Our Staff

Meet your mental therapists.

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Sara Francis
MS, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, CFTP

Therapist and Clinic Director

Phone: 262-422-6763

Email: sara@engagingtherapies.com

Sara Francis received her Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2012 and her second Master Degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis in August 2017. Sara has been practicing in the outpatient mental health setting since 2013 including working in a residential treatment facility. She has an adoption competent therapist following training developed by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.).  In addition, Sara has been working with children on the autism spectrum in the child's home, the community, and clinic settings. 

Sara believes therapy involves a working relationship between the client, client's family, and therapist.  It can move along quickly or slowly, as the client is comfortable.  In my work with children and adolescents, I strive to develop a trusting therapeutic relationship as early as possible because it is such an important aspect to the process of coping and healing. 

​​Issues: Trauma, foster care, adoption, anxiety, depression, parenting, adjustment disorders, ADD/ADHD, social skills, coping skills, emotional regulation, and mood disorders. 

Treatment Specialties: Play therapy, trauma-informed strategies, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), behavior modification, and person-centered. 

Sara works with children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Accepting new patients for waitlist only. Sara's waitlist is 9-12 months or longer.

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Emma Papenfus
MA, LPC, ATR-P

Therapist

Phone: 262-701-7843

Email: emma@engagingtherapies.com

Emma Papenfus graduated with her Masters degree in art therapy from Mount Mary University in 2017.

Emma’s therapeutic focus in outpatient therapy is utilizing art as a tool for facilitating conversation, exploring various issues and diagnoses, and developing healthy coping skills.

Emma has worked in a Child Protective Agency geared toward safety and well-being for children and families, facilitating a safe environment for re-connection and familial growth.

 

Emma was an art therapy intern for adults with cognitive and developmental delays and disabilities, patients and families coping with cancer diagnoses, as well as persons suffering with homelessness.

 

At this time Emma now specializes in working with children with autism at the in-home treatment level through ABA services.

 

In the outpatient setting Emma specializes in working with children, teens, and young adults with anxiety and depression, ADHD, and adjustment disorders, and trauma.

Currently not accepting new clients.

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Lauren Miller
MS, LPC, NCC

Therapist

Phone: 262-955-8858

Email: lauren@engagingtherapies.com

Lauren Miller is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mount Mary University in 2017. Lauren has also worked within Child Protective Services and completed an internship with Milwaukee Academy working with female teenage youth with a variety of mental health diagnoses in a residential treatment setting. She strives to provide services within a trauma sensitive lens while being sensitive and understanding of her clients and their individual needs.

 

Lauren fosters a therapeutic relationship with clients through her sense of compassion and empathy. She believes that the client must feel comfortable within the therapeutic relationship to foster positive change and client growth and therefore places strong value on building trust and rapport with her clients. Lauren is passionate about helping others and believes in the importance of putting her client’s and their needs first.

Issues: Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Parenting & Family Dynamics, Adjustment Disorders, ADD/ADHD, Social Skills, Coping Skills, Emotional Regulation, and Mood Disorders

Treatment approaches: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution -focused, trauma-informed strategies, and person-centered therapy.

 

Currently accepting adult clients (19 years+). Availability is mornings 8:30am-12:30pm only on select mornings.

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Katherine Dannecker-Stevens
MA, LPC-IT, ATR-P

Therapist

Phone: 414-343-9658

Email: katherine@engagingtherapies.com

Katherine received her Master’s in Art Therapy with a concentration in Counseling from Mount Mary University. She is an art therapist and licensed professional counselor in training who works with adolescents and adults. Her past clinical art therapy experience includes working with adults with developmental disabilities, individuals experiencing homelessness, individuals who have experienced domestic abuse, and facilitating community art therapy groups.

Katherine takes a client centered approach to therapy and believes in the communicative power of art within the therapeutic process.

She takes an integrative approach to therapy to best fit each individual and work with them towards their goals. She draws from humanistic and cognitive-behavioral based therapies. She creates a space that allows for individuals to express themselves and be seen in a safe space.

She is under the supervision of Sara Francis

​​​Issues: Anxiety, depression, behavioral issues (ADHD), mood disorders, stress, and trauma.

​Treatment Specialties: Client-centered, behavior modification, cognitive-behavioral therapy, Art-therapy, and trauma-informed. 

Katherine works with children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Limited day time appointments only between 10am and 2pm.

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Shawn Verhein
MS, LPC-IT

Therapist

Phone: 262-422-6747

Email: shawn@engagingtherapies.com

Shawn is a Licensed Professional Counselor In-Training under the direct supervision of Sara Francis. He graduated with his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in December 2021. He completed his Bachelor’s degree, here in Waukesha, from Carroll University in Psychology and Criminal Justice.

 

Shawn has worked with a variety of children while doing in-home treatment for individuals with high functioning autism as well as in the clinic setting. In previous roles, Shawn worked at a halfway house for males recovering from drug addiction. During his internship with Engaging Therapies, he worked with clients from the ages of 4 all the way to 65 addressing a wide range of topics. 

 

Issues: Anxiety, depression, high-functioning autism, ADHD, trauma, social skills, adjustment disorders, and interpersonal conflict among others.

 

Treatment Approaches: Cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavior modification, mindfulness-therapy, client-centered therapy, play therapy, solution-focused, and trauma-informed strategies.

 

Shawn currently works with children, adolescents, and adults. He is available in-person and via telehealth. His primary avability is day-time (before 4pm). 

 

In his free time, Shawn enjoys all types of games and is an avid sports fan who enjoys playing and watching virtually every sport.

 

If you are reading this, you are already in the process of making a positive change.

Shawn is looking forward to working with you!

Currently accepting new patients with appointments between 9am and 2pm. 

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Ally Goulder
MA, LPC-IT

Therapist

Phone: 262-235-0593

Email: allyssa@engagingtherapies.com

Allyssa (Ally) Goulder is a Licensed Professional Counselor In-Training who received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Ottawa University in 2021. Ally has also worked within Child Protective Services with an emphasis in trauma informed care. She strives to provide services within a trauma sensitive lens while being sensitive and understanding of her clients and their individual needs.

 

Ally believes in the importance of putting her clients and their needs first.  She believes it is important to meet clients where they are at and to provide them a safe and comfortable atmosphere to foster positive change and growth at their own pace. 

 

Issues: Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Foster Care, Parenting & Family Dynamics, Adjustment Disorders, Social Skills, Coping Skills, Emotional Regulation, Cognitive and Developmental Delays and Disabilities. 

 

Treatment approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution -Focused, Trauma-Informed Strategies, and Person-Centered Therapy.

 

Currently accepting new patients with appointments between 9am and 2pm. 

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Ashley Scherbarth

Intern

Phone: 262-422-6746

Email: ashley@engagingtherapies.com

Ashley is an intern earning her Masters' degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University and is under the direct supervision of Sara Francis.

Ashley believes in developing a trusting relationship with her clients and strives to develop an approach that works best for the client and their overall goals. She also believes that each client should be an involved and active participant in their therapeutic journey and goals.

Ashley currently works with children, adolescents and adults.

Issues: Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, emotional regulation, social skills and adjustment disorders.

Treatment Specialities: Client-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, solution-focused and mindfulness therapy.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog and two cats. Ashley goes to concerts whenever she can and she is a big football fan. 

 

Currently accepting new patients with limited appointments on Tuesday and Fridays with appointments between 9am and 2pm.  Limited evening telehealth appointments.