Compass Counseling

Outpatient Clinicial Therapy

About Compass Counseling

Compass Counseling is a state-certified outpatient mental health clinic serving individuals, couples and families. Staffed by master level therapists, Compass Counseling values and adheres to a professional code of ethics which promotes confidentiality, professionalism and effective clinical treatments. The clinical team believes that individuals are influenced by the behavioral patterns in their families/relationships; therefore, they acknowledge this strong factor and how it may play a role in the treatment.

OUR MISSION: To serve people with life's challenges from all walks of life by providing quality service in a safe and comfortable setting.


Compass Counseling treats a wide range of clinical issues.

Life provides challenges to everyone at some point. Most times we are able to address those challenges successfully on our own, however sometimes those challenges can become a burden in our life. Staff at Compass Counseling can assist you in those moments of difficulty in several different ways including:

Individual Psychotherapy

Individual therapy involves meeting one on one with a therapist to address emotional, social and/or behavioral concerns.

Available for children, adolescents and adults

Sessions for children and adolescents always require a parent/guardian for initial session and parental/guardian involvement in future sessions will be discussed at that time


Family therapy can include all family members (nuclear, stepfamilies and sometimes extended families). The purpose of family therapy is to help families deal with concerns or difficulties that are interfering with how the family functions.

Areas addressed can be (but are not limited to):

  • Improve communication
  • Resolve conflict
  • Use more effective parenting strategies
  • Create an effective home environment
  • Conquer life transitions (i.e. death/grief; divorce; blended families; new baby)


Couples experience a range of concerns that interfere in the health of their relationship. Therapists can address concerns for couples at any stage of their relationship.

  • Pre-martial
  • Marital
  • Divorce

Additional Services

Presentations on Various Topics

Mental Health Consultation for Birth to Three

Christian Counseling

Reflective Supervision/Consultation

Coordinated Service Teams (CST)/Wraparound


Therapists and Staff


Sara Shaver, LMFT

Sara is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. After double majoring in psychology and social work from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, she obtained her Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 1996. Before becoming involved in outpatient mental health, Sara worked as an in-home family therapist. She also became heavily involved with wraparound services, consulting with numerous counties in the state. In 2010 she became a co-founder of Compass Counseling. Sara works with individuals, couples and families. She has a real passion for grief work and working with couples either to strengthen their marriage or to become stronger at co-parenting.

Sara is a certified Grief Support Specialist, a trained divorce mediator, and a Prepare/Enrich (premarital assessments) counselor. Giving presentations on various topics is one of Sara’s strengths. Sara serves on several coordinating committees in the community, is active in her church and holds various leadership roles in her children’s activities. She lives in the Portage area with her husband and 3 children. In her free time she enjoys family game nights, playing cards, tennis, attending musicals, cheering on sports teams and traveling.


Sarah Kravick, LMFT

Sarah Kravick graduated from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with a major in psychology. She completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2000 from Indiana State University. Upon completion of graduate school, Sarah began working with children and their families providing in-home family therapy. She has been working with children, families and individuals in outpatient mental health since 2003. In June of 2010 Sarah became the co-founder of Compass Counseling. In May of 2012, Sarah completed the University of Wisconsin’s certificate program for Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health and is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist (III). She provides mental health consultation for the Birth to 3/Portage Project and provides Reflective Supervision to local programs as well as home visiting programs in northern Wisconsin. Sarah is active in the Prevent Suicide Columbia County coalition and other local groups. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, volunteering and running.


Danielle Pollex-Rabl, LCSW

Danielle appreciates the privilege of helping people of all ages to restore, strengthen, or maintain their wellbeing. She has many years of experience working with families with children ages birth through five, providing in-home and multi-family group experiences. Danielle has also provided wraparound, intensive in-home, and outpatient counseling to families with school-age children…with lots of community partnership work as well. Danielle has also been drawn to developing skills to serve younger and older adults as well. Danielle has a B.S. in Social Work from UW-Whitewater, and a M.S. in Social Work-Mental Health Concentration from UW-Madison. Her special interests include: spirituality, parenting, stress management, holistic wellness, workplace issues, self-esteem and families of origin. Favorite approaches include play & creative expression (journaling, the arts), strength-based, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness. Danielle is involved with several volunteer efforts with her church and charitable organizations. She and her family enjoy the great outdoors, sports, their beloved dogs, music, and continued learning.


Emily Mertens, MS, MFT

Hello, my name is Emily Mertens. I am a marriage and family therapist. I have found that my mindfulness training can help clients with most of the challenges that come up in our lives: depression, anxiety, stress and much more. I enjoy supporting individuals and couples in finding a way to foster growth and health during the most difficult times in their lives. My specific area of interest is Couple's therapy and more specifically supporting couple's as they explore new skills to improve communication and find ways to reconnect. My open minded systems approach can be flexible in supporting clients that strive for growth and health. Be well.


Honey Sternberg

Honey graduated from Columbia University-MO majoring in psychology and received her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University-AZ. She joined Compass in January 2014, collaborating with her colleagues in couples, family and individual therapy. Honey enjoys working with all ages and has a special interest in working with children with ADHD and other behavioral issues and their families, helping to find different strategies for both home and academic settings. Her hobbies include reading, working with her husband and children on their hobby farm, and being active in her church.


References, Materials, and Answers to FAQs


Will Compass Counseling be open in a winter snowstorm?

If weather conditions cause Portage Schools to close, Compass Counseling will be closed as well. Compass Counseling will open at 10 am on 2-hour school delays.



Contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.

1508 New Pinery Road, Portage, WI 53901

(608) 745-4900 phone

(608) 745-4990 fax

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