Gwendolyn Haagensen

(MS, LPC, NCC)

About Me

Reaching out to a therapist feels like the first time in a bathing suit after a long winter on the couch. Yes, it's scary, but it can also be transformative. When we are struggling in life, feeling stuck, hurt, confused, or alone. We all deserve a place to talk with someone who we know will not judge or shame us, but instead walk alongside us to create change, grow, heal and come into more fullness in ourselves and our relationships.

--------------MY APPROACH--------------

My approach is holistic, collaborative & strength based. As a therapist, I am warm, open, encouraging & direct. My goal is for clients to use therapy as a tool to gain enough insight & coping skills to think, feel, & behave in such a way that feels genuine & authentic to you.

Whether we are conscious of it or not, we all live our lives my rules that have been formed by our past, creating patterns of behavior that influence how we interact with those around us. Someones we can get in our own way, limiting our growth, healing and restoration.

I practice from an attachment perspective which focuses on important relationships in our lives and the innate human need to feel connected, loved & supported.

--------------WHAT I OFFER--------------

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

Looking for relief from anxiety, life transitions, struggling with current relationships, exploring or expanding your self-identity, wanting to change self-limiting beliefs or start a fresh new phase of life. The encouragement and feedback you receive in from good old-fashioned talk therapy, allows a connection when someone wants to be heard, for another person to “see” them, understand and support them. Nothing else matches the healing power of a trusting, intimate relationship with another human being.

COUPLES COUNSELING

Creating a supportive space in which to explore communication dynamics and sex positivity in heterosexual and LGBTQ relationships. I work with couples to help them overcome issues by creating an awareness of strengths and challenges.

EATING DISORDERS & BODY IMAGE

Most individuals that struggle with disordered eating face ambivalence in therapy, like gaining weight, eating "normal" food and purging. As a result, engaging clients to make a change is a big part of treatment. Managing anxiety is another one. For many, life has often revolved around managing their eating disorder, often creating an imbalance in other areas of life. It also requires patience as the treatment can be long and often have bumpy roads. In addition to counseling, working with a licensed dietitian is also crucial for recovery and I can recommend several in the area that can provide assistance and nutritional support.

ADDICTION & CODEPENDENCY

Acknowledging that you need help is never easy, but it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself. Whether you’ve decided to get help to control or moderate your alcohol or drug use, or just want to explore the role that addiction might play in your life, you are being proactive in getting help. Addiction is a family illness that inevitably alters the lives of everyone. I can help those suffering from their loved ones addiction as we navigate a new course with healthy limits and redraw our boundaries to include what is, and isn't, within our control.

--------------EDUCATION--------------

I'm a graduate of University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, license # 7468-125) in the state of Wisconsin; as well as a certified Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC-IT, license #18624-130) having studied abroad in Scotland where I completed my addiction studies.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Parenting issues
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Codependency , Communication Problems , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #7468-125 (Expires: 2021-02-28)


Reviews

Written by T.A. on Oct 01, 2020 after counseling with Gwendolyn for 8 months on issues concerning eating disorders

I'm so unbelievable grateful that I was able to be matched with Gwen. It's so difficult finding a good counselor that specializes in eating disorders, and I'm so grateful for betterhelp allowing me to connect with a counselor not in my immediate area that actually specializes in EDs. Gwen has helped me so much, and I would recommend her to anyone I know!

Written by J.A. on Jun 16, 2020 after counseling with Gwendolyn for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Gwen has been great! She is very easy to open up to and I really appreciate how she shares her own stories and experiences to help me understand my concerns better.

Written by A.L. on May 12, 2020 after counseling with Gwendolyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

She is great!

Written by D.A. on Apr 28, 2020 after counseling with Gwendolyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and intimacy-related issues

My life has been positively impacted by Gwen. She is caring, smart and extremely joyful. I am so grateful for this service and her presence in my life.

Written by A.L. on Apr 24, 2020 after counseling with Gwendolyn for 2 weeks

Gwen is awesome. Though we have only video chatted once. But thats due to me being sick and I would feel bad if I had to vomit during are live chat. But she responds to me in a timely matter. Gives me the advice I usually need to here to figure curtain things out. And the meditation videos and books to help me with my daughter are helping. Tho I've only tried the meditation a few times. Its does seem to help.

Written by L.I. on Apr 05, 2020 after counseling with Gwendolyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Gwen listens well and provides good, unbiased advice.

Written by J.A. on Mar 27, 2020 after counseling with Gwendolyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Shes absolutely great. Starting to form an amazing therapeutic relationship

Written by D.A. on Mar 12, 2020 after counseling with Gwendolyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and parenting issues

I just started meeting with Gwen and instantaneously felt a connection with her and comfort in sharing! The very first meeting we had, she gave me a simple yet very useful and productive task to try by setting boundaries with my kids and household, and it is working. I highly recommend Gwen!

Written by A.S. on Mar 01, 2020 after counseling with Gwendolyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Gwen is a fantastic counselor. She’s warm and inviting but also direct and respectful when voicing her thoughts and feedback. Which is very helpful.

Written by J.E. on Feb 02, 2020 after counseling with Gwendolyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, and self esteem

Right off the bat, Gwen just seemed to “get me”. I really appreciate her honest, direct counseling. She has become very dependable to me and it feels great to be able to have someone like her available to me. Thank you!

Written by M.I. on Jan 27, 2020 after counseling with Gwendolyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

The help Gwen has provided has been beneficial in helping me work through some personal and interpersonal issues. She has recommended a variety of sources for me to learn more about what I'm struggling with to help empower me. Her caring yet direct manor have helped me felt heard and supported.
Thanks for your help Gwen, you are helping me live the life I want to live.