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
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
Connie was my first Betterhelp pairing and it was a great fit. I felt very comfortable talking with her about things that I thought I'd have have a more difficulty with, and appreciated her honest and objective feedback. I would recommend Connie to anyone who asked.
Written on Jan 04, 2023 after therapy with Connie for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Connie has a no nonsense approach that a busy person like myself can appreciate, she listens and is kind, but holds me accountable and helps me work through my issues.
Written on Dec 19, 2022 after therapy with Connie for 1 month on issues concerning addictions, grief, and adhd
My sessions with Connie have always been productive and continue to move me in a positive direction. I have not been succesful connecting with a therapist before. She is very understanding and challenges me as well.
Written on Dec 16, 2022 after therapy with Connie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, anger management, and adhd
Connie is really listens to your concerns and asks questions that allow you to dig deeper. She is very low pressure and really just wants to make sure that you are meeting your goals, whatever they may be.
Written on Nov 11, 2022 after therapy with Connie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem