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Meet our Therapists

Our licensed mental health professionals serve youth, adults and families from diverse cultures, ethnicities and life experiences. We offer individual, family and couples counseling services.


Jocelyn Thoemke

Jocelyn Thoemke LMFT, ATR-BC

Jocelyn is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a registered art therapist. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults; and has worked in outpatient and day treatment settings providing both verbal and art therapy. She has experience providing individual and family therapy as well as facilitating a variety of social skills and therapy groups. Jocelyn’s work with clients has been primarily been focused on challenges associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and has experience working with clients who have experienced trauma. When Jocelyn is not with clients, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, biking, singing in the car, playing board games, making things (art, food, etc.), and playing Bingo.



Carolyn Babekuhl, LGSW, LICSW

Carolyn received her Master of Social Work from Augsburg University and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LICSW). She has experience working in outpatient clinics, in the community and in schools and has worked with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma, LGBTQ+ identities, family conflict, grief and loss, social injustices, anger management and adjustment challenges. Her special interest involves working with youth as they transition into adulthood and increasing awareness of mental health issues. She focuses on meeting the client where they're at in their journey and providing a safe environment where all are welcome.


Laurie Berlin, LMFT, LPCC

Laurie Berlin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an LMFT and LPCC board-approved supervisor. She enjoys mentoring clinicians who are working toward clinical licensure and has experience working with individuals and families who have experienced grief and loss, trauma, depression, suicidal and self-harming youth, anxiety, LGBTQ+, social injustices, life transitions, and academic challenges. She focuses on working with at-risk, underserved, and multicultural youth and young adults within the school and clinic settings. Laurie is passionate about reducing stigma around mental health and removing barriers to increase access to mental health services for all people. Laurie places a strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship, provides a nonjudgmental stance, and believes that people have the resources within them to achieve their fullest potential when provided a brave and safe space for personal exploration and growth.   


Emily Clements, LICSW

Emily is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) who works as a School-Based Therapist at Roseville Area Middle School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver. Emily has experience working with anxiety and depressive disorders, trauma, life transitions, LGBTQIA clients, and relationship issues. Her  special interest is in working with young people as they navigate the highs and lows of adolescence. Emily generally utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment-Based Therapy, and Strengths-Based Therapy when meeting with clients and approaches each session with a trauma-informed lens. Emily believes that a safe and trusting client-clinician relationship is the foundation for change making. Prior to coming to NYFS, Emily spent several years working with children and parents on building and repairing attachment relationships.  


Lauren Kelzenberg, Intern

Lauren is a Clinical Social Worker intern. She is finishing up her last year of graduate school at St. Kate's and upon graduation she hopes to become a school-based therapist and continue advocating for youth in our schools. Lauren's office will be located in the library if you want to come say hi or need guidance on finding the right resources. Lauren is a dog mom to a now one year old Aussie and enjoys boxing and kayaking in her spare time. 

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Carl Luepker, Intern

Carl is currently in the mental health clinician program at Adler Graduate School. He has almost two decades of teaching experience, mostly in 6th grade math and most recently at Harambee Elementary School. Carl was also a fellow at the U of MN's Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Autism (MNLEND) Program. 


Steven Lutes, MSW, LICSW, MPP

Steven is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has been serving in the mantal health field for a decade. He has experience working with children and youth with trauma, depression, anxiety, academic and behavioral difficulties and grief and loss. Steven believes that the therapeutic relationship is central to the healing that takes place in therapy and is committed to provide a place for clients to understand themselves and move forward to heal and grow. He is the manager of school-based services at Northeast Youth & Family Services, supervising therapists across three districts. He is passionate about improving the children’s mental health system. 

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