About Ellie Winona
At Ellie Winona, we believe that taking care of one’s mental health is a critical part of self-care. We are creating an office space that is designed to be comfortable, inviting and safe. We want to welcome you in as you allow our therapists to be a part of your life’s journey. Come meet our amazing team of therapists who are down-to-earth, passionate about helping, creative, and love to laugh too.
The highly experienced therapists at Ellie Winona provide a wide range of approaches, specialties, styles and personalities. Our therapists believe that good mental health care is based on solid, trusting relationships and so we try and show up as authentically as possible.
We also have a great group of amazing providers who offer Psychiatric Medication Management, ARMHS and CTSS in-home services.
Our Winona clinic is not yet open, but we are scheduling now for online, web-based services (telehealth).
Ellie Family Services Winona clinic is conveniently located right off the main bus hub and Highways 35 and 43 on the north side of the Mighty Mississippi River on Levee Park. It is Walking distance to banks, coffee shops, and restaurants including family owned Bloedow’s Bakery!
As an agency, Ellie Family Services is new to the Winona area, but our staff here are not- all of our therapists are from, and live in, the Winona area. Community is something we value (A LOT!), and we believe that our care is much more effective when our providers are most invested in the wellness of their own families, neighborhoods and cities. At Ellie, we also value family and treat our employees and community-partners as such.
Meet Our Winona Team
Lacy Osborne, MSW, LICSW
Clinic Director, Therapist
When clients come to see me, they can expect a non judgmental space to share their story. I believe that each person’s story is unique and special in their own way. I specialize in trauma, grief, depression, and anxiety.
Taking steps to start therapy can be difficult. Thus, my ideal client is one willing to start to process to gain more insight into their self. I work with adults. I am especially passionate about help those who have experienced trauma (big or small), grief, anxiety, or depression.
My therapeutic approach is eclectic, strengths based and solution focused. I have had training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I am also an Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) certified clinician.
Minnesota State University, Mankato – Master of Social Work
Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Independent Clinical Social worker (LICSW)
EMDR Certified Clinician
MN Board Approved supervisor (Board of Social Work and Board of Behavior Health and Therapy)
Kathryn Jargo, MA, LPCC
Community-Based Services Director (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
Erin Anderson, MS, LPCC
I work well with adults who have severe and persistent mental health disorders. I am especially fond of working with people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. So, I guess, my ideal clients are the ones that offer me a challenge to think outside of the box.
I consider myself a CBT therapist primarily. I have training in trauma work, personality disorders, grief, and a number of other areas. I am very Rogerian, unconditional positive regard and acceptance. I use Cognitive reframing, behavior replacement, psycho-education, and positive reinforcement.
Winona State University, MS, Counselor Education: Community Counseling
Licenses and Certifications
LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor)
Board approved supervisor
Octavia Brown, MA
Community-Based Mental Health Practitioner
Clients can expect me to show up for them each and every time they come to see me. They can expect that I will show up authentically (always with a smile) and meet them where they are.
I am interested in trauma work with all clients. I am also interested in person-centered therapy and CBT. I am deepy invested in working with clients of color, especially clients who identify as Black/African-American/African and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
As someone who is relatively new to the mental health world, I have worked with at- risk youth, mainly between the ages of 13-16 who have struggled with PTSD, gender dysphoria, depression, anxiety, conduct disorder, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. I have worked with youth of color and youth who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. I also have non-clinical experience working with college students.
My approach to counseling is simple: I will show up for you authentically and meet you where you are. Therapy should not be a daunting experience and I strive to make it worth your while. With change comes work, but why can’t we have fun along the way? I offer a safe, supportive and open environment for clients to be themselves. I use person-centered techniques, motivational interviewing strategies, and CBT approaches. I am passionate about helping people become the best versions of themselves.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota-BA
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota- MA (Spring 2021-Anticipated)
Jade Hudson, MS, CTRS, LMFT-IT
Community Based Mental Health Practitioner
Through my graduate school experience, I worked with a wide variety of individuals of all ages, genders, sexual identities, races and religions. Most often, I found myself working with children and their families. As a marriage and family therapist, I view every client and family from a systems lens to better understand the whole scope of the clients life.
When I first meet my clients, the most important area of focus is building the therapeutic relationship centered around trust, understanding, vulnerability and safety. As that relationship naturally grows, we will set goals based on the clients wants and needs, which will be assessed as therapy progresses. I hold a firm belief that humor is one of the best medicines, which I like to incorporate in all of my sessions. In each session, my clients can expect an open space that can support their growth and development as humans with needs and desires for growth and healing. I support each of my clients as we walk through their journey, explore challenges and areas of change, and make long lasting impacts that foster happiness, health and safety.
When working with my clients, I utilize strengths-based, trauma informed approaches and systems theories to address clients challenges. I ascribe to the therapeutic power of recreation, play, and engaging with ourselves, families and loved ones in authentic moments of connection. In my sessions, the clients hold the power to tell their stories, move forward from hardships, change patterns of behavior, and heal from past wounds. Ultimately, I want clients to feel comfortable and open with me.
While in graduate school, I studied to earn my certificate in Sex Therapy to best serve individuals with challenges regarding sexuality, sexual and gender identity, intimacy and other topics related to sex. I have a variety of experiences serving people with disabilities and their families, especially those on the Autism Spectrum. My passions continue to grow as I explore new areas of interest, populations and therapeutic modalities.
Masters of Science in Therapeutic Recreation (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse)
Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (University of Wisconsin – Stout)
Licenses and Certificates
Certificate in Sex Therapy
Kimberly Moeller, MS, MSW, LGSW, LADC
I am invested in helping people, if a client feels I will be a good fit for them I will try my absolute best to meet them where they are at. Together we will navigate their therapeutic journey.
Clients can expect that I will be present for them. They can expect that I will be a teammate in their therapeutic journey. They can expect that my motivations are sincere and it is important to me to be transparent in communication.
I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy. I assist clients in recognizing how their negative thought patterns impact emotions which then has an impact on behavior. We work to challenge their negative thoughts with more accurate healthy thoughts, gain insight into their emotions, and become more mindful of their behavior.
I utilize strength based-based therapy. We focus on utilizing one’s internal strengths, resourcefulness, and resiliency to assist in working through life struggles.
I utilize solution-focused therapy. I assist clients in looking at the here and now, help them to identify, grow in, and believe in their strengths to move forward with solutions to their life stressors.
Master’s of Social Work
Master’s of Science
License and Certifications
Licensed Graduate Social Worker
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Linn Polyak, MA
Community-Based Mental Health Practitioner
I approach working with clients through a person-centered approach. Clients can expect to be accepted where they are in their mental health journey and met with a non-judgmental and genuine provider. Sessions will be the client’s space to feel safe and explore what they choose to bring in to the room.
I enjoy working with kiddos and adolescents! I have worked with school aged children as well as middle school aged children and their families. I use many play therapy techniques when working with younger clients.
I use person-centered values which include empathy, unconditional positive regard, and acceptance. I strive to create a safe environment where there is no judgement, and people are accepted where they are. I also use validation often with clients to fully accept client’s experiences as their own.
MA Clinical Psychology
Bridgewater State University
BA Psychology, Minor in At-Risk Youth Studies
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Rachel M. Slough-Johnson, MS, LMFT, TCTSY-F
Bilingual Spanish-English Therapist
I support folks (ages 10+) in their goals of better relationships–with self, family, partner(s), workplaces, worlds. I encourage clients to bring as much of themselves and their “stuff” as they want into our work together. I am trained in a variety of body-affirmative approaches and offer ways of healing that don’t necessarily involve “telling your story” unless that’s something you choose. I really like working with clients who aren’t sure if therapy is for them or may have had less than great experiences in the past.
I value authenticity, consent, and consistency. Clients can expect that I will never tell them what to do, but will work with them to find next right steps toward meeting their goals. I am especially interested in trauma and neuro-dissociative states, relationships (including poly and premarital counseling and LGBTQIAP+), sex, chronic pain, and self-destructive behaviors. I am comfortable with both queerness and Christianity, and welcome spirituality as part of our work in any amount that clients decide may be helpful. I offer services in Spanish. I recognize that therapy takes bravery and commitment. I will honor your courage and work with you to help you honor yourself and the people who are important to you.
It’s important to me to find a way of working that meets client needs. I use a variety of approaches (some are listed below), and believe there are lots of ways to heal. My approaches are flexible, affirmative, creative, and collaborative. I honestly believe people who seek therapy are doing the best they can with what they know, and sometimes it can be helpful to have a partner in healing to get unstuck and maybe find new ways of knowing and being.
Masters of Library Science, Indiana University
Masters of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Professional Certificate in Sex Therapy, University of Wisconsin Stout
Professional Certificate in Substance Use Disorders, University of Wisconsin
Licenses and Certifications
- LMFT (WI & MN), SAC (WI)
- Certified: AIR Network Provider, Prepare & Enrich Premarital Counseling, SYMBIS Premarital Counseling,Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Advanced Trainings: EMDR Levels 1 & 2; Gottman Relational Therapy Levels 1, 2, and advanced training in trauma and affairs; Sensory Motor Arousal and Regulation Treatment, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Levels 1, 2