ACC Therapists

When you visit one of our clinics or therapists, you will see we are committed to hosting our customers as a guest in a warm, relaxing and comforting environment. We are a “one-stop shop” with a wide variety of services available to assist with many issues. We are creative, resourceful, understanding, genuine and will “go the extra mile” to assist our customers.

Aurora Community Counseling has licensed mental health outpatient counseling clinics in Wisconsin
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Abbey Dieckman, MS, LPC, CSAC, ICS
Ladysmith and Spooner offices

  • Special Interests: Co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health concerns. Individual and group therapy.

  • Master of Science-Community Counseling-AODA emphasis, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

  • Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)

  • Independent Clinical Supervisor (ICS)

Abbey has experience in a variety of settings: inpatient detox, day treatment, intensive outpatient, extended care, and outpatient. Abbey's therapeutic approach is solution focused and strength based. She utilizes the stages of change to meet the individual where they are at. She uses motivational interviewing techniques to assist in change talk, awareness, and personal growth. She assists in the development of emotional regulation and mindfulness skills to promote holistic healing.

Abbey enjoys time outdoors, any and every activity with her children, laughter, exercise, and animals.

Aurora Community Counseling has licensed mental health outpatient counseling clinics in Wisconsin

Mandi Amundson, LMFT, CSAC

Siren office

  • Special Interests: Relationships & family, trauma, grief, anxiety, depression & women’s issues.

  • Specialized training and experience in Trauma-Focused; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy TF-CBT, EMDR, training on shame and its impact on individuals and families, in-home family services and work with youth and family ministry.

  • Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary

  • Chemical Dependency Certificate from the University of Minnesota

  • Certificate in Sexuality and Intimacy Issues from the University of Minnesota

  • B.A. in Social Work & Student Personnel Services from Moorhead State University

Mandi's work began in the field of chemical dependency in 1977 working in an in-patient setting in St. Croix Falls and then at Hazelden. Her work since that time evolved into a variety of therapy modalities including work in therapeutic foster care programs, in-patient settings, residential programs, in-home therapy and outpatient therapy. Mandi uses a systems approach in working with individuals, couples, families, and organizations.

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Jackie Perro, MSW, LCSW

Spooner office

  • Special Interests: Working with children and families, adults and adolescents, school services, community involvement

  • Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota

  • Master of Pastoral Ministry, Boston College

Using a strength-based and solution-focused approach to therapy, Jackie assists clients in healing from past hurts, processing grief and loss, and deepening relationships. She works closely with parents to address children’s special needs and is an active community member collaborating with schools and other community agencies.

In her free time, Jackie enjoys hiking, kayaking, spending time with her family and spoiling her dog, Zoe.

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Renee Conley, MA, LPC

Chippewa Falls office

  • Special Interests: Teens, older adults, the LGBTQ community, trauma, grief and loss, mood disorders, CBT, solution-focused and mindfulness-based practices.

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

  • Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, New College of California in San Francisco

  • Specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Renee has spent over 20 years working in community mental health, including in Seattle, Wash., and most recently in Madison. While in the Navy, she worked with people who were active duty and retired, serving both their mental health and medical needs. She works with diverse populations and feels honored that individuals entrust her with being a part of their healing journey.

Renee’s favorite pastimes are hiking, biking, and gardening. She also enjoys creative writing.

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Aurora Community Counseling has licensed mental health outpatient counseling clinics in Wisconsin

James Tangen-Foster, MS, LPC

Siren and Spooner offices

  • Special Interests: Depression, anxiety, grief and trauma, PTSD, oppositional defiance and conduct disorders, ADHD, autism, parenting, and couples therapy

  • Specialized training in Trauma-Focused CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

  • Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling, Walden University, Minneapolis

James draws upon a variety of approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, and the mind/body connection using mindfulness, yoga, and Expressive Arts Therapy. He has worked with adults, couples, children, teens, families, and groups in a number of therapeutic settings, including residential treatment, outpatient clinics, schools, and outdoor education programs such as Outward Bound. He has experience teaching all grade levels and has served as a professor in health and human performance at UW-River Falls.

James is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys rock climbing, kayaking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, and hiking in the woods with his English Springer Spaniel, Dexter.

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Ted East MS, MFT, LCSW

Ladysmith and Phillips offices

  • Special Interests: Christian counseling, relationships and families, mediation, crisis intervention, and domestic violence intervention.

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

  • Master degree in Marriage & Family,  UW-Stout; Graduate degree in Theological Studies, Bethel Theological Seminary

  • IATP CSOTP Certification

  • WAMFT member for 30 years

Ted involves the therapeutic application of empathetic listening, discerning insight, and practical strategies to the situations presented. Together with the client, they seek truth within the context of faith and then learn to apply such truth to daily living. In doing so, it is believed that counseling can be redemptive and restorative.

