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 24 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 23 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 - ms mft
Sarah is a graduate of the MS-MFT program at UW-Stout and is delighted to find herself in a second career that is more of a calling than a job. She is energized by walking alongside clients as they utilize their own strengths to lean into life’s challenges, resulting in enhanced experiences and relationships.
With a deep appreciation for the systemic nature of Marriage & Family Therapy, Sarah jumps at opportunities to work with couples, families and step-families. She also enjoys one-on-one therapy with adults and adolescents and has special interests in adolescent brain development, the Enneagram, and spirituality – all of which she engages as tools for understanding personal motivation.
Sarah’s first career was in engineering and project management – roles which provided ample opportunity to hone interpersonal and relational skills. She has also volunteered with hospice, mentored blended family couples through her local church community, and served on the board of directors for The Bridge to Hope in Menomonie, WI – a shelter for victims of domestic abuse.
Menomonie is where Sarah and her husband have made their home, along with their spirited golden retriever, Lucy. They are parents, step-parents and in-laws to eight wonderful young adults. In her free time, Sarah loves to cook, garden, hike, kayak, play piano, and rarely passes up an opportunity to curl up and watch a good movie.
WI Lic #796-228
Jennifer Crim - ms mft, co-owner
After working on the administrative side of the counseling industry for over a decade, Jennifer is thrilled to finally begin her career as a therapy provider. As a recent graduate of the University of Stout - MFT graduate program, she is currently working toward independent licensure in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.
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, depression, individuation 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 24 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 traveling to non-touristy locations around the world and deep conversations with friends over really dark coffee.
WI Lic #801-228
Jenna Moon - msw
Jenna began her career as a social worker in 2008 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Since that time, her work has been focused on supporting individuals experiencing homelessness as they attempt to gain stability in their lives. In the process, Jenna became passionate about helping people to understand and address challenges with their mental health. To further her training in this area, Jenna made the decision to obtain her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work, graduating in June of 2021 from the University of St. Thomas.
Viewing therapy as a partnership, Jenna enjoys helping her clients see their own strengths and immense value as human beings. She believes everyone deserves to feel truly seen and heard and that connection is essential to the healing process. Jenna’s approach to therapy pulls from a mix of solution oriented and psychodynamic methods to develop tangible ways to manage current stressors while helping to bring understanding to the ways life experiences have played into problems being faced in situations and relationships.
Jenna has a strong interest in supporting those who have experienced various forms of trauma, individuals with substance use challenges, college-aged individuals, and mothers navigating the stressors of being a parent. With her fundamental belief that all human beings are awesome, Jenna also welcomes working with any individuals outside of those specific groups.
Jenna lives in River Falls with her husband, five children and two dogs, with whom she likes to go on road trips, camping and hiking. Jenna also enjoys reading, gets way too excited about good coffee, and never tires of watching reruns of Friends.
WI Lic #132407-121
MN Lic #21135
Kari Paidin - therapist intern
Kari is currently in the MFT graduate program at UW-Stout and will graduate in Aug. 2022. Before entering graduate school, Kari was a teacher and an academic coach supporting teachers. She looks forward to integrating her prior experience working with families, children, and adults into her future practice as a therapist.
Kari believes everyone can benefit from extra support while going through the hard parts of life and that there is no shame in asking for help. Likewise, she embraces the idea that we are all imperfect, unique, desiring of connection, and needing to be seen and heard.
With this in mind, Kari brings a holistic lens to therapy. Not holding to a one-size-fits-all model, Kari adapts her support to what the client needs in the moment. Helping her clients to notice their own patterns allows them to make new paths forward and change how they show up in the world. In this way, unhelpful patterns are shifted and stories are re-written, allowing for new possibilities to emerge.
Therapy with Kari will include exploring thoughts, feelings, and responses in the body through a lens of empathy, compassion, and curiosity. She enjoys working with couples, parents, teens and adults.
Kari resides in the Twin Cities area with her husband and two boys. In addition to living with 3 humans, she lives with her cat Ollie and golden doodle Opal. Kari loves to read, have deep conversations, take walks and be in nature. When she can find the time, she loves a DYI project to add personality to her home; her miter saw and nail gun bring Kari distinct joy. An ideal Friday night consists of cuddling on the couch with family and pets, watching a movie and munching on popcorn.