Therapist Profiles

jeff clip_image002 (1)Dr. Jeffrey Ligman, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Many people suffer and they are not quite sure what the problem is. Many other people may have been told what the problem is but this still has not helped. These are the people I work best with. No matter what the problem seems to be, I seem to be able to help when others have not. When my clients have told me this, I know I am on the right track. Besides working with a general range of problems, I also have worked quite a bit with other therapists, and their unique issues and with other helpers, particularly physicians. I also supervise several other psychotherapists. I feel I have the training and experience to be able to really understand the depth and complexity of human problems, combined with a down-to-earth practical, humanistic focus on solutions.


RickDr. Richard Hohfeler, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

I have been a licensed Psychologist since 1987 and have specialized in the field of trauma and dissociation. My affiliations include active membership of Roger’s Memorial Hospital Medical staff, American Psychological Consultation, and certification by the National Health Service Providers. I have spent many years developing and running hospital treatment programs for children, adolescents, and adult victims of abuse. I am the clinical supervisor for all of APC’s therapists. We strive to provide a continuous learning environment for our agency, and this has created a high quality staff.


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Licensed Professional Counselor, Chief Compliance Officer

Education: Master of Science— Education Counseling/Concordia University-Wisconsin, Mequon, WI; Bachelor of Arts— Journalism/University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Karen Drexler works primarily with adults and adolescents, but also enjoys working with families, couples, and some younger children. She is trained in working with traumatized individuals and uses an integrative approach in her therapy. Techniques include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, client-centered, and strategic family therapy, among others. One of her professional goals is to always to be working in a helping profession where she is continuously challenged and has a positive impact on others.


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Licensed Professional Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor in Training

Education: Masters in Education Counseling/Concordia University, Mequon, WI; Bachelor of Arts/Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI

I help individuals create more meaningful lives and more satisfying relationships by addressing the underlying issues that keep us stuck in an endless cycle of guilt, shame, anxiety, depression, and unresolved emotional and physical abuse. My life-long journey of healing and unfolding to connect with my authentic self and create a more meaningful life full of contentment and joy.

Clinical Interests: Mindfulness; Somatic Experiencing, Psychodynamic Therapy and Inner Child;  Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP);  Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT);  Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT); Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Motivational Interviewing.

Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Behavioral Issues, Loss/Grief, Sexual Abuse, Family Conflict, Domestic Abuse, Relationship Issues, Parenting, Anger Management, and Coping Skills.

Populations: I work with Individuals, Adolescents, Adults, Families, and Groups.


Sheila Bowman, MS, LPC, NCCSheila Bowman.jpg

Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Education: Master of Science— Community Counseling/University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI; Bachelor of Science— Psychology/University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI

Specialties: Mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma and attachment-related issues, compulsive disorders including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Disorders (AODA). I have additional education and experience in Marriage & Family Therapy and greatly enjoy working with couples and families to help resolve relationship-related issues.

Clinical Interests: Individuals, adults, couples, families, and groups. Attachment-related problems and the effects that trauma and attachment issues may have on an individual throughout the lifespan, the effects on his/her relationships with others, and the effects passed from generation to generation.

Clinical Orientation: I use a holistic and Integrative psychotherapy approach by incorporating Humanistic, Family Systems, and Psychodynamic therapies, Attachment Theory, Trauma Informed, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Personal Interests: Spending time with family and animals, the outdoors/nature, taking walks with my dog, photography, gymnastics, funny movies, and the “little things” in life.


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Psychologist

Education: Doctor of Psychology & Master’s of Science—Clinical Psychology/Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, Milwaukee, WI; Bachelor of Arts—Psychology/University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI

Specialties: Depression, anxiety, grief, anger management, relationship issues, parenting, couples/marital challenges, issues of self-esteem/codependence, clinical narcissism, and trauma/dissociation. I use cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, client-centered, solution-focused, and psychoeducational modalities.

Clinical Interests: I strive to apply evidence-based treatment approaches to presenting issues with tailored interventions. I work with clients as active participants in exploring the depth of their challenges so that we may collaboratively develop helpful strategies for positive outcomes. I greatly enjoy using a laid-back, conversational style to explore the many known and hidden strengths, talents, and resources of those with whom I meet. In providing therapy, I sincerely hope to offer a warm, accepting, and empathic relationship that clients may use for their personal growth, feel cared about, and be deeply heard. Further interests include the therapeutic use of metaphor and the art of story-telling to promote experiential learning and lasting change.

Personal Learning: Spending time with my family, both teaching and learning from my two young children; bicycling, playing video games, watching comedies, reading poetry, and trying new foods, reading about most things in psychology and to become a better/different therapist every year.


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Licensed Professional Counselor

Education: Master of Science—Rehabilitation Counseling/University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI; Bachelor of Arts— Community Education/University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Behavioral Issues, Loss/Grief, Sexual Abuse, Family Conflict, Domestic Abuse, Relationship Issues, Parenting, Anger Management, and Coping Skills.

Clinical Interests: Individual, Adolescents, Adults, Families, and Groups

Clinical Style: I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, Motivational, Solution Focused, and Interpersonal Therapy.

Personal Interests: Spending time with family, singing, shopping, volunteering in church and community, and movies.


anna-grecoAnnamaria Greco, LPC, SAC-IT

Licensed Professional Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor in Training

Education: Master of Arts—Clinical Psychology/Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI; Bachelor of Arts— Psychology/Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI.

Specialties and Clinical Interests: Youth, Adults, Trauma, Autism, Anxiety disorders, Grief/adjustment.

Clinical Style: I utilize Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Person-centered, and Humanistic therapies.

Personal Interests: I love spending time with my family, being outdoors, exercising, shopping, and country music.


khKaren Henry, LPC, CSAC

Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor

Education: Master of Science—Community Counseling/Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI; Bachelor of Arts—Sociology/University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Specialties: Substance Abuse disorders – 5 years’ experience working with adult clients addicted to opiates. I particularly have experience working with the affected spouses and parents of all substance addicted people.  I have some/limited experience working with addicted adolescents. Other specialties include: Women’s issues – relationships, children, empty nests, codependency and general dysfunctional systems. Effects of Trauma & abuse.

Clinical Interests: Trauma informed care, CBT, emotion-focused, eclectic

Personal Interests: Music/concerts, festivals, kayaking….almost anything around water! Watching & being with my teen and adult children grow up to be good people. Learning about anything!


KH Photo 6-2021Katharina Hren, LPC, SAC-IT

Licensed Professional Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor in Training

Education: MA in Foreign Language & Literature, UW-Milwaukee & Freie Universitaet, Berlin, Germany; MS Community Psychology, Alverno College; Certified Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher.
(Languages studied: German – native speaker, French, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, Sanskrit, Turkish.)

Specialties: Trauma-Informed Care, Dissociative Disorders, Mindfulness Approach and Practices, Somatic Psychology/Yoga, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Compassionate Inquiry, Hypnotherapy, Creative Writing/Mindful Journaling, Storytelling, Eco-Therapy.

Clinical Interests: Dissociative Disorders, Trauma, Depression, Trauma, Racial and Multicultural Issues, At Risk Youth, Spirituality, Grief.

Clinical Style: Person-Centered, Somatic & Mindfulness-Based, Trauma-Informed.

Personal Interests: Yoga, Meditation, Philosophy, Walking in Nature, Poetry/Creative Writing, Travel.


ckChris Krzyston, MS, APSW

Advanced Practice Social Worker

Education: Master of Science—Clinical Psychology/Illinois State University, Normal, IL; Bachelor of Arts—Psychology/University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee; Milwaukee, WI

Specialties: I enjoy working with adolescents and adults who are affected by mood and anxiety disorders, traumatic experiences, grief/loss issues, eating disorders, and relationships issues.

Clinical Interests: I use a compassionate, client-centered, strength-based approach with clients and is continually inspired by their resiliency. I have worked in several mental health settings, including a college counseling center, a county child and family services agency, inpatient behavioral health, residential care, day treatment, and intensive outpatient programs.

Personal Interests: Traveling, hiking, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.


toni tavitaToni Tavita Martinez, LPC-IT

Licensed Professional Counselor in Training

Education: Bachelor of Arts—Psychology and Africology & Bachelor of Science— Kinesiology/University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI; Master of Arts—Clinical Psychology and Diversity/Cardinal Stritch College, Milwaukee, WI; & Currently attending the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute

Specialties: My Specialties include trauma, youth, and assisting people to open their hearts to have courage to be their best selves.

Clinical Interests: Somatic Psychology, Trauma, Positive psychology, Wholistic mental health & well-being.

Personal Interests: I love physical activities, meditation, spirituality, culture and diversity.


Namowicz Picture 5-2021Ariel Namowicz, LCSW, SAC-IT

Advanced Practice Social Worker

Education: Master of Social Work/University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI; Bachelors in Arts—Social Welfare and Justice & Sociology/Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 

Specialties: Mood Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, PTSD, Self-Esteem, Behavioral concerns, concerns with interpersonal relationships, Domestic Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Family conflict, Anger management, attachment issues and Coping skills.

Clinical Interests: I strive to help others with person-centered, strengths-based therapy. I specialize in trauma, with a certificate in trauma-informed care, and I meet the client where they are for our journey through healing from trauma.

Clinical Style: I use a mixture of different therapy modalities- with a focus on Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, attachment theory and Mindfulness. I take a holistic approach in empowering the client to strive towards self-evolution and change. One of my main goals as a therapist is to help guide the client to be more present in their everyday lives and achieve contentment.  

Personal Interests: Reading, Music, Film, Sports, Animals, Gardening, coffee and laughing with friends and family.


Rosalina Solorzano, APSW, SAC-IT 

Advanced Practice Social Worker

Education: Master of Social Work/Aurora University, Aurora, IL; Bachelor of Arts—Psychology/University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, Whitewater, WI

Specialties: Addiction, Adjustment Disorder, Anger Management, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Family Conflict, Grief and Loss, Relationship Issues, Shame, Stress Management, and Trauma and PTSD.

Clinical Interests: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Systems Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Trauma-Informed Therapy.

Clinical Style: I offer a warm, accepting, and empathic space where clients can explore their issues/concerns and work through them in a relaxed and casual fashion. My goal is to encourage change and growth based on clients’ level of readiness to change.

Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, reading, watching movies, road trips, and traveling.


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Psychologist

Education: Doctorate of Psychology/Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, Milwaukee, WI; Master of Science— Clinical Psychology/Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, Milwaukee, WI

Specialties: I specialize in working with children, adolescents and adults who are survivors of trauma (physical, sexual abuse, and neglect), with a special interest in those who experience dissociative symptoms.

I also enjoy working with individuals of all ages who have attachment problems, those with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. I also perform psychological testing, with a focus on assessing dissociative disorders, attachment problems, and trauma.

Clinical Interests: I use a psychodynamically-informed therapy style. I believe in the value of delving deep into issues in order to discover their origins and to work through them. I also use trauma and dissociation-focused assessments and treatment so that these often overlooked symptoms are not ignored. I believe in holistic treatment and value the treatment of the entire person: body, mind, and spirit.

 Personal Interests: I enjoy reading, going for walks, hiking, camping, and practicing Tai Chi. I am also an animal-lover and enjoy traveling.


