Meet Our Therapists
BRIAN CRIM - MS lmft, owner
For over two decades, Brian has walked alongside adolescents and their families in a variety of settings in the St. Croix Valley.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stout's Marriage and Family Therapy program, Brian founded Adulteen Counseling with the hope of offering support to teens, adults, and families through quality yet affordable counseling, seminars, and parent groups.
Known in the area for his expertise in adolescent transition to adulthood, Brian also specializes in parent-child relationships, emotional trauma, high-conflict marriages, and relational conflict. Brian is also able to provide faith-based counseling for those who request it.
In addition to teaching as an adjunct professor at University of Wisconsin-Stout, Brian enjoys working alongside the Pierce-St Croix County CARES Coalition in their efforts to help parents and communities better understand teens. It was with this goal that Brian developed the Understanding Your Adolescent seminar, which has been sponsored by area hospitals, schools, and churches.
Married for 23 years and the father of four awesome kids, Brian's favorite activities include: football in any form (watching, playing, coaching), ice cream runs to Knoke's Chocolates, strategy games (Risk, Settlers of Catan), water and snow skiing, traveling, and consuming great steaks. He and his family have made their home in Hudson for the past 22 years.
WI LMFT Lic # 1016-124
Candice Maier - PhD LMFT
As a therapist trained in narrative therapy, Candice has worked with a wide range of personal and relationship issues. She has been working with individuals, couples, and families for the past ten years in residential and outpatient therapy across the Midwest.
Candice takes a positive approach to therapy, helping clients to build on their strengths and resources as a foundation for change. Her clinical interests include self-esteem and identity-related issues, depression/anxiety, couple and family therapy, and play therapy. Candice is affirming of LGBTQIA+ relationships and communities.
Candice received her master's degree from North Dakota State University and her PhD in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Iowa. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where she teaches and supervises in the Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Human Services department as well as the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Candice also is active in researching topics pertaining to couples therapy, gender, feminism, health, and telehealth practices.
Candice resides in River Falls with her husband, Joshua, and their beloved cat, Oscar. Outside of being a faculty member and clinician, Candice enjoys traveling, going on nature walks/hikes, photography, and watching reruns of The Amazing Race and Survivor with her husband.
WI LMFT Lic # 1193-124
Jacque Charles - ma lpc
Jacque has spent most of her adult life caring for children and adults in a variety of settings. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Professional Counseling, her work experience includes working at a group home for adult women with developmental disabilities, as a substitute teacher, co-leading a therapy group for children and adolescents, providing individual and family therapy for children and adolescents, and working on an adult inpatient mental health unit. Through these experiences, Jacque has become skilled at calmly providing support and guidance for children, adolescents and adults who are in crisis.
Jacque views counseling as a collaborative process in which she and her clients partner together to address challenges in a healthy and effective way. Some of Jacque’s counseling specialties include anxiety, depression, family therapy, group therapy, and women’s issues. In her free time, Jacque loves to read, drink tea, play games, hike, and explore the cities and towns of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
WI Lic # 7581-125
MN Lic #02407
Sarah Shonts - therapy intern
Sarah will graduate from the MS-MFT program at UW-Stout in 2021 and is delighted for the opportunity to begin a new career as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Sarah views the therapy process as an opportunity to walk alongside clients as they utilize their strengths to enhance their experiences and relationships. She has special interest in working with adolescents, couples, families and step-families.
Previously, Sarah was an engineering project manager – a role which provided ample opportunity to hone interpersonal and relational skills. She has also volunteered with hospice and served on the board of directors for The Bridge to Hope in Menomonie, WI - a shelter for victims of domestic abuse.
Sarah and her husband live in Menomonie with their spirited golden retriever, Lucy. They are parents, step-parents and in-laws to eight wonderful young adults. In her free time, she loves to cook, hike, kayak, play piano, and watch movies.
Jennifer Crim - therapy intern
Jennifer has worked on the administrative side of the counseling industry for over a decade and is excited to finally begin her career as a therapy provider. She will graduate from UW-Stout’s Marriage and Family Therapy program in summer of 2021.
For Jennifer, therapy offers a unique opportunity to be present with another human being as they explore their understanding of themselves and their core relationships. She believes in the power of reflective listening in a safe context to allow for new perspectives, growth, and possibilities to emerge in her clients' lives.
Her interests include somatic therapy (working with the body and nervous system to manage stress), trauma, family systems, anxiety, and spirituality. Jennifer enjoys working with all ages, but especially thinks teens and college students are awesome.
A resident of Hudson for over two decades, Jennifer and her husband of 23 years have 4 wonderful children and one brand-new daughter-in-law, all of whom they are so proud. A rock climber, flute player, and limited Spanish-speaker, Jennifer also loves deep conversations with friends, especially when enjoyed over really dark coffee.