Meet Our Minnesota Telehealth Team
Our Telehealth providers provide all counseling services via Zoom which allows you to receive the best counseling services from the comfort of your own home or from your office during a break.
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.
Note: If you choose to email a provider, you are doing so at your own risk. Collaborative Counseling is not able to guarantee secure email communications.
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!
Echo Althoff is currently enrolled in Capella University, completing her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is with us while completing her Clinicals. She completed her undergraduate B.S. at North Dakota State University, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Neuroscience and Criminal Justice.
Echo works from strength based and client centered approaches. She believes that everyone is the expert of their own person, and everyone has the ability and power to heal themselves. Her goal in therapy is to offer collaboration to help empower everyone on their own journey. Operating from a systemic approach Echo believes that it is important to look at all factors and influences of someone’s life rather than just them as an individual.
Working with all ages Echo utilizes a variety of therapeutic styles including Solution Focused, Family Systems, and Collaborative therapy to foster a supportive environment that is strength-based, trauma-informed and client-centered.
When not in the office, she loves to spend time exploring new restaurants and coffee shops, spending way too much on chai lattes, reading, or spending time with her dog Disco.
MA 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
Shannon AmansMA, LPCC
Bachelor of Science degree - University of Wisconsin, River Falls
Master of Arts in Psychology Counseling - Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
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.
Tara PerttulaMSW, LICSW
Tara Perttula MSW, LICSWShe/Her/Hers Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Master of Social Work degree - Michigan State University
Bachelor of Social Work and Human Behavior Cluster Minor - Northern Michigan University
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.
Stacie FischerMA, LPCC
Stacie Fischer MA, LPCCShe/Her/Hers Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration - University of Phoenix
Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychological Services - Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
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.
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 14 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 honest, 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 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.
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 strives to create a therapeutic space that is both collaborative and free from judgment. Providing a warm and open space where clients can process both past and current concerns is an integral part of building rapport, and Danelle understands that beginning therapy is often a brave step.
Danelle is here to both support and challenge clients to create meaningful experiences despite their current challenges, while recognizing both growth and setbacks that occur when we prioritize our own emotional needs. Taking an integrative approach she believes that every client should have advocacy in how they define their relationship with self and with others. Therapy can be a deep dive into experiences, relationships, and emotions, but can alternatively be utilized as a brief reset, enhancing our mindset and tackling short term challenges. Danelle offers a platform for unpacking the stressors at whatever level clients feel comfortable sharing.
Danelle’s therapeutic perspective emerges from a strength-based, client-centered, emotionally focused approach. She has experience with a diverse range of clientele ranging from education, corporate backgrounds, complex family systems, and addiction. Danelle works with teens and adults who have concerns related to anxiety, depression ,professional stress, parenting, divorce, relationship concerns, self-esteem, grief, and substance use.
Jeanne AbichtLICSW (MN), LCSW (WI)
Jeanne Abicht LICSW (MN), LCSW (WI)She/Her/Hers Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
MSW Clinical Social Work degree - 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, 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 with 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 native Wisconsinite. In her free time, Jeanne enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and Golden Retrievers, Beckett and Finnegan. Jeanne also enjoys spedning time with friends, traveling, reading, music, hiking, coffee, and Wisconsin sports.
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
Maser'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 speciality 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, NS 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.
Lindsay BensonMA, LPCC
Lindsay Benson MA, LPCCShe/Her/Hers Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Supervised by Naomi Doriott Larson, LPCC, LPC
Master's Degree in Psychology and Counseling - St. Mary's University of MN
Bachelors of Arts 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."
Lindsday 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.
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Renee Louck MAShe/Her/Hers Supervised by Christina Buscko, MS, LPCC
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.
Elizabeth PaulsenMA, LMFT
Elizabeth Paulsen MA, LMFTShe/Her/Hers Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology - University of Minnesota
Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy - St. Mary's University
Therapy is a powerful tool that benefits clients in vasty 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 patters, 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.
Rebecca KrugMA, LMFT
Rebecca Krug MA, LMFTShe/Her/Hers Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist MN State Approved Licensed Supervisor LMFT & LPCC
Bachelor of Science degree - Minnesota State University, Mankato
Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy - Minnesota School of Professional Psychology Argosy
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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