Ozaukee Family Services Clinical Staff
DJ received his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marquette University where his studies led to a specialization in child and adolescent counseling. Prior to OFS, he worked with runaway/homeless youth and their families while focusing on both youth empowerment and family reunification. Applying a blend of both individualistic and systemic approaches to gain a broader understanding of his clients’ needs, personal strengths and outside support systems allows DJ to better collaborate with his clients to determine what steps will be beneficial to achieve their desired goals.
Kelly received her master’s degree in Social Work from Concordia University where her studies focused on child welfare and clinical treatment of individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. Kelly works with adults and children who are seeking help with depression, anxiety, anger management, trauma, and a variety of other behavioral health challenges and stressors. She works to establish a strong therapeutic alliance up front that is based in empathy, positive regard, trust, and that recognizes strengths of the client. Kelly utilizes evidence-based techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. In addition to counseling, Kelly is a Family Team Coordinator in the CST (Coordinated Services Team) program at OFS.
Julia completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Viterbo University with an emphasis in child and adolescent counseling. Before her time at OFS, she worked therapeutically with juvenile justice involved youth and their families, as well as, adults involved in the correctional system. Julia has experience serving those dealing with trauma, substance use issues, parent/child relational issues, criminal thinking and behavior, suicidal ideation and self-harm behavior, along with anger and stress management. Julia uses cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapy approaches, in combination with psychoeducation, to help her clients develop skills to cope with and succeed through life’s challenges.
Kim received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver where her studies were focused on trauma and child welfare. She has experience working with children and families, specializing in depression, anxiety, trauma and exposure to substance use. Using an individualized, strengths-based approach, she helps children learn to identify and express emotions to improve their communication and coping skills. Kim believes collaborating with caregivers is necessary to enhance relationships and create a supportive environment for the child and family.