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Since 1965, our mission has been one of belief.
Building healthy attitudes—toward oneself and others—can take time and the guidance of insightful, caring experts. Our therapists work at Rawhide because they care about the young people we serve. They look at each person who comes in for therapy as a whole person and address the many dynamics of their life including family, friends, community, school and faith. These licensed therapists help young people see their strengths and overcome difficulties to become confident individuals who love themselves and make healthy choices.
Lindley joined Rawhide as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor in September 2019.
She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in human services and a minor in child and family studies from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She received her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
Before Rawhide, Lindley worked at a nonprofit organization, conducting home-based therapeutic services for youth and families to achieve family preservation. She also worked at an inpatient substance abuse rehab as a substance abuse counselor.
Today, Lindley works with outpatient youth, adults, families and couples who struggle with grief/loss, depression, anxiety, trauma, domestic violence, PTSD and personality disorders. She is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and is EAGALA certified in the practice of equine-assisted therapy.
“My passion is to guide and support individuals, couples and families in their journey to function at their fullest and healthiest potential.”
Gabrielle Boehrig, MSE, LPC, SAC-IT, NCC, is a Clinical Therapist Supervisor at our Fond du Lac, Milwaukee and Neenah counseling centers.
She earned her master’s degree in professional counseling and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Before Rawhide, Gabrielle gained experience in inpatient behavioral health units and domestic violence services. She also worked with adults, teens, and families as a dual diagnosis clinician in the Oshkosh area providing individual and group therapy with an emphasis on AODA.
Today, Gabrielle helps families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds reconnect and heal through an empathic approach focusing on the whole person and existing system. Gabrielle utilizes cognitive behavioral interventions along with equine therapy to rewrite unhelpful narratives while incorporating caregivers for longstanding change.
“I found Rawhide after discovering I wanted to help youth break familial patterns and begin to heal from trauma prior to adulthood. I have always felt at peace with equine and being able to combine therapy and horses is a dream come true.”
Shawna joined Rawhide as the clinical therapist supervisor for the Green Bay clinic in September 2022.
She earned her master’s degree in art therapy and counseling from Mount Mary University and her bachelor’s degree in fine arts and education from Florida Atlantic University.
Before Rawhide, she was the executive clinical director of Evolve Healing, a treatment center dedicated to treating eating disorders. Shawna started as an outpatient provider at Evolve in 2013, while also providing art therapy services to clients at Nova Counseling Services in Oshkosh, a 28-day drug and alcohol residential treatment facility. During her ten years at Evolve, Shawna provided three levels of care: outpatient, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization for adults and adolescents in the clinical and leadership capacity.
At Rawhide, she provides guidance to the outpatient therapists and case managers in the Green Bay clinic while also providing individual psychotherapy to adolescents in the youth diversion program and clinic setting. Shawna uses a variety of therapeutic modalities, such as art therapy, experiential therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, tailored to the specific needs and strengths of the clients she serves.
“I believe strongly in working for an organization that has the same values as my own, and it was clear to me when reading about Rawhide and when speaking to various staff at Rawhide during the interview process that this was the right place for me. I very much wanted to work with a team of passionate and compassionate people who work together to help others. Additionally, my childhood mirrors the circumstances of the youth Rawhide serves and is therefore a mission that I personally value and acknowledge to be integral to the future success of at-risk youth.”
Teresa joined Rawhide as a lead therapist in August 2022.
She earned her master’s degree in art therapy from Mount Mary University and her bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Before Rawhide, Teresa worked as a high school art educator, a full-time therapist and piloted an art therapy program for students with emotional and behavioral challenges in Milwaukee Public Schools. She also worked at a residential and outpatient organization for women and their children in alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) rehabilitation.
At Rawhide, Teresa oversees a team of therapists providing mental health services to youth and their families in the Milwaukee Public School District, out of the Milwaukee Counseling Center in Glendale and at Milwaukee Urban Stables. Using a combination of psychoeducation and expressive therapy techniques rooted in trauma-informed practices, wellness approaches in a safe space, and guidance in finding the right tools and unconditional support, Teresa believes everyone can create the lives they were gifted.
