Meet Our In-Office Therapists

Annie Baker, MA, LMFT

Therapist

St. Paul

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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 13 to 45 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.

Education

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

Liz Banovetz, MA, LMFT

Therapist

mendota heights

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Liz has several years of experience working with children, young adults, and families—especially those who have experienced trauma, have navigated difficult circumstances and decisions in their lives, or have been in times of transition. She is passionate about working with clients of all ages. She particularly enjoys connecting with clients who are self-motivated and interested in therapeutic practices that can support them in emotional well-being, self advocacy, and healthy communication.

When working with clients, Liz draws on her ability to listen, build strong therapeutic rapport through compassionate understanding, and provide a safe space for clients to express themselves and be heard.

As a practitioner, Liz’s clinical work is anchored in a client-centered, strengths-based approach; with Liz clients will work on personal goals with achievable milestones, together, to help gain insight, build client self-confidence, and learn new coping skills.

It’s important, Liz believes, that hope and healing are a part of the therapeutic experience.

Liz’s areas of interest include anxiety, OCD, depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, trauma, parenting/co-parenting and life transitions, LGBTQ+ identity development and growth, stressors related to COVID-19 and other events that can be traumatic.

Liz applies a well-rounded, tailored approach to meet clients’ needs. The range of her therapeutic techniques include utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, mindfulness, sand tray, and solution-focused therapy. When working with families, she helps improve communication, nurture resiliency, and strengthen personal connections toward healthy client outcomes.

Education
Masters –  Marriage and Family Therapy
St. Mary’s University

Bachelors –  Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education
University of Minnesota Duluth

Heather Baumann, MPS, LADC

Therapist

St. Paul

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Heather is a client centered, empathetic therapist who believes every person’s story matters. Through providing a safe and non-judgmental space, she works collaboratively with clients to explore their inner strengths and guide them on their journey towards healing.

As a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Heather has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, and medication-assisted treatment. Heather believes that addressing both chemical health and mental health concerns is optimal for long-term recovery.

Heather specializes in working with teens and adults. She offers traditional talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and incorporation of mindfulness techniques.

Outside of work Heather enjoys spending time with her dog, exploring nature, reading, and taking dance classes.

Education:

University of Minnesota, Master of Professional Studies, IntegratedBehavioral Health

Hamline University, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

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Therapist

St. Paul

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Emma enters each therapeutic relationship with empathy and curiosity. She provides a safe, calm and non-judgmental space that empowers clients to identify their strengths and challenges. She utilizes a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach that recognizes the importance of meeting the client where they are at and understanding where they would like to be in their future. Emma views the client as the pilot of the therapeutic process and takes on the role of a navigator to assist individuals on their journey towards peace and healing.

Emma’s practice is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which emphasizes the importance of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Emma addresses and works through barriers alongside clients through challenging negative core beliefs and identifying and modifying unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviors. Emma is also trained in Exposure and Response Prevention which is an evidence-based treatment that that has been shown to be very effective in the treatment Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Emma incorporates the use of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills to increase ability to identify, embrace and manage difficult emotions, improve interpersonal skills and encourage the use of mindfulness as a helpful tool to use in daily life.

Emma has worked with adolescents and adults facing a variety of obstacles and transitions. She has experience working in diverse settings including the criminal justice system, hospitals, day programs and crisis management services.

EDUCATION:

Loyola University Chicago, Master of Social Work

University of Iowa, Bachelor of Arts, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

Terri Bly, PsyD, LP

Licensed Psychologist

Mendota Heights

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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

Karla Boehmer

Therapist

woodbury

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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!

Education:

Currently attending St. Mary’s University, graduation expected 2019

Melissa Bolger

Therapist

Bloomington

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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 relational/attachment-focused. I have received training in components of EMDR, TF-CBT, and Theraplay. 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 personally or within the family.

Amanda Boraas, LMFT, LADC

Therapist & Chemical Health Counselor

Woodbury

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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.

Education:

Saint Mary’s University: Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy

Metropolitan State University: Bachelor of Science, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Minor in Psychology

Training:

Level 1 & 2 EMDR

Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Sarah Borger, MA, LPC

Therapist

Mendota Heights

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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.

Karna Boynton, MA, LMFT

Therapist

Woodbury

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Clients can expect Karna to come alongside them and walk with them as they grow but will not do the hard work for them. They can expect honesty that is presented with empathy and a genuine human to human experience. Clients can expect Karna to be understanding, empathetic, and caring, but will not tiptoe around hard issues. They can especially expect her to bring humor into the therapeutic process in a way that is valuable.

Karna’s ideal client is one who can or is willing to acknowledge that they encompass a strength or set of strengths, even if they cannot see it yet. They can then use these strengths to understand their barriers to growth to overcome their current difficulties and past traumas

Karna’s specialties include: TF-CBT, EMDR (certification in process), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy

Karna has a strengths-based approach while utilizing client-centered, psychodynamic, EMDR, and cognitive behavioral approaches. She is trauma-informed and seeks to identify and explore possible neurobiological disruptions that may have happened in a person’s life and work towards healing. Karna provides and utilizes a safe and validating therapeutic relationship to help the process of this healing.

Education

Masters – University of Central Florida
Post-Graduate LMFT  Credits – Adler Graduate School

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist- Minnesota and Wisconsin

Nikki Braaten, MA, LPCC

Therapist

St. Paul

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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.

EDUCATION:

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Counseling & Psychological Services

University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Science, Family Social Science

Trained in:

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), Motivational Interviewing, Grief/Loss, and Trauma-informed care.

Jay Callahan, MS, LPCC

Clinic Director – Minneapolis, Therapist

Minneapolis

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Jay is a trauma informed strengths-based therapist who is passionate about empowering and equipping individuals 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, sexual health, religious trauma, and LGBTQ+ identity development and growth.

He is an EMDR trained therapist and also incorporates mindfulness and the outdoors into therapy. You can expect that he will listen empathetically and seek to collaborate with you to develop goals for improving functioning and invite you to walk and talk if the weather is good.

Education:

Winona State University, Masters of Science in Community Counseling

Winona State University, Certification in Addiction Counseling

Winona State University, Bachelor of Teaching in Secondary Education

Lydia Cotch, MA

Therapist

Minneapolis

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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.

Education Background

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Masters of Arts. Marriage and Family Therapy.

