Meet Our Team in Maple Grove, MN

The vision of Collaborative Counseling is to guide and inspire people to overcome the obstacles they face and strive towards their goals. Our goal is to help people bring more joy, laughter and love into their life. It is our mission to provide counseling that will help people live their lives to the fullest by supporting them through difficult times as well as teaching them skills that will allow them to make changes and progress towards a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life.

Melissa Nokes

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MA, LMFT)

Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology-University of St. Thomas
Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy-St Mary’s University

Clinical Approach

Melissa is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She works alongside her clients to support positive change in their lives. Melissa utilizes various therapeutic approaches based on the needs of the client including narrative, solution focused, and play therapy.

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Elizabeth Paulsen

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Education

Bachelor's Degree in Psychology - University of Minnesota
Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy - St. Mary's University

Clinical Approach

Therapy is a powerful tool that benefits clients in vastly different ways, depending on the desired outcome. Elizabeth’s goal is to bring clients into an emotionally safe environment, where they work together to identify problematic patterns, delve into healthy coping skills, which will ultimately bring about opportunities for personal growth and healing.

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Katie Shultz

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol and Drug (MSW, LICSW, LADC)

Education

Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and Addiction Counseling - University of Mary
Master's Degree in Social Work - Augsburg College

Clinical Approach

Katie has expressed that her greatest reward as a therapist is helping her clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope using a person-centered approach. She believes that we all need someone to talk with who will really listen and accept us as we are, without judgment. Katie provides her clients with that warm, nonjudgmental environment—a safe place to explore the issues that may be preventing you from living the life you want.

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Naomi Doriott Larson

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (MA, LPCC (MN), LPC (WI))

Education

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice - Hamline University
Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology - University of St. Thomas

Clinical Approach

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice - Hamline University
Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology - University of St. Thomas

Naomi is passionate about working with people who are ready to work towards a more joyful and vibrant life. She has been working in the mental health field for over 10 years and finds great joy in her work as a therapist.

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Christina Buscko

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

Education

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology – University of Minnesota Duluth
Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling – Capella University

Clinical Approach

Christina is passionate about helping you find your happiness in life. So often we are stuck in the past, haunted by trauma and weighed down by shame and guilt. We are not our pasts and do not have to be defined by them. Christina wants to help you move forward by incorporating your strengths and resilience into the healing journey you have in front of you. She will provide a space for you to bring your concerns that is safe, confidential, and free from judgment. You are the expert of your own life and she is simply there to help hold whatever pain you have been carrying around.

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