Staff

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

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    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)

  • Niquanna Barnett
    MS, MFT-IT (she, her, hers)

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    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 125

    Niquanna Barnett, MFT-IT, received her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also received certificates in Play Therapy and Compulsive Addiction from Capella University. Niquanna is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She applies these techniques, along with other clinical approaches, to treat children, teens, adults, and families.

    Niquanna works with clients to address a variety of issues including racial trauma, intergenerational trauma, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, complex trauma, and attachment issues. She also works with clients involved in the juvenile justice system as well as child protective services. Niquanna believes in treating the whole person and providing clients with the appropriate tools to help achieve their counseling goals. Examples of these tools include learning and implementing boundaries, healthy coping skills, assertiveness, and building self-confidence.

  • Stacy Cohen
    LPC (she, her, hers)

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    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)

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    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.

  • Katelin DeGroot
    MS, LPC, SAC (she, her, hers)

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    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 124 

    Katelin believes counseling is a unique and personal journey and sees the therapeutic relationship as a partnership. She sees her role as providing clients with a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space to increase awareness and develop the tools necessary to help navigate life’s challenges. She has experience supporting individuals seeking help with concerns related to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, emotional dis-regulation, grief/loss, trauma, substance use, and family/relationship issues.

    Katelin integrates a culturally sensitive, trauma-informed, and strength-based approach to help clients identify and build upon their own strengths and abilities. She has extensive experience using Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and other mindfulness-based techniques and utilizes tools from other evidence-based approaches to come up with the most effective and personalized treatment that is based on the client’s personal values and beliefs.

  • Erin DeVos
    MS, LPC (she, her, hers)

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    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 111

    Erin De Vos, LPC, works with people to successfully meet life's challenges, navigate change, and develop a 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)

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    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 109

    Lori Duzan, LPC, received her Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Educational Psychology, and she has worked for many years in the mental health sector. Lori has been clinically trained in multiple evidence-based treatment models including EMDR, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, and Motivational Interviewing, and 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 a 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)

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    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 114

    Janice sees counseling as an opportunity to bring 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 a 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.

  • Cecilia Goldschmidt LCSW (she, her, hers)

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    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 126 

    Cecilia is a licensed clinical social worker with years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She believes that all people are worthy of compassion and healing, and she is honored to partner with clients in their journeys. Cecilia has extensive experience providing trauma-focused therapy and case management to survivors of sexual and domestic abuse. She additionally works with clients in developing internal resources to navigate and cope with anxiety, depression, and life transitions. Cecilia has provided mental health support in English and Spanish and has experience working with Latinx youth and families. She welcomes clients of all backgrounds and centers clients’ experiences, strengths, and values in their therapeutic work. 

    Cecilia has training in TF-CBT, EMDR, and DBT, as well as integrates expressive therapies and mindfulness into her therapy practice. Her primary focus is to customize any treatment model to fit the needs and goals of her clients. 


    Cecilia es una trabajadora social clínica licenciada con años de experiencia trabajando con niños, adolescentes y adultos. Ella cree que todas las personas son dignas de compasión y sanación, y se siente honrada de colaborar con los clientes en sus viajes. Cecilia tiene una amplia experiencia brindando terapia centrada en el trauma y manejo de casos a sobrevivientes de abuso sexual y doméstico. Además, trabaja con los clientes en el desarrollo de recursos internos para navegar y hacer frente a la ansiedad, la depresión y las transiciones de la vida. Cecilia ha brindado apoyo de salud mental en inglés y español y tiene experiencia trabajando con jóvenes y familias latinas. Da la bienvenida a clientes de todos los orígenes y centra las experiencias, fortalezas y valores de los clientes en su trabajo terapéutico.

     Cecilia tiene formación en TF-CBT, EMDR y DBT, además de integrar terapias expresivas y mindfulness en su práctica terapéutica. Su objetivo principal es personalizar cualquier modelo de tratamiento para que se adapte a las necesidades y objetivos de sus clientes.

  • Mia Gruel
    Clinical Intern (she, her, hers)

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    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 128

    Mia is pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Edgewood College.  She has prior experience as an Occupational Therapist working in mental health and physical rehabilitation settings, giving her a well-rounded background for treating clients holistically through a systemic lens. Mia has a non-judgmental approach with a focus on discovering the individual’s unique strengths and perspectives. 

    She embraces trauma-informed approaches and utilizes CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, and Emotionally-Focused Therapy. She values Polyvagal Nerve Theory and other somatic approaches to help regulate the nervous system to provide opportunity for growth. Mia is interested in working with clients with developmental trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, attachment issues, physical health issues, religious or spiritual issues and/or trauma, providing support during life transitions, pregnancy, childbirth trauma, and grief/loss.

  • Kjerstin Gurda
    LCSW (she, her, hers)

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    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 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)

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    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 113

    Lisa is a licensed professional counselor with more than 20 years of 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)

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    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 by helping them to recognize their strengths, support, and potential to heal. 

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

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    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 on person-centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the underlying belief there is always an 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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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.

  • Jennifer Reckner MA, NCC, LPC (she, her, hers)

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    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 127

    Jennifer is a culturally humble clinician, practicing from an anti-oppression framework. She focuses primarily on trauma, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders from an embracive perspective incorporating the mind and body together. As a former nurse, she also specializes in helping others in the healthcare field as they may struggle with moral injury, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, burnout, and other work-related stressors. She strives to help others overcome obstacles through mental health education, psychotherapy, community advocacy, and a supportive and inspirational environment. 

    Jennifer uses an integration of Polyvagal Theory, DBT, Psychodynamic Theory, and Sensorimotor interventions with her clients. She continues to pursue neuroscience and anti-racism research and publication as well as seeking out novel approaches to mental healthcare and physical healthcare integration.  Jennifer received her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with academic distinction from Northwestern University.

  • Alexandra Schrank
    (she, her, hers)

    [email protected]

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 120

    Marriage and Family Therapist-IT

    Alexandra received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Edgewood College. She is passionate about supporting clients on their journey to healing by considering the mind, body and soul of each individual throughout the therapeutic process. She aims to create a safe space where individuals, couples, and families can find new ways to communicate, listen and ultimately form deeper connections to self and one another. Alexandra works collaboratively with clients to cultivate a deep understanding of their past, present and hopes for the future. She specializes in working with individuals navigating anxiety, ADHD, depression, relationship issues, familial issues, grief, and trauma. Alexandra is able to offer therapy in both Spanish and English and has experience providing case management services to the Latinx community in Madison. She welcomes and supports clients of all backgrounds.
     
    Alexandra utilizes a variety of treatment models when working with clients including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and emotionally-focused couples therapy among others. She is also currently training to be certified in EMDR to offer her clients another avenue for healing.   


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

    [email protected]

    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.

    Gabriela es una terapeuta matrimonial y familiar con licencia que aborda el tratamiento de la salud mental a través de una lente sistémica, teniendo mucho cuidado de comprender los factores culturales y contextuales que dan forma a la cosmovisión de un individuo. Gabriela trabaja en colaboración con individuos, parejas y familias para ayudar a generar conocimiento y conciencia, y descubrir recursos internos que permiten a los clientes vivir vidas más ricas y plenas. Ella cree que el cambio ocurre de manera más efectiva en el contexto de una relación y considera que la relación entre el cliente y el terapeuta es una de las piezas más importantes en una terapia exitosa. Ella se esfuerza por crear una atmósfera segura y compasiva mientras personaliza su enfoque para conocer los antecedentes únicos y diversos de los clientes.


    Gabriela realiza sesiones de terapia tanto en inglés como en español. Ha trabajado en una variedad de entornos de salud mental, incluido el tratamiento de adicciones y la atención de gestión de casos.


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

    [email protected]

    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

    [email protected]

    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 is passionate about continuous improvement in the mental health industry, and in creating a caring environment for QUEST's clients.  Prior to QUEST, he held executive positions in the health care industry including Vice President at Johnson Health Tech in the Madison area and President of Medline's Durable Medical Equipment Division in the Chicago area. He earned his MBA-Marketing and BS-Industrial & Systems Engineering degrees from the University of Wisconsin. 

  • Callie Fox
    Administrative Assistant

    [email protected]

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 102 

    Callie is one of our highly capable administrative assistants, responsible for performing intakes, scheduling appointments, client billing, and keeping our office operations organized. Callie is a student at Madison College, working towards becoming a Substance Abuse Counselor. She also holds a BS in Mathematics and is a huge lover of birds.  

  • Annika Vanderwerf
    Administrative Assistant

    [email protected]

    Ph (608) 567-4465, Extension 102 

    Annika is one of our highly capable administrative assistants, responsible for performing intakes, scheduling appointments, client billing, and keeping our office operations organized. In addition, Annika manages all social media efforts at QUEST. She is a student at Madison College, majoring in Pre-Health, working towards a career in humanitarian aid. Annika recently moved from Switzerland and speaks French, Italian, and English. She loves traveling, photography, and playing musical instruments.

  • Janet Cassidy
    Billing Specialist

    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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