Kristin Belkofer, MS, LPC
Founder, Clinical Director, and Psychotherapist
“I believe that human connection, compassion, and empathy are key to our wellness and becoming our authentic selves. As a psychotherapist, I use an integrative approach that is client-centered, insight oriented, and rooted in a deep understanding of the impact of stress and trauma on the body, mind, and relationships. Together we will create goals and a holistic plan to foster your strengths and empower you to live your best life possible.”
Kristin Belkofer, MS, is the founder of CLARA Healing Institute. Kristin works with adults, couples, families, children, and adolescents, applying a developmental perspective across the lifespan. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, attachment issues, trauma and sexual abuse, ADHD, disordered eating, self injury, conduct disorders, and family/couples issues. Clinically, she is passionate about integrating interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, imagery, and somatic therapies to help clients heal from trauma. Her research interests include the intersection of food insecurity and mental health outcomes, and she has presented locally and internationally on this topic.
In 2018, she coauthored multiple chapters on the ethical and clinical implications of technology and social media in The Handbook of Art Therapy and Digital Technology. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Art Therapy and master’s degree in Community Psychology from Alverno College.
Kristin serves as the secretary for the Table, a first century style spiritual community and “house-church” that promotes social justice and community activism while honoring the sacred in everyday life. She is also the founder of Punk Rock Therapy, an online community of mental health clinicians, artists, and musicians centered around the belief that art and music can be healing and personally revolutionary.
Brittany Runaas ATR-BC, LPC
Art Therapist and Psychotherapist
Brittany Runaas is a Board Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor with over seven years of clinical experience practicing in a variety of settings within Southeastern Wisconsin.
Brittany received her Masters of Science in Art Therapy with a Concentration in Counseling from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI. She utilizes both the creative process and therapeutic interventions to foster relationships with her clients that help promote change, personal growth, and healing. She strongly believes in a holistic approach to treatment to not only address the presenting problem, but also how it impacts the individual’s mental, emotional, and physical health, as well as their relationships and surrounding environment. Brittany also believes that everyone has an inherent need to create, and it is her passion to help individuals cultivate their own creativity, in whatever form, within their life.
Brittany enjoys working with young adults and adult women in both group and individual settings. Her focus includes an arts-based approach using the creative process and/or experiential based therapies, in addition to traditional talk therapy with an emphasis on creative problem-solving, person-centered, and strengths-based approaches by empowering clients to access the skills they already possess to make changes in their lives. Brittany values developing relationships with her clients by creating a safe, nonjudgmental space and offers authentic support, empathy, and compassion.
Her past experiences include working with individual struggling with eating disorders in an outpatient setting and facilitating several groups within both the IOP and PHP levels of care at The REDI Clinic of Wauwatosa. Prior to joining The REDI Clinic team, Brittany gained experience working with individuals and families impacted by eating, mood, and anxiety disorders as a Child and Adolescent Program Therapist in both the PHP and Residential levels of care at Rogers Behavioral Health in Oconomowoc, WI.
Christopher Belkofer, PhD, LPC, ATR-BC
Psychotherapist, Lead Art Therapist,
and Education Consultant
Dr. Christopher Belkofer is licensed as a professional counselor and is a board-certified art therapist with over 15 years of experience. While he works with clients of all ages, he specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults for who traditional approaches of talk therapy may not be effective. In addition, he often employs the creative process and various forms of expressive media to promote effective coping skills, personal expression, self-regulation, and other resources that may lead to improved mental health. Chris received his Masters in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his Doctorate in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University.
In addition to clinical work, Dr. Belkofer is a full professor who has been teaching and training graduate level art therapists for over ten years. As a published author, researcher, and international speaker, he brings a knowledge of contemporary theories and applied research, a commitment to learning, and an enthusiasm for the bridging of art and science. A practicing musician and visual artist, his own experiences as an artist strongly influence his approach.
Mandi Degner, MSCP, LPC
Psychotherapist and Somatic Breathworker
Bio coming soon!
Dii’Azia is our ultra-organized virtual assistant who keeps the Institute running smoothly behind the scenes. Her caring eye will oversee billing, electronic health records, and supporting our clinicans and Wisdom Collective members to ensure excellent delivery of care. She is located in the Cleveland area with strong connections to the Milwaukee Area, where she worked as an administrative assistant for multiple departments at Mount Mary University.
