Allan Braaten, M.A., LPC
Allan Braaten, M.A., LPCExecutive Director
Family and Child Therapist

Allan is the Executive Director of Hot Springs County Counseling Services and has been since 1994. He and his family migrated to Wyoming in 1990 from Minnesota where he had worked for the Gerard Schools, a residential treatment facility for children, and in his own practice Braaten Family Services. His background is in child therapies and family-based service work.

Allan obtained his degrees from the University of North Dakota in education and from the Ohio State University in a specialized program involving special education, counseling and therapeutic recreation designed to work with children and adolescents in therapeutic placements. Since coming to Wyoming, Allan has obtained greater specialties in child and family therapies including Theraplay, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He is also trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).

Allan’s main areas of interest lie in Attachment Theory and the influence of trauma on development. He works with children and their parents, or caretakers, together to help in the healing process brought about by trauma. He believes strongly in relationships as the key to growth and healing.

Helen Thamm, M.S., APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Helen Thamm, M.S., APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Specialist/Therapist (Board Certified)

Post Graduate work: Certificate in Stress Management, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois

MSN (Master of Science in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing) Rush University, Chicago, Illinois

BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois

Helen is a clinical therapist and nurse at Hot Springs County Counseling Services. She has worked in the mental health field since 1986, and is licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Clinical Specialist and is Board Certified as a nurse therapist. She works with people ages late teen through older adult who are dealing with challenges such as depression, work/life stressors, mood issues, PTSD, bereavement, or are going through life changes such as a divorce or adjusting to a worsening chronic medical illness. She also works with couples who are experiencing marital stress.

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her cats, with friends playing board games, going to concerts/plays/Bobcat ballgames, or taking in the beauty of our Hot Springs State Park.

Joseph Stringer, LPC, CAP, MAC
Joseph Stringer, LPC, CAP, MAC

Joe graduated from Colorado Christian University with his Master’s Degree in Counseling in May of 2009. He has a background in substance abuse, domestic violence, anger management, methadone maintenance, Department of Social Services, law enforcement, sex offender work, community corrections, prison/corrections, corporate America and the Army. Most recently, he was trained in EMDR counseling.

Joe’s therapeutic style is the Rogerian style of unconditional positive regard and person centered treatment. He also utilizes other skills in modern therapy, such as Frankl, Jung, Freud, Ellis, Adler and Pearls.

In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors: camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, reloading, shooting, relaxing at home with his wife and two dogs, yard work, and listening to Classical Music.

Paula Shankle, LAT
Licensed Addictions Therapist

After having my own substance abuse problem and finding recovery with 30 years of sobriety, I wanted to help people. I became a nontraditional student and earned my Master’s Degree in Human Services with a specialization in Professional Counseling.

I am an eclectic counselor. I believe strongly that unless the client connects with the therapist there is no therapy. Therefore, that would make me a Carl Rogers theorist, believing in warm, unconditional, positive regard.

My husband, Dave, and I love Thermopolis and the outdoors. We bought a house here and hope this will be our forever home. We have 2 furrkids: Bella and Tundra to complete our family.

Marilyn Braaten
Marilyn Braaten
Case Manager

Marilyn joined our team in January 2016 as a Case Manager. Prior to coming to Hot Springs County Counseling, she worked as a Case Manager at Cloud Peak Counseling Center. She graduated in 1973 with her Bachelor’s in Social Work and has since worked in a variety of social work positions with all ages.

She and her husband have raised 4 children. She enjoys the Thermopolis community, healing waters, and volunteering through her church.

Dr. Jenny Titus, DNP, FPMHNP-BC
Dr. Jenny Titus, DNP, FPMHNP-BC
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Board Certified)

Dr. Titus graduated from Casper College with an associate’s degree in Nursing in 2000. She immediately went to work as a neuroscience nurse at Wyoming Medical Center. She continued her education through the University of Wyoming, graduating with a Bachelor of Science, Nursing in 2002.

She continued to work full-time as an RN while completing her Master of Science in Nursing through the University of South Alabama. She graduated as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner in December of 2005.

She has worked as a Nurse Practioner since early 2006. In August 2012, she returned to school, completing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Colorado in June of 2014.