Outpatient Clinicial Therapy
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Winter Weather Policy: if Portage Schools close our offices will be closed as well. If there is a late start our offices open at 10 am.
Individual therapy involves meeting one on one with a therapist to address emotional, social and/or behavioral concerns.
Available for children, adolescents and adults
Sessions for children and adolescents always require a parent/guardian for initial session and parental/guardian involvement in future sessions will be discussed at that time
Family therapy can include all family members (nuclear, stepfamilies and sometimes extended families). The purpose of family therapy is to help families deal with concerns or difficulties that are interfering with how the family functions.
Areas addressed can be (but are not limited to):
Couples experience a range of concerns that interfere in the health of their relationship. Therapists can address concerns for couples at any stage of their relationship.
Presentations on Various Topics
Mental Health Consultation for Birth to Three
Coordinated Service Teams (CST)/Wraparound
Sara Shaver, LMFT
Sara is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. After double majoring in psychology and social work from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, she obtained her Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 1996. Before becoming involved in outpatient mental health, Sara worked as an in-home family therapist. She also became heavily involved with wraparound services, consulting with numerous counties in the state. In 2010 she became a co-founder of Compass Counseling. Sara works with individuals, couples and families. She has a real passion for grief work and working with couples either to strengthen their marriage or to become stronger at co-parenting.
Sara is a certified Grief Support Specialist, a trained divorce mediator, and a Prepare/Enrich (premarital assessments) counselor. Giving presentations on various topics is one of Sara’s strengths. Sara serves on several coordinating committees in the community, is active in her church and holds various leadership roles in her children’s activities. She lives in the Portage area with her husband and 3 children. In her free time she enjoys family game nights, playing cards, tennis, attending musicals, cheering on sports teams and traveling.
Sarah Kravick, LMFT
Sarah Kravick graduated from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with a major in psychology. She completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2000 from Indiana State University. Upon completion of graduate school, Sarah began working with children and their families providing in-home family therapy. She has been working with children, families and individuals in outpatient mental health since 2003. In June of 2010 Sarah became the co-founder of Compass Counseling. In May of 2012, Sarah completed the University of Wisconsin’s certificate program for Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health and is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist (III). She provides mental health consultation for the Birth to 3/Portage Project and provides Reflective Supervision to local programs as well as home visiting programs in northern Wisconsin. Sarah is active in the Prevent Suicide Columbia County coalition and other local groups. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, volunteering and running.
Danielle Pollex-Rabl, LCSW
Danielle appreciates the privilege of helping people of all ages to restore, strengthen, or maintain their wellbeing. She has many years of experience working with families with children ages birth through five, providing in-home and multi-family group experiences. Danielle has also provided wraparound, intensive in-home, and outpatient counseling to families with school-age children…with lots of community partnership work as well. Danielle has also been drawn to developing skills to serve younger and older adults as well. Danielle has a B.S. in Social Work from UW-Whitewater, and a M.S. in Social Work-Mental Health Concentration from UW-Madison. Her special interests include: spirituality, parenting, stress management, holistic wellness, workplace issues, self-esteem and families of origin. Favorite approaches include play & creative expression (journaling, the arts), strength-based, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness. Danielle is involved with several volunteer efforts with her church and charitable organizations. She and her family enjoy the great outdoors, sports, their beloved dogs, music, and continued learning.
Honey graduated from Columbia University-MO majoring in psychology and received her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University-AZ. She joined Compass in January 2014, collaborating with her colleagues in couples, family and individual therapy. Honey enjoys working with all ages and has a special interest in working with children with ADHD and other behavioral issues and their families, helping to find different strategies for both home and academic settings. Her hobbies include reading, working with her husband and children on their hobby farm, and being active in her church.
Excelling as a nontraditional learner, Tiffany graduated from the University of Phoenix-AZ majoring in Psychology and received her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University-MN. Tiffany learned how to balance many aspects of life from being a single parent to working full-time while pursing her degrees online. These nontraditional roles have helped to create meaning and shared experience with clients as our roles are often changing, unexpectedly at times. While we are the experts of our own lives it is my goal to help clients balance the many challenges of life by providing a supportive and nonjudgmental environment utilizing a multi-systems approach to therapy that is as unique as each client. As Level 1 trainer to the Gottman method of couples therapy, Tiffany enjoys working with couples to enhance and/or improve their relationships by providing a way for couples to become more in tune with themselves and each other. Tiffany is also enhancing her skill set for working with LGBTQ+ community and the added challenges that marginalized populations face on a daily basis.
Tom McBride, MS, MFT
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Tom is focused on a systems approach, which allows clients to explore concerns on an individual level as well as discover how interactions with others may be affecting those concerns. With a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Bachelor’s in Art Therapy from Edgewood College in Madison, WI, Tom is able to provide his clients with a wide range of therapeutic tools from the traditional to the creative. Dedicated to Client care, Tom has experience working with individuals, couples, families and children, specifically spending several years focusing on individuals on the autism spectrum. Tom truly enjoys working with clients to discover the therapeutic path that is right for each individual. He is honored to work with clients of every age who are looking to create positive change in their lives. He is specifically well suited to work with men, individuals experiencing anxiety and/or depression, couples and families with children.
Will Compass Counseling be open in a winter snowstorm?
If weather conditions cause Portage Schools to close, Compass Counseling will be closed as well. Compass Counseling will open at 10 am on 2-hour school delays.
Contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.
1508 New Pinery Road, Portage, WI 53901
(608) 745-4900 phone
(608) 745-4990 fax
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