About Halcyon (pronounced Hal-see-on)
Halcyon Wellness LLC is a small private practice mental health clinic conveniently located in Chippewa Falls. We offer a private and comfortable setting for clients and their families.
About the Therapist
Rae Simmerman has been working in the mental health and social services fields for 6 years. She enjoys working with people of all ages and abilities, especially those in elementary and middle school and adults with disabilities.
Rae loves animals, traveling, and spending time with her family. She has been described as authentic, funny, down-to-earth, and empathetic.
Areas of Interest
Anxiety, depression, transitional/adjustment issues, family changes, academic/school concerns, self-esteem concerns, trauma and abuse, and many others…call if you have questions.
The family/parents/guardians are an important part of the therapeutic process and it is vital that we meet with you at least occasionally as we see your child. In most cases, we require that the initial assessment take place at the clinic for a couple of reasons. 1. To ensure that all necessary paperwork is completed; 2. To meet with you and get your parental/guardian input; 3. To set some initial goals; and 4. To be sure that your child is appropriate for school-
based services as well as agree to it. We would then have occasional appointments at the office to be sure that we are all on the same page and maintain contact.
If they are appropriate for the schools, sessions coincide with the periods of the day in the middle and high schools– so they may have an appointment time that is like 9:07-9:52. In the elementary school, we set a time that is best for everyone. We will also rotate times, so they are not missing the same classes.
We take a variety of insurances including, but not limited to, Security Health Plan, United Health, Anthem, WEA Trust, WPS, Multi-Plan/Health EOS, Medicaid, and others.
Does My Child Really Need Therapy?
Great Question! Cardinal Care allows you or your family member the opportunity to meet with a therapist for 4 sessions to determine what level of care might be necessary or if there is something that can be worked out in just a few sessions. As these are completed, we will talk about options of therapists in the area if needed or hopefully the client might feel more equipped to move forward without further intervention.
If you have questions about how to proceed with any of this, please do not hesitate to call or email and ask. We are
happy to try to help.
Cardinal Care takes the frustration out of making the initial connection with a mental health therapist and allows for services to occur in both the office setting or, if appropriate, the school setting.
You would go to the doctor for a rash, this is just another part of your body that needs to be taken care of.
School-based mental health services allow a child to receive much needed services regularly without the inconvenience of scheduling around after school activities or parents having to take time off work.
As a therapist, having the School Based Mental Health available for students is very important in many aspects. School is an area where children spend a great amount of their time and the schools are able to work with the therapists to help in any areas that they may be struggling in. The schools have all been very open with working with me as a therapist and the children are able to still get services that are needed for either home or school issues without having to miss more time at school since the therapy is able to be done right at the school settings. Being able to provide this service for families is a great asset for everyone involved.
We have more kids than ever receiving care and it is largely because of your work with families and your follow-through! I really appreciate having the Mental Health Navigator position because so many more of our students are receiving therapy.
As a parent having the School Based Mental Health available has been very helpful with my child. The process has gone smoothly from the initial contact to being able to choose a therapist that may work best with my child to the therapist working directly with my child. This is also helpful that they are able to come directly to my child at the school so that they are missing less school and I as a parent need to miss less work as well. Overall the whole experience has been a positive one for both myself and my child.