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Owner, MS, LPC, LSW
I am the father of three adult children and have lived in Ashland most of my adult life.
I see clients in Ashland, Glidden, Park Falls, Shell Lake and Spooner, WI. I am the founder and CEO of Prentice House Inc., which consists of three group homes for adolescent males located in the Ashland area. Prentice House, Inc. was established in 1992 and I’ve worked for SOAR Services in Shell Lake since 2007 and became the owner in 2012.
I now practice with clients aging from 8 to 67. I enjoy working with adults and couples that cannot seem to find the emotional balance that they once had. I am very much grounded in building a therapeutic non-judgmental relationship with all clients. I feel this is so vital in their therapy to gain balance and fulfillment in their lives. So, I encourage you, or anyone you may know that is struggling in their balance and fulfillment, to reach out and give Soar Services a try.
Hello! My name is Holly Breeden and I am excited to join the team here at Soar Services. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Superior with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2010.
I worked as an IRIS Consultant for the State of Wisconsin until deciding to return to college to pursue my Master’s degree. While pursuing this level of education, I ran the hot lunch program for a school in northwest Wisconsin.
I was in the military from 2002-2014, where I discovered one of my passions, listening and helping others find their voice and live a better quality of life. I know the struggles veteran’s deal with, and my hope is to help find that special something in their lives that will comfort their struggles.
Family means everything to me. I am married and have two small children. My favorite thing to do is be their mom. We enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping together.
I also have a strong belief that life can be messy, things can be overwhelming, relationships can change, but life can be wonderful! Not one of us in this world is perfect, but you can make hanges and create the life you are willing to live.
Since I began practicing 15 years ago, I’ve gathered extensive
experience working with preteen’s (10 to 12 years), adolescents and adults (including couples) using a strength-based approach. In addition to assessing and increasing communication in areas of life to ensure you get the most out of every session.
My specialty areas are anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, children/adults of divorced parents, grief and loss, trauma, codependents, children/adults of alcoholic/addicted parents, ADHD management, body image, relationship issues, self-esteem, as well as family issues. My goal is to give you usable tools beginning the first session.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Hello! My name is Lauren Adams and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. The goal as your therapist is to support you as you learn to navigate through life, encourage you, and assist you in developing goals so you can succeed. The key to achieving this is by building a strong therapeutic relationship. As a therapist I am warm, open, and empathetic and have a realistic and practical approach to therapy.
I have been in the Social Work field for 9 years and have had the opportunity to work with individuals from many different backgrounds. I have assisted domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, worked with the elderly, and with veterans. My experience has helped develop me into an effective social worker who is comfortable working with a diverse group of people. Much of my work has been focused around trauma, anxiety, and depression, but also on other stressors that affect everyone at some point in their life.
I am a LCSW in Wisconsin and Illinois. I received a BA in Psychology from Northern Illinois University and a MSW from Aurora University. I recently moved to Northern Wisconsin with my family, and I am excited to begin practicing with SOAR.
My name is Cathy Ekern. I have been working at Soar Services for three years. Before that I was a school counselor in the Cameron School District. I worked in the district for twenty-nine years and retired three years ago. I have a Masters Degree and am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I enjoy working with adults as well as children.
I believe it is vital that the client and counselor have a trusting relationship. I feel I have a good rapport with high school students. It is especially rewarding to work with young people to help them understand the changes and growth they are going through that may cause depression and or anxiety. I have also worked with couples. I find it very rewarding to help couples work through difficult times.
I have grown in my counseling experience while working at Soar.
MS, LPC, CSAC
I was first certified as a Substance Abuse Counselor in 1986 and have developed a clinical practice to include mental health counseling, gaining a license in 2011. From personal experience, I can tell you that addictions and other disorders can go into firm remission. A healthier more for fulfilling life is possible and it is my honor to assist in the healing process. Together we can explore the options, try new behaviors and evaluate the results. You are not alone. The next wholeness is at hand.
Hello, my name is Vanessa LaRose. I have a range of experiences that I bring with me as I join the SOAR team. My certifications and career emphasis include Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, and Crisis Intervention and Management. I am also a certified School Counselor. I have spent the last 16 years working with youth and their families. I also have worked extensively with adults. I believe strongly in using research-based strategies and interventions in order to offer my clients best practice with a client centered approach. I work hard to earn the trust and mutual respect in an effective counselor-client relationship, and to empower people in navigating the sometimes very complex journey of life. I also firmly believe in establishing a collaborative environment that often extends outside of the confines of my office. The support I offer is solely based on the needs of each individual or family in order to assist them in acquiring the necessary tools, skills, beliefs, and habits that allow a life balance filled with contentment and independence.
