St. Cloud Area Providers

Central Minnesota Mental Health Center – Together, Creating a Healthier Life

Posted on: November 2nd, 2013 by cmmhc@


Jennifer Bauer – MS, LPCC, NCC is a licensed professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Service from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. She went on to receive a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology-Community Counseling from St. Cloud State University. Jennifer completed her internship at CMMHC working in Day Treatment with adults diagnosed with SPMI. She also has experience working with children and adolescents as a Targeted Case Manager and prior to Outpatient therapy worked with families as an in-home family therapist. She also has many years of experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Jennifer see’s children (ages 5 and up), adults, and couples. She especially has a passion for working with adolescents. Areas of specialty include Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and PTSD, domestic violence/abuse, sexual assault/abuse, non-suicidal self-injury, children/adolescent behavioral and academic problems, family/marital issues, and phase of life issues. Jennifer uses a person-centered approach to therapy as well Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and techniques and skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

Ashley Becker MS, – LPCC, CRC is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the St. Cloud Adult Day Treatment program. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology as well as her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Cloud State University.  In addition, she holds her Certification in Rehabilitation Counseling.  Ashley is also lead therapist for the Monday AMORE group, a therapy group designed for adults with SPMI/SMI to continue in their recovery once they complete or outgrow Day Treatment. Prior to accepting her position in Day Treatment in 2012, Ashley worked at the St. Cloud Hospital in the Adult Behavioral Health Unit.

JonPaul Dufour – MS, LPCC is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  He obtained his undergraduate degree in Community Psychology as well as his Master’s Degree in Community Counseling at St. Cloud State University. JonPaul utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist people in managing their mental health and enjoys working with adults.  He has experience working with people co-occurring disorders, Schizophrenia, Depression and Anxiety.    

April Hegdahl – MSW, LICSW  is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker providing outpatient therapy services at the main campus location.  April received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  She has many years of experience working with children and families especially with those involved in the child welfare system or with families experiencing crisis.   April enjoys working with both children and adolescents including having a focus on and certification to work with the birth to 5 population.   She works with a wide variety of mental health problems and concerns including anxiety, depression, PTSD, behavioral problems, and attachment issues.

Roger Handrich – MD  has been practicing psychiatry for 38 years. He is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and medical school at the University of Minnesota.

Sherri L. Jeffery – Psy.D., LP  is a Licensed Psychologist who obtained her Doctorate of Psychology degree from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.  She obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University.  Sherri provides therapy for individuals, couples, and families.  Her personal interests include:  anxious and depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, addiction issues, chronic pain issues, and grief issues.  She is particularly interested in assisting in healing from traumatic experiences and life transitions.  Sherri works with older adolescents and adults of all ages.  Sherri also provides psychological assessments for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders, Independent Living Skills, and mood and personality disorders.  Sherri works from an integrative approach which recognizes the importance of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Gayle Brown Olson – MSW, LICSW  graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  She has been a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker for thirty years.  Gayle enjoys working with adults and couples who are experiencing Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Personality Disorders and Thought Disorders.  Gayle has ten years of experience in providing individual Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Skills Training groups.

Scott Paulson – MS, LMFT  is a Marriage and Family Therapist at CMMHC’s Saint Cloud office. He obtained under-graduate degrees at Saint Cloud State University before earning his Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy at Saint Cloud State University. Scott works with all ages, six and up, but primarily adults. Scott works with a wide range of personal, emotional, and mental health problems. He enjoys working with family issues and has a real passion working with couples and married people on improving and enriching their relationships. Scott has worked in various therapeutic environments including co-located school counseling, in-home family therapy, and out-patient therapy. Scott currently facilitates a psycho-educational depression therapy group and has gained significant experience facilitating Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups at CMMHC.  Scott’s approach aims to form rapport with clients, educate them, and help them understand the function of their behavior or problems from a systemic perspective

Lisa Powers – DSW, LICSW  works as a clinical social worker, providing individual and family therapy services to a wide variety of children, adolescents, and adults.  She obtained her bachelor’s degree in applied psychology at St. Cloud State University and her master of social work degree at Augsburg College.   Lisa has experience providing therapy in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has her certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy for children, adults, and the parent-child relationship.  She has extensive training and experience in trauma, attachment disorders, adoption and foster care, play therapy and filial play therapy, as well as in cognitive behavior therapy for depression and anxiety.

