About Ellie St. Paul
Ellie St. Paul clinic is positioned close to some major highway arteries so that people from all over the metro can access services without having a long or stressful drive. We are located on the corner of West 7th Street and Montreal, which is readily accessible from 494/694 (and Highway 5 which turns into W. 7th), 35E and Highway 61. Our office is in a quiet, modern, single story building with plenty of parking spaces in our parking lot (which means very little walking, especially important in the winter months).
At Ellie St. Paul, you’ll be visiting an office that’s near and dear to our hearts. This is where we first started as a company, making it the “original” Ellie space! Since first opening in 2015, we’ve made lots of great updates and expansions in order to make sure that your experience is warm, engaging and welcoming. Our St. Paul office also has what we call our “Zen Room” or “Zen Den”, which is a separate, private waiting area for those who need a moment with soothing music, low lights, calming vibes and a meditative atmosphere. Lots of clients who come to Ellie St. Paul end up hanging out in the Zen Room to get some R&R before returning to the hustle and bustle of modern life. Feel free to stay as long as you want (at least until lights out).
At Ellie St. Paul, we have a collection of providers from across the spectrum. Because we are able to serve so many distinct communities at our St. Paul location, we employ professionals with a huge array of specialties. We have providers who see adults and children (ages 0-100+), and many who work with couples and entire family systems (both related and chosen families). Some of our staff are bilingual and provide services in Spanish too!
We also have a great group of providers who are highly experienced in serving the LGBTQ community, who help individuals and families navigate the coming out and/or gender affirmation process. We work a lot with folks who are referred to us by the University of Minnesota Center for Sexuality and engage in frequent collaboration with endocrinologists and other medical providers to ensure that mental health is adequately supported through HRT and surgical processes. Additionally, we do a ton of work with partners, parents, children and family systems involved in the coming-out or affirmation process of their relative.
Ellie St. Paul is an eclectic group of professionals who engage in trauma-informed care, and some of our providers are trauma-specialists who utilize EMDR and other leading modalities for managing and healing from challenging life experiences. Beyond personal trauma, we work with generational and historical trauma as well!
At Ellie St. Paul, we offer therapy, medication management, ARMHS & CTSS.
To learn about “all the things” we do at St. Paul, please see the “Meet our Team” tab in the “About” section and select St. Paul for the location.
Once you’re done with your appointment, we encourage you to check out the amazing St. Paul/ Highland Park area! There are some really nice parks for relaxing walks, great restaurants and dining venues (check out Keg and Case!) and cool historic buildings. To learn more about the Highland area, check the link below.
Meet Our St. Paul Team
Kamber Peerboom, MSW, MBA, LICSW
Clinic Director, Therapist
My ideal clients are adolescents and adults who are willing to embrace vulnerability to find growth and healing. I love working with people who are ready to work hard, feel all the feels, process life’s challenges and celebrate life’s victories in an authentic and purposeful way.
Clients can expect to have their vulnerability met with validation, kindness, & compassion. It’s crucial to establish a safe, trusting relationship so we can have honest communication about the hard stuff & find healing & purpose from it. I am energetic, upbeat, relatable & love to laugh. I believe in embracing all emotions, good, bad or otherwise, to allow for acceptance of our whole selves & to find authenticity.
I work with individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship issues, identity and more. I specialize in helping people navigate interpersonal challenges due to life transitions, whether that is related to school, work, relationships, or anything else.
I am a CBT based therapist who incorporates elements of DBT and psychodynamic theories. I believe in looking internally and using vulnerability to find self-compassion, self-acceptance, and healing.
Augsburg University- MSW
Augsburg University- MBA
Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
Completed Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institutes Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program
Annie Baker, MA, LMFT
Clinic Manager, Therapist
Annie enjoys working with children, adolescents, young adults and families from a variety of backgrounds. Annie has a caring, compassionate and approachable demeanor which helps her work with connecting with children and adolescents especially. Annie has worked with clients struggling with a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and relational problems (sibling issues, divorced/blended families, peers, teachers etc.). Annie work experience includes working as a middle school guidance counselor for 4 years, co-facilitator of Men’s Domestic Abuse groups, Clinical Coordinator at a residential home for adolescents, and working as a school-based therapist for the past 4 years.
Annie considers herself a strength-based therapist who focuses first on the therapeutic relationship and alliance with a Client. Annie then utilizes an eclectic approach in her therapy though primarily uses Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Annie has a lot of experiencing working with children, specifically in the school/day treatment/residential settings. She utilizes a family systems approach to help any Client excel in all areas of their life.
Annie’s ideal client would be anywhere between the ages of 13 to 45 and are willing to learn about their feelings and themselves to work towards creating more happiness in their life. She enjoys clients who are willing to talk in session as well as try techniques including new coping skills, relaxation exercises, and play. She helps clients think about and have insight into their thoughts, feelings and action; and actively works to foster change both in session and out. Annie highly supports working with parents to help kids work on their goals at home.
St. Mary’s University- Twin Cities, Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate, 2012
University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Master of Arts, Educational Psychology- Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, 2007
St. Cloud State University, Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, 2003
Emma Beloff, MSW, LICSW
Emma enters each therapeutic relationship with empathy and curiosity. She provides a safe, calm and non-judgmental space that empowers clients to identify their strengths and challenges. She utilizes a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach that recognizes the importance of meeting the client where they are at and understanding where they would like to be in their future. Emma views the client as the pilot of the therapeutic process and takes on the role of a navigator to assist individuals on their journey towards healing.
Emma’s practice is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which emphasizes the importance of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Emma addresses and works through barriers alongside clients through challenging negative core beliefs and identifying and modifying unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviors. She also incorporates the use of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills to increase ability to identify, embrace and manage difficult emotions, improve interpersonal skills and encourage the use of mindfulness as a helpful tool to use in daily life.
Emma has experience working with kids, adolescents and adults facing a variety of obstacles and transitions. She has experience working in diverse settings including the criminal justice system, hospitals, day programs and crisis management services.
Loyola University Chicago, Master of Social Work
University of Iowa, Bachelor of Arts, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies
Kayla Felten, MSW, LICSW
As a clinical social worker, Kayla provides trauma-informed care for adolescents and adults seeking support as they navigate their own unique path to inner peace and relational harmony. Her areas of professional interest include religious trauma, spiritual abuse, sexual violence, LGBTQ+ identity development and growth, and adolescent issues of self-esteem, anxiety, and trauma. I value sex positivity and use harm reduction and minority stress-informed perspectives to guide my practice.
With seven years of experience working with middle school students and over one year experience facilitating support groups and retreats for folks who have experienced religious trauma and/or spiritual abuse, Kayla’s approach to the therapeutic relationship is to focus on how individuals can reclaim their identity, pleasure, and autonomy following trauma. She draws from multiple therapeutic modalities including mindfulness/body based, Trauma-Informed, Strengths Based, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Outside the office, Kayla loves to dance, write, peruse thrift stores, explore tarot, and travel to Central America whenever possible.
Xoel Gonzalez, MA
Bilingual Spanish-English Therapist
Xoel has lived in Minnesota for over twenty years, but is a native of Puerto Rico who speaks Spanish fluently. Formerly a tattoo artist as well as local tattoo shop owner, he realized over time that what he liked best about his job was the rapport he built with the people he met. He decided to merge his interest in art with his love of people: he returned to school to become a counselor.
While an intern at People Incorporated, he created an art therapy group. In his current and former jobs as a counselor, he uses a person-centered approach combining art and humor to help his clients conquer their “mistaken beliefs. ” His degree in counseling from Adler shaped his approach to therapy as one in which client and practitioner work collaboratively.
His experience includes providing services to clients as an in-home therapist as well as providing outpatient services. He has worked with clients of all ages and especially enjoys doing group therapy with families. A father himself, he gets great satisfaction seeing families heal. He takes joy in helping his clients make progress in their emotional growth, and is proud to be a counselor.
Ashley Gryskiewicz, MSW, LGSW
My ideal client is someone who is looking to make positive change toward a life filled with wellness, stability, and peace.
What clients can expect when coming to see me is a therapist who employs a person-centered approach, that is, meeting individuals where they are at in their journey and to explore with them potential for positive and meaningful change.
My specialties include: Individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, ASD, self-esteem/self-worth issues, family conflict, parenting, and trauma.
I use an array of therapeutic techniques including solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT), Adlerian therapy, trauma-informed care, and crisis-intervention.
Augsburg University – MSW
Licenses and Certifications
LGSW – Licensed Graduate Social Worker
Devin Hendrickson, MSW, LGSW
There are times in life when you need some extra support in navigating changes and challenges. Therapy should be a place where you feel safe and supported when life gets hard. A client working with me can expect to be met with compassion, empathy, and warmth; it’s very important to me to create a safe space for my clients to process through life’s challenges. I use a non-judgemental perspective while working alongside clients to help them identify their strengths and challenges. I work to help clients to find ways to change and grow, while also celebrating accomplishments- big and small.
Seeking therapy is a vulnerable and brave step forward. My ideal client is looking for ways to improve their quality of life, and open to discussing their challenges. I enjoy working with young adults and adults who are looking to better understand themselves, improve their interpersonal relationships, and are open and willing to transform their perspective to help find inner peace and live in alignment with their values.
