Our Staff

Steve Johnson

Here is some information about Steve Johnson, Director:

Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology (MA) – Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) – National Certified Counselor (NCC) – Board Certified-Telemental Health Provider (BC-TMH) – Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) – Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (BCPCC) – Enjoys working with teens, couples, families, and adult individuals – Married since 1998 to his wife, Stephanie – Proud father of Isaac, Lydia, Susanna, and Titus – Successful Division III College Basketball Player in Minnesota – Moved from the Chicago area to Central Wisconsin in 2000.  

Steve works with clients ages 14 and up.

Click on this link to email Steve: steve@advocatepsychservices.com

To learn more about what specific approaches Steve uses and the topics he helps with, please view his list of competencies.

Adam Smith

As of May 2023, Adam Smith is no longer accepting new clients due to a full caseload.

Here is some information about Adam Smith, Clinical Psychotherapist:

Advanced Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS CMHC), Substance Abuse Specialization (SAS), Licensed Professional Counselor, (LPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). Adam works with a diverse group of clientele who have experienced trauma, substance abuse, or are referred through the justice system. He also is qualified and competent to treat clients who have concerns with Trauma, Abuse, Addictions, Anger Management, PTSD, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia, Co-Parenting, DV-Victim, Self Injurious Behaviors, Personality Disorders, LGBTQ+ and has training with the Red Cross in Psychological First Aid.  Adam is a graduate of Walden University as a nontraditional student.  He enjoys reading and spending time with his family and two dogs.  Adam works in the main office in Stevens Point.

Adam works with clients ages 12 and up.

Click on this link to email Adam: adam@advocatepsychotherapyservices.com

To learn more about what specific approaches Adam uses and the topics he helps with, please view his list of competencies.

Jessica Wilharms

Here is some information about Jessica Wilharms, Resident Therapist

Jessica graduated with her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, from Liberty University. As a former military spouse, she is passionate about working with military, veterans, and their spouses. Jessica works with a diverse group of clientele who have experienced trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADHD, eating disorders, and parenting. Additionally, Jessica is willing to incorporate faith into sessions when asked. In her free time Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, or doing one of her many hobbies.

Click on this link to email Jessica: jessica@advocatepsychotherapyservices.com

Jessica works with ages 15 and up.

Appointments can be made to see her via our “Make an Appointment” page on the website.

Melady Vue

Here is some information about Melady Vue, Resident Therapist

Master’s in Social Work (MSW) and Advanced Practice Social Worker (APSW). Melady graduated with her MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently working towards her LCSW. Her approach to therapy is strengths-based and empowerment. She provides therapy to those with anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, academic difficulties, and cultural/racial identity. She has experience and enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. Melady also works in our school-based office at Tri-County School. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and spending time with family. Melady loves sunrises, sunsets, and star gazing because she sees the ever-changing sky beautiful in different ways. She believes each healing journey is on-going and life-long process.

Click on this link to email Melady: melady@advocatepsychotherapyservices.com

Melady works with ages 6 and up.

Appointments can be made to see her via our “Make an Appointment” page on the website.

Phil Grygleski

Here is some information about Phil Grygleski, Resident Therapist:

Phil grew up in Stevens Point, graduating from Pacelli Catholic High School in 2014. During his undergraduate studies, he majored in Philosophy and Catholic Studies, graduating from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor of Arts. After spending three years working at Pacelli, Phil decided to pursue his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Mary and complete his internship at APS. Phil graduated in April 2024 and is excited to continue working at APS. Based upon conversation with clients, Phil is willing to incorporate Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology into sessions. In his free time, Phil loves to sing, play guitar, read, and go on hikes. Even more, Phil loves spending time with his beloved wife and their young son.

Click on this link to email Phil: phil@advocatepsychotherapyservices.com

Phil works with ages 6 and up.

Appointments can be made to see him via our “Make an Appointment” page on the website.

Hanna Daniels

Here is some information about Hanna Daniels, Intern Therapist:

Hanna was born and raised in Stevens Point. In May 2022, she graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. She is currently earning her Master of Social Work degree from Winona State University, with a focus on trauma-informed clinical social work. Hanna is hard of hearing and thus, appreciates working with those with disabilities – visible or otherwise. She also has interest in working with neurodivergent individuals, the LGBTQ+ community, as well as adolescents, young adults, and adults. In her free time, Hanna enjoys spending time outside, making art, connecting with others, and learning something new.

Click on this link to email Hanna: hanna@advocatepsychotherapyservices.com

Hanna works with ages 12 and up.

Appointments can be made to see her via our “Make an Appointment” page on the website.

Here is some information about Chris Dumke, Intern Therapist:

Chris was born and raised in Neenah, WI and now lives in Wisconsin Rapids.  She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. She is currently earning her master’s degree in community mental health counseling from Lakeland University and will graduate in December of 2024. As a social worker, she has extensive experience in helping adults who have some type of dementia and those who love and care for them. Witnessing the need for people to get help with their mental health in earlier stages of their lives, she decided to pursue her master’s degree in counseling. She has a strong belief in helping people become the version of themselves that they most want to be. She has interest with working with people of all ages with depression, anxiety, trauma, parenting, divorce, those who struggle with domestic abuse, substance use, women’s issues, and step/blended families. Chris is willing to incorporate faith into sessions when asked. In her free time, Chris enjoys spending time with her large family and dogs, camping, reading, any kind of crafts, spending time in nature, and kayaking.

Click on this link to email Chris: chris@advocatepsychotherapyservices.com

Chris works with ages 12 and up.

Appointments can be made to see her via our “Make an Appointment” page on the website.