individuals with depression, anxiety, stress, loss and change, work issues, and relationship concerns. She has facilitated a group on anxiety management and will continue to offer that group in the future. Elaine utilizes a problem-solving approach and cognitive behavior methods. She believes in utilizing the strengths inherent in everyone to help people move forward in their lives.

Specialty Areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety Management Group
  • Depression
  • Individuals and couples
  • Loss and changes in life
  • Relationship
  • Stress management
  • Work Situations