OUR TEAM

Ashley, MS, LPC-IT

Ashley loves working with preschool and elementary school kids. When she meets kids, she gets excited about helping them meet their full potential. She excels at looking beyond the behaviors and identifying underlying strengths. Ashley enjoys the energy kids bring to sessions and loves using a creative approach to make a change. As an empathic listener, she seeks to genuinely understand kids and their families. Ashley holds a Master’s in Art Therapy and enjoys utilizing the creative process as a means of facilitating the exploration of difficult emotions, regulating mood, and promoting personal growth.

Ashley has had five years of experience using ABA techniques with young children on the autism spectrum. She has also facilitated art therapy groups for individuals living with cognitive and physical disabilities and has worked to address trauma in youth and adults who experienced homelessness. Ashley utilizes a person-centered approach while drawing upon techniques from CBT, DBT, and play therapy.

Ashley is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Leah, MA, LPC-IT (She/Her/Hers)

Leah has been a part of Healing Hearts since 2020 and works towards creating a welcoming and supportive environment. She has primarily worked with individuals 8 years old and up and seeks to provide a client-centered focus while drawing on an individual’s strengths. Leah holds a passion for working with individuals who are within the LGBTQ+ community or are going through identity exploration. She recognizes that understanding yourself and your identity can create a mix of emotions, and yet it can be an exciting time of self-discovery. She additionally has experience with working with anxiety, social anxiety, high avoidance, depression, PTSD, traumatic life events, improving communication, social skills, exposure-based interventions, self-compassion, and self-esteem. Leah approaches her work with patience, humor, and being open-minded.

Leah trained with author and researcher, Dr. Arthur Becker-Weidman in Family Focused Attachment Therapy. In addition, Leah has trained in the Integrated Listening and Safe and Sound Programs.

Out of work, Leah enjoys walking her dog, listening to audiobooks or podcasts, watching anime, and trying new recipes.

Leah is available Monday-Friday.

Lauren, MSW, LCSW

Seeking out therapy can feel daunting. Lauren’s work as a therapist is motivated by the understanding that everyone has skills to develop and could use a supportive environment to grow. Lauren holds a Master’s of Social Work and Bachelors of Arts in psychology and social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her main experience involves working with adults experiencing substance-abuse-related concerns and crisis mental health. Most recently she worked with adults who were coming out of the prison system that was struggling with addiction and general mental health concerns.

She primarily uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) but can incorporate a variety of other approaches including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills, problem-solving and suicide prevention, person-centered planning, and more. Lauren wants to incorporate important elements of your identity including your culture, faith/spirituality, and unique characteristics of yourself.

Lauren has worked with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, adjustment and stress, family development and parenting, trauma and abuse, suicidal thoughts and self-harm, personality disorders, identifying issues and self-confidence, as well as substance abuse concerns.

Lauren is available Monday-Thursday.

Victoria, MSE, LPC-IT

Victoria sees counseling as a journey of self-discovery and reflection. She seeks to connect with, engage, and empower clients to learn new skills and build self- and social awareness while making progress towards their goals. Victoria focuses on strengths, utilizes positive thinking, and incorporates mindfulness and yoga movements and principles. She primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and she can incorporate additional therapeutic approaches.

 

Victoria holds a Master’s of Science in Education (dually licensed in school counseling and mental health counseling), from Concordia University, and earned a Bachelors of Arts degree, with majors in Psychology and Political Science, and a certificate in Women’s Studies, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Victoria has work experience as an elementary, middle, and high school counselor. She has worked with children with autism, in a play-based format, and she has worked with emergency mental health support. Victoria has experience working with social and emotional skills, communication strategies, regulation through movement and mindfulness, academic struggles, career exploration, parent/guardian support, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and crisis intervention. Victoria enjoys working with clients from age six through adulthood. 

Victoria is available Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and once per month on Saturdays.

Jodi, MFT, LMFT-IT

Jodi has always had a passion for working with children and helping them cope with life events. She loves to use play-based, sensory-based, and art-based interventions in therapy.

She has experience using play to help children cope with the stressful and unexpected events within hospitalization, and extended support to parents and siblings of hospitalized children. Jodi also has experience providing play-based therapy for children with autism. She has also worked closely with clients and their families to provide family centered therapy, and ensured that parents felt supported throughout the therapy process.

Jodi is available Monday-Thursday.

Lexi, MSW

Lexi believes forming a positive relationship with you is one of the most valuable steps in the therapeutic process. With compassion at the core of her approach, she wants to make sure that you feel comfortable in a vulnerable setting. Lexi loves to meet you where you are and help you focus on what is possible.

Lexi believes therapy is a wonderful support for anyone and everyone, not just those who may be experiencing a difficult time. Therapy allows us to better understand our thoughts and emotions and how to positively deal with them as we go through life.

