Tonya is the owner of Life By Design Counseling. She started in 2004 as a life coach working with other women that were entrepreneurs working from home running their own businesses. At the time Tonya had the opportunity to stay home with her newborn son, work from home and pursue her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin Rock County and then UW Whitewater. During her time operating Life By Design Coaching, she was the host of Journey of Self internet radio show and later co-hosted Mom's Coffee Break and Ladies, Let's Talk. In addition she wrote a monthly newsletter. Tonya presented a variety of online educational classes and workshops on topics covering personal development, family management, and online business tips.
Life coaching helped Tonya realize her true calling, which was helping people design the life they wanted to live. In 2009 she graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in Women's Studies from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Tonya felt called to be a counselor and in the fall of 2009 she entered graduate school. She earned her Masters Degree in Community Counseling with an emphasis on Addictions in 2012. Shortly after graduation she became the treatment provider for the Rock County OWI Treatment Court Program when it started in Fall of 2012 and remained in that position until May 2018.
In 2017 Tonya opened her own private practice, Life By Design Counseling in Beloit, WI. She specializing in Trauma and co-occurring disorders (both mental health and substance abuse issues). As a life long resident of Beloit she saw the need for more counseling services in the community and felt that it was important to open her private practice in a community that is close to her heart.
Tonya is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC). Recently she got her Clinical Supervisor in Training (CSIT) license in order to provide supervision and assistance to other Substance Abuse counselors. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Tonya specializes in the treatment of trauma. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and Brainspotting along with other modalities.
Tonya is a contracted Mediator through Rock County Mediation and Family Court Services. Mediation is a process that assists parents to come together for their children to create a co-parenting agreement for the purpose of parenting their children together in a healthy and positive way. Tonya also offers co-parenting counseling to assist individuals to find a way to co-parent together.
In addition to the work Tonya does with clients she is passionate about supporting new counselors. She feels fortunate to have been offered the Director of Clinical Supervision position with Holistic Counseling Services, LLC. She will be able to assist counselors in the beginning of their careers through training, education and support. The partnership will also provide an opportunity to offer more services to the clients of Life By Design Counseling and Holistic Counseling Services.
Tonya feels that everyone deserves to live their life by design and make the future they want a reality. She believes that through empowerment true healing can begin leading to recovery and sustained change.