The Caring Tree -
Children's Counseling Center

501 Division St, Wausau, WI

About Us

Animal Assisted Therapy

Animals help improve motivation and engagement in therapy, perhaps resulting in a shorter recovery process and lower costs. Animals provide a sense of security and emotional support.  Horses and hypoallergenic dogs offer unconditional acceptance and positive regard. Animals can promote relaxation. Research has demonstrated that petting an animal can help lower blood pressure, heart rate, and increase oxytocin a positive chemical. 

Art and Play Assisted Therapy

Art and play assisted therapy for children can provide youth with an easier way to express themselves since children are more naturally artistic and creative. A young child is likely to be more comfortable initially expressing themselves through play, crayons and markers, for example, than they are going to be at expressing emotions and feelings through words. 

Focused on the Care of Children

The Caring Tree: Children’s Counseling Center in Wausau provides therapy to children of all ages and their family.  Our focus is on improving the overall wellness for children who are experiencing post-trauma, mood disorders such as depression & anxiety, ADHD, and children who are on the autism spectrum. Therapy facilitates communication and healing while supporting the entire family.  

More About Us

Marathon County School Based Mental Health Consortium

We are able to provide counseling services in schools to assist parents who may have issues with transportation, work conflicts, and/or child care.  

Art, Play, and Animal Assisted Therapy

Our alternative therapies, which are research based to be more effective with children, keep our clients engaged and demonstrate a higher level of progress over time.

Treating the Whole Child

When working with children it is also necessary to collaborate with all those directly involved with the child.  We provide family therapy, communicate with schools, and advocate to provide the best service we can for your child.

Initial Intake Forms

Payment Policy (pdf)


Release of Information (ROI) (pdf)


Health Questionaire (pdf)


Rights of Children and Adolescents in Outpatient Mental Health Treatment (pdf)


Patient Rights and Responsibilities (pdf)


Consent To Film (pdf)


Consent for Outpatient Services (pdf)


Initial Appointment Paperwork (pdf)


Animal Waiver (pdf)


Patient Feedback Survey (pdf)


Contact Us

Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

We love meeting new families, so feel free to visit during normal business hours to learn more about our counseling services in Wausau.  We accept most insurances including BadgerCare and Medicaid.

The Caring Tree - Children's Counseling Center

501 Division St, Wausau, Wisconsin 54403, United States

(715) 301-0667


Monday - Thursday: 10am- 6pm

Friday - Saturday: By appointment only

Sunday: Closed