Christine Ullstrup, LCSW, CSAC, ICS
Vice President of Clinical Services
Christine has twenty years of experience in addiction treatment. She is a Meta House graduate and joined the staff in 1995. She earned her Master of Social Work in 2001 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2011, she was promoted to Director of Programs and to Vice President of Clinical Services in 2013. In this position, she provides oversight and leadership for all of our clinical programs and is responsible for the vision, goals and coordination of services across all three treatment settings. Christine presented at the 4th National Conference on Women’s Addiction and Recovery about a women-specific substance use disorder treatment program that she personally developed and implemented at Meta House and Shorewood House.
She frequently speaks at public forums on the need for gender-specific treatment, reducing the stigma of substance use disorders, and the need for more treatment options. In 2014, her dedication to women’s health was lauded by the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, which named her a statewide Leader in Women’s Health.
People get healthier with caring, compassionate treatment, and that’s what we do here. We’re going to take care of you and your loved ones. We are here to support you and your family through the recovery process.
Cathy Perkins, MD
Dr. Perkins has provided psychiatric consultation to Meta House since 1999. She earned her Medical Degree from State University of New York, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She is a Psychiatrist and an Addictionologist. She is certified by the American Society of Addiction. Dr. Perkins is uniquely-licensed by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to prescribe Suboxone, a medically-monitored drug to help treat opiate addiction. Prior to her time at with us, she worked extensively in hospitals and emergency rooms and thus is accustomed to responding quickly and thoughtfully to urgent issues.
I’ve been doing this work for 16 years and I continue to do so because I feel there’s such a need for women who are desperate for treatment, and someone who truly understands mental health and addiction. When I was training, I was drawn to Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. I chose Psychiatry because I felt like I had a lot of empathy for patients with psychiatric needs.
Sarah Joyce, LPC, CSAC, CSIT, NCC
Program Manager & Therapist
Sarah graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UW-Steven’s Point and a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Marquette. Sarah has been part of our therapy team since 2008, including a one-year internship.
Sarah values the sense of community felt by staff and clients. “The women share their moments with each other—they care about each other and want to share. Our clients like to come back and visit even after they’ve completed treatment.”
We understand how addiction impacts women in a unique way—it impacts everything in a woman’s life. We offer holistic treatment to meet their specific needs.
Amber Hibben, LCSW, CSAC
Amber Hibben first entered the social work field in 2007 after earning her Bachelors degree. She shortly thereafter earned her Masters of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She joined the Meta House team in 2013 and the Shorewood House team in 2015. Amber currently serves as Lead AODA Therapist at both Meta House’s Outpatient Program and Shorewood House.
Amber is passionate about learning new therapy techniques and possesses credentials in Motivational Interviewing (2015), Comprehensive Resource Model (2016) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) (2016) in addition to her Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate (2009), Substance Abuse Counselor license (2011) and Clinical Social Worker license (2015).
Constance Phillips, MSW, APSW, CSAC, CSIT
Constance has over ten years of diverse experience in the social work field. She has served as both a resource specialist and a social worker specializing in AODA for individuals involved in the criminal justice system, a Child and Family Assistant at Meta House, a teaching assistant, a case manager and a program manager. Currently Constance serves as an AODA therapist in both Meta House’s outpatient treatment program and Shorewood House’s residential program.
Her education background includes an Associate and Bachelor’s degree in Social Work as well as a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Today, Constance holds several certifications that sets her apart in her field. She holds credentials as a Clinical Supervisor in Training, a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor and an Advanced Practice Social Worker.
Constance takes a collaborative approach to working with her clients at Shorewood House, ensuring that treatment is tailored to each woman’s specific goals.