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 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
Christine Morris- MS, LMFT
Christine is a licensed Marriage and family Therapist who serves as Clinic Manager in St. Cloud and Waite Park offices. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Calvin College and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University. Christine has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in individual, couple, family and group capacities. Christine is passionate about using a dialectical behavioral, relational and trauma-informed approach to her work as a therapist and supervisor.
Sherri L. Jeffery- Psy.D., LP
Sherri is a Licensed Psychologist who obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University and her Doctorate of Psychology degree from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. Sherri provides therapy for individuals, couples, and families. Her 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 utilizes 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 St. Cloud office. He obtained under-graduate degrees at St. Cloud State University before earning his Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy at St. Cloud State University. Scott works with 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 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.
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 St. 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 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. She has a passion for working with women and the LGBT community and enjoys assisting clients in finding their inner strength and resilience.
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’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. 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 13+, adolescents, and adults), siblings, parents, couples, and whole families to reach their mental health goals.
Lexi Johnson- MS, LAMFT
Lexi received her Bachelor’s degree from the College of Saint Benedict and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University. She is working towards full licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She is an Outpatient Therapist at the Waite Park office. She has experience working with children in a classroom and in-home setting. Lexi enjoys working with children and their families with a focus on 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 recieved her Master’s degree and did her graduate studies in Psychology at St. Cloud State University. Mary is a Licensed Psychologist at the Waite Park office 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. 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.
Stephanie Barnes – MSW, LICSW
Stephanie is a licensed clinical social worker and the Clinic Manager of CMMHC’s Buffalo Office. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Criminal Justice and her Master’s degree in 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 Treatment 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 Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Moorhead State and Graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University . 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.
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.
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- PsyD, LP
Denae is a licensed psychologist with Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis, MN. 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 has also received training in EMDR and is working towards certification 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.