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Outpatient therapy for high-achieving women with trauma or anxiety.

Online therapy in waukesha, wisconsin

Trauma is unique to each person and requires specific treatment to decrease symptoms.
You can heal your past trauma and improve your relationships, parent the way YOU want to (not how your parents raised you), feel confident in your skin, prioritize your wellness, and meet goals.

Fear. mistrust. startled. Shame. stress.
this is no way to live - and there is help.

Trauma and anxiety limit your ability to be happy and successful. 

Has past "talk therapy" given you little results? I use action-based strategies to get you relief and results.

be supported.

Do others not understand your struggles? Experience belonging and understanding in our sessions - judgment free.

be seen.

Painful feelings can only be explored if you feel safe. We work together at your pace, so change isn't overwhelming.

Be safe.


Online (virtual) evidence-based treatment.
When "trauma-informed" care just isn't working.

Unhealthy generational patterns are passed down and secretly influence what we belief and how we act. In parenting, these beliefs cause you to parent reactively (yelling or "cold shoulder") instead of allowing you to parent how YOU want. Let's break generational patterns together so you can feel confident about your parenting and improve the world for your children.

Improved parenting

Trauma and anxiety cause increases in chronic stress hormones that impact your physical, mental, and emotional health - leading to health issues, burnout, and fatigue. Increased startle response and hypervigilance are examples of your body working on overdrive. Calm your body and mind through proven skills and modalities to feel peace.

inner peace

Trauma impairs your significant relationships. You may feel distant or avoidant of intimacy and connection. Recovery allows you to feel joy and love in relationships again - even if it seems like a difficult road to climb.

Renewed relationships

Treatment Benefits


Trauma & PTSD


Areas of Specialization

  • Sexual Trauma
  • Childhood Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Complex Trauma
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety

Treatment Approaches

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy
  • Exposure and Response Prevention
  • Schema Therapy
  • Behavioral Activation
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy


The first session will include a comprehensive assessment to understand your unique experience, determine the frequency of treatment, and identify your goals.

We work together to identify barriers to recovery, including beliefs and behaviors, so you have clear action steps to treat the root of trauma and anxiety. 


(Up to 60 minutes)

- Follow Up Session -


- intake Session -

*Daytime hours available only.

All sessions are online (virtual)

Payment methods accepted include credit/debit card, flexible spending accounts (FSA), or health savings accounts (HSA).


All appointments are virtual for your convenience. Attend sessions from anywhere in Wisconsin.



You may qualify for out-of-network reimbursement. A “superbill” will be provided to submit to your insurance. Contact your insurance prior to services to see if you are eligible.


Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Wisconsin
License No: 9335-123
Check my credentials HERE.

Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)
(4,000 post-graduate hours completed, pending National exam)


Masters in Social Work
2016 UW Milwaukee

Bachelors in Social Work
2013 UW Milwaukee


Treated 1,000+ clients

Worked in inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization (PHP), and outpatient settings, treating a wide range of symptom severity


Meet lynsey retzlaff, MSW, LCSW

As a licensed therapist and trauma specialist, Lynsey Retzlaff provides online trauma and anxiety treatment for women in Waukesha County (and throughout Wisconsin) so they can reclaim their lives.

With over 12 years of experience in the mental health field and 10+ years of clinical experience, Lynsey specializes in multiple evidence-based treatment modalities to go beyond what traditional "talk therapy" can provide. 

After assisting in opening the leading trauma recovery residential unit in the U.S., Lynsey knows that recovery from trauma requires psychologically safe environments and specific intervention to treat even the most difficult symptoms.

Prolonged Exposure Therapy
2019-2022 Extensively trained by multiple experts in the field

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)


"Storms make trees take deeper roots."

- Dolly Parton

Let's do the deep work together.

Common Qs and As:

i have a question...

What is your cancellation policy?

When you book a session, that time is set aside just for you. I understand that things come up, and there might be a week when you can't make your appointment. If you let me know at least 24 hours in advance, there's no charge. For cancellations with less than 24 hours notice, the full session fee applies. Feel free to talk to me if you have any questions about this.

Do you accept insurance?

The short answer is no. I am considered an out-of-network provider for many PPO health insurances. I can supply you with a Superbill that you can submit to your insurance for potential reimbursement, and I also accept HSA cards (Health Savings Account). It's a good idea to contact your insurance provider to understand your coverage and reimbursement rates. 

It is worth noting that involving insurance might mean an external party has a say in your treatment duration and type. In many cases, insurance requires a mental health diagnosis for reimbursement, which becomes a part of your medical records. Opting to work without insurance offers more privacy and grants you more control over your mental health treatment decisions.