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.

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Areas of Specialty

Anxiety

Depression

Codependency

Trauma

Elise Quam

MSW, LICSW
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Elise Quam MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Education

Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Child Adult and Family Services - Iowa State University

Master’s of Social Work - University of Minnesota

Clinical Approach

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, grief, codependency, relational stress, poor sleep, low self esteem and overall life dissatisfaction. Elise supports clients on their journey from a holistic, somatic, mindfulness, relational, and trauma-informed approach. Elise is also an EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) trained therapist.

In her free time Elise enjoys adventurous travel, concerts, hiking, yoga, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

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Areas of Specialty

Individuals and Couples Ages 18 and Up

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Anxiety, Depression, etc.

Stacie Fischer

MA
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Stacie Fischer MA

Pre-Licensed Therapist, Supervised by Rebecca Krug, MA, LMFT
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

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
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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Areas of Specialty

Anxiety/Depression/Mood Disorders

Relationship and Family Issues

Neurology

Trauma

Kari Lyn Stevens Wampler

MA, LMFT
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Kari Lyn Stevens Wampler MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Education

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

Clinical Approach

Kari Lyn has been advocating for the healing and wellbeing of others for over 30 years. She is an experienced Therapist and Life Coach and has worked in both secular and spiritual settings. 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 Board Approved Supervisor, certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist, Spiritual Coach, international speaker, teacher, and writer. She works with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents and she favors modalities such as Internal Family Systems, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, AIR Network, Neurology, Guided Imagery, Adaptive Healing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Kari Lyn has an insatiable desire to learn and is constantly researching new things; usually around wholistic wellness. 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 (close friends and family). Her favorite thing of all, is her two beautiful girls, Lucy and Georgia.

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Areas of Specialty

Trauma

Abuse

Substance Use Concerns

Families and Couples

Anna Rauscher

MA, LMFT
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Anna Rauscher MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Education

Master of Arts- St. Mary's University of MN in Marriage and Family Therapy
Bachelor of Science- University of Wisconsin-River Falls in Liberal Arts

Clinical Approach

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 10 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), 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 a two-year-old pit bull named Millie.

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Areas of Specialty

Anxiety

Stress

Trauma

Grief

Bethany Kunkel

MA, LPCC
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Bethany Kunkel MA, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Education

Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology- Bethel University

Bachelor of Science, Psychology- Minnesota State University, Mankato

Clinical Approach

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.

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Areas of Specialty

Anxiety and Depression

Complex Trauma

Relationship Concerns

Mood and Psychotic Disorders

Tara Perttula

MSW, LICSW
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Tara Perttula MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Education

Master of Social Work- Michigan State University Bachelor of Social Work and Human Behavior Cluster Minor, Northern Michigan University

Clinical Approach

Tara understands that it is a big step to start therapy. She believes in the importance of creating a safe space with compassion, authenticity, and humor. Having a sense of connection and safety with your therapist is a big part of being able to do the life-changing work that can happen in therapy. Tara works collaboratively with clients to grow in their awareness of self and use this awareness to make healthy changes to improve their relationships and overall quality of life. She believes that a process-oriented approach is most effective to help client’s navigate lasting change. Tara specializes in supporting clients with anxiety, depression, complex trauma, relationship concerns, and mood and psychotic disorders.

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Areas of Specialty

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Anxiety & Depression, etc.

Trauma

Relationship Concerns

Renee Louck

MA
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Renee Louck MA

Supervised by Christina Buscko, MS, LPCC
Education

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

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology - Criminal Justice and Women Studies, University of Minnesota

Clinical Approach

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.