“I grew up seeing television commercials for Rawhide when I was younger. I became reacquainted with Rawhide a year ago when working with Milwaukee Urban Stables, where I was piloting a small group of students to see the benefit horses could have on their mental health needs. When I learned Rawhide was hiring therapists, I applied knowing it was an opportunity to continue serving the dismissed youth population I grew to care for because of my own family’s misunderstood journey. The combination of equine-assisted and occupational therapies with psychotherapeutic services sounded like a dream come true. As I continue to witness the steps Rawhide is taking to grow and expand its services and outreach, I knew I wanted to be a part of it and use the best practices possible. It is all my heart ever wanted to do, and I get to be around horses!”
Tina joined Rawhide as a Clinical Therapist Supervisor in December 2022.
She earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Northcentral University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ashford University.
Prior to Rawhide, Tina provided both telehealth therapy and outpatient, in-person therapy. She spent many years in an autism outpatient clinic working with Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy and providing individual and family therapy. She also conducted educational seminars and psychoeducation for schools, medical providers, and specialists to educate about and advocate for autism and mental health. She also worked for a county organization, supervising community mental health programs that support individuals with severe and persistent mental health issues.
At Rawhide, Tina supports the clinical therapy team at the Shiocton location, conducts therapy for individuals and families, and develops any new staff that join the Shiocton office. Tina is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), equine-assisted therapy, solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, contextual therapy, and mindfulness.
“I feel strongly about walking alongside clients as they maneuver through difficult times or process a previous trauma. Supporting and assisting clients in their healing journey from an individual and a systemic perspective is very important to me, and Rawhide believes in supporting and strengthening others, which makes it a great match for me. One of my goals is to always meet clients where they are at and assist them in reaching a healthier and more hopeful place in their lives!”
Amanda joined Rawhide as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in May 2017.
She holds a master’s and educational specialist degrees in clinical mental health from Clemson University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and nutrition from Arizona State University.
Before Rawhide, she worked as an intern at community counseling centers with young adults transitioning back to their communities. She also worked at an inpatient mental health facility with adults.
She is now the lead therapist in Residential Services at Rawhide, where she works with youth, families and couples experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, sexual behavior problems, anger management, grief/loss, life transitions and trauma. She is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and CHAPS Equine-Assisted Therapy.
“I knew from a young age that I wanted to go into the field of mental health. I saw the profound impact a therapist had on the life of a close family member and knew that this work really matters. Being able to provide a safe place for anyone who needs it matters, and I wanted to be a part of that. My initial draw to Rawhide was in working with the residential youth, and that quickly grew into a passion for working with youth and families in the community as well.”
Lisa Behnke, MA, LPC, is a therapist at our Appleton Counseling Center and at Beaming Equine Assisted Services.
She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Trinity International University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from William Smith College in New York.
At Rawhide, she works with youth, women, and married couples struggling with depression, anxiety or relationship difficulties. Additionally, she helps clients with conflict resolution, anger management, parenting, oppositional defiance, Christian spiritual development, conduct disorder, ADHD and grief/loss. Lisa is also trained in CHAPS Equine-Assisted Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
“I love connecting with people and feel passionate about showing the love of Christ to those who are hurting and helping them carry their burdens, connecting them to positive resources, speaking truth, and encouraging them in my counseling sessions. I enjoy teaching and counseling about healthy relationships and healthy decision making while providing hope and motivation towards health and healing.”
Dorothy joined Rawhide as a social worker in the living units in 2002 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 2011.
She has a master’s degree in social work (MSW) with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
She joined the Rawhide team after graduating with her BSW in 2002 and started working in the residential and foster care programs. She earned her MSW in 2007. After completing the required hours, she officially became a therapist at Rawhide in 2011.
Dorothy specializes in working with children placed in foster care and children who have been adopted, as they work through strengthening relationships, attachment, anger management, conduct disorder, conflict resolution, anxiety, depression and problem-solving skills. She also integrates biblical principles and truths into her practice to assist in the healing and change processes for her clients.
“I love working at a Christian-based organization and using the gifts God has given me to serve clients by showing them tools and skills, and instilling hope for a better future.”
Kathy joined Rawhide as an outpatient therapist in November 2013.
She holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Before Rawhide, Kathy worked with children and families involved with Child Protective Services and Juvenile Court Services. She also has experience working with serious mental illness, issues specific to the elderly, and those who have had head injuries or strokes. She worked many years as the co-leader of a marriage program that focuses on strengthening marriages, mentoring couples and more.
Kathy works with Rawhide youth, families, individuals and couples who are struggling with sexual abuse, grief/loss, PTSD, anxiety, depression and trauma recovery. She specializes in marital and family issues, and is trained in Brainspotting, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is EAGALA certified in the practice of equine-assisted therapy.
“Rawhide matches my values of leading with empathy, compassion and listening. Through its many services, Rawhide reflects an unwavering hope for healing all who walk through our doors. Our emphasis on working with, not just individuals, but the whole family or support system is critical.”
Mark joined Rawhide as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Board for Certified Counselor in September 2019.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
Before Rawhide, Mark was in the United States Army and was honorably discharged. He then began counseling youth in a psychiatric residential treatment facility.
Today, Mark works with children, youth, adults and families, specializing in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) techniques for those struggling with anxiety, depression, interpersonal communication, self-esteem, relationships and traumatic experiences. He is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is EAGALA certified in the practice of equine-assisted therapy. His therapeutic style includes bringing a calm presence, compassion and patience to the sessions to help with the healing process.
“I was drawn to Rawhide’s use of equine-assisted therapy, its message and the fact that its renown throughout the state. I wanted to give back to our community by serving disadvantaged and under-represented youth in hopes of treating intergenerational trauma and breaking the cycle that contributes to it.”
Ashley joined Rawhide as a therapist in June 2021.
She earned her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and her bachelor’s in psychology from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Before Rawhide, she completed her internship at YScreen, assessing the emotional health of teens in the Fond du Lac area.
At Rawhide, she provides traditional, equine-assisted and school-based therapies. Using a therapeutic, person-centered approach, she tailors her approach to meet each individual’s needs. Ashley believes focusing on establishing a therapeutic relationship and creating an environment of acceptance and non-judgment is critical to facilitating growth and self-acceptance. She is EAGALA certified in the practice of equine-assisted therapy.
“I grew up in the Fox Valley and have always heard about Rawhide through people in my community. As I developed in my professional career, I learned that Rawhide provided a variety of unique opportunities to make a real and positive difference in the community. I have a passion for working with youth. I enjoy creating a space for youth to express themselves authentically and promote healing through our therapeutic connection. Throughout the interview process, everyone at Rawhide was so kind and inviting. I felt like I made a great decision to become part of the team at Rawhide.”
Nathan joined Rawhide as a youth homes manager in 2019. He completed his internship at Rawhide, working in intake and community programming. In August 2022, Nathan began working as a therapist.
He earned his master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in children, you and family practice and school social work from the University of Southern California (USC) and earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from St. Norbert College.
Before Rawhide, Nathan provided services to at-risk youth at multiple agencies, including Family Services, CESA 6 and Macht Village.
At Rawhide, Nathan provides youth and their families with school-based therapy in the Waupaca and New London school districts, as well as traditional talk therapy at our Appleton Counseling Center. He has a lot of experience working with youth who struggle with significant trauma and uses motivational interviewing techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and family work in his therapy sessions.
“I was an at-risk youth growing up and had a few significant people who helped me make good choices and stay out of trouble. Since then, I have wanted to live my life such that I can be a resource to youth who may be in need.”
Sarah joined Rawhide as a therapist in October 2022.
She earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Cardinal Stritch University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Before Rawhide, Sarah worked for a mental health agency in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents and adults within the county system and community. She has also provided crisis services in Winnebago County and alcohol and drug services to men and women in an inpatient facility.
Today, Sarah works with outpatient youth, adults, families, groups and couples who struggle with trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and personality disorders. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
“When it was time to relocate from Rice Lake, I was drawn to Rawhide’s mission and community outreach. It wasn’t until orientation that I realized how much it actually does for the communities it serves. I was instantly excited for a team that cares so much for their community and their staff.”
Nerissa joined Rawhide as a therapist in July 2022.
She received her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling with a focus on children and trauma from Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in family studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Before Rawhide, Nerissa worked in a community mental health center in South Carolina, providing therapeutic services to victims of crime, as well as emergency crisis evaluations to individuals in the community. She also worked as an alcohol and drug counselor with incarcerated men and women.
Today, Nerissa works with outpatient youth, adults and families who struggle with trauma, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, PTSD, grief and personality disorders. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT).
“My role is to support and journey alongside those who are seeking to learn more about themselves in an effort to heal from their past. I chose to work for Rawhide because it provides the opportunity to unconditionally love on individuals and families in the community who are typically overlooked or ignored. They also view treatment as an all-encompassing modality for healing, which I entirely believe in. I’m so happy God led me to Rawhide!”
Jasmine joined Rawhide as a therapist in July 2021.
