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Meet Our Team

Supporting you in growing and sustaining strong roots, life balance, and flexibility to adapt to change in this wild world.


Ann Kellogg | MS, LPC

Ann is a whole-hearted believer in the power of discovering meaning, especially as it relates to loss, and how suffering can further deepen our life experience. She approaches therapy with the understanding that individuals often feel constrained by their circumstances, but that within those constraints lies profound, and often, unearthed adeptness for change or acceptance.
She finds part of her passion in drawing from the knowledge that building new constructs to improve life-phase situations can increase meaning in people’s lives and better allow them to move forward with greater understanding of the self in the world. She strives to provide individuals with the tools for self-empowerment through various theoretical models by taking both a person-centered and solution-oriented approach to engaging with clients.

Ann brings an outstanding degree of compassion to the therapeutic relationship, and helps clients to establish more adaptive patterns of living via the use of humor, empathy and even music. While exploring the root causes of issues, she also emphasizes the importance of future orientation as it relates to personal growth.

Ann provides therapy services for adolescents and adults who may be experiencing attachment issues, obstacles having to do with life-phase or career transition, divorce, adjustment problems, and grief/loss. Her experience also includes working with depression and anxiety, trauma, sexual intimacy and/or co-dependency issues, and general stress management. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mind/body evaluation, and is in the process of becoming certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

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Elena Walker | MA, LPCC

Elena believes that we all have the capacity to change our lives in ways that are positive, healing and enriching. Even those of us who are feeling stuck, confused and discouraged. Her gentle, compassionate style provides clients the support and safety they need to work through their life challenges. She invites the whole person—body, heart, mind and spirit—to participate in therapy and is adept in adjusting her approach to best suit the needs and strengths of her clients.

Elena collaborates with clients to explore self-limiting beliefs, discover their inner wisdom, and turn their emotional pain into meaningful and long-lasting change. She is skillful in helping people overcome trauma, depression, anxiety, family of origin issues, relationship issues, grief and loss, addiction, co-dependency, and poor self-image. She especially enjoys working with adults who wish to undertake the deep work of healing old wounds in order to gain self-understanding and self-acceptance.

Elena is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. In this method of therapy clients are encouraged to become aware of the body sensations that accompany their thoughts and feelings. By including the body, traumatic events can be resolved in a safe and manageable way, and painful beliefs developed early in life can be brought to light and transformed. Elena has studied the body extensively and understands how to help others embody their lives more fully. She has over ten years of experience in the mental health field, and her work with clients is strongly influenced by eastern philosophies and many years of personal meditation practice.

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Sonja Kromroy | MA, LPCC

Sonja has seen how powerful the mind-body connection can be, not only in how we live our lives, but also how we respond to challenges and interact with others. By listening to and understanding our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations we are more effectively able to navigate life and choose paths that better suit our values. She understands that we are not able to choose the obstacles in life but does believe we can work towards responding to them in ways that help us feel empowered and confident.

Sonja is trained in many areas of psychology including Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and often pulls from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), balancing the structured nature of skill building and gaining coping strategies with the eastern tradition of Mindfulness in her sessions. By teaching others how to tap into their own intuition and awareness one can better understand when to use coping skills and with which skills to draw upon.

Sonja enjoys working with individuals and her sessions are interactive, approached with empathy, compassion, honesty and humor. Sonja has special interest in working with perinatal women and is certified in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders by Postpartum Support International. Sonja also has extensive experience and knowledge with body image and those struggling with their relationship with food. Sonja is also well versed in areas such as anxiety, depression, life transitions, emotional distress, relationship challenges, difficulties communicating and self-identity. She believes that no matter your situation, working together with someone who understands and supports you can provide stability, deepened insight and healing.

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Alexis Anttila | MA, LAMFT

Alexis believes that everyone has the ability within them to change and heal from life’s traumas.  Operating from this core belief, Alexis strives to create an environment of empathy and compassion where clients feel safe and cared for. She couples this with various theoretical frameworks to meet each client, family, or couple’s unique needs.

Alexis’s areas of interest and expertise include working with people who experience anxiety, depression, family of origin issues, attachment and parenting issues, perinatal mood and anxiety issues, communication difficulties, and relationship issues including sexual difficulties. She enjoys working with adult individuals (18+), couples, and families.

Alexis is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist.  After working as a CPA for seven years, she decided to change careers to pursue her passion of helping people. Alexis has special interest in maternal mental health and is certified in caring for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders by Postpartum Support International.  She has also completed training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Alexis is also certified in administering PREPARE/ENRICH for couples who would like to learn more about themselves and their relationship.

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Elise Browne | MS

Elise is a firm believer in the value that can be found in relationships, whether that’s with your spouse, your children, or even yourself. She strives for a calm, gentle environment in which clients feel comfortable exploring their own lives as well as their connections with others. In addition to a focus on outward relationships, Elise helps bring awareness to internal processes, fostering a mind-body connection that she believes is important in understanding how we interact with the world.

Elise loves working with children (5+), teens, adults and families in areas of depression, anxiety, relational issues, and life transitions. It is her belief that at times, life can become overwhelming and difficult to navigate alone, so Elise enjoys walking alongside her clients as they make meaning of their experiences.

With experience working in child development, domestic violence, and the military, Elise draws on her diverse background to help her clients. She graduated with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin Stout, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and is pursuing licensure. It is her mission to help clients leave feeling heard, empowered, and capable of living life more happily.

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Marie Thompson | MA

Marie approaches the therapeutic relationship with the understanding that life can present us with challenges that we may, at times, struggle to overcome alone. Marie is here to walk your journey with you in session. She has an immense respect for her clients and honors the therapeutic relationship through a warm and inviting approach. By focusing on personal strengths and needs, Marie works alongside individuals, couples and families to navigate life’s challenging situations and overcome barriers to success and life satisfaction.

Marie works with adolescents (age 15+) and adults. She has experience in treating eating disorders, depression and problems with overwhelming anxiety. Marie has a special interest in working with women and men in the childbearing and parenting season, including treating perinatal mood disorders and those struggling with issues surrounding infertility. Marie offers a personal perspective coupled with professional training, which allows her a unique insight into the emotional, relational and financial challenges that can arise while building your family.

Marie provides a calm, client-centered approach to support those she works with in finding empowerment and peace within themselves and work towards growth and healing. Marie also incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), elements of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness into her sessions when applicable. She has an immense passion for the work that she does and is truly invested in the positive outcomes for each individual, couple, and family she encounters.

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Julie Schmit | MA, LAMFT

Julie is committed to helping people create a life filled with love, inspiration and celebration. In addition to practicing standard psychotherapy protocols, she teaches you how to use your body as a doorway into your psyche because the body, unlike the mind, is always honest. It doesn’t have an agenda. Yet, we are rarely taught to pay attention to what happens in our bodies, let alone that these sensations are clues as to what’s going on in our minds.

Julie specializes in helping couples and individuals who are stuck in unhealthy relationship patterns, make changes for the better. She also works with people who are experiencing sexual difficulties such as decreased desire, infidelity, sexual pain and past sexual trauma. Julie is LGBTQ friendly and informed. She additionally works with people experiencing fertility treatments, pregnancy loss, anxiety, depression and self-esteem issues.

Julie has decades of training and experience with the mind-body connection. Whether teaching Yoga, human anatomy, energy healing, massage therapy or practicing psychotherapy, she’s witnessed countless moments when people receive valuable insights about their lives through signals from their body. She has special training in energy psychology as well as couples counseling. Her work has been featured in the Minneapolis Star/Tribune and Yoga Journal. She additionally hosts a monthly podcast about the body/mind connection and healing called “Jumpstart Jam Sessions at the Edge.”

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Candace Hanson | MA, LMFT

Candace believes healing comes first and foremost, when our stories and struggles are heard and validated. She highly values the therapeutic relationship, and works to create a safe environment for clients that includes empathy, compassion, and understanding. Candace also believes in the power of mind-body connection, and encourages clients to learn how to listen to and regulate their own minds and emotions in order to overcome challenges. 

Candace specializes in working with children and adolescents (6mo to 19), individuals (20+), and families. Trained in Systems Theory, Candace helps clients heal within the context of their relationships with others, both within and outside of their families. She finds interest and passion working with issues related to anxiety, mood, trauma, attachment, self-harm, grief, anger management, self-esteem, parenting, divorce, and life cycle stages. She also understands and values the importance of one’s culture, and invites clients to bring all parts of themselves to therapy. Candace has been trained in Play Therapy, Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood: Revised Edition (DC:0-3R), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and is a certified PREPARE/ENRICH Facilitator.

Candace is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#3072). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Candace has previous experience as a personal care assistant, providing therapy and skills in home based and outpatient settings, and working with toddlers in a mental health day treatment.

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Elizabeth Hamburger | MS, LMFT

Liz believes that the most essential keys to reaching our goals are believing in ourselves and knowing that someone believes in us. She works to create a safe, comfortable, trusted, honest, and humorous environment with her clients that encourages creativity, confidence, and motivation. Liz uses a systemic and strengths-based approach in working with clients and the relationships they have in their lives.

Liz enjoys working with children (age 5+), adolescents, teens, young adult individuals and families. She has a particular interest in helping children and families navigate the stressful demands of their environment in order to find a sense of harmony together. Liz enjoys teaching children how to be self aware and in control of their body, mind and emotions through mindfulness and movement. Additionally, she finds great passion in supporting young adults navigating post college life and new parents adjusting to supporting their children. Liz has experience working with emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, trauma, oppositional behaviors, family change, adjustment, parenting concerns, social skills, low self-esteem and goal setting. Liz often incorporates play, movement, mindfulness and art in to her therapy sessions.  Liz is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).  

Liz is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her bachelor’s degree in child development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University. She previously worked with children in a day treatment and school setting in the northwest suburbs.

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Lauren Robbins | MS, LPCC, LADC

Driven by the value of listening to your head and heart, Lauren possesses a passion for empowering others to discover their own personal path to health, leading to greater life satisfaction. Lauren approaches the therapeutic relationship with hope, positive energy, and a little bit of humor. She believes that to attain overall wellness and to be your best you, we have to look to the mind and the body for guidance in discovering areas needing focused care.

Lauren enjoys working with children (age 9+), adolescents, and adults; individually, as a couple. Being flexible in her approach and striving to adapt to the unique needs of each person she works with, Lauren believes in hope and optimism for the future and aims to help you find balance and resiliency in your everyday life. Lauren integrates art, music, play, and movement into her therapeutic approach, depending on what the client needs, because she knows that there is no “cookie cutter” approach that works for everyone.

Lauren is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and trauma-sensitive yoga, as well as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). She specializes in treating trauma, addiction, and mood disorders, and she has experience working with domestic/sexual violence, relationship issues, nontraditional relationships, and general issues of adjustment or stress management. She has special interest in working with moms and dads coping with issues during the pregnancy and postpartum period as well as birth trauma and pregnancy loss. Lauren has completed the Postpartum Support International and 2020 Mom Professional Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training.

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