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Meet Our Health Professionals in Hartford

Hartford Counseling

384 W. Sumner Street

Hartford, WI 53027

Main Office: (262) 223-6125 

referrals.lifespan@gmail.com

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DR. GARY PROBST, PSYD, LPC

Dr. Gary Probst is co-founder of The Matthew Project, Inc.

The Matthew Project, Inc.,  provides services to the people of Southeastern Wisconsin.

Dr. Probst is a graduate of Liberty University with MAs in Professional Counseling and Management & Leadership and a Psy.D. from CalSouthern. He is also a local business owner who followed his passion for helping others through a counseling effort.  He is a NAMI Counselor Educator.

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Currently, Carmen is a part-time School Counselor at a local elementary school in Washington County. She is working under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Lehmann and mentor, Gary Probst, at Hartford Counseling and Life Span Family Services.


Carmen is an active member of the community.  Coaching volleyball and serving as a volunteer NAMI Teen Connection counselor are two of her most recent involvements.  She is also QPR certified and understands the seriousness mental health can have on one’s overall wellbeing.


 As a member of the Hartford Counseling team, Carmen is well-equipped to effectively her clients explore possibilities pertaining to personal, family, educational, mental health, and career decisions. Her main goal is to help her clients create meaningful patterns within the environment in which they live, work, and play.  Carmen’s natural demeanor of openness and empathy help her clients gain a sense of security and empowerment, so she can purposefully assist the clients with whom she works. 


 Carmen’s strategies and skills are geared towards promoting, developing, and enhancing effective teamwork within the larger community.  As theories change and new research is added, she is under the belief that it is her responsibility to stay up-to-date on current research and practices to best meet the needs of her clients.  Each client comes with individual goals in mind, therefore, it is Carmen’s philosophy that each client requires a personalized treatment plan to best address client needs and help him or her progress to a healthy level of life satisfaction.

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Entering into counseling takes both courage and vulnerability. I treat children, teens, adults, families, and couples, using an approach of trust and mutual respect, believing that every person is doing the best they can and has the ability to grow and learn. Identifying and drawing forth personal skills and strengths as well as an action plan for change is crucial for problem resolution. I address all areas to self-healing, working with body, mind, and Spirit. People are whole beings and all areas truly are connected.

I have trained with Stephen J. Bavolek, PhD, and I am certified in his Nurturing Parenting Program. Parenting can be tough, AND it can also be the most rewarding job you will ever have! I am invested in empowering families to create respectful, supportive homes in which everyone is accountable for their actions and is acknowledged for their strengths.

There are times when words just don't cut it. These are the times art therapy and/or guided meditation are preferred. I have found guided meditation particularly helpful with body image, fertility and pregnancy. Art and play therapy are a must with kids and teens because of their unique ability to relate to the world in metaphors.

Specialties include: anxiety, depression, trauma, grief.

*I offer telehealth!

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Welcome and congratulations on taking the first step towards your wellness! Choosing a counselor can be tough. I aspire at providing a safe, relaxed and empathetic space that allows individuals and families to gain awareness, learn effective coping strategies, and promote a supportive environment. Through a collaborative process, we will work towards overcoming obstacles, work towards your goals, and discover your path of self-discovery and self-acceptance. I promote a relaxed environment with some humor to create a therapeutic environment. I look forward to helping you on your journey.


Specialties include: anger management, infertility, anxiety, coping skills, depression, divorce, grief, life transitions, relationship issues, self-esteem, stress.

*I offer telehealth!

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Rich grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan not far from the Wisconsin border.  He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a degree in Pastoral Studies as well as Grand Canyon University with a Masters of Science in Christian Counseling.  When not counseling, Rich enjoys spending time with friends and family, toy collecting and watching movies.  His passions in counseling include Christian counseling, helping kids with special needs, emotion regulation, and geek therapy (integrating pop culture, sci-fi, fantasy and gaming elements into therapy).

*I offer telehealth!

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One of the bravest things you can do is to start to understand your own story. No matter where you are in your self-exploration, Alyssa's goal is to meet you where you are at. Together you will identify your goals and utilize your unique strengths to live a fulfilled life.

Alyssa will work collaboratively with you to address your personal needs and assist you in experiencing improved mental and emotional health; in turn, this will foster a healthier sense of self, positive outlook on life, and enhance the quality of your relationships.

Whether it's anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, or difficulties managing stress, Alyssa invites you into a supportive space where you can work through your struggles in a way that is best fit for you.

Specialties include: mood disorders, OCD, ADHD, eating disorders, self-esteem.

*I offer telehealth!

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BRIANNE FORD, INTERN*

Exhale. There are a million thoughts running through your mind as you look for the right therapist. Not to mention the reason you're seeking therapy. How can you tell who will suit you best? Should you close your eyes and pick at random? Maybe your job has been demanding, and relationships feel like work. Maybe school is becoming increasingly stressful, or you just need someone to talk to. There is no “wrong” reason to seek therapy. Whether you have specific issues you need to process, or you’re simply not feeling like yourself, we can work on personal growth and sustainable coping skills that will benefit your lifestyle.

One of my primary strategies to achieve this is by helping you pinpoint your values, and uncover patterns that no longer serve you. From there we can collaborate to identify tools and behaviors that will help your outside world match the inside.

You’re making your best effort to have it all together, but life is a lot to manage. We all deserve to have a moment of exhale in the midst of our busy schedules to process life or manage anxiety, stress or low mood. Allow me to meet you where you’re at.

*I offer telehealth!

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WILL SKALECKI, INTERN*

In modern society, we delegate the title of "artist" to an increasingly select few. But I believe there is an artist in everyone, and discovering that potential involves the process of unlearning the large role that negative self-talk has in our everyday lives. I see counseling as the next step in a lifelong process of learning: learning about yourself and the world around you. While the traditional education system is built for a select few, I aim to meet at the place where you feel most skilled, and build from there to widen your prospects and help you realize your dreams.

Specialties include: mood disorders.

*I offer telehealth!

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SHANA KOCH, INTERN*

I am dedicated to helping you through mental health, family, relationship, and health difficulties with empathy. It can be difficult to make impactful, long-lasting changes. I understand the importance of wanting to find that immediate relief, as well as identifying and treating the root of the problem. By collaborating closely together, you and I will define and work towards realistic goals in order to maximize your time in counseling.

Specialties include: anxiety, adjustment disorders, depression, OCD, ADHD.

*I offer telehealth!

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The therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is centered around teamwork. Jordan does not simply solve problems. Instead, he works together with his clients to facilitate positive life changes, enhance self-esteem, establish healthy coping mechanisms, and obtain a healthy mental state. Jordan helps ALL clients with their mental health goals regardless of gender, age, or race.

Jordan specializes in working with teenage, adolescent, and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, and stress. In addition, because of Jordan's unique background playing collegiate and professional basketball, he specializes in sports performance. From his career, he understands and experienced the correlation between mental health and sports performance.

You do not need to take on your mental health alone. Jordan would be honored to be part of your team as you seek a healthier you!

Specialties: depression, sports performance, anxiety.

*I offer telehealth!

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MARK OLDENBURG, INTERN*

Live a healthier life! We can work together to help you reach your goals for a brighter future.

Everybody has strength, no matter how many life challenges they have faced. Let's sort through the negative and bring you to a more positive place. I utilize a blend of different therapeutic methods to focus on solutions and the development of you as a positive and successful person.

What are the root causes of your problems and how do we deal with them? The process isn't as daunting as one may believe. With an interested and caring counselor, you can work as a team to bring about change. I am experienced working with anxiety disorders and mood disorders. I can help you raise your self-esteem, reduce stress, and tackle most any issue.

Specialties include: OCD, anxiety.

*I offer telehealth!

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TAYLOR HUEBNER, INTERN*

Are you feeling lost or confused? Like no one understands you or wants to listen. I have been in this position, and I am here to say you can get through this, and I am here to help you with this process. If you are ready to take back your life and start to make positive changes to the person you want to be or work through any relational insecurities you may be experiencing, my door is open. Feeling heard, being validated, and making changes is possible. My approach to working with individuals and couples comes from a genuine, warm, and caring heart. I focus on goal-oriented approaches and positive reinforcement. Contact me today.

*I offer telehealth!

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