Nina Golemi, MA, LPC, NCC

Founder, Licensed Psychotherapist
Alternatives to Sexual Assault Program Coordinator

Nina is a board certified, licensed psychotherapist who founded Serenity Mental Health services with the intent to offer a higher level of mental health care in the underserved community of Watertown, WI. She views therapy as a collaborative experience in which she seeks to help her clients feel empowered, understood, and have hope for the future. Nina currently serves as a program coordinator for exclusive clinical programming at multiple agencies in Wisconsin and continues to develop clinical outreach opportunities for at-risk communities.  Her specialties as a trained brainspotting clinician include working with clients who have experienced trauma or are struggling with mood disorders. In addition to brainspotting, Nina also utilizes several other clinical modalities in her work, including “top down” approaches such as Cognitive Processing Therapy and CBT as well as Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART), DBT, and others. Nina is also a certified Prepare and Enrich facilitator, and enjoys working with couples with this adjunct modality. As a former Marine, Nina assists local recruiting offices with pre-military enlistment screenings.

Nina’s dedication to reaching clients in unique ways extends to her work as a published author, illustrator, and artist. She frequently utilizes her strengths in clinical research to inform her more creative therapeutic endeavors, including published cognitive behavioral interventions and projective psychological painting series. Nina has experience as a guest lecturer at UW Oshkosh and hosts NBCC approved continuing education presentations for the clinical community. She has also presented for other organizations, such as Safe Families and others within the local community to provide psychoeducation on trauma and a variety of other areas unique to those she serves.

Christina Diorio, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Christina Diorio, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and families. She has provided comprehensive therapeutic services for individuals ranging from ages five through adulthood. Dr. Diorio’s approach is upbeat and solution focused. She strives to co-create treatment goals with her patients so that they achieve a better quality of life.

Dr. Diorio has specialized training in working with individuals that have displayed inappropriate sexual behaviors. This may include providing consultation, direct treatment services and/or assessments. Dr. Diorio is the founder and director of the Alternatives to Sexual Assault Program as well as one of the founders of Family Options Counseling in Brookfield, WI.

Dr. Diorio is available to provide psychological evaluations through Serenity Mental Health Services.

Cathleen Holm, MA, LMFT

Licensed Psychotherapist
Clinician Director, Black River Falls Branch

Cathleen Holm, MA, LMFT is a native of Wisconsin and has recently returned from Minnesota. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN and her Marriage and Family Graduate Degree from St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, MN. She is the Clinical Director of Serenity’s Black River Falls (WI) location.  

Cathleen offers strength-based trauma informed care for couples, individuals and families struggling with addiction, sexual issues, depression, anxiety, stress, and military concerns.  She has a strong interest in assisting individuals struggling with trauma, grief, and intimacy issues.  She believes in meeting her clients where they are at with a holistic mind, body, and spirit approach. Cathleen’s clinical method is eclectic, involving a variety of modalities to meet her clients’ unique needs.   

Cathleen is a certified Prepare and Enrich facilitator who began her journey in the helping profession as a massage therapist. Since becoming fully licensed, Cathleen has had extensive experience working with a diverse demographic including inpatient and outpatient settings. Her areas of expertise include working with couples, youth and adults, families, and clients involved with the Department of Corrections.

Margaret Ivers, MSE, LPC, NCC

Licensed Psychotherapist
Clinical Program Coordinator

Margaret Ivers completed her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and graduated with her M.S.E from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

As a psychotherapist, Margaret is deeply committed to fostering growth and healing through a feminist lens. Grounded in principles of equality and empowerment, she integrates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Polyvagal Theory, and Brainspotting into her therapeutic approach. By honoring each individual’s unique experiences and identities, Margaret creates a safe and inclusive space where clients can explore their inner landscapes and cultivate resilience. Margaret is LGBTQIA+ affirming, anti-racist, sex and kink positive, and poly-affirming.

With a specialization in trauma, Margaret is dedicated to supporting adolescents and adults on their journey towards healing. Whether they’re navigating the aftermath of past traumas or facing present challenges, she provides compassionate guidance and evidence-based interventions to help clients reclaim their agency and rewrite their narrative. Together, Margaret and her clients embark on a transformative journey towards greater self-awareness, self-compassion, and authentic connection. She believes that everyone has the power within themselves to heal, and sometimes we need a compassionate facilitator to actualize this growth. 

Margaret is also a published researcher known for her literary accolades. She has contributed to the clinical research field in such prestigious journals as the The Journal of American College Health. Margaret is Serenity’s Clinical Program Coordinator and often provides the surrounding community with psychoeducation through various mental health and wellness presentations.

Meredith Buckingham, MA, LPC-IT, CSAC

Licensed Psychotherapist (Substance Abuse Counselor)

Meredith is a licensed psychotherapist and substance abuse counselor. Meredith spent the first 6 years of her career working as a substance abuse counselor and case manager at a residential program that specializes in working with clients that have a history of involvement in the criminal justice system. Meredith holds an Associates degree in Human Services with an Addiction Studies Specialty, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services, and a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling. 

Meredith is the founder of Break Free Recovery, a branch of Serenity that specializes in addiction and recovery services. Meredith utilizes an integrative approach to therapy that supports client strengths. She believes that therapy should be a safe place and strives to create an environment that promotes personal growth, trust, and compassion. Meredith endorses the belief that therapy should be an individualized experience that is tailored to address the specific needs of each client.

Jennifer Craney, MS, LPC-IT

Licensed Psychotherapist

Jennifer Craney completed her Masters Degree in Behavioral Health Psychology (BHP) at Carroll University. She also received her B.S. in Psychology from Carroll University. Jennifer has experience working with those experiencing loneliness, depression, anxiety, lower self-esteem, loss of communication, negative thought patterns, and supporting couples rebuilding their connection. Jennifer uses a nonjudgmental, compassionate, and direct approach to create an environment where you feel supported in your counseling journey. Together, Jennifer will work with you to address the root causes of your challenges.

Furthermore, Jennifer believes in a holistic client-centered approach where
understanding the interconnections of a person’s biological, psychological,
and socio-environmental factors maximize successful outcomes by
maintaining wellness in all aspects of your life. The focus of her work has been
couples therapy in assisting clients develop healthy coping skills, reduce
stress, or to rebuild their relationships together. Her passion is to help heal
relationship struggles, as well as helping adult individuals overcome
depression, anxiety, and self-esteem issues.

Currently, Jennifer is attaining her perinatal mental health certification (PMH-C) to assist those during and after pregnancy including but not limited to depression, anxiety, grief, and/or psychosis. She is also pursuing Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) with hopes to have a therapy dog join her clients in therapy. She is honored to be part of the Serenity team and looks forward to helping you on your journey of healing.

Kalie Bach, BA, CYT

Masters Level Clinical Intern

Kalie Bach is a clinical intern who is completing her last year of the Master of Science in Behavioral Health Psychology degree with a concentration in Clinical Assessment at Carroll University. In addition to being an intern at Serenity Mental Health services, Kalie is also an active member of the military and a sexual assault and prevention response victim advocate in the military. Kalie is a certified yoga and meditation teacher with special training in trauma-informed yoga and meditation practices. Kalie holds an Associate of Applied Science in Business Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is the Student Organization President in her graduate program and expected to graduate in May 2025.

Kalie appreciates the connection between the mind and body and uses the current research and empirical evidence on sensorimotor psychotherapy to guide her practice. She believes some of the chronic physical pain and ailments we experience can be directly related to stresses in our lives, trauma and/or previous adverse childhood experiences. Kalie uses tools from existential therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy to assist clients with exploring meaning, authenticity, experiencing validation and empowerment to reclaim control over their narratives. Through specialized support tailored to issues like mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD, grief, peripartum mental health challenges, and childhood adversity, Kalie works with clients to explore ways to reach their goals in therapy and improve their wellbeing.

Kalie also has experience in advocacy work and enjoys public speaking and community engagements. She served as a court appointment special advocate for abused and neglected children in Milwaukee County and is a parenthood, pregnancy and postpartum advisor for the Wisconsin Army National Guard. She presented her graduate work on peripartum mental health issues at the Wisconsin Psychological Association’s 2024 annual conference and is a member of the Wisconsin Psychological Association, the Wisconsin Counseling Association and the Society for the Psychology of Women: Division 35 of the American Psychological Association.