She earned her master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her bachelor’s degree in business management with minor in kinesiology from Iowa State University.
Before Rawhide, Jasmine completed an internship at Carolina Outreach, where she delivered a wide range of services to individuals with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and substance use disorders. She provided psychoeducation to individuals and families regarding diagnoses and implemented psychiatric rehabilitation plans to assist with symptom stabilization, improve activities of daily living and increase coping skills.
At Rawhide, Jasmine provides traditional and equine-assisted therapy services to youth and their families at the Fond du Lac Counseling Center and school district. She is EAGALA certified in the practice of equine-assisted therapy. Jasmine is passionate about creating an open and empathic space to make a difference, using a person-centered therapeutic approach to tailor treatment to the specific needs of the individual.
“Rawhide Youth Services provides me with the opportunity to support youth and through the challenges they are facing. I strive not only to be an advocate for youth, but to empower them to make positive changes in their lives, form healthy relationships, and see the light within themselves. I am privileged to work alongside a group of individuals dedicated to the same mission of selflessly serving all individuals we encounter.”
Tabitha joined Rawhide as a therapist in June 2023.
She earned both her master’s degree in social work and her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Before Rawhide, Tabitha worked in many different areas of social work, largely focused on programs pertaining to at-risk youth, mental health, domestic violence, and community-based social services.
At Rawhide, she provides office-based, school-based, and equine-assisted therapy. Tabitha is very passionate about diving into research and utilizing a wide variety of approaches to help her clients meet their treatment goals. It’s important for her to use a trauma-informed and person-centered approach that intentionally focuses on everyone’s unique needs and circumstances, while also harnessing their own inherent strengths and abilities to solve their challenges.
“I have always had a passion for working with at-risk youth. As a troubled youth myself, I always aspired to be the person I needed at that age. In a world riddled with hardships, loss, trauma, and wide-stretched pain, we need now, more than ever, to remind our youth they are not alone. Rawhide gives me the ability to do that and remind our youth how incredibly resilient and capable they are.”
Caleigh joined Rawhide as a therapist in August 2022.
She earned her master’s degree in clinical mental health and her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from Lakeland University in Plymouth.
Before Rawhide, she provided in-home youth and family therapy with Lutheran Social Services for four years.
At Rawhide, she provides therapy to youth and families, using a therapeutic, person-centered approach based on each individual’s needs. She also provides equine-assisted therapy, and works in the schools, helping students through their mental health struggles.
“I chose Rawhide because I love working with this population. I also have a strong passion for horses, so the equine-assisted therapy service Rawhide offers sounded like a dream come true. Who wouldn’t want to be able to combine two of their passions into one? When this opportunity came up, I took advantage of it instantly. I believe that everyone is capable of finding ways to live a happy and healthy life and, it is important to remember, we are all human and we make mistakes, but that does not mean we are bad people.”
Rachel joined Rawhide as an outpatient therapist in the Fond du Lac office in July 2022.
She earned her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Loras College and her bachelor’s degree in English from Biola University.
Before Rawhide, she completed two internships, including work in a community setting with children and adolescents and at a college counseling center.
At Rawhide, she provides school-based and equine-assisted therapy in the Fond du Lac area. She is also EAGALA certified in the practice of equine-assisted therapy.
“After graduating with my master’s in counseling, I was planning to relocate to the Fond du Lac area. I was excited to learn about Rawhide. After looking at Rawhide’s website, I was immediately impressed with its purpose and focus on working with youth. Since my first day at Rawhide, I’ve continued to be impressed with the dedication I have seen!”
Zoë joined Rawhide as an outpatient therapist in September 2022.
She earned both her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Before Rawhide, she completed her practicum and first internship at Innovative Services LLC, while also working there part-time as a mental health technician. She then completed her second internship at the Criminal Justice Treatment Services program through Outagamie County Jail.
At Rawhide, she provides individual, equine and family therapy while also seeing youth in the Fond du Lac school district. She uses a person-centered approach based on individual’s needs, while integrating techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and feminist theory. She believes the client is the expert on their own life and takes on a more facilitative role to assist the client in finding their own answers and making positive change.
“I worked with adults throughout my internships and really wanted the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life at a younger age to help prepare them for future hardships. Then, a friend of mine who works for Rawhide suggested I apply for a position because of how much she loved working for them. I took her advice, looked up the company website, and fell in love with the mission to help at-risk youth. After submitting my application, I was met with nothing but kindness and open arms, which was what really told me that this was the place I needed and wanted to be. The atmosphere is calming, supportive and welcoming, which has reinforced my belief that this is where I belong.”
