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



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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.


Family & Couples

Animal Assisted





Chronic Mental Health

Jennifer Stagg MSW-LCSW



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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.



Animal Assisted

Adoption & Foster Care


Young Adults

Sex Trafficking Victims


Logan Gill MS, LPC-IT



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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.



Trauma-Informed Care


Behavioral Therapy

Developmental Needs

Tiffany Benecky MS, LPC-IT


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I believe that all people have the necessary tools within themselves to be successful and that therapy can provide a helping hand in revealing these qualities. I approach clients from both a compassionate and empathic standpoint, actively listening and validating their concerns while allowing them to assist in guiding our sessions together. I enjoy taking a very person-centered approach with my clients and working side by side to achieve goals. I have a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling that I obtained from Mount Mary University and currently hold an LPC-IT license in the state of Wisconsin.  

While I work with clients of all ages and needs, I spend a lot of time working with teenagers and young adults with depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders. I enjoy providing a safe space for clients of this age range to develop coping skills, discuss identity and self-esteem challenges, and address life changes and transitions. 

Prior to my current position at Forward Choices, I also got the opportunity to intern here while completing my degree. I also spent time working in the community with adults with various disabilities as a job coach, assisting them with responsibilities, time management, and feeling confident in their positions. This is an experience I have enjoyed carrying through into my work with mental health.  

When I am not at Forward Choices, I enjoy spending my free time with friends and family and have recently begun to play rugby again. I enjoy a good book but am a big Harry Potter fan, something I enjoy bringing into sessions if a client is interested. I try to travel when I am able and enjoy getting to experience the sights, sounds, and foods of other places of the world. I also have a big love of all animals and enjoy spending time with my dog.  

Child Adolescent Therapy

Family therapy

Young Adults

Mindfulness based Practices




Solution Focused Therapy

Yi-Ting Chen MS, LPC-IT



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I am a bilingual psychotherapist speaking fluently in English and Mandarin Chinese. I received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I am skilled in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), trauma-informed care, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and parenting skills. From my previous working and volunteering experiences in community and clinical settings, I worked closely with people and clients who come from various cultural backgrounds and hold different values and beliefs from mine.

I used to be a caregiver and a psych intern at children’s learning centers. I also worked as a volunteer at a girls’ high school boarding facility in New Zealand for a year. With those experiences, I have gained knowledge and skills to help children and adolescents with developmental delays and traumatic experiences. I am also experienced with assisting adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues from working as a graduate student intern at private clinics.

Here at Forward Choices, I am mainly working with female clients who undergoing stress, anxiety, and depression caused by pregnancy, life stressors, lack of self-esteem and parenting skills, grieving, parental relationships, and relationship issues. As an Asian cisgender female, I have found it powerful and rewarding to utilize my privileged status to assist my clients and also aspire to listen to and learn from them. I also strive to help clients heal and find themselves and happiness in their lives again.