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.

Ben Bader

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Education

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University
Bachelor of Christian Ministry, Psychology & Counseling from Ozark Christian College

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.

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Jen Atherton

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

Education

Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services from St Mary's University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St Mary's University of Minnesota

Clinical Approach

Jen views each individual from a “whole person” perspective- integrating mind, body, and spirit, as well as past, present, and future selves. Born into a medical family, Jen is continually seeking knowledge and understanding of how the human body impacts our psychological health and well-being, which she incorporates into her sessions. Jen is passionate about helping her clients identify how they want to feel, act, and be in the world and in their relationships. With the above being the foundation of her approach to therapy, Jen uses the therapeutic relationship to support her clients on their journey, resulting in profound personal growth, transformation, insight, and a more authentic and balanced view of themselves.

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Kelly Simon

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)

Clinical Approach

Kelly believes that emotional vulnerability is vital to the therapy and change process. Taking a relational approach, Kelly will make sure every client feels heard, understood, and validated, providing a safe space for clients to be emotionally vulnerable. She will help clients to build and strengthen skills and insight that will help them to cope with symptoms, distressing emotions, and life stressors. After forming a trusting therapeutic relationship, Kelly will utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches to provide support and facilitate change including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based therapy.

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Elizabeth Paulsen

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

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.

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Katie Schultz

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (MSW, LICSW)
Licensed Alcohol and Drug (LADC)

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.

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Catherine Johnson

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

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.

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Allisa Prokopanko

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
MN State Approved supervisor for LGSW

Education

Bachelor's in Social Work, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
Master's of Clinical Social Work, University of St. Thomas and St Catherine's University, Saint Paul, MN

Clinical Approach

Everyone deserves and has the right to be heard and be seen for who they are. Allisa understands the courage it takes to be seen during a time of difficulty and to seek out support in therapy. Allisa strives to provide a safe, loving, non-judgmental environment in which growth can occur. Allisa believes that all individuals have worth and value and as a result, a person should not be defined by their behaviors. Rather she views behaviors as a message. Behaviors tell us perhaps that we don't know how to express what we need, describe how we feel, or cope appropriately. Through therapy clients can learn appropriate coping skills, learn new approaches for addressing their challenges, and learn how to communicate their thoughts and feelings. Allisa believes in tailoring a therapeutic approach that is specific to each client and draws upon their strengths and support systems.

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Heidi S. Telschow

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (MSW, LICSW)
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.

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Christina Buscko

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (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.

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Naomi Doriott Larson

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

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

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.

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Alex Nash

Clinic Manager

Education

Bachelors Degree in Psychology - University of Minnesota

Clinical Approach

by providing office management and administrative oversight for providers and clients.

Alex is passionate about mental health services and strives to help you find a therapist who can provide you and your family with the care you are seeking. Her goal is to make sure you are comfortable and at ease as she helps you navigate scheduling at our clinics.Alex keeps everything running smoothly at Collaborative

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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.

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