Theresa Solarz – MS, LP  is the Program and Clinical Supervisor of Adult Day Treatment – St. Cloud site. She has a BA in Social Studies, Coaching and Secondary Education from The College of St Benedict and received her Master’s Degree in Community and High School Counseling from St Cloud State University. She has been with CMMHC since 1990 and is a Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy approved clinical supervisor.  Theresa specializes in group and individual treatment for persons with SPMI/SMI and holds a Level 4 certification in Spring Forest Qigong.

Brandon Stavish – MS, NCC  is currently a National Certified Counselor and is a Clinical Trainee on track as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Brandon completed his undergraduate studies at Minnesota State University – Mankato with a major in Psychology and a minor in Alcohol & Drug Studies.  He completed his graduate studies at St. Cloud State University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Brandon’s areas of specialties include substance use disorders and serious and persistent mental illness. He worked in inpatient mental health prior to working in Adult Day Treatment.

Paul Thinesen – MA, LP  is a licensed psychologist that received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and English from St. Cloud State University and his Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.  He has extensive professional experience from a wide area including working with individuals with Autism and other disabilities, has worked with individuals with mental health problems between the ages of 5 and 90, behavioral, psychological and diagnostic assessments, individual, family and group therapy, as well as provided training and consulting. He has been a Clinical Supervisor in several settings.

Jeannette Verick – MA, LMFT  is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who currently serves in the roles as Clinical Manager and outpatient therapist in St. Cloud, MN.  She obtained her bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and her Master’s Degree at Bethel College in St. Paul, MN.  Jeannette works primarily with couples and adults who struggle with—Depression, Anxiety, Trauma/Abuse -Survivor Issues, Addictive Behavior, and Relationship Problems.  She recently completed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training with goals to become certified in EMDR by spring of 2014 (currently able to provide EMDR services).   As a mental health therapist Jeannette recognizes the importance of building a trusting relationship with clients and embraces Family Systems and Trauma Informed concepts to help in her efforts to conceptualize and address the complex issues that may be involved when working with them.


Jennifer Rocheleau Dorholt – PsyD, LP is a licensed psychologist. She received her Doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN and completed her pre-doctoral internship at North Iowa Consortium in Mason City, IA. Dr. Rocheleau Dorholt is a member of the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) and the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.  For the last 14 years, Dr. Rocheleau Dorholt has provided mental health assessment and treatment to clients across the life span, focusing more recently solely on adults. She is competent in conducting psychological evaluations. She has experience in working with anxiety disorders, sexual assault victims, co-morbid medical conditions, pre-surgical patient preparation, among others. She has participated in specialized training in Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) and the Love and Logic parent training program. She has run Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) groups, Love and Logic parenting groups and an anxiety disorders treatment group. She is now the treatment director for crisis services with Central MN Mental Health Center (CMMHC).


Karrie Halbur – MA, LAMFT is working towards independent licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Karrie is the SLMH Therapist for the Kimball and Maple Lake School Districts. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Evergreen State University and a Master of Arts in Adlerian counseling and Psychotherapy from Adler Graduate School. Karrie has a passion for working with children, adolescents, and families addressing: ADHD, PTSD, FASD, attachment issues, depression, anxiety, parenting, foster and adoptive issues, assisting families with stability, communication, and advocacy.  Karrie works from an Adlerian framework, and utilizes a person-centered, compassionate approach applying techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Animal-assisted Therapy

Samantha Preusser MSW, LGSW is working on completing licensure as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She is the SLMH Therapist for the Sartell-St. Stephen School District. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University–Mankato and a Master of Social Work degree from St. Cloud State University. Samantha specializes in working with children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional and behavioral problems. She provides a positive and accepting environment where children and adolescents are safe to explore life challenges. She utilizes an empowerment based relational approach together with a variety of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to aid clients in achieving their self-defined goals. Her areas of particular interest include self-esteem/self-worth, managing intense emotions, trauma work, chemical dependency, relationships, managing family dynamics, and support during life transitions.

Leslie Young MS, LPCC, RPT is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. She is the SLMH Therapist for the Albany and ROCORI school districts. Leslie received a Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from St. Cloud State University and a Master’s certificate in Play Therapy from St. Mary’s University. Leslie has 10 years of experience in the human services field and community-based programs working with early childhood, adolescents, adults, and families in their homes, schools, foster care and juvenile justice settings. Leslie is highly effective in working with young people and enjoys engaging in the process of holistic, positive change.  Through her integrated, experiential approach she strives to help individuals achieve the goals they have in mind for themselves.


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