About Us

Locally owned  |  Community based  |  Located in Milwaukee County 

Forward Choices, LLC is a locally owned and operated clinic for the Milwaukee and Waukesha Communities, offering a variety of outpatient mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults.

Our Treatment staff is dedicated to design the most effective treatment plan for Individuals and families, to meet their unique personal needs.

We are prepared to work with youth, adolescents, and adults through a wide range of treatment modalities including the use of art therapy, play therapy, and animal-assisted therapy depending on your needs.

It is of utmost importance to us that you receive counseling services that are mindful of both your personal as well as physiological well being, and will work with you directly to ensure that we are able to provide appropriate services as approved by your individual insurance plan.

Michael L Wallner MS, LPC

mwallner@forwardchoices.com

414-442-1783

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I have worked in the field of Mental Health Counseling for over twenty years and have extensive experience working with adults, families, adolescents, and children.  I received much of my clinical training and experience working in inpatient hospital, residential treatment and outpatient treatment settings.

During that time, I held a variety of professional positions, received quality supervision. I earned my Master’s Degree in Community Counseling The Educational Psychology program at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2005.

I founded Forward Choices in order to create opportunities to better serve the mental health needs of local families, children, and adolescents.  As a small community clinic, we are better able to focus our attention to our clients according to their best interests and individual needs.

I have found it to be rewarding to witness the progress of the clientele that we serve through Forward Choices. During my own free time, I take time to immerse myself in individual hobbies of automobile restoration, basketball, tennis, biking, culinary arts, personal study, and engagement in personal wellness activities.

Individual

Family & Couples

Animal Assisted

Child/Adolescent

Anxiety

Depression

OCD

Chronic Mental Health

Jennifer Stagg MSW-LCSW

jstagg@forwardchoices.com

414-214-7321

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I have worked in the field of Mental Health Counseling for over twelve years working with children, adolescents, and families.  In addition to my extensive education, training, and experience in counseling and child welfare, I have developed my personal interest in animal-assisted therapy through research and training two of my own dogs to be the start of my own therapy dog program, Helping Paws.

Joining Forward Choices has enabled me to more directly serve the mental health needs of children and adolescents. Being a part of a small community clinic allows me to focus on treatment according to your best interests and individual needs.

Part of my focus at Forward Choices has been to work with pre-teen and teen girls’ adolescent issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and academic challenges.

I am also a dog breeder, conformation competitor, and trainer of Australian Shepherds. I also share my free time with my retired racehorse training in classical dressage. I have also volunteered with developmentally delayed adults and autistic clients of various ages using both therapy dogs and horses.

Individual

Child/Adolescent

Animal Assisted

Adoption & Foster Care

Depression

Young Adults

Sex Trafficking Victims

PTSD

Logan Gill MS, LPC-IT

lgill@forwardchoices.com

414-454-9937

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I have a Master of Science (MS) degree in community counseling and hold an LPC license in Wisconsin. I specialize in the areas of treating anxiety, depression, LGBT identity, and advocacy, eating disorders, self-esteem, family concerns, relationship issues, death & grief, childhood & adult trauma, and wellness.

I use a combination of various psychological practices. This includes psychodynamics, person centered/humanistic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), play therapy, and motivational interviewing techniques aimed to assist clients to gain insight into their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

I work with each person to identify and understand how thinking, core beliefs, emotions, and behavior can work to create both healthy and unhealthy functioning in daily living. I plan and individualize my therapeutic practices based on client symptoms and needs.

I love having the privilege of helping people heal, grow, and discover their purpose in life. It takes tremendous courage to share the intimate details of life with another person.

I feel that my role is to be a compassionate and non-judgmental guide to help clients learn about themselves as an individual, their past, their goals, and their helpful and unhelpful personal habits and patterns with others.

It is my honor to assist clients through therapy in order to become a better, healthier, and more fulfilled version of themselves. I typically find personal fulfillment through various media, including books, television, movies, and music, as well as spending quality time with close friends and family.

