ST. PAUL CLINIC STAFF
Erin Pash, MA LMFT, CCPT, 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, CCTP, Therapist, Clinical 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: Trauma-Focused, 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
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Grief and Loss, LGBT Mental Health, Trauma focused Treatments, Clinical Supervision, LGSW/LICSW Supervision, Integration, Hypnosis
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
Kyle Ross, MA LPCC, Therapist, Director of Community-Based Services
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
Sara Livingston, MA LPCC, ARMHS Program Manager & Therapist
Sara is a mental health professional who has spent several years teaching clients skills-based work through the ARMHS program as well as helping her clients discover their best selves through a client-centered approach in a therapeutic setting. Sara views herself as a guest in her client’s personal journey that helps her clients identify where they are at in life currently and where they would like to go in the future. Sara coaches and encourages her clients through their emotional journeys, and helps her clients to identify what they are wanting out of life.
Sara specializes in working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, Trauma/PTSD, and children/adolescents. She works with clients to help them find a sense of safety, security, and belonging through their connections to others. Sara practices as an Adlerian therapist with CBT techniques. Sara also works with individuals in the ARMHS program by teaching coping skills, daily routines/activities, medication management, and healthy living activities. Sara also has experience working in domestic violence shelters.
Adler Graduate School-Masters of Arts, Clinical Counseling
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Bachelors of Science, History, Psychology, Anthropology
Kathryn Jargo, MA LPCC, CTSS Program Manager & Therapist
I am regularly in awe of the courage it takes to recognize that change is needed, and to make the call or walk through the doors looking for guidance on how to makes those changes. Whether asking for help feels like a “have to” or a “want to”, I’d like to assist you in finding ways to feel healthy, happy, and safe.
My early years were spent in homes working with children and families to build skills, relationships, access to community resources, and independence. As a social worker I worked with adults moving through traumatic experiences like civil commitment, chronic mental health concerns or drug court.
I have always resonated with folks who are experiencing transitions in their lives. Whether navigating challenges with family, legal, wellbeing or purpose, we can work together to bridge the transition, or simply acknowledge that it is happening.
At Ellie Family Services, we will employ a variety of therapeutic approaches to best support your story.Through genuine connection, humor and humility, I hope to provide you with a safe space to find out what works for you, what does not, and where there is room for movement.
When not working you may find me running amok in the woods with my dog or challenging someone to a game of cribbage.
University of Denver, Master of Arts, Forensic Psychology
Winona State University, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Nikki Braaten, MA, Therapist
Nikki is a true believer in embracing the authentic self, as well as the power of vulnerability. She takes a holistic and systemic approach to helping others, but also understands that healing comes in many forms and is specific to an individual’s needs.
Nikki has provided mental health services in a variety of settings/needs, including community mental health centers, school-based therapy, adult and child group therapy, and serving kids, families and caregivers in crisis following trauma at a child advocacy center. She has worked with kids ages 5 and up, as well as adults of all ages, but has done the most significant work with kids, teens, and parents/caregivers with experiences of trauma. Nikki also has experience with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, somatic and medical symptoms, experiences of grief and loss, and family conflict.
She is both inspired and honored to be part of the healing journey for clients she serves and looks forward to accompanying the client as their own expert in the movement towards healing and connection. Nikki looks forward to creating and holding a safe space for clients to share, cry, just ‘be’, and work towards healing; she knows how sacred finding a good fit with the right therapist can be.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Counseling & Psychological Services
University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Science, Family Social Science
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), Motivational Interviewing, Grief/Loss, and Trauma-informed care.
Mamie Vetsch, LAMFT, Art 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
Jay Callahan, MS, LPCC, LADC, Therapist, 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
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
Jessica Van Berkum, MA Therapist
Jessica is a compassionate therapist who believes people are the experts in their own lives. Jessica uses a systemic approach in her work with all clients and draws from Experiential, Narrative, and Structural therapy frameworks. She enjoys working with a variety of clients including individuals, couples, and families, as well as clients from all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, races, sexual identities, and ages. Jessica is particularly passionate about working with clients and their families dealing with medical issues.
Jessica’s versatile background includes individual, couples, and family therapy, parent assessments, co-parenting, community-based work, and school based therapy. Jessica is knowledgeable in many mental health issues and diagnoses including: ADHD, anxiety, depression, severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), and personality disorders.
Argosy University, Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy
Minnesota State University Moorhead, Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications
Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC 0-5 for early childhood)
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, 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, MS 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.
