Meet Our Leadership Team

Erin Pash, MA, LMFT

Chief Executive Officer, Founder, Family Therapist

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Erin is an energetic, active, mindfulness based therapist who puts an emphasis on being “real”, honest, and doing our best to laugh through the good and the bad life throws at us. Erin is the co-owner of Ellie Family Services and her vision helps support the idea that we should always be customizing services to not only meet the needs of people but to BETTER THE LIVES of everyday families!

Erin has a background in the helping profession that ranges from county level social work, to inpatient chemical health, to outpatient therapy, to group facilitator and supervisor! She has worked with people as young as 5 all the way through their 70’s and particularly likes working with TEENAGERS, PARENTS, ADULTS and families impacted by high conflict, divorce, and parenting issues.

In addition to traditional therapy services Erin offers mediation, therapeutic mediation, social early neutral evaluations (SENE), parent consultation, parent coaching, and serves as a child specialist in family court cases. Additionally, she leads workshops, classes, and various groups around co-parenting, teenage issues, and managing divorce. Having a good understanding of the future of the therapeutic industry, she is also on the road to becoming a licensed alcohol and drug counselor to ensure her and the Ellie team can customize services to any client who walks through our doors.


Winona State University, Graduate Certificate, Alcohol and Drug Counseling – Expected Completion 2017

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy

University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Science, Child Psychology

Hamline Law School, Family Mediation & Parent Consulting, Qualified Rule 114 Neutral

6th Judicial District, Social Early Neutral Evaluation Training, 2016

Guadalupe Alternative Programs, Clinical Supervisor Training, 2014

AAMFT, MFT Supervisor Training, 2017


Erin presents at conferences, mental health agencies, and other businesses on several topics including: Court Involved Therapy, Divorce and Co-Parenting, Family Communication, Mindfulness, Teenage Issues, The Intersection of Therapy and Family Court and many other topics related to therapy, adolescents, and family court.

Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Executive Board Member, Legislative Chair since 6/2016

Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Fellow since 06/2015

Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Pre-Clinical Fellow since 09/2009

Association for Family and Conciliation Courts, Training Committee Member since 10/2016

Association for Family and Conciliation Courts, Member since 06/2016

Family Law League, Member since 1/2016

Kyle Keller, MSW, LICSW

Co-Founder, Therapist

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Kyle aims to facilitate growth and resiliency by witnessing, encouraging, and participating in the self-discovery, healing and transformation of others. As clinic Co-Owner, Mental Health Program Director, Clinical Supervisor and therapist at Ellie, he incorporates a variety of techniques, concepts, and practices from various psychological and philosophical orientations, scientific models, art forms, and spiritual traditions in order to develop personalized approaches to therapy.

Kyle’s therapeutic orientation relies heavily on the practices of: Trauma-Focused, Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), psychodynamic, mindfulness-based, narrative, transpersonal and Jungian therapy. Above all, Kyle believes that a good relationship and sense of personal connection is most important to success in therapy.

Kyle is experienced in spiritual/religious/philosophical struggles or spiritual trauma and conflict, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Bipolar, anxiety, suicidal ideation, grief/loss, relational problems/attachment, existential crises, LGBT issues and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He has work experience in educational settings, crisis counseling, county social work, jail/prisons, in-home, various volunteer outpatient services, inpatient mental health as well as case management experience.

Kyle believes that every human being is capable of thriving- each possessing a deep well of inner resourcefulness, which must be tapped using creative techniques, strategies and collaboration. Kyle is eager and excited to share his perspective on the importance of integrating mental health care as a facet of general wellness and loves to teach and supervise up-and-coming therapeutic professionals.

Kyle has a background in music, writing and history, and enjoys learning about cultural traditions, religions and practices.

University of Minnesota, Master of Social Work
University of Minnesota- Duluth, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology


Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

Trained in:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Grief and Loss, LGBT Mental Health, Trauma focused Treatments, Clinical Supervision, LGSW/LICSW Supervision, Integration, Hypnosis

Faye Foote, MA, LPCC

Chief Clinical Officer, Therapist

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Faye is passionate about helping people better themselves with the basic understanding that “We are experts on ourselves.” She believes that each individual knows their unique view of the world due to the individual experience we have with it. Because of this power, she believes that people are their own best resource for improving their world through self-understanding, self-awareness, and the ability to be vulnerable with themselves. She believes finding those inner resources and learning how to utilize them helps improve our relationship with the world.

Faye offers person-centered therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Her belief is this: A strong therapeutic relationship develops within a warm, empathetic, and accepting environment. This environment allows clients to experience meaningful personal growth and change.

Faye has a history working with kids and adolescents in a school environment as well as adults, and couples in private practice. “Having the courage to tell your story is the first step in making this meaningful change.”

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Counseling and Psychological Services
St. Cloud State University, Bachelor of Science, Communications and Journalism

Hallie Corbett, MS

Chief Operations Officer

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I am excited to work at an organization whose core values align so closely with my own, and that breaks down barriers to provide access to the wellness services our community needs. I am passionate about finding creative and innovative ways to work towards operational excellence to improve the experience of both patients and clinicians.

I have a Master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Development, and have worked for both a small outpatient clinic, as well as a free-standing inpatient psychiatric hospital with mental health clinics across the metro. In my most recent role as a Practice Manager, I managed the professional services provided by 125 outpatient clinicians, as well as oversaw the centralized call center and front-desk reception teams.

I love spending time with my husband and two boys having nerf battles and playing laser tag in our basement. On the weekends you will catch me at the hockey rink watching my oldest son play while my husband coaches. I recently purchased a spin bike, and am addicted! I also love trying new restaurants with my family and friends.