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Areas of Specialty

Individual Therapy

Adaptive Integrative Relational Network therapy (AIR)

EMDR

Accelerated Resolution Therapy

Amy Burkholder

MA, LPCC, ATR
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Amy Burkholder MA, LPCC, ATR

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Registered Art Therapist
Education

Bachelor of Science in Art and Finance- University of Minnesota

Master of Art in Art Therapy- The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Clinical Approach

Amy incorporates art therapy, mindfulness, and trauma informed practices into her therapeutic approach to facilitate a safe non-judgmental environment. Her recent experience in a partial hospitalization program with children and adolescents has allowed her to maintain her curiosity and creativity, which she believes promotes connection and healing. Amy is trained in Adaptive Integrative Relational Network therapy (AIR), EMDR and Accelerated Resolution Therapy to help clients of all ages with past trauma.

Art has always been Amy’s passion and she loves to share her creativity whether it is a product or a process. She discovered using the art therapy process can be healing, grounding, relaxing, cathartic, expressive and a way to release energy. Amy found, while using her own talent of jewelry making, that metal smithing created a sense of purpose between the mind and body connecting as one. This balanced state is within us all and can be accessed with some guidance. Life can become incredibly challenging at times, and Amy is willing to help you through these uncertain times and empowering your journey.

Amy is enthusiastic about collaborating with clients of all ages. She enjoys helping people find direction, feeling confident and processing their thoughts and emotions in a safe space. The therapeutic process can help clients work to find purpose in life, get unstuck, and start enjoying life. Amy has witnessed that people cannot truly move forward if they do not give attention and care to the pain of their past. Using mindfulness can help a client create healthier patterns and lessen the effects of trauma, anxiety, or depression. Amy’s practice continues to grow in order to help clients connect with their authentic self by not comparing themselves to others, rather to develop compassion for all parts of who they are.

Amy has a Bachelor of Science dual degree in Art and Finance at the University of Minnesota and Carlson Business School. She holds a Master of Art in Art Therapy and Counseling (MAATC) at the School of Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). SAIC’s program cultivates influential, compassionate leaders who are critically engaged with the social and cultural contexts surrounding art making and healing.

Amy likes to spend time in nature, especially near water, as she is a master diver and likes to sail and fish. She loves sports and currently plays tennis and golf. But what she most enjoys is connecting with her family and being creative.

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Areas of Specialty

Anxiety and Depression

Trauma

Self-Acceptance

Bethany Dillon

MA, LPCC, CCTP
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Bethany Dillon MA, LPCC, CCTP

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Education

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology- Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Master of Arts, Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy- Clinical Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy & Art Therapy, Adler Graduate School

Clinical Approach

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.

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Areas of Specialty

Anxiety, Mood Disorders etc.

Relationships

Trauma

Grief & Loss

Jeanne Abicht

MSW, LICSW
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Jeanne Abicht MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Education

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

Clinical Approach

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.

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Areas of Specialty

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Motivational Interviewing

Psychodynamic Theory

Catherine Johnson

MA, LPCC
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Catherine Johnson MA, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Education

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, St. Cloud State University

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

Clinical Approach

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 Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), 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, trauma, self esteem, life transitions, relationship issues, grief & loss, stress management, and attachment issues. Catherine has years of experience working with adults who have mental health issues, but is open to working with teens as well. She particularly enjoys working with individuals, and can do groups and 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 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 and dog, family, traveling, shopping, crafting, hanging out with friends, and spending as much time as she can at their family cabins.

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Areas of Specialty

Anxiety, Trauma, & Complex Trauma

Identity Difficulties & Self Acceptance

Interpersonal/Relational Concerns

Executive & Leadership Coaching, Career Counseling

Jennifer Hovey

PsyD, LP
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Jennifer Hovey PsyD, LP

Licensed Psychologist
Education

Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas
Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology

Bachelor's degree in Biology, Pre-medicine, University of Minnesota

Clinical Approach

Jen emphasizes an accepting, nonjudgmental, and validating approach to therapy. She believes that everyone benefits from therapy, whether you are struggling with a specific mental health concern, are going through a major life transition, or are purely looking for the support, trust, and care that the therapeutic relationship can provide. She practices from a trauma-informed framework. Trauma informed therapy views individuals who struggle with mental health as having been harmed by someone or something in their lives, as compared to traditional views which can pathologize and place blame on people and their difficulties. Trauma informed therapy is grounded in and directed by a thorough understanding of the neurological, biological, psychological and social effects of stress and trauma.

Her approach to therapy is guided by the principles of safety and trust, creating a therapeutic space where people feel emotionally, physically, and culturally safe, transparency and trustworthiness, collaboration, and empowerment. She combines the latest research and evidenced based practice, utilizing different skills and drawing from multiple treatment modalities, to meet the unique needs of my clients. This means that the type of therapy you receive will depend on your unique identity, strengths, symptoms, and struggles. You will work together to determine which therapeutic processes and interventions are the best fit for you and your goals.

She enjoys working with adolescents and adults. Her areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disturbances, transition and loss, identity development, and interpersonal/relational difficulties. She also provides executive and leadership coaching, career counseling, and enjoys working with other mental health professionals. She has preferred training and experience in DBT, EMDR, PE, ACT, IFS, MBSR, CBT, group therapy, and assessment. She also has extensive experience with supervision and training.

In her free time Jen enjoys the outdoors, reading, writing poetry, cooking, and spending time with family, friends, and her pets.

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Areas of Specialty

Anxiety, Depression, etc.

Self-harm

Identity Development

Parenting

Ben Bader

MA, LMFT
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Ben Bader MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Education

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from ACU

Bachelor of Christian Ministry, Psychology & Counseling from OCC

Clinical Approach

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.

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Areas of Specialty

Trauma and PTSD

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Grief and Loss

Self-worth

Christina Buscko

MS, LPCC
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Christina Buscko MS, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor MN Board Approved Supervisor for LPC and LPCC
Education

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology – University of Minnesota Duluth

Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling – Capella University

Clinical Approach

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 resilience into the healing journey you have in front of you. She will provide a space for you to bring your concerns that is safe, confidential, and free from judgment. 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 including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), narrative, person-centered, mindfulness practice, and psychoeducation. She is trained in EMDR, 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 adolescence through later life.

Christina was born in Wisconsin but has spent most of her life in Minnesota. She received her Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth and her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She has spent the last 10 years providing advocacy support for those who have experienced trauma; specifically domestic violence and sexual assault.

In her free time she enjoys spending it with her spouse and three kids. She loves to travel when she gets the time, and when she doesn’t, a day-trip to Duluth will tide her over.

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Areas of Specialty

Anxiety

Depression

Life Transitions

Elizabeth Paulsen

MA, LMFT
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Elizabeth Paulsen MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Education

Bachelor's Degree in Psychology - University of Minnesota

Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy - St. Mary's University

Clinical Approach

Therapy is a powerful tool that benefits clients in vastly different ways, depending on the desired outcome. Elizabeth’s goal is to bring clients into an emotionally safe environment, where they work together to identify problematic patterns, delve into healthy coping skills, which will ultimately bring about opportunities for personal growth and healing.

Being a therapist is a true passion of Elizabeth’s. She has relished various opportunities to build upon her own skill sets, which can then be integrated into different paths within the therapeutic process. Elizabeth integrates a skills-oriented therapy known as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) into Narrative and Relational theories to understand clients’ needs from origin through healing.


While the various areas explored in the therapeutic process are limitless, some common examples Elizabeth may explore in therapy with clients include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image, self-esteem, adjustment disorders, attachment issues, perfectionism, over thinking & worrying, decision making, grief & loss, relationship issues and life transitions. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor’s Degree from University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!) and Master’s Degree from St. Mary’s University. Elizabeth is an active member of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

On a personal note, Elizabeth is married with a dog named Moe. Her husband and family are the most significant part of her life. She also enjoys being outside, whether it be camping or boating with family and friends, hiking, or walking with Moe around her neighborhood. Elizabeth enjoys traveling and takes an annual trip to the Boundary Waters with her sister and her father. Canoeing in the wilderness with nothing but the beauty and serenity of nature around her is a remarkable experience.

