We have a highly qualified and passionate team of therapists
who can help you cope with the various life events.
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.
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.
MSW, APSW, CSAS, CRPS, CS-IT
Serving Price, Ashland and Surrounding Areas
Anna is a dual diagnosis therapist who is skilled in working with individuals experiencing mental health concerns, substance use disorders, or both. She is a consummate professional that has treated a variety of consumers varying from age 6 and up. Anna earned her Masters of Social Work degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison, her undergraduate Social Work degree from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her associates in applied sciences from Fox Valley Technical College. Anna holds the following credentials: Advanced Practice Social Worker (APSW), Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC), Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist (CRPS) and Clinical Supervisor In- Training (CS-IT). Since completing her education, Anna has provided services as an outpatient mental health therapist and substance use counselor for a diverse population both in the community and a correctional setting. Anna also possesses specialized training in mobile crisis work and general social work. She is a compassionate therapist that is genuinely invested in the personal growth of her consumers.
Anna is a member of the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the National Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). Anna is committed to serving those in need and continues to educate herself by attending national and local conferences and exploring advances in therapy research. In addition to her licensure she has professional training in: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Yoga and Mindfulness, play therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Certified relapse prevention specialist, Cluster B Personality Disorders, Internal Family Systems and Trauma related Disorders.
“My education and work experiences have provided me a unique ability to successfully collaborate with each client to tailor treatment goals and interventions that honor their strengths and individuality. My passion is to alleviate personal suffering and assist others in obtaining their goals. It is a privilege to be able to witness my consumers as they practice skills to file away unhelpful memories and learn to trust, laugh, and regain their sense of self.”
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 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.
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.