Justin Gerstner, MD

Medical Director

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My goal as a psychiatrist is to help provide a firm foundation for someone to be who they want to be, and to achieve what they want out of life. To me, this is the very basis of Mental Health.

Every meeting is centered on developing a plan on how you can feel better. This includes identifying your current symptoms and diagnosis, walking through treatment options, and making decisions together.

I specialize in Psychiatry throughout the lifespan. My particular clinical interests are in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and ADHD.

University of Wisconsin – Madison – MD

Licenses and Certifications
Medical Doctor (MD)
Board Certified in Psychiatry
Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Kyle Ross, MA, LPCC

Sr. Director – Community-Based Services, Therapist

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Kyle believes there is no need to face issues alone. With a collaborative approach, he can help people better understand the life events that have shaped their view of the world. Every individual experiences events that can discourage us. His goal is to help highlight the unique strengths that lie within all of us. Kyle strives to help children/adolescents, families, and adults to recognize the meaning they attach to life experiences. When we understand the meaning we attach to events, we better understand our choices.

Kyle specializes in working with individual struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder, Trauma/PTSD, and Children/Adolescents. Collaboratively he works with clients to help them find a sense of safety, security, and belonging through their connections to others. I practice as an Adlerian therapist with blended CBT/DBT techniques.

Kyle has had the wonderful fortune to work with many individuals who have shaped his practice through work in residential, outpatient, and school settings. He is excited about working with other great clinicians to help fill gaps within the wellness community!

Adler Graduate School- Masters of Arts, Clinical Counseling
Mankato State University- Bachelors of Arts, History & Philosophy

Louisa Lienke, MA, LMFT

Sr. Director – Compliance / HR, Therapist

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Louisa is a passionate, empathetic therapist who enjoys helping people successfully navigate their own path and follow their journey through out life. She believes in helping people to discover their own knowledge and explore their own strengths in order to feel confident, focused, and happy. Louisa enjoys working with older teens, adults, couples and families to face struggles and create a balanced and positive life. She is warm, compassionate, and accepting of all points of view and enjoys learning from her clients through out their journey. Louisa works to help her clients find and use their own wisdom to create inner peace.

Louisa’s background in mental and chemical health has allowed her to work with a wide range of clients. She has worked with youth and families in a nonprofit setting and has expanded her focus to include adults and couples over the past five years.

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” -Carl Jung

MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

University of Minnesota- Addiction Studies Certificate
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota- Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Wisconsin- Bachelor of Science Liberal Arts, Sociology and Criminal Justice
Century College- Women’s Studies Certificate

Emma Martin LaPlant, MA, CSM

Sr. Director – Operations

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Emma is passionate about creating opportunities for everyone, regardless of background or identity, to access mental health and wellness services. Having a dedicated space to explore emotions, experiences, and behavior with a compassionate and competent therapist can foster incredible healing and growth. Emma especially resonates with the healing power of relationships, and value understanding how various systems influence a client and their family. In her position, she hopes to create the processes and spaces needed for Ellie therapists and service providers to meet the needs of their families through compassion, dedication, and authenticity.

Emma is thrilled to have the opportunity to apply her project management and change management skills at a company that shares her values and passions: to increase accessibility of mental health and wellness services by leveraging innovation, creativity, and technology. Emma’s goal is to bridge complex, multidimensional systems to create sustainable, equitable change that honors the inherent value of those involved. Ellie’s commitment to authenticity, creativity, and compassion lays a strong foundation for serving the needs of the community, adaptability to an ever-changing landscape, and supporting staff so that they are able to meet their clients with energy and compassion.

Masters – Marriage and Family Therapy
Saint Mary’s University

Licenses and Certifications
CSM (Certified Scrum Master)

Scott Kronebusch, MA, LPCC

Sr. Director -People & Partnerships, Therapist

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I have a cognitive behavioral focus by theory and there tends to be a humanistic feel to my approach. I have experience working with a wide range of diagnosis that include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, Relationships, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, LGBT, and gender; as well as many different client populations (age, gender, cultural history, professionals, …).

Experience has been multi-dimensional, with clinical work history across a number of psychology disciplines (clinical psychology, sport and exercise psychology, behavioral analysis, home based emotional health care, research and data analysis, trauma informed care, center based/day treatment therapy, outpatient therapy, community education, public safety, embedded emotional health, and clinical director domains). I have experience working in home, school, community, alternative living, outpatient, day treatment, and specialty care settings.

I am passionate about my work and strive to maintain a therapy environment that not only champions emotional health but also explores creative ways to make the therapeutic experience personal to each individual. I have always placed high value upon assisting clients to recognize their goals, identify their strengths, and pairing these with education and skills to move forward with confidence across settings and relationships.
I maintain attentive to the mind-body connection and seek to provide education as to how the human emotional experience is influenced by physical health, environmental health, occupational, relationship, chemical, social health choice, and alike.

Placing tremendous value upon the relationship between client and therapist, I believe in a quality mental health experience where client and provider work together as a team. A whole-body approach where client and therapist collaborate to discover and maintain a quality daily living experience.

Areas of Specialty:

Therapeutic services for children, adolescents, adults, and families
Anxiety and Mood
Autism; Behavior Modification
Embedded mental health programing


Director of Embedded Mental Health Services
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy certified LPCC Clinical Supervisor
ACE Interface Presenter (Adverse Child Experiences)
Managing Adaptive Practices trained


Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology (MA) – University of St. Thomas
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (BA) – St. Mary’s University

Chris Pash

Business Development & Leadership Consultant

Asta MacBaine

Director – Business Operations

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Asta Knoll is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Mortuary Science. She spent 10 years working in funeral service. It was during this time she became very interested in the mental well-being of people.

