Ellie Family Services
1150 Montreal Ave. #107
Saint Paul, MN 55116
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
Ryan Meyer, MA, LPCC
Clinic Director – St. Paul, Therapist
Ryan is understanding, thoughtful, and will challenge you to think “outside the box” to discover and uncover deeper meaning and satisfaction with your life. He understands what “feeling stuck” is like and will work with you to find creative solutions that truly work and inspire long term change.
He enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families and has been in the helping profession for more than 15 years. He is very dedicated to new learning and seeks to find the right blend of personalized tailoring with the right advanced treatment techniques that have been proven to work.
Ryan graduated from the University of Minnesota with a focus on race relations, equality studies, and social work and continued his education at the Adler Graduate School where he focused on clinical counseling and marriage and family therapy’s.His work on OCD was published online in 2013 and proposes new and exciting clinical treatments that had not been discussed previously.
If you would like an opportunity to work with an empathic, creative, and thought inducing therapist who will help you reduce the impact of your daily struggles and learn ways to improve your relationship with yourself and others, please reach out and he will be there to help.
Adler Graduate School, Master of Arts, Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy
University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Science, Sociology with emphasis in Race, Class, and Gender
Annie Baker, MA, LMFT
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
Heather Baumann, MPS, LADC
Heather is a client centered, empathetic therapist who believes every person’s story matters. Through providing a safe and non-judgmental space, she works collaboratively with clients to explore their inner strengths and guide them on their journey towards healing.
As a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Heather has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, and medication-assisted treatment. Heather believes that addressing both chemical health and mental health concerns is optimal for long-term recovery.
Heather specializes in working with teens and adults. She offers traditional talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and incorporation of mindfulness techniques.
Outside of work Heather enjoys spending time with her dog, exploring nature, reading, and taking dance classes.
University of Minnesota, Master of Professional Studies, IntegratedBehavioral Health
Hamline University, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Emma Beloff, MSW, LISCW
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 peace and 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. Emma is also trained in Exposure and Response Prevention which is an evidence-based treatment that that has been shown to be very effective in the treatment Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Emma 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 worked with 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
Nikki Braaten, MA, LPCC
Nikki is a true believer in embracing the authentic self, as well as the power of vulnerability. She takes a holistic and systemic approach to helping others, but also understands that healing comes in many forms and is specific to an individual’s needs.
Nikki has provided mental health services in a variety of settings/needs, including community mental health centers, school-based therapy, adult and child group therapy, and serving kids, families and caregivers in crisis following trauma at a child advocacy center. She has worked with kids ages 5 and up, as well as adults of all ages, but has done the most significant work with kids, teens, and parents/caregivers with experiences of trauma. Nikki also has experience with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, somatic and medical symptoms, experiences of grief and loss, and family conflict.
She is both inspired and honored to be part of the healing journey for clients she serves and looks forward to accompanying the client as their own expert in the movement towards healing and connection. Nikki looks forward to creating and holding a safe space for clients to share, cry, just ‘be’, and work towards healing; she knows how sacred finding a good fit with the right therapist can be.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Counseling & Psychological Services
University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Science, Family Social Science
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), Motivational Interviewing, Grief/Loss, and Trauma-informed care.
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.
Kathryn Jargo, MA, LPCC
Manager – Community-Based, CTSS, Therapist
I am regularly in awe of the courage it takes to recognize that change is needed, and to make the call or walk through the doors looking for guidance on how to makes those changes. Whether asking for help feels like a “have to” or a “want to”, I’d like to assist you in finding ways to feel healthy, happy, and safe.
My early years were spent in homes working with children and families to build skills, relationships, access to community resources, and independence. As a social worker I worked with adults moving through traumatic experiences like civil commitment, chronic mental health concerns or drug court.
I have always resonated with folks who are experiencing transitions in their lives. Whether navigating challenges with family, legal, wellbeing or purpose, we can work together to bridge the transition, or simply acknowledge that it is happening.
At Ellie Family Services, we will employ a variety of therapeutic approaches to best support your story.Through genuine connection, humor and humility, I hope to provide you with a safe space to find out what works for you, what does not, and where there is room for movement.
When not working you may find me running amok in the woods with my dog or challenging someone to a game of cribbage.
University of Denver, Master of Arts, Forensic Psychology
Winona State University, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
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’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
Sara is a mental health professional who has spent several years teaching clients skills-based work through the ARMHS program as well as helping her clients discover their best selves through a client-centered approach in a therapeutic setting. Sara views herself as a guest in her client’s personal journey that helps her clients identify where they are at in life currently and where they would like to go in the future. Sara coaches and encourages her clients through their emotional journeys, and helps her clients to identify what they are wanting out of life.
Sara specializes in working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, Trauma/PTSD, and children/adolescents. She works with clients to help them find a sense of safety, security, and belonging through their connections to others. Sara practices as an Adlerian therapist with CBT techniques. Sara also works with individuals in the ARMHS program by teaching coping skills, daily routines/activities, medication management, and healthy living activities. Sara also has experience working in domestic violence shelters.
Adler Graduate School-Masters of Arts, Clinical Counseling
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Bachelors of Science, History, Psychology, Anthropology
Sophia Pimsler, MA, LMFT
Sophia entered the field of therapy to guide individuals through life’s challenges. Her goal is to provide awareness and validation that our environments have a significant impact on each of us as individuals. Her compassion, care, and, at times, humor help those she works with to find emotional balance and well-being.
