Jim Broecker earned his Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin – Stout in 1995. He came to counseling from a twelve-year career in Youth Ministry possessing a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education / Youth Ministry. In that work, he saw adolescents and their families struggling with issues with which he desired the resources and ability to help. He describes himself as a “fellow struggler” having needed to learn skills that did not come naturally or which were not practices in his family growing up.
Jim works with individuals, couples and families in a collaborative, strength-based approach. He integrates systemic approaches with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, strategic interventions and more recent Brain-based interventions and strategies, seeking the most effective combination. He understands mental health issues as a combination of biological wiring, learning, and experience, within a cultural pace that is often stressful and unhealthy.
Jim has a special interest and training in the treatment of Anxiety-based issues including
Generalized Anxiety, Panic, OCD, and Phobias in school-aged children through adults.
Other areas of interest:
- Stress Management
- Parenting Issues
- Couples Issues
- Chronic Pain
Jim is a “water boy” enjoying activities in and around the St. Croix River. He enjoys travel with his family, with a special fondness for Guatemala, and has become an avid soccer fan.
“This is my ‘Depressed stance.’ When you’re depressed it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because you’ll start to feel better. If you’re going to get any joy out of being depressed, you got to stand like this.”