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Dr. Emily Tonkin

About Emily Tonkin

Emily TonkinAs an osteopathically trained physician, I believe in the inherent healing capacity and unity of the body, mind, and spirit. I chose to become a psychiatrist because the health of the mind and spirit is imperative for the overall well-being of the person. I choose to work with individuals across the lifespan because it is never too early or too late to heal and fortify the self. While I am passionate about working with people who struggle with existing mental illness, I also am inspired by and enjoy working with individuals and families to prevent mental illness and to move toward improved mental health.

My well-rounded medical and psychiatric training gives me expertise in my field, but I trust that you have greater expertise in your own life. My purpose is to listen, understand as best I can and offer guidance and facilitation when indicated and desired.

Everyone needs a direction, once in a while.

In my clinical practice, I utilize multiple forms of psychotherapy, medication management, and the integration of the two. My psychotherapy background is rooted in psychodynamic principles, so I often think about people and their difficulties in terms of unconscious, internal processes, early childhood experiences and relationships, and the formative aspects of life. I am also a strong proponent and practitioner of client-centered psychotherapy. With children and adults, I encourage verbal and non-verbal expression including play and art, and work therapeutically within verbal and non-verbal modalities.

I have a particular interest and specialized training in dyadic work with young children (ages 0 to 5) and their caregivers. Additionally, I enjoy working with people during life transitions such as entry into adolescence and adulthood, job changes, relationship beginnings and ends, grief, having children, etc. I seek to work in partnership with families and individuals of all ages throughout their lives or perhaps just during particularly challenging times.

The features of a therapeutic patient-physician relationship that are of utmost importance are honest, effective communication, non-judgmental awareness of each person’s unique perspective, and a willingness to work together toward a common goal. My well-rounded medical and psychiatric training gives me expertise in my field, but I trust that you have greater expertise in your own life. My purpose is to listen, understand as best I can, facilitate the development of insight, and offer guidance when indicated and desired.


Louisiana State University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Hennepin-Regions Psychiatry Residency Program

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine – Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) – Board Certified Psychiatrist

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) – Child and Adolescent Psychiatry



Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (MPSI)

The Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (SPS)

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Minnesota Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry



Anxiety Disorder
Attachment Issues
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Bipolar Disorder
Chronic Illness/Pain
Compulsive Disorders
Domestic Violence
Emotional Dysregulation
Identity & Body Image
Life Transitions
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-Partum Depression
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Serious And Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI)
Sexual Abuse
Sleep Medicine
Stress Management
Traumatic Loss
Women’s Issues




St. Louis Park, MN


Behavioral Modification
Child Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy
Motivational Interviewing
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Supportive Psychotherapy

Meet the team

Our clinical team is diverse and in keeping with our vision this allows for choice. We merge personal background and experience, education, creativity, and passion into a professional vision: commitment to diversity in both theory and practice. We make every effort to assign clinicians with respect to a client’s and/or family’s therapeutic and cultural needs.

Think of us as your cheerleaders on the sidelines. You've seen it, the smile, the simple nod of the head. Small gestures that say: we understand, we are listening and we are here for you. That's who we are.