Ellie Family Services
17645 Juniper Path
Lakeville, MN 55044
ABOUT ELLIE LAKEVILLE
Ellie Family Services’ Lakeville office is conveniently located right off of interstate 35, and easily accessible by residents of Burnsville, Apple Valley, Prior Lake & Eagan (and Lakeville duh!). Our clinic is easy to access for folks traveling on all the 35s (ie. 35 East, 35 West and the regular ole’ 35) and isn’t too far from the Twin Cities proper. Beyond its ease of access, our Lakeville clinic offers lots of free parking (it’s a huge lot), and is nice and private, and generally quiet unless our favorite song comes on the radio.
Ellie Lakeville is a community-driven clinic, and staffed by therapists who are from, and deeply involved in the happenings of the local area. Our staff provide in-clinic support to residents throughout the South Metro, and are routinely “embedded” in programming with various schools, churches and other community organizations. Our aim is to have continuous involvement in local events, and to be an integrated resource in Dakota County and surrounding areas.
Ellie Lakeville has therapists who provide a wide range of approaches, specialties & styles and personalities. We have art therapy, trauma therapy, grief/loss counseling, couples and pre-marital support and a whole range of other individual and family approaches to therapeutic services. At Ellie Lakeville, we see ages 5-100+ and do a lot of work with all those in between. We have a special place in our heart for the teenagers as well… kids these days, could use a therapist, and we got ’em.
Our Lakeville Ellie Fam maintain a commitment to developing creative approaches to mental health support, and ensure that each person, couple or family unit receives personalized and customized wellness support to meet their unique needs.
As always, our therapists take a “realistic” approach to mental health service delivery- we value authenticity, humor and creativity (among other things) and do our best to “be real” with those whom we serve. As an agency, we promote innovative thinking and problem solving, and help support our professional staff to show up in genuine ways- this comes from the belief that good therapy must be honest to who we are as individuals.
When we’re not changing the way we approach mental health, we are hanging out in the local area (lots of good bird watching). The Lakeville area offers beautiful scenery and is super close to Buck Hill. To learn more about the local scene, check out this link below:
Meet Our Lakeville Team
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
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
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology (MA) – University of St. Thomas
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (BA) – St. Mary’s University
Erica Golofski, MA, ATR-P
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.
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
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.
Masters – Marriage and Family Therapy
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Bachelors – Community Psychology and Chemical Dependency
Saint Cloud State University of Minnesota
Nationally Certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
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.
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.
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