Alicia R. Oczus
(pronounced "Ah-LEE-sha OH-chuss")
Licensed Professional Counselor
Owner, Blackbird Psychotherapy, LLC
Take a deep breath. We've got this.
I am a licensed therapist in Wisconsin who specializes in working with parents and children of all ages-yes, even babies! I knew as a young child that, when I grew up, I wanted to help kids feel their best. I struggled with anxiety and ADHD as a child and teenager and often felt misunderstood. These days, my anxiety is no longer in the driver’s seat and I have made my ADHD into my superpower. This has helped me, as a therapist, to bring my own understanding of what it might be like for others to feel as though you are not in control of your brain, body, or emotions.
As a parent myself, I know all too well how wonderful and challenging it is to raise kids, especially when they are struggling. It can be difficult to take that first step and reach out for help. Maybe you have tried in the past but felt like your concerns weren't taken seriously. Maybe you worried that you would be judged. Maybe you wonder if you are the only one having this experience. I have helped countless kids (and their important adults) learn about their experiences and ways to cope during hard times. In over 22 years of working with children and families, I've seen it all and I need to tell you...you are not alone.
Alicia has a wide range of experience in working with children and families, such as early childhood education, in-home parenting support, crisis intervention, domestic violence advocacy, community mental health, in-home family therapy, and outpatient mental health. She has also provided early childhood mental health consultation and continuing education workshops to various child care centers in the State of Wisconsin.
She graduated with her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006 and received her master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2012. In 2020, she completed a fellowship in Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health through the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. She is also a member of the Association for Play Therapy.
She has been active in various community projects over the years, most recently serving as the President of the Board of Trustees for the Children's Museum of Rock County from 2016-2019. Currently, she sits on the Executive Committee for the State of Wisconsin Department of Children's Mental Health.
When she isn't working, she enjoys traveling and going on adventures with her family. She loves camping and spending time in the woods. She is also an award-winning fiber artist, primarily using needle felting and floor loom weaving.