My Name is Connie Champion. I am very passionate about my work as I love to see clients reach their personal goals. My methodology is to use solution focused therapy to support clients in making positive changes. Solution focus is a future-oriented, goal-directed approach to assist in solving problems in our daily lives through use of strengths, skills, readily available resources, and coping tools; a technique I try to utilize in myself. I am fond of this therapy because change is a constantly evolving concept that should always be considered within one’s reach. Those who seek help inherently want change and clients are experts of the change they are seeking. My approach utilizes a steady source of positive motivation rooted in highly organized planning tailored to my client’s specific needs. I have over 20 years of experience working with individuals and couples ranging in ages from 6-65. In the last 10 years, I have narrowed down my therapeutic style to match my own personality while leaving the door open to additional honing which my education and work experiences consistently provide opportunities for.
Education and Experience
Bachelors of Science from Concordia University 1998
Youth Counselor Ethan Allen Boys School 1998-2006
Bachelors Science from Upper Iowa University Social Services 2006
Licensed Social Worker State of Wisconsin 2006
Department of Adult Institutions 2006-2015
Master of Science Capella University Mental Health Counseling 2015
OWI Treatment Court Coordinator 2015-2018
Substance Use Disorders Counselor Certificate University Wisconsin Madison 2017
Program Supervisor Tellurian Inc. 2018
Licensed Professional Counselor State of Wisconsin 2019
Supervisor of Support Services Sankofa Behavioral & Community Health 2019
Licensed Professional Counselor Madison East Comprehensive Treatment Center 2020
Licensed Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor State of Wisconsin 2021
State of Wisconsin Psychological Associate 2020-2022
Substance Use Disorders
CBT – Change ones distorted thinking
DBT – Identify & change negative thinking to assist with new skills
Anger Management – Anger prevention, Mindfulness & Control
Crisis Therapy – Coping & Support with suicidal ideations, bullying and anxiety
Not-for-profit work specializing in culturally relevant practices
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Antisocial Personality, Body Image, Cancer, Codependency, Communication Problems, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
WI LPC 7622-125
Connie does an excellent job of helping me come up with short- and long-term plans to address my issues/concerns. It’s refreshing to have someone not only listen, but actively work with you towards your goals.
Written on Apr 20, 2023 after therapy with Connie for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse
I've got nothing but great things to say about Connie.
I came to her after struggling for years with, what I would come to find out, a food addiction. Connie helped me frame my thoughts in a correlative way to that of addiction and helped provide me with the emotional tools and support to be able to work through that. This included mindfulness strategies, grounding techniques, and other types of support.
Additionally, she helped me work through some pretty severe death anxiety and allowed me the opportunity to express my concerns and then would ask probing questions that encouraged me to think a little deeper about why this was occurring. From there, she provided strategies that allowed me to frame what I was feeling in a different way, which made coping with this a lot easier.
Overall, Connie takes the approach of simply listening and then encouraging the dialog to continue. There were many moments of "aha!" which would completely shift how I would think about something. Most importantly, she made me feel as though, regardless of how I was feeling, this was all a very normal part of human existence, and that went a long way toward helping me feel more "human" and less alone in whatever struggle I was facing.
This was my first experience with therapy and in a lot of ways I regret not doing this sooner. I'm finally at a point where I feel like I have better control over my emotions and less like I'm simply along for the ride. I have Connie to thank for helping me get there, and I'll forever be grateful to her.
Written on Mar 09, 2023 after therapy with Connie for 3 months on issues concerning eating disorders
Connie has been so wonderful and she really, truly listens to you. She helps you realize that you have a lot of tools, and then helps supplement those tools. She is a wonderful support and so easy to talk to. She summaries the sessions In your words, which allows you to just talk and get those feelings out. I highly recommend Connie.
Written on Mar 08, 2023 after therapy with Connie for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem
She is a wonderful person and skilled therapist. Strongy reccomend.
Written on Mar 07, 2023 after therapy with Connie for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes
We must protect Connie at all costs!!! She is a such a fun-loving human who has helped me blossom with her expertise. I’m very future-oriented and she has helped challenge me with her focus on authenticity and directness.
Written on Jan 25, 2023 after therapy with Connie for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
She is good at working you through the time you need
Written on Jan 18, 2023 after therapy with Connie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem