Our therapists have extensive experience working with children, parents and families, including those involved in the child welfare system. Individual and family counseling is available for children, adolescents and families who need help with:
- Physical or sexual abuse, neglect or other trauma
- Depression and anxiety
- Low self-esteem
- Problems due to divorce, separation, remarriage or the death of a loved one
- Parent-child conflicts
- Pre- and post-adoption transition
- Anger management issues
- Academic or behavioral problems at school
Gretchen K. Hintz, MSE, LPC, NCC, helps children and youth resolve emotional and behavioral issues that interfere with their family, social or academic life. She provides a warm, nurturing environment so each child can reach their full potential and increase their level of happiness with life. Focusing on the whole child, Gretchen includes parents throughout their child's care. She believes that every child has a right to feel and experience happiness in their life and builds client care around this belief. In addition to helping children adapt to new situations, Gretchen has an expertise working with children who have experienced physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Recent trainings that Gretchen has participated in include: Expressive Arts Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) I Basic Training, Infant and Toddler Behavioral Issues and Mental Health, and Trauma Counseling I. Gretchen is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin and is credentialed by the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Mary LeMay, MA, PC-IT, helps children and their families develop healthy relationships to bring peace and harmony into the home. She believes that an essential key to living a rewarding and happy life is a nurturing relationship between a child and his or her parents. She considers respect, warmth and trust as the key building blocks to a positive relationship and that praise is nourishment to help a child grow emotionally. Mary has taught life skills to adolescents as well as environmental education programs to children. She is now expanding her professional development to include helping children and their families heal from trauma by teaching ways to channel anger, express themselves and improve family relationships. Mary earned her master's degree in Community Counseling from Lakeland College. She participated in a recent training titled Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She consults regularly with the counseling manager and other therapists to ensure that children and their families have the best possible counseling experience.
How do I get counseling for my child?
Call the Stevens Point office at (715) 341-6672 and someone will be happy to help you.
My family and friends tell me that I need counseling for my child but I don't think my child needs it. What should I do?
Gretchen and Mary are available to help you sort through the challenge of balancing what other people are telling you and your own experience with your child. They will want to know your child's strengths, which is what you are seeing. If they believe counseling can help, they will tell you how and what to expect when you engage in counseling at Children's.
Do I need to bring anything to my first appointment?
Yes, please bring:
- Your completed Child's Intake Questionnaire or Adult Intake Questionnaire which can be downloaded (click on the form you need) or mailed to you prior to your first appointment
- Your medical insurance card (through your employer, personal or Forward card)
- Verification of income (last year's income tax cover page and a recent pay stub if your situation has changed) if you are interested in using our sliding fee scale
What are the costs?
Children's Community Services Child and Family Counseling is a United Way funded program. As such, no one is turned away because of inability to pay. Our Fee Agreement provides a complete list of costs for counseling. We are a state certified clinic, accepting many insurance plans and medical assistance. We offer a sliding fee scale for those who do not have insurance coverage.
What is a "sliding fee" scale?
When someone does not have insurance (through their employer, privately or Medical Assistance) to help pay for their counseling services, United Way financial support allows us to base your cost per session on your household income and the number of people in your home. This is called a sliding fee. Laws do not allow us to offer a sliding fee scale to clients who have insurance.
What ages of children do you serve?
If you are asking for help with your child, we will help you. The focus of counseling will vary, depending on the age of your child. For instance, a two year old child will have extensive parent involvement while a 17 year old may have less parental involvement. Gretchen and Mary will work with you to develop an appropriate treatment plan that takes into account your child's age and development.
What is a Treatment Plan?
A Treatment Plan is the plan you develop with Gretchen or Mary that clearly identifies goals and a time frame to meet those goals. You will have a chance to review it every 90 days to help see progress toward meeting those goals.
Does anyone else know what I talk about in counseling?
Client confidentiality is maintained throughout counseling and after counseling ends. We cannot talk with anyone about you without your signed consent. If children share information with us that indicates they are in danger either physically, sexually or emotionally, we are required by law to report it. Our goal is to keep your children safe. If appropriate, you will be included in this process so you can help your child stay safe.
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing is an extensively researched, effective form of treatment designed to help people recover from trauma. Gretchen has been trained in EMDR. If she thinks you or your child might benefit from EMDR, she will talk with you about how this intervention could be used in counseling and how it can help you.
What is Play Therapy?
Play therapy is used to help children share their experiences and express their feelings in the manner that is most natural for them--play. Play therapy can also help children heal and learn better ways to understand and interact with their world. Gretchen and Mary can share more information with you as you develop your child's Treatment Plan.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services is committed to providing quality care to the children and families we serve. We regularly ask clients to give us feedback on how well we are meeting this goal. Stevens Point families recently told us:
- 100 percent are "Usually" or "Always" comfortable talking to our staff
- 92 percent rate the quality of our staff as "Very Good" or "Excellent"
- 100 percent are getting the services they need "For the most part" or "Definitely"
- 92 percent rate the services as "Very Good" or "Excellent"
Comments shared include:
- "Kind and caring not to mention honest, enjoy the time we are here."
- "...very understanding with my son; I appreciate that she takes the time to listen to my concerns."
- "The staff is very professional & always makes us feel comfortable."