Administrative and Art Therapy Intern
Amelia is our multi-talented intern who provides administrative, marketing, and clincal support to the Institute. She is currently a graduate student in the Art Therapy program at Mount Mary University. She has experience working within a community based practice, facilitating art therapy studios as well as group art therapy with middle and high school aged students. She also led individual and group art therapy sessions with incarcerated individuals and veterans. She has a fine arts background, and received her BFA in Chicago in 2015.
The Wisdom Collective
The Wisdom Collective is a mindfully curated group of experts and thought leaders from a wide range of disciplines. We believe that wisdom and expertise come in many forms, and should be shared and grown. CLARA Wisdom Collective members will provide holistic supplementary services for clients as well as trainings, retreats, and programming for mental health providers, community leaders, and corporations. We believe that mental health clinicians should have access to ongoing education and training that feeds mind, body, soul, and professional identity.
Mary Rodgers, MS, LPC
Education and Supervision Consultant
Mary Rodgers MSCP, LPC, CSAC will serve as CLARA Healing Institute’s Education and Supervision Consultant. She will provide supervision and consultation for CLARA staff and community members, and will facilitate a number of programs for clinicians and community members. Mary is a licensed professional counselor, clinical substance abuse counselor, and counselor educator. Mary earned her Master of Science in Community Psychology from Alverno College and is currently completing her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Walden University.
Mary has served in the mental health field and within non-profit social service-based organizations for over 12 years. She is also a Veteran of the United States Army Reserves. Mary specializes in serious and persistent mental illness, career counseling, social justice advocacy, trauma, and counseling for counselors.
Mary’s approach to wellness is primarily rooted in multiculturalism, existentialism, and complementary and alternative medicine. Mary also specializes in counselor education and supervision where she also uses a holistic and transformative approach to learning and development.
Dr. Jessica Brumm Larson
Dr. Jessica Larson is a licensed psychologist with over 10 years of experience counseling children, adolescents and parents. She has extensive experience mentoring and training counselors. Jessica is the founder of Mama Be: Self-Care for Moms where she supports women on their journey to trust, love and care for themselves. For many of us, this process involves remembering who we truly are by creating practices that help us listen to our inner knowing and connect more deeply to what brings us joy. Jessica believes that openly sharing our stories helps us all become stronger. For more information, please visit www.drjessicalarson.com and follow her @mamabe.selfcare (Instagram and Facebook).
Cultural and Spiritual Midwife
Venice Williams identifies as a Cultural & Spiritual Midwife, strongly believing she was placed into Creation to help bring forth all that is good and whole in people, guiding them through the exploration of their life path. She also lives into the belief that the natural world has the power, images, and cycles to teach us everything we need to know on this journey. She teaches Rites of Passage courses for women, based on the four seasons.
Venice is also a community herbalist, cultivating fifty to sixty herbal species each year, using them to craft teas, salves, scents and more, as part of her holistic, spiritual, community practice. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, since 1989, Venice has been living and serving in Milwaukee as a Layminister through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Greater Milwaukee Synod. She is currently the Executive Director of Alice’s Garden Urban Farm, Minister for The Table: a first-century-style community in the twenty-first century, and Curator of the Kujichagulia Producers Cooperative.
Dr. Christopher Belkofer
“Although our artistic expression stretches wide, we constantly seek to learn new skills from the folks in our community. We’re then able to bring more knowledge and awareness to the community while supporting local businesses.
Community Midwife and Sexpert
Lucky Tomaszek is a licensed midwife in the state of Wisconsin. Way back in 1984, at the tender age of 11, Lucky watched her cat give birth to her first litter of kittens. From that moment, she knew she belonged in the world of birth. Twelve years later, she began pursuing her dream through self study. In 1998, Lucky trained to be a doula, and was certified by DONA in 1999. That was also the year that Lucky became a La Leche League Leader. After the birth of her third baby in 2000, she began training with a homebirth midwife in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since those early beginnings, Lucky has attended more than 300 births in various capacities. Recently, Lucky spent six months in Utah, working in a high volume birth center to finely hone her craft.
Lucky also works as a sexuality educator at The Tool Shed: An Erotic Boutique (since 2008), providing education and trainings for birthworkers and regular folks alike on a variety of topics. Her classes focus on consent culture, sex and disability, sex and chronic pain, and the issues that parents face around sexuality. She has been invited to speak at colleges, universities, churches, synagogues, festivals, burlesque shows, and professional development conferences throughout the Midwest. She is the author and founder of the Birthworker Inclusivity Training Series, the only training focused on the needs of sexual minorities. Lucky is also a published author, formerly writing The Slightly Crunchy Parent, a monthly parenting column (2002-2009), and currently writing MKE SEX, a semi-monthly sex ed column (since 2016).