Serving: Children, Individuals, Adults, Families
Family & Children’s Center has a variety of mental health therapists at various locations who provide mental health counseling and treatment services. These professionals provide counseling for children, adolescents, adults, and families seeking a safe, supportive environment where they can manage and cope with life’s challenges. Our experienced staff addresses issues including trauma, PTSD, behavioral problems, anxiety, relationship, divorce or marital problems, autism, childhood trauma, ADHD and concerns with hyperactive or defiant children. Participants are able to develop a healthy, solid foundation for becoming productive members of society by developing social skills, coping techniques, and problem-solving skills.
- Individual, family, or couple therapy options available
- Telehealth services available
- Substance abuse assessments and treatment available
- Addiction Counseling
- Highly skilled and experienced staff
- Diverse backgrounds of staff ensure expertise across spectrum of emotional, mental and behavioral issues, as well as among a range of ages.
- Helps participants achieve happier, healthier lives
**Please note that FCC’s Outpatient Counseling accepts most insurance plans.
Outpatient Counseling Office Hours
M-F 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
By appointment only
M-T 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
F 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
By appointment only
M-F 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
By appointment only
Minnesota Clinical Staff
Aileen Abliss, MA
EMDR Therapist - Clinical Trainee, Outpatient Services
Aileen is a Clinical Trainee for our Outpatient services in Winona. She is a trained EMDR therapist with a graduate degree from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She specializes in treating trauma, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, depression, phobias, shame, avoidance, cravings, and low self-esteem. Aileen’s approach is to update emotionally charged experiences, thoughts, and beliefs to healthier, more adaptive perspectives, to promote behavioral change.
Chelsie Swenson, MS, LPCC
Licensed professional clinical counselor
Chelsie has earned a Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from Winona State University and a Bachelor of Social Work from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Chelsie has 8 years experience in the field and she also holds a certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health from University of Minnesota. She works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Her focus is treating anxiety, mood disorders, relationship conflicts, wellness, stress management, and trauma.
Jennifer Rose Yahnke
LADC and LPCC
Jennifer holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Clinical Counseling from Winona State University. She has over 6 years of experience working with adults and adolescents with dual diagnoses. She works with individuals, families, and groups. In her previous role at FCC, she was a Certified Peer Support Specialist and had over 23 years of personal recovery experience from dual diagnoses. She is a licensed counselor in both addictions and mental health with her LADC and LPCC through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. Jennifer will be starting a dual diagnosis group in the Outpatient program called IDDT.
Kathryn Hollenhorst, LP
Kathryn is a Licensed Psychologist with 31 years of experience. She has a Master’s degree from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, specializing in working with adolescents and families. She also provides psychological and psychosexual evaluations. Kathryn is a trained Multi-Systemic Therapist and trained in trauma-focused care. She also serves as the Clinical Supervisor of Hiawatha Hall, ARMHS, and Adolescent-Day Treatment program and provides limited outpatient services in the Winona area.
Leah Morken- PhD, LP
Leah Morken, Ph.D., LP, is a Licensed Psychologist and serves as the Clinical Director of Family & Children’s Center. She earned her Doctorate in Psychology from Walden University. Leah provides clinical leadership to programs across the agency in addition to providing direct services. She works with clients of all ages and specializes in psychological testing, working with children ages 0-5, and play therapy with children during the therapeutic process. In addition, Leah provides parents with Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and works with individuals on the autism spectrum.
Children ages 0-5
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Wisconsin Clinical Staff
Carrie Bailey MS, LPC, CSAC, ICS, IDP
Clinical Supervisor - Mental Health & Substance Use Counselor
Carrie is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, and Intermediate Clinical Supervisor and provides services at offices in La Crosse and Viroqua. Carrie also serves as the Intoxicated Driver’s Program Assessor for Vernon County. Carrie uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Motivational Interviewing and DBT skills. Her focus is on challenging and changing cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotion regulation, and developing personal coping strategies targeting current problems. In addition, she is experienced with working with teens and adults in mental health and substance use counseling.
Teens & adults
Substance use counseling
La Crosse, WI
Barb Barghahn MS LPC SAC LADC
Barb Barghahn has a B.S. in Addiction Studies and an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, both from Viterbo University. She is licensed in Wisconsin and Minnesota and currently services as the Therapist for Monroe County Treatment Court. Barb has training in EMDR and Relapse Prevention Counting. Barb has experience working with men, women, LGBTQ, residential treatment, and treatment court.
Relapse Prevention Counting
La Crosse, WI
Patrick Kelley, CSAC/ICS
Patrick Kelley is an Ordained Minister and has a B.S. in Substance Use Disorder Counseling (AODA). Patrick has experience in residential treatment programming as well as working for the Department of Corrections. Patrick specializes in working with people on the fringe of society, including the homeless, urban and rural poor, alcohol and drug addicts, and LGBTQ people. Patrick uses a variety of techniques and has over ten years of counseling experience. He currently is the therapist for Treatment Court in Vernon County.
Substance Use Disorder Counseling
Walfsty Pierre, MSW, CSW, CAPSW
Walfsty Pierre has been working with youth and families for nearly 15 years. He is committed to a person-centered and trauma-informed approach that will benefit those who have not had success in traditional therapy. Walfsty has earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Bemidji State University and completed his Master’s in Social Work, emphasizing Trauma-Informed Clinical Social Work at Winona State University. He uses attachment and Polyvagal theory to help individuals find safety and build connections as they navigate their healing journey. Mr. Pierre currently provides outpatient psychotherapy, in-school therapy, in-home therapy, family therapy, and psychoeducation group therapy.
Psychoeducation group therapy
La Crosse, WI