Gwendolyn Haagensen

(MS, LPC, NCC)

About Me

Reaching out to a therapist feels like the first time in a bathing suit after a long winter on the couch. Yes, it's scary, but it can also be transformative. When we are struggling in life, feeling stuck, hurt, confused, or alone. We all deserve a place to talk with someone who we know will not judge or shame us, but instead walk alongside us to create change, grow, heal and come into more fullness in ourselves and our relationships.

--------------MY APPROACH--------------

My approach is holistic, collaborative & strength based. As a therapist, I am warm, open, encouraging & direct. My goal is for clients to use therapy as a tool to gain enough insight & coping skills to think, feel, & behave in such a way that feels genuine & authentic to you.

Whether we are conscious of it or not, we all live our lives my rules that have been formed by our past, creating patterns of behavior that influence how we interact with those around us. Someones we can get in our own way, limiting our growth, healing and restoration.

I practice from an attachment perspective which focuses on important relationships in our lives and the innate human need to feel connected, loved & supported.

--------------WHAT I OFFER--------------

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

Looking for relief from anxiety, life transitions, struggling with current relationships, exploring or expanding your self-identity, wanting to change self-limiting beliefs or start a fresh new phase of life. The encouragement and feedback you receive in from good old-fashioned talk therapy, allows a connection when someone wants to be heard, for another person to “see” them, understand and support them. Nothing else matches the healing power of a trusting, intimate relationship with another human being.

COUPLES COUNSELING

Creating a supportive space in which to explore communication dynamics and sex positivity in heterosexual and LGBTQ relationships. I'm also a Prepare/Enrich certified facilitator. Visual assessments help couples create awareness of strengths and challenges to strengthen your relationship foundation with pre-marital, marital and family assessments.

EATING DISORDERS & BODY IMAGE

Most individuals that struggle with disordered eating face ambivalence in therapy, like gaining weight, eating "normal" food and purging. As a result, engaging clients to make a change is a big part of treatment. Managing anxiety is another one. For many, life has often revolved around managing their eating disorder, often creating an imbalance in other areas of life. It also requires patience as the treatment can be long and often have bumpy roads. In addition to counseling, working with a licensed dietitian is also crucial for recovery and I can recommend several in the area that can provide assistance and nutritional support.

ADDICTION & CODEPENDENCY

Acknowledging that you need help is never easy, but it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself. Whether you’ve decided to get help to control or moderate your alcohol or drug use, or just want to explore the role that addiction might play in your life, you are being proactive in getting help. Addiction is a family illness that inevitably alters the lives of everyone. I can help those suffering from their loved ones addiction as we navigate a new course with healthy limits and redraw our boundaries to include what is, and isn't, within our control.

--------------EDUCATION--------------

I'm a graduate of University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, license # 7468-125) in the state of Wisconsin; as well as a certified Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC-IT, license #18624-130) having studied abroad in Scotland where I completed my addiction studies.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Parenting issues
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Codependency , Communication Problems , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #7468-125 (Expires: 2021-02-28)


Reviews

Written by R.E. on May 03, 2020 after counseling with Gwendolyn for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

Gwen really cares about us as individual people and that definitely helps in helping us understand each other as a couple. I always feel like I have a better understanding after my sessions with Gwen.

Written by S.A. on Apr 27, 2020 after counseling with Gwendolyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Gwen has been incredibly responsive in the few short weeks we have been using Regain. She does an excellent job of connecting with my spouse and I and keeping us engaged. She keeps us accountable, but also makes our sessions feel comfortable and light-hearted when it's appropriate. We have enjoyed having her support us through our struggles. She gives us ideas of what we can work on weekly and is incredibly encouraging. We are very grateful to have found her!

Written by C.H. on Apr 20, 2020 after counseling with Gwendolyn for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

She does an awesome job!

Written by S.U. on Feb 04, 2020 after counseling with Gwendolyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

I have only had one session with Gwen by myself and another session with my husband and myself. We are both so happy that we decided to take the step to do counseling this way. It is nice to do it from the privacy of your own home. Gwen has been a blessing to us in the short time we have worked with her. She really understands our struggles and has offered great advise already. We are very impressed with Gwen!