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As a client of the Clinical Services Center, you will have a whole team of trained therapists working for and with you to help you reach your goals. Student therapists in the final year of their master's degree program work alongside highly experienced supervisors to ensure that your care is according to the excellent standards and reputation of one of the nation's most respected and longest continually accredited Marriage and Family Therapy graduate programs. 

To learn more about UW-Stout's outstanding Marriage and Family Therapy program, click here.

Heather Hessel, PhD (University of Minnesota)

Heather Hessel is an assistant professor in the Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Human Services department, and the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at UW-Stout. Her research interests include the young adult life stage, and the role of technology in family relationships. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and maintains a small online clinical practice. Dr. Hessel's clinical interests include parent-child relationships, mindfulness, and Buddhist Psychology.

 

Candice Maier, PhD (University of Iowa)

Candice Maier is an assistant professor in the Counseling, Rehabilitation and Human Services department, and the Clinical Director of the Clinical Services Center at UW-Stout. Her research interests include couple relationships and gender equity as contributions to mental and physical health. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) and AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate and maintains a private practice at Adulteen Counseling, LLC. Dr. Maier's clinical interests include couple and family relationships, and Narrative Therapy. 

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Ashley Boushon

Ashley grew up in Park Falls, Wisconsin and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management-Environmental Law Enforcement from UW-Steven’s Point. In her graduate program, Ashley’s concentrations are working with stress, anxiety, couples and families undergoing stress within their relationships and life changes. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with her dog, camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, kayaking and wood burning.

Kayla Devorak

Kayla Devorak

Having earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Youth Studies from the University of Minnesota, Kayla is passionate about helping young people find hope and a life worth living. She has worked extensively in adolescent residential treatment centers and has experience helping individuals struggling with suicidal ideation, self-injurious behavior, trauma, interpersonal struggles, substance use, eating disorders and severe and persistent mental illness. Kayla chose the MFT route because she connects with its systemic perspective on individuals, families and mental health. She hopes to continue working with young people and adults in a residential setting and one day help to bridge the transition between residential treatment and going home. Kayla currently resides in the Twin Cities with her wife, dog, and two cats.

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Leah Faiad

Leah received her bachelor's degree in Child, Youth & Family Studies from UW-Stevens Point. Her passion for helping others originated from her work as a missionary, serving underprivileged populations on numerous trips to Guatemala and Europe. She has entered the field of Marriage and Family Therapy because of the one-on-one and small group settings as well as the direct healing approach it provides. After completing her graduate degree, she hopes to work in private practice with children, adolescents and their parents. In her spare time, Leah enjoys camping, scrapbooking and exercising. She looks forward to expanding her experience as a therapist with the population of Menomonie!

Olivia Hamm

Olivia Hamm

Olivia received her undergraduate degree from UW-Eau Claire, double majoring in Psychology and Women's Studies. She enjoys working within a systemic context, looking at how current issues are influenced or have been impacted by life experiences and relationships. Once her graduate program is complete, she hopes to work in the Eau Claire area with children and families. Olivia’s special interests include eating disorders, body image issues, couple issues, parenting skills, depression, anxiety, communication skills, conflict resolution and many more. She enjoys helping clients attain the personal growth they are working toward. Olivia loves spending time with her family, especially swimming, apple-picking, going to parks and many other things to get out and about.

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Gabrielle Hurd

Abby has spent the past 12 years interested in families and relationships. After receiving her bachelor's degree in Family Social Science, she worked as a doula (birth companion) and midwife apprentice for 5 years, which instilled in her a great respect for families and an enjoyment of creating connections with the families she met. This desire for connection has led Abby to the field of counseling and she looks forward to meeting each unique person and family she works with. In her free time, Abby enjoys all kinds of social dancing, biking and outside activities.

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Keegan Murphy

Keegan completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. He was drawn to Marriage and Family to follow his passion for helping people. He likes the holistic and problem-solving approach of the MFT form of practice. Keegan loves working with individuals as well as families and relationships of all kinds (including dating partners, roommates, teammates, and friend groups). He believes in meeting people where they are at in life in a supportive and non-judgmental manner, while helping them see their present circumstance or challenge through fresh eyes and learn new resources, skills and coping strategies.

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Shawny Sena

Shawny's favorite part of being a marriage and family therapist is working with relationships. For her, this includes the relationships we have with ourselves, our loved ones and our larger culture. Shawny especially enjoys working with sexuality, gender and desire difficulties, sexual trauma, body-mind integration and mindfulness. Her lens as a practitioner is informed by her experience as a sex educator and work with queer (LGBTQ), kink/BDSM, non-monogamy/polyamory, body positive, feminist and sex worker communities. When not wearing her therapist hat, she loves playing with her dog Inky and cat Mina. 

Nou Vang

Nou Vang

Nou comes from a background in parent education and child development. She is committed to recognizing the strengths and potential in individuals along with seeing the value in healing and relationship building. Nou's hope is to provide therapeutic services to people of color and to address social justice issues utilizing a holistic, systemic lens. In her free time she enjoys running, hiking and cuddling with her 2-year-old cockapoo fur baby. 

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Xe Xiong

Bio coming soon.