Washburn office21 West Omaha Street
Washburn, WI 54891
(715) 373-0160
Fax: (715) 373-0162
E-mail: northland006@centurytel.net
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 to 5:30

Located in Washburn, on the shore of Lake Superior's historic Chequamegon Bay, the Washburn office provides mental health and AODA assessments and counseling.


Howard Patterson, MS, LCSW

Howard has over thirty years of providing community mental health services. His interest is in a holistic approach to improving mental health (his own and others) by considering care for the body, mind and spirit, as well as familial, societal and cultural influences. Howard is interested in both Eastern and Western approaches to healing, and he encourages his clients to explore what fits their lifestyle and what works for them. He considers himself a guide or coach or resource person rather than someone who has all the answers to every problem. He believes in a collaborative approach to developing helpful relationships. Howard enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families to be able to find greater contentment and meaning in their lives and relationships. Outside the office, Howard enjoys being with family, singing at church and in a community chorus, playing classical guitar, gardening, walking and riding bicycle, doing yoga, and cooking interesting and healthy meals.


Matthew Digirolamo, LMFT

Matt began working in wilderness therapy in 2011 as a wilderness guide. It was in wilderness that Matt discovered a passion for working with people and helping them through difficult times and struggles. Since his time in Wilderness therapy Matt has worked at several residential treatment facilities and has earned his Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy.


Matt likes to use a narrative approach with his clients, acknowledging that everyone plays the role of protagonist in their own unique life story. He has worked as a wilderness therapy guide and in a residential treatment center for seven years. After this time (and with some overlap) he moved into an outpatient therapist role and has been working with a wide range of individuals, couples and families for the past 5 years. Matt is trained in EMDR therapy and is tremendously excited about its use and powerful applications. Originally from Michigan, Matt completed his Bachelor's of Arts degree at Indiana Wesleyan University and his Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University.



In Matt’s free time he enjoys camping with his wife and dogs, woodworking in his garage, and is currently trying to figure out the sport of fly-fishing.


Liah Frederick, MSW, APSW

Liah earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and is a licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin. She has experience working with clients with a range of concerns including, depression, anxiety, grief, personality disorders, and trauma symptoms. Liah works with people of all ages, and has previously worked with children through play and art therapy. She believes therapy should take a collaborative approach and should be tailored to meet the precise needs of each individual. Liah’s goal is to offer a safe environment where the client feels supported and respected. She primarily utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and strengths-based perspective. Outside of the office, Liah enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs exploring the Chequamegon Bay area.

Robin Jurgensen, MS, LPC

Robin sees adults and children ages 10 and up. She specializes in crisis intervention and trauma issues and counsels individuals, couples and families.


Jennifer Alward MA, LPC, ATRL-BC

Jen Alward photo


Jennifer earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University in California in 2003. She has experience working with children, adolescents, families, parents, and couples in out-patient and in-home therapy settings. She also has experience working with the elderly and people with developmental disabilities in residential settings. Jen works with people of all ages using a variety of therapy modalities, including cognitive, art, sand-tray and play therapies. Each year she expands her cross-cultural experiences on mission trips and hones her clinical skills with ongoing education through workshops and conferences. “I aim to help people find healing and joy in their lives so that they can live as they were created to and reach out beyond themselves.” (Eagle River Only)




Northland Counseling Services

10752 Beal Avenue   Hayward, WI  54843

Phone: (715) 634-0222    Fax: (715) 634-1722

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00pm

Additional Offices: Ashland | Eagle River | Hurley | Washburn


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