Consultations are free

1-608-620-4028

licensed professional counselor

OFFICES IN
DELAFIELD & PEWAUKEE

Gwen Haagensen

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WHAT I OFFER

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING 

Looking for relief from anxiety, life transitions, struggling with current relationships, exploring or expanding your self-identity, wanting to change self-limiting beliefs or start a fresh new phase of life. The encouragement and feedback you receive from good old-fashioned talk therapy, allows a connection when someone wants to be heard, for another person to “see” them, understand and support them. Nothing else matches the healing power of a trusting, intimate relationship with another human being. 

 

COUPLES COUNSELING

Creating a supportive space in which to explore communication dynamics and sex positivity in heterosexual and LGBTQ relationships. I'm also a Prepare/Enrich certified facilitator. Visual assessments help couples create awareness of strengths and challenges to strengthen your relationship foundation with pre-marital, marital and family assessments.

 

SCHEMA THERAPY

You may have a sense that something in your life isn't working, but can't make the connection between relationship patterns learned in childhood and your life today. Schema Therapy is an evidence-based approach for creating change by identifying and resolving self-defeating life patterns. Developed during childhood when our core emotional needs go unmet, we unconsciously recreate past interpersonal situations. After the assessment, you'll have clarity as to what schemas get triggered, and we can work together toward changing these themes. 

EMDR THERAPY 

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing is extensively researched and proven effective form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR has been proven to reduce the negative effects of distressing thoughts, images, emotions, and body sensations. https://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/

EATING DISORDERS & BODY IMAGE  

Most individuals that struggle with disordered eating face ambivalence in therapy, like gaining weight, eating "normal" food and purging. As a result, engaging clients to make a change is a big part of treatment. Managing anxiety is another one. For many, life has often revolved around managing their eating disorder, often creating an imbalance in other areas of life. It also requires patience as the treatment can be long and often have bumpy roads. In addition to counseling, working with a licensed dietitian is also crucial for recovery and I can recommend several in the area that can provide assistance and nutritional support. 

 

ADDICTION & CODEPENDENCY 

Acknowledging that you need help is never easy, but it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself. Whether you’ve decided to get help to control or moderate your alcohol or drug use, or just want to explore the role that addiction might play in your life, you are being proactive in getting help. Addiction is a family illness that inevitably alters the lives of everyone. I can help those suffering from their loved ones addiction as we navigate a new course with healthy limits and redraw our boundaries to include what is, and isn't, within our control.

I practice from an attachment perspective which focuses on important relationships in our lives and the innate human need to feel connected, loved & supported.

"We can be redeemed only to the extent
to which we see ourselves.”

 

-Martin Buber

 

Welcome

APPOINTMENTS
 

IN PERSON OR ONLINE

I offer a no fee 15-20 minute initial consultation.

We will talk about what brings you to therapy, gather a brief history related to the issues that you are struggling with and discuss any concerns you may have. 

 

I will provide you with information about my training, experience and what the process of therapy looks like. All your information is secure and confidential, and will never be shared.

 

Lastly, I will go over scheduling and financial policies with you.

Please note: EMDR therapy is
for in-person only.

THERAPY FROM YOUR COUCH-NOT MINE! 

Tired of blocking out 2-3 hours to get to a therapy appointment?  

 

Online Therapy allows you to attend appointments in the comfort of your home or office via a HIPPA compliant video platform.

Rates&Payments
 

$90 
50 Minute Individual Session

 

$120 

Couples Therapy & EMDR Therapy 

Currently accepting Cigna insurance, and can provide receipts to obtain reimbursement from other insurance companies whenever possible, or from HSA's and FSA's. 

 

Check with your plan to see if they cover out-of-network providers.

A FEW BENEFITS OF PRIVATE PAY
 

  •  No DSM diagnosis is necessary, so your health record information does indeed stay private! 
     

  • Insurance won't dictate how many sessions you're "allowed", or tell you what therapist you must see.

Payment is due at the time of each session by cash, check or credit card unless we have come to a different agreement.

Financial difficulties should not prevent you from getting the help that you need. I will be happy to offer referrals to assist you in getting what you need at price point that is more comfortable.

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CONTACT 

1-608-620-4028

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Email: esmecounseling@hush.com

TWO LOCATIONS

613 Milwaukee St., Suite B

Delafield, WI 535018
(Office is located within Nourishing Wellness)

Lighthouse Counseling
325 Forest Grove Dr.  Suite 201
Pewaukee, WI 53072

 

about me

I took the scenic route to becoming a clinician after spending many years as a graphic designer. At 45, I decided to recreate myself and move toward a career path I'm passionate about.

 

Like you, I have encountered a fair amount of life's struggles of my own, and disclose that in the therapeutic relationship where it benefits my clients. I'm a parent of 3, and have navigated my share of shifting family dynamics and explored the early stages of my own journey into middle age. 

 

These experiences, combined with my education and training, allows me to not only understand the needs of my clients, but to provide genuine empathy without a stitch of judgement. 

I know what it feels like to be a client, as I have been in counseling at various times throughout my life, and continue to integrate this as a regular discipline of self-care.

 

With Kindness,

 

EDUCATION & PHILOSOPHY

  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of WI, Whitewater
     

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    State of Wisconsin License #7468-125

     

  • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
     

  • American Counseling Association (ACA) member

 

While I have training as a generalist, I have advanced skills and training in the areas of trauma, eating disorders, marriage and family, as well as my certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC-IT), where I completed my addiction studies abroad in Scotland.  

 

I am skilled at using a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, including attachment work cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness, schema and insight-based therapies. 

 

I tailor my approach based on the specific goals and strengths of each client, so that each person experiences therapy that is a good fit for them. All the therapy I do is evidence-based and is designed to be empowering, with a focus on de-pathologizing the person.

My passion in counseling is create a relationship built on safety, where people feel accepted and challenged to grow in new and meaningful ways.

 

I see counselling as an opportunity to help people diminish pain and suffering, cope with the challenges of life (both normal and extraordinary), and experience increased joy, purpose, and self-acceptance.