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
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
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
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
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
Sophia Pimsler, MA, LMFT
Finding the right therapist can be a daunting task. However, there is good news! As the saying goes… “we can’t pick our family, but we can pick our…” therapist! Clients who I have worked with describe me as warm yet direct, collaborative but challenging, funny while empathetic. I believe that trust is the cornerstone of the client/provider relationship. We will work collaboratively so you can feel safe in allowing me to guide your healing process, while providing feedback along the way.
As a relational and couples’ therapist, I draw from my personal experience to support multiple perspectives. Growing up in a mixed religious and cultural household, I have a passion for helping people navigate differences. Some of these might be conflicting ideologies or values, differing cultural/racial identities, or spiritual practices. In couples/relational counseling, my goal is to help each partner feel heard and respected as we work toward a resolution. This may include remaining together or choosing to separate. While each have different trajectories, I will support the paths my clients choose. Whether the issues are financial stress and budgeting, in-laws, conflicting family traditions, and even dogs versus cats, I am here to support it all.
In our culture, there are some subjects that are often avoided. These include money, politics, and sex. As a counselor pursuing an advanced training in sex therapy, I believe understanding all relational and existential aspects of my clients accelerates the healing process. By being encouraged to discuss various aspects of sexuality, we are able to see how it can relate to our overall mental health. This may include the impact of life transitions on relational intimacy, mismatched desire, sexual discomfort, questions about sexuality or sexual identity, performance anxiety, and/or past events that are affecting sexual connection. I enjoy helping people of all gender, sexual, and relational identities, and have experience providing care for LGBTQ+ and Poly communities. I have also worked with survivors who have experienced religious trauma, including conversion therapy.
Before becoming a therapist, I received my bachelor’s degree in dance, specializing in performance and choreography. I continue to work in the performing arts and utilize movement in my clinical practice. There are several therapeutic modalities supported by clinical research that prove physical movement is crucial in the healing process. Instead of working from the brain to the body, I investigate where the body is holding past experiences and how that informs cognitive thoughts, feelings, and moods. Together we will discuss nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness practices to not only strengthen the mind/body connection but better improve your overall quality of life.
Until meeting someone in person, it is hard to know if the connection feels warm and inviting. Together, we will work to find the right therapist for you, regardless if that’s me or another clinician. I commend you on beginning your journey to growth and healing.
Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Science, Dance, Minor in Alcohol & Drug Studies
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Matt Reed, MA
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
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
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