Licensed Professional Counselor, Nancy L, LPC, NCC
Ever feel stuck with thoughts running through your mind all day? Perhaps you are stuck in a thought loop that never seems to turn off. We are here to help you navigate through the "muck" and help you find a way to become "unstuck." At Expanding Hope Counseling Services, we believe in getting our clients in to see us as soon as possible. That is why we hired new clinicians to meet the growing need for therapists in our area. Immediate openings available and reduced private pay fees for some clinicians. Call our office today!
I offer a compassionate, open and supportive environment to help you create the life you want to live. Your goals and personal journey guide the sessions. My specialty is couple relationships, with an emphasis on healthy and helpful communication. I also work with both adolescents and adults in the treatment of anxiety, depression and anger management. I use both solution focused and mindfulness approaches to assist you in resolving the challenges you are facing. I also help families at all stages of life improve their family interactions and communication, and create a fulfilling loving family life.
Life can be complicated, wrought with difficult challenges, unexpected events, and seemingly impossible choices. Everyone encounters unique experiences that shape who we are. Some of those experiences can be painful and cause us to question, doubt ourselves, or live with emotional pain. Sometimes, we need someone to talk to and unload our burdens. I will help you to gain insight into what may be keeping you feeling like you cannot move forward and help you to find healing within. I will customize the best plan for you and together we will journey to discover your strengths and accessing your inner power. I am here for you.
If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, I can help you become a participant in your own change. If you've experienced grief or trauma, I offer a safe space in which to unpack it. I believe in letting you know exactly what is going on through the entire therapeutic process, so you will never be in the dark about my intentions or the direction you are going. I am especially effective at helping you deconstruct and examine your role in existing issues. We will develop practical, everyday skills to help make you a more mindful, self-aware person.
I am a mental health counselor and a Holy Fire III Karuna Reiki Master Practitioner and a Certified Advanced ThetaHealer. During counseling sessions, I interweave traditional therapy practices with the energy healing techniques of Reiki, and am also informed by ThetaHealing and Pranic Healing techniques, and by my learnings from my Shamanic studies. I incorporate spiritual work and forms of energy healing into counseling sessions to assist people in growth and healing. The goal of our time together is for you to deeply connect with the truth that you have everything inside of you that you need to be whole, happy, and thriving.
Embrace your life story in order to support change that directs you toward growth and a meaningful life. I work to educate and challenge individuals as they make present moment choices that fit their individual life needs. Get strong to stay strong!
Do you experience unwanted obsessions or intrusive thoughts? Do you find yourself engaging in time consuming compulsions, seeking reassurance or avoiding situations or people you care about? It feels like you are losing control and it's exhausting. It is hard to function at work, school, parenting, or relationships. All too often, individuals who experience symptoms like this go without the right kind of help due to fear or shame. Many individuals continue to suffer in silence and may never understand their symptoms to be part of an anxiety disorder, such as obsessive compulsive disorder, and that it is highly treatable!
I offer effective counseling in a private setting. I specialize in Mindful Based Cognitive Therapy for eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. I also offer online therapy through a secure telemedicine website. As a therapist I will work collaboratively with the client to heal psychological wounds, acquire new skills, and find solutions to problems.
I have experience working with children and families struggling with a broad range of behavioral, mental health, and relationship concerns. My areas of specialty include trauma, child sexual abuse, and domestic violence. I have advanced training in Child-Centered Play Therapy and as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. The theory of counseling I adhere to is referred to as Adlerian. This theory posits that individuals are creative, goal-directed, and socially embedded beings who strive for belonging and significance.
I have worked with many people over the years; young children, adolescents, young adults, adults, all with various issues. Many of the clients I see are struggling with anxiety, worries, depression, chemical use, relationship concerns, or parenting dilemmas. Often times, people are most helped by having someone to listen, to help them explore the issue, and to find solutions that work for them. My 35 years of experience have given me insight into what strategies are most effective. I am licensed and skilled in both mental health and chemical use issues.
I believe that most people are naturally inclined toward growth and healing. People move toward self-actualization when life circumstances are right. I work with my clients to identify personal strengths and situational barriers for the purpose of maximizing potential.
I have over 15 years of experience in the counseling field. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults on a variety of personal and interpersonal issues.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to make an appointment or if you have questions of any kind.
My availability is evenings and weekends. Individuals who work Monday - Friday, and need help at a time that can be hard to find someone to connect with are a great fit for me. Those who need help coping with changes in careers, relationships, managing anxiety and/or depression should reach out! Together we can find the path that things will help improve your relationship with yourself and others. I provide realistic, hope infused counseling to help create steps with an individual to reach their goals.
How are you doing right now? Perhaps repetitive thoughts or time sucking rituals are ruining important aspects of your life. Maybe self-doubt, rumination and low confidence are getting in the way of making meaningful connections with people. Obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety or painful life events can create unhelpful patterns in our lives and can sabotage our relationship with ourselves and others. You want to feel better, you want relief and you want connection with others. What if you could experience less anxiety, feel more confident, and be able to approach your day with more surplus?
I'm new to La Crosse, but I'm not new to psychotherapy. For over forty years I've helped individuals and couples heal their emotional wounds. If you grew up in a dysfunctional family, the traumatic effects of that environment, such as anxiety, depression, anger, and relationship problems, are with you to this day. To have the life you want, it is essential to recover from the neglect, abuse, and/or lack of parental attunement from which you may have suffered. I'll collaborate with you to help you understand how your past affects your present, and how you can make the changes you need to improve your life and relationships.
I cannot think of a single person who hasn't hit a bump in the road of life. We all have this happen- you know, times when we go a bit off track. Maybe, it is difficulty at home or couples constantly arguing. Maybe parents and children are not getting along. Perhaps it is more personal: you are just not feeling quite right, are feeling down and depressed, or are anxious and disorganized. Maybe you are struggling with past hurts or trauma. I am here to help.
I have experience working in a variety of clinical settings treating both mental health and addiction issues simultaneously or separately. I offer court-ordered alcohol and drug assessments, DOT assessments as a certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), as well as attorney-ordered assessments. What makes my approach unique, is my ability to adapt treatment to fit your specific needs thereby making a complicated process a little more manageable. When the client can wrap their mind around the problem in a way they've never considered it is the beginning point for effective and meaningful therapy.
You have made it far in life, so I know you are already strong and skilled! Sometimes it can be difficult to see that part of ourselves; we might lose sight of our abilities or be blinded by the stressors we face. Or perhaps the skills and abilities that carried us through past challenges are not supporting us through our current circumstances. My philosophy of care is holistic combining evidence-based practices with a multi-dimensional approach to well-being. I work to support and empower clients in improving their quality of life and achieving their goals.
I'm delighted you have arrived here, after noticing something in you or your life is asking for your attention & care. A willingness to look into your inner self & experience reflects hope in the possibility of transformation. For many, this journey begins with a feeling that something is unbalanced, unresolved, or unreachable. Perhaps you've experienced concern about your emotional & mental well-being for awhile and now sense a readiness to open to your suffering as a pathway to healing. Or something unexpected has compromised your usual way of coping, and you believe uncovering your resilience will move you through the adversity.
As an Air Force Veteran, I understand the hesitancies of seeking help of any kind but especially for mental health. After bearing witness to some of the most difficult life changing circumstances imaginable, and through my own journey of self-discovery and acceptance, I ventured towards becoming a therapist in the pursuit of helping others become the best versions of themselves. Always encouraging, I value the therapeutic relationship, authenticity, and individual responsibility, focusing on the positives in one’s life and not pathology. Life is a "crazy" ride and things can get messy...I am not afraid to join you on that ride.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in La Crosse are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in La Crosse then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in La Crosse, or Child Psychologists in La Crosse.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like La Crosse psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in La Crosse specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.