Megan joined Rawhide as an outpatient therapist in February 2023.
She earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and her bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Ripon College.
Before Rawhide, Megan worked as a social services assistant and, through education, moved onto a position as a long-term care social worker at a skilled nursing facility. She also provided in-home hospice services before transitioning to a local health system clinic.
At Rawhide, Megan provides outpatient therapy to students in the Fond du Lac School District and youth and their families at the Fond du Lac Counseling Center. In the future, she also plans to provide equine-assisted therapy. Megan uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) as her guide and is in the process of completing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) training.
“In the past, I was caring for older adults, some nearing the end of life. I decided I wanted to work with youth at the other side of the life spectrum. I was looking for a new opportunity to hone my therapy skills and continue to help youth in the Fond du Lac area when I found Rawhide. When I joined the organization, I was amazed to learn about the vast number of services it provides within the community.”
Kari joined Rawhide as a therapist in September 2021.
She earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and human services from St. Norbert College.
Before Rawhide, Kari worked as a social worker for Outagamie County. She also provided in-home therapy to children and families and therapy to youth at the Boys and Girls Club.
At Rawhide, Kari provides therapy to children, youth, adults and families. As a therapist, Kari uses a strength-based, trauma-informed and client-centered approach. She believes in empowering the individual to overcome life’s challenges.
“I have worked in the mental health field for more than 7 years. When I was looking for a new opportunity, I was mindful of who I wanted to be employed by. My heart feels so connected to Rawhide because I believe in the mission and values. I believe that each individual working for Rawhide demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the communities we serve. I consider myself lucky to be employed by such a thoughtful organization.”
Nicki joined Rawhide as a therapist in the Green Bay clinic in September 2022.
She earned both her master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in advocating for diverse populations in mental health settings and her bachelor’s degree in social work with an emphasis in child welfare and a minor in human development from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Before Rawhide, she was a social worker for Outagamie County, working with children, youth and families to ensure the safety of children. She also worked as lead assessor for Willow Creek Behavioral Health working with adults and adolescents who struggle with behavioral health needs. Throughout her social work career, Nicki has worked with many different age groups and populations.
At Rawhide, Nicki provides outpatient therapy to children, youth, adults and families. As a therapist, Nicki uses a strengths-based, trauma-informed and client-centered approach. Nicki is also trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She strives to empower her clients and support them in their journey towards healing.
“Throughout my social work career, I worked with Rawhide in different capacities. Because of this experience, when I was looking for a career that was going to coincide with my personal and professional values, I knew Rawhide was the organization I was looking for. Rawhide has a team of people who are empathetic and committed to helping children, youth and families; and I couldn’t feel more grateful to be a part of the team.”
Savanna joined Rawhide as a therapist in June 2023.
She earned both her master’s in social work and her bachelor’s in psychology with an emphasis in mental health from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Before Rawhide, Savanna found her love for working with at-risk youth while interning in the Social Emotional Learning Department at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Green Bay.
At Rawhide, she provides outpatient therapy to youth, adolescents, and families in multiple settings including in office, schools, and other outside organizations. Savanna uses a client-centered, strengths-based, and trauma-informed approach to help youth develop the skills necessary to survive and thrive in life.
“While there are a million places that offer therapeutic services, Rawhide stood out to me because of its incredible organizational values that resonate heavily with me. I love working for a place that operates out of a place of unconditional love with a strong commitment and dedication to serving its community. I am beyond grateful to be a part of the Rawhide family.”
Samantha joined Rawhide as a therapist in June 2021.
She earned her master’s degree in professional counseling from Mount Mary University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in behavior analysis from Northern Michigan University.
Before Rawhide, Samantha interned in residential and outpatient settings and facilitated individual, group and family sessions with those impacted by trauma, mental health challenges and substance use concerns.
At Rawhide, she provides individual, family and equine-assisted therapeutic services, utilizing person-centered, cognitive behavioral and strength-based approaches to meet her clients where they are. Samantha also incorporates art and play interventions to foster creativity. She is trained in Psychological First Aid (PFA), is EAGALA certified in the practice of equine-assisted therapy and received a trauma counseling certificate of completion from Mount Mary University.
