meet our team

With a desire to help those within the local community with their mental health, we began as a one-woman office. Genuine Way Family Therapy (GWFT) quickly grew our family-like team into three therapists: Karah, Missy, and Melissa.

Daily, we were battling for time to see clients in our downtown, one-session-room office. In May of 2021, we added our Office Coordinator, Anna, to our team and moved into a bigger space to accommodate more clients and group offerings. Today, we are located on Brackett Ave in Eau Claire and we all have our own offices to meet with our clients.

We are thankful, grateful, and honored that our clients allow us into the vulnerability of their lives which allows us to walk beside them on their journey to mental wellness and positive growth. GWFT has and will continue to provide outpatient mental health services to individuals and families, offer support and educational groups, and give back to our local community through volunteer involvement and donations. 

Genuine Way Family Therapy opened its doors in downtown Eau Claire in July of 2018.

You're a teen struggling with self-identity or self-worth.

Family communication is lacking and/or distant.

You're a young adult experiencing anxiety.

You may be a great fit for karah, and she may be a great fit for you if:

Karah grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and always had dreams of ‘helping others.’ With a passion to assist tween/teenagers going through difficult transitions and life experiences, she pursued clinical social work, to be able to engage in a therapeutic relationship with such populations. She specializes in working with adolescents who often struggle with anxiety, family conflict, low self-confidence, unhealthy boundaries and with inappropriate communication skills.

Areas that Karah frequently focus on include: anxiety, adjustment disorders, attachment disorders, depression, communication skills, coping skills, empowerment & self-concept, family concerns, life transitions, trauma, grief, and loss.

She currently resides in the Eau Claire area with her husband and son. She enjoys the beauty in sunrises and the non-winter Wisconsin months!

MSW, LCSW

Karah Gonstead

meet karah

"Karah has helped our family in so many ways and we are very thankful for her calm and thoughtful approach."

"Myself and my daughter have enjoyed working with Karah and my daughter feels very comfortable with her and talking about things."

Kind words from Karah's clients

You are pregnant, have experienced pregnancy loss, or are a mom struggling with life's new and changing challenges.

You are an adult with unresolved childhood traumas.

Had emotionally abusive parents and now recognize that you struggle with various adult relationships.

You didn’t or don’t feel loved or connected with those who raised you.

You have a tween or teen struggling with anxiety or depression depressive symptoms. 

You may be a great fit for missy, and she may be a great fit for you if:

Missy lives in Eau Claire with her husband and four children. She attended UW-Eau Claire where she obtained a Bachelor of Social Work degree with a double major in psychology and social work. She became a Certified Social Worker in 2011 and began practicing in the child welfare system. Missy obtained her Master’s of Social Work degree from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2013.

Her career has been in child welfare serving children and families with significant trauma, abuse and neglect. She is interested in continuing to work with individuals who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and parents who are involved in the child welfare system. She has experience with mental health crisis, and works with children, teenagers, and adults struggling with an array of issues including depression, anxiety, errors in thinking, coping skills, family issues, and ADHD.

As someone who strives to prevent child abuse, neglect, and trauma, perinatal mental health is very important to Missy. Perinatal mood disorders are the most under-diagnosed complication of child birth and can lead to negative outcomes for both the mom and her baby.  Missy is excited to work with all moms who maybe don’t feel right in their new role or do not feel joy with the demands of motherhood. She's happy to help moms with their mental health, before, during, and after pregnancy.


MSW, LCSW, PMH-C

Missy Jenneman

meet missy

"Missy has been extremely attentive and compassionate during our sessions and has made my first experience with counseling comfortable and productive."

"I love working with Missy. I’m convinced she’s the absolute best fit for me!."

Kind words from Missy's clients

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You have a blended family and are struggling with various family dynamics.

Have a child with complex traumas (I enjoy working with ages 4 and up!).

Are struggling with parenting techniques due to family behavioral or emotional concerns.

You may be a great fit for melissa, and she may be a great fit for you if:

Melissa lives in Eau Claire with her family. She attended the University of New England where she obtained my Master of Science in Social Work degree, in 2015. She became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, in Wisconsin, in 2020. 

Melissa has spent many years working with youth in foster care and with adults struggling with mental health issues in a residential setting. Melissa is happy to work with children, teenagers, and adults on a variety of issues including behavior management, anxiety, depression, coping skills, and family related concerns.

Her therapeutic style is very much a person-centered, strength based, collaborative partnership. Melissa believes that every individual has the ability to define their best self. Melissa's hope is to guide individuals and families on their journey to self-enhancement.

MSW, LCSW

Melissa Schoen

meet melissa

"Melissa is great and guides the discussion in very helpful ways."

"i cannot express how grateful I am for Melissa. She has changed my life forever."

Kind words from Melissa's clients

Anna grew up in Eau Claire Wisconsin. She is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Stout, majoring in Family and Consumer Science Education. She hopes to one day become a teacher. Most likely,  Anna will be the person you will speak with when calling our office. Anna is here to make sure that the office and appointments are running smoothly. You may not see her often, as she functions a bit more behind the scenes.

Anna Johnson

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