Staff

  • Sandra Derks
    LPC, CSAC (she, her, hers)
    Founder and Clinical Director

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 105

    Sandy seeks to provide positive and sustained change for clients. She utilizes trauma informed approaches with a variety of issues and/or concerns impacting individual effectiveness.Through these strategies, she assists individuals and families to recover from: trauma associated with addictions and eating disorders, abuse associated with growing up LGBTQIA+, impact of growing up in an abusive or emotionally unavailable family environment. She also assists clients in reprocessing single incident PTSD, and grief/loss. In addition, she assists individuals to more effectively manage attention deficit disorder, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.  Sandy works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

    She uses treatment models to best meet the needs of specific clients including: 

    • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
    • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
    • Psychodynamic Treatment
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT)
    • 12-Step Integration with Addiction Treatment
    • Experiential Therapy (e.g., therapeutic activities, art, music)

  • Stacy Cohen
    LPC (she, her, hers)

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 110

    Stacy Cohen, LPC, received her Master’s degree in clinical mental health with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Stacy is also a licensed speech language pathologist and is experienced in working with people impacted by communication impairments.

    Stacy works with individuals and couples seeking help with anxiety, depression, relationship and intimacy difficulties, life transition, grief/loss, and trauma.  She believes everyone has the ability to makes changes in their life and she strives to create a safe, non-judgmental space in which people can heal and create positive change. Stacy uses an integrative trauma sensitive approach that is strength-based and systemic in nature.  Treatment techniques include EMDR, solution-focused brief therapy, relational work, MBCT (mindfulness based cognitive therapy), the Gottman approach, and others.  Stacy welcomes all people and all types of relationships and sexuality into her practice.  She is sex-positive and kink and poly friendly.

  • Kelly Costigan
    LPC, CRC (she, her, hers)

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 108

    Kelly Costigan, LPC, received her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her background encompasses rehabilitation counseling in the Dane county community and working with the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a professional and varsity student-athlete. She is skilled in building rapport with clients and using a strength-based style that incorporates trauma informed care practices. Kelly works from a humanistic, interpersonal process approach, utilizing Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral therapy techniques. She sees adults, including university students and student-athletes, who would like assistance with learning coping strategies for life transitions, stress, anxiety, depression, work, search for meaning, chronic illness and pain, abuse, grief, trauma, and happiness.

    Kelly is creative and passionate about helping others work towards wellness in various aspects of their lives. She encourages a “Growth Mindset,” meaning over time people can view challenges as opportunities for growth and building resilience. Kelly infuses sport psychology practices to counsel with others in reaching their goals and full potential.

  • Erin De Vos
    MS, LPC (she, her, hers)

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 111

    Erin De Vos, LPC, works with people to successfully meet life's challenges, navigate change, and develop practice to grow into their best selves as individuals or families. She has worked in the field of counseling for more than 15 years and has experience working with children, teens, adults and families from all walks of life.  

    Erin specializes in working with those who have experienced trauma, as well as clients who may experience and struggle with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, life transitions, stress, and loss. She uses a variety of treatment modalities to support change and will work in collaboration with the individual or family to find the best fit. She uses therapies such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She also uses traditional talk therapy, CBT, somatic body-based work, mindfulness and play therapy.

  • Lori Duzan
    MS, LPC (she, her, hers)

    Lori Duzan, LPC, received her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and she has worked for many years in the community-based mental health sector. Lori has been clinically trained in multiple evidence-based treatment models including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, and Motivational Interviewing; she utilizes these and other clinical approaches to treat children, teens, and adults. 

    One of Lori’s clinical specialties is providing trauma-specific services (meaning direct, focused work on the sometimes scary, dangerous, and violent things that have happened to some people).  She believes that people have the ability to heal from incredible histories and challenges, and she considers it an incredible privilege to partner with others in this journey. In addition to trauma, Lori often sees people with challenges related to anxiety, depression, grief, loss, inequity and discrimination, life transitions, relationships, and parenting. 

  • Janice Finerty
    MS, LCSW (she, her, hers)

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 114

    Janice sees counseling as an opportunity to bring the hope, peace, meaning, and connection to life. Her integrated approach includes EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), mindfulness, CBT, DBT, and Psychodynamic Therapy. This is a very gentle process that allows for the down-regulation of the central nervous system creating the necessary condition in which healing can happen.

    Problems often occur when negative experiences are stored in a state that is easily triggered which causes emotional and behavioral reactivity or shut down. In this activated state a person has sense of helplessness and powerlessness over their circumstances. This approach allows these negative experiences to be stored in a more stable state, creating a sense of empowerment that allows lasting life change to be fully realized. Janice specializes in working with trauma and PTSD, depression, anxiety, performance anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief and loss, life transitions and relationship or family problems. Janice works with adolescents, adults and couples.

