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, MSW, LGSW (Licensed Social Worker)

Abbie has worked with children and families for 10 years; providing therapy, crisis counseling, psycho-education, mind-body skills instruction, support groups and advocacy services. Abbie believes that healing occurs within the context of relationship and community. She strives to build safe, trusting and collaborative relationships with the individuals she serves and their loved ones. Abbie utilizes person-centered, developmental and strengths-based perspectives, as well as mindfulness-based techniques in her work.  Through her work at a Child Advocacy Center, Abbie gained in-depth knowledge and experience working with children and families who have impacted by abuse and maltreatment (specifically child sexual abuse), family and community violence and trauma. She also has experience helping children and their caregivers with family conflict, parenting issues, and mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.  Abbie also works in the medical field supporting adults and their family members as they navigate serious illness, treatment and issues around grief and loss. 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.  Abbie can be reached at (612) 454-0171 or diehl.abbie@gmail.com

April Kauffman MA

April uses a client centered approach to create an atmosphere of acceptance. She helps clients reach a state of mindfulness, express emotions that are difficult to talk about, and see things from a new perspective using a variety of techniques including Art Therapy and EMDR. She works with adults and adolescents struggling with a wide range of issues including a history of trauma, negative thoughts and feelings and self -destructive behaviors.

April completed her Master’s degree in Art Therapy and Clinical Counseling in January 2018 and worked as a DBT therapist at an intensive outpatient clinic before joining NCE Wellness. She is fully trained in EMDR and continues to educate herself on trauma treatment.

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

Julian Ernst M.S LICSW

Schedule an appointment (612) 293-5213 or send an email to 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.

o schedule with Julian (612) 293-5213 or send an email to julian@northsidecenter.net

Laurie Schlosser MA LP Licensed Psychologist / Director


Laurie Schlosser MA Licensed Psychologist(Therapist and owner) has been working with children and families for over 15 years.She has extensive experience working with children who have been impacted by trauma, anxiety, depression 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, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, sensory interventions, yoga and mindfulness in order to meet each child's unique and individual needs. She is also trained in Zero to Five Diagnosis. Contact: 612-310-8683

Maureen Ellis MSW LICSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)

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

To schedule an appointment with Maureen call 651-347-4158

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We are located at: 

NCE Wellness

4151 Thomas Avenue N

Minneapolis, MN 55412


The Yoga Room 

4153 Thomas Avenue N Minneapolis MN


Phone 612-310-8683

Fax 651-925-0441


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