Sophia offers therapy for adults, couples, adolescents, and families. As a systemic therapist, she has a particular interest in working with couples to help resolve issues such as conflicting ideologies, cultural identities, spiritual practices, and other concerns. She works to guide couples to find resolution and acceptance despite their differences.
Her other areas of interest and expertise include helping college graduates, athletes, artists, military/veterans, blended families, individuals coping with anxiety, depression or trauma, and members of the LGBTQ community. She has also worked with survivors of conversion therapy.
Sophia’s work as a professional choreographer and performer significantly influences her therapeutic practice. Her belief is that emotional experiences often cause the mind and body to become disconnected. In addition to traditional talk therapy, she integrates a variety of artistic modalities to provide a more holistic approach to the therapeutic process. She also incorporates person-centered therapy, narrative therapy, and feminist therapy.
Prior to her work in private practice, she was a counselor at a Minneapolis chemical dependency treatment center and at an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) center for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Bachelor of Science, Dance, Minor in Alcohol & Drug Studies
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.
Keo works well with people who are seeking a compass for growth in their circumstances that bring them to therapy. He works with individuals (ages 18-70 years old), couples and families. He has had great success supporting individuals and couples challenged by addiction, anger, feeling disconnected, co-dependency issues, post-trauma distress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as struggling with history of child abuse(s), family/parent(s) Alcoholic/Substances/Addictions and/or family secrets.
Clients can expect empathy, affirming words, clear boundaries, and a safe space to creatively explore their internal growth process and relationships with others. Keo’s sessions are engaging and experiential and his style incorporates a coaching edge that encourages through education, action steps outside of sessions, and creative use of resources and strengths.
Keo’s clinical interests include working with individuals, couples, and families experiencing challenges with: anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress (PTS), post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), Addictions/Recovery (alcohol/substances/pornography/sex/gambling/co-dependent relationships), early childhood/development trauma, attachment trauma/issues, parenting issues, relationship/marital issues, and family conflict. I also seek to meet the mental health needs within my own ethnic Asian and Laotian culture. Keo speaks fluent Laotian and has a deep understanding of the culture and the immigrant population as well as cultural assimilation process.
Keo’s clinical approach is to work with the whole person; engaging those he serves as capable beyond a diagnosis and symptoms. He seeks to encourage and empower clients in their journey to understand themselves and develop their own process with support and discover their own unique path to growth, change, and healing. Although he is greatly influenced by attachment and family systems perspective and utilize a trauma-informed approach when needed. The interventions he uses range from: Adlerian theory, Bilateral Stimulation, Body-Mind Approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Energy Psychology (EFT Tapping), Experiential Therapy, Expressive Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Neuroscience, Solution-Focused Therapy, and TheraPlay Therapy.
Masters – Adler Graduate School
Certification and training (including, not limited to):
Adlerian Early Recollections
Attachment Focused Play Therapy: TheraPlay
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
Family Systems Trauma Treatment
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy
Sand Tray Therapy – Advanced
Sex Addiction: Effective Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment
Trauma Informed Treatments & Interventions
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
Jessica is a compassionate therapist who believes people are the experts in their own lives. Jessica uses a systemic approach in her work with all clients and draws from Experiential, Narrative, and Structural therapy frameworks. She enjoys working with a variety of clients including individuals, couples, and families, as well as clients from all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, races, sexual identities, and ages. Jessica is particularly passionate about working with clients and their families dealing with medical issues.
Jessica’s versatile background includes individual, couples, and family therapy, parent assessments, co-parenting, community-based work, and school based therapy. Jessica is knowledgeable in many mental health issues and diagnoses including: ADHD, anxiety, depression, severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), and personality disorders.
Argosy University, Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy
Minnesota State University Moorhead, Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications
Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC 0-5 for early childhood)
Mamie is a charismatic therapist who is passionate about helping people to become the best version of themselves. She believes when dealing with life’s struggles, it is helpful to journey down the path towards healing with someone who can attentively listen, validate your experience and help contribute to your personal insight, all while understanding that you are the expert of your own life. As an art therapist, Mamie will implement these crucial aspects into therapy sessions with the use of creative processes. Art therapy allows clients to create tangible objects and provide language to situations where words may be lost. If art therapy is not something you are interested in, that is okay too!
Mamie offers traditional talk therapy and is trained in Adlerian therapy, which places strong emphasis on healing the whole self, encouragement and social interest, all while practicing the courage to risk imperfection. Mamie is grounded, compassionate and offers a calm presence. She places strong emphasis on forming an authentic connection with her clients in order to create a trusting and secure place for you to grow.
Mamie specializes in working with children and adolescents using art therapy. In addition to art therapy, Mamie enjoys incorporating play techniques and mindfulness skills in to each session. She is also interested in expanding her practice to include adults and whole families. Mamie has worked in diverse settings including schools, partial hospitalization programs and private practice. She is enthusiastic to contribute to and be part of the Ellie Family!
When Mamie is not working, she enjoys exploring the Twin Cities, playing board games with family and friends, and teaching her rescue dog new tricks.
Adler Graduate School—Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Psychotherapy and Counseling, 2016
Concordia College- Moorhead—Bachelor of Arts, French and Studio Art double major, Psychology Minor
therapy services with a client. She believes that therapy should be an engaging, creative and collaborative process.
to bring those same skills to the in-office experience.
Although Gina has training in formal therapy techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, Solution Focused and Brief therapy treatment, Gina believes therapy is about using a variety of tools to meet the client’s individual needs. She understands that talk therapy is one modality that can be helpful for kids and adults and she also believes that play, games, books, art and movement being helpful during the therapy process as well.Education
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Certificate – Autism Spectrum Disorders
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing