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Sara Francis

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 both the child's home. 

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.

Emma Papenfus


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.

Lauren Miller


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+).

Katherine Dannecker-Stevens


Phone: 262-422-6853

Email: katherine@engagingtherapies.com

Katherine received her Masters degree in art therapy from Mount Mary University.

She is under the supervision of Sara Francis


Treatment Specialties: Art-therapy

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

Limited day time appointments only.

Shawn Verhein


Phone: 262-422-6747

Email: shawn@engagingtherapies.com

Shawn Verhein is currently working towards his Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. He completed his bachelors from Carroll University in Psychology and Criminal Justice.


Shawn has worked with Autism doing in-home treatment and has also worked at a halfway house for males recovering from drug addiction.


In his free time, Shawn enjoys all types of games from video to board, to card and beyond. He is also an avid sports fan and enjoys playing and watching virtually every sport.


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


Currently has limited availability Monday and Thursday.

Ally Goulder


Phone: 262-235-0593

Email: allyssa@engagingtherapies.com

Biography coming soon!