Asta believes that every person can benefit from focusing on their mental health; having a compassionate listener allows everyone to work toward being their best self. One thing she specifically likes about Ellie is the art therapy program, creating something is such a healing experience!

When she is not at work Asta loves to focus on creative outlets, indulges in nerd stuff (D&D and Star Trek, ya know?)-and tries to keep it kinda spooky year round. She’s also really into her orange cat, he’s very loud and friendly.

Claire Garber, DO

Director – Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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I enjoy the vast diversity that comes with providing child and adolescent psychiatric care. My areas of interest include the spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders/Autism, mood and depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and ADHD.  I enjoy working with children over time as they transition into adolescence and early adulthood.

One of the reasons I love doing outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry is that I want to have the opportunity to work with my patients and their families over time. My goal is to get to know my patients, their strengths and their struggles, and work together on treatment decisions. During my visits, I like to focus on understanding my patient’s personal experience of their illness, providing them with psycho-education on what they can expect with their specific diagnosis, and helping them weigh the risks and benefits of treatment options to consider. I  believe having consistent psychiatric support over time is what helps patients achieve their functional and wellness goals despite sometimes chronic or intermittent mental health symptoms. I strive to provide that consistency and reliability for my patients.


Medical Degree:  Des Moines University, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: University of Minnesota, Psychiatry

Fellowship: University of MN, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Licenses and Certificates

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

Board Certified in Psychiatry

Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Shannon Smith

Director – Client Access Team

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Shannon loves walking side by side with people in their journeys with mental health. She feels like the more we discover things about ourselves and find tools to help with difficult situations, the more we are able to normalize the false beliefs people can have about mental health.

Shannon says, “I think Ellie has an amazing family atmosphere, and the humor that plays a huge role in growth and wellness is perfect!”

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Lindsay Narayan, MA, LMFT, BCBA

Director – Clinic Operations, Therapist

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Lindsay enjoys having a variety of clientele, but she has always enjoyed working with couples. She also likes working with people on the ASD spectrum as well as with teens.

Clients seeing Lindsay for therapy can expect her bring warmth and compassion to the therapeutic process and promote a collaborative journey. She is a therapist who enjoys working with people who are feeling stuck in their lives or in their relationships and are looking for support in order to heal and foster hope for the future.

Lindsay specializes in crisis management, autism, behavioral therapy, and relational therapies.

She does not adhere to just one theory but mostly utilizes CBT, ABA, EFT, Play Therapy, Narrative and Psychodynamic therapies.

Masters – Marriage and Family Therapy
Syracuse University

Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • MAMFT Board Approved Supervisor
  • BACB Board Approved Supervisor
  • BBHT Board Approved Supervisor
  • Competed Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s 2-year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

counselor MinnesotaMatt Johnson, MA, LPCC

Director – Clinical Facilities & Growth, Therapist

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Therapy is a relationship that can create lasting positive change in peoples’ lives. Often times, choosing to engage in therapy is one of the biggest steps in initiating the healing process. My mission is to meet you where you are in your current life condition, and to join with you on your journey toward self-improvement. Together we will work to create therapy goals that are inspired by your needs and aspirations.

For over a decade I have provided therapy services to adolescents, families, couples, and adults from diverse cultures and backgrounds with a wide array of mental health concerns. My therapeutic approaches include components of CBT, ACT, and humanistic therapy. My desire is to create a therapeutic relationship that is supportive, down to earth, and empowering you towards a better understanding of yourself. I believe people are at their best when they feel encouraged to grow and change in ways that benefit and improve their well being.

Sean McMoore, MA

Director – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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The thing that interests me most about mental health is that it is one of the main drivers to success, no matter who you are. The more we are aware of our own mental health and mindsets, the better off we will be in life! Taking care of your mind is just as important as physically taking care of your body.

I am excited to work at Ellie because there is a stigma when it comes to mental health and BIPOC (and other) communities. I am excited to get started and raise awareness in these communities. I am also excited to help build an organization that embraces differences and change. Lastly, I look forward to supporting all of our leaders/staff/communities in our journey of becoming more inclusive and equitable!


BA in Psychology, minor in Coaching- University of Northern Iowa

M.A. in Educational Leadership- Concordia University, St. Paul

psychiatrist MinnesotaNatalie Carstenbrock, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC

Director – Integrative Healthcare, Psychiatric Medication Prescriber

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Natalie has a varied career in healthcare, which all started as a childhood dream of helping others. Following her graduation from nursing school, she worked as a registered nurse in a hospital before transitioning into family clinic practice. While working as an anti-coagulation nurse, her passion to bring changes to primary care led her back to school to pursue a life-long dream of becoming a certified nurse practitioner.

After gaining experience working across multiple medical settings, Natalie realized the need for a more holistic approach to medical care. Over the last few years, this understanding has regenerated her passion to fill the gaps in healthcare, and has informed her approach of treating the whole patient, with an emphasis on integrated emotional and mental health, rather than a condition. Natalie has provided comprehensive health care for patients of all ages, at all stages in life.

Natalie understands how difficult it can be to stay on top of it all, especially our health. She believes it is possible to combine therapy and medicine in order to create the best of both worlds. She has experience developing acute care programs within major medical systems and is thrilled to establish a supportive integrated medication management program alongside the world-class therapists and staff at Ellie Family Services!

The College of St. Scholastica, Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner
The College of St. Catherine, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
American Nurses Credentialing Center Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Nick Milligan

Director – IT Services

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I believe that a mindful-based approach towards mental health and wellness is fundamental to living a life that is meaningful and full of happiness. Realizing that we could all use a little help at some point in our life and knowing that it is OK to seek out resources should always be a positive experience.

I am looking forward to leveraging my technical background and experiences in the mental health services field and bringing that to Ellie.

University of St. Thomas

Brittany Miskowiec, PhD, MSW, LICSW

Director – Law Enforcement and First Responder Services

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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.   

Tamara Statz, MA, LMFT, FT

Director – Learning and Development

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Tamara is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Fellow in Thanatology. This means she is passionate about relationships and has expertise in death, dying, and bereavement. Prior to joining Ellie, Tamara spent several years in non-profit operations and human resources; clinical intervention research; private practice; public health; and hospice. She is thrilled to join her passion for mental health with her love for professional development and mentoring.

Outside of work Tamara enjoys spending time with her cat and dog, friends and family, riding her bright turquoise bike, can usually be found in the middle of reading at least 3 books at any given time, and has been cross-stitching up a storm.

MA – Marriage and Family Therapy
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
BA – Psychology
Hamline University

Marilyn Galloway

Director – Outreach

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What about mental health interests you?

The human condition! We can do so many things to take good care of ourselves but illness may still occur. I feel many undiagnosed mental illnesses go untreated because of the stigma associated with getting care.  I want to connect potential patients and families to the ELLIE FAMILY!

Previously, Marilyn worked in Community Relations and Marketing for PrairieCare, prior to that I worked in mental health in the HealthEast Care System. I’m excited to work for Ellie because I can authentically be myself! I feel the energy at Ellie and it’s a definite feeling of being connected to something magical!

Outside of work, Marilyn enjoys so many things but her favorite by far is cooking! She also has 2 big gardens with loads of veggies and flowers (together because why not?) She is an avid reader of memoirs and historical fiction. She loves yoga, running, racquet sports and weight training. She believes  physical fitness and home cooked meals do wonders for mental health so she subscribes to those principles herself!

Mamie Vetsch, LMFT, ATR

Clinical Licensure Supervision Program Manager, Art Therapist

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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 tends to incorporate art-making, creative thinking, and use of metaphor into her sessions to allow clients to view their mental health and growth areas with a fresh perspective and in a new light. 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 (with a little bit of sass and humor along the way!) 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 enjoys working with clients who are ready to dig deep into understanding the purpose behind their behavior and work towards creating patterns toward improved well-being. She enjoys incorporating inner child work and helping clients understand how their past informs their present. Mamie is passionate about working with those who want to incorporate creativity as a form of spirituality and connection to self as well as a form of coping and healing. Also of note, Mamie is only providing telehealth (virtual) therapy sessions for the foreseeable future.

When Mamie is not working, she enjoys playing cribbage with her partner, reading novels, getting outdoors, 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

Licenses and Certificates

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Art Therapist, BMFT Board Approved Supervisor

Michael Moody

Creative Projects Manager

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Having gone through my own struggles with mental health, I wanted to find a way to support others going through similar hardships. My goal is to always bring a smile to someone’s face and make the day a little brighter! Working in mental health felt like a natural way to feel like I am supporting someone as they navigate through life.

I am excited to work at Ellie and be part of an organization that is breaking down stigma and barriers to people getting the care they are seeking. Afterall, we are human. Each of us with our own story, and I think Ellie is approaching their care that way.

Dakota County Technical College – A.A.S.

Summer Mueller

HR Manager

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Summer has worked in mental health for the past 5 years in various roles. She has a passion for helping others and is proud to be a part of an organization who’s continued mission is to serve and support the community. Summer is thrilled to have the opportunity to apply her experience and education here at Ellie. Outside of work Summer enjoys time spent with her family and friends. She enjoys traveling and skiing in the winter with her husband and kids. She is a proud baseball mom and enjoys watching her two boys play ball in the Summer!

BA- Business Management
University of Wisconsin River Falls

Selina Garcia

Medical Biller Manager

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Prior to joining Ellie, Selina has experience doing Medical Billing for over 20 years. “And just when you think you know it all, you learn something new all the time. It’s exciting, as nerdy as that sounds. It’s the closest to investigative work that I’ll get without being a detective.”

Selina says, “I am very excited to get to work with such a wonderful group of clinicians and handle all of the companies billing needs. I am super passionate about Mental Health billing and making sure clients get the best coverage they can for the services they need.”

Outside of work Selina enjoys hanging out with her family and friends. She has a dog that loves to go for long walks all the time! She’s been known to be a Netflix/Hulu junkie! Binge watching a good show is right up her alley.

Beth Topliff

Training and Development Manager – Client Access Team

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Beth received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Religion, from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.  Beth is a Certified Resiliency Trainer through the Global Resilience and Inner Transformation Institute. Beth has a passion for helping people to rise to their highest potential, helping employees and teams function at their highest level of ability, the destigmatization of mental health, and integrative and holistic approaches to healthcare. What Beth loves most about Ellie is their innovative approach to health and wellness which enables them to help people easily gain access to the services they need most.  Beth also appreciates Ellie’s dedication to a workplace that helps employees thrive and comfortably come to work as their authentic selves each and every day.

When Beth is not at work, she enjoys hiking, travel, photography, writing, listening to music, time spent with family and friends and hanging out with her two awesome dogs, Kirby and Lady.

Therapist Minnesota

Austin Jacobsen, MA

Virtual Reality Therapy Program Manager, Community-Based Services Coordinator, Community-Based Mental Health Practitioner

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Austin believes that we are all searching for our own meaning in life, and that we make our own meaning. Stemming from a person-centered standpoint, Austin believes in meeting people where they are, holding space and walking with clients down their own paths as a guest in their personal journey. He uses a combination of cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, EMDR, and solution focused techniques to assist clients in making meaningful changes in their lives, tapping into the client’s inner strengths along the way.

Austin has experience working in mental health as an ARMHS practitioner, lead field supervisor, and treatment director. Austin specializes in working with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and psychosis, and works collaboratively with clients to help them find meaning in their experiences and relationships, while also teaching valuable life skills to help build stability. Austin is a clinical trainee and is currently working with adults and adolescents for in-home therapy, as well as adults for ARMHS.

Adler Graduate School- Master of Arts, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point- Bachelor of Science, Psychology with a Human Services Emphasis
Trained in EMDR

LJ Taughter, MA

Virtual Reality Therapy Program Manager

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LJ is continually engaged with learning more about how we as clinicians can provide support and relief to our clients. He has a strength in being able to help incorporate the passions and interests of clients into therapy to help make the healing process more engaging for clients.  While knowledgeable about a number of diagnosis and therapeutic approaches LJ has particular experience and passion for people who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community or are dealing with substance use. LJ has interest in using Geek Therapy (incorporating geeky topics such as Magic, anime, D&D, video games, and other areas), virtual reality for treating disorders such as phobias, and psychedelic assisted therapy.   LJ has also returned to the classroom in the PsyD program at St. Mary’s University to learn more about mental health.  LJ came to counseling the long way around.  Before returning to school for his Masters Degree in Psychology, he had a wide-ranging career in the business world. His experience ranges from temp gigs and data entry, to running small business offices and managing multiple non-profit organizations.  LJ brings a unique combination of training in mental health and firsthand experience working in other fields. LJ is a fan of hiking, cooking, video games, and mystery novels.

Zoey Alch, MSW, LGSW

Clinic Manager – Edina, Therapist

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Zoey received her Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology in 2017 from the University of Minnesota with a minor in family social science. Zoey graduated from the Master of Social Work program in May of 2020 from the University of St. Thomas. Zoey enjoys working with clients of all ages but has a passion for work with adolescents and young adults. Zoey has experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, big life changes and has a newfound passion for work with couples and is exploring this area of her clinical practice. Zoey utilizes a strengths-based approach to help clients unlock and utilize their potential within themselves. Zoey has worked with young children with severe trauma, adults with SPMI diagnoses, high school students, families, teens and adults with big life transitions and clients with anxiety and depression. Zoey is working towards her independent licensure and is excited to continue learning and growing in her clinical career.

In her free time Zoey enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking and exploring new places and restaurants and a good ice cream cone.


University of St, Thomas Master of Social Work

University of Minnesota Child Psychology Major with a Family Social Science Minor

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

Annie Baker, MA, LMFT

Clinic Manager – St. Paul, Therapist

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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.

Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate
St. Mary’s University- Twin Cities

Master of Arts, Educational Psychology – Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology
University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

Emily Coler Hanson, MS, LMFT

Clinic Director – Moorhead, Therapist

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My ideal client is someone who isn’t done growing up yet 🙂 I love working with kids for their flexibility, optimism, and openness to change. I also see a lot of young adults and transition aged youth.

Play is welcome, and the time is yours to do what you need with. My hope for each client is to leave in a little better space that they arrived. Clients can also expect some work/projects/experiments outside of sessions too. I hope clients can use what they learn in therapy to make real changes in their lives and not just have “one good hour of therapy a week.”

I’m very strength based and solution focused. I like to take a mix of things from narrative therapy at times as well. I think there are components of structural family therapy that I will include at times as well.

I specialize in Autism (assessment and supports), anxiety, depression, child development, parenting, transition age youth, supervision. Parent support for LGBT youth, and LGBT affirming


Master of Science in Child Development and Family Science, specializing in Couple and Family Therapy

Licenses and Certificates

LMFT in both North Dakota and Minnesota

AAMFT approved Supervisor

Lydia Cotch, MA, LAMFT

Clinic Manager – Minneapolis, Therapist

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Lydia is a warm and determined therapist who is solution focused and strengths based. Lydia does her best to meet clients where they’re at and form goals thoughtfully and collaboratively along side them. Her approach to therapy is an open and honest conversation, grounded in respect, commitment, and humor. Lydia works to create a therapeutic space where client’s can feel safe to confidently explore their journey thus far. Her education is grounded in marriage and family therapy, bringing a systemic based lens that always considers how her client’s environment, relationships, and other influences impact their experience.

Lydia has experience working with adolescents, couples, families and individuals. She has worked in intensive in-patient hospital settings, high schools, out patient clinics, in client’s home and communities, and in group therapy settings.

Education Background

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Masters of Arts. Marriage and Family Therapy.

University of Minnesota. Bachelors of Psychology.

Jessica Colter, MSW, LGSW

Clinic Manager – Grand Rapids, Therapist

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Taking the step to reach out for help is a big deal. I know all too well the stigma attached to seeking help for mental health struggles. I pride myself on holding a very safe, calming and warm space for my clients to receive the help they need. I take time to really get to know them on a personal level, and ensure they’re ready before diving into any tough stuff.

I would say I’m a laid back therapist who doesn’t follow any scripts. I try to always maintain awareness of my clients comfort level and stay highly attuned to their needs. I often remind myself that I might be the only person in my clients life that is able to hear and hold their pain… I don’t take that responsibility lightly. My techniques change depending upon each client’s personality, level of engagement and mood on any given day.

I completed my Masters of Clinical Social Work at The College of St. Scholastica, with a focus on children from birth to age 5 and their families. My work often engages a caregiver or other relational partner in the therapeutic process. I practice mindfulness and somatic awareness in some way within all my sessions but specialize in DC 0-5, EMDR, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Child Parent Psychotherapy. I also received intensive training in the field of Integrated Behavioral Health. I am committed to connecting my clients health related conditions + habits with their symptoms + diagnosis. This means I strive to bridge the divide between all of the providers in my clients world as well as make referrals for needed services in an effort to create a comprehensive care team that provides the most client centered care possible.

I have a personal interest in working with teen parents, those involved in the foster care system, as well as families touched by adoption. My happiness and fulfillment as a therapist is in walking alongside my clients on their journey to find healing + renewed joy in their lives.

Masters of Clinical Social Work

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Graduate Social Worker
DC 0:5  Assess, Conceptualize & Diagnose Children Under 6
Completed EMDR, TF-CBT + CPP training – actively practicing under supervision

Erica Golofski, MA, LPCC, ATR-P

Clinic Director – Burnsville, Therapist

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Erica is a registered provisional art therapist who specializes in grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Erica is passionate about helping individuals find hope in their struggles and freedom from emotional pain without judgement. Art-making experience is not required.

Talk therapy is also a service Erica offers and follows an Adlerian theoretical approach which is humanistic and goal oriented. In doing so, Erica encourages clients to strive for success, stay connected with others, and find a feeling of community. She places an emphasis on meeting clients where they are and helps affirm validation in their stories.

Erica works with children, adolescents, and adults using art therapy. In addition to art therapy, Erica enjoys using and teaching mindfulness and coping skills in session. Erica has worked in diverse settings including schools, hospitals, and non-profits.

When Erica is not working, she enjoys making artwork, spending time with family and friends, and walking her husky Benny.

Erica provides LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy, which means that clients who are members of this population will encounter a loving, open, and non-oppressive environment. All are welcome here.


Adler Graduate School- Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Psychotherapy and Counseling

The University of Minnesota- Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Child Psychology

Robyn Janssen, PsyD, LP

Clinic Director – Minneapolis, Therapist

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Robyn enjoys working with older adolescents, young adults, and adults who are open to trying therapy, whether it is your first time or you have participated in therapy before. This therapeutic process can help clients gain new insights and self-awareness, developing new skills, and set goals to work toward personal growth and change. Robyn also provides therapy for therapists and helping professionals.

Clients can expect an active, compassionate, and knowledgeable therapist who prioritizes creating a safe and comfortable therapeutic environment. Attributes of kindness, humor, and creativity are utilized to individualize therapy sessions. Robyn also incorporates evidence based therapies such as CBT, DBT and ERP into therapy to help clients learn and utilize new skills to elicit change and accomplish their goals.

Robyn is interested in working with Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Mood Disorders, Eating Disorders, Body Image, Bipolar Disorder, Grief/Loss, Adjustment Issues, Family/Relational Conflict, Career/Work Stress, Life Transitions, Psychological Assessment.

Robyn describes her techniques in therapy using Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical- Behavior Therapy, Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP), Narrative Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy.


Psy.D., Counseling Psychology – University of St. Thomas

MS- University of Wisconsin Stout

BS- University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire

Pre-Doctoral Internship- Aurora Psychiatric Hospital (APA Accredited)

Licenses and Certificates

Licensed Psychologist, MN Board of Psychology

National Register of Health Service Psychologists

Certified Eating Disorder Specialist

Exposure & Response Prevention Certification

Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy certified LPCC Clinical Supervisor

Suicide Prevention Collaborative Board Member

Kathryn Jargo, MA, LPCC

Director – 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

Katy Jessen, MS, LPCC

Clinic Manager – Winona, Therapist

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My ideal client is anyone who is open, honest, and collaborative. A client can expect someone who will meet them where they are at, a non-judgmental space to work through any problem, big or small, and a dedicated clinician who always makes them look at the positive.

I provide a mixture of solution focused, narrative, and CBT. I specialize in trauma-informed work with children/families.


Spanish (but it has been a LONG time since I’ve actively used the Spanish language)


Master’s Degree

Licenses and Certificates


Jesse Johnson, MA, LMFT

Clinic Director – Coon Rapids, Therapist

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Jesse works well with clients who are not afraid of vulnerability. A few of her core values are integrity, accountability and transparency. She says, ‘I do not sugarcoat but have a graceful and honest approach. Humor and grace occupy my therapy space often, without the two progress could be difficult.’

Jesse is trauma-informed and vulnerability-based. The therapy space she provides includes; non-judgment, safety, compassion, and grace. She believes that we are the authors of our lives, and often the trouble starts when we only believe we are the characters in our own stories. Denying our stories is as painful as denying ourselves, when we can accept self-compassion and grace; often we are able to move forward in our “stories”. She emphasizes the healing power of connection within session. Connection looks like the energy that occurs when one feels completely seen, heard, valued and validated. With true connection, one can be vulnerable and begin to heal. To quote the great Brené  Brown:“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”

Jesse’s area of specialty include Men’s Mental Health, Trauma, Addiction, Generational Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, Working with those who care for others (Therapists, Nurse., Practitioners, Police, EMT’s, Medical Providers, etc).

Masters – Marriage and Family Therapy
Saint Mary’s University

Rose Joiner, MS, LMFT

Clinic Director – Woodbury, Therapist

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Rose considers therapy to be a vital and intrinsic part of our journey in life. In a world that is continually changing, finding ways to adapt to life’s stressors can at times become overwhelming.

Therapy can be a place to reflect, grow and challenge old ways of thinking or being, and create a new way of viewing life, loved ones and ourselves. She believes that all people are valuable, irreplaceable and worthy of growth, change and positivity. She loves working with children, teenagers and adults. She also is an advocate for fostering healthy relationships, within families or couples.

She has experience, but is not limited to people struggling with ADHD, anger issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, gender issues and more.

Rose grew up in Southern California, she went on to receive her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Seattle, Washington. She has lived in St.Paul since 2012.