Lexi has a passion for working with children, teens, and young adults and encourages parent interaction. Lexi has experience in a multitude of settings working with school aged adolescents and their families. She has experience working with individuals with depression, anxiety, self-esteem concerns, and social-emotional development. Lexi uses a strengths based approach, motivational interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Lexi is available Monday-Friday.

Brenda Kepler Leske, Psy.D

DocB, as many of her younger clients refer to her, works primarily with children and young adults, and has experience with individuals aged 3 to 63. She enjoys helping you build positive social connections with others, learn to identify skills to learn your feelings and needs, and communicate these effectively to others.  Often, her primary goals in working with you and your family are to assist in building emotional resilience, develop relational bonds, facilitate appropriate trust and belief in self. 

Dr Kepler Leske is a licensed psychologist who has worked in the Madison area for many years, providing clinical treatment and evaluation services such as psychological, neuropsychological, and learning. Brenda has worked with individuals who have struggled with a variety of concerns, including neurodevelopmental disabilities, brain injuries, mental illness, emotional-behavioral issues, attachment and/or trauma experiences, and learning/attentional issues. 

Dr Kepler Leske is available Mondays through Thursdays. 

CLINICAL INTERN

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Nicole - Intern

Nicole has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health and anticipates graduating with her Master’s of Social Work degree in May 2024. Nicole most recently provided case management for individuals with significant mental health-related issues. She also has experience working in schools where she provided anti-oppressive and trauma-informed support for racially and gender-diverse teens seeking mental health, sexual health, and peer support during and after school. She conducted research regarding active classroom and mindfulness techniques and has written for grants to support mental health treatment in schools. 

Nicole will be joining our staff in April 2024.

Hannah - Intern

Hannah wants to empower you to create lasting change. She is also passionate about helping the community around her. She believes when we come alongside one another, we can help navigate the struggles of daily life. By working together, we can learn and adapt to new healthy ways of functioning.

Hannah has a passion for working with children and adults to explore challenges, celebrate their strengths, and develop skills that foster positive lasting change. Hannah primarily uses cognitive behavior therapy and also draws from many other approaches to help you explore the world around you. Before joining the Healing Hearts team, Hannah earned a bachelor’s degree in Education Studies and Youth Leadership. She has a rich background in non profit work where she focused on supporting children and parents in vulnerable communities.  Hannah is currently a clinical intern currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling.

 

Hannah is available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

K9 COUNSELORS

Ace, Rottweiler, CGC, CGCA, CGCU, THDX, Certified good boy

Patton, All American Mix, CGC, CGCA, CGCU, Certified good boy

Ace (left, Rottweiler) and Patton (right, Mix) are a part of our team as K-9 counselors. They also volunteer their time as GoTEAM Therapy Dogs. Over the past 5 years, Healing Hearts has experienced the benefit of having therapy dogs in the clinic. Research has identified the presence of a well-trained therapy dog can lower cortisol, adrenaline, and decrease stress. We have already noticed a HUGE difference with our staff and hope you have too! Ace is available on an on-call basis. Patton can be seen in the clinic on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Both dogs are available for individual sessions on a case-by-case basis as approved by the Therapist and the Clinical Director.

OFFICE STAFF

Amanda, Billing Specialist/Bookkeeper

Amanda enjoys working with the people at Healing Hearts. Many have become like family, and she loves watching them continue to make a positive difference in the lives of friends, families, and the community. Amanda has been with Healing Hearts since 2011. She is the clinics Billing Specialist and manages patient accounts and billing records at Healing Hearts. Amanda has a Liberal Arts Degree, Civil Engineering Technician Degree, and a Medical Billing Specialist certificate.

Yulisa, Receptionist

Yulisa has experience in the hospitality industry and has enjoyed helping others have a great experience. Her goal is to help you feel welcomed. You will find that Yulisa is outgoing, friendly, professional and has enthusiasm for helping others. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her nephews and connecting with family. 
Yulisa Gamillo

Nicole, Administrative Manager

Nicole has worked with Healing Hearts since 2022. She holds degrees in History and Behavioral Health. Prior to Healing Hearts, Nicole spent 6 years working with two Members of Congress in Texas. She also spent time working at a Behavioral Health Clinic as a Mental Health First Aid instructor. Nicole loves to connect with people and help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Nicole is also the owner/handler for K9 Counselor Patton.

Carrie, Executive Assistant

Carrie is compassionate and dedicated and is known for an unwavering commitment to do what is right. She is also highly skilled at creating structure in organizations and getting things done. Carrie has a genuine love for her work, for the people we serve, the community, and the difference that can be made through our involvement in your life. You can see her around the community as she visits and enjoys the local coffee and pastry shops. She loves being in the community to support other business owners, and builds relationships. Carrie truly cares about how the community is doing and how we can better support the local community. 

 

Carrie has a background in providing organization and structure in a family run business. That experience taught her how to work effectively with contractors, cities and municipalities, and customer service. She’s highly skilled in getting things done and making things happen. Carrie consistently goes above and beyond to contribute to the success of her team.