 

In his free time, Ted enjoys chainsaw carving, ski patrol, and spending time with his family.

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Nancy Campbell-Kelz, MS SAC-IT

Phillips and Ladysmith offices

  • Special Interests:  AODA Assessments, Functioning Alcoholics in the Workplace, Veterans, Law Enforcement, Crisis, and Corrections.

  • Substance Abuse Counselor In Training

  • Masters of Education and Counseling – Concordia University-Mequon

  • Certificate of Substance Abuse Counseling-University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Having an eclectic work history including law enforcement, community corrections, and healthcare, Nancy has worked in the mental health field for the past 4 years. Nancy utilizes a wide variety of approaches and treatment for individuals to assist with skill development to aid in recovery for stress, emotional distress, and financial problems related to problem use of drugs and alcohol. Nancy has experience working in correctional settings with community programs, and other settings.

In her free time, Nancy enjoys spending time with family and friends in activities that include hunting, fishing, camping,  gardening, and crafting.

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Megan Bauer,  SAC-IT

Spooner and Siren offices

  • Special Interests:  AODA Assessments

  • Substance Abuse Counselor In Training

  • Certification of Substance Abuse Counseling – University of Wisconsin – Madison

 

Megan comes to the field of Substance Abuse Counseling with a broad understanding of the effects of substance abuse on our community after working in probation and parole. She realized the deficit of AODA services in our area and wanted to focus on being a part of the solution. Megan is passionate about connecting to her clients, understanding everyone’s individual needs, and tailoring a holistic custom treatment plan for their recovery. She believes change is possible and is confident with support everyone can live their best life.

 

In her free time, Megan loves thrift and rummaging, then repurposing her finds. She also enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with the people who are special to her.

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Sunshine Gerrits,  CSAC, ICS

Chippewa office

  • Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)

  • Independent Clinical Supervisor

  • Associate Degree in Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling from Chippewa Valley Technical College

 

Special interest: Trauma Informed Care, Person-Centered Therapy, Substance Abuse Treatment 

 

Sunny has extensive experience providing treatment in outpatient, inpatient, medication assisted treatment, medical detoxification, and correctional services.

 

She utilizes a variety of treatment styles, focusing on each individual’s strengths and needs. She provides a calm, compassionate approach in helping building one’s recovery program.

 

Sunny enjoys spending time with her family and animals. She enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.

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Jennifer Harder,  CSAC

Chippewa Falls office

 

Specializes in: 

  • Motivational interviewing 

  • Substance abuse treatment

  • Psycho-education 

  • Trauma-informed care

 

Jennifer has many years of experience in various counseling settings, including school-based, residential, and outpatient. She utilizes a variety of treatment methods to assist individuals in meeting their goals surrounding substance use. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience working with individuals with substance use disorders of all kinds. 

 

Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs. She loves kayaking and other outdoor activities. 

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Heather Lutze, SAC-IT

Ladysmith office

 

  • Special Interests: Adults and youth, AODA and mental health, crisis intervention

  • Substance Abuse Counselor in Training

  • Associate degree in Human Services, Substance Abuse Counseling Technical Diploma, Psychology certificate-Northcentral Technical College

 

Heather has experience in a variety of mental health and AODA settings. This includes medication-assisted treatment, inpatient AODA treatment, detox, inpatient mental health and crisis, and youth residential facilities. Heather’s therapeutic approach is trauma-informed and strength-based, motivational interviewing. Heather believes in understanding each person individually and developing a treatment plan that will be successful in their personal recovery.

In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, biking, or fishing. Heather also enjoys traveling, music, spending time with family or friends, and her cats.    

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Hayley Petersen, MS, LPC, CSAC 

Chippewa Falls office

 

  • Special interests: enjoys working with all ages, trauma and PTSD, school-based care, couples, substance addiction, and play therapy

  • Master of Science-Clinical Mental Health Counseling with AODA and child and adolescent emphasis, University of Wisconsin-Stout

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

  • Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)  

 

Hayley has worked with a variety of populations and concerns: adult residential inpatient treatment, child and adolescent day treatment settings, and family and child-based counseling in an outpatient setting. Hayley has an energetic and warm approach that is tailored to each client's needs. She enjoys helping people find their joy and uses person-centered and problem-solving techniques to help them get there. She has experience utilizing yoga, mindfulness, sensory stimulation, play, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients reach their goals and begin the healing process. Hayley strives to create a positive working relationship with each client that puts them in control of their therapy with supportive guidance as needed. 

 

Hayley enjoys basking in the sun in the summer, warm beverages by the fire in the fall/winter, and hiking and traveling with her family members all year long.