The Caring Tree - Children's Counseling Center

The Caring Tree
Child & Family Counseling


About Us

Animal Assisted Therapy


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

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, or clay.  These researched based techniques assit children and adults in expressing emotions and feelings. 

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, and ADHD. Therapy facilitates communication and healing while supporting the entire family.  



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 Application (pdf)


Health Questionnaire (pdf)


Additional Information Only

Consent for Outpatient Services (pdf)


Release of Information (pdf)


Patient Rights and Responsibilities (pdf)


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


Animal Waiver (pdf)


Payment Policy (pdf)


Consent To Film (pdf)


Patient Feedback Survey (pdf)


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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 & Family Counseling

2804 Rib Mountain Dr, Suite D, Wausau, Wisconsin 54401, United States

(715) 301-0667 (main) (715) 870-2267 (fax)


Monday - Thursday: 10am- 6pm

Friday - Saturday: By appointment only

Sunday: Closed

Counseling Payments One-Line

For your convenience we have a PayPal for on-line payments.  Please feel free to use this service for electronic payments with a credit card or PayPal account.