Meet Our Team in Maple Grove, 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.
Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Capella University
Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administrations - Missouri State University
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education - Drury University
Barbara believes that everyone deserves to be seen, heard and shown up for. Building a trusting therapeutic relationship and a warm, open, empathetic environment to grow and learn is her first priority. She is passionate about advocating and helping her clients learn about themselves and grow in who they are.
Barbara graduated with honors with her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2023. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and worked in the public school setting as a teacher for fifteen years. She is currently working on her PhD in Clinical Counseling and Supervision at Capella University.
Barbara uses a client-centered approach to work with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, parenting or co-parenting challenges, transition adjustment, grief and other things that life may bring. She uses theories such as Adlerian Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Theory, and Solutions Focused Theory among others in her practice.
Barbara is a queer, divorced, Native American mom of a teenager who loves working with children of all ages, co-parents, and the queer community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, being outside, and kayaking.
Jax BakerMS, LPCC
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Harding University
Master of Science in Professional Counseling - Harding University
Jax has over 10 years of clinical experience in various outpatient settings, including private practice, community mental health, and intensive day treatment programs. Jax primarily sees adults but has experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. Jax provides services that address a variety of issues, including LGBTQIA+ issues, grief/loss, anger management, divorce, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, mood disorders, trauma, PTSD, adjustment disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, addiction (pornography, substance use, video games), and phobias. Jax's approach when working with clients is to provide a comfortable environment that is free of judgment and bias and believes that there are not one but two experts in the room during sessions as his clients are the experts of their lived experiences. After establishing rapport with his clients using the various skills he's acquired over the years (mostly dark humor swirled with dad jokes/puns if we're being honest here) Jax works together with his clients to identify what their needs are and assists with creating specific and realistic goals that can be measured to track their progress during treatment. Jax has advanced training in Brainspotting which he uses when working with clients who are struggling with managing PTSD and other traumatic stressors. He believes that everyone possesses the ability to improve their overall mental health by recognizing that change is a necessary part of one's recovery journey: in order to address harmful and recurring cognitive and behavioral patterns, it is imperative that a consistent self-care routine be established (going to weekly or bi-weekly therapy sessions can absolutely be part of a person's self-care!).
When Jax is not in the office, he can be found either at home relaxing with his partner, their 3 cats, and Hazel (a very spoiled 3 year old lab mix).
Michael BousuMA, LMFT
Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy - Northcentral University
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology - Saint Cloud State University.
Michael is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Michael is a strength-based therapist whose therapeutic techniques are informed by Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and Family Systems Theory. He is also trained in Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP). Michael enjoys working with individuals, couples, families, and relational systems in order to alleviate mental health symptoms.
Outside of the office, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and family. Also he likes to cook/grill, spend time in nature/outdoors, and attend various sporting events!
I am an intern finishing my M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy Degree from Capella University, and completed my B.S. Psychology at North Dakota State University.
l am passionate about a truama-informed approach and believe that everyone is an expert in their own life and unique situation. It is an honor to be able to be in a position where individuals share those experiences with me. I like to take a strength based approach to focus on what someone is already great at and use those things to help navigate the stressors.
When I am not working I enjoy camping, hiking, thrifting, any activity with my puppy, and hanging out with loved ones!
Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy - Bethel Seminary
I believe that all humans have a need to feel heard and understood. When this need of feeling heard and understood is met people can experience healing and freedom. We all are on a journey learning about ourselves in every season of our lives, our relationships and the world. Going to therapy can be difficult at times but my desire is to provide a hospitable environment in which you can express, learn and reflect about yourself, your relationships and how you see the world.
I am a Bilingual/Bicultural, culturally attuned Latina therapist with experience working with immigrant families, foster families, adopted, kids, teens.
I have a passion to serve the Latinx and minorities communities and provide psychoeducation.
Who I work with: Kids, teens, adults, couples and families
Therapy types: Individuals, couples and families
Therapy modalities: Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamics, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Attachment and Play Therapy
Areas of focus: Trauma, Foster and adoption, Depression, Existential issues, Intergenerational Family Issues, Refugee and Immigration Issues and Spanish speaking individuals and families
Katie ErnstMA, LMFT, PMH-C
Katie Ernst MA, LMFT, PMH-CShe/Her/Hers Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology - St. Thomas University
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. I have worked with clients struggling with a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship struggles, parenting related issues, and perinatal mental health concerns.
The decision to start therapy takes courage. I am truly honored to be a part of my client's journey of growth. Whether you are facing a major life change, have experienced trauma, or are just looking for a place to receive support, I am here to walk alongside you. Drawing largely from psychodynamic, attachment and systemic therapy approaches, I find value in exploring the past to create a more productive future. Additionally, as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I use a systemic lens when working with clients. I believe learning about how culture, community, and family or origin have impacted my client's development and their world views is critical for growth to occur. I will work to learn about my clients and individuals and honor what is important to them in order to work together on therapy goals.
Knowing that clients are the experts on their own lives, I develop individual therapy treatment plans collaboratively with clients. I strive to foster a strong, trusting, non-judgmental, therapeutic relationship, as this is essential to the therapy work. My goal as a therapist is to create a therapy space that is comfortable, supportive, and fun, where learning and growth can occur.
Danelle BakerMA, LADC
Danelle Baker MA, LADCShe/Her/Hers Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, pre-licensed therapist, supervised by Christina Buscko, MS, LPCC
Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychological Services & Addiction Studies - Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Science degree in Family Social Science - University of Minnesota
Danelle understands that committing to therapy can often be a difficult decision. Danelle is here to support and collaborate with clients who have decided to make themselves and their healing a priority, and she understands that healthy relationships, with self or others can be a grounding force. She acknowledges that both growth and setbacks are experiences that help us develop and learn, creating fresh perspectives. Taking an authentic, non-judgmental approach, Danelle believes that every client should have advocacy in how they define their lives.
Danelle’s therapeutic perspective emerges from a strength-based, client-centered, and trauma-informed approach. She has experience with diverse clientele ranging from education, family systems, and addiction.
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Alysha KvamMA, LPCC, PMH-C
Alysha Kvam MA, LPCC, PMH-CShe/Her/Hers Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education – University of Minnesota
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree – Bethel University
Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health – Bethel University
Alysha believes that the therapeutic experience in rooted in creating a safe and welcoming environment for the client to explore and honor their stories. Her approach is relational, strengths-based, and non-judgmental. She is passionate about health, wellness, and mindfulness and engages the physiological, neurological, and psychological components of each client in pursuit of their goals. Alysha is trained in the Polyvagal Theory and integrative nutrition and utilizes the principles of mind-body connection to help clients deepen their awareness of the role of their nervous system.
Alysha holds a certificate in Perinatal Mental Health from Postpartum Support International. She also utilizes Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for perinatal women and their families. She is passionate about maternal and paternal mental health and supporting clients through life transitions including the rollercoaster ride that we call parenting.
Outside of the office, Alysha enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Lindsay BensonMA, LPCC
Lindsay Benson MA, LPCCShe/Her/Hers Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Master's Degree in Psychology and Counseling - St. Mary’s University of MN
Bachelors of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy - University of Northwestern
“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”
~Quote by Diane Ackerman, an American Poet
Lindsay has a lifelong passion for psychology. She is a wife to a firefighter and a mother of four. She specializes in trauma, anxiety disorders, critical incident stress, interpersonal relationships, and personal and professional resiliency.
Clients say she has insightful perspectives, a depth of knowledge about the brain and body system, and a sense of humor that makes therapy fun. Her approach is client-centered and practical.
Lindsay’s philosophy of therapy sums up what sessions with her will be like: “I believe there is beauty in the ashes, perfection in the imperfect, and freedom in laughter. I believe that in connection with ourselves, God, and others we find healing. There is ALWAYS HOPE.”
Lindsay is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Trained EMDR therapist, Dare to Be Different Marriage Coach, Group Facilitator, and Critical Incident Stress Consultant to her clients. To peers and professionals, she is a First Responder Care Trainer, Treatment Director, and a Mental Health Career Consultant; teaching professionals to develop professional growth, self-care practices, and burnout protection.
She volunteers in her community on the Metro Critical Incident and Stress Management (CISM)Team and Pastors and Congregational Care Team (PACCT) during state and nationwide crisis events.
She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, professionals, and organizations. Her technical skills include EMDR, Somatic Experience, Biofeedback, Internal Family Systems, Therapeutic Art, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Neurolinguistic Processing, and Brief Therapy techniques.
Learn to be “Resilient, Recovered, and Refreshed”.
Jennifer PottsMS, LPCC
Jennifer Potts MS, LPCCShe/Her/Hers Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology degree - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Master of Science, Counseling Psychology degree - University of Houston
Jennifer’s primary goal with therapy is to assist clients on their journey towards an increased sense of self awareness, understanding, and acceptance. She is passionate about working with adults, couples, and families. Jennifer draws from several modalities to create an individualized experience for each client. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).
Along with trauma work, body image, and self-acceptance, Jennifer enjoys empowering her clients through assertiveness skills training. She believes that communicating our needs is often discouraged and thus, we struggle with setting appropriate boundaries in our lives. Whether these issues are due to family of origin or culture, lack of boundaries can create unnecessary discomfort and decrease self-esteem. Jennifer strives to assist clients in becoming more comfortable with asserting themselves, setting and maintaining boundaries, and understanding their worth.
Jennifer is honored to accompany each client as they move through challenges, both past and present, and work towards an increased sense of internal peace.
Elise QuamMSW, LICSW
Elise Quam MSW, LICSWShe/Her/Hers Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Child Adult and Family Services - Iowa State University
Master’s of Social Work - University of Minnesota
Elise aims to build an open and compassionate space for your concerns and story to be heard. She understands that the vulnerability of starting therapy is a courageous step. In therapy, she is eager to support you in letting go of beliefs that no longer serve you, increase self compassion, improve relational connection, and build skills to live the life you desire.
Elise is passionate about supporting individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, perfectionism, codependency, relational stress, poor sleep, low self esteem and overall life dissatisfaction. Elise supports clients on their journey from a holistic, somatic, internal family systems, mindfulness, relational, and trauma-informed approach.
In her free time Elise enjoys time outside, travel, hiking, yoga, cooking and spending time with her husband and daughter as well as friends.
Alex NashMA, LPCC
Alex Nash MA, LPCCShe/Her/Hers Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Psychology- University of Minnesota
Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychological Services- Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Alex believes that therapy is a space to explore and nurture the parts of ourselves we too often neglect. It is important to her that clients feel that their therapeutic experience has been tailored to fit their specific issues and life experiences so that they may feel seen and heard as they are. Alex’s approach is relational and client-centered by nature, and she often uses cognitive behavioral strategies and mindfulness to help clients achieve their therapeutic goals.
Alex enjoys working with adolescents, adults and their families as they navigate through life’s many ups and downs.
Alex received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2015 and her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2019. She has been engaged in the mental health field in various settings over the past ten years including: community mental health and school based settings, short term, solution focused care and private practice working with adolescents, adults and families coping with various mental health concerns including: anxiety, depression, trauma, behavioral issues, relationship issues and life transitions.
In her free time Alex enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, two boys and golden retriever, Dakota as well as reading and caring for her ever growing plant collection.
Kari Lyn Stevens WamplerLicensed MFT, LPC and LPCC Supervisor
Kari Lyn Stevens Wampler Licensed MFT, LPC and LPCC SupervisorShe/Her/Hers Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Minnesota and Wisconsin
Post Masters Degree Education in Marriage and Family Therapy - Bethel University
Masters Degree in Theology - Luther Seminary
Bachelors of Arts in Communication and Religion - Augsburg College
Life Coach Certification - Udemy
Kari Lyn loves being able to see clients release ties that have kept them stuck or in pain, helping them to reach their wellness goals. Clients say that she is easy to talk to and authentic, compassionate yet challenging. She has a deep desire to help people feel accepted and supported as they gain insight and tools to live a life they feel great about.
Kari Lyn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Life Coach, LMFT, LPC and LPCC Board Approved Supervisor, speaker, teacher, and writer. She has an insatiable desire to learn and loves researching and finding the most effective ways to help her clients. She works with individuals, couples, and families, favoring modalities such as Internal Family Systems, Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), AIR Network, KAP (Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy), Neurology, Guided Imagery, Adaptive Healing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
When she’s not working or learning, her favorite thing to do is travel, but because she can’t do that all the time, she also enjoys yoga, meditation, singing, walks in nature and meaningful conversations with her tribe (family and close friends).
Kari Lyn loves to encourage others toward a path of wellness and discovery and she would love to work with you.
