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

Meet Our Team

ErinPash_croppedErin Pash, MA, LMFT     Therapist, Family Services and Co-Parenting Director, Co-owner

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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.

 

EDUCATION:

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

 

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT:

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

KyleKeller_croppedKyle Keller, MSW LICSW     Therapist, Supervisor, Co-Owner

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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, art, 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/philosophical struggles or spiritual trauma and conflict, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Bipolar, anxiety, suicidal ideation, grief/loss, relational problems/attachment, existential crises, non-traditional relationships (ie. Polyamory), LGBTQ issues (specializing in transgender mental health issues and Gender Dysphoria), sexual health concerns and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He has work experience with kids in an educational setting, with crisis counseling, county social work, doing 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.

EDUCATION:
University of Minnesota, Master of Social Work
University of Minnesota- Duluth, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

 

Trained in:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Grief and Loss, LGBT Mental Health, Trauma focused Treatments

FayeFoote_croppedFaye Foote, MA LPCC     Therapist

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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.”

EDUCATION:
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, Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor

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If you have been feeling lonely, anxious, melancholy, and/or feel like you are living life waiting for the other shoe to drop, Nicole might be the right person to share your struggles with. She believes everyone deserves to better understand themselves and to be better understood by others.

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.

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

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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!

Education:
Adler Graduate School- Masters of Arts, Clinical Counseling
Mankato State University- Bachelors of Arts, History & Philosophy

RikkiAlstad_CroppedRikki Alstad, MA, Mental Health Practitioner

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Rikki prefers a creative and collaborative strengths based approach to treatment and believes that each individual’s unique story and gifts will lend themselves to achieving goals.
From direct care to behind the scenes administrative work, Rikki has a wide range of experience in the behavioral health field. For the past several years, Rikki has worked with parents to help them improve access to behavioral health services for their children. Rikki has a special interest in helping parents build strong support networks and working with children and adolescents on a wide range of concerns. Whatever her role, Rikki feels most successful when she is able to work collaboratively with clients to achieve their goals.
Rikki is currently completing her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary’s University in Saint Paul.

Education:
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy- In Progress
Bethel University, Bachelor of Arts, Relational Communication and Studio Art

BradCrnobrna_croppedBrad Crnobrna, LADC, Mental Health Practitioner, Administrative Assistant

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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.

Education:
Augsburg College, Masters of Social Work – In Progress
Metropolitan State University, Bachelor of Arts, Addiction Studies

Joan Hause, MA LPCC, MFA     Therapist and Creativity Counselor

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Joan’s counseling style draws from creative and narrative therapy approaches where she helps adults to find deeper meaning, purpose, spirituality, life direction.  She works collaboratively with clients and has a gentle style of reflective listening, questioning   and feedback.  Some of Joan’s specialties include: working with creative people—writers, artists, actors, musicians—on issues such as unlocking creativity, overcoming procrastination, finding a work/creative life balance.

 

Joan’s other specialties include healing and recovery from abuse, trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, life after sobriety.  She also helps with relational issues such as parenting, partner, divorce, step-family issues.   Joan enjoys working with adults from diverse racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientations to explore issues of culture, identity, self-worth and belonging.  Joan also enjoys helping other therapists, teachers, professionals with life and career issues.

 

As a therapist, Joan’s primary way of working with clients is talk therapy.  With clients who are interested, Joan also uses other healing arts such as writing, art, mindfulness and guided meditation.  In addition to being a therapist, Joan also has an MFA in writing, and is currently writing a book of essays.  She also teaches creativity classes and workshops.

 

EDUCATION

St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Masters of Arts, Counseling and Psychological Services.

Hamline University, Masters of Fine Arts, Writing.

Danielle Cotter, MA LMFT,     Therapist and Maternal Mental Health Director

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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.

Certifications:

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

EDUCATION

Adler Graduate School: Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy

University of Minnesota: Bachelor of Science in Nutrition/Dietetics

Erin Opoku, MA, Mental Health Practitioner

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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.

Jay Callahan, MS, LPC, LADC     Mental Health and Chemical Health Counselor

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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.

Education:

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

Haidee Reff, MSW Intern

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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.

Education:

Saint Catherine University and the University of Saint Thomas. Master of Social Work – In Progress

Concordia College – Moorhead. Bachelor of Arts. Psychology

Natasha Keller, MA Mental Health Practitioner

Amanda Schuster, MA LMFT     Child Therapist, Family Counselor, Ellie South Clinic Lead

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Amanda enjoys working with children, adolescents, and families from a variety of backgrounds.  Amanda works with clients aged 5 to 18 and specializes in clients struggling with depression, anxiety, and relational problems.  Amanda is a strength based therapist who utilizes DBT, CBT and Play in her therapy.

My Ideal Client

My ideal client would be between the ages of 5 to 18 who is able to communicate their feelings.  I enjoy clients who are able to try out techniques in session such as trying out coping skills, relaxation exercises, yoga and play.  I enjoy clients who are able to think about and have insight into their thoughts, feelings and actions and actively work to be able to change these things both in session and outside of session.  When working with children I like to have parents involved and be able to share their children’s skills, insights and behaviors with me and I with them.

Chelsea Martin, Administrative Assistant

Maggie Champine, Mental Health Practitioner

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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.

 

EDUCATION:

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

Alissa Keller, Billing and Compliance Specialist

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!