Meet the Staff of Peaceful Counseling Solutions

, TeleHealth (Remote) sessions are being offered by all our therapists.

All of our therapists are currently providing secure and confidential sessions remotely.  If you have a computer, smart phone or tablet that has a camera, you will likely be able to see your therapist remotely from your home.  If you do not have the needed technology, you are welcome to come into our office and use a computer in one of our private offices.  If neither of those work, we would be willing to conduct those sessions via phone. Call our office for your telehealth appointment.  715-675-3458

Molly S. McLaughlin, MA, LMFT, CCTP

Molly is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. With almost 20 years of experience in the field of mental health, she is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Certified Prepare/Enrich Program Facilitator.  Molly is also a HeartMath® Certified Practitioner allowing her to incorporate biofeedback into her practice by utilizing HeartMath techniques and technology with individuals, couples, and families in learning better ways to manage stress, self-regulate emotions, and communicate effectively. She enjoys working with couples, families, adults, and children ages 5 and up. Her special interests include treating anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, ADHD, grief and loss, post-traumatic stress, abuse issues, personal growth/healing, blended families, and family of origin issues. She utilizes an integrated approach in her practice. Molly is married with a teenage daughter.


Deb Roberts, MA, SAC, LPC-IT

Deb has a history working in youth and children’s ministry which spurred her desire to pursue the counseling field earning a Master’s in Counseling, with an emphasis in Substance Abuse and Addiction. In addition to working with people suffering from substance abuse and addiction, she has worked in youth stabilization facilities with youth experiencing behavioral and family issues, has experience working with people transitioning from prison and incarceration into the community, domestic violence, abuse, trauma, depression, bi-polar, anxiety, PTSD, self-esteem, adjustment, and self-confidence issues. Her experience also includes treating  personality disorders. Deb's therapies include person centered, strength focused, narrative, motivational interviewing, CBT, mindfulness, and encouragement. Her favorite motivation is to never give up; when one approach does not seem to be moving things forward, try another. She believes people are the master of their own choices. 

Amy Kluetz M.S., L.P.C.

I strive to build trust with every person I serve. That is essential to creating the foundation of a positive and safe counseling relationship. I feel honored people allow me the opportunity to assist them in their journey to heal.”

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Amy brings a compassionate reality-based approach to counseling.  She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from University of Wisconsin-Stout.  

Amy has 20 years of clinical experience to her practice, and she can effectively counsel an expansive variety of patients with a wide spectrum of mental health needs.

Amy is an attentive, supportive, and interactive clinician who utilizes a range of therapeutic techniques and modalities to maximize growth and healing for patients. She counsels individuals, couples, and families; serving patients from age 13 through the elderly. 

John "LJ" Booth M.F.T., L.M.F.T.

John ('LJ') Booth, MFT, LMFT is  a Marriage and Family Therapist, with a family of his own, who brings the practical experience of marriage (and raising kids) to his practice. His skill set has evolved to a range of therapeutic approaches, including IFS, Narrative therapy, Strength-based therapy, Imago Dialogue Therapy, DBT and mindfulness, in whatever combination will be most effective with the challenges at hand.     

Utilizing individual, family, or group therapy, his expertise addresses a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, marriage/relationship issues, parenting, LGBTQ+ issues, life transitions, traumatic history and other mental health concerns. LJ is continually inspired by the courage and open-heartedness of his clients; as they set out partnering together toward change and healing. LJ provides therapy to children, teens and adults ages 8 years and up. 

Julie Jensen, MSW, LCSW

We are excited to announce that starting March 4th, Julie will be in our Merrill office 2 days per week.

Julie Jensen MSW, LCSW  holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Julie has over 18 years’ experience working in the Child Welfare system. She also has experience providing intensive in-home family therapy, mobile crisis intervention services, counseling services to victims of crime, outpatient mental health services to children and their families, and therapeutic services to older adults experiencing depression and anxiety. Julie uses a Cognitive Behavioral approach and is available to see adults as well as adolescent females with depression, anxiety, and victimization issues.  Julie provides therapy sessions for community members in our Merrill office.

Deborah Piskoty, M.A.,L.M.F.T., C.S.A.C., I.C.S.

Deborah Piskoty, M.A.,L.M.F.T., C.S.A.C., I.C.S.

Deb holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. As well, she is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and an Independent Clinical Supervisor.   Deb has 18 years of experience treating substance abuse issues.  Deb is a TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Interventions) Practitioner who has experience working with adolescents.   Deb has experience working with individuals, couples and families to address a wide scope of issues including parenting issues, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, stress- and anger-management, trauma, life transitions and grief and loss.  Deb is very active in our schools, providing education to our youth about the physical and mental health impact of substance use/abuse.   She is also active in our community and at the state level working to educate others and to eliminate the stigma associated with the disease of addiction.

Based on the individual needs of each client, Deb employs therapeutic approaches to include Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral, TBRI, Mindfulness, Strength-based and Solution-Focused.   Deb believes that every client has the right to feel safe and that the foundation of the therapeutic relationship is felt safety.  Deb works to create a therapeutic partnership with her clients and ensure that every client feels valued and respected.

Susie Rood , M.S., L.P.C.-I.T., S.A.C.-I.T.

Susie Rood has earned a bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education (Bowling Green State University), master’s degrees in Bilingual Education/TESOL (University of Findlay), a second master's degree in Psychology (Longwood University) and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University.   She previously worked in disability services in post-secondary education prior to joining Peaceful Solutions.

She specializes in mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, grief, loss, trauma, PTSD, LGBTQ+ issues, transition issues, chronic pain, stress-management, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, congenital and acquired disabilities, adjustment disorders, and  substance absue issues.  Her therapeutic practices include cognitive-behavioral and how thoughts influence actions, positive, personalize problem-solving, and strength identification. Susie works with individuals 10 years and older.

Becky Pein, M.S. L.P.C.

Becky is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a specialization in mental health counseling and child and adolescent counseling.  Becky has experience working with a wide variety of individuals from all walks of life. Becky utilizes individual, family, and group therapy to address a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, relationship issues, parenting concerns, LGBTQ+ issues, life transitions, abuse/other trauma history and other mental health concerns. Becky’s approach emphasizes utilizing one’s individual strengths to build upon the abilities the individual has to cope with the struggles they are experiencing.  Becky is a non-judgmental open minded person who emphasizes empathy, encouragement and guidance to her clients.  Approaches that Becky utilizes to help her clients achieve their goals include cognitive behavioral, mindfulness-based, dialectical behavioral, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused. 

Curtis Mallow, S.A.C.

Curtis Mallow, S.A.C.

Curtis is an experienced Substance Abuse Counselor who has provided groups and individual sessions for people in the Department of Corrections, people transitioning out of corrections as well as clients in the community. He currently sees clients individually, provides assessments and co-facilitates a variety of substance abuse groups including: The CHOICES Teen Group, Addiction 101 and OWI Groups. Curtis brings personal experience that helps him provide empathy and guidance on the path to recovery.

Lexie Strasser, MSE, LPC, SAC-IT

Lexie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Substance Abuse Counselor – IT with a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Lexie works with adolescents and adults encountering depression, anxiety, substance abuse, relationship and family difficulties, grief and loss, LGBTQ+ issues, trauma and other concerns. Lexie helps clients achieve their goals using CBT/REBT, DBT, mindfulness and solution-focused therapies.  Lexie is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for the treatment of PTSD, anxiety, depression and chronic pain.

Carla Jones MS, MSW, LCSW

Carla is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the supervisor of our Stopping Abuse For Everyone (SAFE) program. She has experience working with individuals and families to address a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and relational issues including depression, stress- and anger-management, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma and family system issues. She provides a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment in which clients can explore the issues and challenges they face.  It is in Carla’s professional interest to provide the most effective therapy to her clients by integrating a use of therapy techniques to include Cognitive-Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, EMDR therapy, Strength-based, Mindfulness, and incorporating empirically supported practices. Carla strongly believes in the power of the therapeutic partnership to help uncover the strengths and resources we all possess in order to bring about the changes we desire in our lives.

Shawne Judnic MS, LPC.

Shawne is a licensed professional counselor with expertise including individual, couples, groups, and family therapy to address a wide variety of issues including: childhood sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, ADHD, Post Traumatic Stress disorder, LGBT struggles, child behavioral problems, parenting issues, grief and loss, and other mental health concerns.  Shawne has experience providing individual, group, couple, and family counseling. Over the course of her career in the human services field, Shawne has worked as a youth counselor, supervisor, therapist, and treatment director. She has interest in and lectured on Reactive Attachment Disorder, Crisis Prevention and Intervention, LGBT issues, and Sexual Offender Specific therapy.  Shawne believes in the infinite worth of every human being and strives to make a difference in the lives of those she encounters.

Tricia Gumz MSW, APSW, SAC-IT

Tricia has a Master's in Social Work from Southern Illinois University.  She has spent the last 6 years working in the school system providing mental health services to students and working with families through community programs. She is available to work with children, adolescents, and adults.  

Tricia has experience working with children ages 8 and older that struggle with depression, suicidation/self-harm, anxiety, ADHD, and behavior issues.  She has also spent time working directly with at-risk youth who have a history of trauma, truancy issues, intrapersonal relationship concerns, and/or substance use.  Tricia has worked with young adults and parents in navigating through various life struggles and uncertainty.  

Tricia has worked with a variety of clients since starting her journey.  She uses an integrative approach based on the client's needs including cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, brief, and motivational therapies.  Crisis intervention also plays a large part in her role with clients.  

Tricia believes in providing empathy, understanding, and guidance while engaging with clients.  She is open minded, positive, nonjudgmental, and determined in her role.  

Steven Korzinek

Steven Korzinek

Steven co-facilitates the Phase I portion of the SAFE program, conducts intakes, facilitates the men's aftercare program, and provides mentoring to men in the SAFE Program. Steven brings with him a wide variety of valuable life experiences that allow him to offer compassionate and valuable wisdom to the men we serve.

Jody, Jill and Cyndy

Our friendly and helpful office staff who keep our office running smoothly and efficiently!

Stephanie Schmitt

Stephanie Schmitt

Our accountant extraordinaire who keeps it all balanced and making sense.

Michelle Gleason, MSW, LCSW

Michelle Gleason, MSW, LCSW

Michelle is the Executive Director of Peaceful Solutions Counseling.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 18 years of experience working with adults and children who are experiencing mental health and/or substance use concerns.  Michelle is dedicated to assisting our community by providing a high quality outpatient mental health/substance abuse clinic through her support and guidance of the therapists and staff.

Todd Werner

Todd Werner

Todd Werner is the co-founder of Peaceful Solutions Counseling.  Todd has been one of the co-facilitators of the S.A.F.E. program for the last thirty years, and has provided many other services to individuals and families in the past thirty-seven years. Todd is a past recipient of the National Sunshine Peace Award.  Todd continues to co-faciltate the SAFE groups in Wausau.