“Since I was young, I wanted to help make the world a better place. I felt an instant calling to be a part of Rawhide after my first interview. Working at Rawhide gives me the opportunity to walk alongside those experiencing extreme obstacles and provide a non-judgmental space for healing. I have always been interested in animal-assisted therapy because animals have a unique way of understanding emotions. The beauty of working with horses in a therapeutic space is that they teach others how vulnerability, honesty and empathy can elicit healing, authenticity and wholeness.”
Becca joined Rawhide as an outpatient therapist in September 2017.
She holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Marquette University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Before Rawhide, Becca worked on the adult and child/youth units at Rogers Behavioral Health.
She is also licensed as a substance abuse counselor and is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She has experience working with children, youth and adults in outpatient settings.
Becca helps individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, self-esteem, relationships, trauma and more. Becca also provides school-based therapy at the Milwaukee Academy of Science.
“I was drawn to the mission of Rawhide and wanted to be able to help individuals from different backgrounds who are at risk or struggling with the difficulties of life and mental illness.”
Courtney joined Rawhide as a therapist in September 2021.
She earned her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Lakeland University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and human development from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Before Rawhide, her 750-hour internships were completed at Rawhide, an outpatient clinic that also provided school-based counseling and a nonprofit counseling center. She also has experience working with at-risk youth and their families as a contracted youth support specialist with Outagamie County.
At Rawhide, she provides traditional and equine-assisted therapy services to youth, adults, groups and families, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with solution-focused and person-centered approaches. She is EAGALA certified in the practice of equine-assisted therapy. Courtney believes the client will guide the direction and conversation of counseling and seeks to walk alongside each of them to support, encourage and help the client make positive changes in his or her life.
“When I interned with Rawhide, it was my first real experience out in the field, and I was very nervous. However, I felt so welcomed and learned so much during my few short months here. Throughout my schooling, I was very open to the opportunities that the Lord would place before me, and when I saw that Rawhide was hiring, it felt like God was opening the door again for me to join Rawhide in its mission to inspire and equip at-risk youth and their families.”
Sarah joined Rawhide as a therapist in August 2023.
She earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Prior to joining Rawhide, Sarah spent 15 years working in the child welfare field, having spent the majority of her time within the foster care and adoption systems.
At Rawhide, Sarah provides outpatient therapy to students in the Oshkosh School District. She is drawn to working with adolescents as she finds them to be incredibly insightful and authentic. She has found that sometimes, all it takes, is one person believing in and supporting you to alter your life course. Having experienced this herself, she hopes to pay this forward with the youth she works alongside.
“In my role as a Rawhide therapist, I hope to leave a positive, long-lasting impression with my clientele. I want them to know that I will always be rooting for them, and I want to be someone who walks right next to them during their darkest of days and helps them emerge and transform into successful and resilient individuals.”
Brittany joined Rawhide as a therapist in June 2022.
She earned her master’s degree in professional counseling with an emphasis in clinical mental health from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Before Rawhide, she completed her internship at Unity Hospice, where she worked as a grief counseling intern with grieving children, adults and families.
At Rawhide, she provides traditional and equine-assisted therapies for individuals, groups and families, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), play therapy and a person-centered approach. She is EAGALA certified in the practice of equine-assisted therapy. Brittany believes that people know themselves best and will walk alongside clients by offering support and an unconditional positive regard.
“I chose Rawhide because, during my interview, I felt like I was seen and able to be authentic, which is something that is very important to me because my strengths as a therapist lie within my authenticity. I also used to be a client of equine-assisted therapy, where I saw and felt firsthand how beneficial it can be. It allowed me to connect with an animal in a profound way while overcoming the current challenges I was facing. One of my goals as a counselor is to help people feel like they matter. I want my clients to know that I care and so does the organization I work for.”
DeShanna joined Rawhide as a Therapist in August 2023.
She earned both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Before joining Rawhide, DeShanna worked in various mental health settings, advocating for youth and families by providing outpatient therapeutic services.
At Rawhide, DeShanna specializes in providing therapy for outpatient youth, adults, and families facing a range of challenges, including trauma, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, PTSD, grief, and personality disorders. Her passion is fueled by her lifelong desire to support and guide youth in need, serving as a compassionate and understanding presence for those who need her support.
“My goal as a therapist is to be a beacon of hope and support in my clients’ lives, guiding them toward a path of healing and self-discovery. Particularly when working with youth, I want them to look back on our time together and remember that there was someone who genuinely cared about them. Someone who believed in their potential and was excited to witness the unique gifts and talents they bring into this world. My ultimate hope is that my clients not only find healing but also cultivate a sense of self-worth and an enduring capacity for joy in their lives.”
