ABOUT
The Art of Living Counseling Center
A group of clinicians who have a passion for helping individuals, couples and families navigate the complexities of life.  Whether they be struggling with marital difficulties, a mental health illness, a difficult transition in life or simply a desire to develop deeper, more life affirming relationships; we as a group of clinicians strive to provide exceptional professional care.
 
MEET THE TEAM
Cyndi Mesmer, LCPC
Cyndi received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Il. in 1995.  She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor for the state of Illinois since 1997.   Cyndi is a member of the American Counselors Association.  Cyndi completed her advanced certification in Trauma and Abuse from the Allender Center in Seattle, WA. and has extensive experience helping individuals dealing with childhood trauma and abuse. 
 
Cyndi has 22 years experience working in inpatient, partial hospital, and outpatient settings.  She has been in private practice since 1995 and co-founded The Art of Living Counseling Center in 2004 with her husband Steve.  She has extensive training and experience working with issues related to trauma, sexual abuse, eating disorders, self injury, mood disorders, anxiety disorder spiritual formation,  and relational breakdown.   Cyndi works with adolescents and adults in individual, marital, family and group counseling.  Cyndi also provides supervision for therapists and interns at Art of Living. 
 
Cyndi is passionate about helping others navigate pain and finds it a precious gift to be able to hold others stories with grace and kindness. Cyndi is married to Steve and has 5 amazing children.  She enjoys reading, teaching, dining, and hanging out with her husband and children.
Co- Owner
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"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves...Live the questions now.  Perhaps you will gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."                                --Rainer Maria Rilke
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Steve received his Masters in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL in 1995.  He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has 22 years of experience in outpatient settings working with adolescents and adults.  In 2004, Steve, with is wife Cyndi, founded The Art of Living Counseling Center.  Steve completed his advanced certification in Trauma and Abuse from the Allender Center in Seattle, WA. and has extensive experience helping individuals dealing with childhood trauma and abuse.
 
One of Steve's areas of expertise and passion is using counseling and teaching to help couples transform their fragile and conflictual relationship into one that is rugged and alive; a relationship that can handle the stress of careers, children, the unexpected, the daily grind, and the difference between sexes.  Just like any worthwhile endeavor, marriage can be fantastic or burdensome.  Together, though coaching and therapy we can stack the odds in favor of fantastic results. 
 
Steve also has extensive experience and training in men's issues, anxiety disorders, OCD, divorce recovery, and spiritual formation.  Besides running and operating The Art of Living Counseling Center, Steve, along with his wife Cyndi, also have the privilege and challenge of parenting 5 wonderful children.
Steve Mesmer, LCPC
Co-Owner
Therapist
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Judy received her Masters of Counseling degree in 1987 from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.  She has been a licensed clinical professional counselor for the state of Illinois since 1999.  Judy thoroughly enjoys her work with both adults and adolescents.  Her areas of speciality include women's issues, life transitions, spiritual formation, and mood disorders.  She also loves the challenges of working with teenagers as they navigate through this defining stage of life.  Judy has two adult children.  She has many interests outside of work including exercise, reading, and growing spiritually.  She has been an active volunteer in both her local church and her local school district for many years.
Judy Heggeland, LCPC
Therapist
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Sandra Woznicki, LCPC
Sandra Woznicki is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and is Nationally Board Certified. She received her Master’s Degree from National Louis University in Human Services/ Counseling in 2001 and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a major in Special Education. She has been in private practice since 2005. Sandra works with individuals, couples and groups and has extensive training/certification in the following Specialty Areas: Abuse, Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Anxiety/Depression, Grief and Loss, Relational Issues, Trauma Issues. Sandra is also trained and certified in EMDR (http://emdrresearchfoundation.org/understanding-emdr/how-does-emdr-work/)
Sandra is a board member for International Teams: Extending Hands.


Sandra believes in the resilience of her clients and provides the skills, support, and encouragement to help them meet their goals. She values integrating a therapeutic approach based on current research and that addresses the total well-being of the individual (emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual).

