Family Service Madison

Programs & Services

Go to Outpatient Services

Outpatient Services

A vast, individualized programs based on information and experiences presented by the client. Services are provided to individuals, children, couples, and families who are experiencing a wide range of problems, including trauma, depression, anxiety or panic, stress, issues related to physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, relationship or family problems, grief and loss, issues related to transition, or exposure to domestic violence.

Go to Day Treatment

Day Treatment

Steps to Success Day Treatment: A culturally sensitive family systems approach to intensive mental health day treatment, utilizing children’s and families’ strengths to create sustainable change for resilient children.

Go to In-Home Services

In-Home Services

A strength-based, family-focused approach provides the foundation for all supportive interventions utilized by our in-home program.

Go to Birth to Three

Birth to Three

Bridges for Families Birth to Three is an early intervention program for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families living within the Madison Metropolitan School District.

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About Us

A community-based non-profit serving and celebrating families since 1910
•Our Mission: Providing human services to instill hope and promote wellness in our community.

• Since 1910, Family Service Madison has been serving and celebrating families. As a nonprofit human service agency, we offer help to people of all income levels. This year, we will work with more than 5,000 families in our continued and dedicated efforts to support family life in Dane County, Wisconsin. As an extension of our mission to serve, we are now also offering help to other nonprofit agencies, forging partnerships and collaborations the help those agencies continue to provide for our community, even in a time of diminishing resources.

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Meet our therapists!

Teri Varney

Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Counselor
Teri works with individual adults, couples, and families to find their strengths, change negative patterns, and create peace and safety in relationships. Teri works with clients to uncover and face those obstacles, changing and molding them into growth opportunities.

Michelle Hemken

Licensed Therapist
As a systemic therapist, Michelle believes in the power of an individual to understand the impact of their past, current, and future relationships to illicit personal growth. In addition to providing outpatient and in-home psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families, she has experience working with Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and youth day treatment.

Greg Chism

Licensed Therapist
Greg’s primary practice involves providing short term cognitive, behavioral, and solution focused therapy for individuals, couples and families who are seeking assistance through their Employee Assistance Program, including mood disorders, anger management, couples counseling, grief/loss, trauma, mandatory referrals through employer; and AODA issues. He also provides on site trainings and crisis response to employers who are contracted for EAP services.

Carrie Young

Licensed Social Worker & Psychotherapist
Carrie specializes in working with infants, young children, and their families, using evidenced-based treatment knowledge to work with children (birth to age 6) and families who have experienced trauma, including the effects of abuse, neglect, abandonment, grief, and loss. She works directly and closely with caregivers, and her approach is supportive and relationship-based. Her treatment approach is trauma-informed and strengths-based. She uses art as well as play to aid children and families in making meaning of their life stories, which in turn promotes understanding and healing.

Randy Wagner

Licensed Therapist
It is Randy’s goal, whether clients are mandated to therapy or self-referred, to create a supportive, positive relationship that leads to healthier functioning and better understanding of self by incorporating a number of clinical approaches. He has been able to effectively work with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems work, and play therapy are approaches that he uses regularly, and Randy has extensive experience in working with a variety of presenting issues, including aggression, trauma, and mood disturbance.

Barb Knutson

Licensed Professional Counselor
Barb provides general psychotherapy for individuals, couples, children, and families. She works with people who are experiencing life transitions, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, and other mental health issues, and Barb offers a comfortable, non judgmental place to meet and discuss your concerns.

Linda Scharnberger

Licensed Social Worker & Professional Counselor
Linda is a marriage and family therapist, and a licensed professional counselor. The bulk of Linda’s work at FSM has been in the anti-violence programs, as a group therapist and as an assessor, getting people ready to attend anti-violence groups, which is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. She also carries a small caseload of adult individuals seeking therapy to address issues of anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns.

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FSM has started a new Couples Group - click on "News and Events" under the "About Us" tab to find out more!