Renae joined Rawhide as a therapist in August 2023.
She holds a master’s degree in health science – counseling from National-Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Prior to joining Rawhide, Renae served as a counselor, specializing in youth involved in the Foster Care program. Her caseload included children who experienced physical, mental, sexual, and psychological trauma. Additionally, she provided support to young individuals grappling with an array of mental health challenges, including behavioral issues, addiction, anxiety, as well as coping with loss and grief, during her time at an in-patient boarding school in Montana.
At Rawhide, Renae specializes in working with youth, adolescents, and families facing a variety of challenges such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger management, grief/loss, sexual behavior problems, life transitions, traumas, and suicidal ideation. It’s Renae’s goal to equip young individuals with the knowledge, tools, and confidence necessary for living a fulfilling life.
“As a mother of three, connecting with adolescents comes naturally to me. I’ve found that struggling adolescents thrive with support and confidence. I take time to listen, treat them as equals, and withhold judgement. Witnessing students grow emotionally and assisting them in discovering their purpose or passion is something that brings me joy.”
Jessie joined Rawhide as a therapist in August 2023.
She holds a master’s of science degree in professional counseling with a dual concentration in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling from Mount Mary University. Jessie also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Taylor University.
Before Rawhide, Jessie worked in the social services field, assisting children, adolescents, and their families in connecting with local mental health services.
At Rawhide, Jessie will see her clients at our Glendale office, as well as in the two schools where she provides counseling services. She will work directly with youth, adolescents, and families who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger management, grief/loss, sexual behavior problems, life transitions, traumas, and suicidal ideation.
“I have always been drawn to listening to peoples’ stories and offer support when I can. I knew I wanted to deepen my skillsets in providing a safe place for individuals to come and just be who they are without judgment. I consider it an honor to be a part of clients’ journeys in strengthening their wellness and well-being in a healthy manner.
Katie joined Rawhide as an occupational therapist in May 2021.
She holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Central Arkansas.
Before Rawhide, Katie worked in Arkansas and New Jersey in a variety of treatment settings with individuals across their lifespan. The majority of her time was spent in the inpatient and post-acute rehabilitation settings, where she specialized primarily in neurorehabilitation.
Katie works with individuals of all ages to promote improved health and quality of life through the use of occupation. The goal of occupational therapy is to utilize client-centered goals to drive the treatment to improve overall independence and participation in daily activities. She is also a Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS), a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) and a Certified Neuro Specialist (CNS).
“My daughter and I returned to Wisconsin to be closer to family and, during my job search, Rawhide came up. I remember my parents donating to Rawhide when I was growing up and, after some additional research, I decided that it was a great fit for me. I came to Rawhide because I was inspired by its values and passion for the youth, as well as its investment in occupational therapy services and benefits.”
Emily joined Rawhide as an occupational therapist in May 2021.
She earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio State University.
Before Rawhide, Emily completed clinical fieldwork with the Brain Injury Association of Missouri and at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. She also previously provided community programming at a center for senior independent living and worked as a teaching assistant for students with autism.
At Rawhide, Emily helps youth develop the skills they need for success in everyday life where they live, learn, work and play through therapeutic engagement in daily activities. Occupational therapists use a holistic, client-centered approach to promote health and improve quality of living with injury, illness or disability. Emily incorporates sensory integrative techniques and a trauma-informed lens to meet the unique needs of her clients.
“I discovered Rawhide when I was thinking about relocating to Wisconsin to be closer to loved ones. As I learned more, I came to understand Rawhide as a place committed to meeting youth and families where they are and providing holistic services – the same guiding principles that drew me to my profession.”
Tina Joined Rawhide as a therapist in June 2021.
She earned her master’s degree in social work and her bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in social justice from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She earned her Substance Abuse Counselor-In Training (SAC-IT) certificate from Fox Valley Technical College.
Before beginning her employment at Rawhide, she completed her 580-hour internship at Rawhide and worked as a social worker at Oshkosh Correctional Institution and Fond du Lac County Social Services.
At Rawhide, she provides individual, group, equine and family therapy using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing and strength-based approaches. She is EAGALA certified in the practice of equine-assisted therapy.
