Ellie Bloomington is conveniently located right off 494 on 34th Ave S., close to the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, in case you need to catch a flight after your session (also, super close to the Mall of America if you need a Wetzel’s pretzel, new clothes or a quick ride on the log chute). One quick thing to note about our Bloomington location- when you’re coming in for a session, make sure you put “6 Appletree Square” into your GPS, as this will get you to a huge parking lot that’s always got tons of free spaces open, and is the most convenient way to access our Bloomington site. The lot sits right behind the building, and has quick access to the elevators you take to get to our office.

At Bloomington, we have an incredible group of therapists, and psychiatric medication prescriber services. Our Bloomington clinicians bring a variety of specialties to Ellie, including:

  • Counseling and therapy services for small children, including play-based therapies
  • Teens/adolescents and young adults
  • All types of therapy for adults- individuals and couples
  • Family “systems” therapy  for the whole family
  • Maternal mental health counseling, including post-partum therapy services (depression, anxiety, intrusive thinking and obsessive compulsive concerns during and after pregnancy)
  • Trauma informed therapies, including EMDR, and Trauma-Focused CBT
  • integrative approaches that include DBT skills work
  • LGBTQ+ clients and concerns
  • Suicidal ideation and self-injury related struggles
  • Mindfulness-based approaches to therapy and skills work
  • Grief and loss support
  • Help in navigating adoption and foster care experiences, for children, parents and adult caretakers
  • Psychiatric medication support from prescribers who believe in building strong relationships
  • In general, our Bloomington therapists support people experiencing anxiety of all types including PTSD and OCD, depression and mood struggles including Bipolar disorder, difficulty adjusting to live events and major transitions/changes, family communication struggles and relationship “stuff”

Beyond all of their specialties and areas of expertise, our Bloomington providers are just plain awesome people! At Ellie, our therapists focus on developing trusting relationships and we believe that good therapy, and good outcomes depends on building strong relationships. We encourage our providers to show up as their “authentic-selves”, and believe that creativity and humor are both amazing tools for navigating life’s obstacles, transitions and challenges. Yes, this means therapy can be fun too!

We take most major insurance plans, and many minor ones too!

In addition to our clinic-based services, we also provide Community-Based Services across the metro, including in Hennepin County. These services include ARMHS, CTSS & In-Home Therapy.

When we’re not seeing clients, we love to hang out in Bloomington and catch the local sights. If you’re interested in learning more about what’s happenin’ in Bloomington, check the link below!

Meet Our Bloomington Team

Melissa Bolger


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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.

Nicole Campbell, MSW, LGSW


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Nicole specializes in adolescents, ages 12-18, experiencing anxiety and depression, LGBTQ+ clients, and SI/SIB.
Clients seeing Nicole for therapy can expect a safe, nonjudgmental space; a collaborative approach for treatment planning and goals; identification of emotions, thoughts, and behaviors and how they impact functioning; and balancing acceptance with change-oriented language. As a biracial therapist, acknowledging and allowing space to talk about racism, implicit biases, and impact on the therapeutic relationship.
Nicole’s therapeutic techniques include DBT, CBT, client-centered, trauma-informed, strengths-based, empowerment, systems thinking/conceptualization, and showing youth the strengths and resilience within themselves.
MSW – St, Catherine University
Licenses and Certifications
DBT Intensive Training

psychiatrist MinnesotaNatalie Carstenbrock, APRN, CNP

Sr. Director – Medication Management

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Natalie has a varied career in healthcare, which all started as a childhood dream of helping others. Following her graduation from nursing school, she worked as a registered nurse in a hospital before transitioning into family clinic practice. While working as an anti-coagulation nurse, her passion to bring changes to primary care led her back to school to pursue a life-long dream of becoming a certified nurse practitioner.

After gaining experience working across multiple medical settings, Natalie realized the need for a more holistic approach to medical care. Over the last few years, this understanding has regenerated her passion to fill the gaps in healthcare, and has informed her approach of treating the whole patient, with an emphasis on integrated emotional and mental health, rather than a condition. Natalie has provided comprehensive health care for patients of all ages, at all stages in life.

Natalie understands how difficult it can be to stay on top of it all, especially our health. She believes it is possible to combine therapy and medicine in order to create the best of both worlds. She has experience developing acute care programs within major medical systems and is thrilled to establish a supportive integrated medication management program alongside the world-class therapists and staff at Ellie Family Services!


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

Danielle Cotter, MA, LMFT

Therapist & Maternal Mental Health Director

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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.


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

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

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


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

University of Minnesota: Bachelor of Science in Nutrition/Dietetics

Lori Holl, MA, LMFT


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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.

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

Tina Flowers, MSW, LICSW


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Tina loves working with teens through adults under 30. This is the majority of her work experience. She likes to work with people who are open to trying a variety of approaches, thinking outside the box or looking more holistic when working through challenges they may be experiencing. She has experience working with teens who struggle with self-esteem, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, abuse history.
Clients seeing Tina can expect to be treated with respect, supported,  no judgement and a safe- space.  They can expect quality targeted care, and receive strengths-based, collaborative approach to treatment in meeting their goals.
Tina’s specialty is working with teens and young adults who may be suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, self-esteem, self-harm, suicidal ideation and other challenges.
Tina’s therapeutic techniques come from many years of experience in working with teens, families and young adults. She likes a cognitive-behavioral approach, strengths based and holistic approach. She believes in collaboratively creating a treatment plan that is client-centered and will aid in relief from what brought them in to seek care.
Master’s in Social Work
University of NE at Omaha
Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
200-hr Certified Yoga Instructor, Corepower Yoga 2006

Brianna Reak, MA


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Brianna places tremendous value on the therapist-client relationship and as a provider she believes nothing is more important than forming a strong, trusting connection with clients. She also values providing a safe, nonjudgmental environment for clients to express themselves and be heard. This therapy environment is one of active listening, empathy, empowerment, support, collaboration, humor, and one in which differences are valued and respected.
When working with clients, Brianna’s aim is to assist clients on: identifying and building upon their strengths, recognizing unhelpful thought patterns, developing healthy behavioral habits, gaining insight, and increasing overall emotional health and wellbeing.
Brianna has several years’ experience in teaching clients’ skills-based work through MN’s Children’s Therapeutic Support Services (CTSS) program. During this time, she enjoyed working with kids and teens to help them develop and enhance skills in areas of anger management, social engagement, organization, the ability to focus attention, and other behavioral and emotional struggles.
Brianna specializes in working with children and adolescents, ages 5-18, utilizing evidenced-based practices in psychology to assist clients in coping with difficult emotions and finding solutions to their problems. She provides therapy for a wide range of issues and believe in incorporating a variety of techniques in order to develop a personalized approach to therapy. Her therapeutic orientation relies heavily on the practices of traditional talk therapy, solution-focused therapy, and child-centered play therapy. Other practices she incorporates include: creative, expressive techniques (such as art), mindfulness/meditation techniques, psychoeducation and teaching healthy coping skills.
Master of Arts—Counseling and Psychological Services
St. Mary’s University, Twin Cities

Katie Strong, MS, LPCC


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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.

Masters –  Counselor Education – Community Counseling
Winona State University

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

Kelly Wallner

Medication Management Assistant

Mollie Yocum, MSW, LICSW


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Mollie’s ideal clients are caregivers seeking their own support, families seeking to improve relationships and communication and individuals navigating life transitions.

Clients coming to Mollie for therapy can expect her to be down to earth, direct, and compassionate support with a dose of humor.

Mollie’s specialties include:
Children and Teens
LGBTQ+ identity development and growth
Life stressors including stress related to COVID-19

Mollie utilizes a range of therapeutic techiques all founded in relationship including, TheraPlay, solution focused therapy, motiviational enhancement, and other strengths based approaches.

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee – MSW

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Individual Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
BOSW and BBHT Board Approved Supervisor
DC 0-5 Diagnostic Classification trained
TheraPlay trained
TF-CBT and Level 1 & 2 EMDR trained

Colleen Zimmer, MSN, PMHCNS-BC

Psychiatric Medication Prescriber

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Colleen’s career in psychiatry started by working as a registered nurse in a community mental health center. She supported individuals with a wide range of mental health needs. That experience provided the foundation for advancing her career and she obtained her advanced practice license. Due to the significant shortage of mental health providers with prescribing privileges, Colleen knew this was a vital piece needed to assist individuals towards mental wellness.

In a variety of settings throughout her career, Colleen has worked with populations who experience a range of mental health issues, people with chemical dependency issues and those with diverse backgrounds. She believes everyone has the right to access appropriate resources as they work towards mental wellness.

Colleen has an open, friendly approach to mental wellness. She understands each person has a life story to tell and actively listens, working together with the individual on their journey to wellness. Colleen takes a holistic approach taking into account psychological, physical and social aspects of each individual’s life. She believes every person is unique and therefore, deserves a unique treatment plan that works for their life.


University of Minnesota, Master of Science, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

The College of St. Scholastica, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

American Nurses Credentialing Center – Board Certified Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist


Ellie Family Services
8011 34th Ave S. #424
Bloomington, MN 55425
Phone: 651.313.8080
Fax: 651.925.0610


*** IMPORTANT: When coming to the Bloomington location, type “6 Appletree Square” into your GPS. You will be taken directly to the parking lot for the office. Enter the doors to “Two Appletree Square” and follow the hallway to the elevator to come up to suite #424.