Cari Kokotovich, PsyD Licensed Psychologist
Cari is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides psychological evaluations and therapy for children. When working with kids through the evaluation process, Cari’s goal is to find ways to help provide a picture of the child that will lead to an increased sense of understanding and more effective support from caregivers, therapy providers, and educators. Through these evaluations, she can assess for diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, screen for learning difficulties, as well as other mood and behavioral disorders.
When Cari works with kids in therapy, her goal is to find ways to work with the child and caregivers to maximize the child’s success in his/her environment. While play is definitely a part of any session with kids she works with, she also works to build skills and follow evidence based practices. In addition to working with the child, Cari works to help problem solve and build strategies with the caregivers. Cari has received certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has worked with many children through their trauma and grief. Healing from trauma is a process, and Cari is grateful to be a part of that journey for children and their families.
Cari has worked with children and their families in a variety of contexts and she greatly enjoys seeing the world from a child’s perspective and joining them in their play. Cari will bring creativity, energy and research based ideas on how to best address a kid’s needs in therapy.
When Cari is not at work, she is enjoying new adventures and experiences with her family, spending time outdoors, trying new theaters, and, of course, curling up on a couch with a good book or show.
Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology
B.A. Child Psychology, University of Minnesota
Pre-Doctoral Internship, Penn-State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA (APA-Accredited)
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Fraser
Certified Therapist, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Alysia Schwartz, MA, LADC, Therapist
Alysia is a strengths based, trauma informed therapist who believes in building an authentic and trusting therapeutic relationship. She provides a safe and non-judgmental environment where clients can feel their story matters. Alysia empowers clients through a holistic approach and mindfulness techniques. She recognizes therapy is a collaborative process and each individual has a unique set of needs and goals.
Since 2013 Alysia has worked as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in various settings including inpatient, outpatient, and medication assisted treatment. While working in the addiction field she recognized the connection between addiction and mental health and was motivated to pursue a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.
Through her experiences she discovered a passion for working with individuals who identify in the LGBTQ+ community. Alysia focuses on helping clients explore their identity, feelings of shame and guilt, and cultural marginalization.
Outside of work Alysia enjoys spending time with her rescue dogs, exploring Minnesota, thrift shopping, and discovering new music.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Counseling and Psychological Services
Metropolitan State University, Bachelor of Science, Alcohol and Drug Counseling
Mariya Javed, MSW, LGSW, LADC, CBIS, Therapist
Mariya is dedicated to helping others awaken to their own creativity, wisdom, and strength, and to be a guide in the healing process so others can develop and grow into the person they wish to become. All of us have life experiences that challenge us and can cause us to feel small, stuck, or disconnected from ourselves and our environment. Her hope is to listen deeply to people’s stories and be a partner in reshaping the lens from which these stories are viewed in order to create freedom from self-limiting beliefs and pain. Mariya enjoys exploring spirituality and how one can make meaning of their life experiences to better fit the narrative they wish to create. She hopes to help others connect within themselves and with the world around them.
Mariya has a wealth of training and experience in working with people who have trauma, addictions, and attachment issues. She has worked as a chemical dependency counselor since 2014 and served people who have chemical health issues as well as physical and mental disabilities, including those who have suffered from brain injury. She also has experience working with women’s issues, health issues, children, and working with those on the autism spectrum disorder. Mariya also has a deep knowledge of various cultures, having lived in many countries all over the world, and understands the beauty and struggles of being an immigrant and a person of color. Mariya has extensive experience in many healing modalities such as breathwork, meditation, consciousness, and other mind-body-spirit related techniques. She uses these methods as applicable to help others connect to themselves in a deeper way. Mariya believes that all are capable of healing and offers hope for new paths to self-discovery.
Mariya incorporates authenticity, caring, and nonjudgment to get to the source of one’s struggles in order to help find clarity and choices for moving forward. She is expert at seeing a person for all of who they are and helping others acknowledge their own gifts. Mariya is able to blend clinical expertise with many modalities of therapy to adapt to each person’s individual needs and uses a direct yet gentle approach.
Mariya loves nature, gardening, teaching, and hiking in the national parks in her free time. She is a seeker and wishes to always be learning and growing. She also loves to dance!
Augsburg University, Master’s in Clinical Social Work
Augsburg University, Bachelor’s in Social Work
Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Addiction Counseling
Brainspotting Trauma Therapy
Certified Brain Injury Specialist
Certification in Diversity and Equity Issues (University of Minnesota)
Board Approved Supervisor for Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors
Sophia Pimsler, MA, LMFT, Therapist
Sophia entered the field of therapy to guide individuals through life’s challenges. Her goal is to provide awareness and validation that our environments have a significant impact on each of us as individuals. Her compassion, care, and, at times, humor help those she works with to find emotional balance and well-being.
Sophia offers therapy for adults, couples, adolescents, and families. As a systemic therapist, she has a particular interest in working with couples to help resolve issues such as conflicting ideologies, cultural identities, spiritual practices, and other concerns. She works to guide couples to find resolution and acceptance despite their differences.
Her other areas of interest and expertise include helping college graduates, athletes, artists, military/veterans, blended families, individuals coping with anxiety, depression or trauma, and members of the LGBTQ community. She has also worked with survivors of conversion therapy.
Sophia’s work as a professional choreographer and performer significantly influences her therapeutic practice. Her belief is that emotional experiences often cause the mind and body to become disconnected. In addition to traditional talk therapy, she integrates a variety of artistic modalities to provide a more holistic approach to the therapeutic process. She also incorporates person-centered therapy, narrative therapy, and feminist therapy.
Prior to her work in private practice, she was a counselor at a Minneapolis chemical dependency treatment center and at an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) center for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Bachelor of Science, Dance, Minor in Alcohol & Drug Studies
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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
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
Amanda Hernandez, MA LMFT, 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 helping. Amanda is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
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
Hannah Sockwell, MA LAMFT, In-Office & In-Home Therapist
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
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/ENRICH 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)
Sarah Lantz, MA, 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
Cory Baumeister, MS, LPCC Therapist
I have always had a passion for working with people to actualize their goals. I have worked with teens, adults, and families to manage their symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and thought distortions.
I specialize in Cognitive-Behavioral psychology and working with strengths based therapies. I have an eclectic therapy approach and desire to personalize the therapy I use to each individual. I have been working in the mental health field for over 10 years helping people develop coping skills, reach their personal goals, and live their best lives.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a focus on Cognitive Psychology and Counseling and continued my education at the Walden University Graduate School where I focused on Clinical Counseling.
Walden University, Master of Science, Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy
University of Minnesota Duluth, Bachelor of Science, Clinical Psychology
Kathleen Sapp, MSW LICSW Therapist
I’ve been practicing therapy for over 25 years and strive to always keep learning and growing. I believe therapy is above all a relationship, which should be respectful, collaborative and strengths focused. Having many years of experience in various treatment modalities and settings, I work with clients to identify which therapeutic approaches are the best fit at any given time.
I’m committed to providing therapeutic interventions which are holistic and evidence based, including the opportunity to incorporate mindfulness and movement into work with clients if desired. My practice is often guided by the idea of finding or restoring balance. I value humor in the therapy relationship.
My educational background includes a BA in psychology and sociology from Baker University (Kansas) and Masters in Social Work with clinical child and family emphasis from the University of Kansas. My formal training includes insight oriented and psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral interventions, motivational interviewing, trauma focused therapy including extensive training in new brain science based interventions (exciting stuff!) and yoga therapy for children and adults.
I feel comfortable and effective working with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma related issues, chemical dependency, psychotic illness, family disruption/abuse issues, gender and sexuality issues, and all types of challenges related to transition, loss, and life changes.
I am currently available to see clients ages 5 and over for weekend hours at the Woodbury location.
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 LMFT, 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.
Maggie Champine, MA, Therapist
Maggie recognizes the unique experiences, stories, and values of each child, adult, or family she connects with. She believes that this uniqueness requires her to approach each client or family 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. When working with children, Maggie connects with the child and family to examine patterns and behaviors while helping to identify shifts that can be made to support the child.
Maggie has a holistic and client-centered approach that supports and encourages people toward wellness whether they are struggling at home or in school, going through a crisis, or going through a life transition. She looks at the whole person from a system’s perspective and strives to empower people to make changes in their life to move in the direction of greater health and wellness.
Maggie is experienced in working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, relational concerns, eating disorders, trauma history, behavioral concerns, LGBT+ issues, grief/loss, divorce/family unit transitions, and severe and persistent mental illness. She has work experience with children in educational settings, children and adults with developmental disabilities, children and individuals on the Autism Spectrum, LGBTQ+ community, 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
University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Science, Family Social Science and Bachelor of Arts, Art History
Erica Golofski, MA ATR-P, Therapist, Art Therapist
Erica is a registered provisional art therapist who specializes in grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Erica is passionate about helping individuals find hope in their struggles and freedom from emotional pain without judgement. Art-making experience is not required.
Talk therapy is also a service Erica offers and follows an Adlerian theoretical approach which is humanistic and goal oriented. In doing so, Erica encourages clients to strive for success, stay connected with others, and find a feeling of community. She places an emphasis on meeting clients where they are and helps affirm validation in their stories.
Erica works with children, adolescents, and adults using art therapy. In addition to art therapy, Erica enjoys using and teaching mindfulness and coping skills in session. Erica has worked in diverse settings including schools, hospitals, and non-profits.
When Erica is not working, she enjoys making artwork, spending time with family and friends, and walking her husky Benny.
Erica provides LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy, which means that clients who are members of this population will encounter a loving, open, and non-oppressive environment. All are welcome here.
Adler Graduate School- Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Psychotherapy and Counseling, 2018
The University of Minnesota- Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Child Psychology, 2014
RICHFIELD CLINIC STAFF
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
ARMHS & In-Home STAFF
Xoel Gonzalez, MA, Bilingual Spanish-English, 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.
Jorgen Knutson In-Home Therapist/ARMHS Practitioner
Jorgen Bio Here
Anna King, MSW, ARMHS Practitioner
My name is Anna, I am a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota’s Masters of Social Work Program, and I received my Bachelors of social work from the Winona State University. As a clinical social worker, I enjoy meeting the individual where they are at and utilizing a strengths-based approach. I have diverse experience working across the lifespan in a social work role; I have provided support to adults attending a day center, I have advocated for survivors and victims of domestic violence, I have participated in macro-level advocacy for the LGBTQ communities in Minnesota, and I have worked collaboratively with a school district through family engagement. As a clinician, I utilize a client-centered approach and provide a welcoming space for clients to express their needs openly. I love learning from my clients and collaborating with them to develop their personal goals and work fiercely with clients to address barriers they may be facing.
In my free time, I love snuggling with my dog Wally, baking/cooking new foods, playing tourist throughout the Twin Cities, and spending time with family and friends.
Graduate Masters of Social Work- University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Bachelors of Social Work- Winona State University
Minor in Child Advocacy Studies
Minor in Gerontology
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
Sarah Nides, MA, In-Home Therapist/ARMHS Practitioner
Sarah believes in the value of each individual’s unique abilities and strengths and aims to guide her clients towards finding their own sense of belonging and unique meaning in life. Sarah believes in the importance of establishing a positive therapeutic relationship and therefore, works to provide a safe, warm, and encouraging environment for her clients.
Sarah is an Adlerian therapist who often utilizes person-centered, strength-based, holistic, and cognitive behavioral approaches in her work. Sarah collaborates with her clients to understand their unique needs and then identities which approaches might work best for the individual. Sarah also acknowledges the power of creativity in healing and incorporates a wide variety of creative means such as play, music, and art into her sessions.
Sarah has experience working with young children, adolescents, and adults, in group individual, and family sessions. Sarah has worked with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment challenges, and learning disorders. Sarah specializes in working with children, as she completed her graduate school internship at Headway Emotional
Health’s adolescent day treatment center and previously worked at Fraser and St. David’s with children diagnosed with Autism and Emotional Behavioral Disorders. Sarah also has a history of working in variety of schools, daycares, and children’s hospitals in the Twin Cities area.
Sarah believes that through creativity and encouragement children can learn to flourish and develop a foundation for positive growth and development.
Adler Graduate School, Master of Arts, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Science, Child Psychology
Brad Crnobrna, MSW, LGSW, LADC, ARMHS Practitioner
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 in 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.
Augsburg University, Masters of Social Work, Multicultural Macro Practice
Metropolitan State University, Bachelor of Science, Alcohol and Drug Counseling
Minor in Mental Health Psychology
Graduate Level Human Services Management
Devin Schallert-Thomas, ARMHS Practitioner
Person-Centered I have a strong belief that we must always meet the client where they are at. Being able to put their thoughts and problems into a safe space with someone who is willing to listen allows the client to find their own understanding and solutions.
Solution-Focused Primarily I love to find creative ways to help clients find ways to manage their daily stressors and situations. If it comes to art making, to integrating mindfulness techniques, or figuring out ways to manage, it is one of my specialties that I enjoy doing.
Finishing my MA in Counseling and Psychological Services at Saint Mary’s University to ultimately pursue my LPCC licensure.
BA in Psychology and Minor with Sociology and Anthropology at Hamline University.
Prairie Care I have experience working in working at a psychiatric hospital with adolescents and children. I have been fortune to see many young individuals find recovery in their journey.
MTHC (Minnesota Trans Health Coalition) I was a volunteer at at MTHC for a year.
Things About Me:
Bright, Humorous, Passionate
I am not only passionate, but often excited to work with individuals in every session that I walk into. I love to be creative and integrative with many different interventions with clients, often letting them take control of their recovery in fun ways. If that includes exploring your strengths, managing barriers, or developing coping skills.
Malory Giraldo, MSW LGSW, Bilingual Spanish-English, In-Home/In-Clinic Therapist
As a clinical social worker and yoga instructor, Malory’s approach to mental health is rooted in unconditional positive regard for the client, identifying the client’s strengths and systems in which they reside, and holding a trauma sensitive space. She sees the therapy room as a sacred hut for empowerment, attuning to one’s intuition and knowledge, finding calm and resolve, and being gracious with ourselves along the healing journey.
As a bilingual (Spanish/English) psychotherapist, Malory provides comprehensive mental health care for the client and emphasizes inter-professional and multi-cultural collaboration with a lens of compassion for the client. Malory approaches the therapeutic relationship using psychodynamic, narrative, and mindfulness therapies. Additionally, she is a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor with concentrations on at-risk, diverse populations and conscious communication.
Malory is experienced in cross-cultural work, individual and cultural trauma, self-esteem and body image, anxiety and depression, adjustment and personality disorders, relationship challenges, marriage and divorce, gender-based violence and domestic violence, suicidal ideation, grief and loss, attachment concerns, in-home and outpatient services, and comprehensive case management.
Malory has a background in ethics, community and international development, gender concerns, environmental sustainability, and holistic healing techniques.
University of St. Thomas & St. Catherine University, Master of Social Work
Luther College, Bachelor of Arts, Spanish and Religion
Psychodynamic therapy, trauma-focused care, mindfulness practices, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Participatory Action Research, crisis response, interprofessional collaboration, and cross-cultural work.
Cassie Sawyer, In-Home Therapist/ARMHS Practitioner
Cassie is an optimistic and adaptable therapist that believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing. Cassie is passionate about helping others find an individualized and holistic approach that works for them to facilitate their own healing. She aims to empower the self-teacher and the self-healer inside each individual. Cassie has training in a variety of holistic methods that can assist in healing, including Art Therapy, and SomaYoga (a slow and therapeutic style of yoga that helps to release the stress and tension of every day life).
Art therapy and yoga have been proven to decrease stress, increase self-regulation and support healing and recovery. Although Art Therapy and SomaYoga are adaptable and accessible to all- it’s ok if they aren’t your type of thing because Cassie is also skilled in traditional talk-therapy.
Cassie operates from a trauma-informed, and a healing-centered approach. She is Adlerian trained, which focuses on encouragement, movement from feeling “stuck”, and figuring out a sense of purpose and belonging in your community. Additionally, Cassie can work with clients who have faced a broad variety of experiences, and she has put special emphasis in gaining experience in working with individuals who have experienced complex grief and loss, life transitions, traumatic events, severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), and race-based traumatic stress.
Cassie believes that you are more than the sum of the experiences that have happened to you, and that all humans are resilient and can heal, thrive, and find wellness.
Adler Graduate School
Masters in Adlerian Psychotherapy, with emphasis in Art Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling – In Progress
University of Minnesota
Bachelors of Individualized Studies, with concentrations in Art, Psychology, and Human Health and Wellness
Lydia Hannah, MA, In-Home Therapist
Lydia is a warm and determined therapist who is solution focused and strengths based. Lydia does her best to meet clients where they’re at and form goals thoughtfully and collaboratively along side them. Her approach to therapy is an open and honest conversation, grounded in respect, commitment, and humor. Lydia works to create a therapeutic space where client’s can feel safe to confidently explore their journey thus far. Her education is grounded in marriage and family therapy, bringing a systemic based lens that always considers how her client’s environment, relationships, and other influences impact their experience.
Lydia has experience working with adolescents, couples, families and individuals. She has worked in intensive in-patient hospital settings, high schools, out patient clinics, in client’s home and communities, and in group therapy settings.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Masters of Arts. Marriage and Family Therapy.
University of Minnesota. Bachelors of Psychology.
Justine Anderson, Bilingual Spanish-English, ARMHS Practitioner
Patti Weber, MA In-Home Therapist
Patti is particularly interested in the impact of victimization and trauma on individuals and their relationships, and she collaborates with her clients in healing and recovery from such experiences. She believes in the inner strength, resilience, and agency of each client. Patti engages clients in cognitive and solution-focused approaches to help them first identify and then take pragmatic steps to reaching their goals.
Patti joined Ellie Family Services after a career in law enforcement. Patti earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling and Psychological Services, from St. Mary’s University. She is excited to join Ellie Family Services while embarking on this career transition.
In her spare time, Patti enjoys playing and watching a variety of sports, gardening, cooking, and travel.
Karla Boemer, In-Home Therapist/ARMHS Practitioner
I come to Ellie Family Services with a background in childbirth education and hypnosis. As a former childbirth doula and birth instructor, I discovered the power of hypnosis to assist birthing individuals and their partners to enjoy comfortable, empowering birth experiences. In 2014, I became a certified hypnotherapist and currently use hypnosis to help people heal from trauma, cope with chronic pain, improve their relationships, eliminate unwanted habits and encourage positive behaviors. Hypnosis is an incredible tool for change!
Most recently, I’m pursuing my graduate degree in Counseling and Psychological Services at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. With a master’s degree by April 2019 and eventual licensure in Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC), I am dedicated to expanding awareness around the holistic, interconnected nature of the mind, body and spirit. It is so satisfying for me to work with a diverse clientele. It is also a privilege to collaborate with my clients and help them meet their goals; the answers are withinus, and I use a solution-focused, client-centered approach to therapy.
Finally, I take the opportunity to experience “nature therapy,” spending lots of time outside! I love to hike state parks and tend my garden. I also adore cooking healthy food, baking and cookie decorating (not so healthy – but delicious!). Reading, yoga and jogging are also activities I enjoy – a balanced life is a healthy life!
Currently attending St. Mary’s University, graduation expected 2019
Beth Rennee, MA, In-Home Therapist/CTSS Practitioner
Beth believes we are all just trying to find our way through — through whatever circumstances, relationships, pain, conflict, confusion, or growing we may find ourselves in — and she is confident we can all benefit from a little help as we figure it out. It’s important to Beth to empower persons, help them find peace and security, and discover ways to make sense of their worlds.
Described as having a very easy-going and calm temperament, she uses her energy to help support clients. Her approach emphasizes affirming partnerships with clients built on trust, a sense of optimistic and playful curiosity, and a focus on expression and experiences. Through creative exercises, body-based strategies, experiential and play activities, and facilitation of new skills, Beth hopes to present clients with new experiences or perspectives that inspire change.
She has experience providing therapy for persons age 6-60, in individual, couple, family, and group units, around issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, emotional development, relational conflict, parenting, identity. She especially enjoys working with kids, adolescents and their families, and has done so in office, school, and now with Ellie, in in-home settings.
She brings both her background in community and youth development, as well as her especially foundational education in grief, loss, and family through work in end-of-life care and hospice, to every interaction.
Beth received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and is pursuing licensure. Her additional training includes special focuses on grief and loss, trauma-informed care, and mindfulness, and is also pursuing training in movement therapy, somatic experiencing, and family-focused strategies.
Beth loves to play — at home, with her family and her friends, you’ll find her doing puzzles, playing cribbage with oversized cards, maybe even competing with her husband to see who has to do the dishes.
Kile Minnis, In-Home Therapist/ARMHS & CTSS Practitioner
Naajee Dennis, In-Home Therapist/ARMHS & CTSS Practitioner
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
Kelly Wallner, Medication Management Assistant
Administrative Support Staff
Zoey Alch, Executive Assistant, Referral Coordinator
Asta Knoll, Administrative Assistant & Receptionist
Asta Knoll is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Mortuary Science. She spent 10 years working in funeral service. It was during this time she became very interested in the mental well-being of people.
Asta believes that every person can benefit from focusing on their mental health; having a compassionate listener allows everyone to work toward being their best self. One thing she specifically likes about Ellie is the art therapy program. Creating something is such a healing experience. When she is not at work, Asta love to paint, bake, and to hang out with the coolest cat in the world, Pigeon.
Summer Mueller, Community-Based Programming Administrative Assistant
Summer Mueller is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin River Falls Business Management program. Inspired by personal experiences, Summer is passionate about spreading awareness and alleviating the stigma around mental health. One thing she specifically likes about Ellie is the CTSS program. When she is not at work, Summer enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, gardening and cooking.