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: play based therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, psycho-education, parental enhancement, narrative therapy, parent child interaction and person or client-centered. Furthermore, she employs a holistic approach to therapy integrating the entire person - mind, body, and spirit. Danielle is also nationally certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has extensive training working with individuals going through anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship struggles, parenting difficulties and parent child interaction concerns. In addition to building self-esteem and social/emotional skillset, she works with children utilizing play based therapy.

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McKala McWilliams-Nehring

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (MSW, LCSW)


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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