Wisconsin Rapids

Samantha Casey LSW, LPC

Samantha has a master’s degree in Community Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology. Before working at Compass Counseling, Samantha worked with “at risk” youth and their families in homes, at schools, and in the community. Sam has experience providing both individual and group therapy for children, teens, and adults.

Sam collaboratively works with her client’s individual needs to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. She understands that life presents unique circumstances and dilemmas and is able to offer a tailored approach for clients. With over 5 years of behavioral health experience, she strives for a safe and open environment for clients to address their concerns and challenges.

Areas of Specialization:
  • Grief
  • Anger Management
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Life Adjustments
  • Self Esteem

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Rick Vela, MSW/LCSW

Rick has a Master's degree in Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, San Bernardino. Rick is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with thousands of hours of mental health therapy experience. Before moving to Wisconsin, Rick worked in Children’s Protective Service in California helping "at risk" children and strengthening their families. Rick began working in the field of Mental Health for the Tomah VA Hospital in 2008 and now practices as a mental health clinician at the Wisconsin Rapids clinic. Rick is a "Wisconsin Batterers Treatment Providers Association - Certified Individual." Rick works with all ages and is especially sensitive to problems faced by women, children and adolescents.

Areas of Specialization:
  • Emotional Regulation (anger, anxiety)
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem Building
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence Prevention
  • PTSD
  • Grief and Loss
  • Guilt/Shame and Shame-Based Problems
  • Assertiveness Building
  • Marital Issues
  • Relationship Building Skills.

Robin Swanson, MA LPC

Robin holds a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Lakeland University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Sociology from UW- Stevens Point. She works with children, adolescents, and adults.

Robin has experience working with individuals who have experienced trauma or conflict within their relationships and has worked with those clients to foster hope, happiness, and balance in their lives.

As a counselor, she works to create a safe and accepting environment where her clients feel empowered to improve their lives.

Areas of Specialization:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relations
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Image and Esteem
  • Stress Management

Dana Weideman, LPC

Dana received her Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University, she also obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She completed her internship with Compass Counseling. Dana has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults who experience anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and anger.

Dana has previously worked in case management with severe mental illness and homeless population and as a youth counselor with dually diagnosed children and adolescents. She is passionate about helping individuals identify healthy coping skills and build self-esteem and self-worth. Dana strives to help people reach their full potential and cope with the difficulties of this complex world. She has experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Jessica Noah, MPT

Jessica is a licensed marriage and family therapist in training and a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Jessica completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in February 2012 from the University of Phoenix and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2016. Jessica began her internship with Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Consulting LLC in 2014 and completed it in 2016 at Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Consulting LLC.

Jessica was trained in the area of Systems Theory in which the focus is more on the whole system/family rather than the problem or issue pertaining to one particular person. Jessica is also trained in TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention). She is specialized in General Family Therapy and enjoys working with couples, families, and children of all ages, particularly ages 7-15.

Jessica uses a variety of approaches to help her clients, depending on individual needs. Through a collaborative effort with the individual, couple, or family, Jessica incorporates principles from cognitive-behavioral, psycho-educational, solution-focused, mindfulness-based therapy, and play therapy based modalities. Each treatment plan is highly tailored to the needs of the client.

Areas of Specialization:
  • Marital Issues
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self-esteem Issues
  • Behavioral Issues
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Kara Kay, LPC-IT

Kara received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lakeland University, she also received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology-Law, Crime, and Deviance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She completed her internship with Compass Counseling while also working as a family preservation psychoeducator.

Kara worked for 12 years as a case manager in family care for adults with mental health challenges and prior to that worked as a sign language interpreter and a case manager in child protection. In 2021-2022, Kara established a foundation to support sexual assault survivors and ran an event called Rockin’ Resilience to raise money for sexual assault services in Central Wisconsin. Kara believes in a strength-based approach and helping each client reach their individual therapy goals. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Kara has a passion for working with blended families, life transitions, trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, and self-esteem.