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: 320.230.0611

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 is a member of the Greater St. Cloud Area THRIVE committee and also works with Stearns County Human Services crossover youth and Child Placement Screening teams. Lexi has expertise in providing trauma-informed care to family systems through use of play based techniques, specializing in working with children birth through five and expertise with children and families experiencing trauma, foster care, adoption, divorce, anxiety, relational issues, or behavioral issues.


Mary J. Linn – MS, LP, IMH-E (III)

Mary completed her masters and undergraduate degrees at Saint Cloud State University. Mary has also completed the Infant and Early Child Certificate Program. She has knowledge and experience in working with children and families for over 37 years. Prior to CMMHC, she was an in-home family therapist. At CMMHC, she had various professional roles including: Family Therapist at a Day Treatment program, School Linked Mental Health with children Pre-K to 12, OPMH for young children 0-6. Mary is a clinical supervisor for Child Targeted Case Management; provides Reflective Consultation for the Early Intervention Family Services Program, 0-6, as well as Reflective Consultation in the community. She maintains a limited OPMH caseload focusing on children 0-6. Populations Mary specializes in serving is children 0-6 and their families, trauma focus and reflective consultation within agency and community.


Allison Netter – MS

Allison earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in child and family studies and her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from St. Cloud State University.  Prior to joining the CMMHC she worked in a group home with adults who had been diagnosed with serious and persistent mental health disorders and physically disabled. Allison has experience with providing in-home applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy with children. Currently, Allison is an Outpatient Therapist, Clinical Trainee working towards her LPCC licensure. She specializes in working with the early childhood 0-5 population, children (up to age 10), older adolescents (16+), and adults up to 22 years of age. Allison uses an integrative approach with her clients including, motivational interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Allison has completed training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). Currently, Allison is training to become certified in Child and Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).



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).


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.