  • Megan Fitzpatrick
    (she, her, hers)
    Clinical Intern

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 123

    Megan Fitzpatrick is an intern from the UW-Madison Counseling Psychology department, working towards becoming a licensed therapist. She strives to create a collaborative relationship with her clients as they work through areas of their lives that feel important to address in therapy. Her areas of interest include perfectionism and dealing with high stress careers. She finds identity development, interpersonal processes and self awareness to be important areas of focus. Prior to beginning her career in counseling psychology, she worked in the legal field addressing the needs of terminally ill and socially marginalized individuals. This work gave her insight to some of the cyclical and systemic barriers facing many people, and inspired her to move towards a helping profession that empowers clients to use lessons both in therapy and outside of the therapy room. Megan loves cooking and animals, and practices meditation and mindfulness in her daily life. She is queer and kink-friendly, enjoys working with adults in various life stages, and practices with an open mind and enthusiasm for her clients. 

  • Robyn Groth
    LPC (she, her, hers)

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 119

    Robyn received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Robyn is skilled at building relationships with clients, especially those unsure about the counseling process. As a counselor, Robyn uses compassion and humor and believes therapy is a real encounter between two people. She works from a humanistic, Interpersonal Process approach utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy techniques. She is a relational therapist and emphasizes the importance of “fit” and collaboration between counselor and client. Robyn believes in developing practical strategies and digging deeper to identify underlying concerns contributing to present day problems.

    Her areas of focus include LGBTQIA+ clients, college students*, anxiety and worry, letting go of perfectionism, depression, unresolved grief, attachment issues, loneliness, life transitions, relationships, exploring values and personal growth, trauma, and unpacking adverse childhood experiences.

    * Robyn currently works with college students at UW-Madison's University Health Services and is unable to see enrolled UW-Madison students at QUEST. Robyn can work with other students (e.g., Edgewood College students and Madison College students). Our other therapists are able to work with UW-Madison students.

  • Kjerstin Gurda
    LCSW (she, her, hers)

    [email protected]

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 115

    Kjerstin partners with her clients to foster healing, growth, and resiliency. She believes in each person’s ability to find meaning and strength in the process and works with clients toward sustainable change.  Kjerstin offers trauma-specific therapy for adults, teens, and parent-child pairs with a range of approaches including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Brainspotting, Narrative Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).  Kjerstin also has a extensive experience in supporting women and families in fertility, pregnancy, loss, childbirth trauma, postpartum depression and anxiety, and parenting. 

    Kjerstin also works with clients around issues including: depression, anxiety, grief & Loss, life transitions, medical and health issues, academic stress, foster care/adoption/attachment, and relationships. Kjerstin uses CBT, Experiential Therapy, Play Therapy, DBT skills, and Motivational Interviewing. Kjerstin has her MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been working with children, adolescents, families, and adults in many capacities for 15 years. 

  • Lisa Gutzke
    MS, LPC (she, her, hers)

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 113

    Lisa is a licensed professional counselor with more than 20 years experience supporting children, adolescents, adults, and families. Lisa believes in a systemic approach to therapy and seeks to address people not only as individuals, but also as part of a larger system, teaching them to recognize their interactional patterns within relationships.

    Lisa utilizes a variety of different, strength-based, therapy techniques. One of Lisa’s primary approaches to treatment involves solution-focused cognitive behavioral therapy to help clients recognize how negative thoughts and habits impact mood, physical health and overall well-being. Lisa focuses on treating depression, anxiety, stress, and trauma recovery. She is also skilled in collaborating with families to address bullying, academic struggles, peer relationships at school. Lisa can also assist with issues involving child protective services, foster care, and the youth justice system.

  • Kathryn Hardy
    LCSW, SAC-IT (she, her, hers)

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 112

    Kathryn feels that all individuals who are dealing with life’s difficult circumstances are capable of change and deserving of happiness. She supports individuals in their unique journeys of managing mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, addiction, grief, and trauma. She has extensive experience working with clients with substance use concerns and post-traumatic stress, as well as those who are involved in the criminal justice system.

    Kathryn is available to work with individuals, couples, children, and families experiencing a variety of concerns. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and believes that a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship provides space for individuals to heal. She helps clients to understand the ways in which our thoughts affect our feelings and behaviors, and to manage negative thinking patterns to improve self-esteem, decrease destructive behaviors, and improve relationships. She strives to support individuals through helping them to recognize their strengths, support, and potential to heal. 

  • Teresa Nyholt
    MS, LCSW (she, her, hers)

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 116

    Teresa received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from UW-Madison.  She has worked in mental health for over 20 years, mainly in adult inpatient settings. She works with adults to effectively manage stress, life transitions, decision-making, loneliness, loss, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addictions. Her approach is eclectic, based in person-centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the underlying belief there is always opportunity for change. 

    Teresa fosters a collaborative relationship, in which clients learn to develop their own internal resources and self-awareness.  She creates a space for all feelings to be honored non-judgmentally, while also offering challenges to unhelpful beliefs and patterns that may be holding clients back. She promotes healthy coping skills, boundaries, assertiveness and self-confidence. She believes healing and recovery have a many-fold path, in which an individual can find their own, unique way to being the person they wish to be. Teresa works with folks of any faith and non-faith, and is poly- and kink-friendly.