University of Minnesota. Bachelors of Psychology.


Danielle Cotter, MA, LMFT

Therapist & Maternal Mental Health Director

Bloomington

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We all carry a life story that wants to be expressed and genuinely heard. Danielle is passionate about creating a safe space for clients to tell their story in a judgement free zone. Danielle helps her clients gain access to the meaning of their life story, to problem solve what is no longer working in their life, and develop a path moving forward that is rooted in the personal strengths and values of each client and family. She is committed to providing respectful, authentic, and creative therapeutic services to every client she supports.

Danielle’s choice to become a therapist was inspired by her own life journey and family system. This is the work she feels she is meant to do. Danielle finds great joy and meaning in helping clients gain insight and awareness, access their innate strengths and resources, and develop the skills and confidence to create a more fulfilling and balanced life.

Danielle works with a wide variety of clients ranging in ages and backgrounds. She sees individuals, couples, and families and has extensive experience in facilitating therapeutic groups. She has experience with mood disorders, trauma, struggles with body image and relationship to food and eating, maternal mental health, family transitions, relationships, as well as diminished sense of well-being or life purpose. Danielle is currently working with the in-home therapy team, as well as seeing outpatient clients in the Ellie office.

Certifications:

Certified Family Trauma Professional; Arizona Trauma Institute & PESI; March 2017

Certified Maternal Mental Health Professional; Postpartum Support International; February 2017

EMDR Level 1 training: Institute for Creative Mindfulness; March 2017

EDUCATION

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

University of Minnesota: Bachelor of Science in Nutrition/Dietetics

Alicia Exsted, MA, LPCC

Therapist

Mendota Heights

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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

Kayla Felten, MSW, LICSW

Therapist

Mendota Heights

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As a clinical social worker, Kayla provides trauma-informed care for adolescents and adults seeking support as they navigate their own unique path to inner peace and relational harmony. Her areas of professional interest include religious trauma, spiritual abuse, sexual violence, LGBTQ+ identity development and growth, and adolescent issues of self-esteem, anxiety, and trauma. I value sex positivity and use harm reduction and minority stress-informed perspectives to guide my practice.

With seven years of experience working with middle school students and over one year experience facilitating support groups and retreats for folks who have experienced religious trauma and/or spiritual abuse, Kayla’s approach to the therapeutic relationship is to focus on how individuals can reclaim their identity, pleasure, and autonomy following trauma. She draws from multiple therapeutic modalities including mindfulness/body based, Trauma-Informed, Strengths Based, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

Outside the office, Kayla loves to dance, write, peruse thrift stores, explore tarot, and travel to Central America whenever possible.

Maggie Fischer, MSW, LICSW

Therapist

Minneapolis

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Maggie believes that everyone, even little ones, deserve a space to feel safe and heard no matter what. She has a passion for helping kids and their families understand their feelings and behaviors through authentic connection and relationship. She values family involvement and sees the family as critical to the child’s ongoing development and growth. Maggie uses play, art, books, mindfulness, and more to help explore and meet the emotional, social, and mental health needs of her clients.
Maggie has experience working with both children and adolescents, but has a unique passion for and specialization in work with children under 6. Her clinical experience has been in individual and family therapy, clinical care consultation with school teachers/staff and other service providers, and intensive outpatient group therapy. Maggie’s perspective relies heavily on attachment, child development, the impact of family systems and is trauma-informed.

Education:
University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine’s: Master of Social Work
University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine’s: Bachelor of Social Work
Advanced Training:
DC:0-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Children Under 6

Faye Foote, MA, LPCC

Chief Clinical Officer, Therapist

Mendota Heights

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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

Breanna Freeborn, MA, LPCC

Therapist

Mendota Heights

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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.

Samantha Funk

Therapist

Brainerd Lakes

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We all communicate in our own special way. This is how we feel connected and supported throughout our unique journey. It is Sami’s passion to support individuals in effective communication strategies to deepen connections and strengthen relationships. Teaching children to express their emotional needs is essential to their growth and development. With kindness and encouragement, Sami strives to create an environment that fosters this growth and supports families in understanding their own family system.
Sami works with children and families to support positive behaviors in every environment. She has run summer groups, taught family skills, and worked in the schools to support students individually. Sami has experience in navigating aggression, opposition, and trauma. She has also worked with students who have lived with chronic worry and she has worked in crisis response in the schools, hospitals, and out in the community.
Sami is currently supporting clients in increasing self-esteem, coping with stressors, increasing effective communication, direction following, and active listening.
EDUCATION
University of North Dakota MSW: Master of Social Work- Currently enrolled.
University of North Dakota: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, emphasis in child development and learning.

Lauren Gavin, MSW, LICSW, RPT

Therapist

Woodbury

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Lauren is a passionate and empathetic therapist who specializes in working with children and their families. She works to create a safe and comfortable environment to help children give voice to areas where they may be struggling. Lauren is a registered play therapy (RPT) who uses child centered play in her work with children to help them express and navigate the demands of their environment in order to gain a better sense of stability, safety, happiness, and overall wellbeing. Lauren incorporates play therapy, solution-focused therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy in her practice with children and families. Lauren works with issues related to childhood adjustment, trauma, grief & loss, divorce, adoption, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and anger. Lauren has previous experience working in early childhood education, children’s day treatment, school-based therapy, and a hospital setting.

Education:
University of St. Thomas & St. Catherine University, Master of Social Work (MSW), Clinical Social Work

College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Professional Affiliations:
Association for Play Therapy (APT), Member

Malory Giraldo, MSW, LGSW

Bilingual Spanish-English Therapist

Minneapolis

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As a clinical social worker, Malory’s approach to mental health is deeply rooted in respect and understanding of the client, fortifying their strengths, holding a trauma and stress sensitive space, and further understanding the systems that impact them. She sees therapy as a space for empowerment, attuning to one’s intuition and inner knowledge, finding calm and resolve, and being gracious with ourselves along the healing journey.

Malory approaches the therapeutic relationship using psychodynamic, narrative, and mindfulness/body-based therapies. As a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor with concentrations on underrepresented, diverse populations and conscious communication, yoga therapy can be woven into the healing process. Malory is experienced in cross-cultural work, individual and intergenerational trauma, self-esteem and body image, anxiety and depression, adjustment, romantic and interpersonal relationship challenges, gender-based violence and domestic violence, grief and loss, and attachment concerns.

Malory has a professional background in community and international development, gender concerns, ethics, environmental sustainability, and holistic body-based healing techniques.

EDUCATION:
University of St. Thomas & St. Catherine University, Master of Social Work
Luther College, Bachelor of Arts, Spanish and Religion

Como trabajadora social clínica, el enfoque de Malory hacia la salud mental está basado en el respeto y la comprensión hacia el/la cliente. Malory se enfoca en ayudar a fortificar las fortalezas de los clientes, en mantener un espacio sensible al estrés y el trauma, y en comprender mejor los sistemas sociales que afectan la salud mental de los clientes. Ella ve terapia como un espacio para el empoderamiento, para alinearse con la intuición y el conocimiento interno, para encontrar tranquilidad y soluciones, y para aprender a hacer amables con nosotros mismos en el proceso de sanación.

En su práctica, Malory utiliza la terapia psicodinámica, terapia narrativa, y terapias basadas en nuestro conocimiento corporal. Malory también es instructora certificada de Kundalini Yoga, con énfasis en la comunicación consciente, ella a ha trabajado con poblaciones diversas y subrepresentadas, y considera que se puede incorporar el yoga como parte de una terapia para ayudar en el proceso de sanación. Malory tiene experiencia significativa en trabajo intercultural, trauma individual e intergeneracional, autoestima e imagen corporal, ansiedad y depresión, adaptación, desafíos en relaciones románticas e interpersonales, violencia de género y violencia doméstica, duelo y pérdida, y preocupaciones en los vínculos afectivos.
Malory cuenta con experiencia y formación profesional en desarrollo comunitario e internacional, asuntos de género, ética, sostenibilidad ambiental y técnicas holísticas de sanación basadas en el cuerpo.

EDUCACIÓN:
Universidad de St. Tomas y St. Catherine, Maestría en Trabajo Social
Luther College, Licenciatura, Español y Religion

Xoel Gonzalez, MA

Bilingual Spanish-English Therapist

St. Paul

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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.

Christy Greene, MA, LAPC

Therapist

St. Paul

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Erica Golofski, MA, ATR-P

Art Therapist

Lakeville

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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.

Education

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

Lori Holl, MA, LMFT

Therapist

Bloomington

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Lori believes that therapy is a collaborative journey between client and therapist. Her empathic, genuine, and kind approach create a safe and supportive environment where clients can identify their strengths and develop their own insights. She incorporate CBT, DBT , mindfulness and solution- focused therapies to help clients develop new skills and solutions. She utilizes a client centered approach and believes that the client is the expert of their own experience. She also uses, and is trained in, EMDR.
She specializes in trauma/PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, life transitions, women’s issues, grief/loss, self harming behaviors, GLBTQ, couples and families. She works with individuals ages 12 and up.

Education:
MA from Minnesota School of Professional Psychology in Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy
BS from Northwestern College in Psychology
Additional trainings:
Dialectical Behavior Therapy ( DBT), EMDR , CBT and an approved supervisor by the MInnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy

Kathryn Jargo, MA, LPCC

Manager – Community Based, CTSS, Therapist

St. Paul

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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.

Education:

University of Denver, Master of Arts, Forensic Psychology

Winona State University, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Jesse Johnson, MA, LMFT

Clinic Director – Coon Rapids, Therapist

Coon Rapids

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Jesse works well with clients who are not afraid of vulnerability. A few of her core values are integrity, accountability and transparency. She says, ‘I do not sugarcoat but have a graceful and honest approach. Humor and grace occupy my therapy space often, without the two progress could be difficult.’

Jesse is trauma-informed and vulnerability-based. The therapy space she provides includes; non-judgment, safety, compassion, and grace. She believes that we are the authors of our lives, and often the trouble starts when we only believe we are the characters in our own stories. Denying our stories is as painful as denying ourselves, when we can accept self-compassion and grace; often we are able to move forward in our “stories”. She emphasizes the healing power of connection within session. Connection looks like the energy that occurs when one feels completely seen, heard, valued and validated. With true connection, one can be vulnerable and begin to heal. To quote the great Brené Brown:“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”

Jesse’s area of specialty include Men’s Mental Health, Trauma, Addiction, Generational Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, Working with those who care for others (Therapists, Nurse., Practitioners, Police, EMT’s, Medical Providers, etc).

Education
Masters – Marriage and Family Therapy
Saint Mary’s University

Matt Johnson, MA, LPCC

Director – Brand Standards, Therapist

Mendota Heights

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Therapy is a relationship that can create lasting positive change in peoples’ lives. Often times, choosing to engage in therapy is one of the biggest steps in initiating the healing process. My mission is to meet you where you are in your current life condition, and to join with you on your journey toward self-improvement. Together we will work to create therapy goals that are inspired by your needs and aspirations.

For over a decade I have provided therapy services to adolescents, families, couples, and adults from diverse cultures and backgrounds with a wide array of mental health concerns. My therapeutic approaches include components of CBT, ACT, and humanistic therapy. My desire is to create a therapeutic relationship that is supportive, down to earth, and empowering you towards a better understanding of yourself. I believe people are at their best when they feel encouraged to grow and change in ways that benefit and improve their well being.

Kyle Johnston

Therapist

Mendota Heights

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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.

Rose Joiner, MS, LMFT

Clinic Director – Woodbury, Therapist

Woodbury

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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.

Rose grew up in Southern California, she went on to receive her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Seattle, Washington. She has lived in St.Paul since 2012.

Certifications
LMFT
EMDR trained
TF-CBT
MN Board Approved Supervisor

Education
Seattle Pacific University, MS Marriage and Family Therapy
Trinity Lutheran College, BA Children, Youth, and Family Studies

Kyle Keller, MSW, LICSW

Chief Operations Officer, Founder, Therapist

Mendota Heights

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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

Wade Keller

Therapist

St. Paul

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Wade took the path less traveled to becoming a therapist. After 30+ years of gaining life experiences (good and bad) ultimately he was called to the helping profession. It is from his life experiences and the perspectives that he’s gained from traveling, volunteering and his education that he makes it of primary importance to meet every person he works with ‘where they’re at’. He believes strongly that the level of comfort each person has in working with him will lead to their own successes.
Wade views each individual as their unique whole self, and through challenging them to ‘see things differently’ he helps individuals, couples and families to achieve the goals and outcomes they seek in therapy. Wade brings a creative and empathetic approach to helping clients with depression, anxiety, bipolar, relationship concerns, trauma/PTSD, ADHD, substance use disorders and grief and loss. He spent 5 years serving individuals and families in their homes prior to working at the Department of Human Services overseeing a statewide mental health program (ARMHS).

Education:
Adler Graduate School, Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
University of St. Thomas, Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and Mass Communication (Advertising)

Jorgen Knutson, MA

Therapist

Minneapolis

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Jorgen brings a unique experience and passion into her work as a therapist, having worked with diverse families, couples, individuals, and communities . She embraces a holistic approach and believes healing comes from connecting to our communities as well as our spiritual, physical, and emotional well being.

Jorgen is committed to providing culturally attentive therapy in a nurturing environment where differences are valued and respected. She appreciates the complexity of relationships and collaborates with her clients to foster trust, safety and respect on the path to healing. She believes that individuals are the experts of their own lives, thus entering into this journey with clients is one where she focuses on building her clients’ strengths while also honoring their unique life experiences.

Jorgen has worked in various community settings serving youth and families. She loves working with children, teens, and adults in various life-stages. She is a passionate advocate for issues of equality & social justice as well as holding the space for individuals to question and explore their own spirituality.

Cari Kokotovich, PsyD, LP

Licensed Psychologist

Minneapolis

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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.

EDUCATION

Psy.D. – Clinical Psychology
Minnesota School of Professional Psychology

Bachelors – Child Psychology
University of Minnesota

Pre-Doctoral Internship
Penn-State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA (APA-Accredited)

POST-DOCTORAL TRAINING
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Fraser
Certified Therapist, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Scott Kronebusch, MA, LPCC

Sr. Director – Clinics, Therapist

Lakeville, Mendota Heights

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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

Angela Kub

Therapist

woodbury

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Angie truly believes that everyone is doing the absolute best that they can. Each person holds within themselves the wisdom and strength that they need; sometimes we just need the guidance and support of another human being to access this.

Angie views every person within the context of their family/community and therefore believes mapping out and exploring family dynamics is of great importance. But, by far the most important aspect is the relationship between the therapist and the client. She values creating a safe and supportive atmosphere for the client on this journey.

Angie recently graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has experience in residential, inpatient, and wilderness therapy settings. She also has experience with individuals and family members who are impacted by addiction. With her diverse background and as a 200-hour certified yoga instructor, Angie values elements of movement, nature, art, laughter, mindfulness, and play in her sessions.

Maddie Kuplic, MA

Therapist

Mendota Heights

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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

Paige Lehto, MS, LMFT

Therapist

St. Paul

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Paige’s ideal client is either an individual or family that is ready to work on their emotional connection, increase their communication, or to help during life transitions. She enjoys helping those who have experienced stressful things in their lives process and understand the emotions that come along with this. She enjoys working with children, teens, and adults.

Seeing Paige for therapy, clients can expect that she will go at your pace and spend time building connection and trust. Paige enjoys using humor when appropriate and getting to know your interests. Paige works collaboratively to help clients to understand their strengths and to utilize them to help with healing.

As a marriage and family therapist, Paige enjoys getting to know your background and what led you to being in front of her today. She has worked in a variety of settings such as; outpatient, inpatient treatment, school based, in-home, and crisis services. She has experience working with those who have experienced trauma and she is trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She also has experience working with those who struggle with body image, self-esteem, communication issues, attachment concerns, depression, anxiety, and those who have or are currently struggling with addiction.

Paige describers herself as an experiential therapist, meaning that she wants to be actively involved in this process with you and believes that it is important for you to have a connection and feel that you can trust me. She utilizes traditional talk therapy (CBT), play therapy techniques when appropriate, sand tray therapy, solution focused, structural, and EMDR when appropriate.

Education:
Masters – Marriage and Family Therapy
Saint Cloud State University

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Prepare/Enrich trained

Louisa Lienke, MA, LMFT

Sr. Director – Compliance/HR, Therapist

Mendota Heights

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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

Certifications
MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Education
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

Sara Livingston, MA, LPCC

Manager – Community Based, ARMHS, Therapist

St. Paul

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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.

Education Background:

Adler Graduate School-Masters of Arts, Clinical Counseling

Minnesota State University, Mankato, Bachelors of Science, History, Psychology, Anthropology

Ryan Meyer, MA, LPCC

Clinic Director – St. Paul, Therapist

St. Paul

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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.

EDUCATION:

Adler Graduate School, Master of Arts, Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy

University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Science, Sociology with emphasis in Race, Class, and Gender

Lindsay Narayan, MA, LMFT

Therapist

Bloomington

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Lindsay enjoys having a variety of clientele, but she has always enjoyed working with couples. She also likes working with people on the ASD spectrum as well as with teens.

Clients seeing Lindsay for therapy can expect her bring warmth and compassion to the therapeutic process and promote a collaborative journey. She is a therapist who enjoys working with people who are feeling stuck in their lives or in their relationships and are looking for support in order to heal and foster hope for the future.

Lindsay specializes in crisis management, autism, behavioral therapy, and relational therapies.

She does not adhere to just one theory but mostly utilizes CBT, ABA, EFT, Play Therapy, Narrative and Psychodynamic therapies.

Education
Masters – Marriage and Family Therapy
Syracuse University

Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • MAMFT Board Approved Supervisor
  • BACB Board Approved Supervisor
  • BBHT Board Approved Supervisor
  • Competed Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s 2-year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

Stephanie Michaels, PsyD, LP

Licensed Psychologist

Minneapolis

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My approach to therapy is grounded in understanding and working with the unique contexts and attributes of each person. Exploration and change occur when people feel seen and heard in a comfortable, nonjudgmental environment. I create a sense of safety through a warm, empathic and transparent style. I am flexible in my approach to therapy so that I can work compassionately and collaboratively with people toward their therapy goals.

I draw upon elements from several therapies including Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I provide individual therapy to adults on a range of issues, but I have special interests in anxiety, women’s issues, grief and loss, life changes and events, and trauma. I also have a special passion for working with young adults who are navigating higher education or life transitions.

Rebecca Mitchell, MA, LADC, LMFT

Therapist

Lakeville, Mendota Heights

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Rebecca’s goal in every session is to make you feel comfortable to work through any current challenges and to help you achieve the changes needed to move forward. Her approach to therapy is to have honest and open conversation, grounded in collaboration in a fun and inviting environment. When interacting with children Rebecca likes to use games, crafts, etc. to interact with the child while working on treatment plan goals.

Rebecca started in the chemical dependency field in 2012 as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) wanting to help individuals struggling with addiction. It was during this time that she decided to expand her knowledge in the mental health field to include family systems. Rebecca has worked in diverse settings as an LADC which include: residential, outpatient, group therapy, and medication management.

Once Rebecca accomplished her educational goals she started working as a community based worker focusing on children and families. It was during this time she realized her passion for helping those struggling with trauma. Since moving to an outpatient setting Rebecca has extensive experience in working with individuals and families that are affected by trauma, addiction, anxiety, impulse control, anger, and depression. Rebecca’s techniques are grounded in marriage and family therapy, bringing a systemic based lens, allowing her to consider the client’s environment, relationships, and other influences impact their experience.

Education:
Masters – Marriage and Family Therapy
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Bachelors – Community Psychology and Chemical Dependency
Saint Cloud State University of Minnesota

Training:
Nationally Certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)

Erin Opoku, MA, LMFT

Clinic Director – Mendota Heights, Therapist

Lakeville, Mendota Heights

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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.

Terrance Ostrander

Therapist

Minneapolis

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Terry is a strength-based therapist who believes It takes great courage to seek support, whether it be during times of suffering or during a period of change, and the focus of his practice is to provide support by working together to cultivate inner strength and self-understanding.

Terry utilizes an integrative and holistic approach to psychotherapy. His practice is rooted in mindfulness, CBT and DBT approaches, and contemporary Psychodynamic therapy. His work also draws from the mind-body connection, spirituality, social/cultural influences, neuroscience, and compassion.
There are countless reasons why people seek therapy – whether it’s the daily stressors of life, relationship struggles, or painful experiences and emotions. Challenges are a part of life, and no one is immune to them.

Sometimes these challenges become too much to bear on our own, or we find that our efforts to solve the problem simply aren’t working. When an individual is hurting, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, terrified; or when he or she is doubtful of self-worth, uncertain as to identity, then understanding is called for. The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathic stance… provides illumination and healing. In such situations deep understanding is, Terry believes, the most precious gift one can give to another.

As a therapist, Terry is open and affirming and strives to foster a climate of purposeful inclusion of all people. Terry values the diversity of racial and cultural identity and background, nationality, sexual and affectional orientation, gender identity and its expression, religious background and belief, marital status, family structure, age, mental and physical health, appearance, size, political perspective, educational and class status.

Issues and concerns Terry commonly works with include: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Co-occurring disorders, Communication and Relationships issues, Identity and transition concerns, Grief and loss, Self-esteem, Stress management and relaxation, Thought and mood disorders as well as Early Adulthood Transition.

Education

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Counseling & Psychological Services. University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Science, Psychology.

Gabe Ottman

Therapist

Woodbury

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Gabe has a passion for working with children, teens, and families coping with trauma and unexpected life changes. He believes in creating a safe environment and building a trusted therapeutic relationship that will make change possible. His overall goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families.

Using an integration of complementary approaches, Gabe uses a variety of techniques and methodologies to incorporate what is most beneficial for each client. He is dedicated and committed to providing quality mental health services and believes that each person is unique and should be treated with dignity and respect.

Education background

Saint Mary’s university of Minnesota
Masters of Arts, Marriage Family Therapy

Chaminade University of Honolulu
Bachelor of Science , Psychology

Jenny Owens, MS, LMFT

Clinic Director – Brainerd Lakes, Therapist

Brainerd Lakes

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Whether you are feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, or simply not meeting your life goals, therapy can help. So often, clients come to me feeling as though no one else has listened to them or taken them seriously. It is my goal to make you feel heard and understood, while providing guidance to assist you to take steps to improve your well-being. I focus on building a strong therapeutic relationship, and helping you feel comfortable as we move forward step by step toward your goals.

I provide individual, group, couples, marital and family therapy to children over 6, adolescents and adults. I am experienced in treating a wide variety of mental health issues including trauma, sexual issues, depression, anxiety, assisting those in law enforcement, and Veterans. I am trained to work with families going through divorce. I also offer Therapeutic Parenting Education Groups.

Education:
Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy
St. Cloud State University

Courses towards Master of Science
Pepperdine University, California

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Child and Family Studies
Concordia College, Moorhead

AAMFT MFT Supervisor Training: In progress

Erin Pash, MA, LMFT

Chief Executive Officer, Founder, Therapist

Mendota Heights

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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

Kelly Pieper, MSW, LICSW

Therapist

Minneapolis

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Even little people can require support! Kelly has expertise in working with children ages birth through age 18 with specific emphasis on early childhood (birth through age 6) and children and families on the permanency spectrum (foster care through adoption). She maintains a trauma-informed, strengths-based perspective and aims to involve the family in problem solving, solution finding, and resilience building. Kelly is also a board approved supervisor with specific training in reflective supervision and serves as a consultant for childcare providers on early childhood social and emotional development.

Kelly’s specific passion in working with children and their families lies in the unique way every child develops differently and the way that keeps a therapist on her toes! Kids have different brains and have different social, emotional, and mental health needs than adults. Every kid deserves a provider that understands them and does not make attempts to fit them into an adult-sized mold. Therapy with kids is dynamic, challenging, and incredibly important! This is the work that brings Kelly energy daily.

Advanced Training and Certifications:

Trauma-Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (rostered provider)
DC:0-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Children Under 6
Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate

Education:

University of Minnesota Twin Cities – Masters of Social Work
University of Wisconsin Madison – BS

Sophia Pimsler, MA, LMFT

Therapist

St. Paul

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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.

Education:

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy

Minnesota State University, Mankato, Bachelor of Science, Dance, Minor in Alcohol & Drug Studies

Christina Potter, MA

Therapist

Minneapolis

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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.

