Ann Bohlman, LCSW
I welcome this chance to introduce myself to you. I know that choosing a therapist may feel a lot like throwing a dart at a long list of counselors. There are so many things to consider as you begin this process.
How do I know that my counselor is competent and well-trained?
Can I expect her to be supportive, challenging and relational?
I want a therapist who has experience!
I earned my Bachelor of Social Work degree from Mankato State University, Minnesota. After five years of working in the field, I went on to earn my Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, with a focus on working with adolescents. Soon after beginning my internship at Briarpatch (an agency that provided – and still does – crisis and brief counseling to teens and their families), I found my passion – therapy! I saw first-hand what a difference a competent therapist could make in the lives of individuals and families who were hurting and feeling hopeless.
After twelve years at Briarpatch, I felt a desire to expand my counseling services beyond teens and families. In 2004, I was part of a group that opened Living Well Counseling Services in Madison. In 2015, I made the decision to leave Living Well to join with Harmonia-Madison Center for Psychotherapy and begin my own practice, ANEW Counseling Service, LLC.
I genuinely enjoy working with people from all walks and stages of life. I work with individuals, couples, and families. I will see young people individually, although the younger the child, the more imperative it is to have the parents participate in the counseling.
Beliefs about my role as your therapist:
Respect for your strengths, experience and knowledge: I will work very hard to remind you of the strengths you posses and help you to build new ones.
You will experience me as empathetic, supportive and encouraging. I truly enjoy the therapy sessions with my clients. While there may be tears or difficult conversations, there is also laughter and joy. Both are needed to bring about healing, and to take you to a better place in your life. I do not believe that the relationship between the client and therapist has to be a sterile one.
I also believe that my role is to challenge you. Only when you are challenged can you grow. I often tell my clients that my goal is to work myself out of a job. I don’t want you to come to counseling week after week without feeling that you are making progress. I will lovingly challenge and gently prod you in the areas that will help you reach your goals.
I am not a passive listener. Especially when working with couples and families, a good therapist needs to know when to step in and direct the process, and when to sit back and allow things to happen. Not every therapist is good at this because it requires special skills and training. I have that experience having worked with couples and families for over twenty-three years.
*Social Worker with twenty-seven years of professional experience
*Clinical supervisor at Briarpatch Youth Services (www.youthsos.org) from 1995 to 2013
*Licensed by the State of Wisconsin as a clinical social worker since April 2003 (License number 7018-123)
*Private practice at Living Well Counseling Services from 2004 to 2015
*Supervisor of master’s level clinical student interns since 1995, as well supervising post-graduate clinicians as they gain hours towards attaining a license
*Volunteer youth leader of church youth groups since 1986
*Conference speaker and workshop trainer
*Past experience as a nursing home social worker, and as a child protection social worker.
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Master's Degree in Social Work -- 1993
Mankato State University
Bachelor of Social Work Degree -- 1988