Anna RauscherMA, LMFT
Anna Rauscher MA, LMFTShe/Her/Hers Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy - St. Mary's
Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts - University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Therapy can be a helpful tool in any season to support healing, growth, and change. It is an honor and a privilege to walk with clients through this process by creating a safe space in which clients can heal and grow by sharing about their struggles and celebrations, learning to cope with difficult feelings and navigating important relationships or challenging circumstances. Anna believes that it is important to meet people where they are, and work with clients to create the kind of life they find fulfilling. Anna utilizes collaborative, client centered, trauma informed and systemic approaches in therapy. This means that it is important to understand what each client’s unique hopes, dreams, strengths and challenges are. It is also important to learn about each person’s story, who is a part of their story, where they come from, what they’ve experienced and how it’s affected them.
Anna has learned a lot over the past 12 years as a therapist from clients, colleagues and specialized training. Some of the areas she specializes in include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image concerns, substance abuse, adjustment disorders, grief and loss, trauma, abuse, relationship issues, co-parenting, parenting children with substance abuse concerns, impact of addiction and recovery on relationships, infertility, self-harm, adolescent behavioral issues, family and couples therapy.
Anna utilizes eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), accelerated resolution therapy (ART), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and motivational interviewing (MI) when working with individuals and families. Anna also utilizes family systems approaches including Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT), Solution Focused family therapy, Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT). Anna is a Minnesota Board Approved supervisor.
Anna was born and raised in Minnesota and has had opportunities to travel and study abroad. In her free time, Anna enjoys yoga, reading, biking, hiking and camping, as well as spending time with family and friends. She is married and has two rambunctious rescue dogs; a 4 year old pitbull name MIllie and 5 year old pitbull mix named Rocky.
Bethany KunkelMA, LPCC
Bethany Kunkel MA, LPCCShe/Her/Hers Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology- Bethel University
Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology- Minnesota State University, Mankato
Bethany works well with anxiety and stress, trauma, grief, and other life transitions. She will provide a comfortable and respectful space for you to explore, grow and heal. Together, you will identify unhelpful patterns and connect to inner resources and strengths needed to get you unstuck as quickly as possible. Bethany supports a holistic approach to mental health care and imagines that therapy will be just one of many factors in your healing process. Bethany is trained in EMDR and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).
Outside of the office, Bethany enjoys finding time to be in nature- camping, hiking, or being near the lakes. She enjoys live music, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Renee LouckMA, LPCC
Renee Louck MA, LPCCShe/Her/Hers Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychological Services - Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Criminal Justice and Women Studies - University of Minnesota
Renee believes supportive relationships with others is the foundation for healthy change. Renee’s authentic, open, and non-judgmental approach promotes healing and personal growth for her clients. She recognizes the innate wisdom within each individual while guiding her clients through life’s obstacles. She is eager to serve clients from early adolescence through adulthood.
Renee’s therapeutic work is rooted in a trauma-informed, strength-based, client-centered perspective. Renee has extensive experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds who have experienced trauma. She welcomes the opportunity to support clients’ efforts to heal from past trauma, address concerning symptoms, improve interpersonal relationships, and navigate life transitions. Renee draws from a variety of therapy interventions and orientations: acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), art-based interventions, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and psychoeducation.
Renee was born and raised in Minnesota. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in Sociology - Criminal Justice and Women’s Studies and her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Renee has 20+ years of experience supporting justice-involved clients on their journey to achieve positive adjustment and personal fulfillment. She has actively provided advocacy support for individuals who have experienced sexual violence.
In her free time, Renee enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets. She enjoys Pilates, yoga, walking, reading and traveling.
Bethany DillonMA, LPCC, CCTP
Bethany Dillon MA, LPCC, CCTPShe/Her/Hers Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology - Saint Mary’s University
Master’s of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy - Adler Graduate School
Bethany believes therapy is structure for self-exploration, self-acceptance and seeking a better quality of life. She has a strong belief that no one is broken, damaged or weak, but instead already possess the strength to get through life’s difficult challenges; therapy can help draw out and internalize those strengths. Bethany utilizes trauma-informed, person-centered, culturally sensitive approaches. She tailors treatment to each individual as each person’s needs and wants are different. She is ready to help you find yourself, find your voice, and find peace.
