Outpatient Mental Health (OPMH)
As a Community Mental Health Center, we strive to treat all mental health conditions our clients face. CMMHC’s Outpatient Mental Health (OPMH) program, including psychiatry, provides comprehensive mental health services to individuals, couples, families and groups from birth through the end of life. Our professional mental health staff offers guidance and support, while always keeping the best interest of our clients in mind. Our services are based on evidenced-based practices and therapeutic interventions as well as the philosophies of both Trauma Informed Care and Health Integration.
Our OPMH locations provide services based upon how urgent the need for service is and what barriers, such as transportation or scheduling appointments, may be preventing our clients from starting therapy. Please contact one of our specific locations for services, programming and groups offered. Appointment availability will vary depending on individual sites.
St. Cloud Office:
Waite Park Office:
Elk River Office:
Meet Our Providers
Jeannette Verick- MA, LMFT
Jeannette is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who currently serves in the roles as Clinical Manager and outpatient therapist in St. Cloud, MN. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and her Master’s Degree at Bethel College in St. Paul, MN. Jeannette works primarily with couples and adults who struggle with—Depression, Anxiety, Trauma/Abuse -Survivor Issues, Addictive Behavior, and Relationship Problems. She recently completed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training with goals to become certified in EMDR by spring of 2014 (currently able to provide EMDR services). As a mental health therapist Jeannette recognizes the importance of building a trusting relationship with clients and embraces Family Systems and Trauma Informed concepts to help in her efforts to conceptualize and address the complex issues that may be involved when working with them.
April Hegdahl- MSW, LICSW
April is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker providing outpatient therapy services at the main campus location. April received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She has many years of experience working with children and families especially with those involved in the child welfare system or with families experiencing crisis. April enjoys working with both children and adolescents 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, behavioral problems, and attachment issues.
Sherri L. Jeffery- Psy.D., LP
Sherri is a Licensed Psychologist who obtained her Doctorate of Psychology degree from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University. Sherri provides therapy for individuals, couples, and families. Her personal interests include: anxious and depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, addiction issues, chronic pain issues, and grief issues. She is particularly interested in assisting in healing from traumatic experiences and life transitions. Sherri works with older adolescents and adults of all ages. Sherri also provides psychological assessments for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders, Independent Living Skills, and mood and personality disorders. Sherri works from an integrative approach which recognizes the importance of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.
Scott Paulson – MS, LMFT
Scott is a Marriage and Family Therapist at CMMHC’s Saint Cloud office. He obtained under-graduate degrees at Saint Cloud State University before earning his Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy at Saint Cloud State University. Scott works with all ages, six and up, but primarily adults. Scott works with a wide range of personal, emotional, and mental health problems. He enjoys working with family issues and has a real passion working with couples and married people on improving and enriching their relationships. Scott has worked in various therapeutic environments including co-located school counseling, in-home family therapy, and out-patient therapy. Scott currently facilitates a psycho-educational depression therapy group and has gained significant experience facilitating Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups at CMMHC. Scott’s approach aims to form rapport with clients, educate them, and help them understand the function of their behavior or problems from a systemic perspective.
Lisa Powers- DSW, LISCW
Lisa works as a clinical social worker, providing individual and family therapy services to a wide variety of children, adolescents, and adults. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in applied psychology at St. Cloud State University and her master of social work degree at Augsburg College. Lisa has experience providing therapy in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has extensive training and experience in trauma, attachment disorders, adoption and foster care, play therapy and filial play therapy, as well as in cognitive behavior therapy for depression and anxiety.
Marie Fisher- MS, LPCC
Marie is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) who obtained her bachelor’s degree in Community Psychology and her master’s degree in Community Counseling from Saint Cloud State University. Marie has experience working with adolescents, families, couples, and individuals, providing support with a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, and trauma. Her therapeutic styles include Cognitive Behavioral, Person-centered, Strength-based, Empowerment strategies, and is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy. She has a passion for working with women and the LGBT community and enjoys assisting clients in finding their inner strength and resilience.
