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Nancy Miller

MS, LPC, NCC

Nancy Miller is a master level licensed professional counselor in the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota.  After almost 30 years of being an accountant, Nancy returned to school to complete her undergraduate degree at University of Northwestern in St. Paul, MN.  She received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Winona State University in May 2016.  In October 2016 Nancy opened her private practice, Expanding Hope Counseling Services, LLC.   Nancy is a member of The American Counseling Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors and The American Association of Christian Counselors.  Nancy uses many different evidenced-based interventions to help clients return to a sense of peace and rest.  She also offers evidenced-based Christian interventions as requested. 

Nancy believes that we have everything we need to live full and empowering lives.  She is passionate about encouraging her clients to be the best version of themselves by finding the inner strength they need to overcome life’s challenges.  Nancy considers the therapeutic relationship as one of the most powerful change agents in the session.  She is relational yet professional and brings many years of life’s experiences to her practice.  Nancy considers it a privilege to walk alongside of those on the journey to wellness.  She holds space for clients to explore and discover what is keeping them stuck and celebrates with them as they find their way back to joy. 

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Nancy Miller, MS, PC, NCC

Phone: (608) 790-9481

Email: expandinghopecs@gmail.com

Arianna Cirincione

“As an Air Force Veteran, I understand the hesitancies of seeking the help of any kind but especially for mental health. After bearing witness to some of the most difficult life-changing circumstances imaginable, and through my own spiritual journey of self-discovery and acceptance, I ventured towards becoming a therapist in the pursuit of helping others find meaning in this life.”

Arianna Cirincione is a master-level licensed professional counselor in training and a substance abuse counselor in training for the state of Wisconsin. After retiring from the United States Air Force in 2018, she began her journey to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor through Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. During her internship, she provided trauma-informed readjustment counseling for veterans with particular emphasis on how to experience the beauty of life in the here and now. Arianna is a member of The American Counseling Association and The Wisconsin Counseling Association.

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Counselor, MS, LPC-IT, SAC-IT

With multiculturalism at the forefront of her practice, Arianna understands how worldly influences shape a person’s life. Operating from an evidence-based and trauma-informed perspective, she utilizes an integrated theoretical approach and believes that being present in the immediate moment and working collaboratively with the client is what brings self-discovery and growth. Always encouraging, Arianna values the therapeutic relationship, authenticity, and individual responsibility, focusing on the positives in one’s life and not pathology.

We all earn for love and connection and when these needs are not met, we look for a way to substitute the feelings of pain, loneliness, and separation, which often leads to addiction. Addiction does not discriminate, and while addressing these vulnerabilities, Arianna holds space for personal beliefs on addiction and recognizes that addiction is not just a diagnosis but a symptom of something much larger.

Life is full of ups and downs; it all feels doable and then something happens, and the chaos consumes. It can be difficult to get out of the darkness. Don’t do it alone. We will walk together, in the present, towards meeting your goals.

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Teresa Schlintz

LMHC, LPC, CSAC

Life is a journey, embrace the struggles as opportunities. We are never really broken, the pieces that feel shattered we may have been trying to fit into a space they never really belonged. The process of healing is learning to become the person we chose for ourselves. 

My professional journey began in early 2000, working with women in a residential program for substance abuse after graduating from Viterbo University with a bachelor’s in psychology and substance abuse counseling emphasis. I expanded my education and experience into the full realm of mental health counseling in 2011 and graduated with a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Viterbo University in 2013. As part of degree fulfillment, I completed a one-year internship in a residential (RRTP) program at the Veteran’s Administration focusing on work with substance abuse, dual diagnosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder. While fulfilling the supervision hours for licensure I worked at a state mental health facility with individuals with severe pervasive mental health struggles. I later transitioned to working as a case manager for the World Trade Center Health Program, working with the responders and survivors of the 9/11 attack on the nation. 

In Spring 2022 I completed my Doctorate in Counseling Education and Supervision and am currently completing the dissertation requirement. The field of mental health counseling is dynamic and continuously changing, I appreciate the opportunity to learn and grow along with the students and associate therapists I work with. Over the past two decades, I have worked with individuals with life experiences I would never have imagined, coming from a small town in, the rural Midwest, and have felt incredibly blessed to have learned from so many amazing people with incredibly diverse life paths.

My counseling theory is integrative and holistic. I embrace cognitive, solution-focused, psychodynamic, existential, as well neurobiological perspectives of healing – firmly centered on a foundation of person-centered therapy. My style of counseling uses a mindfulness-oriented approach with a trauma lens. Trauma can be explored in many aspects; from this perspective, it is something that separates us from our sacred selves. I am also open to exploring spiritual aspects of healing from all perspectives and consider myself to be a lifelong learner, with the folks I work with often being the best teachers. 

Healing is a journey, not a destination, a journey best shared in the company of good people.

Gretchen Poellinger is a counseling intern student and works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Gretchen received her undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University – Mankato in Mankato, Minnesota. She is currently finishing her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Winona State University and will graduate later this year. Over the last 10 years, Gretchen has worked in a variety of settings in the social service field. She has direct experience working with individuals with varying challenges and has provided behavioral management and mental health services to adults, families, and children in a variety of roles Gretchen is a member of American Counseling Association.

 

Gretchen believes counseling is a therapeutic journey where individuals learn to process through challenging experiences to allow for a more thriving and meaningful future. In therapy, Gretchen takes great pride in creating a welcoming and warm environment that is built on trust and compassion to empower individuals on their healing journey. 

 

Sometimes life throws us curveballs and our brains respond in ways that leave us feeling stuck. Our past does not have to define our future and our challenges do not need to keep us living in the past. We all have a unique story to be told and the beautiful thing is we can decide how the story ends!

Gretchen Poellinger