Sandra is married and loves to read, garden, and travel with her best friend and husband Phil.    
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"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves"
Viktor Frankl
"Your heart needs to be broken - and broken open - at least once to discover what your heart means and to have a heart for others."
                         Richard Rohr                 
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Susie is a Licensed Professional Counselor for the State of Illinois and received her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University. She  completed her Advanced Certificate in Trauma and Abuse from the Allender Center in Seattle, WA.  She has experience working with adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, OCD, grief and loss, life transitions, spiritual formation, and relational conflict. Susie also works with couples experiencing marital distress and volunteers with a marital restoration ministry at her church.​​​​​

Susie is married with two adult children and enjoys spending time with her family in the beauty of the north woods of Wisconsin all seasons of the year. 
Susie Allison, LPC
Therapist
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Melissa is a Licensed Professional Counselor and received her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from National Louis University. She decided to pursue her counseling degree in part because she has worked with children and adolescents since she herself was a teenager. The progression into professional counseling was a natural one for her, as she had been mentoring and counseling adolescents for almost a decade before her graduate training even began.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Upon completion of her degree she gained further training in group counseling, family therapy, career counseling, narrative therapy and addictions. She has also worked as a Case Manager with homeless young moms helping them navigate the complexities of life as single moms; working on parenting skills, resume building, and other life skills. Today, at The Art of Living Counseling Center, Melissa works with children, adolescents and adults in individual, family and group counseling.

Melissa and her husband Craig are the parents to two beautiful and spirited girls. They are daily reminders of how rewarding and challenging parenting can be! As a family they enjoy weekend trips, watching movies and spending time outdoors hanging out with family and friends.

Melissa loves people. And she loves working with individuals and families as they navigate life and the inevitable challenges that life brings their way. Feel free to contact her through the link on our website to answer any questions you may have and start the counseling process.  
 
Melissa Karner, LPC
Therapist
“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravet thing thsat we’ll ever do” -Brene Brown
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Kristin is completing her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling through Capella University and will graduate in December 2018. Previously, she graduated in 1997 with a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders, and has worked for over 17 years as a pediatric speech-language pathologist. As a pediatric speech-language pathologist, she was put in many situations where she informally counseled families through diagnoses, therapy, and treatment. These experiences, as well as those Kristin gained through her previous work as a pastor, through personal counseling, and spiritual direction have inspired her passion for working with others and helping them discover the resilience of the human spirit.​​

As a part of The Art of Living Counseling Center, Kristin’s goal is to serve others and to help them experience the life change and growth that can come from personal counseling. She looks forward to working with individuals, couples, families, and is especially passionate about counseling groups.

Kristin loves time at home with her husband and two young children. She enjoys time spent with friends and doing outdoor activities. She is also an active volunteer at her children’s elementary school.  

Kristin Moorhouse

Graduate Intern

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We Offer Counseling For:
 
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Sexual Abuse
  • OCD
 
 
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Injury
  • PTSD
  • Abuse Recovery
  • Men's Issues 
 
  • Substance Abuse
  • Pre-marital
  • Marital
  • Grief & Loss
  • Divorce Recovery
 
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Christian counseling
  • Personality Disorders
  • Life Transition
  • Spiritual/Church Abuse
 
 
We are available to teach on the following topics for schools,
community groups, churches, or businesses:
Workshops and Groups Currently Offered:
 
  • Shame Resiliency: Women's Workshop 
  • Shame Resiliency : Men's Workshop
  • Co-Ed Story Group Workshop
  • Story Groups for Women
  • Story Group for Young Adults
  • Story Group for Men
  • Wounded Heart: Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • Adolescent Girls Group Therapy
  • Couples Marital Group Therapy​
 
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Developing Shame Resiliency
  • Understanding Your Style of Relating
  • Effective Parenting
  • Developing Effective Marriages
  • Self-Deception
  • Raising Confident and Humble Children
 
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