Christine Eckblad, MS, PC-IT
Christine is a licensed Professional Counselor In-Training and has experience working with children, elders, and people dealing with addiction. In addition to counseling, she teaches yoga, meditation and breath work to assist with anxiety and pain. Christine provides support to individuals and their families to cope with the difficulties that can accompany cancer. She invites the opportunity to tackle the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual realms together.
Michele Eimon, MS, NCCC After 20-plus years in marketing, Michele felt called in a new direction, and now feels quite at home in the counseling field. As a nationally certified counselor, she provides social and emotional nourishment to individuals and families struggling with a cancer diagnosis, or grief due to cancer. Michele also facilitates a monthly grief support group, and provides support at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital’s Regional Cancer Center. She shares, “Frank McCourt, author ofAngela’s Ashes, wrote, ‘everyone has a story, something that will insist on being told – but you have to give it a chance to come out.’” The stress of a cancer diagnosis can create even more urgency to share your story, to be heard, to express what’s inside. She appreciates the deep challenges and joys of being human, and wants to hear your story.
Amy Johnson, CAPSW
Amy is a Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker, (CAPSW). Amy has provided services to the elderly, disabled and mentally ill. She has experience in providing counseling in a variety of settings such as, inpatient, outpatient and residential. Amy provides support at Waukesha Memorial Hospitals Regional Cancer Center. As a cancer survivor herself she is personally aware of the feelings of uncertainty, the fear of the unknown, and coping with change. Amy creates a safe environment for individuals, couples and families that have been touched by cancer. Amy believes a cancer diagnosis can transform meaning and perspective in one’s life. Amy’s counseling style is relaxed and reflective and she seeks to create and encourage an atmosphere of trust and rapport. “It is okay to be scared, it is normal to have fear, but by talking to others you will not be alone in this journey, called cancer.”
Justine Kopp, MS, ATRL-BC Justine is a board certified/licensed art therapist and counselor with over 13 years of experience and has worked with children, adults and elders coping with various psycho-social issues. Justine supports the individual(s) as they explore the emotional aspects of cancer through conversation and/or the creative art process. Having been touched personally by cancer, Justine has a passion to bring both her professional and personal knowledge into the care and support of those affected by cancer. Justine provides counseling to individuals, couples, families, support groups and workshops in the North Shore, Ozaukee and surrounding areas.
Melissa Minkley, MSW
Melissa is a licensed Social Worker with over 18 years of experience in psychosocial oncology and bereavement counseling. She has been a counselor at Stillwaters since 1999. She has received professional training at the Center for Loss & Life Transition with Alan Wolfelt. Melissa currently serves as the chair of the Waukesha County Grief Network. Melissa works with individuals, couples and families as well as facilitates support groups and workshops.
Kristin Parulski, MS, LPC
Kristin is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked with trauma in a variety of settings for over eight years. Most recently, she provided outpatient counseling to children, adolescents, and their families in Milwaukee and surrounding areas. As a young child, she lost a family member to cancer. Her experience and loss has inspired her to help those affected by cancer. Kristin believes that building rapport with her clients is essential as it provides a safe and supportive environment for sharing their feelings about their cancer journey.
Larry Uglow, MS, LPC
Larry has served as a Bereavement Counselor for the Infant Death Center of Wisconsin and the Hospice Alliance. He was a Psychotherapist for Wisconsin Community Mental Health Counseling Centers and most recently served as a School Counselor for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. For more than 20 years Larry has volunteered as a Counselor and Consultant as Camp Hope, a grief camp for children in Rosholt, Wisconsin. Larry provides support to individuals, couples and families as well as facilitates support groups.
Ann Marie Uselman, LCSW
Ann Marie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 15 years of experience working with high risk, medically complicated patients. She has worked in a variety of medical and non-profit settings over the course of her career. In addition to helping patients navigate the complexities of a new or recurrent cancer diagnosis, Ann Marie assists family and friends in coping with the emotional impact of serious illness. Ann Marie also has extensive experience working with people grieving the loss of a loved one through both individual and group counseling. With her education and experience, Ann Marie’s goal is to empower each person she encounters to integrate their experience as cancer patient and survivor to live life more fully and inspire others to follow their example.