Our Psychotherapy Clinicians specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. Contact any of our therapists by calling our offices at (608) 346-8315. 


Kari Bell is the owner and Founder of Beloit Psychotherapy. Kari is currently serving as the "Talk Boss" with the US Navy's 2nd fleet aboard the USS Harry Truman (CVN 75). Kari specializes in treating complicated trauma, addictions, family marriage, and children, as well as infancy and maternal attachment. Kari uses many modalities of treatment to include brief solution focused, body based psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral treatment and spirituality in her practice. Kari hosts workshops and seminars as well as team building and group resiliency exercises. She holds a MS in Education, mental health and addictions counseling. When she is not working Kari enjoys playing Bass guitar as well as playing with her granddaughters and Newfoundland dog.


Matt Kindler, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Matt has over a decade of experience providing individual and family therapy. He started his career as a Screening, Assessment, and Support Services counselor providing crisis assessment and interventions to children and teens. He went on to be a Rehabilitation Supervisor and the Coordinator of Forensic Services at Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc. While there, he found his passion for working with people who are experiencing severe mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice system. From there, he became the Assistant Director of the Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice and was tasked with providing training and technical assistance for drug courts, mental health courts, and veterans courts around the State of Illinois. Later, Matt began working in private practice. He is also the Conference Coordinator for the Illinois Association of Problem-Solving Courts and the Clinical Services Specialist for the Autism Program of Easterseals in Rockford.

Matt enjoys working with people in all stages of life, from tweens through retirement age, while especially focusing on older teens and young adults having difficulty transitioning to adulthood. He believes it is never too early or too late to make changes which will lead to a happier, healthier life. He specializes in anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, and stress management. Matt is trained in numerous treatment approaches including cognitive-behavioral; mindfulness-based; strengths-based; and acceptance and commitment therapies. Matt is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the Illinois Association of Problem-Solving Courts.

Visit Matt’s website at to learn more about him and how he may be able to help you.


Mary Pauli is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with fifteen years of experience providing individual, group, and family counseling. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and a Masters Degree in School Counseling from Northern Illinois University. Mary is a National Board Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) specializing in services and support to adolescents with trauma, depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns. She has a specialized certificate in Trauma Informed Care and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Mary worked for Youth Services Network as a social worker, and as a school therapist for Rock River  Therapeutic Day School. She worked as a legal advocate for victims of domestic violence facilitating support for individuals and groups. Mary is a school counselor trained in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, Nurtured Heart Approach, Positive Behavior Intervention Support, and Mental Health First Aid.

Mary works with her clients by providing hope, comfort, confidence, and encouragement. Through personal discovery, her clients learn to make the best choices for their continued wellness. Mary looks forward to helping you and your family achieve personal goals on your journey to wellness.


Tracey Atkinson is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and has been working in the mental health field for 13 years.  Tracey obtained her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling Education, from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and has experience working in community outpatient mental health, inpatient psychiatric mental health, health care clinics that provide mental health services and private practice settings.  She also has experience working with a Child Advocacy Center as a mental health specialist, mobile crisis intervention,  professional speaking at a state wide workshop and works with various community resources, for collaborative input, including police departments, sheriff’s departments, emergency room staff, jail staff, school staff and other community organizations.

Tracey has experience working with children, teenagers, young adults, adults and the elderly population. She has specialized training working with children and teenagers with trauma.  Tracey provides strength based therapy for presenting problem areas, such as: depression, anxiety, mood disorder, ADHD, behavioral issues, family issues, peer/ social issues, grief/loss, divorce/split families, eating disorders, low self-esteem, self-harm, suicidal ideation, sexuality, relationship issues, work stress and change of life stress.

“The key to a happy, purposeful and meaningful life; is all within ourselves.  It is a journey of learning, understanding and discovery, that we find that key and unlock the best version of who we are”.


Jessie Benash, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Social Work.

Jessie has many years of experience with children and families. She started her career working with Wisconsin Early Autism as a line and lead in home therapist. She also worked at The Boys and Girls Club in Janesville, WI while she was in college at UW Whitewater. She did her internship at a residential treatment center in Janesville. This is where she ended up spending the next 13 years of her career. She worked as a youth care worker, social worker, therapist and eventually as the team lead of both the residential and Day Treatment departments. Following the closing of the residential treatment center she moved departments to the outpatient setting where she worked for several years. During that time she also became an amputee. While the amount of hours she could work changed her desire to help others did not. She took some time away from therapy and has been doing motivational speaking, providing training to others on trauma and mental health. She also became an adjunct professor in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

She has extensive training in the areas of trauma and attachment, and she enjoys treating children, teens, young adults and families with these concerns as well as depression, anxiety, and inattentiveness. Jessie uses strength based, cognitive behavioral, solution focused, and family therapy approaches.Her goal is to help the person find solutions that work for them and people to support them in their own environment to manage their lives in a positive way. She also has a strong interest in survivors of suicide and disability advocacy.


Melissa Beckford, M.S. has a Masters degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Melissa is bilingual and has worked with young people, couples and families in a number of different settings including, military, churches, hospitals and clinics. As a US Army veteran she has worked with disabled veterans and soldiers suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She has also offered intervention to victims of abuse and sexual assault.

Melissa works primarily from a brief, solution-focused framework. She also has experience with Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT). She is a Nationally Accredited Veteran Service Officer, responsible for providing claims management, and aid to our nation’s military heroes and their dependents.


Tige Pollard, LPC-IT obtained his Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a minor in Women Studies from UW-Whitewater in 2002. He obtained his Masters of Science degree in Counselor Education from the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater in 2016.  Tige worked at UJIMA Counseling Services in Madison, WI where he was an Intake Specialist, group facilitator, and individual counselor for youth and adolescents. Tige works with children and adolescents focusing behavioral concerns and school improvement. Tige practices from a in Person-Centered approach.