568 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison, WI 53705​

Owen: 1-608-282-5818

Shannon: 1-608-520-0461

Fax: +1 608 492-2979

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Our Team

We are art therapists, counselors, healers, authors, and educators.

Owen Karcher, MA, LPC

Pronouns: He/Him or They/Them

Identifies as a White, Queer, Transmasculine

Mental Health Counseling, Art Therapy, Somatic Body Work

Owen is an art therapist, educator, author and social justice consultant. He works with the individual and collective healing of trauma and oppression through embodied, creative expression.

Owen offers group trainings that invite participants to learn how power, privilege, and identities impact their relationships and work. He also works with teams wanting to develop stronger relationships with mental health and self care, creativity and connecting to the wisdom of the body. He has over ten years of experience working as a care provider and educator in the fields of mental health, violence prevention and intervention, child sexual abuse, HIV/AIDS, building healthy relationships, and moving towards social justice. In his spare time he likes to garden, practice woodworking, read, and go on adventures. 

Shannon Neimeko, MA, LPC

Pronouns: They/Them

Identifies as White, Queer, and Genderqueer

Mental Health Counseling, Art Therapy

Shannon is a counselor and art therapist with an emphasis on serving LGBTQ+ and TGNC people, identity development, and supporting those experiencing minority stress. In their practice, Shannon aspires to support you in building resilience, crafting and owning narratives in ways that honor your strength and knowledge, and partnering with you in the service of your therapeutic goals.


As the former coordinator for Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Mental Health Services at UW-Madison's University Health Services, they have extensive experience providing counseling for TGNC and gender expansive people and in writing letters in support of HRT and gender affirming surgeries. Although letters in support of gender affirming care are vital services for clients navigating access to medical transition, they create disproportionate barriers for TGNC people. Shannon is passionate about working toward the elimination of this barrier and provides training and consultation for medical and mental health providers who are also working to make their services, and the systems they work within, more inclusive and more equitable.


In their spare time Shannon likes to spend time one on one or in small groups with loved ones (introverts unite!), making art, and gathering abandoned nests and other natural objects while hiking.

Pekoe Boon, Therapy Dog in Training

Pronouns: He/Him or They/Them


Stress Relief, Cuddles, and Play Time

Pekoe is a 2 year old, 19 pound lab-chihuahua rescue who loves the color pink, treats, and snuggling under heavy blankets. 

He comes to the office on occasion and is practicing socializing and polite greetings. He is a little shy but he loves to "go to work" in therapy sessions by contributing to a positive, relaxing atmosphere.

Having a dog in session is totally optional. If you prefer not to interact with dogs, or are allergic, please let us know. It is very important to the whole team to make your time at the Center as comfortable as possible.