Meet Our Team in Lakeville, 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.

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Areas of Specialty

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Individual and Group Therapy

Adolescents and Adults

Nicole Melson

MA, LPCC
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Nicole Melson MA, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Education

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology- Argosy University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Substance Abuse and Counseling- Argosy University

Clinical Approach

Prolonged periods of stress and anxiety often rob us of our vitality making life less colorful and vibrant, which leads to symptoms of depression. Nicole works alongside clients to bring light into the many ways in which old habits of doing can so easily entangle and imprison us. She utilizes an integrative approach to help clients break the cycle of those worries, ruminations, and overthinking that often lead us to feeling powerless and stuck. As part of this process, clients will move from living life on “auto pilot” to renewing and recovering a deeper awareness of self, purpose, and intimate relationships.

Nicole’s work encompasses a client centered model utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, psychodynamic, and solution focused. She is authentic and remains therapeutically curious while she encourages clients to delve beneath the surface and explore underlying layers of a problem. She specializes in individual and group therapy, seeing adolescents and adults.

During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, camping, gardening, crafting, and spending all the time she can outside during the summer months.

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Areas of Specialty

Individual Therapy

Family Therapy

Mindfulness-based Therapy

Anxiety, Mood, etc.

Shannon Amans

MA, LPCC
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Shannon Amans MA, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Education

Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin – River Falls

Master of Arts in Psychology Counseling, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN

Clinical Approach

Shannon believes therapy is not a “one-size fits all” approach, and that all individuals and families are unique in their experiences. Therefore, therapy is going to look different for each person and family. While many individuals seek support to address personal concerns, Shannon focuses on the individual within the context of a system to help address those concerns. She highlights how the systems we are all a part of (family, school, work, community) impact us, and how viewing ourselves as a product of our systems can promote the positive change we desire for ourselves.

Shannon enjoys getting to know each individual and family, to support them in their challenges, to highlight personal strengths, and to delight with them in their progress. Her areas of strength include anxiety, depression, adjustments, trauma, and child-adult relationships, as well as, supporting parents with challenges that come along with having a child with extra needs. Shannon serves individuals, couples, and families, ages 3 and up.

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Areas of Specialty

Individuals and Couples Ages 18 and Up

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Anxiety, Depression, etc.

Stacie Fischer

MA
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Stacie Fischer MA

Pre-Licensed Therapist
Supervised by Rebecca Krug, LMFT, BCPD
Education

Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration - University of Phoenix

Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services - Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Clinical Approach

Stacie’s favorite mantra is “It’s okay, to not be okay” as she understands the difficulties and adversities one can be faced with in life. Her work encompasses a compassion focused model and she incorporates CBT and DBT skills building. Stacie helps individuals find their value, worth, and authentic self, by re-configuring feelings of shame, guilt, fear, embarrassment, and self-criticism. At heart, Stacie loves to learn about her clients, hear their story, encourage their growth, and empower them with affirmation. Stacie’s an avid reader of psychological research and development and she often integrates psycho-education into sessions to build client awareness. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, trauma and adjustments to life adversities, anger issues, self-growth, and couples counseling. Stacie works with individuals and couples ages 18 and up.

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Areas of Specialty

Anxiety

Depression

Chronic Health Struggles

Systems/Family/Relationship Issues

Rebecca Krug

MA, LMFT
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Rebecca Krug MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
MN State Approved Licensed Supervisor LMFT & LPCC
Education

Bachelor of Science, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology Argosy

Clinical Approach

Rebecca works from a client centered and strengths based approach. She believes each person is an expert onto themselves and has the power to heal. Her goal is to empower each person on their journey of recovery and wellness through healing and self-discovery. She believes that each session involves excellent therapy as well as the building of solid skills to better manage and lead a balanced life. One of her goals for each session is for you to leave with a skill that can be used immediately.

Rebecca’s areas of interest are Trauma, Self-Harm, Self Esteem, Performance Issues, Chemical Health, Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, Personality Disorders, Depression and Anxiety. She works collaboratively with Psychiatry. She has experience with gender issues and has a profound respect for those struggling with identity. She also enjoys working with sports and accident issues, grief and loss, change/transition, shame issues, weight/body issues and life balance. Her family work includes divorce, parenting and adjustment. She is available for individual sessions, family and group therapy. She prefers to work with ages 13 and older. Rebecca often works from a Solution Focused or Narrative School of Therapy. She also builds in DBT and CBT to her work with clients.

Rebecca provides individual and group supervision for LAMFT’s and LPC’s in the State of MN seeking clinical licensure hours.

Rebecca has over ten years of experience in the mental health field. She has worked with acute populations, in residential treatment and with psychiatric services, and in the community mental health out-patient setting.

When not working, she loves to spend time crewing races for her husband and son’s or painting with her daughter. If not doing one of those things she can be found in a coffee shop with a drawing pad in her hands or walking with her dog Keegan.

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Areas of Specialty

Depression

Substance Use Disorders

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Adolescents

Shaida Vafaei

MA, LPCC
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Shaida Vafaei MA, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Supervised by Katie Schultz, MSW, LADC, LICSW
Education

Bachelor's Degree in Psychology - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services – Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Clinical Approach

Shaida believes that the road to healing begins with a therapeutic relationship based on acceptance, trust, and unconditional positive regard. Using existential therapy and person centered approaches, she guides clients towards exploring strengths and values to help frame their thoughts, emotions, and experiences in a way that focuses on their proven resilience and empowers clients to live their most authentic lives.

Shaida has expressed that her greatest reward as a therapist is witnessing the courage and vulnerability clients show in taking steps to transform their lives by using healthy coping mechanisms, new forms of communication, and cognitive behavioral techniques learned in individual and group sessions.

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