School Linked Mental Health

CMMHC provides SLMH services to students with mental health concerns through the 12th grade who attend partnering school districts in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright Counties. By providing confidential mental health services directly in schools in the community, clinical therapists can remove obstacle s to treatment. SLMH services increase access to children and youth, improving outcomes for those with mental health concerns.

SLMH Therapists offer the following services:

  • Diagnostic Assessments
  • Individual and Family Therapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Psycho-Education Services
  • Mental Health Crisis Intervention Services
  • Safety Risk Assessments and Safety Planning
  • Parent, Teacher, and Administration Consultations
  • Staff Training and Development
  • Attendance at school meetings and
  • Individualized Education Program
    (IEP) or Special Education planning meetings
  • Clinical Care Coordination with teachers, parents, and other providers

Making a referral for SLMH services can occur by contacting a partnering school or following a school’s designated referral process. Access to referral forms is available HERE.

Contact Us for More Info

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Phone

612.219.6384

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Fax

763.682.1353

Meet Our Providers

Our staff members support the individuals we serve with empathy and guidance during challenging times in their lives. As experts in their field with connections to community resources, all clients receive specialized services tailored to meet their specific needs.
Elizabeth Charles

Elizabeth Charles

MS

Elizabeth Charles - MS

Elizabeth Charles

MS

Beth completed her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Before joining CMMHC, she worked in higher education for 14 years. Beth interned with our Children’s Therapeutic Services & Support (CT SS) program and is now on the School-Linked Mental Health (SLMH) team as a Clinical Trainee.

Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson

MSW, LGSW

  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Depression
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness
Michelle Johnson – MSW, LGSW

Specialty:

  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Depression
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness

Michelle Johnson

MSW, LGSW

Michelle completed her bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the College of St. Scholastica and her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Dakota. She is currently working toward Independent Clinical Social Worker licensure. Before joining CMMHC, Michelle held internships working with victims of sex trafficking, assessing individuals at a mental health agency, and facilitating (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) DBT skills groups and individual therapy. Michelle joined CMMHC as a School Linked Mental Health (SLMH) Clinical Trainee.

Mikayla Karels

Mikayla Karels

MS

  • Adolescents
  • Anxiety
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Young Adults
Mikayla Karels – MS

Specialties:

  • Adolescents
  • Anxiety
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Young Adults

Mikayla Karels

MS

Mikayla’s master of science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is from Marquette University. Before working at CMMHC, she was a Clinical Intern at Marquette University’s Educational Opportunity Program and a College Success Coach for College Possible at St. Cloud State University. Mikayla joined CMMHC as a School - Linked Mental Health Therapist at Big Lake High School.

Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

MS, LPCC, LADC

  • Adolescents
  • Ages 0-5
  • Anxiety
  • Chemical Health
  • Children
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
  • Trauma
Nicki Olson - MA, LMFT

Specialties:

  • Adolescents
  • Ages 0-5
  • Anxiety
  • Chemical Health
  • Children
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
  • Trauma

Sarah Maurer

MS, LPCC, LADC

Sarah completed her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Before joining the CMMHC team, she worked as a Chemical Health Counselor and an In - home Therapist. Sarah is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP) certified. Her current role with CMMHC is as a school - based therapist for Pleasantview Elementary, Sauk Rapids - Rice Middle School, and Sauk Rapids - Rice High School.

Jamie Peterson

Jamie Peterson

MSW, LICSW

  • Ages 5-11
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Disorder (ASD)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Neurodiverse Children
  • Play-Based Techniques
  • Skill-based Executive Functioning Coaching
  • Twice-exceptional Children
Jamie Peterson – MSW, LICSW

Specialties:

  • Ages 5-11
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Disorder (ASD)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Neurodiverse Children
  • Play-Based Techniques
  • Skill-based Executive Functioning Coaching
  • Twice-exceptional Children

Jamie Peterson

MSW, LICSW

Jamie completed a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Her experience be fore joining CMMHC included school social work and case management. Jamie is a School - Linked Mental Health (SLMH) Therapist in the Buffalo Hanover Montrose schools.

Kaitlynn Roben

Kaitlynn Roben

MSW, LGSW

  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Trauma
Kaitlynn Roben – MSW, LGSW

Specialties:

  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Trauma

Kaitlynn Roben

MSW, LGSW

Kaitlynn received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota Morris with a major in Human Services and her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of North Dakota. She worked with children of all ages in schools in counseling and behavioral intervention roles before joining CM MHC. Kaitlynn is a School - Linked Mental Health (SLMH) Clinical Trainee for the Sartell School District.

Emily Schroeder

Emily Schroeder

MSW, LGSW, LADC

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Motivational Interviewing
Kaitlynn Roben – MSW, LGSW

Specialties:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Motivational Interviewing

Emily Schroeder

MSW, LGSW, LADC

Emily received a bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her master’s in Social Work from Augsburg University. She completed her chemical dependency counseling certificate at St. Cloud State University and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) working towards full licensure in social work. Emily provided substance use and mental health services to youth and adults in office and community - based settings before joining CMMHC.

Sheri Tesch

Sheri Tesch

MS, LMFT

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Depression
  • Trauma
Sheri Tesch – MS, LMFT

Specialties:

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Depression
  • Trauma

Sheri Tesch

MS, LMFT

Sheri completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, her master’s degree in Child and Family Studies at St. Cloud State University, and her post - graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Cloud State University. She has worked for the Buffalo Hanover Montrose School District since 2001 and as a School Linked Mental Health (SLMH) Therapist since 2009. Sheri is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and has been the Program Manager for our School Linked Mental Health program since 2017.

Marah Walker

Marah Walker

MSW, LGSW

  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Depression
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Response Prevention Therapy
Sheri Tesch – MS, LMFT

Specialties:

  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Depression
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Response Prevention Therapy

Marah Walker

MSW, LGSW

Marah received her master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in Clinical Social Work. She is currently working toward licensure as an Independent Clinical Social Worker. Before joining CMMHC, Marah held internship positions in school - based and community - based mental health organizations, providing group and individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families. Marah joined CMMHC as a School - Linked Mental Health (SLMH) Clinical Trainee in the Buffalo - Hanover - Montrose School District.

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Central Minnesota Mental Health Center (CMMHC) has been a trusted community resource for mental health services since 1959. Our headquarters are based in Saint Cloud and we have additional office sites in Buffalo, Elk River, Monticello and Waite Park.