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 interactive therapy
~Attachment bio-behavioral catch-up theory
~Mental health consultation
~Circle of Security groups
CMMHCis 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
Midtown Square Office
Elk River Office
Meet Our Providers
Beth Rhoads- MA, LMFT
Beth completed a Masters of Arts degree in Adlerian Counseling Psychotherapy through Adler Graduate School in Richfield and holds a licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy. Beth worked for Head Start as a Family Education Specialist for 10 years and served on the Children’s Mental Health Committee before joining CMMHC team in fall of 2009. Beth has had roles in ARMHS, Day Treatment, Targeted Case Management and outpatient therapy, leading to the position of Director of Health Integration. The purpose of this role is to expand health Integration to all CMMHC programs and provide support for implementing this philosophy. Part of her position is serving as the Project Director for the SAMHSA Behavioral Health and Primary Care Grant, and coordinating a MN DHS 0-5 Family Integration grant. Beth promotes a multi-generational, trauma informed, integrative approach with a primary focus on the best experience possible for clients throughout all the programs offered at CMMHC.
Lexi Johnson- MS, LAMFT
Lexi is working towards full licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She is an outpatient therapist at the St Cloud Main office. Lexi received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Saint Benedict and her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Cloud State University. She has experience working with children in a classroom and in-home setting. Lexi enjoys working with both children and their families 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, ADHD, stress, adjustment, attachment, and behavioral problems.
Mary J. Linn- MS, LP
Mary is a Licensed Psychologist at the St. Cloud Office Location with over twenty- five years of experience and evidence-informed interventions providing therapy services to children with mental health issues, and their families. She has a broad base of knowledge and skills regarding mental health issues of ADHD, Oppositional Behaviors, Mood & Anxiety Disorders; the influence of environmental stressors including trauma, loss, and family change; Child Parent Psychotherapy and other evidence based practice to enhance relationship and developmental trajectory for very young children. Mary is a well known speaker in community regarding children’s mental health; works primarily with the Birth to Five Early Child Mental Health & School Linked Mental Health Programs; and Reflective Practice Consultation. She earned her Master of Science and did her graduate studies in Psychology at St. Cloud State University. Mary has been trained in Trauma-Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy and working toward being on the National Registry. Mary also participated in the Infant & Early Child Certificate Program at the University Of Minnesota and is working on Level III Endorsement Evidence Informed Treatment & Child Parent Psychotherapy with children birth to five.
Laura Smith- Psy.D., LP
Laura is a licensed clinical psychologist. She completed both her Master’s degree and Doctoral degree from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco, CA. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of St. Thomas. 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. She received a certificate in infant and preschool mental health and has been trained in Early Childhood DC 0-3 assessments. Laura specializes in infant and preschool mental health, trauma, attachment issues, parenting support, mood and behavioral disorders, and anxiety. Laura has enjoyed her varied experiences working with a diverse amount of children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and holds a certification in Attachment Bio-Behavioral Catch-up (ABC) as both a parent coach and supervisor. Laura also provides consultation, training, and supervision to Early Head Start staff in Wright County. Laura is a member of the American Psychological Association, where she is the co-chair of the membership and recruitment committee for Division 35 and is also a member of Zero To Three.
Jill Udermann- MA, LMFT
Jill is a licensed marriage and Family Therapist with an undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University in Psychology and graduate degree from St. Mary’s University in Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to all other ages, Jill is certified to work with the birth to five population and completed the Play Therapy program through Capella University. She has her Prepare/Enrich Certification and experience facilitating adult and teen DBT groups. Jill has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, couples, and family therapy both in residential settings, in home, and outpatient settings.
Monique Miller- MS, LP
Monique 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.