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Darren Cox

The name Anchor Bay comes from a passage in the Book of Hebrews. "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure." The target outcome of all therapy services is that people find their emotional or relational footing again. To have a firm foundation that enables them to get back to a life of meaning and purpose rather than just getting by. A life of purpose is what drives me and motivates me to be fully alive. In 2003 while reading the book “Wild at Heart by John Eldridge” I came across a quote that quite frankly changed my life. "Don't ask yourself what the 

world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." From that day forward, I have made it my mission to be fully alive. For me that is keeping life as simple as possible and focusing on what matters to me most. My faith in Jesus Christ, my wife Heather, and my 3 kids. Being fully alive has nothing to do with money, power or prestige but rather being emotionally healthy, grounded by values and having fulfilling vibrant relationships that recharge the batteries.  

Being fully alive is what Anchor Bay is all about. People ask me all the time, "Darren, why are you a therapist?"  Simple straight forward question but a loaded one none the less. Counseling allows me a ring side seat as people grow and change. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing people overcome difficulty. As a counselor, I get to assist in guiding this process and there is no other profession I could imagine doing. For me, it is what makes me come alive.  

Anne Marie Focht

The greatest gift I have been given in my life is twofold, to be a wife and to be a mother.  Another gift I have been given is the opportunity to work in the field of mental health.  Sometimes when my days are busy and I am running here or finishing that, I will take a deep breath and think about what a blessing it is that people allow me to witness their personal struggles and let me be a guide for their change process. 

I have had some wonderful conversations with people about what I do and what therapy is all about.  Do I tell people what to do?  Nope.  To quote Galileo, “We cannot teach people anything; 

we can only help them discover it within themselves.”  Therapy is about learning more about yourself, the way you think, and finding solutions.  People are incredibly resilient and given the opportunity, lives can be better and lived more fully.


I am a Midwestern person to the core; I did my undergraduate work at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and my graduate work at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.  I have been in “this neck of the woods” doing this work since 2007.  I have additional training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and have experience working with people of all ages.  I am Medicare certified and accept most major insurance plans.  It is an honor to be working with  Darren at Anchor Bay Counseling and it would be an honor to work with you.


Sue Winesburg


I have been blessed to work for over 30 years in our community as a school counselor. My role as a counselor is to be a listener, problem solver and an advocate for youth and parents. I have experience with coping skills, frustration tolerance, anxiety management, social and communication skills, and parental education and support. 

I am not an advice giver; I empower youth to solve their own issues. I have learned that it is important to infuse emotion, both laughter and empathy, into my work. My experiences have also taught me that to serve children and parents best, I must be emotionally and physically healthy myself. I look forward to joining Darren and Anne here at Anchor Bay as a youth specialist and parent advocate.


Michelle Roehl

The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away." During the last 12 years in my career as a mental health therapist, my work has been guided by this quote.  It is important to me because I am a believer that for people to heal, they need to be able to live a life of purpose and meaning.

During my career as a therapist, I have worked with victims of trauma, couples, children ages five to 17 and those suffering from addictions of all types. Assisting people in finding meaning and purpose through adversity has guided my practice and daily influences my role as a wife and a mom. 

I am excited to be part of the Anchor Bay team and look forward to continuing my work with others in need to find meaning and purpose in their lives.


Ruth Pooler

In my journey to become a mental health therapist, there have been several people who have inspired me.  They would approach me with a desire to talk through their problems and this ignited a vision to get a bachelor's degree in social work.   While working 8 years as a social worker, I was also able to earn a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling.   Each person, family and situation are unique and being flexible in my therapeutic response is important.  I am blessed that God has allowed me to connect with people using trust and compassion as the building blocks of a strong alliance.  Ephesians 4:15, “Speaking the Truth in Love” is important to me and foundational to how I provide therapy.  It is so refreshing to be able to use the Word of God to assist people in finding a hope filled future.   I am excited to be joining Anchor Bay Counseling.  







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We change lives and strengthen communities by providing affordable mental health and AODA services to people in need.


The vision of Anchor Bay Counseling Center is to see people achieve their God given potential living lives of meaning and purpose.

With training in Employee Assistance, we provide on site services for local businesses and school districts including wellness initiatives, stress management education, employee relations issues and leadership coaching

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The vision of Anchor Bay Counseling Center is to see people achieve their God given potential living lives of meaning and purpose. We exist to instill hope in the lives of the people we encounter every day and are looking for like minded people to join our team.

Anchor Bay Counseling in Spooner Wisconsin is looking for a faith based/value driven individual interested in joining a dynamic healthy work environment. Qualified candidates will hold a Masters Degree in the Mental Health Field (LPC, LMFT, LCSW) with appropriate state licensure. Opportunity exists for full or part time work.

Interested candidates should forward their resume and contact information to Darren@Anchorbaycounseling.com or fax material to 715-939-1394.