Paul Thinesen- MA, LP
Mr. Thinesen received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from St. Cloud State University in 1979 and his Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of the Pacific (Stockton, Cal) in 1981. Mr. Thinesen has been a Licensed Psychologist since 1986. Mr. Thinesen’s professional experiences and competencies include Applied Behavior Analysis for persons with developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder, children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral disturbances, program evaluation and development, intellectual and adaptive behavioral and psychological assessments, individual and group behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, trauma informed services, functional behavioral assessments, consultation and program development for special education, staff developmental programs, and competency based skills training. Mr. Thinesen has competencies in treating anxiety, depression, trauma and other mental health diagnosis in adults and children. Mr. Thinesen serves on several area advisory and consultation committees.
Joel Morseth- LICSW
Joel received his Master’s degree in Counseling from South Dakota State University. He is licensed by the MN Board of Social Work as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. He worked as a therapist at the St Cloud Children’s Home until 1993. Joel worked at the Central MN Mental Health Center prior to going into private practice at Midwest EAP Solutions in 2001. He was also employed as a counselor at St Cloud State University in 2011 before returning to work at Central MN Mental Health Center. Joel has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their families. His special interest lies in children/teens with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. He has provided individual, group and family therapy in multiple settings. Joel provides Clinical Supervision to Targeted Case Management services.
Lexi Alm- 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.
Steve Ringsmuth Stolpman–MS, LAMFT
Steve is a clinical trainee at the St. Cloud Outpatient Therapy office. He is working towards full licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Steve received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota Morris and his Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Cloud State University. Steven values an approach which is trauma informed, strengths based, and relationally focused. His areas of interest include human growth and development, attachment, solution-focused therapy, cognitive and behavioral strategies, and a range of dynamics in family systems. He has experience with mental health issues related to anxiety, depression, anger, truancy, attention, traumatic stress, parent-child conflict, and adapting to change. He works with individuals (children age 11+, adolescents, and adults), siblings, parents, couples, and whole families toward their mental health goals.
Stephanie Barnes – MSW, LICSW
Stephanie 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.
Brittany Askelin- MA
Brittany 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 Treatm ent 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.
Jenna Haarstick- MS, LMFT
Jenna 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.
Pamela Henderson- Psy.D, LP
Pamela 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.
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.
Kayla Levtzow – MS, LPCC, LADC
Kayla 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.
Paige Smith- MS, LADC
Paige has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with minors in Criminal Justice and Addiction Counseling and a Master’s of Science in Counseling with dual concentrations in Addiction Counseling and Clinical Mental Health from University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. Paige uses an eclectic approach to therapy which is not limited to, but includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person- Centered Therapy, strength-based techniques and Motivational Interviewing. She works both as an Outpatient Mental Health provider and in the Adult Day Treatment Program.
Melissa Cribb- MS, LPCC, LADC
Melissa is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She received her undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University in Child Development and Family Science and her graduate degree from St. Cloud State University in Community Counseling. She also received a certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from St. Cloud State University. Melissa has experience working in high intensity outpatient, outpatient Mental Health, and harm reduction settings. She has done work in Chemical Dependency and Co-occurring Mental Illness and with the Rape and Sexual Abuse Center in Minneapolis. She specializes in therapy with individual and adolescents.
Emily Fossum- MA, LPCC
Emily is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York–Empire State College and a Master’s degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. She has worked with individuals experiencing severe and persistent mental illness, co-occurring disorders, grief and loss, trauma and life transitions. She specializes in working with adolescents and adults.
Rick Giovannetti- MSW, LICSW
Rick is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with an undergraduate degree from the School of Social Work, University of St. Thomas and a Master’s Degree from the School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He specializes in outpatient therapy with individuals, couples and families – children, adolescents and adults.
Christine Peña- MS, LMFT
Christine is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University, and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University. She provides individual, couples and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Christine uses an integrative & relational approach centered on meeting her clients where they are at in their process, while also utilizing skills from narrative, cognitive behavioral, motivational interviewing, and psychoeducational frameworks. In addition, she has experience working in outpatient and day treatment settings.