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Areas of Specialty

Motivational Interviewing

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

12 Step Facilitation and Psychoeducation

Katie Schultz

MSW, LICSW, LADC
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Katie Schultz MSW, LICSW, LADC

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Education

Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and Addiction Counseling - University of Mary

Master's Degree in Social Work - Augsburg College

Clinical Approach

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.

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Areas of Specialty

Depression, Anxiety, etc.

Complex Relational Issues

Attachment Disorders

Grief/loss

Heidi S. Telschow

MSW, LICSW
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Heidi S. Telschow MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker MN State Approved Licensed Supervisor for LSW, LGSW
Education

Bachelor of Science, Winona State University, Winona, MN

Master's of Clinical Social Work, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

Clinical Approach

Heidi finds joy and deep reward in walking alongside her clients to achieve psychological, emotional, and spiritual wellness. She firmly believes that people can grow & evolve through life’s most difficult experiences when met with a safe & non-judgmental environment to do important and transformative work. Heidi encourages all of her clients to draw on their own strengths in order to incorporate mindfulness and intentional living into their daily life. She strives to have clients leave the therapy space feeling heard, understood, renewed, & inspired to create healthy change.

Heidi works with clients as young as 4 years of age, seniors, and all ages in between. She offers individual, family, and group sessions. Her areas of particular interest include grief/loss, complicated grief, bereavement, trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, PTSD, complex relational issues, attachment disorders, and stress management. Heidi especially seeks clients and families who are navigating the impact of chronic and/or terminal illness in their lives, as she has personal & professional experience with how illness can re-frame many aspects of life. She also specializes in caregiver burden & well-being, and issues regarding death, dying, and bereavement. Heidi recognizes the client as the expert in how to best navigate forward in their life. She views therapy through a lens that incorporates narrative, psychodynamic, and mindfulness-based approaches, helping each client to reach their highest potential and increase their quality of life.

Over the past ten years, she has worked in a variety of settings including community-based mental health, medical, and inpatient/outpatient settings. Heidi is also able to provide group and individual supervision for social workers seeking clinical and/or non-clinical licensure hours through the Minnesota Board of Social Work.

Heidi grew up in Wisconsin, but has planted her roots in Minnesota. Her husband, daughter, and son enjoy life together by traveling, camping, and spending time with family. Her 2 dogs – a pure bred Brittany and German shorthaired pointer – also keep her on her toes and provide lots of love and entertainment. When not working, Heidi enjoys quiet moments in a book store or coffee shop, catching up with good friends, or trying a new recipe in the kitchen.

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Areas of Specialty

Postpartum Mental Health

Anxiety, Depression, etc.

Relationship Issues

Parenting

Naomi Doriott Larson

LPCC (MN), LPC (WI)
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Naomi Doriott Larson LPCC (MN), LPC (WI)

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in MN and Licensed Professional Counselor in WI MN Board Approved Supervisor for LPC and LPCC
Education

Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice - Hamline University
Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology - University of St. Thomas

Clinical Approach

Naomi is passionate about working with people who are ready to work towards a more joyful and vibrant life. She has been working in the mental health field for over 10 years and finds great joy in her work as a therapist.

Naomi enjoys providing therapy to individuals, couples, groups and families to improve their overall sense of health and well-being. She specializes in working with people struggling with life transitions, postpartum mental health, anxiety, depression, self-harm, relationship issues, parenting, stress management, divorce and career issues. Naomi works from a whole person, strengths-based approach which means she will focus on all areas that make up your health: emotional, social and physical. In addition to her work as a therapist, she is also the owner of Collaborative Counseling.

Naomi was born and raised in Minnesota where she earned her Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She then obtained her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. 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.

In her free time Naomi enjoys traveling, crafting, cooking, reading, learning new things and spending time with her family.

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