About Ellie Edina

Ellie Family services’ Edina clinic is conveniently located at the interchange of Hwy 494 and Hwy 100, right off the exit for West 77th Street. We are super close to the Southdale mall, in case you need a slice of cake from the Cheesecake Factory or to get your iPhone fixed at the Apple Store.

Ellie Edina serves residents of the central, southern, and western metro and beyond. Our Edina location has convenient parking on site, runs long Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail, and is in a single level building in an exciting developing urban area.

At Ellie Edina, we believe that taking care of one’s mental health is a critical part of self-care. We are creating an office space that is designed to be comfortable, inviting and safe. We want to welcome you in as you allow our therapists to be a part of your life’s journey. Come meet our amazing team of therapists who are down-to-earth, passionate about helping, creative, and love to laugh too.

The highly experienced therapists at Ellie Edina provide a wide range of approaches, specialties, styles and personalities. Our therapists believe that good mental health care is based on solid, trusting relationships and so we try and show up as authentically as possible. Our therapists see children, teens, adults, couples & families across the lifespan (ages 2-100). Our therapists love working with diverse needs and have a great deal of experience in:

  • Play Therapy
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Adolescence
  • Transitions to adulthood
  • Maternal mental health
  • Relationships
  • marriage “check-ups”
  • family communication/conflict
  • pre-marital counseling
  • discernment and divorce facilitation
  • co-parenting
  • LGBTQIA+ individuals, couples, and their families.
  • Trauma
  • Substance abuse
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Death and dying
  • Art Therapy
  • Working with Emergency Responders (police, fire, EMS, dispatchers, etc.)

We also have a great group of amazing providers who offer Psychiatric Medication ManagementARMHS and CTSS in-home services.

Our Edina clinic is not yet open, but we are scheduling now for online, web-based services (telehealth). Once we get our doors open, we hope you take some time before or after your visit to enjoy the many restaurants nearby or take a walk or ride down Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail. I mean, therapy and then a relaxing walk to process? Sounds like a therapy spa day! 😀

I mean, yes, we’re biased, but our Edina team is kinda amazing! Take a moment to learn more about our providers and give us a call so we can get you connected and on your way to living a healthier and happier life!

After your visit, we recommend you checking out all the things to do in Edina! Click below to learn more about what the city has to offer!

Meet Our Edina Team

Lindsay Narayan, MA, LMFT, BCBA

Clinic Director, Therapist

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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.

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

Katie Strong, MS, LPCC

Clinic Manager, Therapist

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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

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Zoey Alch, MSW, LGSW


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Zoey received her Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology in 2017 from the University of Minnesota with a minor in family social science. Zoey is currently in her last of her Master of Social Worker program at the University of St. Thomas. Zoey has had experience working with individuals who have experienced great challenges with trauma. Zoey enjoys working with people of all ages and utilizes a strengths based approach to help people unlock and utilize the potential within themselves. Zoey is excited to continue her schooling and will graduate in the spring of 2020 and work towards her licensure to become an LICSW.
In Zoey’s free time she enjoys walks, hanging out with friends and spending time with family!
University of St. Thomas Master of Social Work
Working toward LISCW licensure

Jessi Baltzer, MA


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I like to provide an environment that is warm and nonjudgmental to help a client can feel safe while they share their story. A client can expect complete transparency and respect from me which helps build a strong therapeutic relationship. I am excited to help empower individuals and families to overcome the challenges they may be facing so they can get back to living their happiest life.

I prefer to work with adults, young adults, and adolescents, however, I have experience working with children as well. I enjoy working with families who are struggling with adjusting to a new phase of life within the family life cycle and families experiencing divorce/separation.

I have found that my youthful energy provides as a strength when working with teenagers. My knowledge and experience working with child protection gave me an inside look to what these families go through and how to support them. Working with families of divorce or separation is an area of passion for me and I am eager to gain more experience.

I use a systemic lens when working with clients, paying attention to all relationships in a client’s life and how it can impact them. I identify as an experiential therapist using my authenticity and personality in sessions, often pulling from strategic, contextual, and narrative family therapy models.

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

Licenses and Certifications
Prepare/Enrich Pre-Marital Counseling Certification

Ashley Dimas, MA, LMFT, LADC


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A client who just comes to the session as themselves is ideal for me. There is no such thing as the “perfect” client or a step-by-step plan when it comes to therapy. While we have goals that we are trying to achieve, there is no check list for questions or what to talk about in a session. Talking about whatever is relevant and important to the client is what I would want to address. A client who can be genuine, vulnerable, trusting, and open to challenges from time to time is what I look for in a client.


