OUR STAFF

Pat Ann St. Germain, MA, LPC

Pat Ann is the Director and Owner of Healing Hearts Family Counseling Center, LLC. When Pat Ann worked with children and adults who were adopted, she saw the potential for change. She found with therapy alone, something was still missing. She became curious about the underpinnings and committed her career to understanding what those things were and what was missing to make lasting change.  On that journey,    Pat Ann discovered underlying neurological implications of many mental health-related issues.  This journey led her to develop the program she has created at Healing Hearts.

 

Pat Ann is passionate about sharing and educating others through collaboration and training. She continues to train others to identify symptoms, where they originate in the brain and the root of the issue. 

 

Pat Ann has extensive training with leaders in the field of attachment and adoption. She has been heavily influenced by her experience in sensory processing and regulation and Neurofeedback. She was introduced to essential oils and the use of the olfactory system in how it supports healing, especially with regards to trauma. Currently, Pat Ann is an Instructor with the Aroma Freedom Academy.  

 

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Heather Edge, MSW, LCSW

Heather is passionate about helping children and families heal from past trauma and find success in building healthy relationships. Heather strives to create a safe space where clients can feel supported and understood, even as they deal with challenges and painful experiences. She works with a wide range of presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, attachment, relationship and parenting concerns.  Heather has worked extensively with foster youth, families, and children who have been adopted and seeks to find ways to help with healing. She uses a strength-based perspective to help families produce the change that is desired.

 

Heather values specialized training with leading authors in the field. She has received certificates from the Trauma Institute of Boston, EMDR and Behavior Therapy Training for the treatment of OCD through Behavioral Therapy Training Institute. She has been trained in the STAT™ model for treatment, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and certified as an Attachment-Focused Family Therapist, DIR Floortime, and the Aroma Freedom Technique. Heather is an associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Social Work.

 

 

Heather is available Tuesday-Friday

 

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Leah Thompson, COTA, MA, LPC​

Child and family struggles have been the focus of Leah’s professional career for over 15 years.  She strives to enhance the lives of those she works with, whether it be working with a child who has experienced developmental trauma, suffers from extreme anxiety or obsessional thoughts and acts or the daily challenges we all face.  Leah has worked with children and adults in many settings, including family homes, classrooms and private clinics.  Leah places a high priority in training with the leading authors and theorists in her field.  Developing a trusting therapeutic relationship is her goal when dealing with painful experiences and personal challenges.  Leah is a National Licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and WI Licensed Professional Counselor.  She has received specialized training as a Neurofeedback Specialist, Interactive Metronome practitioner, Level I Aromatherapist and attachment training with Dr. Art Becker-Weidman.  She also received certificates from the Trauma Institute of Boston, TheraPlay Institute and Behavioral Therapy Training Institute.  Trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Synergistic Trauma and Attachment Therapy Model, DIR Floortime, Aroma Freedom Technique, and is currently working towards certification in Obsessive Compulsive disorders. 

 

Leah is available Monday-Thursday

 

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Monika Nischik MS, LMFT

Monika is a Licensed Marriage and Therapist. Monika began her career as a job coach, supporting adults with developmental disabilities. She has worked extensively with individuals with autism across the lifespan and has a passion for finding creative solutions to ongoing issues and concerns. Monika believes in a relationship focused approach and is skilled at incorporating kid friendly and sensory smart strategies in therapy. Monika has a passion for working with children, adolescents and adults; her goal is engagement with clients, fostering healthy attachments and incorporating sensory based and interactive therapies into her practice. Monika has completed training as a Certified Adoption Competent Therapist, BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board) verified course sequence in Applied Behavior Analysis and additional trainings through the International OCD foundation. She is also trained in the Aroma Freedom Technique.  Monika is dedicated to building a strong relationship with you in a supportive and nurturing environment.

 

Monika is available Monday-Thursday

 

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Anne Elizabeth Smith, MA, LPC

Anne works collaboratively with people, so they can feel safe as they begin to take an honest look at their thoughts, feelings, and emotions. She assists and guides each person in promoting improved insight, providing hope to continue, and holding space for each person to experience, process, and express genuine emotions. The therapeutic relationship promotes change and establishes a supportive working environment that can translate into everyday life.   

 

Anne has served children and families from a multitude of unique perspectives as a social worker prior to becoming a counselor. She worked in schools facilitating and guiding youth in life skills development, employment skills and, peer supportive behaviors. She also taught in preschools and developed age appropriate curriculum that promoted fun and appropriate social-emotional development.  Anne worked with underserved youth while residing within a teen-shelter setting and after-school program.  Lastly, Anne supported and trained adults with disabilities in job development skills.

 

Anne is a WI Licensed Professional Counselor.  She has received specialized training in attachment through Dr. Art Becker-Weidman, has received Anxiety/OCD training through IOCDF and is trained in the Aroma Freedom Technique. 

 

Anne is available Monday - Friday

 

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Cathy Brock, MA, LPC-IT

Family dynamics and healthy relationships are the centers of Cathy’s professional focus.  She looks to find underlying issues including past trauma history, attachment concerns, and current family strife to guide her in therapy. Cathy works with children, adolescents, and adults using a relationship-focused approach to help build a trusting therapeutic environment. Cathy has extensive knowledge working with neurological and behavioral disorders in her practice. Cathy is dedicated to building a strong family system with each client to assure success beyond therapy sessions.  Cathy is a WI Licensed Professional Counselor IT. She has received specialized training as a Neurofeedback Specialist and as an Interactive Metronome Provider.  She also has additional certificates in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Aroma Therapy Technique, Intensive Trauma Training, and advanced training as a Certified Adoption Competent Therapist.  She is constantly striving to learn more about mental health issues and how they impact daily living. 

 

Cathy is available Monday-Wednesday.

 

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Sally R. Young, Ph.D., LPC

Sally has been supporting individuals with autism and their families since 1983. She holds a Masters’ degree in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Special Education. Her research and advanced training has focused on the sensory, movement, and communication difficulties often experienced by individuals on the spectrum. Upon completion of graduate school, Sally was the co-principal investigator on two research grants. One of those research projects was the basis for her book, Real People, Regular Lives: Autism, Communication, and Quality of Life. In her clinical work, Sally uses an eclectic approach that includes CBT, attachment and relationship-building, yoga, affect regulation, expressive arts, positive behavior support, alternative communication modalities, and strategies for sensory/movement issues.

 

Sally works out of her own office located at 1250 Femreight Dr. Suite 202, Madison.  She is available Monday-Thursday.

 

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Sarah Peters, MS, OTR/L

Sarah is passionate about teaching parents how to support the body and quiet the nervous system so kids can take in the information around them and learn to be “ok” within their own body and with others.  Sarah is a licensed Occupational Therapist. She began her career in the Denver metro area working in schools and Birth to 3. While in Colorado, Sarah had the opportunity to take extensive training through the Star Center, a leader in SPD research. In 2008, Sarah moved to Madison, WI where she has continued her work with pediatrics in private outpatient care and Birth to 3. Sarah has committed to specializing her OT practice in sensory processing disorders, trauma recovery, attachment, and mental health related issues that impact family and daily life. Sarah has specialized training through Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute (MNRI), the Neurovascular Institute (NVI) which has similar techniques to Craniosacral Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), the Theraplay Institute, DIR/Floortime, Therapeutic Listening and iLs, and Sequential Oral Sensory approach to feeding (SOS). Reflex integration, sensory based work, and relationship-focused techniques are interwoven into all sessions with Sarah. Sarah is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and loves to incorporate yoga into sessions to further serve her clients with life-long skills and overall well-being.

 

Sarah is available Monday-Friday

 

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Peg Johnson, BA, CMT

At Healing Hearts Family Counseling Center, Peg uses Primitive Reflex Integration to treat children of abuse/neglect, trauma, PTSD, attachment disorder, autism, and developmental delays. She is a strong believer in empowering individuals and families by providing them with the necessary tools and knowledge for home treatment to continue to strengthen the nervous system outside of the clinic. Overall, Peg is dedicated to helping individuals restore their natural neurodevelopment processes to optimize learning and enrichment of human potential.  After earning her degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa, Peg worked for a decade as a social worker specializing in the treatment of sexual abuse. She attended extensive training in California with Dr. Henry Giaretto, who was a pioneer in treating child sexual abuse. Years later, she explored bodywork as a vehicle to help others and received additional training with John Barnes, P.T. in Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute. Peg went on to complete neurodevelopment certifications in Brain Gym, where she discovered Dr. Svetlana Masgutova and the profound work of Masgutova Neuro-Sensory-Motor Reflex Integration (MNRI®).

 

In 2005, Peg began her training with MNRI® and is now a Core Specialist with Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute. In addition, she has received training in Touch for Health Kinesiology, Rhythmic Movement Training, and applied Essential Oils use to enhance her strategies to help her clients find healing.

 

Peg is available on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays

 

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Denise Juve, COTA

Denise joined the Healing Hearts team in February 2014 and is excited to be able to continue to grow, learn and work in a setting where people can become more regulated through their mind and body and strive towards their highest potential.  Denise has had extensive training as well as work experience with a broad range of clients in a variety of settings from infants, children, adolescents, and elderly that has helped her gather a vast knowledge base since she graduated from Madison College in 1994.  As a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Denise’s emphasis has been primarily based on Sensory Integration and the overall importance of Regulation.  In 1997 she began training in Cranial Sacral Therapy, she has received specialized training as a Neurofeedback Specialist, Interactive Metronome practitioner and received certification from the Trauma Institute of Boston.

 

Denise is available Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays

 

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Trischia Bindley, Office Manager

After 20 years in retail management, Trischia changed career paths hoping to make a difference. 

Trischia joined Healing Hearts in 2016.  Trischia strives to make a difference in children’s lives. Trischia has been an active member of her children’s parent group at school for the last 6 years, coordinating fundraisers and family fun nights.  She is responsible for all office procedures/needs, scheduling, maintaining accurate systems, working with outside agencies and staff to ensure smooth and accurate patient care.  In addition, Trischia answers the phone and staffs the reception desk. She is always there to help any patient that comes in as well as her Healing Hearts family. Trischia enjoys being a witness to the benefits of mental health therapy. 

 

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Amanda Field, Billing Specialist/Bookkeeper

Amanda enjoys working with the people at Healing Hearts.  Many have become like family, and she loves watching them continue to make a positive difference in the lives of friends, families, and the community. Amanda has been with Healing Hearts since 2011.  She is the clinics Billing Specialist and manages patient accounts and billing records at Healing Hearts.  Amanda has a Liberal Arts Degree, Civil Engineering Technician Degree, and a Medical Billing Specialist certificate.