Individual

Child/Adolescent

Trauma-Informed Care

ADHD

Behavioral Therapy

Developmental Needs

Colleen Runge MS, LPC

crunge@forwardchoices.com

414-214-7301

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I have a Master of Science (MS) degree in community counseling and hold an LPC license in Wisconsin. I specialize in the areas of treating anxiety, depression, LGBT identity, and advocacy, eating disorders, self-esteem, family concerns, relationship issues, death & grief, childhood & adult trauma, and wellness.

I use a combination of various psychological practices. This includes psychodynamics, person centered/humanistic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), play therapy, and motivational interviewing techniques aimed to assist clients to gain insight into their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

I work with each person to identify and understand how thinking, core beliefs, emotions, and behavior can work to create both healthy and unhealthy functioning in daily living. I plan and individualize my therapeutic practices based on client symptoms and needs.

I love having the privilege of helping people heal, grow, and discover their purpose in life. It takes tremendous courage to share the intimate details of life with another person.

I feel that my role is to be a compassionate and non-judgmental guide to help clients learn about themselves as an individual, their past, their goals, and their helpful and unhelpful personal habits and patterns with others.

It is my honor to assist clients through therapy in order to become a better, healthier, and more fulfilled version of themselves. I typically find personal fulfillment through various media, including books, television, movies, and music, as well as spending quality time with close friends and family.

Individual

Child/Adolescent

Trauma-Informed Care

Eating Disorders

Relationships

Anxiety

Katherine Buckwalter-Hughes MSW, APSW

kbuckwalter-hughes@forwardchoices.com

414-214-7331

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My name is Katherine (Kati) Buckwalter-Hughes and I am a psychotherapist who currently has knowledge and experience utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with children, adolescents, adults and families.

I graduated in December of 2018 with my master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I completed a one-year internship at Forward Choices, LLC prior to graduating, and I value the experience that I was able to gain during my internship.

I continue to enjoy gaining significant professional growth and mentoring as an employee at Forward Choices, LLC since January of 2019. I am looking forward to many more years of growth at this clinic.

I tend to have more of a person-centered approach to therapy where I acknowledge that everyone has to deal with different types of systems such as the criminal justice system or the child welfare system. I focus on a client’s personal experiences from her or his past, their cultural or socioeconomic background, and additional stressors or trauma that may affect the individual and/or family.

I find that having a person-centered approach is also beneficial when helping a client create and manage their personal goals in therapy. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. I utilize more art therapy activities with my child and adolescent clients, but I am very willing to engage with these activities when meeting with adults as well.

My experience and knowledgebase include working with individuals and families managing depression; anxiety; autism; death and grief; child and/or adult trauma; the child welfare system and individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.

Feel free to reach out to me if you would prefer a more individualized therapy approach that I give to all my clients!

Individual

Child/Adolescent

Family Stress

Behavioral Therapy

Grief and Coping

Play therapy

Travis Heipp MS, LPC-IT

theipp@forwardchoices.com

414-214-7327

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Mr. Travis Heipp is an LPC-IT with specializations in substance use and chronic mental illness. He received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Wisconsin School of Professional
Psychology. Mr. Heipp has nearly a decade of experience working with a diverse population of clients.

He believes no two people are the same, and no two recoveries are the same. In his client-focused treatment, he uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and can draw from psychoanalysis.

He enjoys working with people from
varying backgrounds and different needs to find the best approach to their long term recovery and mental health.

As a parent, Mr. Heipp believes all children can succeed with the proper encouragement and support. Mr. Heipp has applied this belief to his therapy work with children and takes pride in seeing them overcome obstacles and reach their goals.

Individual

Child/Adolescent

Chronic Mental Health

Dual Diagnosis

Depression

Young Adults

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  • Weekday appointments available.
  • Morning, afternoon and evenings!
  • We are network providers with many private insurance carriers as well as Medicaid.

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Contact

Forward Choices, LLC

  • 6040 West Lisbon Road, Suite 103
    Milwaukee, WI 53210
  • Phone: 414-442-1751
  • Fax: 414-442-1775

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