I view all clients through a strengths-based and trauma-informed lens. I believe that the environments and systems in which we live have a significant impact on our wellness, and I take a holistic approach when working with individuals. I use concepts and techniques from various therapeutic modalities including humanistic, attachment-based therapy, narrative therapy, mindfulness, and person-centered therapy to help guide healing by integrating cognitive, physical, and spiritual elements of the self.
Master of Social Work (MSW), Loyola University Chicago
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Family Social Sciences, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
License and Certifications
Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW)
Wade took the path less traveled to becoming a therapist. After 30+ years of gaining life experiences (good and bad) ultimately he was called to the helping profession. It is from his life experiences and the perspectives that he’s gained from traveling, volunteering and his education that he makes it of primary importance to meet every person he works with ‘where they’re at’. He believes strongly that the level of comfort each person has in working with him will lead to their own successes.
Wade views each individual as their unique whole self, and through challenging them to ‘see things differently’ he helps individuals, couples and families to achieve the goals and outcomes they seek in therapy. Wade brings a creative and empathetic approach to helping clients with depression, anxiety, bipolar, relationship concerns, trauma/PTSD, ADHD, substance use disorders and grief and loss. He spent 5 years serving individuals and families in their homes prior to working at the Department of Human Services overseeing a statewide mental health program (ARMHS).
Adler Graduate School, Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
University of St. Thomas, Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and Mass Communication (Advertising)
Paige Lehto, MS, LMFT
Paige’s ideal client is either an individual or family that is ready to work on their emotional connection, increase their communication, or to help during life transitions. She enjoys helping those who have experienced stressful things in their lives process and understand the emotions that come along with this. She enjoys working with children, teens, and adults.
Seeing Paige for therapy, clients can expect that she will go at your pace and spend time building connection and trust. Paige enjoys using humor when appropriate and getting to know your interests. Paige works collaboratively to help clients to understand their strengths and to utilize them to help with healing.
As a marriage and family therapist, Paige enjoys getting to know your background and what led you to being in front of her today. She has worked in a variety of settings such as; outpatient, inpatient treatment, school based, in-home, and crisis services. She has experience working with those who have experienced trauma and she is trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She also has experience working with those who struggle with body image, self-esteem, communication issues, attachment concerns, depression, anxiety, and those who have or are currently struggling with addiction.
Paige describers herself as an experiential therapist, meaning that she wants to be actively involved in this process with you and believes that it is important for you to have a connection and feel that you can trust me. She utilizes traditional talk therapy (CBT), play therapy techniques when appropriate, sand tray therapy, solution focused, structural, and EMDR when appropriate.
Masters – Marriage and Family Therapy
Saint Cloud State University
Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Megan McTeague, MSW, LICSW
My ideal clients are teens and young adults looking to improve their emotional well being, deepen their understanding of themselves, strengthen their inner resilience, and improve their relationships with themselves AND others. My ideal client is someone who comes to therapy with a list of things to talk about (let’s dive in!) and a willingness to try new techniques for coping.
Clients can expect a therapist who is down-to-earth, identity-affirming, humorous, and in your corner always. I am the type of therapist who can offer you really concrete skills for managing your stressors and overcoming obstacles, or I can just be a listening ear when you just simply need to be heard. You can also expect to meet my dog and cats if we are doing telehealth! 🙂
I specialize in working with adolescent mental health and LGBTQ+ mental health. I primarily work with mood disorders and anxiety disorder. I have a special interest in working with young people who are struggling with self-injurious behaviors, and those who are struggling with their sexuality/gender identity.
I combine CBT and DBT primarily, with some psychodynamic theory thrown in there (understanding how your past experiences influence your current reality)
Master of Social Work
University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University
Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker – LICSW
Kile Minnis, MA
Kile believes that through compassionate honesty and the healing power of relationships, we all have the potential to be the best that we can be. Kile believes that a contextual understanding of the powers that shape our narratives are vital to understanding an individual’s journey from suffering to joy. Through the therapeutic relationship Kile strives to create a context that adds a new experience for the client to view the world from.
Kile comes from an MFT Background who is interested in working families, couples and individuals in their strive towards joy. Kile has had experience working with young children doing play therapy and working with families in their attempts to overcome life’s struggles.
Currently in Masters Degree of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy From SCSU
Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Sociology from SCSU
Brittany Miskowiec, PhD, MSW, LICSW
Dr. Brittany Miskowiec is the Director of the Law Enforcement and First Responder program at Ellie. She has worked as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Suicidologist for nearly 15 years. For the past decade, Dr. Miskowiec has focused on work with veterans, law enforcement, and first responders. She is passionate about her work with these populations and prides herself in creating a comfortable environment for clients to talk. Brittany has a laid-back, conversational approach to wellness consultations and therapy. She frequently uses humor and sarcasm to meet the unique needs of each client.
