Meet Our Woodbury Team
Louisa Lienke, MA LMFT Site Clinical Director & Therapist
Louisa is a passionate, empathetic therapist who enjoys helping people successfully navigate their own path and follow their journey through out life. She believes in helping people to discover their own knowledge and explore their own strengths in order to feel confident, focused, and happy. Louisa enjoys working with older teens, adults, couples and families to face struggles and create a balanced and positive life. She is warm, compassionate, and accepting of all points of view and enjoys learning from her clients through out their journey. Louisa works to help her clients find and use their own wisdom to create inner peace.
Louisa’s background in mental and chemical health has allowed her to work with a wide range of clients. She has worked with youth and families in a nonprofit setting and has expanded her focus to include adults and couples over the past five years.
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” -Carl Jung
MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor
AAMFT Approved Supervisor
University of Minnesota- Addiction Studies Certificate
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota- Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Wisconsin- Bachelor of Science Liberal Arts, Sociology and Criminal Justice
Century College- Women’s Studies Certificate
Pamela Graber, MA LMFT Therapist
I work with individuals, couples, and families experiencing mental health issues to help identify goals, create a plan, and help to access the client’s own strengths to find solutions. If your relationship is in pain, you and all family members may feel the impact. Whether you wish to learn how to increase a positive connection or repair a serious tear in that relationship, I will create a safe environment for you to resolve your differences, look at the underlying causes of the difficulties, and learn healthier and less reactive ways of relating to one another.
I work with individuals who have suffered trauma, struggle with anxiety, substance use disorders, and PTSD. I am trained in EMDR which uses evidence based interventions to reduce anxiety quickly and efficiently in areas of performance enhancement, grief, shame, guilt, substance use disorders, and to increase self-esteem.
When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor E. Frankl
Amanda Boraas, LMFT, LADC, Therapist & Chemical Health Counselor
Amanda is a directive therapist who is passionate about helping people live more authentic and balanced lives. Amanda’s approach to counseling provides a safe and supportive environment to work towards helping. Amanda is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Amanda has worked in the chemical and mental health field since 2012. Her experience comes from working in dual diagnosis treatment programs and hospital settings. She also has experience working in homes with families and in a group private practice. Amanda is trained in EMDR and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Amanda utilizes EMDR to reduce the distressing impact of past experiences. She also utilizes Emotionally Focused Therapy to teach couples how to transform their hurtful patterns of communication into secure ways of connecting. Her systemic counseling approach incorporates techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Experiential Therapy, EMDR, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Amanda is passionate about couples’ therapy along with trauma-related work with adults. Amanda works with individuals and couples to create more satisfying relationships, build inner confidence, and develop the strength and resources to face challenges in everyday life. Some of Amanda’s interests include relationship conflict, infidelity, trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief, and chemical dependency. Chemical health assessments (Rule 25) available.
Saint Mary’s University: Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
Metropolitan State University: Bachelor of Science, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Minor in Psychology
Level 1 & 2 EMDR
Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Hannah Sockwell, MA LAMFT, In-Office & In-Home Therapist
Hannah is dedicated and driven to work with people to lead their best life. Hannah has a solution focused approach that supports clients while targeting their goals in all areas of life. She supports clients by helping them identify their strengths and utilize them to develop healthy coping skills to manage whatever barriers they are facing. Hannah has a background working with adolescents as well as their families.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology, Minor in Family Social Science
Candace Hanson, MA LMFT Child & Family Therapist
Candace believes healing comes first and foremost when our stories and struggles are heard and validated. She highly values the therapeutic relationship and works to create a safe environment for clients that includes empathy, compassion, and understanding. Candace also believes in the power of mind-body connection and encourages clients to learn how to listen to and regulate their own minds and emotions in order to overcome challenges.
Trained in Systems Theory, Candace helps clients heal within the context of their relationships with others, both within and outside of their families. She also believes the relationship between caregivers and children is one of the most important building blocks of life. Candace specializes in working with children birth through 12-years-old, their families, and caregivers. She finds interest and passion working with issues related to attachment, parenting, sibling/peer conflict, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, anger management, self-esteem issues, self-harm, grief, divorce, and life cycle stages. Candace also understands and values the importance of one’s culture and invites clients to bring all parts of themselves to therapy.
Candace has been trained in Play Therapy, Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood: Revised Edition (DC:0-3R) and DC:0-5, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and is a certified PREPARE/ENRICH Facilitator. She is also currently working toward her Registered Play Therapy Certification. Candace has previous experiences as a Personal Care Assistant, providing therapy and skills in home based and outpatient settings, and working with toddlers in a mental health day treatment.
University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Member, Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT)
Member, Association for Play Therapy (APT)
Member, Minnesota Association for Play Therapy (MNAPT)
Member, Zero to Three
Member, Infant and Early Childhood Division of the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH-IEC)
Sarah Lantz, MA, Therapist
Sarah’s approach to therapy is collaborative in nature while drawing from principles of mindfulness and experiential therapies. When working with Sarah you will experience a sense of openness, empathy, and understanding. She creates a therapeutic space, where her clients will feel comfortable in exploring the meaning and possibilities of life’s experiences. Sarah encourages her clients to live their authentic best life in order to promote healing within themselves and their relationships. She believes her clients are experts in their own lives and relationships and thus they have the capacity to create changes necessary for healing.
Sarah’s approach to therapy has been shaped by her own family and life experiences. Sarah has created her own blended family and has firsthand experience with the struggles of co-parenting, parent-child relationships and partner relationships. She believes that within the struggle is reward and joy. Joy and laughter are possible in life’s challenging moments and she will often laugh with her clients at life’s absurdities.
Sarah has experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. She has worked with a variety of symptoms of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, and various personality disorders. She enjoys working with LGBTQIA+ community members and their families. Sarah is open to working with a variety of clientele.
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, Bachelor of Science
Cory Baumeister, MS, LPCC Therapist
I have always had a passion for working with people to actualize their goals. I have worked with teens, adults, and families to manage their symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and thought distortions.
I specialize in Cognitive-Behavioral psychology and working with strengths based therapies. I have an eclectic therapy approach and desire to personalize the therapy I use to each individual. I have been working in the mental health field for over 10 years helping people develop coping skills, reach their personal goals, and live their best lives.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a focus on Cognitive Psychology and Counseling and continued my education at the Walden University Graduate School where I focused on Clinical Counseling.
Walden University, Master of Science, Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy
University of Minnesota Duluth, Bachelor of Science, Clinical Psychology
Kathleen Sapp, MSW LICSW Therapist
I’ve been practicing therapy for over 25 years and strive to always keep learning and growing. I believe therapy is above all a relationship, which should be respectful, collaborative and strengths focused. Having many years of experience in various treatment modalities and settings, I work with clients to identify which therapeutic approaches are the best fit at any given time.
I’m committed to providing therapeutic interventions which are holistic and evidence based, including the opportunity to incorporate mindfulness and movement into work with clients if desired. My practice is often guided by the idea of finding or restoring balance. I value humor in the therapy relationship.
My educational background includes a BA in psychology and sociology from Baker University (Kansas) and Masters in Social Work with clinical child and family emphasis from the University of Kansas. My formal training includes insight oriented and psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral interventions, motivational interviewing, trauma focused therapy including extensive training in new brain science based interventions (exciting stuff!) and yoga therapy for children and adults.
I feel comfortable and effective working with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma related issues, chemical dependency, psychotic illness, family disruption/abuse issues, gender and sexuality issues, and all types of challenges related to transition, loss, and life changes.
I am currently available to see clients ages 5 and over for weekend hours at the Woodbury location.
Gabe Ottman, Therapist
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.
Saint Mary’s university of Minnesota
Masters of Arts, Marriage Family Therapy
Chaminade University of Honolulu
Bachelor of Science , Psychology
Michael Sadowsky, MSW, MAHS, LGSW, Therapist
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.
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
Post-graduate fellowship in contemporary Psychodynamic therapy at Hamm Clinic.
Compassionate Bereavement Care certification from the MISS Foundation.
Michelle Smith, MSW LICSW, Therapist
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.
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
Member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Melissa Seidel, MSW, LICSW, Therapist
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.
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.
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’s goal is to help children 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 techniques, 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.
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
Association for Play Therapy (APT), Member
MEDICATION MANAGEMENT STAFF
Natalie Carstenbrock, APRN, CNP, Integrated HealthCare Director
Natalie has a varied career in healthcare, which all started as a childhood dream of helping others. Following her graduation from nursing school, she worked as a registered nurse in a hospital before transitioning into family clinic practice. While working as an anti-coagulation nurse, her passion to bring changes to primary care led her back to school to pursue a life-long dream of becoming a certified nurse practitioner.
After gaining experience working across multiple medical settings, Natalie realized the need for a more holistic approach to medical care. Over the last few years, this understanding has regenerated her passion to fill the gaps in healthcare, and has informed her approach of treating the whole patient, with an emphasis on integrated emotional and mental health, rather than a condition. Natalie has provided comprehensive health care for patients of all ages, at all stages in life.
Natalie understands how difficult it can be to stay on top of it all, especially our health. She believes it is possible to combine therapy and medicine in order to create the best of both worlds. She has experience developing acute care programs within major medical systems and is thrilled to establish a supportive integrated medication management program alongside the world-class therapists and staff at Ellie Family Services!
The College of St. Scholastica, Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner
The College of St. Catherine, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
American Nurses Credentialing Center Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner