Ellie Mental Health in Woodbury, Minnesota isn’t your average therapy clinic. We’ve created a comfy, judgment-free zone where you can be authentic, get real about where you’re at in your mental health, and receive the compassionate care you deserve. We strive to break down treatment barriers and provide you with customized counseling services that meet your therapy needs.
Work one-on-one with a therapist who will provide you with mental health care …
Work one-on-one with a therapist who will provide you with mental health care individualized to your needs. Whether you are seeking treatment for a mental illness, support for a recent life change, or help in a specific area of your life, individual therapy is just between you and your therapist.
Attend therapy session with your partner – whether you’re just dating, engaged, or …
Attend therapy session with your partner – whether you’re just dating, engaged, or married. Couples therapy is a safe place to talk through relationship issues with a counselor you can trust, get help navigating a divorce, or build a strong foundation for the future.
Attend therapy from the comfort and convenience of your home, or wherever else you have …
Attend therapy from the comfort and convenience of your home, or wherever else you have an internet connection. With online therapy, you get deep with your therapist while sipping tea in your favorite comfy chair, snuggled in your pajamas, or between work meetings.
Work through family conflict with a therapist who can facilitate the conversation, work …
Work through family conflict with a therapist who can facilitate the conversation, work through harmful patterns, and improve communication skills. Family therapy is a group effort – bring your partner, the kids, the in-laws, stepchildren, your siblings, or whoever else is involved with your family dynamic.
Get support in helping children manage mental health symptoms and learn rehabilitative skills to …
Get support in helping children manage mental health symptoms and learn rehabilitative skills to set them up for success down the road. This mental health service provided by a Children’s Therapeutic Services & Support therapist is a team effort involving both children and their families.
If physical health, significant mental health symptoms, or socio-economic limitations …
If physical health, significant mental health symptoms, or socio-economic limitations are keeping you or your loved one from accessing the treatment you need, we offer in-home therapy. We work with a variety of concerns that affect multiple age groups.
If a combination of therapy and medication management is the right treatment path …
If a combination of therapy and medication management is the right treatment path for your mental health needs, our psychiatric prescriber can prescribe, evaluate, and manage your medication. Our prescribers work closely with your therapist to ensure you are receiving the best treatment possible.
Loss and bereavement can be immobilizing. You might not know how to move forward or what …
Loss and bereavement can be immobilizing. You might not know how to move forward or what comes next. Grief therapy provides you with professional support as you work through loss, process any trauma, and navigate next steps.
Work through unresolved trauma and identify the areas of your life that trauma …
Work through unresolved trauma and identify the areas of your life that trauma has impacted. Trauma-informed therapy means working with a therapist who has a deep understanding of the may ways trauma can affect your life and your overall sense of self, safety, and well-being.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy is a cutting-edge, evidence-backed …
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy is a cutting-edge, evidence-backed treatment approach for treating trauma, anxiety, depression, and a wide range of mental health disorders. EMDR therapy often involves you talking about your trauma while moving your eyes back and forth to reprocess the traumatic experience.
When in the hands of therapists, physicians, and nurse practitioners, psychedelics …
When in the hands of therapists, physicians, and nurse practitioners, psychedelics can be used as an integrative healing approach that opens the mind and helps with a wide range of mental health disorders. INTERO provides psychedelic therapy in Minnesota.
I believe that in life, we all want to be the very best versions of ourselves. However, along the journey of life’s path we often find ourselves off course. Sometimes, it’s due to reasons we contribute to. Sometimes, it is due to outside influences. Sometimes, it is due to reasons we have no control over. I believe therapy is the process of working with an individual, to help put them back on this path and work towards the best version of themselves. In our daily lives, we are faced with challenges; however, it is the way in which we respond to those challenges that helps us find success in our own mental health.
Melanie Xiong completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Child Development. She continued her education at the University of St. Thomas earning her Master’s degree in Counseling, specializing in child and adolescent mental health. Melanie is currently working towards her hours for LPC/LPCC licensure. Melanie has previous experience working in an intensive outpatient program and an adolescent residential program in the Twin Cities.
Melanie enjoys working with children and adolescents who experience depression, anxiety, trauma, relational conflicts, and troubles adjusting to new experiences. She enjoys helping others learn how to cope with their symptoms by providing healthy skills, build their self-esteem, and process traumatic events. Melanie strives to understand and creates a safe space for clients and their family members to express themselves openly and to feel heard. She values building healthy therapeutic relationships with clients to encourage self empowerment. Melanie’s approaches to therapy include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT), problem solving through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as well as Person-Centered Therapy.
Melanie was born and raised in Minnesota. She loves playing, watching, and talking about sports such as volleyball and football (she is a huge MN Vikings fan), enjoys traveling, and spending time with her family.
Melanie sees clients at the Central + Priority Pediatrics clinic in Woodbury.
Helping to heal, energize, become aware of inner strengths, and flourish.
I truly enjoy working with children and adolescents, as they are curious, honest in their feedback, and keep you on your toes throughout sessions. I have always focused on working with youth and helping them understand why our brains do some of the things they do. I incorporate an interactive and relaxed environment and empower kids to be part of the treatment team. I describe my role as “the helper” to problem solve the issues and develop new coping skills. Parents are active in therapy services as well and are an important part of the treatment team. I come from a cognitive behavioral perspective, meaning that in order to modify one’s behaviors, we must process the emotions and thought patterns behind them. With adolescents, this is often done through Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and for children, therapy is modified to incorporate their language of play and parents’ role of providing a therapeutic and secure environment. I started my psychotherapy practice in local children’s hospitals and clinics, as well as community mental health clinics. I am an experienced provider for outpatient psychotherapy and online therapy services in pediatric hospital and clinic settings. I specialize in managing depression and anxiety, play therapy, adjustment to medical diagnosis, motor tics, behavior modification, and pain management through use of biofeedback and self-hypnosis.I understand how important it is to find a therapy provider that is a good fit for you and your child. I am happy to talk more with you prior to scheduling your new patient intake session to answer any further questions you may have. You may call / email to request a phone consult or you may schedule a free video chat online.I am honored to work with families as they go through these difficult times and appreciate your openness to invite me to walk alongside you in your journey. I look forward to working with you and your family. Education & TrainingCertificate in Play Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Licensed in the State of Minnesota as an Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)Registered Play Therapist (RPT)Biofeedback training through StensPediatric self-hypnosis training through The National Pediatric Hypnosis Training InstituteComprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) through the Tourette Association of America
Sarah Hackworthy MSW LICSW RPT
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