Our Therapists

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, group, and family therapy as well as holistic interventions such as of yoga and mindfulness.


Abbie Diehl LICSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)

Contact Abbie at (612)-454-0171 or diehl.abbie@gmail.com

Abbie (she/her) believes that healing occurs within the context of relationship and community. She strives to build safe, trusting and collaborative relationships with the individuals and families she serves. Abbie hopes to increase understanding of the connection between the mind and body, as well as the impact of trauma (including historical and generational), life stressors and larger systems on our well-being. She works with individuals and families to recognize conditioned habits that at one time may have been necessary for survival, but now impede contentment and growth. She partners with individuals and families to promote healing through the cultivation of compassion, self-awareness, tolerance for discomfort, grounding skills and self-nurturance. Abbie practices from a person-centered, strengths-based approach within a mind-body/mindfulness, developmental, attachment, neuropsychology, social justice, and systems framework. Abbie is committed to continually engaging in anti-racist practice in her professional and personal life.


Abbie has worked with children and families for 12 years; providing psychotherapy, crisis counseling, psycho- and parent-education, mind-body skills instruction, support groups and advocacy services. She also has over 3 years’ experience working within the healthcare system supporting individuals and their family members as they navigate a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Abbie’s areas of expertise include trauma, child abuse/maltreatment, parenting issues, family conflict, cancer, grief/loss, caregiver issues, depression, and anxiety. Abbie is fluent in Spanish and has spent her career working with immigrant communities around the aforementioned issues, as well as issues around immigration, separation and safety.  

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April Kauffman MA LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor)

Contact April at 773 837 4300 or April@northsidecenter.net

April (she/her) uses an acceptance-based approach, working collaboratively with clients to help them find and strengthen their most genuine, present-day selves. She promotes healing through self-compassion and internal dialogue, mindfulness and grounding exercises, as well as trauma work targeting specific memories. Creative drawing exercises may also be used with clients as an alternative way of expressing emotions and concepts. April specializes in working with adults and adolescents with symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma histories, dissociation, overwhelming emotions, negative thoughts, and other stress related symptoms. 


April is a trauma-informed, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with training in creative Art Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Adaptive Internal Relational Network (AIR Network) therapy. April has 5 years of experience working in a variety of mental health care settings including a community-based walk-in clinic, partial hospitalization program, and intensive outpatient DBT program before joining NCE Wellness.

Schedule an appointment with April 773 837 4300 or send an email to April@northsidecenter.net


Julian Ernst M.S LICSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)

Contact Julian at 612-524-8976 Julian@northsidecenter.net

Julian (they/them/theirs) specializes in relational psychodynamic therapy and enjoys working with clients who express interest in becoming more grounded, confident, connected, and able to direct their own lives. They have experience working with adults and adolescents facing depression, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, trauma, self-harm, and transitions in gender identity and/or expression. Julian’s practice as a clinical social worker is motivated by issues of social equity and grounded in theories of attachment, contemporary psychoanalysis, liberation health, and gender and racial identity development. Julian collaborates with clients to weave in different approaches and perspectives based on their goals and circumstances.



Julian has five years of therapy experience working with clients from various cultural backgrounds. Prior to joining NCE Wellness, Julian received their MSW at Simmons School for Social Work in Boston with training focused on increasing access to mental health treatment through integrated primary care and in-home therapy. Julian also completed a two-year post-graduate fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and research at the Cambridge Health Alliance. Julian incorporates aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Treatment, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Narrative Therapy if or when these approaches resonate with clients’ needs. Julian also has training in vinyasa yoga, meditation, and spiritual care.


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

Contact 612-310-8683  or  Laurie@northsidecenter.net

Laurie Schlosser MA Licensed Psychologist has been working with children and families for over 18 years. She has extensive experience working with children who have been impacted by  anxiety, depression, trauma and disruptions in attachment. She believes healing occurs through family involvement in their child's therapy, as well as using interventions that treat both the body and mind.  Laurie helps her clients grow and expand their strengths and cultivate intentions such as kindness, patience, compassion, strength and responsibility. She believes that change happens when we gain self awareness, learn to connect to our bodies and emotions and develop healthy patterns of caring for them. She is experienced  in a variety of therapeutic approaches such as play therapy, exposure therapy for phobias, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, sensory interventions, yoga and mindfulness in order to meet each child's unique and individual needs.


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

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Maureen Ellis MSW LICSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)

Contact Maureen at 651-347-4158

Maureen is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with 16 years of experience providing psychotherapy to individuals, groups, and families in the Los Angeles and Minneapolis area. She’s worked extensively with children, teens, adults and families from diverse cultural backgrounds to address a variety of presenting concerns. Some specific areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, grief and loss, self -esteem, abuse, interpersonal relationships, truancy, anger management, crises, and trauma. Maureen has provided mental health services in schools, community mental health agencies, and in a group psychotherapy practice. Maureen is trained in EMDR to treated trauma related concerns.

Maureen strives to provide a safe and supportive environment for clients to foster greater self-acceptance, develop healthy coping strategies, and maximize strengths. As a clinician she uses an integrative approach. Some of her therapeutic interventions incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. She uses a strengths-based, systemic approach to help individuals challenge negative distortions and process past experiences. Using these
therapeutic tools, clients are able to identify problems and set attainable goals. Maureen
places great importance on building a collaborative and trustworthy therapeutic
relationship in order for clients to address emotional challenges and make beneficial life