Meet Our Bloomington Team
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
It is my belief that everyone can benefit from taking time to intentionally consider and discuss their thoughts, feelings, and experiences when feeling overwhelmed or stuck and when seeking personal exploration and growth. I work to create a safe, comfortable space free of judgment for children, teens, and adults to process whatever may be bringing you in to therapy. I enjoy working with whole family systems as well as individuals of all ages.
I practice from a strengths-based perspective and believe that we all contribute to and are impacted by the beings around us and our communities. I use techniques that are trauma-informed, play based, solution-focused, and/or relational/attachment-focused. I have formal training in EMDR, TF-CBT, and Theraplay, as well as experience as a Certified Child Life Specialist. I enjoy working with people from all backgrounds on a range of issues and have specific interest in working with individuals and families who: are struggling with anxiety and adjustment related difficulties, have experienced trauma, are working through foster care/adoption, are experiencing parenting issues, identify as LGBTQ+, and have a history of or are currently experiencing physical health challenges.
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
Colleen Zimmer, MSN PMHCNS-BC, Medication Prescriber
Colleen’s career in psychiatry started by working as a registered nurse in a community mental health center. She supported individuals with a wide range of mental health needs. That experience provided the foundation for advancing her career and she obtained her advanced practice license. Due to the significant shortage of mental health providers with prescribing privileges, Colleen knew this was a vital piece needed to assist individuals towards mental wellness.
In a variety of settings throughout her career, Colleen has worked with populations who experience a range of mental health issues, people with chemical dependency issues and those with diverse backgrounds. She believes everyone has the right to access appropriate resources as they work towards mental wellness.
Colleen has an open, friendly approach to mental wellness. She understands each person has a life story to tell and actively listens, working together with the individual on their journey to wellness. Colleen takes a holistic approach taking into account psychological, physical and social aspects of each individual’s life. She believes every person is unique and therefore, deserves a unique treatment plan that works for their life.
University of Minnesota, Master of Science, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
The College of St. Scholastica, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
American Nurses Credentialing Center – Board Certified Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist