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Our Mission

Northside Center for Emotional Wellness will strive to promote healing for children, teens, adults and families by providing integrative mental health care. Offering individual and family therapy as well as the mind/body interventions of yoga and mindfulness.

Our Therapists(


Abbie Diehl LICSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) Independent Contractor

(612)-454-0171 or

Abbie (she/her) believes that healing occurs within the context of relationship and
community. She strives to build safe, trusting and collaborative relationships with those she
serves. Abbie hopes to help individuals understand the connection between the mind and
body, as well as the impact of trauma (including historical and generational), grief and loss,
life stressors and our environment on our well-being. She partners with adults, children, and
families to recognize harmful patterns and promote healing through the cultivation of
compassion, self-awareness, tolerance for discomfort, grounding skills and nurturance.
Abbie practices from a person-centered, strengths-based approach within a mind-
body/mindfulness, integrative, neurobiological and systems/anti-oppression framework.
Abbie is committed to continually engaging in anti-racist practice in her professional and
personal life.
Abbie has experience in working with trauma and secondary trauma, grief and loss,
complex medical issues, including cancer and infertility, anxiety, depression, interpersonal
issues, and life transitions. Abbie works with adults and children and their families impacted
by the aforementioned situations. Abbie is fluent in Spanish and has extensive experience
working with individuals from the Spanish-speaking and Latinx communities. She can be
reached at (612)-454-0171 or


Gretchen Klefstad (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor)Independent Contractor

Gretchen believes the therapeutic relationship is a fundamental aspect in one’s journey of healing and growth. With Gretchen’s use of a collaborative and authentic approach to therapy, you have the agency to help define what healing looks like. Gretchen believes in and utilizes a holistic approach, while also remaining adaptive to the unique needs of each person. Mindfulness and the power of relationship are core elements of her work. She draws from client-centered approaches informed by narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy(ACT), attachment theory, and existential therapy. 


Gretchen strives to create a space that is non-judgmental, culturally responsive, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, LGBTQIA affirming, and sex positive. Gretchen works with individuals over the age of 18 experiencing relationship concerns, insomnia, grief and loss, anxiety, life transitions, existential concerns, and depression. Gretchen is also trained in evidenced based treatment for insomnia, CBT-I.


Kinsey Fitzloff LGSW (Licensed Graduate Social Worker)

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I change.” -Carl Rogers

As your therapist, Kinsey will offer a purely non-judgemental space to explore who your authentic self is and work in collaboration with you to define what healing looks like. With Kinsey, you can expect curiosity, open-minded presence, and a holistic approach to healing. Kinsey believes sustainable wellness involves a combination of mind, body and spiritual practices. 

Kinsey is actively working to divest from white supremacist and patriarchal systems and has a deep commitment to providing service through an anti-racist framework. Kinsey is also allied with the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Kinsey utilizes a client-centered approach to therapy informed by mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy, existential therapy, attachment theory, feminist theory, systems theory, trauma-informed therapy, somatic experiencing and internal family systems. Kinsey specializes in working with folks over the age of 18 and is particularly passionate about working with anxiety, codependency, intimacy concerns or sexual exploration, polyamory and kink, domestic violence, and neurodivergence. Kinsey is also trained as a 200-hr certified holistic yoga practitioner and enjoys sharing the joy of her practice with clients if it resonates. 

In her free time, Kinsey loves to travel, read, or tend to her extensive house plant collection. 


Laurie Schlosser MA LP(Licensed Psychologist/NCE Wellness Director) 

Laurie at 612-310-8683 or

Laurie Schlosser MA Licensed Psychologist (she/her) has been working with children and families for over 20 years. She has experience working with children, teens and young adults who have been impacted by anxiety, phobias and OCD.. She believes healing occurs through family involvement in their child/teen's therapy, as well as using interventions that treat both the body and the mind.  Laurie helps individuals grow and expand their strengths and cultivate intentions such as kindness, patience, compassion, strength and courage. She believes that change happens when we increase our psychological flexibility, learn to connect to our bodies, practice acceptance of difficult emotions and engage in committed actions towards a life that matters. She is experienced  in a variety of therapeutic approaches such as  exposure therapy(ERP), cognitive behavioral therapy, family support, sensory interventions, yoga and mindfulness in order to meet each client's unique and individual needs. Laurie has a specialty in treating anxiety and helping children and teens grow their ability to be brave and face their fears. Laurie works with individuals 8-24 years of age.


Laurie is trained as a SPACE(Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) provider as well as CBT-exposure for phobias, anxiety and OCD.

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Maureen Ellis MSW LICSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) Independent Contractor

Contact Maureen at (651) 347-4158 or

Maureen(she/her) believes an important part of the healing process is accompanying clients on their
journey and helping them process and assign meaning to their experiences using a
collaborative, and strengths-based approach. She strives to provide a safe and supportive
environment for clients to foster a greater self-acceptance, increase their understanding of the
mind body connection, develop, and maintain healthy coping strategies, and address emotional
challenges needed to make meaningful and sustainable life changes.


Maureen has 17 years of experience working with teens and adults from diverse cultural
backgrounds in the Los Angeles and Minneapolis areas. She’s worked as a school social worker,
and psychotherapist in outpatient mental health settings.  She uses an integrative approach to
assist clients with emotional regulation, symptom reduction, and increasing self-compassion.
Maureen incorporates mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, strengths-based techniques,
resourcing, narrative therapy, mind body skills, and trauma work into her practice. She is well-
trained to work with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, family conflict,
trauma, interpersonal relationships, and other life stressors. Maureen is trauma-informed,
trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and a Certified Clinical
Trauma Professional (CCTP). Maureen works with clients to increase self-awareness around
emotions and body sensations. She assists clients in creating a dual awareness between the
past and present, and helps them treat memories that are driving the symptoms in the present.

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