Summit Counseling - Summer 2023

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Summit Counseling Is Now Accepting Insurance

Summit Counseling is no longer only Private Pay or Out of Network. We now accept many health insurance plans. We are also participating partners in the United Healthcare and Life Matters (Pro Healthcare) Employee Assistance Programs. Some of the insurance plans we now accept include:

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Dean
  • Forward Health
  • Molina
  • United Healthcare

Please contact us or call the number on the back of your insurance card to determine if your plan offers coverage for outpatient mental health care.

 Understanding & Conquering Anger

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 Counselings' 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 books 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.

Substance Abuse Counseling and Assessments

In November 2022 Vanessa Schumann joined Summit Counseling. Vanessa is licensed to provide therapy for substance abuse and mental health concerns. She has 20-years of experience in the behavior health field. Vanessa received a Master of Science degree in Applied Psychology in 2005 and focused on behavior analysis at a traumatic brain injury program. She then attained a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology in 2015. Since then, she gained valuable experience at inpatient psychiatric facilities, community crisis response, managed health care / behavioral health case management. She is also experienced working with patients recovering from substance abuse and preparing for organ transplantation.

It is a privilege to have Vanessa working with us at Summit Counseling. If you would like to schedule an appointment Click Here.

Is It Really More Difficult for Men to Get Psychotherapy Appointments?

Since our founding in 2017, Summit Counseling has distinguished itself by embracing issues important to men. Our practice emphasizes and our therapist have had training on gender socialization and gender­ sensitive issues as they apply to boys and men in psychological practice. As a result, men represent 65 percent of our client base.

It is well known that men are less likely to seek therapy than are women. Unfortunately, those that do seek help are less likely to find it. A recent online discussion of the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities addressed this issue at length. A sample of the posted comments included the following:

Therapists commonly hold expectations that clients who are men are more likely to possess traits such as being powerful, controlling, and dominant, while they expect female clients are more likely to be comfortable, open, friendly, and pleasant.

A recent experimental study found that therapists were more accommodating of women’s preferred appointment times for a weekday evening appointment than they were for men's requests, suggesting a potential preferential treatment of woman clients.

A University of British Columbia study reported both men and women therapists prefer to give open appointments to women, all other things being equal.

Four hundred seventy-five APA members were asked 4 open-ended questions about helpful and harmful practices in working with boys and men. Ten themes emerged from this qualitative analysis. Beneficial practices included addressing gender socialization and gender-sensitive issues as they apply to boys and men. Harmful practices included stereotyping, and a lack of awareness and training of therapists on gender and diversity issues as they apply to boys and men.

The consensus of this discussion is that we have women studying psychology who seem uncomfortable working with men, and fewer men entering the field who are also less comfortable working with men. This contributes to a lack of mental health support for men. This indicates to us that the business model Summit Counseling has chosen was not only a competitive advantage for Summit Counseling, but also filled an important need in the local mental health community.

Scheduling Appointments Is Now Easier Than Ever

Clients can now schedule appointments 24 hours per day 365 days a year on our website. Go to and click on the APPOINTMENTS tab. Calendars for our therapists will be presented with currently available appointment times. Click on the appointment time you want to schedule and enter the requested information.

Clients will receive an email confirmation one week before their appointment. A text message reminder will also be received 24 hours before the appointment. Clients are encouraged to use these opportunities to confirm your appointment.

If a new client schedules the appointment, the selected therapist will send necessary intake documentation.

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 hours a day 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.

2717 N. Grandview Blvd • Suite 112 • Waukesha, WI 63188 Phone: (262) 793-0990 


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