At Ellie Family Services, our mission is to better the lives of everyday families through the creation and delivery of innovative and customized wellness programs, goods and services.
We do this by striving to FILL THE GAPS in services and programs that promote wellness. Ellie Family Services is dedicated to getting more people access to wellness services by breaking down barriers, and overcoming obstacles, that get in the way of healing and recovery. Those barriers might involve lack of funding, stigma, limited resource availability, scheduling conflicts, limited accessibility, and lack of information and outreach!
Ellie Family Services provides unique opportunities to clients:
- Offering discrete and confidential wellness services
- Providing income-based sliding fee scale for non-insurance covered services
- Using technology to integrate wellness services into the 21st century
- Developing creative interventions to increase access for clients who experience barriers to the traditional “in-person” therapeutic format
- Creating “user friendly” tools focused on increasing more of “what you want” in your wellness, healing and recovery program
- Engaging up-and-coming professionals in training and the development of innovative programs for future generations of practitioners and clientele
- Customizing services to meet various, diverse and multifaceted needs
- Providing personalized treatment plans that address mind, body and spirit
- Placing importance on having fun throughout the wellness process
ST. PAUL CLINIC STAFF
Erin Pash, MA LMFT, Therapist, Family Services and Co-Parenting Director, Co-owner
Erin is an energetic, active, mindfulness based therapist who puts an emphasis on being “real”, honest, and doing our best to laugh through the good and the bad life throws at us. Erin is the co-owner of Ellie Family Services and her vision helps support the idea that we should always be customizing services to not only meet the needs of people but to BETTER THE LIVES of everyday families!
Erin has a background in the helping profession that ranges from county level social work, to inpatient chemical health, to outpatient therapy, to group facilitator and supervisor! She has worked with people as young as 5 all the way through their 70’s and particularly likes working with TEENAGERS, PARENTS, ADULTS and families impacted by high conflict, divorce, and parenting issues.
In addition to traditional therapy services Erin offers mediation, therapeutic mediation, social early neutral evaluations (SENE), parent consultation, parent coaching, and serves as a child specialist in family court cases. Additionally, she leads workshops, classes, and various groups around co-parenting, teenage issues, and managing divorce. Having a good understanding of the future of the therapeutic industry, she is also on the road to becoming a licensed alcohol and drug counselor to ensure her and the Ellie team can customize services to any client who walks through our doors.
Winona State University, Graduate Certificate, Alcohol and Drug Counseling – Expected Completion 2017
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Science, Child Psychology
Hamline Law School, Family Mediation & Parent Consulting, Qualified Rule 114 Neutral
6th Judicial District, Social Early Neutral Evaluation Training, 2016
Guadalupe Alternative Programs, Clinical Supervisor Training, 2014
AAMFT, MFT Supervisor Training, 2017
Erin presents at conferences, mental health agencies, and other businesses on several topics including: Court Involved Therapy, Divorce and Co-Parenting, Family Communication, Mindfulness, Teenage Issues, The Intersection of Therapy and Family Court and many other topics related to therapy, adolescents, and family court.
Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Executive Board Member, Legislative Chair since 6/2016
Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Fellow since 06/2015
Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Pre-Clinical Fellow since 09/2009
Association for Family and Conciliation Courts, Training Committee Member since 10/2016
Association for Family and Conciliation Courts, Member since 06/2016
Family Law League, Member since 1/2016
Kyle Keller, MSW LICSW, Therapist, Supervisor, Co-Owner
Kyle aims to facilitate growth and resiliency by witnessing, encouraging, and participating in the self-discovery, healing and transformation of others. As clinic Co-Owner, Mental Health Program Director, Clinical Supervisor and therapist at Ellie, he incorporates a variety of techniques, concepts, and practices from various psychological and philosophical orientations, scientific models, art forms, and spiritual traditions in order to develop personalized approaches to therapy.
Kyle’s therapeutic orientation relies heavily on the practices of: Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), psychodynamic, mindfulness-based, narrative, transpersonal and Jungian therapy. Above all, Kyle believes that a good relationship and sense of personal connection is most important to success in therapy.
Kyle is experienced in spiritual/religious/philosophical struggles or spiritual trauma and conflict, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Bipolar, anxiety, suicidal ideation, grief/loss, relational problems/attachment, existential crises, LGBT issues and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He has work experience in educational settings, crisis counseling, county social work, jail/prisons, in-home, various volunteer outpatient services, inpatient mental health as well as case management experience.
Kyle believes that every human being is capable of thriving- each possessing a deep well of inner resourcefulness, which must be tapped using creative techniques, strategies and collaboration. Kyle is eager and excited to share his perspective on the importance of integrating mental health care as a facet of general wellness and loves to teach and supervise up-and-coming therapeutic professionals.
Kyle has a background in music, writing and history, and enjoys learning about cultural traditions, religions and practices.
University of Minnesota, Master of Social Work
University of Minnesota- Duluth, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Grief and Loss, LGBT Mental Health, Trauma focused Treatments, Clinical Supervision, LGSW/LICSW Supervision
Faye Foote, MA LPCC, Site Clinic Director, Therapist
Faye is passionate about helping people better themselves with the basic understanding that “We are experts on ourselves.” She believes that each individual knows their unique view of the world due to the individual experience we have with it. Because of this power, she believes that people are their own best resource for improving their world through self-understanding, self-awareness, and the ability to be vulnerable with themselves. She believes finding those inner resources and learning how to utilize them helps improve our relationship with the world.
Faye offers person-centered therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Her belief is this: A strong therapeutic relationship develops within a warm, empathetic, and accepting environment. This environment allows clients to experience meaningful personal growth and change.
Faye has a history working with kids and adolescents in a school environment as well as adults, and couples in private practice. “Having the courage to tell your story is the first step in making this meaningful change.”
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Counseling and Psychological Services
St. Cloud State University, Bachelor of Science, Communications and Journalism
Nicole Muzzy, MA LADC Therapist, Chemical Health Counselor
Do you feel exhausted by all the things – like, the day-to-day tasks of adulting, trying to balance work and life, and thinking endlessly about if you did the right thing, said the right, thing, acted the right way? Do you ever want to feel more connected to others but struggle with finding the time, the opportunity, or the energy? Do you decide not talk to friends and family about your anxious or lonely feelings because you worry about being a burden? If so, Nicole might be just the person with whom you can share your story. As someone who is forever curious, Nicole provokes new insight and helps clients translate this into more congruent decisions and lifestyles. Her natural openness and authenticity enables people to feel comfortable speaking about the uncomfortable parts of life.
Nicole believes that everyone deserves to understand themselves and deserves to feel understood by others. Her assumption is that all behaviors, even the seemingly unhealthy behaviors, are rooted in positive intention and sometimes we need a little help from others to better understand these intentions.
With an empathetic, respectful, and straightforward approach, Nicole tends to work with many entrepreneurs and other healthcare professionals who are experiencing vicarious trauma, living with what feels like “imposter syndrome,” or trying to manage work-life balance stressors. Individuals and family systems of diverse backgrounds hoping to engage in reflective conversation, learn about the mind-body connection, explore family-of-origin narratives, and are ready to discover just why the idea of “getting over something” is a myth, in the context of therapy also seem to enjoy working with Nicole. She also has a well-rounded understanding of challenges people trans or queer-identified experience and is a facilitator of the Family in Transitions group offered at Ellie Family Services.
Since 2011, Nicole has worked with people from a harm reduction perspective as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). A Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Marriage and Family Therapy has helped Nicole to work with others while looking through a systemic lens. Her rich experience and strong capability was gained through integrated, professional experience in community and clinical settings, personal reflection, and the desire to really understand how to hear and see another person.
Kyle Ross, MA, LPCC Therapist, ARMHS Program Director
Kyle believes there is no need to face issues alone. With a collaborative approach, he can help people better understand the life events that have shaped their view of the world. Every individual experiences events that can discourage us. His goal is to help highlight the unique strengths that lie within all of us. Kyle strives to help children/adolescents, families, and adults to recognize the meaning they attach to life experiences. When we understand the meaning we attach to events, we better understand our choices.
Kyle specializes in working with individual struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder, Trauma/PTSD, and Children/Adolescents. Collaboratively he works with clients to help them find a sense of safety, security, and belonging through their connections to others. I practice as an Adlerian therapist with blended CBT/DBT techniques.
Kyle has had the wonderful fortune to work with many individuals who have shaped his practice through work in residential, outpatient, and school settings. He is excited about working with other great clinicians to help fill gaps within the wellness community!
Adler Graduate School- Masters of Arts, Clinical Counseling
Mankato State University- Bachelors of Arts, History & Philosophy
Jay Callahan, MS, LPCC, LADC Therapist and Chemical Health Counselor
Jay is a strengths-based therapist who is passionate about empowering and equipping individuals, couples, and families to pursue health and wellness in all areas of their lives. His areas of professional interest include interventions to address the impact of developmental trauma, co-occurring concerns, sexual health and wellness, and facilitating resiliency in LGBTQ youth and their families. He is an EMDR trained therapist and also incorporates mindfulness and Internal Family Systems into therapy. You can expect that he will listen empathetically and seek to collaborate with you to develop goals for wellness. He has experience working with youth and their families in a variety of roles as an educator, youth worker, and now therapist. He also has experience working with individuals and couples struggling with trauma, grief and loss, and addiction.
Winona State University, Masters of Science in Community Counseling
Winona State University, Certification in Addiction Counseling
Winona State University, Bachelor of Teaching in Secondary Education
Brad Crnobrna, LADC, Mental Health Practitioner, Administrative Assistant
Brad is a dynamic counselor dedicated to helping clients achieve their treatment goals and find new skills to help aide in recovery. He focuses on the whole person and finding outcomes that truly fit his clients and their hopes for their future. Brad has worked is several capacities as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, leading groups, individual counseling and treatment planning with a big emphasis on wellness and motivational interviewing. He has extensive experience as an eclectic practitioner who dabbles in many areas of mental and chemical health as well as real estate!
Brad enjoys working with families, adults, and seniors with a special focus on working with males who have both chemical and mental health diagnoses.
Brad is currently completing his master’s degree in Macro Social Work from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
Augsburg College, Masters of Social Work – In Progress
Metropolitan State University, Bachelor of Arts, Addiction Studies
Mamie Vetsch, MA LAMFT Therapist
Mamie is a charismatic therapist who is passionate about helping people to become the best version of themselves. She believes when dealing with life’s struggles, it is helpful to journey down the path towards healing with someone who can attentively listen, validate your experience and help contribute to your personal insight, all while understanding that you are the expert of your own life. As an art therapist, Mamie will implement these crucial aspects into therapy sessions with the use of creative processes. Art therapy allows clients to create tangible objects and provide language to situations where words may be lost. If art therapy is not something you are interested in, that is okay too!
Mamie offers traditional talk therapy and is trained in Adlerian therapy, which places strong emphasis on healing the whole self, encouragement and social interest, all while practicing the courage to risk imperfection. Mamie is grounded, compassionate and offers a calm presence. She places strong emphasis on forming an authentic connection with her clients in order to create a trusting and secure place for you to grow.
Mamie specializes in working with children and adolescents using art therapy. In addition to art therapy, Mamie enjoys incorporating play techniques and mindfulness skills in to each session. She is also interested in expanding her practice to include adults and whole families. Mamie has worked in diverse settings including schools, partial hospitalization programs and private practice. She is enthusiastic to contribute to and be part of the Ellie Family!
When Mamie is not working, she enjoys exploring the Twin Cities, playing board games with family and friends, and teaching her rescue dog new tricks.
Adler Graduate School—Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Psychotherapy and Counseling, 2016
Concordia College- Moorhead—Bachelor of Arts, French and Studio Art double major, Psychology Minor
Danielle Cotter, MA LMFT, Therapist & Maternal Mental Health Director
We all carry a life story that wants to be expressed and genuinely heard. Danielle is passionate about creating a safe space for clients to tell their story in a judgement free zone. Danielle helps her clients gain access to the meaning of their life story, to problem solve what is no longer working in their life, and develop a path moving forward that is rooted in the personal strengths and values of each client and family. She is committed to providing respectful, authentic, and creative therapeutic services to every client she supports.
Danielle’s choice to become a therapist was inspired by her own life journey and family system. This is the work she feels she is meant to do. Danielle finds great joy and meaning in helping clients gain insight and awareness, access their innate strengths and resources, and develop the skills and confidence to create a more fulfilling and balanced life.
Danielle works with a wide variety of clients ranging in ages and backgrounds. She sees individuals, couples, and families and has extensive experience in facilitating therapeutic groups. She has experience with mood disorders, trauma, struggles with body image and relationship to food and eating, maternal mental health, family transitions, relationships, as well as diminished sense of well-being or life purpose. Danielle is currently working with the in-home therapy team, as well as seeing outpatient clients in the Ellie office.
Certified Family Trauma Professional; Arizona Trauma Institute & PESI; March 2017
Certified Maternal Mental Health Professional; Postpartum Support International; February 2017
EMDR Level 1 training: Institute for Creative Mindfulness; March 2017
Adler Graduate School: Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Minnesota: Bachelor of Science in Nutrition/Dietetics
Natasha Keller, MA Mental Health Practitioner
When working with Natasha, you can expect to have a collaborative therapist who is interested in coming alongside her clients to actively listen to them. She works with people to create meaning from their world and experiences around them. Natasha recognizes that each person understands their own experiences best and she strives to deepen that self-understanding and explore their relationships with the world around them. She believes that people maintain the capability to define, change, and transform the narratives of their lives.
Natasha enjoys being able to hear people’s stories and working with them to come to live more authentically and to find ways to improve their wellbeing. She maintains curiosity, empathy, and openness to the values, struggles, and concerns that a person brings into therapy.
Natasha has a background in working with children, adolescents, and their families. Her experience has been in many settings, such as schools, hospitals, counties, outpatient, and residential facilities. Natasha is open to working with a variety of clientele and has experience in working with people with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
Bethel University, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology, Minor in Spanish
Annie Baker, MA LMFT Therapist
Annie enjoys working with children, adolescents, young adults and families from a variety of backgrounds. Annie has a caring, compassionate and approachable demeanor which helps her work with connecting with children and adolescents especially. Annie has worked with clients struggling with a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and relational problems (sibling issues, divorced/blended families, peers, teachers etc.). Annie work experience includes working as a middle school guidance counselor for 4 years, co-facilitator of Men’s Domestic Abuse groups, Clinical Coordinator at a residential home for adolescents, and working as a school-based therapist for the past 4 years.
Annie considers herself a strength-based therapist who focuses first on the therapeutic relationship and alliance with a Client. Annie then utilizes an eclectic approach in her therapy though primarily uses Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Annie has a lot of experiencing working with children, specifically in the school/day treatment/residential settings. She utilizes a family systems approach to help any Client excel in all areas of their life.
Annie’s ideal client would be anywhere between the ages of 8 to 28 and are willing to learn about their feelings and themselves to work towards creating more happiness in their life. She enjoys clients who are willing to talk in session as well as try techniques including new coping skills, relaxation exercises, and play. She helps clients think about and have insight into their thoughts, feelings and action; and actively works to foster change both in session and out. Annie highly supports working with parents to help kids work on their goals at home.
St. Mary’s University- Twin Cities, Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate, 2012
University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Master of Arts, Educational Psychology- Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, 2007
St. Cloud State University, Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, 2003
Terri Bly, PsyD Licensed Psychologist
Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology B.A. Psychology and Theatre, Middlebury College, Middlebury VT Pre-Doctoral Internship, University of Maine Counseling Center (APA-Accredited)
MN State Court Certified Rule 114 training, Family Mediation, Erickson Mediation Institute
The Collaborative Experience, Collaborative Law Institute of MN
Discernment Counseling, DRI Alliance for Marriage and Divorce Professionals
Bio-Psycho-Social Treatment, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
American Psychological Association
Minnesota Psychological Association
Ryan Meyer, MA LPCC In-Home/Office Therapist
Ryan is understanding, thoughtful, and will challenge you to think “outside the box” to discover and uncover deeper meaning and satisfaction with your life. He understands what “feeling stuck” is like and will work with you to find creative solutions that truly work and inspire long term change.
He enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families and has been in the helping profession for more than 15 years. He is very dedicated to new learning and seeks to find the right blend of personalized tailoring with the right advanced treatment techniques that have been proven to work.
Ryan graduated from the University of Minnesota with a focus on race relations, equality studies, and social work and continued his education at the Adler Graduate School where he focused on clinical counseling and marriage and family therapy’s.His work on OCD was published online in 2013 and proposes new and exciting clinical treatments that had not been discussed previously.
If you would like an opportunity to work with an empathic, creative, and thought inducing therapist who will help you reduce the impact of your daily struggles and learn ways to improve your relationship with yourself and others, please reach out and he will be there to help.
Adler Graduate School, Master of Arts, Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy
University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Science, Social Work
Rose Joiner, MA LMFT Therapist
Rose considers therapy to be a vital and intrinsic part of our journey in life. In a world that is continually changing, finding ways to adapt to life’s stressors can at times become overwhelming.
Therapy can be a place to reflect, grow and challenge old ways of thinking or being, and create a new way of viewing life, loved ones and ourselves. She believes that all people are valuable, irreplaceable and worthy of growth, change and positivity. She loves working with children, teenagers and adults. She also is an advocate for fostering healthy relationships, within families or couples.
She has experience, but is not limited to people struggling with ADHD, anger issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, gender issues and more.
Alissa Keller, Billing and Compliance Specialist
WOODBURY CLINIC STAFF
Louisa Lienke, MA LMFT Site Clinical Director & Therapist
Louisa is a passionate, empathetic therapist who enjoys helping people successfully navigate their own path and follow their journey through out life. She believes in helping people to discover their own knowledge and explore their own strengths in order to feel confident, focused, and happy. Louisa enjoys working with older teens, adults, couples and families to face struggles and create a balanced and positive life. She is warm, compassionate, and accepting of all points of view and enjoys learning from her clients through out their journey. Louisa works to help her clients find and use their own wisdom to create inner peace.
Louisa’s background in mental and chemical health has allowed her to work with a wide range of clients. She has worked with youth and families in a nonprofit setting and has expanded her focus to include adults and couples over the past five years.
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” -Carl Jung
University of Minnesota- Addiction Studies Certificate
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota- Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Wisconsin- Bachelor of Science Liberal Arts, Sociology and Criminal Justice
Century College- Women’s Studies Certificate
Alexis Anttila, MA LAMFT Therapist
Alexis believes that everyone has the ability within them to change and heal from life’s difficulties. Operating from this core belief, Alexis strives to create an environment of empathy and compassion where clients feel safe and cared for. She couples this with various theoretical frameworks to meet each client, family, or couple’s unique needs.
Alexis’s areas of interest and expertise include working with people who experience anxiety, depression, family of origin issues, attachment and parenting issues, maternal mental health, communication difficulties, and relationship issues including sexual difficulties. She enjoys working with adult individuals (age 19+), couples, and families.
EMDR Basic training: Midwest Center for EMDR Training; May 2018
Certified Maternal Mental Health Professional; Postpartum Support International; June 2017
PREPARE/ENRICH Facilitator: Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; November 2013
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
University of North Dakota: Bachelor of Accountancy
Pamela Graber, MA LMFT Therapist
I work with individuals, couples, and families experiencing mental health issues to help identify goals, create a plan, and help to access the client’s own strengths to find solutions. If your relationship is in pain, you and all family members may feel the impact. Whether you wish to learn how to increase a positive connection or repair a serious tear in that relationship, I will create a safe environment for you to resolve your differences, look at the underlying causes of the difficulties, and learn healthier and less reactive ways of relating to one another.
I work with individuals who have suffered trauma, struggle with anxiety, substance use disorders, and PTSD. I am trained in EMDR which uses evidence based interventions to reduce anxiety quickly and efficiently in areas of performance enhancement, grief, shame, guilt, substance use disorders, and to increase self-esteem.
When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor E. Frankl
Bradley Conley, MA LADC, Therapist & Chemical Health Counselor
Far too often we are defined by the trauma we’ve encountered rather than our strength to manage its aftermath. In particular, as children we are highly creative in understanding adversity. However, that understanding, if left unrecognized and unchallenged, will persist well beyond its usefulness and into adolescence and adulthood.
Unresolved trauma lies at the root of so many of our emotional and behavioral difficulties. With this in mind, I have trained my perspective into one that is trauma-focused, mindful, and holistic, as well as a systems-oriented approach to understanding issues and developing solutions for the individual and their loved ones.
I work with individuals of all ages who have experienced adversity that has changed the way they relate to the world and to them selves. In addition, my specialty as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor broadens my scope of practice to include behaviors that seem unstoppable and diminish quality of life.
I understand the stigma many face when seeking aid with mental health and substance use. However, turning toward yourself is a moment which holds what you may not expect: pride, not shame; empowerment, not belittlement; and courage, not cowardice. I look forward to building a relationship with you and those who share your life.”
Candace Hanson, MA LMFT Child & Family Therapist
Candace believes healing comes first and foremost when our stories and struggles are heard and validated. She highly values the therapeutic relationship and works to create a safe environment for clients that includes empathy, compassion, and understanding. Candace also believes in the power of mind-body connection and encourages clients to learn how to listen to and regulate their own minds and emotions in order to overcome challenges.
Trained in Systems Theory, Candace helps clients heal within the context of their relationships with others, both within and outside of their families. She also believes the relationship between caregivers and children is one of the most important building blocks of life. Candace specializes in working with children birth through 12-years-old, their families, and caregivers. She finds interest and passion working with issues related to attachment, parenting, sibling/peer conflict, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, anger management, self-esteem issues, self-harm, grief, divorce, and life cycle stages. Candace also understands and values the importance of one’s culture and invites clients to bring all parts of themselves to therapy.
Candace has been trained in Play Therapy, Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood: Revised Edition (DC:0-3R) and DC:0-5, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and is a certified PREPARE/ENDRICH Facilitator. She is also currently working toward her Registered Play Therapy Certification. Candace has previous experiences as a Personal Care Assistant, providing therapy and skills in home based and outpatient settings, and working with toddlers in a mental health day treatment.
University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Member, Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT)
Member, Association for Play Therapy (APT)
Member, Minnesota Association for Play Therapy (MNAPT)
Member, Zero to Three
Member, Infant and Early Childhood Division of the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH-IEC)
Amanda Hernandez, MA LAMFT, LADC, Therapist & Chemical Health Counselor
Amanda is a directive therapist who is passionate about helping people live more authentic and balanced lives. Amanda’s approach to counseling provides a safe and supportive environment to work towards healing. Amanda is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is currently completing requirements for full licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Amanda has worked in the chemical and mental health field since 2012. Her experience comes from working in dual diagnosis treatment programs and hospital settings. She also has experience working in homes with families and in a group private practice. Amanda is trained in EMDR and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Amanda utilizes EMDR to reduce the distressing impact of past experiences. She also utilizes Emotionally Focused Therapy to teach couples how to transform their hurtful patterns of communication into secure ways of connecting. Her systemic counseling approach incorporates techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Experiential Therapy, EMDR, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Amanda is passionate about couples’ therapy along with trauma-related work with adults. Amanda works with individuals and couples to create more satisfying relationships, build inner confidence, and develop the strength and resources to face challenges in everyday life. Some of Amanda’s interests include relationship conflict, infidelity, trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief, and chemical dependency. Chemical health assessments (Rule 25) available.
Saint Mary’s University: Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
Metropolitan State University: Bachelor of Science, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Minor in Psychology
Level 1 & 2 EMDR
Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
LAKEVILLE CLINIC STAFF
Amanda Schuster, MA LMFT Child Therapist, Family Counselor, Ellie South Clinic Lead
Amanda enjoys working with children, adolescents, and families from a variety of backgrounds. Amanda has a soft, caring, and approachable demeanor which helps her work and connect well with children and makes specializing in clients struggling with depression, anxiety, and relational problems (sibling issues, divorced/blended families, peers, teachers etc.) a wonderful niche with excellent outcomes. Amanda is a strength based therapist who utilizes DBT, CBT and Play in her therapy. Amanda has lots of experiencing working with children in home, in the schools, and in high intensity community based settings. She utilizes a family systems approach to help kids excel in all areas of their life.
Amanda’s ideal client would be between the ages of 5 to 18 and are willing to learn about their feelings and themselves to work towards more happiness. She enjoys clients who are able to try out techniques in session including trying out new coping skills, relaxation exercises, yoga and play. She helps clients think about and have insight into their thoughts, feelings and actions, and actively works to foster change both in session and out. Amanda highly supports working with parents to help kids work on their goals at home and is trained in de-escalation for kids and adults, especially in high conflict or emotionally dysregulated families. Amanda trains and presents on creative de-escalation and creates and facilitates programs aimed at helping kids with anxiety and stress in fun and engaging ways. Look for Ellie CAMP (Childhood Anxiety Mindfulness Program) info next spring at our Lakeville Office!
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2012
University of Minnesota Duluth, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Minors in Psychology and Dance, 2008
Erin Opoku, MA, Mental Health Practitioner
Erin obtained her Master’s degree in Adlerian Psychotherapy with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Adler Graduate School. Erin completed her practicum at Genesis II for Families; in Minneapolis, MN, working with families in their homes that were involved within the child protection system. During this time Erin was also employed at an agency in the Twin Cities performing Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services, where she worked with clients to find their personal recovery goal to better manage their mental health diagnoses.
After completion of her Master’s degree Erin worked as a mental health practitioner and therapist in the Twin Cities area, providing individual, family, couples, adolescent and child therapy services.
Erin has experience working with a wide range of clients with various mental health and behavioral issues. Erin works with late adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, chemical dependency concerns, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, and life changes/transitions such as grief and loss, divorce, adjustment disorders, communication difficulties and relationship concerns.
Outside of work Erin enjoys spending time with her family, playing and watching all sports, hiking and listening to music.
Haidee Reff, MSW LGSW
Haidee takes a creative, hands-on approach in therapy focusing on individual’s personal narratives and empowering them to make their own decisions. She believes that everyone has a unique story to tell and works to facilitate growth in individuals by walking alongside them on their journey through the sharing of their experiences. Haidee is passionate about her work and aims to build a strong therapeutic relationship with each of her clients through compassion, collaboration, and acceptance.
Haidee has a background in working with domestic violence and sexual assault victims where she focused on personalized approaches to case management. She has experience working in a variety of settings from residential treatment, in-patient hospital units, crisis centers, to a number of domestic violence shelters.
Haidee is interested in expanding her practice to a variety of areas and is excited to work with diverse populations.
Haidee is currently working on completing her master’s degree in Social Work through a joint program at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University.
Saint Catherine University and the University of Saint Thomas. Master of Social Work – In Progress
Concordia College – Moorhead. Bachelor of Arts. Psychology
Nicole Carreon, MA LAMFT Therapist
Nicole believes therapy is a process of self-discovery that can help you improve communication, develop greater self-acceptance, improve the expression and management of emotions, and assist with the development of healthy conflict resolution skills. She approaches therapy with optimism, curiosity, and flexibility to develop a partnership that will assist with the development of goals to fit your individual needs.
Nicole uses an integrated approach, allowing you to work towards therapeutic goals at a pace that works best for you. She is an EMDR trained practitioner and often utilizes a solution-focused approach to encourage insight and creativity. Nicole believes humor and authenticity are powerful tools that add value to the therapeutic journey and incorporates both into her sessions.
Nicole’s passion for mental health extends into the community by being an active volunteer for The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for the past 7 years. She works with a variety of clients such as adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Her specialties include trauma, substance related and addictive disorders, relationships, and anxiety disorders.
EMDR Trained, EMDR International Association, May 2017
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Bachelor of Science, Psychology
ARMHS & In-Home STAFF
Xoel Gonzalez, MA, In-Home Therapist/ARMHS Practitioner
Xoel has lived in Minnesota for over twenty years, but is a native of Puerto Rico who speaks Spanish fluently. Formerly a tattoo artist as well as local tattoo shop owner, he realized over time that what he liked best about his job was the rapport he built with the people he met. He decided to merge his interest in art with his love of people: he returned to school to become a counselor.
While an intern at People Incorporated, he created an art therapy group. In his current and former jobs as a counselor, he uses a person-centered approach combining art and humor to help his clients conquer their “mistaken beliefs. ” His degree in counseling from Adler shaped his approach to therapy as one in which client and practitioner work collaboratively.
His experience includes providing services to clients as an in-home therapist as well as providing outpatient services. He has worked with clients of all ages and especially enjoys doing group therapy with families. A father himself, he gets great satisfaction seeing families heal. He takes joy in helping his clients make progress in their emotional growth, and is proud to be a counselor.
Sarah Matsuura, MA
In-Home Therapist/ARMHS Practitioner
Sarah values each client as an individual with unique needs and experiences and tailors interactions to best suit her clients’ needs. She uses a holistic and person-centered approach, believing that the mind, body, and spirit influence a person’s sense of wellness and strives to incorporate healing in all areas.
Sarah encourages clients to empower themselves towards growth through building on existing strengths, learning healthy coping skills, and learning to overcome personal barriers. She believes in the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship and approaches each client with compassion, empathy, and acceptance.
Sarah has a background in working with children and adults with developmental disabilities, having worked in both group homes and school settings, as well as multicultural counseling, having counselled in The Netherlands for the expat population.
Webster University Leiden, The Netherlands – Masters of Arts in Psychology, Emphasis in Counseling Psychology
Concordia College, Moorhead, MN – Psychology
Hannah Schmitt, MA, In-Home Therapist/ARMHS Practitioner
Hannah is dedicated and driven to work with people to lead their best life. Hannah has a solution focused approach that supports clients while targeting their goals in all areas of life. She supports clients by helping them identify their strengths and utilize them to develop healthy coping skills to manage whatever barriers they are facing. Hannah has a background working with adolescents as well as their families.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology, Minor in Family Social Science
Maggie Champine, In-Home Therapist/ARMHS Practitioner
Maggie deeply values the unique experiences, stories, and human spirit of every person and believes that this uniqueness requires her to approach each client she works with differently. She aims to facilitate personal growth by helping clients build on their existing strengths, removing obstacles blocking their path, and assist them in developing new and healthier coping skills for use in their everyday lives.
Maggie has a holistic and client-centered approach that supports and encourages people toward wellness whether they are in crisis, going through a life transition, or have a more persistent and severe mental illness. She looks at the whole person, recognizing that a person’s mind, body and spirit are interconnected and strives to empower people to make changes in their life to move in the direction of greater health and wellness.
Maggie has a background working with children in museum education, children and adults with developmental disabilities, homelessness, outpatient and inpatient treatment for eating disorders, crisis counseling, multicultural counseling, integrated healthcare, and developing country volunteer work.
Adler Graduate School, Master of Arts, Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy – In Progress
University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Science, Family Social Science and Bachelor of Arts, Art History
Christina Potter, MA, In-Home Therapist/ARMHS Practitioner
Christina is a therapist who is passionate in meeting clients where they are in their recovery while emphasizing on being a guest in the client’s journey. Christina gravitates to a strengths based approach while focusing on the present and what the possibilities are for the future. Christina takes on the coaching role while working with client’s finding their best way to cope with what life throws at us and decreasing emotional reactivity.
Christina offers client-centered therapy for adults, couples, and families. Christina has a history of providing in-home services with adolescents and their families and adults in ARMHS and in-home therapy. Christina also has a history of working with victims and survivors of sexual violence, homeless families and adults with SMPI. Christina has her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and is in the process of seeking licensure.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
St. Cloud State University, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Community Psychology, Minor Psychology
Ashley Cullers, MA, ARMHS Practitioner
Ashley is a strengths-based helper who believes all clients’ need and deserve individualized care to overcome and achieve their goals in life. She’s a firm believer that clients are the ‘experts’ of their own lives and she’s there to be your supporter along the way! She treats her clients holistically with compassion and understanding.
Ashley takes pride in bettering the services for underserved populations while continuously advocating for change. She has experience working with specialized populations, including the LGBTQA+ and young adult populations. In addition, she works as a Psychiatric Associate at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview with young adults in immediate mental health crisis requiring hospitalization.
Ashley is currently completing her Masters at the University of Minnesota in their Integrated Behavioral Health Program (IBH) to be dually licensed as an LADC and LPCC. She’s looking forward to the day she can work independently as a therapist helping individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders.
Sarah Lantz, MA, In-Home Therapist
Sarah’s approach to therapy is collaborative in nature while drawing from principles of mindfulness and experiential therapies. When working with Sarah you will experience a sense of openness, empathy, and understanding. She creates a therapeutic space, where her clients will feel comfortable in exploring the meaning and possibilities of life’s experiences. Sarah encourages her clients to live their authentic best life in order to promote healing within themselves and their relationships. She believes her clients are experts in their own lives and relationships and thus they have the capacity to create changes necessary for healing.
Sarah’s approach to therapy has been shaped by her own family and life experiences. Sarah has created her own blended family and has firsthand experience with the struggles of co-parenting, parent-child relationships and partner relationships. She believes that within the struggle is reward and joy. Joy and laughter are possible in life’s challenging moments and she will often laugh with her clients at life’s absurdities.
Sarah has experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. She has worked with a variety of symptoms of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, and various personality disorders. She enjoys working with LGBTQIA+ community members and their families. Sarah is open to working with a variety of clientele.
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, Bachelor of Science
Medication Management Staff
Natalie Carstenbrock, APRN, CNP, Integrated HealthCare Director
Natalie has a varied career in healthcare, which all started as a childhood dream of helping others. Following her graduation from nursing school, she worked as a registered nurse in a hospital before transitioning into family clinic practice. While working as an anti-coagulation nurse, her passion to bring changes to primary care led her back to school to pursue a life-long dream of becoming a certified nurse practitioner.
After gaining experience working across multiple medical settings, Natalie realized the need for a more holistic approach to medical care. Over the last few years, this understanding has regenerated her passion to fill the gaps in healthcare, and has informed her approach of treating the whole patient, with an emphasis on integrated emotional and mental health, rather than a condition. Natalie has provided comprehensive health care for patients of all ages, at all stages in life.
Natalie understands how difficult it can be to stay on top of it all, especially our health. She believes it is possible to combine therapy and medicine in order to create the best of both worlds. She has experience developing acute care programs within major medical systems and is thrilled to establish a supportive integrated medication management program alongside the world-class therapists and staff at Ellie Family Services!
The College of St. Scholastica, Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner
The College of St. Catherine, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
American Nurses Credentialing Center Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
CLINICAL TRAINING PROGRAM
Are you in a master’s program and looking for an engaging and exciting internship that will help you transition from school to your career? We are always accepting applications from first or second year master’s level students on track towards professional licensure in the following fields: clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, and clinical professional counseling. Clinical trainees will receive experience providing a wide variety of services under the direct supervision of a licensed Mental Health Professional with appropriate credentials based on trainee supervision needs.
Thinking about joining Ellie’s Team? Here’s some reasons why we are awesome!
• FREE SUPERVISION in your field
• TONS of opportunity for advancement (Guaranteed!)
• Cool technology to help you be cutting edge
• Unique opportunities to develop your OWN programs
• Direct contact with people in both the community and in-clinic setting
• Clinical consultation/team meetings (with treats!)
• A streamlined “masters to license” track guaranteed within personal timelines
• Training catered to personal and professional goals to help you land your dream job (if we can’t create it for you!)
If this is making you excited, we want you at Ellie! You’re invited to inquire for more information about our Clinical Training Program including how to apply by filling out the application form. Looking forward to meeting you!