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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.
I have worked in many different fields including being an IRIS Consultant for the state of Wisconsin, coaching middle school volleyball, running a hot lunch program in Northwest Wisconsin, working in the hospitality industry, being a program counselor at a few different group homes, running my own massage therapy business and running a veteran’s non-profit chapter in the state of Minnesota.
One career experience that I hold near and dear to me was being in the military. I was in the military from 2002-2014 as a light and heavy wheeled vehicle mechanic. I was also tasked with being the nuclear, biological, chemical (NBG) Specialist. The military is where I discovered one of my passions; listening and helping others find their voice to 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.
The number one item on my list of priorities is my family. Family means everything to me. I am married and have two children. My favorite thing to do is be their mom. We enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping together along many other things.
I have a strong belief that life can be messy, things can be turned upside down and be overwhelming, relationships can change, but life CAN be wonderful! Not one of us in this world is perfect, but you can make changes and create the life you are willing to live. The choice is yours!
I believe in meeting clients where they’re at and collaborating with them to achieve their goals. My approach is person-centered and emphasize building the therapeutic relationship on trust and respect.
I work with all ages and provide services primarily in Superior, WI. I look forward to working with you and navigating the adventures of life!
I have worked in a variety of fields including summer camps, military contracting, education, drug and alcohol prevention, ministry, fashion, and photography. My most important job title is “Mom” and I take great pride in the two little boys that I’m raising along with the help of our two dogs. As a family, we enjoy traveling, trips to Target, playing with animals, and cheering for the Solon Springs Eagles.
Two passions motivated me to become a therapist: The first was my desire to see people navigate the curve balls that life throws at all of us, in a way that promotes growth and overall wellness. I believe that healthy individuals can engage in healthy relationships which can lead to a healthier society for everyone. My second passion is to make mental health care more accessible to rural communities, such as the one that I call home.
My approach to therapy is always evolving, but is based on helping clients discover their strengths, find solutions that work for them, and to challenge their obstacles with new skills and perspectives. In my work with couples and families I use a systems approach as well as Gottman therapy. My faith is a large part of my personal life, and I have been trained to integrate faith into practice, based on clients’ needs and goals.
Life can be so tough; everyone needs a helping hand at times. I am honored to offer a safe and nonjudgmental space for people to work through difficult challenges.
Since I began practicing 21 years ago, I’ve gathered extensive experience working with individuals (adults and adolescents 14 years and up) using a strengths-based approach in addition to assessing and increasing communication skills for all areas of life to ensure you get the most out of every session and out of life. Always first and foremost, my goal as a therapist is to be genuine, approachable, and nonjudgmental as I help guide you through the therapeutic process to become your own best resource.
My specialty areas are anxiety and OCD, depression, adolescents /adults of divorced parents, grief and loss, trauma, codependency, adolescents/adults of alcoholic/addicted parent(s), ADHD management, body image, relationship issues, self-esteem, as well as blended-family issues. My goal is to give you usable tools beginning the first session.
I appreciate busy lives so I do hold some flexible hours one evening a week. Believing in a holistic approach, I try my best to help clients get the best care possible. With your permission, I work to bridge the gap between health care providers, should you have other health concerns that might be related.
My approach to people is centered around a strong belief that being human means life gets a little messy sometimes, it is part of our shared lived experience. My approach to therapy is to normalize and hold space for the human experience, starting with the person that I am sitting across from in session. I truly believe that healing starts with first being seen by another human. Like really seen. I am client centered in my therapy approach as I understand that the client’s story and context of their life matter tremendously, and I know a safe space to share that story is a key component to therapy. Therapy can offer a place for someone to understand your lens that you see the world through as well as offer different perspectives when we get stuck in our own lens.
Professionally, I have worked with children, teenagers, and adults in a variety of settings including individual therapy, family therapy, and in group therapy settings. I have concentrated on areas such as children/adolescents, substance use, and eating disorders throughout my graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. Furthermore, I continue to grow, learn, and work in the following areas: trauma-informed care, play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, diversity & inclusion, and LGBTQIA+ specific struggles.
Therapy can be short-term and quick. Therapy can be slow and last longer. For everyone that will look different. I do not want to put humans into a box that we can’t possibly fit in, so I will be excited to learn about how you are currently needing therapy in your life and how I can walk beside you on your journey.
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.
I have experience working with mental disorders, distress/trauma, support, coping, resolving conflicts and self-exploration. I enjoy working with a diverse population and look forward to working with underrepresented individuals who may feel left out or are looking to expand perspectives and find themselves. I believe in positive energy and staying in the moment.
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.
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 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.
Steven L Schreiber
MS, LPC, CSAC, CRC
Shell Lake and Siren Offices.
- Special Interest: Co-occurring disorders and chronic pain, Trauma Informed care, chronic disease recovery management, mindfulness/mind body connection. Motivational Interviewing and Prochaska and DiClemente’s Stages of Change.
- Undergraduate degree in Vocational Rehabilitation with a concentration in substance abuse counseling from UW Stout and a Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation with a concentration in rehabilitation counseling.
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)
- Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
- Independent Clinical Supervisor (ICS)
Steve has over twenty years in the field of behavioral health with broad academic and vocational experience. He has worked in all continuums of substance abuse care from residential to continuing care services in multiple capacities. Steve provided clinical supervision for students and clinicians as a unit supervisor at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Center City, MN. Steve incorporates an eclectic counseling approach in working with individuals based on stages of change. Primarily incorporating person centered approach to identify individual values and goals to set the stage for empowerment and attainment.
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.