As I expect a client to be genuine, open, and vulnerable they can expect the same from me. They can expect to walk into a space that is warm and welcoming, without fear of judgment. I care for my clients a great deal and I want to see them succeed and achieve the things they want the most out of life, and I think that is something that those I work with can feel from the start; empathy and compassion are two of my biggest strengths as a clinician.

I truly enjoy working with veterans/active duty military, first responders, LGBTQ+, Adolescents, Couples, and Families. Having served in the military myself, and experienced what it was like as a military spouse when my husband remained in service, I know what those lifestyles are like and how hard they are on a person/family. My husband is a firefighter and I know the need for more mental health services for our first responders. I have worked with a few different LGBTQ+ individuals and I really enjoy helping them along their journey and providing a safe space where they can work through their struggles and not worry about judgment based who they are. I enjoy working with adolescents because it is such a transitional time in life as it is; often coupled with identity struggles, family conflicts, trauma, and school stress. I want the adolescents I work with to feel like they have a place they can come and work through these issues, and feel like for that hour, they have a best friend who they can rely on to get them through the hard stuff. I want to see couples succeed in their relationships, and more times than not relationships are hard work. I enjoy helping couples, and families, find new ways of communicating with each other, breaking negative feedback loops, changing old habits that are engrained from childhood, and finding new and healthy patterns. I like helping individuals find their identities within the couple and family unit. I think it is important that a person knows who they truly are and can stand on one’s own two feet in order to be the best version of themselves for the success of the a couple or family.


While talking and processing through clients’ struggles, I also like to take a hands on approach when it is necessary. I like to be creative, like using adult coloring books while talking, playing a game, or using worksheets and other interactive modalities to help bond with my clients and also to find a different way of learning. I try my best to fit the needs of my client and I understand that the traditional therapeutic approach my not be what will work. I take age, any learning disabilities, culture, and personalities into consideration when providing therapy.



Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology

University of Saint Thomas


Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)

Elizabeth Dumke, MS


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Liz is a warm, empathic art therapist who is passionate about inviting individuals into the therapeutic experience where she walks alongside them in their journey toward discovering who they are and what makes them unique. Liz works through a person-centered lens with aspects of gestalt and narrative approaches, as she believes that every person is the expert in writing their story. Her approach to therapy is built on a foundation of trust, support and validation. She utilizes art therapy processes and materials collaboratively, regardless of previous art experience, to allow for further exploration of one’s thoughts and feelings.

Liz received her Art Therapy and Counseling training from Eastern Virginia Medical School and has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including partial hospitalization programs, schools, hospitals, and residential facilities. She has worked with a wide variety of presenting problems that include, but are not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Self-esteem, Attachment, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Adjustment disorders, as well as grief and loss.

In addition to using art therapy techniques, Liz strives to create and mold the therapeutic space to fit each individual’s desires in order for them to grow and thrive. Other techniques include traditional talk therapy and mindfulness-based practices. She is thrilled to be a part of the Ellie Family to enrich the lives of individuals in the community.

When Liz is not working, she enjoys making art for herself, relaxing with family, and exploring nature through hiking, backpacking, and camping.


Eastern Virginia Medical School – MS, Art Therapy and Counseling

University of South Dakota – BFA, Art Education

Kristen Kearns, MA, LPCC


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I’ve been told I’m very down to earth, soft natured and kind. A client coming to see me can expect warmth, empathy, understanding and solace. I pride myself in being able to hold and contain someone’s story while gently guiding them through changes necessary for a happier life. I enjoy sharing big and small moments with clients, laughing together, crying together and walking alongside each other towards better success.


I also have a lot of plants so my office may look like a jungle 🙂

My ideal client is someone who is ready to learn more about themselves and willing to be observant about patterns in their life that aren’t working for them. Someone who can both appreciate humor and lightheartedness but also dive deep into emotional pain and their own history. I like to work with children starting at age 12 all the way to the elderly and aging population. I am comfortable with all walks of life and will treat everyone with an open door and open mind.


My treatment specialties include anxiety, trauma, crisis and the elderly population. I also enjoy working within the realm of depression, LGBTQ+ topics, transitions and difficult adjustments, and hard family dynamics.


Having worked in several practices across several domains I hold experience in many areas. I am trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and overall believe and work through a humanistic lens. I was trained in Art Therapy and Counseling Psychology and use a variety of modalities in my work, including but not limited to CBT, DBT, narrative therapy and attachment work.



MA – Counseling Psychology from St. Mary’s University

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program, 2 years through MPSI


Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Anna King, MSW


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My name is Anna, I am a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota’s Masters of Social Work Program, and I received my Bachelors of social work from the Winona State University. As a clinical social worker, I enjoy meeting the individual where they are at and utilizing a strengths-based approach. I have diverse experience working across the lifespan in a social work role; I have provided support to adults attending a day center, I have advocated for survivors and victims of domestic violence, I have participated in macro-level advocacy for the LGBTQ communities in Minnesota, and I have worked collaboratively with a school district through family engagement. As a clinician, I utilize a client-centered approach and provide a welcoming space for clients to express their needs openly. I love learning from my clients and collaborating with them to develop their personal goals and work fiercely with clients to address barriers they may be facing.

In my free time, I love snuggling with my dog Wally, baking/cooking new foods, playing tourist throughout the Twin Cities, and spending time with family and friends.


Graduate Masters of Social Work- University of Minnesota

Undergraduate Bachelors of Social Work- Winona State University

Minor in Child Advocacy Studies

Minor in Gerontology

Sabrina Leung, MA, ATR-BC


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My approach to therapy is as a collaborative process with my clients. Every session is tailored to each client’s unique needs and goals: whether someone is feeling overwhelmed, stuck, unhappy, or simply unsure of the direction their life is heading, I am there to support them in their efforts to create a more meaningful life by realizing their own innate potential to improve their lives. I believe that tapping into our creativity can help tremendously with this process, by allowing us to gain new perspectives and providing alternative ways to explore and understand our experiences. We all already have the necessary tools in our toolboxes, but we sometimes need a little help in learning how to use them. To that end, I help my clients recognize and develop their strengths within a positive, nurturing, and hopeful environment.

I have worked with primarily children and families who have experienced grief/loss, domestic violence, sexual trauma, depression, anxiety; as well as those who are experiencing difficulties with bullying, socialization, focus and attention, and other school-related challenges.

I incorporate art-making and play in addition to narrative therapy, CBT, and dreamwork into sessions to promote my clients’ self-acceptance, -compassion, and -growth.

Cantonese (Conversational)

New York University — MA

Licenses and Certifications
Board-Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC)
Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) — NEW YORK ONLY

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. I also assist persons who have concerns with trauma, depression, anxiety, military affairs, domestic violence, and individuals who have worked in the sex industry.


Clients coming to Kirsten 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.

Kirsten’s specialties include: Transgender/Gender identity concerns, LGBTQ+ community, Death, grief and loss, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Sex work, Veterans affairs, and First responders.

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



MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Jenna Taylor, MS


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I enjoy working with children and adolescents as well as their families. Families that are willing to work with me as the therapist to help their child or adolescent are enjoyable to work with as I can involve more of the child/adolescent’s support network in their care so that they are able to feel cared for and be supported in reaching their goals both when they are in therapy and also when they are at home.

My first goal as a therapist is to create a safe, non-judgmental, trusting environment. I strive to create a space for clients to come as they are and to know that they are cared for regardless of what is going on in their life. Clients can expect honesty, transparency, open-mindedness, and a bit of humor when seeing me for therapy.

They can also expect to be gently challenged to try new things while working towards their goals.

Much of my previous work has been with clients dealing with the effects of trauma, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse as well as natural disasters and grief and loss. I have also worked with families in various stages of the adoption process as well as children in foster care families.

I use a variety of techniques depending on the client’s specific needs, which may include experiential play, challenging negative thoughts, behavior modification, learning new coping skills, mindfulness, communication skills, or trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy.

University of South Carolina Aiken – MS

Laurel Walsh, MA, LMFT


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My ideal client is someone who shows up for themselves and is open to the process of therapy and the feedback and challenges that come along with therapy.

I meet every client I have where they are in their own process. I know that everyone is on their own journey and I want to meet you on that journey and guide you through the healing process. It is important for me to be open, authentic, and personable to connect and build a trusting and healthy relationship with my clients for them to develop a safe space to explore their thoughts and feelings. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic relationship through humor and empathy. I empower clients to use their own strengths to work through their therapeutic journey and healing process. I have a flexible approach to therapy where we are here to talk about your struggles and concerns, but also I want to get to know you as a person and make therapy fun and approachable.

For the past 8 years I have mainly worked with teenagers, however I have experience working with adult, couples, and families as well. Over the last 6 months I have been getting more experience working with couples due to wanting to expand into this demographic. I have a passion to work with couples and this is one of the reasons I became a Marriage and Family Therapist. My understanding of mental health facilitates positive outcomes when working with issues such as: depression, anxiety, stress, irritability and anger, life changes/transitions, relational issues, and peer issues. I have experience working in multiple environments including schools, in patient, in-home, and day treatment programs.

Some of the many techniques I provide are teaching coping strategies to manage emotions, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), solution-focused, strength-based, mindfulness, and interpersonal/relational skills. I am committed to collaboration and empowerment to help my clients utilize their own strengths through their therapeutic journey and healing process.

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

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)


Ellie Family Services
4820 West 77th Street, Suite 125
Edina MN 55435
Phone: 651.313.8080
Fax: 651.925.0610