Dr. Dan Feaster

Dr. Dan Feaster, D.Min, MSW, LCSW is the Executive Director and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Samaritan Counseling Center. He has taught the Rebuilding Program for over 30 years. He has also taught Pre-Marriage classes for over 30 years with his wife Helen Feaster one of the other instructors.

Dr. Feaster also teaches the Advanced Rebuilding Relationship Class, which meets on Tuesday Nights for anyone interested. He will be teaching this with his wife of over 35 years, Helen Feaster. They offer a unique dynamic and perspective to both programs.

Dan Feaster is known for his work in couples/marital counseling, but is also available for individual counseling as well.


Helen Feaster

Helen Feaster, A.A.S. is an Educational Specialist currently teaching the Rebuilding Program.
She has taught pre-marriage classes, as well as classes on blended families, and relationships for over 30 years.

Helen has taught for two different mental health clinics and has taught both nationally and internationally. Helen has experienced a divorce herself.

She is now married in a strong and healthy marriage for over 35 years in a blended family.

Helen has also been involved with the Rebuilding Program for over 30 years.


Linda Pettersen – substitute instructor

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Linda Pettersen, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Samaritan Counseling Center. Linda has provided individual and couples counseling for over 30 years.

Linda Pettersen founded the Rebuilding Divorce seminar in Madison in 1981 and taught Bruce Fisher’s model for over 30 years with Dan Feaster.

Linda has had a diverse career which has included non-profit settings, child protective supervising, and teaching at higher education institutions.


Sue Gruen – substitute instructor


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Sue Gruen, MSSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Samaritan Counseling Center, who offers individual, couple, and family counseling.

Sue has also been through a divorce herself, but is now happily married in a blended family for over 25 years.

Sue specializes in healing for: Physical, Sexual or Emotional Abuse; Trauma; Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar; Anger and Forgiveness; Workplace Issues; Relationships; Marriage Preparations; Marriage Counseling; Parenting; Divorce and Step-Parenting.