CSAC, ICS - Founding DirectorShelly Dutch has been dedicating her life work to young people and their families for almost 30 years. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her dedication to the alcohol and drug problem in our society. She is certified at both the state and national levels, and emphasizes mentoring and service as the key to recovery...
LPC, CSAC, ICS, DirectorKrystle is currently working as a licensed mental health counselor, substance abuse counselor and co-assistant clinic director and manages Connections UW affiliated programs. Krystle brings a vast experience working with teens and adults struggling with a wide range of mental health and substance use concerns. From a holistic and person-centered approach, Krystle recognizes barriers that may be present when counseling individuals from diverse backgrounds. She believes it is within the context of a person-to-person connection that each client experiences growth. Krystle is a EMDRIA trained and active EMDR practitioner.
CSAC, ICS, Asst DirectorRob brings a depth of experience and compassion working with individuals who suffer from substance use disorders. Rob is recently relocated from the Milwaukee area where he provided clinical leadership, quality assurance management and MAT clinical support to local programs. Rob is trained brain spotting practitioner. Rob has provided valuable community support to various substance Read More
Business DirectorChuck is responsible for Connections non-clinical business activities. Chuck brings decades of corporate experience with a strong personal understanding and compassion for the importance of what we do for the patients Connections serves and their families. Chuck also serves on the Recovery Foundation board of Directors.
MA, MA, LPC, SAC, CCTP, Clinical SupervisorFrederick Harris has over 15 years in the field of behavioral health. His journey started working in the criminal justice system; where he served a diverse population comprised of substance abuse, mental health, homelessness, transitions, family dynamics, and criminal behavior. He has had great opportunities to develop restorative and rehabilitation programs, managed in-patient, and outpatient Read More
Office ManagerAshley supervises office operations and administrative staff and sits on the clinic leadership team. Ashley brings caring, compassion and competence to the challenges of medical billing, scheduling and staffing.
MA, LPC, CSACTim has worked in the field of substance abuse/mental health for 16+ years in inpatient, outpatient, residential and correctional settings. He believes people know what they need to do to become healthy, however need assistance through positive relationships.
MA, LPC, CSACCory works primarily with teens and young adults through the process of change. He believes in the strength of individuals, but also in the power of group thoughts as a means of transformation. He is also a musician who performs in a successful band, which has received recognition in Rolling Stone Magazine, and has toured nationally.
PHOTO BY NOAH WILLMAN
LCSW, SACPatrick has over 22 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. He has worked in various settings - inpatient and outpatient, AODA and mental health clinics, domestic violence treatment and private practice. He will bring his years of experience doing interventions to Connections Counseling, and help families shepherd their loved ones into an appropriate treatment setting.
MA, LPC, SACJoe currently is a licensed mental health and substance abuse counselor. He started his own journey of recovery in 2007 at Connections Counseling and has continued to learn, grow and give back in the years since. Joe has experience working with a wide variety of ages, cultural and economic backgrounds. He believes that people who were once deemed "hopeless" in their struggles with mental health and substance use disorders, can become hopeful. Joe holds a BBA in Marketing and Finance, and a Master of Arts in Counseling with a Community Counseling emphasis. In addition to being a counselor, he is responsible for community outreach where he organizes and participates in speaking panels for schools, organizations and conferences.
MS, LPCMary Kay has over 25 years working with individuals, couples and families in a variety of settings and organizations, such as day treatment for youth, community mental health, employee assistance consulting, and private practice. She has a master’s in Rehabilitiation Counseling, with an emphasis in AODA issues, is a Professional Certified Coach and Licensed Professional Counselor. Mary Kay brings a solution-focused and strength based philosophy to her work with couples and families that help her clients move forward in a healthy, positive direction.
MS, LPC, SACShannon is dually licensed for both mental health and substance use and has been a member of the Connections counseling family since 2014. Shannon works primarily with young adults, college students, and teens and is involved in individual work, group counseling, as well as UW-Madison BASICS, CASICS, and CHOICES programs. She has experience working with a wide range of issues Read More
MS, LPC, SACAlex brings enthusiasm and compassion to understanding and working with individuals with mental health and substance concerns. Alex practice emphasizes working with college students, adolescents and young adults. Alex is an avid muscision and a founding member of the bi-weekly music group at Connections.
