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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 advanced certification as 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 and at the outpatient level since 2008. She is currently under supervision to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Sara specializes in working with clients with trauma, autism and/or adoption.

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.  A therapist must understand, respect and work with each client as a unique person developing an individualized treatment plan for each client that focus on the client's needs.  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. I am experienced in providing social skills training and helping children ages 5-12 who present with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

​​Issues: Trauma, foster care, adoption, autism, 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, art, and person-centered. 

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

Therapist & Clinic Director

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

Lauren Miller is a Licensed Professional Counselor In-Training (LPC-IT) under the direct supervision by Sara Francis, LPC, has completed her supervision hours, and is awaiting the licensing department to issue her license.  


She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mount Mary University in 2017. Lauren has also worked within Child Protective Services with a vast amount of experience working with children in foster care with the goal of safety, well-being and permanency for the child. She also has a focus in trauma 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 strives to foster a therapeutic relationship with the client with 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


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


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

Therapist In-Training

Lauren Miller MS, LPC-IT, NCC

 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.



Emma Papenfus MA, LPC