Skip to Main Content

Connections Counseling, a behavioral health group of Rosecrance Therapies

Connections Counseling, a behavioral health group of Rosecrance Therapies, is a unique and strength-based outpatient center focused on creating a safe and supportive environment for young people, families, and adults. Individualized treatment programs are rooted in a model of mentoring and giving back to others. Clients begin the process of healing by moving forward and beginning to trust and work toward finding their passions.

Treatments include individual counseling and group therapy with skilled licensed therapists, and support through specialized behavioral health therapies. Most people start with 1-to-1 therapy so we can get to know you. From here, we work together to create a highly individualized and evidence-based treatment approach from a team who offers support along the way.

Connections Counseling hosts monthly events for its mentors and clients in and around Madison, Wisconsin. Check out those events here.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

For some adults, medications do not provide relief from the symptoms of mental health conditions, and for others, medication side effects decrease quality of life. Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an evidence-based alternative to help individuals who live with major depressive disorder (MDD), major depression with anxious distress, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

 

TMS is also a promising treatment option for teens with treatment-resistant depression. When combined with therapy, self-care, and social connections, adolescents can enjoy positive relationships and healthy lives.

 

For inquiries about TMS services at Connections Counseling, call 608-231-2198.

Mentorship Program

Connections Counseling’s mentor program is at the core of our mission and philosophy and provided a mentor model for programs around the country. Mentors at Connections are individuals with demonstrated progress and stability in their recovery and a commitment to voluntarily assist other clients in early recovery. They support and contribute to various therapy groups, as well as organizing and participating in frequent sober activities outside the clinic.

 

Research shows active involvement and participation in treatment for a year or more enhances the chances of successful long-term recovery. This program provides a structured, positive platform for such valuable and life-altering participation without cost to the mentors and at great benefit to others in early recovery.

Where to find us

Address

5005 University Ave Madison WI 53705

Phone

608-231-2198

Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Connections Counseling Team

Divya Navi, M.S.

Regional Director, Rosecrance Connections Counseling

Divya Navi, M.S.

Regional Director, Rosecrance Connections Counseling

Divya Navi is the Regional Director of Rosecrance Connections Counseling in Madison, Wisconsin. Originally from India, Divya relocated to the United States at an early age to pursue her academic passions. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in biochemistry and emerging global diseases, as well as a master’s degree in neuroscience, both of which were obtained from Iowa State University. Navi has held numerous managerial and supervisory positions in various medical offices, including surgery and dermatology, and she was the clinical director for a free primary medical clinical. She is inspired to infuse her compassion and dedication to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives for all since coming to Connections Counseling in January 2023. Navi has an unwavering commitment to making a positive impact on the world around her.

Rob McCreadie, CSAC, ICS

Assistant Director

Rob McCreadie, CSAC, ICS

Assistant Director

Rob McCreadie is a licensed Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, and a trained Brainspotting practitioner at Connections Counseling, a behavioral health group of Rosecrance Therapies, in Madison, Wisconsin. He has nearly two decades of experience helping adults develop coping skills and expand support systems that foster growth, positive change, and healing. McCreadie performs in administrative, supervisory and clinical capacities, but his passion is direct client care in both the individual and group setting. He has facilitated inpatient, residential, and outpatient groups and continues to facilitate intensive outpatient groups, aftercare groups, and relapse prevention groups. McCreadie has years of experience working with medication-assisted treatment as a tool to help clients achieve their goals. He enjoys working with individuals experiencing substance use disorders, self-destructive thinking and behavior, and trauma. His approach is that of a fellow traveler, who meets clients where they are, walks alongside them, and guides them to achieve their goals through the use of evidence-based practices such as crisis intervention, motivational interviewing, systems theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, Brainspotting, and other modalities. McCreadie does not believe that recovery is a one-size-fits-all proposition and is dedicated to helping each of his clients identify and follow the path that best meets their needs. It is also a pleasure to work with affected family members to provide support and education on the physical and behavioral consequences of substance use disorders. He sees himself as an advocate for positive change, healing, and recovery.

 

Shadow, M.S., LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

Shadow, M.S., LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

Shadow has had her license in Clinical Social Work since 1997. She supports and teaches individuals wanting to work toward clarity, integrity, and self-compassion around trauma, stress, parenting, personal growth, sex, and relationships. In her sessions, she holds space for mind-emotion-body-spirit awareness to be used as a guidance system to make cognitive and behavioral choices that are in alignment with who a person wants to be. She specializes in trauma, anxiety, and depression and because these affect body systems, she obtained her massage license, personal training certificate, energy trainings, and has taught yoga for 25 years.

Shadow has worked in residential treatment for adolescents, disordered eating, K-12 schools, substance use recovery, public safety for victims and witnesses, and with incarcerated new moms. All her science degrees, including her master’s degree, were accomplished at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her 3,000 post-grad hours were earned at centers working with children surviving abuse (sexual, physical, emotional) and neglect, Parents of Murdered Children & as a facilitator for Alternatives to Aggression (a mandated men’s program for those charged with domestic violence). Shadow’s early work was in both rural and urban settings from Phoenix to Kansas City supporting and advocating for children and families in their homes and in their communities. Shadow’s private practice with individuals started in 1998.

Shadow’s work draws from complex trauma training, internal family systems (IFS), spiritual teachings, solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness. She is earning her EMDR training this fall.

Jennifer Pitzo, M.S., LPC, CSAC, ICS

Clinical Supervisor

Jennifer Pitzo, M.S., LPC, CSAC, ICS

Clinical Supervisor

Jennifer Pitzo enjoys working with clients from all walks of life and diverse populations, and believes a holistic approach is important in supporting clients to make lasting changes. She is an EMDR practitioner and is also nationally certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. She serves clients from adolescence to adulthood in mental health and substance abuse counseling and works from a place of cultural humility. Trauma and perinatal care are areas of special interest. Pitzo earned a Master of Science degree in clinical mental health counseling and is a past president of the Wisconsin Counseling Association.

Ian Powell, M.D., FASAM

Physician

Ian Powell, M.D., FASAM

Physician

Dr. Ian Powell helps manage outpatient treatment services, including medication management, for clients seeing treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. He earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Ohio and completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Powell has worked in the mental health and addiction medicine field since 2001 in settings such as medical hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, residential facilities, and outpatient clinics. He joined Rosecrance in 2022 and enjoys helping clients achieve recovery from substance use disorders with the aid of recovery medications. Dr. Powell is also passionate about reducing the stigma associated with mental health problems and substance use disorders and helping bridge the gap between mental health problems and substance use disorders when they co-occur. Away from work, he enjoys spending time outside, beekeeping, and coin collecting.

Yee Xiong, M.D.

Physician

Yee Xiong, M.D.

Physician

Dr. Yee Xiong is a board-certified psychiatrist with an addiction specialty who earned her medical degree during an addiction MD fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Xiong provides psychiatry via telehealth only.

Leslie Taylor, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Leslie Taylor, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Dr. Leslie Taylor is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in mood disorders, addiction, clinical research, and medication management of psychiatric disorders. Dr. Taylor is a pioneer in guiding FDA-approved TMS treatment at Connections Counseling, a behavioral health group of Rosecrance Therapies, in Madison, Wisconsin. She has over 25 years of experience treating adults and adolescents.

Melinda Holt, B.S.N., CARN

Clinic Nurse

Melinda Holt, B.S.N., CARN

Clinic Nurse

Melinda Holt works with clients at Connections Counseling, a behavioral health group of Rosecrance Therapies, in Madison, Wisconsin, to provide in-person medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use and alcohol use disorders. She also provides support to the larger medical team, and assists with medication refills and prior authorizations. Holt earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse (CARN). Most of her career has been spent in behavioral health and mental health, and she joined the Connections team in December 2016. Her recent areas of continued education focus have included trauma, LGBTQ+ treatment, EMDR, and internal family systems (IFS). Away from work, Holt loves to read, do yoga, and spend time with her husband of nearly 40 years, two sons, and grandchildren.

Kim Hurd

Mentor Coordinator

Kim Hurd

Mentor Coordinator

Kim Hurd is a Peer Support Specialist who is in long-term recovery, and is passionate about mentoring clients through multiple pathways.  Kim’s primary responsibility is our Mentorship Program, which is an essential part of Connections recovery services, connecting clients to peer support, hosting sober events and supporting IOP services.  Kim believes in the therapeutic value of one addict helping another is essential and that if you aren’t having fun in recovery, you aren’t doing it right.

Kylee Britton, B.A.

TMS Coordinator

Kylee Britton, B.A.

TMS Coordinator

Kylee Britton grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and went on to earn dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her educational background is rooted in the importance of understanding the whole person, not only on an individual level, but also through socioeconomic and intersectional understanding. She has spent her career focusing on interacting with as many demographics of people as possible to create a well-rounded, care-centered clinical approach. Britton has worked with all ages and ability levels. She has professional experience in education and career mentoring, respite care, inpatient and emergency behavioral health, and most recently developed a passion for TMS technology and the notable difference it can make in people’s lives. She has an unfaltering desire to learn as much as she can about all things human and believes in the healing power of music, art, and language. Working at TMS Center of Madison allows her to watch as depressed individuals reinvest in themselves and meet tangible goals through the neuroplasticity that TMS treatment provides.

Alexis Aney, M.A., LPC-IT and SAC-IT

Therapist

Alexis Aney, M.A., LPC-IT and SAC-IT

Therapist

Alexis Aney earned her master’s degree in mental health counseling from UW-Whitewater. As a therapist, she works toward building a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients by utilizing a person-centered approach along with dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and art therapy. This integrative approach allows Aney to empower her clients and help them build skills to help regulate and better understand their emotions. She is interested in working with emerging adults, the LGBTQIA+ community, and individuals from various backgrounds. Her clinical interests include exploring sexuality, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, substance use, and trauma.

 

McKenzie Beyer, M.S., LPC-IT

Therapist

McKenzie Beyer, M.S., LPC-IT

Therapist

McKenzie Beyer is a master’s-level graduate from the University of Wisconsin’s Stout’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. She takes a client-centered approach to therapy with an emphasis on building the therapeutic relationship. Beyer has had training in different treatment modalities such as DBT, CBT, ERP, and CPT, and tailors treatment to the specific client. This allows her to meet the client where they are at and allows for different treatment options based on the client’s specific needs and goals. Beyer has had additional training in trauma, substance use, and eating disorders. She also has had experience in working with anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, and PTSD. Beyer is an LGBTQ+ ally, is culturally competent, and feels comfortable seeing people of all ages including adolescents and couples.

Carson Borbely, M.S.W., CAPSW

Therapist

Carson Borbely, M.S.W., CAPSW

Therapist

Carson Borbely earned a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology/global health and environment from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a concentration in clinical mental health. She is a Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker (CAPSW). Borbely is passionate about using a strengths-based approach and meeting clients where they are in the present moment. She especially appreciates working with fellow members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Borbely utilizes a blend of modalities, including aspects of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to encourage self-compassion and self-regulation. She also cherishes the opportunity to work with adolescents, couples, and families. Her central values are compassion, balance, community, and peace.

Alice Daniels, LPC-IT

Therapist

Alice Daniels, LPC-IT

Therapist

Alice Daniels enjoys working with adults and adolescents from a variety of backgrounds who present with mental health, substance use, trauma, and interpersonal concerns. She utilizes a person-centered approach to counseling to support clients and their goals in the context of their culture, needs, and strengths. Daniels incorporates elements of narrative therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in her counseling sessions. She believes that healing often starts with developing greater understanding of ourselves and the systems we live in. Daniels earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UW-Madison and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Capella University. She values inclusion, compassion, mindfulness, and authenticity.

Jess Grover

Intake Coordinator & Client Care Lead

Jess Grover

Intake Coordinator & Client Care Lead

Jess Grover is dedicated to helping clients in any way she can as our intake coordinator and client care lead. She plays an active role in finding a provider that is a great fit for you and is passionate about creating a positive client experience for all individuals at Connections Counseling, a behavioral health group of Rosecrance Therapies, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Tim Kauer, M.S., LPC-IT

Therapist

Tim Kauer, M.S., LPC-IT

Therapist

Tim Kauer is a behavioral health therapist who believes focusing on the individual is a key component in his work. He strives to build strong therapeutic relationships with each person he sees, customizing therapy to promote positive outcomes. Kauer’s goal is to create an integrative and holistic approach for treatment and healing that promotes lasting change. He is available to support people of any background, but also has a particular interest in anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief, PTSD, and other trauma. Kauer earned a Master of Science degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Lisa Moon

Substance Abuse Counselor

Lisa Moon

Substance Abuse Counselor

Lisa Moon is a Substance Abuse Counselor in long-term recovery who began her own sobriety journey with Connections Counseling in 2017. She enjoys working with adults both in individual counseling and group facilitation. As a counselor, Moon strives to help clients reframe their choices and find their unique strengths. She transitioned from a career in speech and language pathology, working in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, and home care settings across a diverse span of age ranges and abilities. Moon is a certified recovery coach and trained yoga teacher, and served as a mentor for several years before moving into her role as a counselor. She enjoys public speaking and has a passion for exploring the intersection of recovery and spirituality. Moon is deeply engaged in ongoing training as a modern shamanic practitioner.

Jason Plesh, LPC

Therapist

Jason Plesh, LPC

Therapist

“Wellbeing is fundamentally no different than learning to play the cello. If one practices the skills of wellbeing, one will get better at it.” –Dr. Richard Davidson

Connecting with another person, addressing your feelings, and focusing on skills that can produce greater life satisfaction is what this therapeutic experience is ideally all about. Jason Plesh’s style is person-centered and solution-focused, and he strives to be a trusted support while collaborating to identify areas in your life that can be improved with practice. Although difficult, if you want to realize change (or play the cello), you can.

Margaret Simkins, M.S.W., APSW

Mental Health Counselor

Margaret Simkins, M.S.W., APSW

Mental Health Counselor

Margaret Simkins a Mental Health Counselor with more than 30 years of experience working with adults and families. She earned her Bachelors of Arts with a major in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Master of Social Work from SUNY Buffalo. Simkins has counseled survivors of domestic violence in Dane County, coordinated services for families with young children with developmental disabilities, then transitioned to working to improve experiences for children and families involved in the child welfare system. Most recently, she has served as a mental health counselor for adults with severe mental health diagnoses, substance abuse, and complex trauma. She joined Rosecrance in May 2024 and provides individual therapy to clients and also facilitates an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and mental health recovery groups. Simkins ascribes to the wellness and recovery model for both substance dependence and mental health. Her approach is to help individuals not only manage their symptoms, but adopt self care, compassion, connection and long term healing. She strongly believes in working with individuals within their own cultures and contexts and specialize in proven interventions of CBT, DBT, IFS and EMDR.

Suzanne Sweetnam, B.A., SAC-IT

Addiction Counselor

Suzanne Sweetnam, B.A., SAC-IT

Addiction Counselor

Suzanne Sweetnam is an Addiction Counselor at Connections Counseling, a behavioral health group of Rosecrance Therapies, in Madison, Wisconsin. Sweetnam earned a bachelor’s degree in social welfare from UW-Madison, with plans to pursue a Master of Social Work in the near future. She is a native Madisonian and has an extensive knowledge of community resources in South Central Wisconsin. Sweetnam has worked in many roles within substance use treatment and social services. She has experience in providing substance use assessments, relapse prevention planning, short-term case management, referrals to community resources, and harm reduction approaches, as well as experience working in a hospital setting as part of an interdisciplinary team of medical professionals who support clients experiencing acute withdrawal symptoms or biomedically complicated cases of substance use. Sweetnam currently provides individual substance use counseling and substance use assessments, and is a co-facilitator of Connections Counseling’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) for substance use. She strives to support clients in their recovery process by understanding their unique life situation, and by providing individualized and person-centered substance use treatment. In her free time, Sweetnam enjoys spending time in nature, learning new languages, and cooking.

Sydney Turner, M.S., LPC-IT

Therapist

Sydney Turner, M.S., LPC-IT

Therapist

Sydney Turner’s goal is to create a therapeutic relationship that promotes growth, wellness, and empowerment. She believes you are the expert of your life experiences, and her goal is to assist you in meeting your identified goals in a way that feels natural to you. Turner aims to have an approach that is both culturally sensitive and trauma informed. She hopes to provide a safe space to be able to process difficult emotions, improve communication, and make behavioral changes to foster a healthier way of living. As a therapist, Turner provides an authentic and compassion-focused approach. She utilizes components from cognitive behavioral therapy, relational-cultural therapy, family systems, and attachment-based theories. Turner has experience working with substance use, trauma, anxiety, depression, and body image-related concerns. She provides individual therapy services to adults (18+) via video telehealth and in person.

Cindy Webber, M.S., LPC-IT

Therapist

Cindy Webber, M.S., LPC-IT

Therapist

Cindy Webber is passionate about working with adults addressing mental health and substance use concerns. She approaches therapy as a collaborative activity in which both the therapist and the client bring ideas and expertise. Webber practices constructivist psychotherapy, supplemented with tools from dialectical behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. The thread between them is fostering change, a movement toward connection with others, a better relationship with thoughts and emotions, and development of a life of intention and meaning.

Get Help Now (866) 330-8729