The Caring Tree - Children's Counseling Center

Serving Central Wisconsin


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.  

Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our mission and improve the lives of children. Your generous donation will help to fund our vision.

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Marathon County School Based Mental Health Consortium

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




The Caring Tree - Children’s Counseling Center’s Mission is to serve children and their families who are in need of innovative, researched based therapy options in order to make positive lasting changes for their lives.




It is the Vision of The Caring Tree for every child and family to be able to live life to its fullest and be prepared to meet the challenges along their journey.  When working with children we collaborate with all those directly involved with the child.  We provide family therapy, communicate with schools, doctors, and advocate to provide the best service we can for your child.  

First Appointment Forms to Complete

Intake Form (pdf)


Health Questionnaire (pdf)


Additional Information Only

Payment Policy (pdf)


Release of Information (ROI) (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)


Animal Waiver (pdf)


Patient Feedback Survey (pdf)


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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 (main) (715) 298-5565 (fax)


Monday - Thursday: 10am- 6pm

Friday - Saturday: By appointment only

Sunday: Closed

Counseling Payments One-Line

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