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Meet Our Health Professionals in West Bend

West Bend Counseling

120 N. Main St. 

Suite 110

West Bend, WI 53095

Main Office: (262) 223-6125 

referrals.lifespan@gmail.com

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ROBERT BANNASCH, M.S., LPC

The decision to seek therapy is not an easy one. I aim to make that decision as easy and comfortable as possible. I have a gentle personality and use a touch of humor to help make each client feel welcome and at ease. Individuals, couples, and families come to me because they need to work through a problem or issue. This might be anxiety, grief, couples or family counseling, health, loss of a job, or looking to build a happier, more fulfilling life, or numerous other reasons. I work hard to build an atmosphere that allows people to feel safe and understood. When clients leave, they feel healthier, happier, and more whole.

I work with all kinds of populations, but I have a special interest in working with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, OCD, and individuals, couples, and families looking to repair, rebuild, and reconnect. Humor, authentic non-judgmental caring, and comfort are all a part of my work.

We all know that life can throw us all kinds of curveballs. When life throws us those difficulties, having someone to help you work through those issues is where the magic starts. Each person has the choice to sit back and let life happen to you or you can choose to embrace the challenge and face it head-on.

Specialties include: anxiety, trauma, PTSD, relationship issues, families, depression, OCD, self-esteem, gambling.

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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, and 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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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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ALYSSA NENNIG, INTERN*

I am a Masters-level counselor-in-training through Northwestern University. I seek to create a safe environment for clients to explore their thoughts, fears, and goals. I treat everyone with respect, empathy, and compassion and believe it is essential to build a relationship founded on mutual trust. I have a particular interest in perinatal concerns including postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, as well as working with new parents.

I work with clients to process their fears, stressors, anxieties, and traumas. I use mindfulness in my practice and help clients build coping skills. I take an integrated approach, focusing on the needs of each client, rather than taking a cookie-cutter approach.

I treat every client with respect and empathy. I want each of my clients to feel heard and understood. I aim to help clients gain a better understanding of themselves. I believe counseling is a collaborative process and work with each client to develop a treatment plan.

Specialties include: perinatal counseling, parenthood, life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationship issues.

*I offer telehealth!

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