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

Erin Anderson, MS, LPCC

Clinic Manager, Therapist

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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

Kathryn Jargo, MA, LPCC

Manager – Community Based, CTSS, Therapist

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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

Linn Polyak, MA

Community-Based Mental Health Practitioner

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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


Ellie Family Services
111 Riverfront Street, Suite 105
Winona, MN 55987
Phone: 651.313.8080
Fax: 651.925.0610