Winter 2024 Newsletter

Women and man sledding down hill in winder for Summit Counseling winter 2024 newsletter

Now Accepting Medicare

On December 23, 2022, Congress passed the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S.828/ H.R.432) which was subsequently signed into law by President Biden. Until now, Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) and Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) could not enroll as Medicare providers. As of January 1, 2024, participating LPCs and MFTs will be able to bill Medicare Part B and be reimbursed for approved services. Summit Counseling has completed the provider enrollment process. We are now accepting Medicare and Medicaid patients with United Healthcare, Network Health and (non-HMO) Forward Health programs. Additional insurers will be added soon.

 In-Network with Network Health

 Summit Counseling is pleased to announce as of March 1, 2024 we are an in-network provider for Network Health clients including Network Health Medicare. Network Health Medicaid is not currently available as in-network.

 Summit Counseling Is a Certified ADHD Clinical Services Provider

Many primary care physicians are referring patients to mental health experts for ADHD assessments before prescribing medications. Summit Counseling is now accepting these referrals and providing the physicians with a confirming diagnosis when appropriate. Perhaps you have already been diagnosed with ADHD and prefer not to take medication? We can provide you with the most common non-medication interventions for ADHD using evidence-based techniques, skills, and methods you can apply to immediately improve your quality of life.

 Men’s Book Club

Our first Men’s Book Club meeting will be Tuesday April 2, 2024, at 6:00 pm. The men’s book club is open to all men and designed to be an opportunity for men to discuss issues important to men. The books will be selected to be entertaining, but to also prompt discussions about issues important to men such as parenting, relationships, family, friendships and masculinity. It is also a great opportunity to network and make new friends.

 It is reported on PBS and in the academic literature that there is a “Friendship Recession” among men. Thirty years ago, 55 percent of men reported having at least six close friends. Today, only 27 percent of men have six or more close friends. Fifteen percent of men have no close friendships at all, an increase from three percent in 1990.   Friendships between guys are essential to men’s mental health. Research shows that close friendships with other men can provide a sense of belonging, support. This in turn helps men cope with stress, anxiety, and depression.

 Our first book will be Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby: The Original 1925 Edition, ISBN-13 979-874527824. The book follows the unassuming Nick Carraway during the 1920s "Jazz Age" while on his search for the American Dream. This initial book was selected because it provides opportunities to discuss the motivations of the male characters and how those motivations impact their values, their relationships and ultimately their goals.

 If you are interested in participating in the book club, please email Stephan Gunn at [email protected] to register. There is no charge to participate in this pilot club meeting, but you will be expected to purchase and read the book before the April 2nd meeting. Future book possibilities will be discussed at the end of the meeting.

Expanded Office Space

In 2023 we acquired the space formerly occupied by the Comfort Keepers. This additional space allowed us to add a reception area just off the main east entrance to the building. We are no longer hidden at the end of a dark hallway! We also now have an additional office for a therapist, a small group workroom, and a coffee bar that includes cold drinks for employees, clients and guests.

 Individualized Anger Management Program - Available Statewide

Anger is like a virus, and it will spread through families to future generations. Research has shown that children of angry parents are more aggressive, less compliant, less empathetic and are poorly adjusted overall. There is a strong correlation between parental anger and delinquency. The effects of parental anger can follow a child into adulthood. The effect of parental anger on an adult child can include depression, social alienation, spousal abuse, and poor career achievement.

Summit Counseling’s program Understanding and Conquering Anger is an individualized mental health therapy and psycho-education program designed for individuals whose anger is negatively affecting their relationships, career, and overall happiness. This six-week program includes: 

  • Six 45-minute sessions with a licensed therapist
  • Six reading and self-study exercises
  • Videos and articles supporting the book content
  • Course syllabus and certificate of completion at the end of the program
  • An optional letter to the court, your lawyer, or other parties is available at extra cost.

An estimated 9% of Americans have impulsive anger issues. If you think your anger may be out of control, if it is affecting your relationships and other important parts of your life, Understanding and Conquering Anger may be the solution for you.

Contact us at 262-793-0990 for additional information or to begin your own program. Insurance may apply. And with Tele-Health we can provide this program to any Wisconsin resident.

We Are Hiring!

Are you looking for an employer that gives you the opportunity to pursue your career interests? Summit Counseling may be the place for you. We are a growing practice, and we welcome creative individuals with an enthusiasm for trying new things. Qualities we value in our team members include: 

  •  Individuals wanting to create their own niche in an organization,
  • an interest in and talent for new program development and group counseling,
  • individuals with significant life experience seeking an encore career,
  • individuals wanting to build a new career helping others,
  • varied backgrounds including military, parenting, educational, cultural, etc.,
  • an ability and interest in working with men and women of all ages, and
  • therapists that understand the unique challenges race, age, gender, disability, and sexual orientation can place on individuals. 


We are currently hiring Licensed Professional Counselors or Licensed Professional Counselors - In Training. To learn more about this opportunity send a resume and cover letter by email to: [email protected]. or call Stephan at 262-793-0991.

 Contacting Us

In June 2022 we installed a new phone system and our numbers have changed. Our new phone number is (262) 793-0990. This number will be answered 24/7, including holidays. As always, if it is an emergency call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Don’t forget the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is also available.


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