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ABC Counseling grand opening to transform child mental health services

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SCHOFIELD, Wis. (WAOW) -- Aimee Budleski has been working in private practice over the past five years in the Wausau area, but now she's opening up her own mental health therapy and counseling practice.

ABC Counseling is located at 219 Ross Ave. in Schofield within entrance A.

Aimee said her main focuses as it pertains to enriching the lives of kids in the central Wisconsin area is client-centered and trauma informed therapy with kids.

Working with children is almost the complete opposite of working with adults according to Aimee, in the sense that kids usually don't express their emotions and feelings like adults would.

Keeping that in mind has shaped parts of her approach to serving youth in need.

"It's about understanding the needs and behaviors of that child and helping the parent to be able to understand and kind of interpret what that child is saying," Aimee said. "I work a lot with children on the autism spectrum and a lot of children with trauma so you have to meet the child's needs by meeting them where they're at."

She's worked with children as young as one or two, alongside a parent if a child is that young, all the way up to adults. Each approach is determined on a case-by-case basis.

As the one year mark since the COVID-19 pandemic started has recently passed, Aimee said now more than ever is the time for increased need of mental health services among youth.

She said kids have dealt with a lot of adversity during the pandemic, like so many others, but specifically as it pertains to mental and emotional health declines.

She also added that the need for people in the mental health field that can thoroughly understand children continues to grow exponentially, as child behavior patterns continue to get worse.

Going hand-in-hand with that is also the need for therapists or counselors that can target kids and adolescents with trauma related to households and events, autism and sometimes those from low-income families that may not have readily available resources.

"When you look at brain development, the sooner we start working with children the more flexible their brains are," Aimee said. "Identifying behaviors and emotional needs in the earliest stages is one of the greatest investments."

The grand opening will begin at 7 a.m. and run until 5 p.m.

For general information, a tour of the office, a consultation or any other inquiries contact Aimee Budleski at 715-297-5050 or email

Rashad Williams

News 9 Reporter

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