Below is a list of our skilled therapists who are ready to assist the bereaved during their grief journey. The cost of grief counseling is covered by
Webs of Grief in consultation with the therapist.
Please contact Webs of Grief for more information and/or to be connected with a therapist within our Webs of Grief network.
Alicia Oczus, MS LPC
Alicia Oczus, MS LPC, is a licensed therapist and the owner of Blackbird Psychotherapy, LLC. She specializes in working with infants, children, and adolescents and has been serving this population for over 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006 and received her Masters of Science degree in Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2012. In 2020, she completed a fellowship with the Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Capstone program through the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health. She is currently working towards national endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Specialist as well as credentialing as an approved provider of Play Therapy by the Association for Play Therapy. Alicia is also part of the Executive Committee for the State of Wisconsin’s Office of Children’s Mental Health. Her professional interests include treating anxiety related disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, grief/traumatic grief, encopresis and enuresis, and infant and early childhood mental health.
Alicia enjoys hiking, camping, relaxing with family, and watercolor painting. She is an award-winning fiber artist, using needle felting and floor loom weaving as her primary
Zeus Arreguin, MS LPC
I offer extensive counseling services to individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, anger, relationships and family conflicts. These presenting issues may include marriage and/or relationships, parenting, general life decisions, work conflict, self-identity, self-esteem, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, sexuality and sex addictions. I work with clients to discover the root of the problem, construct a treatment plan and guide their growth through various counseling methods in our work together.
I follow a person-centered approach to guide you through self-understanding before moving forward with more complex approaches. An intake is necessary to understand the presenting issue before moving forward with a treatment plan. The treatment plan is based on the individual's needs at the time as well as relevant history.
I have the ability to understand your concerns through various ways of collecting information. As I learn more about your needs, I can offer a variety of tools and guide you through the counseling process.
Kathleen Harwood, MS, NCC, LPC, LMFT-IT, CPC
"I believe in the healing power of relationships and strive to form that kind of relationship with the clients that I work with. I am convinced that the ultimate healing relationship is the one that is formed with Jesus Christ by the help of the Holy Spirit. I work from a client centered and family systems perspective, affirming the human need for relationship with God, family and others as foundational to my work with clients. I believe all people are unique individuals regardless of their religious beliefs and can benefit from a therapeutic relationship in order to heal from painful experiences or to better handle challenging circumstances."
Kathleen has a graduate degree in Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, is a nationally Certified Parenting Coach and also a Prepare/Enrich Facilitator. She entered counseling following a 20 year career working with parents and children ages birth to 18 years. With her husband Ken, she enjoys gardening, traveling, camping and finding adventures with their two Australian "Cattle-Mutts", Sydney and Adelaide. Kathleen is a mother of 3, step-mother of 2 and enjoys her 6 grandchildren.
Laurie Brown LPC, CSAC
I earned my Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. I received my Grief Support Specialist Certificate from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
I provide individual and group counseling to treat substance use disorders, mental health, and grief. My approach to therapy is Person Centered, Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness. I believe in meeting people where they are at and working with them to provide empowerment, focus on strengths, instill hope, and to provide support throughout the treatment process.
Tiffany Strodthoff, MS
Tiffany Strodthoff is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor with a Master’s of Science Degree, concentrations on Trauma and Substance Abuse from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, as well as a certificate in Infant and Early Child Mental Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She specializes in children, birth through 5 years old, adolescents, and adults with traumatic experiences, adoption/attachment related issues, and those who are struggling with various addictions (themselves or a loved one). Her primary focus is currently young children and their families who have experienced trauma in their lives.
Tiffany is trained in Trauma-Focused CBT, Prepare-Enrich, and the Comprehensive Resource Model. She is a level II EMDR therapist and is registered as an Adoption Competent therapist. With this array of treatment modalities, Tiffany will work closely with her clients to find which approach would be most effective in order to meet the client’s individual needs. Tiffany also has professional experience with Reflective Supervision, Parenting Coaching, Forgiveness Therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy. She has previously developed successful treatment programming and continues to strive for more effective treatment options in the Rock County area.
Other topics that are in Tiffany's scope of practice are as follows (but is not limited to), LGBTQA, Co-Dependency, Relationships/Divorce, Grief, Mindfulness-based coping skills, Complex PTSD and Attachment issues. She believes each client has the ability to heal, grow, and change through the therapeutic process. Tiffany will work to educate and empower each individual by helping them gain mastery over their lives by recognizing and/or emphasizing their choices and capabilities.
Generally, in my free time I can be found out in my garden, riding my Harley or relaxing with my cats. I love camping and going to concerts whenever I get the chance. I often tell people that I hibernate through winter outside of work, although I can be spotted at Lambeau field a few times every season.
BA Social Work
Certified Temperament Counselor, NCCA, Professional Clinical Member, NCCA, Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor, NCCA
Ordained Pastoral Counselor, NCCA
Prior to becoming a Pastoral Counselor, Mary was a Medical Social Worker in Hospice and Home Care for 23 years. She brings compassion and years of experience helping those in life altering situations.
"I am so grateful that God is faithful and has a good plan for my life (our lives). As I reflect on events of my journey that have prepared me to be what and where I am now, I recognize that the deep emotional pain and the intense physical pain that I have experienced will be used by God to help others.”
Jamie Swenson, LCSW
Born and raised in Janesville, I am eager to give back to the community I grew up in. I completed my Bachelor Arts in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2016, where I also completed courses in studio art. I obtained my Masters in Social Work from George Williams College in 2018. I have had experience working with children, teens, adults and families with different treatment modalities including CBT (Cognitive behavioral therapy), Play Therapy, Theraplay, EMDR, and client-centered work. I am currently licensed in both Illinois and Wisconsin, and own Willow Way Counseling Center, LLC here in Janesville.
My husband and I have a very blended family, so family and parenting work are both aspects I’m very passionate about. I love helping families understand each other and learn how to be more cohesive and a team.
My work with grief has been a combination of personal and professional. I feel that my own personal experience with loss has helped foster a deeper connection with those who have experienced loss as well. Grief comes in waves, but in the moments you’re feeling like you’re going under - you’re not alone. There is help and support out there.