  • Lisa O'Brien
    MS, LPC, SAC-IT (she, her, hers)

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 121

    Lisa’s philosophy is to create a welcoming environment where clients feel supported, inspired and hopeful as they address areas in their life in which they desire deeper insight and growth. Her approach is collaborative and fosters an interactive therapeutic process. She helps clients to identify their strengths and to develop a better understanding of patterns and behaviors that are no longer effective. Clients will have the opportunity to develop practical skills and build confidence as they create healthier ways to navigate through life.

    Lisa incorporates trauma-informed care approaches.  Her clinical focus areas include anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief & loss, caregiving stressors, relationship issues, and domestic violence. Lisa strives to be culturally aware, an ally to clients who identify as LGBTQIA+ and is a sex-positive therapist.

  • Sara Olson
    LPC (she, her, hers)

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 106

    Sara Olson, LPC, is passionate about providing inclusive and affirming care to those who are seeking growth, self-exploration, and healing. She is skilled in working with families, children, and individuals who are experiencing a variety of mental health concerns including trauma, anxiety, depression, gender and sexual identity exploration, and behavioral dysregulation. She is skilled in working with the LGBTQIA+ population. 

    Clients can expect to be treated with respect in a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental atmosphere. Sara uses a variety of treatment modalities including play therapy, EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and mindfulness.  Sara has received specialized training in adoption competency for those affected by adoption. In addition to doing individual counseling, Sara has led anger management groups, psycho-educational parenting classes, and support groups for children and adolescents affected by cancer.

  • Anne Perry
    LPC (she, her, hers)

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 107

    Anne believes counseling is an opportunity for self-exploration, developing strengths, and challenging unhealthy patterns through therapeutic processing. She works with adults, including university students and members of the LGBTQIA+ population, who are seeking help with trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, and life transitions. Anne works to establish a trusting, non-judgmental relationship with clients, and creates a space where individuals can feel safe to work through personal adversity.

    Anne incorporates a trauma-informed approach to counseling with a variety of evidence-based treatment models, including EMDR, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. She understands that issues regarding mental health can often arise from an integration of cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social factors. For this reason she believes that a creative, eclectic approach to counseling can help individuals develop awareness, challenge unhealthy patterns, and feel empowered to work towards change.

  • Alexandra Schrank
    (she, her, hers)
    Clinical Intern

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 120

    Alexandra is new to QUEST Counseling and is our first Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Intern. She is currently working towards earning a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Edgewood College. Before beginning her master’s degree, Alexandra worked as a bilingual case manager for low-income seniors in the Madison area. She enjoyed her experience as a case manager and felt it gave her invaluable tools for understanding systems and assisting individuals and families as they navigate them. Case management was a wonderful introduction and stepping-stone into the world of mental health and inspired Alexandra to pursue a career in psychotherapy.  She is passionate about exercise and mindfulness and hopes to incorporate that into her practice with clients for a more holistic approach to mental health care. As an emerging therapist, she finds herself drawn to mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Alexandra is excited to be interning at QUEST. She is grateful for the opportunity to learn from such an experienced staff that approach psychotherapy from differing theoretical orientations.

  • Gabriela Valdivia
    LMFT, SAC-IT (she, her, hers)

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 122

    Gabriela is a licensed marriage and family therapist who approaches the treatment of mental health through a systemic lens, taking great care to understand the cultural and contextual factors that shape an individual's worldview.  Gabriela works collaboratively with individuals, couples and families to help build insight and awareness, and uncover internal resources that enable clients to live richer, fuller lives.  She believes that change happens most effectively in the context of a relationship and views the relationship between client and therapist to be one of the most important pieces in successful therapy. She strives to create a safe and compassionate atmosphere while personalizing her approach to meet clients' unique and diverse backgrounds.  

    Gabriela conducts therapy sessions in both English and Spanish.  She has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including addiction treatment and case management care.

  • Travis Wright
    Ed.D, LPC (he, him, his)

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 117

    Dr. Travis Wright received his doctoral degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University, where he also completed his studies in mental health counseling. Dr. Wright has fifteen years of experience working in school and community-based mental health settings. Currently, Dr. Wright is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is a nationally-recognized expert on resilience and trauma, especially for children and families navigating challenging circumstances and LGBTQIA+ individuals.

    Dr. Wright enjoys working with adults, children, adolescents, university students, couples, and families to better understand and cope with life challenges, including trauma, sexual identity development, divorce, grief and loss, adjustment issues, anxiety, and depression. 

QUEST ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

  • Rich Derks
    MBA, BSIE, CPIM
    Business Director

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 103

    Rich is responsible for QUEST’s non-clinical business functions including accounting, finance, I/T, marketing, compliance, human resources, and operations. He earned his MBA-Marketing and BS-Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. 

  • Janet Cassidy
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    Billing Specialist

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 104

    Janet brings over 30 years of business experience to QUEST and loves a good puzzle; so she is well-suited to figure out the ever-changing world of medical billing. She keeps current on all the latest regulations to ensure a favorable outcome for QUEST Counseling and the client.  When Janet is not billing, you can find her on one of her many outdoor adventures.

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