“I became a mom at a very young age. Lucky for me, I was blessed with a supportive family. That drew me to become a mental health social worker, so I could provide support to youth that come from a less supportive family. I knew I wanted to work for Rawhide during my internship. I fell in love with the organization and the mission. It felt like a calling to me. It was a blessing to work with youth daily, teach them coping skills and how to live a healthier lifestyle, and provide them with support to overcome the obstacles they have faced.”
Cassie joined Rawhide as a residential and outpatient therapist in October 2019.
She earned her master’s degree in counseling at Lakeland University-Neenah and her bachelor’s degree in psychology at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Before Rawhide, Cassie served 20 years in the United States Army National Guard and worked two years at Options Treatment Programs, Inc. with individuals struggling with mental health and substance abuse. There, she also worked with the counties, social workers, caseworkers, case managers, drug court, treatment courts, probation agents, and clients and their families.
At Rawhide, Cassie works with children, youth, adults and families, specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBI-SA), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She is EAGALA certified in the practice of equine-assisted therapy.
“After the military, I chose to obtain my master’s degree in counseling to serve veterans struggling with their mental health struggles, PTSD and building family relationships. My passion soon turned into working with youth to help them choose a healthier lifestyle, identifying, and processing personal and AODA struggles, and building healthy family relationships.”
Gabrielle joined Rawhide as a therapist in June 2023.
She earned her master’s degree in forensic psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Arizona.
Before Rawhide, Gabrielle found her passion helping troubled youth at other nonprofit organizations. There, she worked directly with youth, guiding them out of the criminal justice system and on a path to making healthier choices.
At Rawhide, Gabrielle works directly with youth in the residential program to guide them toward their mental health goals. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other techniques depending on the situation and individual.
“Growing up, those I was supposed to trust failed me during my most vulnerable times. I quickly learned the only person I could count on was myself. So, at Rawhide, I want to be the person who will be there and can be trusted. I want to be the person that youth can say was there for them and had their back no matter what the situation.”
Hannah joined Rawhide as a therapist in June 2023.
She earned her bachelor’s in behavioral science from Bellevue University in 2019 and her master’s in professional counseling with a clinical mental health emphasis from Lakeland University in 2023.
Before Rawhide, Hannah worked in child protective services, providing mental health assessments to youth, and substance abuse counseling, including inpatient, outpatient, and within the department of corrections.
At Rawhide, she provides a variety of therapeutic approaches to at-risk youth. Hannah believes every individual or family she works with has unique treatment needs, and she feels it’s important to tailor her approach to best meet those needs. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Evidence-Based therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy, among others.
“As an individual who has experienced their own trauma and adversity throughout their life, as well as the impact that both substance use and mental health has on individuals and families, I strive to be the person that I needed as a youth for others. I am committed to helping youth find their voice, to find the path that will allow them to be the best versions of themselves, and to also discover their why!”
Heather joined Rawhide as a residential case manager in December 2013.
She has a master’s degree in social administration from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s in social work from Cedarville University.
Before Rawhide, Heather worked with nonprofit agencies in community support programs and foster care for several years in Ohio before returning home to Wisconsin, where she began working at Rawhide.
Heather has held several positions during her time at Rawhide, including residential therapist, intake manager and client care manager. Now she works as the clinic and community resource manager, overseeing the outpatient clinics and out-of-home care programs, including therapy, occupational therapy and nursing, as well as youth diversion programming.
Heather is EAGALA certified in the practice of equine-assisted therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Brainspotting, and other treatment modalities to help youth and their families work through issues, such as trauma, depression, behavioral challenges, ADHD and anxiety.
“I wanted to work for Rawhide because it offered youth, their families, and community providers the positive, engaging resources necessary to help those at risk be able to grow and develop as individuals and as a family unit. I love to see youth feel confident in who they are as they positively engage in their communities and daily lives.”
Shanelle joined Rawhide as a case manager in March 2022.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2018.
Before Rawhide, she spent time working with adults struggling with alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) and mental health challenges. She also spent a year working with special needs families through United Healthcare.
At Rawhide, she provides assistance to children and families within the Green Bay School District.
“I chose Rawhide because of my passion for children. I watched my stepdaughter grow into such an amazing young girl after her struggles in school and at home with ADHD and ODD. I was able to see her struggle, but also her success and it was such a rewarding experience. I love working with children from start to finish and watching them surpass their goals throughout our time together. I want to be a part of the amazing change Rawhide is making for children each day.”