CENTRAL MINNESOTA MENTAL HEALTH CENTER…A time to heal, a place to start.

Buffalo Area Providers

CENTRAL MINNESOTA MENTAL HEALTH CENTER…A time to heal, a place to start.

Posted on: November 2nd, 2013 by cmmhc@


Brittany Askelin – MA, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The College of Saint Scholastica, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Saint Thomas.  Her work experiences include but are not limited to working with adults who experience mood disorders, anxiety, trauma symptoms and chemical dependencies. She works as both an Outpatient Mental Health provider and in the Adult Day Treatment program. Brittany uses an integrated approach to therapy which utilizes person-centered and strengths based techniques to empower the individual to gain personal insight and support. She values bearing witness to and acknowledging the impact of societal influences on an individual’s ability to live a healthy and fulfilling life.  This is done in a way that honors the client’s unique and diverse identity and strengthening community.

Stephanie Barnes – MSW, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker and the Clinic Manager of CMMHC’s Buffalo Office.  She received her Bachelor of Arts, Psychology & Criminal Justice and her Master of Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine.  She specializes in the areas of Serious & Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD and Domestic Violence.  Stephanie coordinates the Wright County Batterer’s Intervention Program and provides outpatient therapy for adolescents and adults. 

Pepper Clemmensen – MS, LPCC, CRC   has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychological Science from Gustavus Adolphus College, and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has a specialty in working with individuals with disabilities and their family members, and also has experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. Pepper works with clients ages 13 and older, and also currently works in the Adult Day Treatment program.

Jenna Haarstick – MS, LMFT   is a licensed marriage and Family Therapist with an undergraduate degree from Moorhead State in Psychology and  graduate degree from Capella University in Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to all other ages, Jenna is certified to work with the birth to five population. Jenna has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, couples, and family therapy.

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.

Pamela Henderson – Psy.D, LP  received her Associate’s Degree in chemical dependency counseling from Minneapolis Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in social work from Augsburg College, and received her Psy.D from Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.  Previously, Pam practiced at Hamm Clinic in St Paul for fifteen years. In addition to providing clinical services, she was the clinic’s Training Director. Pam specializes in adult and couples psychotherapy utilizing insight-oriented and mindfulness interventions and psychological testing.

Kayla Levtzow – MS, LPCC, LADC  has a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Administration with a minor in Criminal Justice from Southwest Minnesota State University, and a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling with a certification in Chemical Dependency from St. Cloud State University.  She specializes in Chemical Dependency and experience with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI). Kayla uses an eclectic approach to therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy using a client-centered and solution-focused approach.

Fortunata Milano – MD  specializes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  She graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her psychiatric residency, internship and child fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Monique Miller – MS, LP  is a licensed psychologist who received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Dakota, and her Master’s Degree from St. Cloud State University.  She was formerly a therapist in youth day treatment.  She is now applying her extensive training and experience with children and families to the outpatient setting.  She is in the process of expanding her education and supervised experience to serve children in the birth to 5 Early Childhood Mental Health program.  She is providing consultation, training, and intervention for the Head Start programs of Wright County.

Eric Raisler – MS, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist trained to use relationships to solve problems. He is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  Eric has a specialty in providing group, individual, and/or relational therapy with people who are court-ordered, co-occurring substance use/mental health concerns, people coping with relational stressors, as well as general life problems. He gravitates towards using strategic, behavioral, as well as experiential interventions in his clinical work.  He sees adolescent and adult-aged individuals, couples and families.

Gina Theisz – MSW, LICSW  is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota and her Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota in 2006. Gina uses an eclectic approach tailored to meet the needs of the people with whom she works.  She has experience working with children, adults and families dealing with various issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, and domestic violence.


Amanda Szulczewski – MA, LPCC is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She is the SLMH Therapist for the Delano School District. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St. Cloud State University and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from the University of North Dakota. Amanda 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 a Cognitive Behavioral and psychoeducational approach, along with mindfulness techniques, to help clients and their families learn how to manage behaviors and regulate emotions. Amanda’s areas of particular interest include working with children and adolescents on issues related to depression, anxiety, difficulty managing emotions, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, and sibling and family conflict.

Sheri Tesch – MS, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Parent Educator. She is the SLMH Therapist for the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District and has been working with the district since 2001. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of MN Duluth, a Master of Science in Child and Family Studies from St. Cloud State University, and a Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has experience working with children and adolescents ages birth to 18 and enjoys presenting on children’s mental health topics to students, professionals, and parents. Sheri is a system’s therapist who utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, narrative strategies, and psychoeducational approaches to assist children and their families in learning skills necessary to emotionally regulate, manage behavior, and improve overall functioning. She has experience working specifically with children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, Anxiety, Depression, Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as those who have experienced trauma or disrupted attachment.

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