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About Us

Our Center

At the moment, Counseling at Sacred Wandering is a solo practice of one mental health professional who walks a sacred journey towards discovery and health with each client who walks through our doors. However, we also offer Reiki services through our Pastoral Services from our on-staff Life Coach.

Sacred Wandering is more of an ideal – a way of living – than it is a concept.  It was born from the understanding that we each travel a sacred path; gathering into ourselves and with others as we travel on our life-journey. The paths we travel are sacred because they can lead us to those things that help us develop.

As we travel our individual and collective paths, we gain knowledge of who we are and why we have chosen our path(s), and so we begin to focus our attention on our core beings – our centers ~ our inner selves ~ “gathering in the center”**.

Sacred Wandering, therefore, is a tradition that honors all paths as sacred and equally honors the diversity each being brings to this world.  We each share in helping and one another on our paths, but we still gather in the center – the center of our own existence, that of our God, of our community, of our sacred spaces, of…
…the list goes on and on.

Our Counselors

Kenneth J. Nelan, MS, NCC, LPC

Nationally Certified Licensed Professional Counselor
Wisc Lic: 7251-125

My approach towards helping others walk a path of good mental health emphasizes a person-centered multicultural trauma-informed integrative approach that empowers clients to find their own path to healing for long-term results. I use a tailored approach to counseling.  Since every client is different, so too should be their road to success.

My education is somewhat eclectic.  My Bachelors Degree is in “Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies” with a minor in “Community Engagement and Education”, and a separate certificate in “Latin American Studies”.  Basically, I earned a degree in a related sociology field, one which reflects my upbringing as a Mexican/American.  I completed my Masters in Educational Psychology under the Community Counseling program at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Prior to UWM, I studied at Sacred Heart School of Theology with an emphasis on Pastoral Counseling and Theology, and Cardinal Stritch University with an emphasis on Religious Studies and Psychology.  I am an ordained Independent Catholic priest currently serving in the United American Catholic Church.

Over the years, I have continued my education in, and hold certificates in hypnosis, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Telehealth Therapy.  In the past several years, I developed a unique combination of interpersonal, mind-body stimulation, and cognitive behavioral techniques to help me work with clients more effectively.

I have worked with hundreds of people from all walks of life.  Over time, I developed a deep insight and a practical view of the problems the people are facing in their lives; whether personal or professional.  No matter the source, if it is depression due to lack of respect and recognition at work, the death of a close family member, emotional distress due to separation, addiction, hypersensitivity, hyperactivity, loss of job, or any other problems affecting your mental health – I can help you walk a path back to the center of your own health and happiness.  My approach towards treating my clients is using a collaborative approach, which collectively helps bring that much needed balance.  I aim to help my clients walk their own road to recovery and growth.

I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the Wisconsin Counseling Association, EMDRIA, the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, and am board certified as a professional counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Janet Soldon, MA, RM/T

Retired Social Worker
Reiki Master/Teacher
Life Coach

Jan is a Reiki Master / Teacher of the Usui Shiki Rhoyo method, as well as an Intuitive Energy Practitioner and Life Coach through Sacred Wandering Pastoral Center.  She has been practicing in the Reiki field for 25 years and practices privately out our Mequon office, as well as a chiropractic office in Thiensville.

Prior to being an Energy Practitioner, Jan worked as a Social Worker / Supervisor in Child Welfare and Protective Services for the County of Milwaukee, and the W2 program through La Causa, which provided her a strong foundation for energy healing work, as well as to help her engage in self-care and find balance in her own life. She has a unique perspective that helps her work towards her clients goals of health and happiness. She is very culturally competent and able to help people from all walks of life.

In 2004, Jan and her husband moved to Tucson, Arizona where she worked as a Reiki Practitioner and Teacher in private practice for over seven years.  During that time Jan was a key member in the development and implementation of the “Wellness Education” component of the Therapeutic Massage Program at a local community college.  She also taught wellness education and Reiki courses at the college level.

Together with her husband she developed the following courses: Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Self-Care (within which she also single-handedly developed the Healing the Inner Child), Stress Management, and Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as two of the three Reiki level courses.  She and her husband also co-wrote five manuals/books – Reiki I – III, Being an Ethical Reiki Practitioner, and an overview book Introduction to Energywork.

Jan continues to teach in-person Reiki courses, as well as Stress Management and Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine, with more courses (online and in person) coming soon.