Kristi Sandin-Rieck- MSW, LICSW
Kristi is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s Degree from the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. She specializes in therapy with individuals, couples, and families, both adults and adolescents, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups with adults.
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.
Denae Kuenzel- Psy.D
Denae is a clinical trainee who is in the process of becoming licensed as a psychologist. She completed her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary’s University. Denae’s areas of clinical interest include life transitions, self-esteem/identity issues, relationship problems, ADHD, trauma, personality disorders, eating disorders, and body image issues. Denae has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is working towards certification in TF-CBT. She is also currently attending training in EMDR. Denae utilizes an integrative and person-centered approach to therapy, utilizing cognitive and dialectical behavior therapies, mindfulness, motivational interviewing and evidenced-based trauma therapies, as well as focuses on client’s values and strengths.
Steven Loos- Psy.D, LP
Steven is a licensed psychologist and the Director of Outpatient Mental Health Services. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in psychology at St. John’s University and received both a Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. He has extensive training on treating trauma and exploring how this impacts interpersonal relationships. Steven has previously been a Clinical Supervisor at a Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment facility and explores the complex interaction between substance use and mental health symptoms. Steven’s approach focuses on developing a therapeutic alliance, building on the existing strengths of the client and exploring patterns of interpersonal relationships.
Danielle Brant- MSW, LICSW, LADC
Danielle is a dually licensed therapist, with experience in both the chemical health and mental health fields. Her expertise lies in the area of co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders at the individual, couples, and family systems level. In working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families, Danielle assists clients with presenting concerns that typically include depression, anxiety, ADHD, separation/divorce, behavioral concerns, criminal justice involvement, and life transitions. Danielle uses a client centered and strengths-based approach, holding the strong belief that individuals are the experts in their own lives. Danielle holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of St. Thomas, as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Dependency Counseling and Community Psychology.
Laura Smith- Psy.D., LP
Laura is a licensed clinical psychologist and Clinic Manager of the Monticello office. 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 and of Zero To Three.
Nicole Heffron- PhD
Nicole is a licensed psychologist with advanced skills in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Agoraphobia, and Panic Disorder. She is trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She also conducts cross-cultural assessments with non-English speaking refugees and immigrants. Chronic pain and severe and persistent mental illness are among the conditions she treats, along with depression, anxiety, interpersonal sensitivity, self-injury, social anxiety, grief, ADHD, and destructive relationship patterns. Nicole primarily works with adolescents and adults in individual therapy. She obtained her doctorate from the University of South Dakota and her undergraduate degree from Minnesota State College at Winona. Her Midwestern background has given her a down-to-earth, compassionate style and a strong belief in self-determination.
Brittany Steer- MA, LADC
Brittany is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with the state of Minnesota and is pursuing licensure as a LPCC. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire. She completed a certificate in Chemical Dependency with Ridgewater College, and went on to complete a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology with Argosy University. Mostly recently, Brittany completed Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services through Saint Mary’s University. She has several years of experience working with both adult men and women in outpatient chemical dependency treatment, and uses motivational interviewing and a cognitive-behavioral approach in her therapeutic interventions.
Mark Schmoyer- MS, LPCC
Mark is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor working primarily with adolescents and children. He earned his Master’s in Counseling from Cairn University in Pennsylvania and completed his internship at the counseling center on Cairn University’s campus. His work experiences includes in-home mental health with children and adolescents, as well as outpatient therapy with adults and children of all ages. Mark enjoys working with people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests and provides a safe and caring environment to everyone. He primarily relies on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy but incorporates other aspects to meet the individual needs of each person. When not working, Mark plays guitar, spends time with family, and cheers for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Elizabeth Reum- MSW, LGSW
Elizabeth is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from St. Cloud State University, Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, a Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate from the University of Minnesota and is Rule 25 qualified. Elizabeth has experience in working with children elementary age through adolescence, families and adults.