Holly believes the best way to help people is to help them learn how to help themselves. Each of us has gifts and strengths. Sometimes we need help uncovering or realizing how our strengths can lead us to solutions. Holly strives to provide a nonjudgmental, safe, confidential, and nurturing environment where clients can talk about tough stuff. Using an eclectic, integrative therapy approach, Holly tailors treatment plans to meet each client’s individual needs. She offers a welcoming place for clients to talk about their faith and religious or spiritual beliefs and values. For those who prefer, Holly combines the best of psychology with biblical insight to achieve hope and healing. Holly enjoys seeing adults, adolescents, teens, individuals, couples, and families. Holly has unique insight into the issues and challenges that pastoral families and physician families experience. She can help people with all kinds of concerns and issues including but not limited to life changes, relationships, religious/spiritual growth, hurt, and confusion, narcissistic injury, food/eating/body issues, sexuality concerns/confusion, intimacy, depression, shame, alcohol and other addictions (religion, exercise, shopping, pornography, busyness/doing, spending, others). Holly is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Hello! My name is Wendy Muska and I am happy to join the Soar Services therapist team providing services to my hometown of Siren, Wisconsin and also Shell Lake, Wisconsin where I have lived for the past fifteen years. Thank you for taking the time to check out our website.
My approach to therapy is always to help a person discover what they do well, enhance strengths and provide positive encouragement while we work toward solving issues and working toward goals identified by my clients. Often times, we get stuck and can’t see why we continue to struggle with the same issues in our life; this is a frustrating experience. I understand this frustration and try to keep our sights on solutions to the issue often utilizing a Solution Focused therapy model. I also enjoy working with struggling couples who would like to improve their relationship. I am divorced and remarried to my ex-husband so I can offer a unique perspective to the process. I am a mother of two grown sons and have traveled the path of parenting and also understand the struggles of teenagers and the heart of parents.
I have worked as a social worker for the past twenty-five years and have been honored to be included in many life journeys with many different people; I always learn from my clients and enjoy the collaborative helping relationship. I bring passion to the work I do and a true, deep soul belief in everyone’s ability to change and grow. I particularly enjoy providing Christian faith-based counseling services to those who are interested in this perspective. I look forward to meeting with you and being part of your healing journey.
I am excited to be a part of Soar Services and serving the local community. I grew up in Spooner, WI. I was in the military from 2006-2012, and after being honorably discharged, I started working on a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Upon completion of my degree, I started working with adolescents and their family systems. I enjoy working with couples and individuals from ages five and up.
As a therapist, I enjoy hearing your story and seeing how I can come alongside you and help you live the life that you envision. I use a variety of different interventions including CBT, DBT, solution-based, narrative, and family systems from a person-centered focus.
Being a Christian therapist, I hope to see people grow in their faith, and I like being able to bridge the gap between the psychological and spiritual disciplines.
I believe a strong therapeutic relationship rooted in trust, acceptance, and positive regard is where healing begins. I strive to understand each client’s subjective experience through an existential-humanistic lens, while providing a safe place for them to express, understand, and work through thoughts and feelings. I aim to use my attentive, empathetic nature to help facilitate client’s self-directed change, to live more fully and authentically, and to improve the quality of their lives and relationships. I celebrate diverse life experiences and enjoy working with teens and adults in pursuit of growth and healing connection.
Hello, my name is Andy Schulz and I’m thrilled to join the team of clinicians at Soar Services. I look forward to serving my local community in any way I can be of assistance as a clinician. I was born and raised in the Spooner area and I’m happy to get back to my roots. I am the father of two children aged 11 and 14. I grew up with a love for nature through my many years of fishing and hunting. Over the past 19 years I have owned and operated an adult family home. I’ve worked with people who have intellectual disabilities and differing mental disorders. I have always had a passion to assist individuals in being as independent and productive members of the community in their own way. Living life with a degenerating visual impairment gives me a unique perspective and I feel confident in saying that I can offer a great deal of insight into those who live with disabilities.
I’m a firm believer in building a therapeutic relationship in order to promote mutual respect, a feeling of a safe place to speak freely, and a deep sense of trust. My approach is very integrated utilizing techniques from narrative, solution-focused, person-centered, choice theory, CPT, and CBT. Just as every individual is unique, I too feel that the therapy should be tailored to meet the needs of each individual. I am of the mindset that therapy is a collaborative process between the therapist and the client working towards improving ones’ situation in life that troubles them. I look forward to joining with you to foster in a new sense of well-being and exploring areas of life you would like to improve.