EMDR trained
MN Board Approved Supervisor

Seattle Pacific University, MS Marriage and Family Therapy
Trinity Lutheran College, BA Children, Youth, and Family Studies

Jennie Karnish, MS, LPCC, LMHC

Complex Family Systems Program Manager, Therapist

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I have experience working with children, youth, adults, and families. I especially love working with youth and adults.

I am authentic, direct, and compassionate. I have a passion for empowering clients and work, in collaboration, to develop goals specific to their needs. I am down to earth with a good sense of humor. Building trust and learning self-advocacy skills are very important during the therapy process. I am committed to creating and sustaining a safe space where clients don’t walk alone.

I bring a lot of experience working with court involved children, adults, and families. I am certified in TF-CBT and am a certified Juvenile Sexual Offending counselor (JSOCP). I have significant experience in working with sexual abuse, complex trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, transitional issues, anger management, grief/loss, ADHD, gender dysphoria, personality disorders, adoption, attachment, and sensory processing disorders.

I use Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Person Centered Therapy.

Bellevue University—MS in Clinical Counseling

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (MN)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (IA)
Certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Certified Juvenile Sexual Offending counselor

therapist MinnesotaSara Livingston-Burke, MA, LPCC

Community-Based Services Territory Director (ARMHS), Therapist

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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.

Education Background:
Adler Graduate School-Masters of Arts, Clinical Counseling
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Bachelors of Science, History, Psychology, Anthropology

 Samantha Miller, MA, LPCC

Clinic Manager – Rochester, Therapist

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Samantha’s ideal client is individuals who are looking for someone to listen, collaborate with and work together to create more. Clients can expect an open and caring environment when working with Samantha!

Samantha has experience working with trauma, grief and loss, EMDR, life transitions, stress management, anxiety, depression, and anger. Samantha’s therapeutic techniques can include CBT, EMDR, Narrative, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused.


Saint Mary’s University- MA in Counseling and Psychological Services

Erin Opoku, MA, LMFT

Clinic Director – Mendota Heights, Therapist

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Erin obtained her Master’s degree in Adlerian Psychotherapy with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Adler Graduate School. Erin completed her practicum at Genesis II for Families; in Minneapolis, MN, working with families in their homes that were involved within the child protection system. During this time Erin was also employed at an agency in the Twin Cities performing Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services, where she worked with clients to find their personal recovery goal to better manage their mental health diagnoses.

After completion of her Master’s degree Erin worked as a mental health practitioner and therapist in the Twin Cities area, providing individual, family, couples, adolescent and child therapy services.

Erin has experience working with a wide range of clients with various mental health and behavioral issues. Erin works with late adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, chemical dependency concerns, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, and life changes/transitions such as grief and loss, divorce, adjustment disorders, communication difficulties and relationship concerns.

Outside of work Erin enjoys spending time with her family, playing and watching all sports, hiking and listening to music.

Lacy Osborne, MSW, LICSW

Clinic Director – Winona, Therapist

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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)

Therapist MinnesotaJenny Owens, MS, LMFT

Clinic Director – Brainerd Lakes, Therapist

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Whether you are feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, or simply not meeting your life goals, therapy can help. So often, clients come to me feeling as though no one else has listened to them or taken them seriously. It is my goal to make you feel heard and understood, while providing guidance to assist you to take steps to improve your well-being. I focus on building a strong therapeutic relationship, and helping you feel comfortable as we move forward step by step toward your goals.

I provide individual, group, couples, marital and family therapy to children over 6, adolescents and adults. I am experienced in treating a wide variety of mental health issues including trauma, sexual issues, depression, anxiety, assisting those in law enforcement, and Veterans. I am trained to work with families going through divorce. I also offer Therapeutic Parenting Education Groups.

Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy
St. Cloud State University

Courses towards Master of Science
Pepperdine University, California

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Child and Family Studies
Concordia College, Moorhead

AAMFT MFT Supervisor Training

LMFT Minnesota Board Approved Supervisor

Kamber Peerboom, MSW, MBA, LICSW

Clinic Director – St. Paul, Therapist

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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

Kelly Pieper, MSW, LICSW

Child Services Manager, Therapist

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Even little people can require support! Kelly has expertise in working with children ages birth through age 18 with specific emphasis on early childhood (birth through age 6) and children and families on the permanency spectrum (foster care through adoption). She maintains a trauma-informed, strengths-based perspective and aims to involve the family in problem solving, solution finding, and resilience building. Kelly is also a board approved supervisor with specific training in reflective supervision and serves as a consultant for childcare providers on early childhood social and emotional development.

Kelly’s specific passion in working with children and their families lies in the unique way every child develops differently and the way that keeps a therapist on her toes! Kids have different brains and have different social, emotional, and mental health needs than adults. Every kid deserves a provider that understands them and does not make attempts to fit them into an adult-sized mold. Therapy with kids is dynamic, challenging, and incredibly important! This is the work that brings Kelly energy daily.

Advanced Training and Certifications:

Trauma-Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (rostered provider)
DC:0-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Children Under 6
Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate


University of Minnesota Twin Cities – Masters of Social Work
University of Wisconsin Madison – BS

Heather Reidinger, MA, LMFT

Clinic Manager – Mendota Heights, Therapist

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Heather is a supportive, empowering and respectful mental health professional with 14 years of experience in the field. In that time, she has worked with individuals, couples, groups and families to help build better communication, explore more opportunities for personal growth and purposeful solutions to a patient’s everyday needs. Her diverse work experience in both clinical and hospital/crisis-based mental health has shaped her appreciation and compassion for her clients, in having the courage to seek support.

Heather has always been intrigued by the enriching relationships we hold, as well as how these relationships affect our individual growth. Primary therapeutic approaches that Heather utilizes include: systemic, existential, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, narrative, play therapy, walk/talk therapy, and systemic therapy. She is honored to walk along with individuals (children ages 5 to 70 years old), families, and couples on their therapeutic journey. She especially enjoys working with adolescents and young adults, as this is a time of vulnerability, growth and such resilience. Special areas of interest include: Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, self-harm/suicidal ideation, LGBTQ inclusive, post-partum, fertility issues, trauma, OCD, and family therapy.

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” – Brené Brown

University of St. Thomas, Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology – Marriage and Family Therapy
St. Catherine University, Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Psychology and Philosophy

Toni Schulz, MS, LMFT

Clinic Manager – Coon Rapids, Therapist

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Seeing Toni for therapy, clients can expect a therapist who is down to earth and brings authentic self to session. Someone who is curious, straight forward yet gentle, honest, genuine and has a great sense of humor.

Toni’s ideal client is an individual who sees vulnerability as courage, finds value in openness, transparency and humor. They have the desire to gain insight about what’s working and what isn’t working. They have interest in investing in themselves and genuinely building a life worth living.

Toni’s specialties include: Trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, substance use, co-occurring disorders, borderline personality disorder, grief and loss, transitions, interpersonal and relational challenges

Toni’s therapeutic techniques include: DBT, CBT, experiential, solution focused, systems and attachment theories, trauma lens (EMDR)

Masters – Minnesota State University, Mankato

Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)
  • EMDR basic training 1 & 2

Hannah Sockwell, MA, LMFT

Clinic Manager – Woodbury, Therapist

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Hannah is a direct and compassionate therapist who is dedicated to helping people identify their goals and provide support along their journey to find greater satisfaction in their lives and relationships. Hannah works from a solution focused perspective, supporting clients in using their strengths and experiences to find ways to lead their best possible life. Hannah has experience in utilizing DBT and CBT skills and frequently integrates these models into her work. Hannah recognizes that everyone is at a different place in life and works to meet clients where they are, making plans and working together in a collaborative way. Therapy can be an intimidating journey to embark on, so Hannah feels that humor and fun are a crucial part of making positive change in therapy. Hannah has a passion for working with individuals and partners on relational concerns. This includes rebuilding connection in relationships, repairing injured relationships, improving communication, exploring tough topics like intimacy, sex and money, and working with polyamorous or non-monogamous relationships.


Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – MN

Katie Strong, MS, LPCC

Clinic Director – Bloomington & Edina, Therapist

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Katie has a passion for, but is not limited to, working with children and adolescents, as well as their families. Most of her clients have struggled with anger, low self-esteem, LGBTQ, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, trauma, PTSD, suicidal ideation, and self-harming behaviors.

Clients coming to see Katie for therapy can expect her to create a sense of safety through a warm, empathic and transparent style. She works with clients and their families to provide a space where they feel safe, supported, listened to, and free to express themselves.

Katie is flexible in her approach to therapy which may include components of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), strengths-based, solution-focused, and motivational interviewing. She has experience working with a wide range of diagnoses that include Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as life changes/transitions such as trauma, grief and loss, divorce, adjustment disorders, communication difficulties, relationship concerns, and low self-esteem. She has experience working in multiple environments including at schools, in-home, intensive outpatient programs, and partial hospitalization programs.

Outside of work Katie enjoys anything outside with friends and family: grilling, boating, fishing, watching sports, playing sports.

Masters –  Counselor Education – Community Counseling
Winona State University

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Cindy Lee Thomas, MSW, LICSW

Clinic Director – Grand Rapids

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I am fascinated with the power of the mind and its ability to heal given the right support, desire, and resources.

I am excited to work at Ellie because Ellie does not present as another “stuffie” mental health clinic. They have a fresh and innovative approach that caters to both staff and patients.

University of Minnesota-Duluth

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
Minnesota and Florida

Mark Wilde, LMFT

Community-Based Services Director, Therapist

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I spend a lot of time getting to know you and your unique situation.  I am collaborative in my approach, meaning that I think all families have the capacity to answer their own questions, and it is my job to give you the skills and encouragement you need.

I use a lot of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which basically means I teach skills and provide psychoeducation.  With kids I use play therapy techniques, although I am not a registered play therapy.  I am also interested in Somatic Experiencing, a body-centered approach that, rather than focusing only on thoughts or emotions associated with a traumatic event, expands to include the natural bodily (somatic) responses.

I enjoy working with young children and their families. I specialise in high conflict couples and parents, reunification, complex family systems, co-parenting, kids with trauma.


Masters Degree

Licenses and Certificates

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Board of Marriage and Family Therapy approved supervisor

Board of Behavioral Health approved supervisor

Gina Young, MSW, LICSW

Director – Community-Based, MSW Internship Program, Therapist

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Gina’s ideal therapy clients are children of all ages. She is truly happy to work alongside kids from ages 3 to young adults, parents, family units and adults that are interested in doing their own therapy. Gina has worked with kids and families experiencing trauma for the last 10 years.
When seeing Gina for therapy, clients can expect patience, warmth, compassion and an open mind. Gina believes it is vitally important to meet the client where they are at and that is her first goal when she starts
therapy services with a client. She believes that therapy should be an engaging, creative and collaborative process.
Gina’s therapy background has been focused on working with kids, teenagers, their parents and families who have experienced trauma or are struggling with mental health challenges. Gina is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and have specific experience providing EMDR for children. She is also trained in D-C 0-5 and enjoys working with young children. She draws from play therapy techniques when working with young kids. Gina also has a certificate from the U of M in Autism Spectrum Disorder and has a long history of providing school-based, in-home and community-based care for kids, teens, parents and families that are living with someone on the Autism Spectrum. For the last 10 years Gina has been providing in-home and community-based therapy services and she is excited 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.
Masters – Social Work
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Certificate – Autism Spectrum Disorders
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing