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.

Danielle Ruff

Licensed Professional Counselor

Clinical Approach

Danielle is passionate about working therapeutically with children, teenagers, families, couples and individuals. 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: child play based therapies, psycho-education, parental enhancement and guidance, grief therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, narrative therapy and components of parent child interaction therapy. 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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Dennice Janz, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire
Master of Arts, Marriage & Family Therapy, Washington State--City University

Clinical Approach

Dennice is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She provides therapeutic mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults. Her counseling style is very welcoming and non-judgmental. The services provided cover a wide range of topics from depression and anxiety to child rearing and marriage counseling. The focus of therapy is on enhancing strengths and promoting a vision of wellness while learning skills to improve life satisfaction. Dennice has a passion for helping client's reach their goals and aspirations in a caring environment.

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