Avery Kansteiner, MS, LPC, Music Together Teacher



I love working with clients using a Person-Centered approach, utilizing play, psycho-education, and the Expressive Arts. I specialize in child therapy and also love working with people of all ages using a holistic, creative approach. I am here to help you or your child process feelings and gain insight using all of your personal wisdom and intelligences. I hope to meet you and your family and help you find your way to greater healing, wellness, and joy!

I practiced as a Professional School Counselor 2011-2019 and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2017. Following my graduation from UW-Madison with an MS in Counseling Psychology, I worked in area elementary schools as a School Counselor and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Coach. I transitioned to private practice in 2019 and am thrilled to be offering my services at Lake Monona Psychotherapy and Recovery Center.

I have done extensive professional development and am eager to share resources with you! My training background includes:  Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Restorative Practices, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, The Nurtured Heart Approach, Motivational Interviewing, Responsive Classroom, CBT Academy with Rogers Behavioral Health, Second Step Curriculum, CPR, early childhood development and family literacy, and therapeutic art techniques, and trauma-sensitive practices.

Music Together Training

I have been a music-maker my whole life. I have performed in numerous West African and Brazilian percussion groups since 2002 and taught music in the community and schools or years. I wanted to bring together my two true loves, music and children, and was trained as a licensed Music Together teacher in March of 2019.  I am a licensed Music Together Within Therapy provider which means that I can support families by using the Music Together curriculum to help meet your child's therapeutic goals.


Favorite Resources and Approaches: 

Here are some of my favorite resources (see Resources page for more info):

CBT, DBT, Second Step Curriculum, The Nurtured Heart Approach, Love and Logic, The Zones of Regulation, Growth Mindset, The Virtues Project, mindfulness and yoga, Wisconsin Social and Emotional Learning Competencies, and The Four Agreements.

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