Meet Our Mendota Heights Team

Erin Pash, MA LMFT, Therapist, Co-Parenting Director, Founder

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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

Kyle Keller, MSW LICSW, Therapist, Clinical 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: 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.

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

Certification:

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

Trained in:

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, COO, 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

Terri Bly, PsyD Licensed Psychologist

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Terri is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist on a mission to help her clients pursue an intentional, values-driven life, while gaining the insight and tools they need to navigate around the obstacles that inevitably arise along the way. A big fan of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Terri also incorporates mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing into her practice, while maintaining a strengths-based perspective. Terri is also a firm believer in the mind-body connection to health, and will work with her clients and their families to identify lifestyle changes that will help them feel and function better (translation: she is going to ask you about your sleep and technology habits – probably more than once).

Terri works with teens and adults, and has experience with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, managing life stressors, grief and loss, coping with physical health problems, parenting, marital/relationship difficulties, Discernment Counseling, Reunification Therapy, divorce, and co-parenting after divorce.

Outside the office, Terri does her best to exercise her creative muscles as much as possible, and enjoys acting, singing, dancing, writing and photography. Most of her free time, however, is spent parenting her two lovely teenage daughters and their 80-pound goldendoodle, Norman.

Education

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)

Post-Doctoral Training

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
Natural Solutions for Mental Health, Partners in Resilience (Minneapolis)

Professional Affiliations
American Psychological Association
Minnesota Psychological Association
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

Patti Weber, MA, Therapist

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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.

Kyle Johnston, Therapist

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Authenticity fosters the growth of yourself and others around you. I believe a trusting respectful relationship with someone who is true to themselves can help an individual grow and develop in ways that they never thought possible. These relationships allow people to challenge themselves in ways that can be difficult. By being my authentic self, I seek to bring this same philosophy to my therapy practice by providing warmth, respect, guidance, wit, humor, and brutal honesty to my clients.

I am mental health practitioner who spent the last 6 years teaching clients’ skills-based work through the ARMHS and CTSS programs before working as an in-home mental health therapist. My approach is person centered, seeking to provide warmth and respect along with gentle challenges to help clients identify their personal struggles and develop ways that they can change and grow. In this process I utilize an eclectic variety of techniques, ranging from traditional CBT to early memory recall to help each client discover their own unique solution to their struggles.

I enjoy working with individual, couples, teenagers, children, and families. I have experience in working with individuals who have experienced anxiety, depression, grief, relationship obstacles, trauma, anger, serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI), ADHD, and OCD. I am driven to help clients develop healthy relationships that can allow them to overcome any obstacle that they might experience.

Education:
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Masters of Arts, Counseling & Psychological Services. University Of Minnesota, Bachelors of Science, Psychology.

Kyle Ross, MA LPCC, Therapist, Director of Community-Based Services

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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

Erin Opoku, MA LMFT, Therapist

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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.

Scott Kronebusch, MA LPCC, Clinic Director of Lakeville & Embedded Programming

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I have a cognitive behavioral focus by theory and there tends to be a humanistic feel to my approach. I have experience working with a wide range of diagnosis that include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, Relationships, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, LGBT, and gender; as well as many different client populations (age, gender, cultural history, professionals, …).

Experience has been multi-dimensional, with clinical work history across a number of psychology disciplines (clinical psychology, sport and exercise psychology, behavioral analysis, home based emotional health care, research and data analysis, trauma informed care, center based/day treatment therapy, outpatient therapy, community education, public safety, embedded emotional health, and clinical director domains). I have experience working in home, school, community, alternative living, outpatient, day treatment, and specialty care settings.

I am passionate about my work and strive to maintain a therapy environment that not only champions emotional health but also explores creative ways to make the therapeutic experience personal to each individual. I have always placed high value upon assisting clients to recognize their goals, identify their strengths, and pairing these with education and skills to move forward with confidence across settings and relationships.
I maintain attentive to the mind-body connection and seek to provide education as to how the human emotional experience is influenced by physical health, environmental health, occupational, relationship, chemical, social health choice, and alike.

Placing tremendous value upon the relationship between client and therapist, I believe in a quality mental health experience where client and provider work together as a team. A whole-body approach where client and therapist collaborate to discover and maintain a quality daily living experience.

Areas of Specialty:

Therapeutic services for children, adolescents, adults, and families
Anxiety and Mood
Autism; Behavior Modification
Embedded mental health programing

Licensures/Certifications/Titles:

Director of Embedded Mental Health Services
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy certified LPCC Clinical Supervisor
ACE Interface Presenter (Adverse Child Experiences)
Managing Adaptive Practices trained

Education:

Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology (MA) – University of St. Thomas
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (BA) – St. Mary’s University

Sarah Borger, MA LPC, Therapist

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I believe that each person is the expert of their own experience. My goal is to provide insight, empathy, and strategies that support people on their journeys to uncover resiliency, build strength, and find peace. I provide therapy for a wide range of issues, specializing in working through trauma, sexual abuse/assault, relationship violence, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+ identity development, self-esteem, and life transitions.
I primarily utilize mindfulness, narrative, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused strategies in my practice, with an approach that is trauma-informed and social justice-centered. Compassion, collaboration, and a sense of humor are also integral to my therapeutic practice.
I am passionate about providing strengths-based therapy and support groups for adolescents and adults from all walks of life, and have worked in clinical, educational, and community-based settings. When not in the office, I can be found on a yoga mat, playing piano, or enjoying time with my two zany rescue dogs.

Heather Reidinger, MA LMFT, Therapist

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Heather is a supportive, empowering and respectful mental health professional with 14 years of experience in the field. In that time, she has worked with individuals, couples, groups and families to help build better communication, explore more opportunities for personal growth and purposeful solutions to a patient’s everyday needs. Her diverse work experience in both clinical and hospital/crisis-based mental health has shaped her appreciation and compassion for her clients, in having the courage to seek support.
Heather has always been intrigued by the enriching relationships we hold, as well as how these relationships affect our individual growth. Primary therapeutic approaches that Heather utilizes include: systemic, existential, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, narrative, play therapy, walk/talk therapy, and systemic therapy. She is honored to walk along with individuals (children ages 5 to 70 years old), families, and couples on their therapeutic journey. She especially enjoys working with adolescents and young adults, as this is a time of vulnerability, growth and such resilience. Special areas of interest include: Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, self-harm/suicidal ideation, LGBTQ inclusive, post-partum, fertility issues, trauma, OCD, and family therapy.
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” – Brené Brown
EDUCATION:
University of St. Thomas, Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology – Marriage and Family Therapy
St. Catherine University, Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Psychology and Philosophy

Maddie Kuplic, Therapist

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Maddie is a welcoming and compassionate therapist who has a passion for working with children, teens, and their families. Maddie works to provide clients and their families a space where they are supported, nurtured, and free to express themselves. She incorporates Experiential Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, and Strengths Based Therapy in sessions. Maddie works with issues related to trauma, anxiety, grief and loss, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, anger, and parenting concerns. She has worked extensively with children who have experienced trauma, incorporating both non-directive and directive play therapy, as well as trauma specific treatment modalities to best meet the client’s therapeutic needs. Maddie has experience working in school-based therapy and adolescent residential treatment.
Education:
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services
University of Minnesota Duluth, Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology

Breanna Freeborn, MA LPCC, Therapist

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I consider myself a compassionate and proactive therapist with many special interests and techniques which I bring to therapy. I provide counseling for all ages, but I am most passionate about working one-on-one with elementary-aged children and adults. I work with a wide range of difficulties and populations, including childhood disorders and attachment issues, behavioral problems, trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, self-esteem and shame, grief and loss, LGBTQ+, adjustment/life transitions, relational issues, and people who are searching for ways to improve their wellbeing but feel lost or need support.

My clients can expect me to draw upon these psychological philosophies: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (how our thoughts and feelings affect our behavior), Existential Therapy (concerns about meaning and purpose), and Psychodynamic Therapy (how our past influences us now). These are the backbones to my therapeutic style. Less commonly but if applicable to clients, I am also fascinated by dream analysis as is common in Jungian therapy, and by Ecotherapy, which emphasizes our connection with nature.

As I work with clients, I see problems through a holistic lens, and consider all aspects of clients’ lives. When working with children, I primarily rely upon play therapy techniques, and I give support and guidance to struggling parents along the way. I like to provide psychoeducation to empower clients, and I use humor and lightheartedness when the time is right.

I believe that for therapy to be effective, my clients and I need to be a team. We clarify goals and what approach(es) may be most effective, engage in open dialogue (or symbolic play when working with children), and both of us contribute to every session with trust, understanding, and respect for one another.

My underlying philosophy about humanity is that everyone is doing the best they can considering what they have been taught and what they have experienced, but sometimes we get stuck or confused. No matter where clients are in life, I guide them to find answers and resilience within themselves. Clients can learn to balance making changes, with tolerating and embracing what is happening now. In doing so, they can interact with themselves and the world in a healthy way and lead more satisfying lives.

Outside of therapy, I enjoy time with my family, especially watching my son learn and grow. Being playful with him and with our pets reminds me to be mindful and enjoy the present. I also love being outdoors and hiking. In the other down time I have (even if it is not much!), I listen to a wide range of music, attend concerts, meditate, or read.

Lauren Vieaux, MA LPCC, Therapist

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Lauren is an empathic, directive therapist who is passionate about joining people on their journey toward a more authentic and balanced life. Lauren’s approach to therapy provides a safe and supportive environment to enable healing. Lauren is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Some of Lauren’s interests include trauma work, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, self-harm, body image issues, and issues within the LGBTQ community. Lauren believes in the power of the mind-body connection to encourage client’s to listen to and regulate their own emotions and reactions. Lauren utilizes concepts from art, music, and play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, somatic experiencing, and dialectical behavioral therapy to meet clients where they are at and find the best approach to healing. She enjoys including the family unit in therapeutic interventions in order to translate the client’s gains to all areas of their life.

Education:
University of Minnesota Duluth: Master of Arts in Clinical-Counseling Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minors in Human Development
and Women & Gender Studies

Alicia Exsted, MA LPCC, Therapist

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Alicia is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who has been working in the field since 2010. She is experienced in addressing issues of depression (including bipolar disorder), anxiety, psychotic symptoms, trauma, grief/loss, stress management, emotional and behavioral dysregulation, life transitions, and sexual health and identity. Her practice includes working with children, adolescents, and adults, for individual, couples, and/or family therapy. She brings a cognitive behavioral, existential and personal approach to therapy in order to meet clients where they are at in their emotional health.
Alicia obtained her Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. During her graduate program, she completed her practicum at Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP), a non-profit clinic focused on the health needs of the underserved in our community. Alicia began her post-graduate professional career as an Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services practitioner and in-home therapist before moving to a clinical setting. She has facilitated and co-facilitated adolescent psychoeducational groups within an alternative high school setting and adult Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) groups.
She utilizes her skills from this diverse background in her therapy services in order to better serve the needs of her current clients. Alicia encourages insight through exploration of early and current experiences, as well as skills based learning (CBT, DBT, mindfulness) to promote change. She focuses her therapy on balancing each area of one’s life (emotional, physical, spiritual, occupational, environmental, intellectual, social) in order to obtain overall wellness.
When Alicia is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, sewing, cooking, crocheting, baking, and Zumba.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Licensures:
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Minnesota
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Wisconsin
Education:
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – Master of Art’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services – 2011
University of Minnesota – Bachelor of Art’s degree in Psychology – 2007

MEDICATION MANAGEMENT STAFF

Natalie Carstenbrock, APRN, CNP, Integrated Healthcare Director

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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!

Education:

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

1370 Mendota Heights Rd, Mendota Heights, MN 55120