Jeanne AbichtLICSW (MN), LCSW (WI)
Jeanne Abicht LICSW (MN), LCSW (WI)She/Her/Hers Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
MSW Clinical Social Work - Saint Catherine University and The University of Saint Thomas
BA Psychology and Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies - University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Jeanne is passionate about providing a strength-based and non-judgmental space for people to explore their issues within an accepting and confidential therapeutic relationship. She provides a compassionate, empathic, and collaborative space for people to explore emotional difficulties, adjustment challenges, life transitions, grief, trauma, and relationships. She believes in people’s intrinsic strength, courage, and resilience in exploring new possibilities and developing healthy coping strategies.
Jeanne enjoys working with children, pre-adolescents, adolescents, and adults of all ages. She also enjoys working with families, providing parent guidance, and psychoeducation. Her areas of focus include: mood disorders, anxiety, adjustment issues, identity development, perfectionism, relationships, parenting, sleep issues, shame, issues of self-worth, grief and loss, trauma, and self-injurious behavior. She provides ongoing coordination of care with other professionals and will assist you in finding additional resources that may support your mental health needs.
Jeanne utilizes a Person-in-Environment perspective as well as a strength and resilience-based approach within her therapeutic work. She utilizes a variety of therapeutic orientations including: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Grief Therapy, Family Systems, Feminist Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy.
Jeanne is a native Wisconsinite. In her free time, Jeanne enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and Golden Retrievers, Beckett and Finnegan. Jeanne also enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, reading, music, hiking, coffee, and Wisconsin sports.
Catherine JohnsonMA, LPCC
Catherine Johnson MA, LPCCLicensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology - St. Cloud State University
Master of Arts, Counseling and Psychological Services degree - Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Catherine believes seeking help is a sign of strength and readiness for change. Building a strong foundation by creating a safe, welcoming space to foster a supportive, therapeutic relationship is an important first step for Catherine. Then, helping clients navigate through life’s challenges, exploring problems, discovering potentials, priorities and solutions in an effort to achieve their goals, leading them to a more fulfilling and satisfying life. Witnessing people create these meaningful changes has been Catherine’s greatest privilege as a therapist.
Through a collaborative process, Catherine works to find an approach that best meets each client’s personality and goals. Her approach is described as integrative, individualized, non- judgmental, empathetic and draws upon principles from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Theory, psychoeducation, and mindfulness. Catherine offers hope with a caring communication style that emphasizes acceptance and empowerment. Some areas of specialty include depression, anxiety, self esteem, life transitions, relationship issues, grief & loss, stress management, and attachment issues. Catherine has years of experience working with adults. She particularly enjoys working with individuals, and can do families too. Catherine was born in California, but was raised in Minnesota. She received her Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and Master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has spent the last 6 years working in private practice providing therapy, and the 6 years before that providing community based mental health services, including therapy, case management, community outreach and crisis intervention. In addition to clinical skills, she brings a lot of knowledge about community resources into her practice.
In her free time, Catherine enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 boys and dog; family, traveling, shopping, crafting, hanging out with friends, and spending as much time as she can at their family cabins.
Ben BaderMA, LMFT
Ben Bader MA, LMFTHe/Him/His Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy - ACU
Bachelor of Christian Ministry, Psychology & Counseling degree - OCC
Ben is a therapist because he believes everyone is the hero or heroine of their own story, but sometimes life happens, and those stories can get off track or turned around. He is passionate about helping people get their stories back on track. Therapy begins with a supportive and accepting place to tell those stories.
Ben has been working as a clinician and providing therapeutic services since 2012. He has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, couple, and family settings. Ben works with clients 10 years old and up. He has provided therapeutic services for anxiety, anger, depression, PTSD, self-harm and suicidal ideation, among other clinical diagnoses. Ben has also had specific experience with self-esteem building, identity development, college/career adjustment, parenting, and life transitions.
Ben’s therapy style is warm and accepting, with clients as the experts on who they are, where they are in life, and where they want to go. As a therapist, Ben works to provide a supportive and encouraging environment that includes honesty, acceptance, and hopefully a little humor too. Through creative and collaborative efforts that start from clients’ strengths and goals for themselves, change can come at personal and interpersonal levels. With an emphasis on the importance of family and social relationships as part of the individual’s environment, Ben uses a flexible and eclectic style that incorporates Narrative, Solution-Focused, Intergenerational, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies.
Research has shown that no specific orientation or technique is as important to successful therapy than the alliance or relationship between client and counselor. Clients are welcome and even encouraged to provide feedback on the therapeutic relationship to benefit themselves and the process of therapy.
Outside the office, Ben spends as much time as possible with his wife, son, and daughter. He also enjoys stories of all kinds: movies, books, tv, games, and theater. Whenever the weather permits, Ben likes to play soccer and go camping.
Christina BusckoMS, LPCC
Christina Buscko MS, LPCCShe/Her/Hers Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor MN Board Approved Supervisor for LPC and LPCC
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology - University of Minnesota Duluth
Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling - Capella University
Christina is passionate about helping you find your happiness in life. So often we are stuck in the past, haunted by trauma and weighed down by shame and guilt. We are not our pasts and do not have to be defined by them. Christina wants to help you move forward by incorporating your strengths and competencies into the healing journey you have in front of you. She will provide a space for you to bring your concerns that is confidential, free from judgment, and infused with a little bit of humor. You are the expert of your own life, and she is simply there to help hold whatever pain you have been carrying around.
Christina’s approach is collaborative in nature, and pulls from a variety of modalities with a primary focus on trauma-based interventions. She is trained in EMDR, AIR Network, ART, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP-II). Her background in advocacy provides her with a solid foundation to work collaboratively with you towards addressing trauma, domestic violence, sexual assault, depression, anxiety, PTSD, shame and guilt, trust, relationship conflict, and self-esteem issues. Christina works with both individuals and couples, starting from late teens through later life.
In her free time she enjoys spending it with her spouse and kids. She loves to travel when she gets the time, and when she doesn’t, a day-trip to Duluth will tide her over.
Katie SchultzMSW, LICSW, LADC
Katie Schultz MSW, LICSW, LADCShe/Her/Hers Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and Addiction Counseling - University of Mary
Master's Degree in Social Work - Augsburg College
Katie has expressed that her greatest reward as a therapist is helping her clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope using a person-centered approach. She believes that we all need someone to talk with who will really listen and accept us as we are, without judgment. Katie provides her clients with that warm, nonjudgmental environment—a safe place to explore the issues that may be preventing you from living the life you want.
Katie has an extensive experience working with young adults with mental health and substance use issues and their families. She has a particularly broad experience in treating individuals with both mental health and substance use issues as well. She enjoys working with individuals and couples. Some areas of specialty are anxiety and depression, grief, women's emotional health, family therapy, trauma, body image and disordered eating, self-esteem, self-harm, adolescent behavior issues, and substance abuse/dependence. She uses an eclectic approach based on clinical appropriateness and pulls from motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, solution focus, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, 12 step facilitation, as well as psychoeducation.
Katie was born and raised in North Dakota. She attended the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND where she received her undergrad in social work and addiction counseling. She then obtained her Masters in Social Work from Augsburg. She has over 12 years of experience in the mental health and chemical dependency field.
In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, working out, spending time outdoors, and spending time with her three boys and husband.
Naomi Doriott LarsonLPCC (MN), LPC (WI)
Naomi Doriott Larson LPCC (MN), LPC (WI)She/Her/Hers Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in MN and Licensed Professional Counselor in WI MN Board Approved Supervisor for LPC and LPCC
Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice - Hamline University
Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology - University of St. Thomas
Naomi is passionate about providing a positive and supportive clinical environment for therapists and staff. She believes that working in a healthy and caring environment is essential so that we can provide the best possible care to those seeking our services. She has been working in the mental health field since 2005.
Naomi enjoys providing supervision and consultation to clinicians related to clinical care, ethics and legal issues. While much of her time is spent managing the overall operations of our clinics, she also provides therapy to individuals and families. Naomi enjoys working with people who are ready to work towards a more joyful and vibrant life. She specializes in working with people struggling with life transitions, postpartum mental health, anxiety, depression, self-harm, relationship issues, stress management and career issues. In addition to her work as a clinician, she is also the owner of Collaborative Counseling.
Naomi has received specialized training in perinatal/postpartum mental health, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) Network Model, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), trauma informed care and more. Naomi has worked in a variety of settings in healthcare including residential treatment for dually diagnosed children, health insurance, managed care, outpatient mental health and private practice counseling.
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