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As Founder and Clinical Director of NBCC, Frederick Harris has over 15 years in the field of behavioral health. His journey started working in the criminal justice system; where he served a diverse population comprised of substance abuse, mental health, homelessness, transitions, family dynamics, and criminal behavior. He has had great opportunities to develop restorative and rehabilitation programs, managed in-patient and outpatient programs for co-occurring disorders, and provided clinical therapy to adolescents and adults from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. His direct, warm, and honest approach has been effective in building and maintaining therapeutic relationships.
As an African-American, Frederick brings a deep understanding of multicultural, sexuality and other identity issues, where he offers multidimensional perspective and insights from different populations and personal life experiences. His clinical training includes an array of treatment modalities; which he finds to be important because his belief is that one single approach does not work for every individual. His eclectic style allows his clients to feel as though they are not just another person on a list of many, but rather an individual with concerns and issues that he can help them work through.
Frederick believes everyone deserves to be the person they want to be in life. The purpose of New Beginnings Counseling Center, LLC is to help individuals achieve their personal life goals.
Cynthia comes with over 20 years of experience working in schools as a Montessori teacher and school social worker. She has experience working with young children, adolescents, and adults. She believes that therapy, at its most basic level, is about human connection; feeling seen and heard. Cynthia’s approach is compassionate, genuine, and non-judgmental. She believes that therapy should be a transformative relationship where you explore obstacles to your growth in a safe environment. At the center of her work is the belief that stories are essential to the human spirit. We all need a witness to our stories and experiences, and to be a witness.
Cynthia is passionate about working with individuals from marginalized communities, including those struggling with cross-cultural, multicultural, ethnic, and religious identity issues. She also works with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, and adjustment issues using various modalities.
Cynthia is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and has co-taught a MBSR class for People of Color.
Tony is a Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker and Substance Abuse Counselor who graduated from UW-Madison. First, with a BA in psychology in 2015 and later, a Master’s of Social Work in 2021. He has developed and honed his therapeutic practice in Madison, working with individuals experiencing co-occurring disorders, substance use issues, or persistent mental health concerns.
Tony has also worked in higher education at UW-Madison, providing case management for vulnerable students at UW-Madison and as a core member of the campus’s Behavioral Intervention Team. Tony began his professional career as a resident counselor, working with individuals to build mental health management and independent living skills. Tony also has a strong coaching background from his time as a recreation coordinator for the YMCA and as a volunteer youth sports coach. Through his myriad experiences working with individuals, groups, and communities, Tony has benefited from exposure to many forms of diversity and allowed Tony to build a reputation as a fierce advocate, ally, and ethical practitioner.
Tony’s core belief in the value, dignity, and worth of all individuals, community building, and the ability all individuals possess to heal, is what forms his clinical foundation. His focus in therapy is to offer healing and harmony to clients’ lives through introspection, positive communication, mutual commitment, and intentional trust-building.
As a psychotherapist, Lucas primarily works with young adults in transition, though he also works with people from across the lifespan. He approaches his relationships with openness and curiosity; strives to be trauma-informed, recovery oriented, and culturally humble/responsive; and his person-driven, insight-oriented practice draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and psychoeducation.
Lucas supervises clinical interns and lectures at the University of Wisconsin Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work. Through his work as a lecturer, he was a member of the National Substance Use Disorder Curriculum Task Force with the Counsel on Social Work Education to help establish best practices and curriculum expectations for accredited Master of Social Work programs throughout the United States.
In addition, Lucas also has experience working at the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services as the Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment Coordinator, has presented at various conferences, and has consulted for the Usona Institute.
Alexis is currently a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin Madison pursuing her Masters in Social Work. She previously obtained her Bachelors in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in 2018.
Sociology holds a special place in her heart and ignited her desire to help disadvantaged populations. She has a passion for social justice and believes that all people deserve dignity and respect. She strives to develop positive relationships with her clients and learn how to provide therapeutic support during her time at NBCC.
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