Education Background:

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

Breanna Reed, MA

Therapist

Lakeville

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Breanna is an Art Therapist/ Clinician who specializes in anxiety, depression, and Spirituality. She has experience working with adults with physical and developmental disabilities, children and adolescents, as well as CISM training (Crisis Intervention Stress Management). Breanna also has experience in Play Therapy as one of her professional mentors that she interned with is a Registered Play Therapist. She also has experience working in diverse settings including schools, nursing homes, group homes, and residential.

Breanna earned her Master’s degree in Adlerian Psychotherapy with an emphasis in Art Therapy from Adler Graduate School. During her education, she completed her practicum at David Hoy & Associates; in Golden Valley, MN, working with children with behavioral problems in their home. Breanna has also worked for ACR Homes for 5 years as a supervisor of a group home for adults with physical and developmental disabilities. It was at ACR where she pioneered an Art Therapy program to target emotional stabilization and giving the residents a sense of connection and pride. Breanna has a passion for working with individuals who have a difficult time expressing themselves with words, which is where Art Therapy comes in to play.

Breanna is also passionate about incorporating an individual’s faith perspective into therapy. Breanna identifies as a Christian but loves working with individuals from any Spiritual background. She is also the author of an Art Therapy devotional book called “The Creative Connection: An interactive Art Devotional that combines Mental Health and Spirituality” in which she provides scientific research as to how having Spirituality is beneficial for one’s mental health and how one can use Art Therapy as a way of growing in their faith. Breanna strives to never impose her beliefs on her clients and desires that everyone feels free to be themselves in a judgment-free zone.

Outside of work Breanna enjoys doing artwork with her husband, spending time with family and friends and cuddling with her wiener dog Olivia and her new baby boy.

Education

Adler Graduate School- Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Psychotherapy and Counseling with an emphasis in Art Therapy, 2019

North Central University – Bachelors of Arts in Youth Development with an emphasis in Psychology and a minor in Biblical Studies, 2014

Heather Reidinger, MA, LMFT

Therapist

Mendota Heights

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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

Ashley Roberts, MSW, LICSW

Therapist

Brainerd Lakes

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I strongly believe, as we walk through life there will be obstacles that impede our ability to continue moving forward. The difference between navigating around the obstacles and getting stuck in them is often the support we receive along the way. My goal is to empower each individual to navigate the obstacles that are impeding their happiness and success. I recognize that it is never easy to ask for or receive help, therefore I realize the importance of working respectfully with each individual and in such a way that maintains all parties’ dignity. I employ a person-centered approach that capitalizes on individuals’ strengths to overcome deficits. I have a particular passion for working with adolescents and adults struggling with life transitions and changes such as blending families and divorce.

Education:
I graduated in 2013 from the College of St. Scholastica with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW). In 2016, I earned my Master in Social Work Degree from the College of St. Scholastica (MSW). I am currently licensed as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Work (LICSW).

Kyle Ross, MA, LPCC

Sr. Director – Community-Based, Therapist

Mendota Heights

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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

Nicole Rubbelke

Therapist

Brainerd Lakes

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I believe the foundation of successful therapy is creating a safe place for clients as they build a relationship with their therapist. My definition of safe place is a place for the client to have the freedom to be themselves without judgement and creating a safe for clients to feel comfortable to make themselves vulnerable enough to access and process their trauma. I firmly believe that genuine healing does not occur without the client feeling safe. Whether someone is seeking services because it is mandated or they are seeking services on their own, each client has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. I believe in collaborating with clients to create a therapeutic relationship that will empower and support clients as they work through area’s they are struggling, identifying strengths that can empower them to make change in their lives. I utilize person centered practices and believe in collaborating with the client’s entire team of professionals working for client to support common goals. I believe it is important to support the client in addressing their needs holistically mind, body, spiritual (if it applies to client).
As a social worker I am bound by the NASW code of ethics so one of the things I am passionate about is ensuring that the clients I serve are provided integrated healthcare services. This ensures that I follow the guidelines that I must practice within as a social worker while collaborating with other providers to ensure the clients needs are met whether its physical health, medication management, chemical dependency, or mental health.
I am currently a graduate student enrolled in the Master of Social Work Program through University of Denver. My anticipated graduation is June 2020. The curriculum is focused on mental health and trauma. I have a bachelor’s degree in social work from the College of St. Scholastica I graduated in 2015. My experience so far has been in child protection, children’s mental health case management, adult mental health case management, chemical dependency, and adult protection.
I have a specific interest in working with individuals and families that have experienced trauma. My interest is in working with both adults and children over the age of 6.

Pennie Rubbelke, LSW

Therapist

Brainerd Lakes

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I am currently working on completing my Master’s degree with the University of Denver – Graduate School of Social Work with a focus on Trauma and Mental Health. I am passionate about using a person-centered, strengths-based approach to support individuals in creating what they define as their life worth living.
I believe in building a safe, supportive and authentic therapeutic relationship with the individuals that I support. I also believe that incorporating a holistic approach is important, including physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. I love the imagery of the ripple effect; Ripples can grow to immense proportions, but someone must initiate them. My passion is to support individuals in making the changes and then supporting them as the ripples of those changes grow and flourish.
I have worked in various community settings including Peer Recovery Support, Mobile Crisis Outreach, Crisis Stabilization Services, and Adult Mental Health Case Management.
When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my fur-child, Riley Maxwell. I also enjoy listening to music, collecting stones, being outside in nature, and playing around with essential oils.

Education:
Master of Social Work – University of Denver – Graduate School of Social Work (Anticipated Graduation June 2020)
Bachelor of Social Work – The College of St. Scholastica (2017)

Michael Sadowsky, MSW, MAHS, LGSW

Therapist

Woodbury

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Michael is a clinical social worker with an integrative and holistic approach to psychotherapy. His practice is rooted in mindfulness, CBT and DBT approaches, and contemporary Psychodynamic therapy. His work also draws from the mind-body connection, spirituality, social/cultural influences, neuroscience, and compassion.

Michael has worked with a diversity of adults and mental health issues in a community mental health clinic, with persons with dementia and their families, and with the bereaved. His background is in social work, which gives him a social justice lens and awareness of how societal factors like inequality and discrimination can affect mental health. He also has a background in holistic health, and is passionate about helping clients integrate their work in therapy with other healthy lifestyle choices and non-Western forms of healing.

Issues that Michael commonly works with include: grief, loss, gender identity, sexual identity, depression, anxiety, trauma, transitions, relationships, ADHD, stress reduction, and resiliency.