Matt Reed, MA
Kristen Paradise, MS, LPC
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
Michael Sadowsky, MSW, LICSW, MAHS
Michael is a clinical social worker with an integrative and holistic approach to psychotherapy. His practice is rooted in mindfulness, CBT and DBT approaches, EMDR, 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.
Person-Centered I have a strong belief that we must always meet the client where they are at. Being able to put their thoughts and problems into a safe space with someone who is willing to listen allows the client to find their own understanding and solutions.
Solution-Focused Primarily I love to find creative ways to help clients find ways to manage their daily stressors and situations. If it comes to art making, to integrating mindfulness techniques, or figuring out ways to manage, it is one of my specialties that I enjoy doing.
Finishing my MA in Counseling and Psychological Services at Saint Mary’s University to ultimately pursue my LPCC licensure.
BA in Psychology and Minor with Sociology and Anthropology at Hamline University.
Prairie Care I have experience working in working at a psychiatric hospital with adolescents and children. I have been fortune to see many young individuals find recovery in their journey.
MTHC (Minnesota Trans Health Coalition) I was a volunteer at at MTHC for a year.
Things About Me:
Bright, Humorous, Passionate
I am not only passionate, but often excited to work with individuals in every session that I walk into. I love to be creative and integrative with many different interventions with clients, often letting them take control of their recovery in fun ways. If that includes exploring your strengths, managing barriers, or developing coping skills.
Aynsley D. Smith, MSN, MPH, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Medication Management Prescriber
I am interested in all aspects of physical and mental health, particularly their interrelationship. Although I have worked in specialties (hepatology, palliative care, and now psychiatry and mental health), I value a broad comprehensive holistic approach to care and life. I am interested in working with all clients and all mental health concerns. I value excellent communication and collaboration with patients, families, mental health colleagues, medical providers, and communities, to strive for coordinated care and reduction of avoidable stress.
*A friendly curious care partner who wants to know:
-what is important to you
-what are your concerns, challenges, and strengths
-how you would like to work together to develop an acceptable, safe care plan that suits your goals
*You can expect me to take time to discuss treatment options, their risks and benefits in the setting of your unique health concerns, to ensure thoughtful, shared decision making prior to selecting a treatment.
*If a treatment is selected, you can expect ongoing review to ensure tolerance and safety, education, and assessment of effectiveness.
Not fluent yet functional speaking French
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Public Health
Licenses and Certifications
Mara Stommes, MA
I collaborate with teens and adults, experiencing interpersonal distress, grief, loss, sexual assault and trauma, life transition, identity-related concerns and stress (related to career, relationships, communication, etc.). I also have extensive experience supporting college students transitioning in and out of college, and would be eager to support students juggling academics, family, work and life.
I am holistic, taking a mind-body approach, believing that our wellbeing is tied into all other aspects of life. I use techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Family Systems, Narrative, Person-Centered.
My ideal clients are teens and adults. I can best support individuals who are open to learning about themselves through a therapeutic relationship and are interested in trying new ways to understand and support their wellbeing. I enjoy collaborating with individuals of all backgrounds who are interested in exploring their intersecting identities and want to work towards becoming their more authentic selves.
As a client you can expect a non-judgmental space, where you can explore yourself and work towards the change you are looking for. Together we will identify goals, strengths, and any underlying barriers to create an individualized approach to meet your needs. I will ask thoughtful questions, explore what holistic wellness feels like for you and support you in naming environments that are causing distress.
University of Minnesota – MA, Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology
Pursuing LPCC licensure
Bryn is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over 10 years of experience and is passionate about helping individuals to develop skills and foster strengths to thrive emotionally, relationally, professionally, and within their communities. She excels at building positive, therapeutic rapport with clients through her warm personality and sense of humor. She is highly skilled in developing creative, solution-focused interventions and goals relevant to each individual’s unique needs. She has experience with a variety of evidenced based techniques including CBT, DBT, strength-based counseling, LGBTQ counseling, solution-focused counseling, and trauma-based interventions.
Bryn has primarily treated adults and adolescents and strongly encourages the development of self-efficacy, self-esteem, and self-advocacy skills. Bryn’s experience providing individual therapy and treatment in an Intensive Outpatient Setting has led her to develop a variety of skills to utilize when working with persons with varying diagnoses including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorders, PTSD, ADHD, Personality Disorders, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Bryn has experience in treating persons who have experienced past and/or current trauma, abuse, neglect and have grown up in highly dysfunctional families. She has a passion for helping people to develop self-worth and to attempt to alter many negative messages that they may hold about themselves. It is Bryn’s belief that all persons have worth and they can learn to value themselves. Bryn feels that it is important to explore our inner selves and work towards successful functioning by utilizing our personal strengths to achieve wellness and our life goals.
Master of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Counseling and Psychological Services
Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls