WE ARE OPENING SOON! More details to come, but we sure can promise that we will be offering many of the great services below:

  • 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

Meet Our Brooklyn Center Team

Robyn Janssen, LP, PsyD

Clinic Director, Therapist

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Robyn enjoys working with older adolescents, young adults, and adults who are open to trying therapy, whether it is your first time or you have participated in therapy before. This therapeutic process can help clients gain new insights and self-awareness, developing new skills, and set goals to work toward personal growth and change. Robyn also provides therapy for therapists and helping professionals.

Clients can expect an active, compassionate, and knowledgeable therapist who prioritizes creating a safe and comfortable therapeutic environment. Attributes of kindness, humor, and creativity are utilized to individualize therapy sessions. Robyn also incorporates evidence based therapies such as CBT, DBT and ERP into therapy to help clients learn and utilize new skills to elicit change and accomplish their goals.

Robyn is interested in working with Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Mood Disorders, Eating Disorders, Body Image, Bipolar Disorder, Grief/Loss, Adjustment Issues, Family/Relational Conflict, Career/Work Stress, Life Transitions, Psychological Assessment.

Robyn describes her techniques in therapy using Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical- Behavior Therapy, Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP), Narrative Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy.


Psy.D., Counseling Psychology – University of St. Thomas

MS- University of Wisconsin Stout

BS- University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire

Pre-Doctoral Internship- Aurora Psychiatric Hospital (APA Accredited)

Licenses and Certificates

Licensed Psychologist, MN Board of Psychology

National Register of Health Service Psychologists

Certified Eating Disorder Specialist

Exposure & Response Prevention Certification

Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy certified LPCC Clinical Supervisor

Suicide Prevention Collaborative Board Member

Lydia Cotch, MA, LAMFT

Clinic Manager

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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.

Claire Anderson, MA, LAMFT


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Clair enjoys working with any individual, couple, or family who is ready to dive into the gift of their own healing journey. Based on previous experiences, Clair hopes to continue working with children and adolescents ages 5-17 and their caregivers from a range of ethnic and racial backgrounds. Clair also welcomes any client who identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Clair is excited to expand and begin working more with individual adults, couples and families of all ages and stages here at Ellie!

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.” – Brene Brown

Values that sustain Clair in her life and work are connection, collaboration and inclusivity. In therapy, collaboration looks like using creativity to craft the best strengths-based plan to meet your goals together; you are the expert on your life experiences, and together we can find the best way forward. Connection sounds like understanding, curiosity, laughter, and “aha” moments as we build our therapeutic relationship and move through growth and change. Inclusion feels like unconditional positive regard for your true self, empathy, accountability, and openness while we explore barriers and empower you to make the needed shifts in your life for greater wholeness and well-being. This work is hard and you are worth it; my job is to help light the paths that feel dark.

Clair’s therapeutic techniques can be described as person-centered, strengths-based, relational, and experiential. Clair employs many different interventions from different techniques based on a client’s individual needs and age including: play, art, CBT, narrative, IFS, Solution-Focused, and Mindfulness-Based techniques.

Clair’s particular areas of interest include: ADHD/ADD, anxiety, trauma, parenting issues/child development, identity and self-esteem struggles, relational and behavioral difficulties.


Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of MN

Licenses and Certificates


Prepare/Enrich Certified

Gottman Level 1 Certification

Jessie Anderson, MSW, LICSW


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I believe that everyone deserves a space where they feel accepted, valued, and safe. Clients can expect me to be honest, non-judgmental, creative, and fun. I like to keep therapy more informal; if clients want to wear sweatpants and be barefoot in my office, I’m fine with that! I will be genuine, utilize my knowledge on potential interventions we can try, and will always be curious and attentive to what my clients feel they need to help them heal.

I have experience working with clients of all ages and backgrounds, and have specialized in working with children, adolescents, and adults that have experienced complex trauma.  I also have experience working with individuals struggling with substance use, and use a harm-reduction perspective that does not force individuals to make changes they do not feel are right for them. Based on my experiences, I have found that my therapeutic style works well with individuals struggling with low self-esteem, women’s issues, substance use, anxiety, and/or difficulties adjusting to any life transitions.

I approach my work with clients from a strengths-based perspective, but also use a variety of therapeutic techniques and interventions based on clients’ preferences. Some of the techniques that I often utilize include: Narrative therapy, developmental repair, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, and holistic approaches. I know everyone is unique and deserves the time and attention to figure out what works best for them.

One of my biggest goals when working with individuals is to help them feel empowered, confident, and unapologetically authentic in their everyday lives, and I work hard with my clients so we can find ways to make that happen.

Masters of Social Work
University of Minnesota

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

Huda Budri, MA


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I am passionate about working with teenagers and young adults who are navigating growth and change in their lives. My goal is to provide a respectful, genuine, safe, and accepting space in order to establish a strong therapeutic relationship. I believe the client is the expert in their life’s story. I am honored and excited  to partner together in order to create a space to slow down, explore, challenge, and move to a space of balance.

I have had experience working with adolescents and their families going through a spectrum of challenges. These challenges have included trauma, mood disorders, suicidal ideations, self-harm, self-esteem issues, eating disorders, difficult transitions (i.e foster homes, shelters, group homes, JDC etc.), and severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). I have provided culturally sensitive therapy in schools, assisting children and their families with adapting to the unique challenges brought on to refugees and immigrants. Also included was providing in-home services to adults, children and their families.

The modalities I use include holistic and culturally responsive approach, strength-based and client-centered approach, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and narrative therapy.

I am deeply committed to serving clients from an array of populations, with an emphasis on underserved and marginalized communities. I am honored to join clients on their journey of healing and I am excited to collaborate.

In addition to English, I speak Somali.

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

Corazon Gailor, MA, LADC


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I am open to serving everyone who walks in to receive therapy. A client can expect to be therapeutically challenged during sessions to help foster growth in their own recovery.

I would describe my technique as behavioral. I enjoying helping people understand how their behavior impact their lives. I specializing in Depression, Anxiety, Autism, and Addiction.


Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

License and Certifications


Thien Nguyen, MA


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My ideal clients are children or adolescents between ages 11-18 who are willing to try to new things. Clients coming to me can expect no judgment, and positive regard. My specialties are play therapy and recreational therapy. I have worked as a group facilitator for an inpatient hospital, facilitated groups for children and adolescents through therapeutic recreational activities, and I have experience working with school-based therapy for two Minneapolis Public Schools. My techniques are client-centered and experiential.

Additional Languages

Masters Degree
Saint Mary’s University

Kristen Paradise, MS, LPC


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I prefer to assist those clients who identify as transgender, or at any space on the gender spectrum, as well as the broader LGBTQ+ community. I assist clients who are experiencing bereavement, grief and loss, as I am also a certified End-of-Life Doula. Part of my work also includes the incorporation of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) through the Institute for Integrated Therapies (IIT), which is beneficial to clients who may feel stuck in their progress, are medication resistant, or want a new and different way, to approach their healing process. I also assist persons who have concerns with trauma, depression, anxiety, military affairs, domestic violence, and individuals who have worked in the sex industry.

A client can expect unconditional acceptance and compassion, while learning to cope with and assess one’s own circumstances, with healthy guidance. When we are shamed for simply who we are, how can we ever learn to be authentically ourselves? It is my goal to assist my clients developing a strong and healthy sense of self.

I specialize in Transgender/Gender identity concerns, LGBTQ+ community, Death, grief and loss, KAP, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Sex work, Veterans affairs, and First responders.

The techniques I use are individualized to meet the needs of each client, but the basis of my work is reached through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Transpersonal, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as Existential Therapy, and Person-Centered.


MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Licenses and Certificates

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Certified End-of-Life Doula

Bailey Rhoades, MA, LAMFT


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My ideal is client is a child, adult or family who is willing to be vulnerable in a safe setting in order to create change in their own lives. I enjoy working with all ages. I have extensive experience working with 4-12 year olds, along with their parents, which is a population I greatly enjoy.

My clients can initially expect a focus on building a warm, authentic relationship with me, in order to feel secure throughout the therapy process. Once rapport is built, I will continue to focus on maintaining security, while also challenging client to deviate from their established patterns to create routines and processes that will support their life.

My technique involves relational and systemic focus, focusing on an individual’s strengths, validating all of a person’s experiences, and allowing/supporting them to be the expert in their own journey. So far in my career, my areas of interest have included: anxiety, adjustments to everyday life, ADHD, depression, trauma, education trauma, and family (sibling and parent-child) cohesion.


I completed my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis.

Licenses or Certificates

Psychological First Aid

Hanna Schafer, MSW, LGSW


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My ideal client is someone who is looking to become “unstuck” and disrupt unhelpful relational or cognitive patterns. They can expect therapy to be a place where they can bring their authentic selves to engage in collaborative, strengths-based care with the intention to promote their healing and personal growth.

I believe in getting to know each individual client and personalizing treatment according to their specific needs. I primarily use elements of Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Anti-oppressive practice and trauma-informed care are important to me as well. I enjoy working with individuals that identify as LGBT+, BIPOC, and/or older adults. I have experience working with people struggling with depression, acute and complex trauma, and many types of anxiety.


Bachelor’s in Psychology, Minor in Neuroscience

Master of Social Work-Clinical Mental Health Concentration

Licenses and Certifications


Therapy Depression

Anna Trout, MA, LAMFT


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I won’t beat around the bush. I am very direct. I am also kind, friendly, and quirky. I won’t interpret your dreams, but I will provide psychoeducation, resources, and an empathetic ear. I utilize strengths-based techniques with a collaborative approach. I often refer to behavioral techniques as well.

I enjoy working with families and children. I love working with clients who are quirky and have a sense of humour. I specialise in Autism, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, co-parenting, family therapy, court-involved therapy, complex family systems



License and Certifications


Angela Wong, MS


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I enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds who are willing to have an open-mind and make changes. I have worked with people experiencing depression, anxiety, life transitions/adjustments, anger management, and trauma.

A client can expect me to be authentic, genuine, and open-minded. My goal is to create a supportive, encouraging, and safe environment where clients can express themselves freely and process their life experiences, free of judgement. I hope to offer different perspectives and to challenge clients appropriately.

I customize my approach to therapy based on the client’s needs and will work with the client to figure out what works best for them. I’m primarily client-centered, solution-focused, and strengths-based. I incorporate cognitive-behavioral therapy and play activities into the session as well, such as board games and arts and crafts.

English, Mandarin, and Malay

Bachelor of Arts in General Psychology at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at St. Cloud State University

Licenses and Certifications:
I am currently working towards my LPCC license.


Ellie Family Services
6040 Earle Brown Dr

Suite 100

Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

PHONE: 651.313.8080
FAX: 651.925.0610