Michael brings a warm and non-judgmental presence to his work. He emphasizes safety, attunement, humor, and enjoys being a helper and companion to others as they discover and grow in their own strength and wisdom. He has deep gratitude for this work and for the privilege of being an ally to others on their path to healing.

Education:

University of St. Thomas & St. Catherine University, Master of Social Work

St. Catherine University, Master of Arts, Holistic Health Studies

Hamline University, Bachelor of Arts, English

Training:

Post-graduate fellowship in contemporary Psychodynamic therapy at Hamm Clinic.

Compassionate Bereavement Care certification from the MISS Foundation.

Devin Schallert-Thomas

Community-Based Lead Trainer, Therapist

St. Paul

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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.

Education:

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.

Experience:

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.

Alysia Schwartz, MA, LADC, LPCC

Therapist

Minneapolis

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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.

Education:

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Counseling and Psychological Services

Metropolitan State University, Bachelor of Science, Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Melissa Seidel, MSW, LICSW

Therapist

Woodbury

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Melissa is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has experience providing mental health services for children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings, including: in-home, inpatient, partial-hospitalization, outpatient and in-school.

Melissa enjoys working collaboratively with other treatment team members to solve problems associated with mental health symptoms. She believes in giving children, adolescents and families the opportunity to explore their individual thoughts and emotions in a supportive and safe environment. Melissa comes from a strengths-based perspective and uses compassion, creativity and humor in her work. Her therapeutic approach integrates cognitive-behavioral techniques, psychoeducation, psychodynamic and solution focused strategies. She enjoys practicing Acceptance and Commitment therapy and mindfulness.

Melissa commonly works with children, adolescents and families who are experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma-related issues, transitions and life changes, gender and sexuality identity issues, grief and loss, communication difficulties, relationship concerns and more.

When not working, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dog, cheering on the Minnesota Wild, traveling, listening to music and going to concerts.

Education:

University of Northwestern- St. Paul, Bachelor of Science in Marriage and Family Psychology

St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas School of Social Work, Masters of Social Work

Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society & Institute- Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program.

Keo Sengsavang, MA

Therapist

St. Paul

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Keo works well with people who are seeking a compass for growth in their circumstances that bring them to therapy. He works with individuals (ages 18-70 years old), couples and families. He has had great success supporting individuals and couples challenged by addiction, anger, feeling disconnected, co-dependency issues, post-trauma distress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as struggling with history of child abuse(s), family/parent(s) Alcoholic/Substances/Addictions and/or family secrets.

Clients can expect empathy, affirming words, clear boundaries, and a safe space to creatively explore their internal growth process and relationships with others. Keo’s sessions are engaging and experiential and his style incorporates a coaching edge that encourages through education, action steps outside of sessions, and creative use of resources and strengths.

Keo’s clinical interests include working with individuals, couples, and families experiencing challenges with: anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress (PTS), post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), Addictions/Recovery (alcohol/substances/pornography/sex/gambling/co-dependent relationships), early childhood/development trauma, attachment trauma/issues, parenting issues, relationship/marital issues, and family conflict. I also seek to meet the mental health needs within my own ethnic Asian and Laotian culture. Keo speaks fluent Laotian and has a deep understanding of the culture and the immigrant population as well as cultural assimilation process.

Keo’s clinical approach is to work with the whole person; engaging those he serves as capable beyond a diagnosis and symptoms. He seeks to encourage and empower clients in their journey to understand themselves and develop their own process with support and discover their own unique path to growth, change, and healing. Although he is greatly influenced by attachment and family systems perspective and utilize a trauma-informed approach when needed. The interventions he uses range from: Adlerian theory, Bilateral Stimulation, Body-Mind Approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Energy Psychology (EFT Tapping), Experiential Therapy, Expressive Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy,  Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Neuroscience, Solution-Focused Therapy, and TheraPlay Therapy.

Fluent:
Laos (Laotian)

Education
Masters – Adler Graduate School

Certification and training (including, not limited to):
Adlerian Early Recollections
Attachment Focused Play Therapy: TheraPlay
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
Family Systems Trauma Treatment
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy
Sand Tray Therapy – Advanced
Sex Addiction: Effective Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment
Trauma Informed Treatments & Interventions

Michelle Smith, MSW, LICSW

Therapist

Woodbury

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Michelle believes all people have strengths that can be leveraged to assist them in healing. She values the importance of human connection and understands that the therapeutic relationship is vital to recovery, so she works to create a safe environment for clients that includes empathy, understanding, and partnership around therapy goals.

Michelle is trained in systems theory, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She uses a variety of approaches to assist clients with achieving their goals, including CBT, solution-focused interventions, client-centered, strengths-based, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, and play- and art-based approaches. She specializes in working with children and adolescents ages 6-25, and their families, and caregivers. She finds interest and passion working with issues related to attachment, parenting, trauma, sibling/peer conflict, family communication difficulties, anxiety, mood disorders, anger management, self-esteem issues, self-harm, grief, divorce, school issues, and relational issues. Michelle understands and values the important role that a client’s family, friends, school staff, and other relationships play in their lives and works with clients to utilize these relationships to assist with healing.

Michelle has previous experiences providing therapy and skills services in home-based, school-based, and outpatient settings and worked in community mental health assisting adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

Education:

College of St. Scholastica – Twin Cities, Bachelor of Social Work
St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas School of Social Work, Masters of Social Work

Professional Affiliations:

Member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Hannah Sockwell, MA, LMFT

Therapist

Woodbury

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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.

Education:

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

Katie Strong, MS, LPCC

Therapist

Mendota Heights

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Katie has a passion for, but is not limited to, working with children and adolescents, as well as their families. Most of her clients have struggled with anger, low self-esteem, LGBTQ, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, trauma, PTSD, suicidal ideation, and self-harming behaviors.

Clients coming to see Katie for therapy can expect her to create a sense of safety through a warm, empathic and transparent style. She works with clients and their families to provide a space where they feel safe, supported, listened to, and free to express themselves.

Katie is flexible in her approach to therapy which may include components of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), strengths-based, solution-focused, and motivational interviewing. She has experience working with a wide range of diagnoses that include Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as life changes/transitions such as trauma, grief and loss, divorce, adjustment disorders, communication difficulties, relationship concerns, and low self-esteem. She has experience working in multiple environments including at schools, in-home, intensive outpatient programs, and partial hospitalization programs.

Outside of work Katie enjoys anything outside with friends and family: grilling, boating, fishing, watching sports, playing sports.

Education
Masters –  Counselor Education – Community Counseling
Winona State University

Bachelors – Psychology with a minor in Health & Fitness
University of Wisconsin Stout

Bryn Taylor, MA, LPCC

Therapist

St. Paul

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Bryn is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over 10 years of experience and is passionate about helping individuals to develop skills and foster strengths to thrive emotionally, relationally, professionally, and within their communities. She excels at building positive, therapeutic rapport with clients through her warm personality and sense of humor. She is highly skilled in developing creative, solution-focused interventions and goals relevant to each individual’s unique needs. She has experience with a variety of evidenced based techniques including CBT, DBT, strength-based counseling, LGBTQ counseling, solution-focused counseling, and trauma-based interventions.

Bryn has primarily treated adults and adolescents and strongly encourages the development of self-efficacy, self-esteem, and self-advocacy skills. Bryn’s experience providing individual therapy and treatment in an Intensive Outpatient Setting has led her to develop a variety of skills to utilize when working with persons with varying diagnoses including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorders, PTSD, ADHD, Personality Disorders, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Bryn has experience in treating persons who have experienced past and/or current trauma, abuse, neglect and have grown up in highly dysfunctional families. She has a passion for helping people to develop self-worth and to attempt to alter many negative messages that they may hold about themselves. It is Bryn’s belief that all persons have worth and they can learn to value themselves. Bryn feels that it is important to explore our inner selves and work towards successful functioning by utilizing our personal strengths to achieve wellness and our life goals.

EDUCATION:

Master of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Counseling and Psychological Services

Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls

Jessica Van Berkum, MA

Therapist

St. Paul

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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.

Education:

Argosy University, Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy

Minnesota State University Moorhead, Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications

Certifications/trainings:

Prepare/Enrich Facilitator

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC 0-5 for early childhood)

Rebecca Venier, MSW, LICSW

Therapist

Mendota Heights

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I believe everyone deserves the opportunity for and has the capacity to experience love, hope and healing. Although each journey will look different, I am passionate about joining clients on that journey, and helping them access their own potential for creating and sustaining lifelong emotional wellness. My clients can expect me to use a holistic approach in therapy to promote harmony between each person’s social, emotional, physical, occupational, and spiritual self.

I enjoy supporting clients of all ages, and specialize in working with children, adolescents, families, and young adults. My clinical experiences include providing care in school-based therapy programs, adolescent day treatment, children’s partial hospitalization, and facilitating divorce co-parenting classes. I draw upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, attachment focused therapy, mindfulness practices, play therapy, art-based therapy, and psychodynamic therapy approaches in session. Together as a team, I have helped individuals and families work through a wide range of difficulties related to anxiety, depression, trauma, shame, aggression, self-esteem, grief and loss, divorce, and other life transitions.

Education:
University of Minnesota: Master of Social Work
University of Minnesota: Bachelor of Science in Youth Development Studies and Minor is Spanish Studies

Mamie Vetsch, MA, LMFT

Manager – Community Based, Therapist

St. Paul

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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.

 

Education

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

Lauren Vieaux, MA, LPCC

Therapist

Mendota Heights

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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

Lucas Volini, DMFT, LMFT

Therapist

Chaska

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Patti Weber, MA

Therapist

Mendota Heights

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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.

Kalee Williams, MA, LMFT

Therapist

Mendota Heights

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Kalee is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about working with children, adolescents, young adults and families from a variety of backgrounds. Kalee believes in the power of healing through authentic connection, validation, and empathy. She believes that clients are the experts of their own lives, and empowers her clients to find their true authentic self. Her overall goal is to provide a safe space and trusting relationship with others in order to cultivate change and healing.

Kalee works utilizing a systems approach integrated with techniques and methodologies specific to each client’s needs. Kalee is Nationally Certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to address trauma with children and teens and trained in EMDR to address trauma in adults. Additionally, Kalee has experience with, but not limited to, those who struggle with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Physical/Sexual/Emotional Abuse, Suicidal ideation, Self-Injurious Behavior, Anger and Stress Management, Addiction Issues, Relationship Issues, Teen Issues of Self-Esteem, Sexual Identity, Peer Pressure, Attachment Issues and Parent/Child Relationships.

Outside of therapy, Kalee enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with her two dogs, and visiting Texas. She is passionate about and loves a wide variety of music and attends many concerts. In her free time, she loves snuggling up on the couch, drinking hot tea, and cross-stitching.

Education:

-St. Mary’s University- Minnesota- Masters of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy

-Texas Tech University, Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Family Studies, Minor in Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies.

Gina Young, MSW, LICSW

Manager – Community-Based, MSW Internship Program, Therapist

St. Paul

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Gina’s ideal therapy clients are children of all ages. She is truly happy to work alongside kids from ages 3 to young adults, parents, family units and adults that are interested in doing their own therapy. Gina has worked with kids and families experiencing trauma for the last 10 years.
When seeing Gina for therapy, clients can expect patience, warmth, compassion and an open mind. Gina believes it is vitally important to meet the client where they are at and that is her first goal when she starts
therapy services with a client. She believes that therapy should be an engaging, creative and collaborative process.
Gina’s therapy background has been focused on working with kids, teenagers, their parents and families who have experienced trauma or are struggling with mental health challenges. Gina is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and have specific experience providing EMDR for children. She is also trained in D-C 0-5 and enjoys working with young children. She draws from play therapy techniques when working with young kids. Gina also has a certificate from the U of M in Autism Spectrum Disorder and has a long history of providing school-based, in-home and community-based care for kids, teens, parents and families that are living with someone on the Autism Spectrum. For the last 10 years Gina has been providing in-home and community-based therapy services and she is excited
to bring those same skills to the in-office experience.
Although Gina has training in formal therapy techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, Solution Focused and Brief therapy treatment, Gina believes therapy is about using a variety of tools to meet the client’s individual needs. She understands that talk therapy is one modality that can be helpful for kids and adults and she also believes that play, games, books, art and movement being helpful during the therapy process as well.Education
Masters – Social Work
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Certificate – Autism Spectrum Disorders
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing