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 originally received attachment training through the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio by Arleta James. She has also trained with author and researcher, Dr. Arthur Becker-Weidman, through The Center for Family Development and is certified as an Attachment-Focused Family Therapist. In addition, Pat Ann has training in HEG and EEG Neurofeedback with Dr. Ed Hamlin. 

 

 

Pat Ann has trained twice at the BTTI for the treatment of OCD; once for children and adolescents and another time for general OCD. She has trained in Heart Math, Interactive Metronome, and Sensory Processing and Regulation issues. Most recently, Pat Ann completed a certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy. 

 

Pat Ann was a recipient of the 2019 In Search of Excellence Award, sponsored by the Wisconsin Family Based Services Association. In addition, Pat Ann was on the Board for the Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children (ATTACh) from 2009-2011. She was a contributing author in "Hope for Healing: A Parent's Guide to Trauma and Attachment," by ATTACh.

Pat Ann is not accepting new clients at this time

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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.  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. 

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Amanda Field, Billing Specialist/Book-keeper

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. 

 

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Emily Krause, MSW, LCSW

Building a positive and trusting therapeutic relationship as a vehicle for growth is at the core of Emily's practice.  She is compassionate about providing clients with a warm, supportive space to explore and discover the possibility of change.  Emily enjoys working with clients to find helpful tools and strategies to cope with challenges.  She is dedicated to identifying and building on clients' strengths, promoting self-awareness, and helping clients build meaningful relationships.

 

Emily is a WI Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She has worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings and has experience helping people with a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties.  Emily uses a humanistic and strengths-based perspective and employs a range of approaches including solution-focused, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral techniques. 

  

Emily is available Tuesday and Friday

 

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Rex Connely, Operations Manager 

Rex Connely is the newest addition to the Healing Hearts management team. Rex has worked in the healthcare industry since 2002. He has extensive experience in safety and training and worked several years in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry programs. His most recent work experience was Director of Operations at a multicomplex assisted living facility specializing in memory care. Rex enjoys “helping people help others” and that is what brought him to Healing Hearts.  Rex’s role is to give business structure and support to our team of therapists so they may give the best possible care to their clients and operational support to the administrative side. 

 

Outside of work, Rex enjoys spending time with his wife of 22 years and 3 children.  Their favorite family activity is to travel and experience diverse places of interest throughout our country and the world. His entire family has been to all 50 states and nearly all national parks.

 

Rex is available Monday - Thursday

 

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Jennifer Hector, MA, LMFT

Jennifer loves using play-based techniques to help children heal and has spent the past 15 years enjoying every minute! She has specialized training in Theraplay, Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, the Nurtured Heart Approach, Sensory Processing Disorders, ABA, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Developmental Trauma Treatment, and Yoga Teacher Training for the Special Child. In addition, she uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Somatic Therapy. Currently Jennifer is training with author and researcher, Dr. Art Becker-Weidman, in Family Focused Attachment Therapy.

 

Jennifer has vast experience which includes working in public schools, behavioral support in the home, and general and specialized therapy in clinics. Jennifer has extensive training in sensory processing disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, attachment therapy, trauma resolution and mindfulness practices.

She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University specializing in Somatic Psychology and Developmental Trauma and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University.

 

Jennifer is available Monday through Thursday 

 

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Knou Xiong MSW CAPSW  

Knou loves to make a difference in the lives of others. Building strong connections and relationships are central in her work. Knou is an empathic listener and is able to be present and responsive. She enjoys being an advocate for clients, listens to their needs, and helps clients feel supported. Knou enjoys looking at the bigger picture to help people better understand their situation, and what is happening to them. She sees herself as a change agent to help improve circumstances. Knou is encouraged when she sees positive change, especially when others can start doing things they could not do before! 

Knou has experience working with children and families from pregnancy to adulthood. Her experience includes working with clients in the home, non-profit organizations and schools. Knou has counseling experience around social emotional skills, life changes, social adjustment, and protective safety behaviors. She has conducted parent interviews, and child developmental histories and assessments. Knou has served as a liaison between school, home, and community to advocate and coordinate services and referrals for children who face issues such as disabilities, abuse/neglect, homelessness, and poverty. 

 

Knou is available Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. 

 

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Paityn Albers, MS, MFT-IT

Paityn enjoys looking beyond the symptoms and finding new ways to engage in therapy. Her art therapy background has helped her to realize there are many ways to help people progress. She likes to use alternative methods to assist in moving clients forward in treatment. 

 

Paityn has experience as a therapeutic art facilitator, a direct line therapist providing ABA treatment with small children diagnosed with autism and has worked with veterans at the VA. Most recently, Paityn provided services to people who were incarcerated to assist in reducing maladaptive behavior. 

 

Paityn is a Prepare & Enrich Marriage Facilitator and has a Bachelors in Art Therapy from Edgewood College.  She has experience with developmental delays, sensory processing, trauma, working with parents and the family system, child, individual and group counseling as well as addiction counseling.

 

Paityn is available Monday through Friday 

 

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Debra Lins, MSED, LPC  

Debb has spent the past 20+ years enjoying working with children, adolescents, teenagers,  families and adults. Debb is exceptional at developing a safe space to build a trusting relationship. She is passionate about meeting people where they are while empowering and supporting them in achieving their goals. Debb enjoys guiding people through change, helping overcome the effects of trauma, identifying and solving problems, and helping others let go of what could be holding them back.

 

In addition, due to Debb’s background working in the educational system, Debb is passionate about working with school-aged children, providing support and tools for parents, and working with schools and educational staff to promote success for every child. This work often includes emotional regulation, establishing healthy boundaries, relationship building and identification of triggers. 

 

Debb has experience in both community mental health and educational settings. She employs a strengths-based perspective and utilizes a range of approaches including mindfulness, dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma-informed care, solution-focused, and cognitive-behavioral techniques. Debb holds two Master's Degrees; one in Counselor Education and another Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.

 

Deb has training as a substance abuse counselor, in dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and domestic violence. Debb is also a Licensed School Counselor who works full-time as a school counselor and part-time at Healing Hearts.     

 

Debb is available Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. 

 

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Brennan Porter MS, LPC-IT  

Brennan loves working with children and adolescents.  He enjoys pulling from people’s strengths and accomplishments, using their own skills to help them overcome new challenges. He is passionate about helping people facing these difficulties early on, assisting clients in building self-confidence of their own abilities, so that they can adapt to issues at home and in their daily lives. Brennan enjoys adapting self-talk to build confidence for change.

 

Brennan has experience working with mindfulness, expressive arts, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), career planning, and life transitions. He has trained in the Safe and Sound Protocol and is currently training in the Integrated Listening System. In addition, Brennan has experience with neurofeedback. Currently, Brennan is training with author and researcher, Dr. Arthur Becker-Weidman in Family Focused Attachment Therapy. Brennan has worked with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, people on the Autism spectrum, and individuals with substance use. 

  

Brennan is available Monday through Friday

 

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Lindsey Reeves, MSW  

Lindsey is a dedicated social worker with 10 years of work in crisis and trauma intervention, adoption, social services, family, and child advocacy fields. Lindsey has extensively trained in trauma, CBT, attachment therapies, pregnancy loss, pre and post-adoption counseling, sexual abuse, and human trafficking. Over the course of her career, Lindsey has been privileged to work alongside adoptive and foster families in various capacities. Her background includes working as a Director of Social Services where she conducted adoption home studies and post-placement follow-up, managed a shelter, and as a therapist in both outpatient and inpatient counseling settings. Lindsey is passionate about providing a safe, non-judgmental and supportive space where individuals are able to discover healthy and creative ways to communicate their needs.

  

Lindsey is available Monday & Thursday evenings for telehealth services

Not accepting new clients at this time. 

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Kayla Van Den Busch, MSE, LPC-IT, NCC

Kayla is optimistic about working with individuals who are feeling “stuck.” She focuses on creating a comfortable setting for each client. She likes to explore the deeper causes of clients’ symptoms and provide education on ways to grow. Her approaches to therapy include using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFBT).  Currently Kayla is training with author and researcher, Dr. Arthur Becker-Weidman, in Family Focused Attachment Therapy.

 

Kayla has experience with both children and adults in the inpatient psychiatric setting and specializes in helping those struggling with depression and anxiety. She is a LGBTQ+ advocate.

 

Kayla holds a Master of Education in Science from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Kayla has received specialized training as a Neurofeedback Specialist and is an Interactive Metronome practitioner.  

 

 Kayla is available Monday through Friday

 

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Leah Garrison MA,  

Leah enjoys working with pre-teens and adolescents because she appreciates their humor. Leah prides herself in being able to take the time and really listen to what her clients are saying. She feels like a big part of working with this population is using humor. In addition, she acknowledges the struggles they are going through, especially when people feel isolated or as though they do not fit in with peers. During that time in our lives, “It’s a big time for pre-teens and adolescents to be exploring different paths in their lives.” She’s aware they are often faced with a lot of pressure academically and socially. Leah loves working with and walking with people through their journey!

 

Leah has experience working with individuals who have struggled with attention-related issues, conduct disorder, autism, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, anxiety, depression, anger, and aggression. Leah has experience working with adolescents under DCFS guardianship, ages 6-16 at a residential setting. Leah uses a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered approach and enjoys incorporating art into therapy.  Currently Leah is training with author and researcher, Dr. Arthur Becker-Weidman in Family Focused Attachment Therapy. In addition, Leah is receiving training in the Integrated Listening and Safe and Sound Programs.

 

Leah is available Monday through Friday

 

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Amanda Lo, MSW, APSW  

Amanda is empathic, compassionate, and communicates warmth and safety in therapy. She has been known to be grounding! Amanda has experience working with anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, and adjustment disorders with late teens and adults. Amanda has provided individual, group, and crisis intervention. 

 

Currently Amanda works with adults in higher education who are completing their degrees. Amanda has piloted a Student Color Support Group and has partnered with higher education departments to engage students of color to work toward mental health access. Amanda has also been involved in Southeast Asian community outreach and has offered several outreach presentations regarding adjustments, transitions, and stress.  Amanda conversationally speaks Hmong. 

 

Amanda will be available soon. 

 

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Leah Garrison MA,  

Leah enjoys working with pre-teens and adolescents because she appreciates their humor. Leah prides herself in being able to take the time and really listen to what her clients are saying. She feels like a big part of working with this population is using humor. In addition, she acknowledges the struggles they are going through, especially when people feel isolated or as though they do not fit in with peers. During that time in our lives, “It’s a big time for pre-teens and adolescents to be exploring different paths in their lives.” She’s aware they are often faced with a lot of pressure academically and socially. Leah loves working with and walking with people through their journey!

 

Leah has experience working with individuals who have struggled with attention-related issues, conduct disorder, autism, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, anxiety, depression, anger, and aggression. Leah has experience working with adolescents under DCFS guardianship, ages 6-16 at a residential setting. Leah uses a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered approach and enjoys incorporating art into therapy.  Currently Leah is training with author and researcher, Dr. Arthur Becker-Weidman in Family Focused Attachment Therapy. In addition, Leah is receiving training in the Integrated Listening and Safe and Sound Programs.

 

Leah is available Monday through Friday

 

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Brennan Porter, MS, LPC-IT 

Brennan loves working with children and adolescents.  He enjoys pulling from people’s strengths and accomplishments, using their own skills to help them overcome new challenges. He is passionate about helping people facing these difficulties early on, assisting clients in building self-confidence of their own abilities, so that they can adapt to issues at home and in their daily lives. Brennan enjoys adapting self-talk to build confidence for change.

 

Brennan has experience working with mindfulness, expressive arts, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), career planning, and life transitions. He has trained in the Safe and Sound Protocol and is currently training in the Integrated Listening System. In addition, Brennan has experience with neurofeedback. Currently, Brennan is training with author and researcher, Dr. Arthur Becker-Weidman in Family Focused Attachment Therapy. Brennan has worked with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, people on the Autism spectrum, and individuals with substance use. 

  

Brennan is available Monday through Friday

  

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Kayla Van Den Busch, MSE, LPC-IT 

Kayla is optimistic about working with individuals who are feeling “stuck.” She focuses on creating a comfortable setting for each client. She likes to explore the deeper causes of clients’ symptoms and provide education on ways to grow. Her approaches to therapy include using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFBT).  Currently Kayla is training with author and researcher, Dr. Arthur Becker-Weidman, in Family Focused Attachment Therapy.

 

Kayla has experience with both children and adults in the inpatient psychiatric setting and specializes in helping those struggling with depression and anxiety. She is a LGBTQ+ advocate.

 

Kayla holds a Master of Education in Science from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Kayla has received specialized training as a Neurofeedback Specialist and is an Interactive Metronome practitioner.  

 

 Kayla is available Monday through Friday

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Amanda Lo, MSW, APSW 

Amanda enjoys getting to know people!  She likes people to “come as they are.” She is interested in learning about people’s experiences, concerns, and vulnerabilities. She enjoys using humor, analogies, and metaphors in therapy. 

 

She has experience working with college students; undergraduate, graduate, and Ph D students in higher education. Amanda has experience with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, crisis intervention, anger management, childhood trauma and family of origin concerns, identity, career development and values. She also works with posttraumatic growth and empowerment.

 

Outside of work, Amanda enjoys doing anything outdoors but especially likes hiking, biking, and swimming. She enjoys cooking, eating and trying new restaurants.

 

Amanda is available Monday & Wednesday evenings for telehealth services

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