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.
Karissa MeyerMS, LPC
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Human Development, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marquette University
Karissa is a strength-based, person-centered therapist who believes in meeting clients where they are at in order to help discover and utilize their own personal strengths and motivations to create change in their lives. Karissa believes that a compassionate, accepting, and respectful therapeutic relationship is a key component to change and aims to create that type of environment in her office. Karissa also utilizes cognitive-behavioral skills in her practice. She has experience working in day treatment and outpatient settings with children, adolescents, and adults.
She works with a wide variety of presenting concerns including: anxiety, depression, trauma, mood regulation, behavioral concerns, family conflict, and identity concerns.
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Rian RahmMS, LPC
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Rian's hope as a counselor is to provide a safe and welcoming environment to all clients. She believes in working alongside her clients as a guide to create an improved well-being in all aspects of their lives. Rian believes the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in creating change for her clients and also incorporates a cognitive-behavioral approach in her work. Rian has experience working in day treatment and outpatient settings, mostly with adolescents and their families.
She works with a wide variety of presenting concerns including: anxiety, depression, trauma, family conflict, and mood regulation.
Jeni OlsonMSW, LCSW
Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Master of Social Work, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Jeni is passionate about being a part of her client’s journey by assisting them in finding their connections to themselves. By finding their internal strength, Jeni aims to align with her clients as they discover their solutions and peace. Jeni has experience in community based mental health programs and here discovered her own strength of aligning with those diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental health diagnosis as they become their own voice to themselves and their environment. Jeni is passionate about working with children, adolescents, young adults and adults in their journey of mental health recovery and growth. She finds a particular internal strength in crisis and trauma work in addition to those diagnoses of depression, anxiety, Bipolar or Schizophrenia. Jeni utilizes person-centered, strengths-based perspective modalities to guide you through your journey, as she believes one already has the tools to overcome their life barriers given the confidence to recognize this.
Stephanie NicoletMS, LMFT
Stephanie Nicolet MS, LMFTLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy - Edgewood College
Stephanie aims to meet clients wherever they are in their journey to assist them with recognizing their own capabilities and finding effective solutions and healing. Stephanie has experience working in day treatment and outpatient treatment settings. She has a particular passion for working with teenagers and young adults. She has spent the majority of her career working with marginalized and traumatized youth.
Stephanie works with clients presenting with a wide range of conditions including: family dynamics, school issues, self-esteem/identity concerns, spirituality, trauma, emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, bereavement, healthy communication/assertiveness skills and Christian counseling. Stephanie is certified in TF-CBT, is DBT-informed and has co-lead an adult DBT group.
Stephanie counsels out of a person-centered philosophy centered on self-compassion and understanding. Stephanie draws from family systems theory and strength-based techniques to guide clients to a better understanding of themselves and to find healing.In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, reading, and doing anything that makes her feel productive!
Cynthia HuntMSW, LCSW
Bachelor's Degree from University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Master of Social Work, University of North Dakota
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 helped all age groups and focuses on adults and couples. 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.
Mary Beth PattersonMSW, LCSW
Master of Social Work, Minnesota State University - Mankato
Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, University of Wisconsin - Stout
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. Her tools include Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR as well as Restorative Practice.
Mary Beth Patterson is a current Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wisconsin and a former Registered Dietitian of 20 years. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Mary Beth has worked in a variety areas of Crisis Management, School Social Work, and presently in private practice as a Mental Health Therapist. Mary Beth also has extensive knowledge in the areas of Nutrition, Mindfulness, and Well Being.
Emily BergeMS, LPC
Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin - Stout
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin - Stout
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.
Danielle RuffMA, LPC
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Stout
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Lakeland University
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. When your story finds a safe space to be shared, you can begin your journey to healing.
Danielle has an eclectic and trauma informed therapeutic style and uses a variety of approaches in her therapy including: play therapy, attachment and nurturance (infancy-adult), grief and loss, Polyvagal/mindfulness approaches, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Furthermore, she employs a holistic approach to therapy for harmony and balance, integrating the entire person - mind, body, and spirit.
Danielle is EMDRIA internationally trained and offers EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy for children, adolescents and adults. Danielle is nationally certified in TFCBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). In addition, Danielle has advanced training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She specializes in developmental trauma, relational trauma and complex trauma. Play based therapies with children ages 3+ Are offered to foster the building of self-esteem, social + emotional skillset and helping children adapt to the busy and ever-changing world they live in. Danielle also works with adolescents, young adults, adults and families for a variety of concerns to include: anxiety, depression, PTSD, parenting enhancement and guidance, attachment and nurturing, parent/child interaction concerns and general life transitions.
In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, yoga, traveling and spending time with her family.
Emily CottonMSW, LCSW
Bachelor of Art Degree, Lewis and Clark College - Portland, OR
Master's Degree in Social Work, University of Utah - Salt Lake City
Emily has worked in the mental health field for twenty years and gained clinical experience working in day treatment, hospital, jail, in-home family therapy, wilderness therapy and school-based outpatient therapy before joining the Collaborative team. Emily uses a trauma-informed mindset in her approach to help people with histories of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. She draws upon family systems theory to guide her work, and she incorporates cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness and strength-based techniques. Emily also offers EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy and continues to enhance her therapeutic skills with advanced EMDR trainings and consultations. Emily loves to incorporate humor into her work and strongly believes that the therapy experience ought to be down-to-earth and enjoyable. She welcomes people of all gender and sexual identities with open arms. Emily is passionate about yoga, gardening and frisbee.
McKala McWilliams-NehringMSW, LCSW
McKala McWilliams-Nehring MSW, LCSWLicensed Clinical Social Worker
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, St. Cloud State University
Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work, University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine
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.
McKala is passionate about providing services to children and adolescents. She specializes in working with children ages 3 and older, especially those who have experienced a trauma(s), including physical and/or sexual abuse. She completed her training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through The Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, Duke University learning collaborative.
McKala has experience using prescriptive play therapy techniques to help children including: relaxation and coping, emotion identification, cognitive reprocessing, creating trauma narratives, gradual exposure, safety planning, social skills, attachment, and other childhood related difficulties. She has experience collaborating with schools, medical professionals, law enforcement, attorneys, child protection workers and other community team members to create the best treatment plan to help cultivate success and healing.
McKala also provides therapy for individuals through their lifespan and also enjoys working with adults, especially those experiencing anxiety, depression, parenting challenges, life-transitions/adjustment, grief/loss, aging and a variety of other challenges that life can throw at us. Although McKala primarily uses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in her work with clients, she also uses an eclectic approach to meet clients’ needs which includes, but not limited to: Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Parent/Child Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy.
McKala loves living in the Chippewa Valley with her family. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and is active in her church and community. She enjoys creating memories every chance she gets through travel, crafting, coloring, journaling, taking pictures, running, gardening, and enjoying a good cup of coffee.
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