Deanna Marincic, MSW, LCSW - Founder/Clinic Director Deanna is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist who has been working in the mental health field treating individuals, families and adolescents for over 15 years in all levels of care. She has worked in outpatient care for over 8 years where she was trained by leaders in her field. Working extensively with teenage and adult clients with addictions, Anxiety Disorders, mood disorders, family and couples therapy, co-parenting and behavioral management skill building. She has also worked with individuals experiencing grief, loss and terminal illness, and is certified in EMDR therapy, a specialized treatment modality used to treat trauma.
Deanna is the founder and owner of Gals Institute, LLC. which was developed by Deanna as a personal passion project to help girls 9-17 develop confidence, self-esteem and leadership skills through using multi-dimensional interactive modalities through workshops and one day events, as well as branch out her therapy services by collaborating with others in her field. Now expanding her practice scope she has created a team of professionals that specialize services for boys and girls ages 5 and up. Gals Institute offers therapy services for adults and couples as well, focusing on the family system as a whole. Deanna is an active parent of three children residing in the Oconomowoc community. She was the Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF) president 2015-Jan 2017 as well as Nature Hill Intermediate PTO board member, an advocate and leader in prevention and treatment with treating the Individual, family and adolescent.
Emily Waystedt, MS, LPC
Emily graduated with a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Concordia University-Wisconsin and received her BA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Emily has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families in outpatient and day treatment settings. Emily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family systems approach and strength based approaches with clients and also enjoys utilizing state of the art play therapy techniques with children. She enjoys helping clients play an active part in working towards and ultimately reaching their treatment goals.
Emily also works with families and individuals with issues of anxiety, depression and other emotional struggles they are experiencing. Emily is the newest facilitator for Gals Institute Workshops and events where prevention programs are made fun and interactive for all ages groups. Make an appointment with Emily today!
Michele Eimon, MS, NCC
As a nationally certified counselor, she provides social and emotional nourishment to individuals, couples and families struggling with relationships, life stressors, transitions and health challenges - in other words, all of the joys and challenges of being human. She also focuses on parents (such a tough, humbling gig!), and helping them develop healthy, fulfilling relationships with themselves, their children and each other. She has extensive experience in grief, loss and dealing with chronic illness, and companions people on these journeys to a place of hope and healing.
When appropriate, she incorporates EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) into her sessions, which is a crazy sounding but highly effective energy technique that is based on the same principles as acupuncture. She has a solution-focused approach, which means she is committed to working with clients in an collaborative partnership to solve problems and achieve positive change: such as more enjoyable relationships, more ease and joy in daily life, less stress and strife, more energy and an increased sense of well-being. She enjoys living in the Lake Country area with her husband and two children (including one budding teenager.) For more information specifically on couples counseling, please CLICK HERE.
Jen Michener, MS, LPC, SAC
Jen graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stout with a Master’s degree in Clinic Mental Health Counseling with concentrations in Child and Adolescent Counseling and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Counseling. She is licensed both as a Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Jen works with children, adolescents and adults in and individual and group setting. She is also one of Gals’ workshop facilitators. Her main focus for individual and group therapy is on substance use disorders, mood disorders, depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, trauma and personality disorders. Jen’s approach is a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused. Her goal when working with a client, is to help explore the individual goals and how to find solutions that are manageable and reasonable in order to promote change and increase meaning and happiness in the individual’s life. Through CBT and Mindfulness techniques, clients will learn to increase their awareness of their own thoughts in order to help promote understanding of emotional states and changes in behaviors, in a pursuit of am more balanced and satisfying life.
Sofia Corcoran, MS, LPC Sofia is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Board Certified Counselor who specializes in working with children and adolescents. She has experience in helping children and adolescents promote effective coping to manage difficult emotions, gain insight into family dynamics, and increase awareness of their own self-identity through a strength-based approach. She has treated a number of children with mood disorders, trauma, and emotional and behavioral issues. Sofia utilizes play therapy and mindfulness techniques into her treatment utilizing the latest in state of the art treatment modalities.
Sofia is also trained in EMDR therapy a specialized treatment for trauma, anxiety and other emotional struggles.. Sofia is the newest Gals Workshop lead facilitator excited to lead our workshops to the younger populations. Sofia is a leader in helping promote prevention and resiliency among our adolescents and families.
Joelle Lefevre, RD Joelle is a Certified & Registered Dietitian at Workforce Health with a Bachelor’s degree in Science with a major in Nutrition. Her specialties include giving presentations and workshops out in the community or at corporations on various health and nutrition topics to adults and children. She also coaches clients for weight loss, diabetes management, decreasing risks of chronic diseases and ways to promote a healthier and more organic way of cooking and eating. Joelle feels most clients do not give themselves enough credit for the lifestyle changes they have already made. Her philosophy is to celebrate the small victories and be proud of any steps that you are taking towards better health. Joelle is a facilitator for Gals workshops that teach healthy relationships with food for kids and adults. Joelle loves being outside in her garden, spending time with the friends and family, watching her kids sporting events and teaching fitness classes at the YMCA.
Alissa Darin, MA., LPC-IT, NBCT Alissa Darin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in training, School Counselor and Alcohol Other Drug Abuse Prevention/Intervention Coordinator. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Education and Kinesiology. She received her Masters in Counseling, School and Community, from Marquette University. Training as a psychotherapist, Alissa’s focus is in helping adolescents, adults and families thrive using Solution-focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and a family systems approach. Alissa is a National Board Certified Educator in the area of Counseling - Early Childhood through Young Adulthood. Additionally, she is a Love and Logic facilitator and a speaker for parent groups, conferences and agencies focusing on mental health topics, parenting and drug/alcohol use issues.