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.
Chelsea O'Neil Karcher, MA, LPC-IT
Pronouns: She/Her or They/Them
Identifies as a White, Queer, Cisgender Femme
Mental Health Counseling, Art Therapy, Birth + Bereavement Doula
Chelsea is an art therapist and counselor, professional birth doula, educator, and fierce advocate. She is passionate about contributing to a community where everyone can thrive and utilizes a social justice approach to her work. She has extensive experience working with survivors of violence, sexual assault and abuse, and people that hold multiple marginalized identities (people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and women). As a body positive, sex positive doula she supports all bodies, all families, all choices, and all outcomes of pregnancy.
She also officiates weddings as an ordained minister, is a member of the Threshold Singers of Madison (a service choir that sings at bed side for the very ill and dying) and recently became a board member of the Madison Community Doula Project. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading tarot, listening to music, and making art.
Connect with Chelsea on Instagram @art.therapy.doula or click here to learn more.
Shannon Neimeko, MA, LPC
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.