Our Team

Therapists

Mark Sandberg, MSW, LCSW

I am a relationship-focused therapist with a reverence for hearing others’ stories; utilizing skills and resources to help them achieve their goals. My favorite activities include time spent outdoors year-round, playing games, music and reading. I enjoy being a resource for parents struggling to understand and connect with their child. I am certified as a Positive Discipline Educator (parenting), CBT for Insomnia Clinician and I have specialized training or interests in ADHD, Mindful Self-Compassion, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and the mind-body connection.

Tracey Benton, LCSW

Tracey Benton is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of social work experience with children, teens, and adults. Tracey has practiced in a variety of settings including emergency room, psychiatric in-patient hospital, residential treatment and private practice. However, she currently enjoys the versatility of supporting kids and families in their own environments; helping with various types of issues such as developmental trauma, anxiety, depression and relationship conflict. She especially enjoys work with girls and women. Her work is influenced by Bessel van Der Kolk, Trauma-Focused CBT, PCIT, and Play Therapy techniques. Tracey also uses Positive Parenting Solutions workbooks and videos to support her parenting education program.

Chris Ruder, LMFT

I started Trailhead (formerly Driftless Counseling) to pursue my passion for outdoor Adventure Therapy and In-Home Family Therapy after years of experience in Alaska and Northern WI. I work to help family members connect with each other and with themselves through adventure. With younger clients I use canoeing, carpentry (yes, with power tools), exercise, board games, and outdoor play in sessions. I am trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist with a certification in Internal Family Systems (IFS).

Jeana LeJeune, LPC, CSW

Jeana has 12+ years of experience working as a social worker serving high-risk juveniles, women and teens with high-risk pregnancies, adoption, grief and loss, and infertility, and the elderly. Jeana uses solution-focused therapy, CBT, and Internal Family Systems Therapy with individuals. Jeana is person-centered and enjoys meeting clients where they are at, while helping them identify where they wish to go next. She especially enjoys working with teens and young adults, family systems, and people on the Autism spectrum.

Anthony Shay, Ed.D., LPC, CRC

Anthony has years of experience helping people children and adults move towards recovery. With past experience teaching at the university level, directing Vocational Rehabilitation services in this area, and more, Anthony is well equipped to help clients achieve success. He also operates Shay Rehabilitation & Psychological Services in Westby. Driftless Counseling is fortunate to connect Anthony with clients wanting to increase independence, build skills, and face life transitions.

Shannon Stolarick, MSW, APSW

Shannon Stolarick is enthusiastic about providing adventure-based therapy to children and teens. Shannon has extensive involvement as a facilitator of group and individual growth in nontraditional outdoor settings like ropes courses and climbing towers. Shannon utilizes experiential learning techniques to help client’s improve their self-concept, learn to trust themselves and others, and become effective communicators. She enjoys paddling, hiking, and cross-country skiing.

David Dati, LMFT, LCSW

David has over 30 years of experience as a therapist. Specializing in couples work–including domestic violence and abuse–David takes a Systems approach to his work with clients. David provides in-home therapy to families needing support, counseling, and change in order to feel “at-home” with each other. David is also a musician, avid duck-hunter, and gardener.

Mentors

Heather Hoene, BS

Earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with more than 6 years of experience managing, developingand implementing both Intensive and Non-Intensive based therapies as well as home based programs for clientsalongside licensed professionals, it is my true diligence and integrity to assist each individual to their idealquality of life through the policies and procedures of the designated services acquired.

Jason Thimmesch, BA

In addition to being an organic farmer, Jason has spent many years as a counselor, job coach, and environmental educator. Jason has worked with both adults and youth in a variety of settings, from serving teachers, family, and youth in Chicago’s underserved communities, to helping at-risk youth manifest a vision of growing and selling produce at the farmer’s market in Dubuque, Iowa. Jason is patient and encourages the balance of hard work, rest, humor, and emotional connection.

Jess Kreuger, BA

I have a bachelors degree in Sociology with a concentration in peace and conflict and gender studies. I’m forever curious about human nature and how to restore and cultivate belonging and connection. My approach to working with children and teens is to practice healthy communication and to encourage self and community awareness. My favorite pastimes include being outdoors, gardening, food preservation and creating art.

Bill Townsley, BS

Bill has over 20 years of experience working with youth and families, and works as an asparagus farmer on the side. Bill is Driftless Counseling’s expert fisherman, and connects well with kids and their parents–even when those families are struggling the most. Clients with Bill report feeling heard, respected, and seen as complete and whole people.

Craig Minowa, BS

Craig has his degree in Environmental Science and Education. He taught in the Twin Cities elementary school systems for two years before moving on to environmental education in the nonprofit sector for more than ten years. He is best known for his work in therapeutic music creating what National Public Radio called “music as medicine” which has received rave reviews from media outlets nationwide including the New York Times, Rollingstone Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. As a Certified Therapeutic Mentor, he specializes in helping clients to understand and process grief, to connect with the outdoors, and to tap into their best and most creative self through music.