Meet Our Team in Eau Claire, WI

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.

Mary Beth Patterson, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education

Master of Social Work, Minnesota State University - Mankato
Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, University of Wisconsin - Stout

Clinical Approach

Mary Beth brings years of experience in helping all ages with a variety of mental health as well as nutrition concerns. Mary Beth’s approach is looking at the whole person and finding solutions together to bring peace, understanding, and happiness again. Mary Beth has extensive knowledge and skills in the areas of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, grief, and conflict resolution as well as 25 years working with youth. Her tools include mindfulness, cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy as well as restorative practice.

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Donna Shimoda, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education

Bachelor's in Social Work, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Master's in Social Work, University of Illinois - Chicago
Master's in School Counseling, University of Wisconsin - Stout

Clinical Approach

Donna has a rich background of professional experiences working with people who are facing a wide range of challenges including depression, anxiety and other mental health problems, traumatic memories, chronic health problems and relationship stressors. Donna also is experienced in addressing phase of life problems including family change, grief, aging and end of life stressors. She has worked in diverse settings including clinics, schools, a hospital and group homes which has resulted in a deep understanding of the barriers and stressors people face.

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Emily Cotton, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Clinical Approach

Emily has spent the majority of her career working with teenagers and young adults. She is curious about hearing each person's story as they tell it, listening to the places where life is a struggle and learning more about it in a non-judgmental way. Emily's philosophy of bringing "honesty with kindness" helps her connect with teens while helping them decide how they want to live their lives with more freedom, power and love. Emily is nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and uses a trauma-informed mindset in her approach to helping people with histories of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. She draws upon family systems theory to guide her work, and she incorporates cognitive-behavioral and strength-based techniques.

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Danielle Ruff, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Clinical Approach

Danielle is passionate about working therapeutically with children, adolescents, young adults and families. Danielle also provides individual trauma-informed therapeutic care for law enforcement, first responders, firefighter/medic and emergency personnel. These individuals will be met with compassion and guidance to create balance and process the intricate complexities, compassion fatigue and traumas their helping role can place them in. She strives to create an atmosphere of warmth, compassion, genuineness and respect. Her desire is to create a space where you feel safe to share your story free from judgment.

Danielle has an eclectic therapeutic style and uses a variety of approaches in her therapy including but not limited to: trauma informed therapy modalities, play therapy, trust based relational interventions, parental enhancement and guidance, grief and loss therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, emotionally focused therapy and components of parent child interaction along with attachment focused therapies. Furthermore, she employs a holistic approach to therapy integrating the entire person - mind, body, and spirit.

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McKala McWilliams-Nehring

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (MSW, LCSW)

Education

Bachelors of Arts, Psychology, St. Cloud State University
Masters in Clinical Social Work, University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine

Clinical Approach

McKala enjoys working alongside clients to help individuals and families function to their fullest potential. Building relationships and trust are at the heart of McKala’s therapeutic practice, and she believes everyone has unique and resilient qualities that can be tapped into, especially during difficult times in life. She strives to create a safe, therapeutic environment, where clients feel accepted and understood.

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Cynthia Hunt, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Approach

Cynthia’s clinical perspective is that everyone is capable of change and her approach is using each person’s strengths to increase hope in a non-judgmental setting. Cynthia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the mental health and health care field for many years. She has served all age groups, primarily older adolescents, adults and couples and her areas of interest include work conflict, mood difficulties, relationship difficulties, phase of life changes, grief and chronic medical issues. Cynthia uses a person-centered approach with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

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Emily Berge, MS, LPC

Clinical Approach

Emily is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has experience with all ages and different treatment settings. Currently in private practice, Emily works with issues related to grief, relationship stress, phase of life difficulties, depression, anxiety, self care, setting boundaries and more general life stressors. She utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and of course Person Centered Therapy. Emily listens with nurturance and understanding and helps people find their way forward in a way that works the best for them. Emily welcomes LGBTQ+ individuals, couples, and families in her private practice.

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Alexandra Bochte, MA, LPC

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Biology, University of Wisconsin Madison
Master's in Counseling, University of New Mexico

Clinical Approach

Alexandra “Andi” is dedicated and passionate about helping children and families. Andi specializes in helping children and teenagers recover from trauma and grief. Andi also has experience working with adults who have experienced trauma in their childhood.

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