Early Intervention Family Services

Early intervention is the best way to support a healthy parent-child attachment and the development of each child. CMMHC offers specialized outpatient services to adults with mental health concerns who are parenting children under age six as well as for their children under age six. These services follow the philosophies of Trauma Informed Care and Health Integration. Through two Minnesota Department of Health grants, our professional staff has received extensive training and certification in evidence-based practices, including early development and attachment issues. Our interventions include:

~Parent-child psychotherapy
~Parent-child interactive therapy

~Attachment bio-behavioral catch-up theory
~Mental health consultation

~Circle of Security groups

CMMHC is a 2014 recipient of the MN Department of Human Services (DHS) Award of Excellence for implementation of Integrative 0-5 services.

For more information, contact:

St. Cloud Office
Waite Park Office

Phone: 320.252.5010
Phone: 320.202.2000

Fax: 320.252.0908
Fax: 320.281.3554


Buffalo Office
Monticello Office
Elk River Office

Phone: 763.682.4400
Phone: 763.295.4001
Phone: 763.441.3770

Fax: 763.682.1353
Fax: 763.295.5086
Fax: 763.441.9057


Meet Our Providers


Waite Park

Lexi Johnson – MS, LAMFT

Lexi completed her bachelor’s degree from College of Saint Benedict and her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from St. Cloud State University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Before joining the CMMHC team, Lexi worked with children in a classroom and in-home setting. She is currently an Outpatient Therapist at our Waite Park office. Lexi enjoys working with children and their families with a focus on the prenatal to six years old. She has expertise in providing trauma-informed care to family systems through use of play based techniques.


Mary J. Linn – MS, LP

Mary completed her master’s degree in community counseling from St. Cloud State University. Prior to joining the CMMHC team in 1994, Mary was a Family Therapist at Gerard In Home Treatment Program. She is currently the Early Intervention Family Services Clinical Supervisor provides reflective consultation and trainings to other community providers and agencies. Mary has expertise in trauma informed child and parent psychology and parent child interactive therapy.




Laura Smith – Psy.D., LP

Laura completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of St. Thomas, her master’s degree and doctoral degree from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Laura completed her Pre-Doctoral internship at the Youth Consultation Service Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health in New Jersey and completed her Post-Doctoral fellowship at Brakins Consulting & Psychological Services, LLC. Prior to joining the CMMHC team, Laura has worked in a variety of settings including: therapeutic preschools, elementary and junior high schools, outpatient clinics, and private practice. She is currently the Clinic Manager for our Monticello office. Her expertise include individual and family therapy for people of all ages, but she specializes in serving children birth through age 12. Laura works with attachment issues, mood and behavioral disorders, anxiety, foster care systems, parenting support, clinical supervision, Attachment Bio-Behavioral Catch-up (ABC), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).


Elk River

Jill Udermann – MA, LMFT

Jill completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Cloud State University and her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from St. Mary’s University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has her certificate in Play Therapy from Capella University. Jill has experience working in residential treatment for juvenile sex offenders, in-home treatment and adult rehabilitative mental health services. She is currently an Outpatient therapist to individuals and families of all ages, including the 0-5 population. Her areas of expertise include trauma informed care, Play Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills, mood disorders, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, life adjustments and transitions.



Monique Miller – MS, LP

Monique completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Dakota and her master’s degree in applied psychology from St. Cloud State University. She has experience working in a residential treatment center for adolescents and children with severe emotional and behavioral issues. She is currently an Outpatient Mental Health provider at our Buffalo office where she works with children and their families, including the 0-5 population.