The Clinicians at RISE work from a trauma-informed and strengths-based lens. Each therapist is trained and specializes in a variety of clinical modalities that address individual, relational, and family needs. RISE specializes in working with children, youth, parents, and families providing both crisis management and support for mental health challenges and stress in daily living.
Alex’s clinical interests are working with younger children (0-8 years-old, but open to others based on needs/situation), as well as the parent/child dyad, individual work with adults, and groups. Some of her mental health areas of focus are depression, anxiety, AODA/SUD, and PTSD. Some treatment approaches she uses are attachment theory, family systems theory, Emotionally Focused, Narrative, Mindfulness, Motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, Play Therapy, Strengths Based, Person Centered, and Trauma informed Care.
Andrew is a Marriage and Family Therapist who loves to bring out the strengths in families, inspire hope, and make sure everyone is heard and understood. He uses elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness therapies. He is the father of adult sons and has great respect and empathy for families who are trying to change. He is a cis, white man who is committed to fighting racism, sexism and homophobia. His other great passion is writing and performing music, and he loves his dogs and gardens.
Hannah enjoys supporting adolescents, adults, and families who are experiencing struggles related to self-esteem, relationships, anxiety, depression, and difficult life transitions. She uses a collaborative approach to help individuals and families reach their goals by applying various approaches such as trauma-informed, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and person-centered therapy. She values empathy and respect along with a commitment towards meaningful change. She completed her Masters at the University of Illinois – Chicago and has her Advanced Practice Social Work License in the state of Wi. Hannah is a white, cisgender woman who is new to the Madison area and likes to explore new restaurants and spending time outdoors.
Kjerstin Gurda, LCSW (She/Her/Hers)
Kjerstin partners with her clients to nurture healing, growth, and resiliency. She offers trauma-specific therapy including EMDR, Brainspotting, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) for adults, teens, youth, and parent-child pairs. Kjerstin enjoys supporting children from infancy to teens around attachment and trauma work, engaging parents in their own healing and growth, and working with women around fertility, loss, pregnancy/birth, postpartum, and parenting issues. Kjerstin also often works with participants in the areas of racialized trauma, grief, healthy relationships, health concerns and positive identity development. Kjerstin is a white, cis woman who has two young kiddos, loves doing things outdoors, and has a weakness for flamin’ hot Cheetos.
Nereida Quiñones, LPC-IT (She/Her(s)/Ella/Elle)
Nereida has been supporting youth and adults experiencing mental health and adjustment issues in various school and community-based settings for over 20 years. Nereida specializes in art/creative and mindfulness-based practices to promote individual healing, recovery, and community integration, and uses a person-centered approach. Nereida is deeply committed to collaboration which supports individual pathways (mind/body) for healing, empowerment, and wellness. Nereida invites change conversations using MI skills and psychoeducation materials to address cultural issues to empower full participation in services. Nereida is passionate about supporting youth recovery, resilience and ability to thrive, while working alongside their families and in their communities. Nereida can provide services in Spanish, English and French. Nereida engages in regular sitting/walking mediation or yoga practices and enjoys making meals; these practices sustain a compassionate presence in life!
Robyn aims to support those she works with from an authentic, empowering, collaborative, and strength-based approach. She works with youth, adults, and families, and has experience supporting those with self-esteem challenges, anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. She uses an eclectic approach, borrowing from cognitive-behavioral (CBT and DBT), experiential and interpersonal therapy, motivational interviewing (MI), and structural family therapy. Robyn is skilled in providing parent and co-parenting skills support. She is a cis, white woman and a self-identified movie-buff who enjoys gardening, music, good food, and loves her fur-kids (1 cat and 2 dogs).
- Sarah believes in the power of relationship in healing and respects the bravery and vulnerability it takes to seek support. She is grounded in person-centered practice and relational and attachment theory. One of her main passions is supporting families – she enjoys working with parents one on one and in co-parenting work, as well as in the context of family therapy that includes tweens and teens. Her focus is on building collaborative understanding of present challenges through the lens of a family’s own history and culture, as well as using the lens of child development, attachment, and the impact of trauma. Sarah brings a similar approach in her individual work with teens and adults, drawing on a range of models such as Motivational Interviewing and Narrative Therapy. Sarah is a white, cis woman who enjoys yarn and string-based crafts, writing, and getting outside with her two young children.
Sarah enjoys working with adults, children, adolescents, and families and has experience working with those impacted by anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, self-harm, mood dysregulation, and attachment issues. Sarah strives to partner with caregivers and youth to provide a safe place for everyone to feel heard and work together on identified needs. Sarah meets participants where they are, comes alongside on their journey, and builds on their strengths to persevere through adversity. She believes every person and family are unique and that individualization in work is important. Sarah is creative during therapy, and enjoys using games, crafts, and other activities. Sarah has a passion for working with LGBTQ+ youth and their families and foster or adopted youth. Sarah is a white cis gay woman, has a sassy cat named squeaks, enjoys walks with friends, and trying new foods.
Zara (rhymes with Sara) believes that everyone deserves an opportunity to be seen and heard with compassion. Her approach is welcoming, nonjudgmental, and person-centered. Borrowing from a variety of models such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, DBT and Play Therapy, she has an eclectic therapy style, allowing for flexibility to meet you wherever you are in your healing or recovery journey. Zara strives to hold a safe space by acknowledging systemic oppression and generational trauma, while understanding that our childhood experiences can shape who we are. Zara enjoys working with individuals and families of all ages, especially supporting people through pregnancy or parenthood, attachment challenges, traumatic experiences-acute or systemic, challenging relationships, grief/loss, exploring the mind-body connection, and other life transitions, planned or unexpected. Zara identifies as a white, cis woman, a mother and enjoys being creative, listening to new music and being in nature.