Molly Willihnganz, LMFT-IT
Trauma Informed Relationship Specialist
Hello, I am honored to have the opportunity to work with individuals and couples at EVOLVEwithin; aid collaboratively on their journey. I'm Molly and throughout my life, I have always been drawn to understanding the mind and human behavior. My family also encouraged the development of empathy and understanding for others in volunteer endeavors, traveling, and education. I had a sense of knowledge that a person's reaction to a situation was often the byproduct of a large systemic concern-which led to the pursuit of various specializations.
I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology from Elmhurst University in Illinois. I also engaged in individual development and became a certified grief support specialist through University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Continuing Studies. Following graduation in 2018, I immediately began a Master of Science degree at Edgewood College in Marriage and Family Therapy. Through Edgewood, I curated a deeper interest and passion in working with couples; became certified in PREPARE/ENRICH and have taken courses through the Gottman Institute. I again, took additional courses through University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Continuing Studies in forgiveness and mediation. In the internship experience, I was at The Family Center and provided individual, couple, and group mental health services to adults ages eighteen and older. I graduated from Edgewood College in 2020 and began an online Doctoral program through Northcentral University with a focus in Couples Services; I am working towards full licensure in the state of Wisconsin.
MY CLINICAL WORK
Following graduation, I was hired at Journey Mental Health in Madison, Wisconsin. I worked within a program called UJIMA that focused on mental health services for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) population. In this role, I focused on supporting clients with a range of diagnoses, medical needs, and systemic oppression or difficulties. I engaged in case management to assist with transportation, food accessibility, housing, employment, and other pieces that contribute to overall quality of life. I also represented the intake coordinator for the program and signified the individual that initially spoke to prospective clients. I completed paperwork, assessments, and necessary components to attend to the needs of the clients. While I learned a lot in this position, I had begun my doctoral work and recognized that I desired a more focused lens in which to market myself with the intersectionality of sex therapy and grief work. I was then hired as a mental health therapist at The Rape Crisis Center of Dane County, which I am still currently employed. In this role, I support individuals that have been affected by sexual assault, exploitation, incest, harassment, domestic violence, and more.
I also received the opportunity to work part time with EVOLVEwithin to supplement the interest in couples work, as many of the services I conduct through RCC are individually-based. I identify as a cisgender woman of color and offer culturally competent, trauma informed, sex-positive, and am inclusive to all groups including-but not limited to: LGBTQIA2SP+, Polyamorous Relationships, Varying Abilities (Physical, Emotional, Cognitive), Races, Religions, Ethnicities, Country of Origin, Citizenship Status, Sexes, Genders, Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities, and Socioeconomic Statuses.
Thank you for trusting me with your story; I look forward to working with you!
Clinical Supervisor: Shelly Smith, LMFT
Certifications and Trainings
- Certified Grief Support Specialist
- Certified PREPARE AND ENRICH
- Trainings though The Gottman Institute