MSE, LPC, SAC-ITEthan obtained his bachelor’s degree in psychology from UW-Madison and his master’s degree in professional counseling, with an emphasis in clinical mental health, from UW-Oshkosh. He sincerely believes the therapeutic space he shares with a client is sacred, and considers it an honor to bear witness to, and celebrate, an individual’s lived experience. He is convinced that change occurs Read More
PhD, LCSWDr Pete Meagher is a full time professor who offers his expertise and passion part time at Connections. Pete teaches in a clinical social work program and specializes in mindfulness based approaches to treating anxiety, depression, trauma and dually diagnosed clients. Pete uses a unique approach to help clients discover and own their strengths to Read More
MSW, CAPSW, SAC-ITBrooke enjoys therapeutic work with people from all walks of life, especially adolescents and young adults who are struggling with mental health and substance use disorders. She has a background working in a variety of inpatient and outpatient programs and a foundation in DBT. Brooke believes in empowering clients through a person-centered and strengths-based treatment approach.
MS, LPC, CSACJennifer enjoys working with clients from all walks of life, and believes a holistic approach is important in supporting clients to make lasting changes. Jennifer is an EMDRIA certified EMDR practitioner. She is also nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and works in the Adolescent Program. She serves clients of all ages in both mental health and substance abuse counseling. She loves working Read More
MD, PsychiatryDr. Leslie Taylor is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in mood disorders, addiction, clinical research and medication management of psychiatric disorders. Dr Taylor is a pioneer in guiding FDA approved TMS treatment in Madison and specializes solely in TMS treatment at Connections. She has over 25 years of experience treating adults, and adolescents.
MFT-IT, SAC-ITLara is a mental health and substance abuse therapist who has been a part of the Connections Counseling family since 2014. Lara has a passion for working with individuals, primarily college students and young adults. She has facilitated Connections University of Wisconsin and Edgewood affiliated college programs, BASICS, CASICS and Choices. In her practice, Lara Read More
LPC, CSACJohn is a dually credentialed counselor focused on mental health counseling and substance abuse counseling. John has been practicing since 2010 and has a passion to help improve treatment outcomes for persons with diverse backgrounds. John has substantial experience with adolescents and adults. John is an EMDRIA trained and active EMDR practitioner.
LMFTEmily works with individuals, adults and couples on issues including anxiety, depression, self esteem, trauma, grief and loss, addiction, life transitions, interpersonal relationships and parenting. Emily believe that change happens most effectively in the context of relationship and views the relationship between client and therapist to be one of the most important pieces of successful Read More
Mentor Coordinator, CCAR Recovery CoachKim is a woman in long-term recovery, passionate about mentoring others to a path of long-term, sustainable recovery through multiple physical, mental, and spiritual pathways. At Connections, Kim has primary responsibility for the Mentorship Program, an essential part of Connections recovery services, connects clients to peer supports and supports TMS and IOP services.
MA, LPC-IT, SAC-ITWill is grateful to be in long-term recovery and a therapist working with mental health and substance use disorders. Will aims to provide a safe, non-judgmental space to allow for clients to process struggles and growth in both individual and group settings. Will endorses a holistic, interpersonal style of counseling helping to build healthy relationships Read More
MS, Art Therapist, LPC-ITSometimes words just aren’t enough to capture the essence of how we’re doing. This is where the power of art comes in. As a Master’s level Art Therapist and licensed professional counselor (in training), Taryn is trained to not only offer her clients support through words, but will also teach them how to tap into Read More
MA, LPC, SAC-ITJason brings compassionate person-centered care to both substance use and mental health concerns. Jason brings a depth of experience working in a medication assisted treatment facility with individuals with opiate disorders. His broader training, experience and passion brings help and hope.