Michael Weidman, MSW, LCSW, SACMike Weidman.jpg

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Substance Abuse Counselor

Education: Master of Social Work (MSW)/University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI; Bachelor of Science— Human Services Leadership/University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI

Specialties: ADHD, Addiction, Anger Management, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, difficult life adjustments, Grief and Loss, Trauma and PTSD, Relationship Issues, Shame, and Stress Management

Clinical Styles: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy

Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family and friends, going for walks with our two King Charles Spaniels, spending time up in Door County, being outdoors, traveling and experiencing other cultures, long distance bicycling, golf, racquetball, snowboarding, technology, and brewing Kombucha tea.


Heather Budzien, LPC, CSAC

Psychotherapist

Education: M.S. Community Psychology from Alverno College, B.S. Psychology from UWM.

Specialties: Veteran’s issues, identity and relationship concerns, self-esteem, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, grief/loss, addiction and substance use, and psychosis.

Clinical Style: I work with individuals, couples and groups, and draw from a number of evidence-based approaches to assist clients in exploring challenges and moving through barriers to wellness and fullness. It is my desire to offer a space of warmth and compassion where natural strength and resiliency can be celebrated and directed toward healing.

Clinical Interests: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma Informed Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy.

Personal Interests: Traveling and experiencing other cultures, being outdoors, yoga, weightlifting, spending time with loved ones. I am also an animal lover and will gladly show you pictures of my dogs!


profile pic 2Kristen Vareka LPC, CSAC, NCC

Education: Master of Arts – Marquette University, Bachelor of Science – UW-Green Bay

Specialties/Clinical Interests: I work with adults experiencing a variety of issues including substance use/abuse; anger management; relationship or interpersonal concerns; coping skills and/or stress management; mood/anxiety disorders; psychosis; and overall adjustment or life transitions. I have additional education and training in addiction and harm reduction.

Clinical Style: I strive to understand each person’s individual story as well as their unique goals and motivations for engaging in therapy. I offer a collaborative and relaxed approach and believe authenticity and empathy are crucial in the therapeutic relationship. It is my goal to provide individualized care by integrating elements of person-centered, cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing – all within a trauma-informed and strengths-based framework.

Personal Interests: I enjoy reading, traveling, vegetarian cooking and spending time with family and friends. I also love being in nature whether it’s in the canoe, walking my dog or sitting around a bonfire.


Samantha Lueloff, MS, LPC, CSAC

Education: M.S. Community Psychology with a focus in Counseling from Alverno College; B.S. Psychology from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Specialties: Eating disorders, anxiety disorders (OCD, Generalized Anxiety, Panic Disorder), trauma, boundary and relationship concerns, depression and mood disorders. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Prolonged Exposure (PE) for trauma treatment, as well as Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD and anxiety disorders.

Clinical Interests: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma Informed Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy.

Specialties: Eating disorders, anxiety disorders (OCD, Generalized Anxiety, Panic Disorder), trauma, boundary and relationship concerns, depression and mood disorders. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Prolonged Exposure (PE) for trauma treatment, as well as Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD and anxiety disorders.

Clinical Style: I enjoy working with adolescents and adults, drawing from a variety of person centered and evidence-based approaches to assist clients exploring and overcoming challenges to move towards wellness and autonomy.

Clinical Interests: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma Informed Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy.

Personal Interests: Reading and writing, a variety of crafts and DIY projects, gardening (despite my brown thumb), and spending time with family and my two cats and two dogs.


Towler Photo 5-2021Annette Towler MSW, APSW

Education: Masters in Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Masters in Experimental Psychology, San Francisco State University; BsC in Psychology and Anthropology, University of London.

Specialties: Anxiety and depression, grief, relationships and attachment, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, abuse, and trauma-related issues.

Clinical Interests: Adults, couples, and groups. Focus on enabling individuals to build healthy and flourishing lives through improvements in self and in relationships with others.

Clinical Style: Person-centered, attachment and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing, and strengths-based approach. I have a compassionate approach to helping clients through showing empathy and increasing client self-determination.

Personal Interests: In my spare time, I enjoy running. I have run several marathons including the Boston Marathon. I also write fiction and poetry.