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.

Locations

St. Cloud Office
Waite Park Office

Phone: 320.252.5010
Phone: 320.230.0611

Fax: 320.252.0908
Fax: 320.251.4175

 

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

St. Cloud Team

Christine Morris – MS, LMFT

Christine completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Calvin College and her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from St. Cloud State University. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who serves as Clinic Manager in St. Cloud and Waite Park offices. She also the Clinical Superviser for Children’s Therapeutic Support Services (CTSS). Christine has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in individual, couple, family and group capacities.  Her areas of expertise are CTSS, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and clinical supervision and administration.

Sherri L. Eichers – Psy.D., LP 

Sherri completed her bachelor’s degree in community psychology from St. Cloud State University and her Doctorate of Psychology degree from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.  She has experience in business administration, the legal field and community mental health.  Sherri currently serves as a treating psychologist providing therapy, consultation and supervision on the CMMHC team. Her areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, addiction, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s and dementia and grief in adults. She is particularly interested in healing from traumatic experiences and life transitions.

Marie Fisher – MS, LPCC

Marie completed her bachelor’s degree in community psychology and her master’s degree in community counseling from St. Cloud State University. Prior to joining the CMMHC Team, Marie worked at Catholic Charities Children and Adolescents Day Treatment program.  She is currently a Licensed Professinal Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in CMMHC’s Outpatient Mental Health program. Marie has experience working with individuals, couples and families who are struggling with mental health issues, stressors and life transitions. Her areas of expertise include trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, adjustment issues, LGBTQ+ and women’s empowerment using person-centered, strength-based approaches as well as Eye Movement Desensitization and  Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.

 

Scott Paulson – MS, LMFT

Scott completed his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at St. Cloud State University. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Board approved Clinical Supervisor.  He has experience in school-based therapy, group therapy, in-home family therapy and outpatient therapy. Scott currently serves as an Outpatient Therapist providing mental health services to individuals age 14 and up.  He also works with training therapists to provide clinical supervision. His areas on expertise are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and using a systemic framework as well as incorporating person-centered, trauma informed approach to his practices.

 

Laura Lee Runia – LPCC

Laura Lee completed her bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the University of Minnesota Morris and her master’s degree in counseling and psychological services from St. Mary’s University. She is Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and has a graduate certificate in marriage and family therapy. Prior to joining the CMMHC team, Laura Lee worked in ARMHS and CTSS programs. Her expertise include mood disorders, anxiety, adjustment disorders, trauma, interpersonal relationship struggles, grief and loss in adults, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), illness management and recovery. She uses person centered, trauma informed care and strength bases approaches.

 

Steve Ringsmuth Stolpman – MS, LMFT

Steve completed his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota Morris and his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from St. Cloud State University. Steve is a clinical trainee in Outpatient Therapy at our St. Cloud office. He is working towards full licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  His areas of expertise include human growth and development, attachment, solution-focused therapy, cognitive and behavioral strategies, and a range of dynamics in family systems. Steve values an approach which is trauma informed, strengths based, and relationally focused. He works with individuals (children age 13+, adolescents, and adults), siblings, parents, couples, and whole families to reach their mental health goals.

Waite Park Team

Lexi Alm – MS, LMFT

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 birth to 5 population.  She has expertise in play based techniques and a family system based trauma informed care.

 

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.

Erin Simonson – MSW, LGSW, LADC

Erin completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology with emphasis in chemical dependency counseling from Argosy University and her master’s degree in social work from University of North Dakota.  She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). She has experience in residential and outpatient chemical dependency treatment programs as well as children’s mental health programs. Erin’s expertise is in Opioid Substance Use disorder, overdose response and prevention and adolescent development.

 

Laura Vernier – MS, CRC

Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from University of California, San Diego and her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling education from St. Cloud State University.  Laura has nearly 15 years of experience working with children and adults with disabilities. She joined the CMMHC team in 2012 and is currently a  clinical trainee. Laura has a passion for developing relationships using positive and strength based approaches, being mindful of cultural influences.

 

Buffalo Team

Stephanie Barnes – MSW, LICSW

Stephanie completed 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 is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is currently the Clinic Manager of our Buffalo Office.  She specializes in the areas of serious & persistent mental illness (SPMI), domestic violence and trauma informed care.  Stephanie helped develop the Wright County Batterer’s Intervention Program in 2010 in collaboration with several county agencies and has continued to coordinate and facilitate groups in this program.

 

Rebecca Anderson – MS, MA, CRC

Rebecca completed her master’s degree in public health with a minor in integrative therapies from the University of Minnesota and her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from St. Cloud State University. She holds a certificate in Public Health, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Prior to joining the CMMHC team, Rebecca has held various roles in the human services field. She is currently an Outpatient Therapist at our Buffalo office. Rebecca’s areas of expertise include physical and mental wellness, substance use disorders, mood disorders and anxiety.

 

Brittany Berge  MA

Brittany completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and her master’s in marriage and family therapy from Adler Graduate School. Prior to joining the CMMHC team, Brittany worked at Stepping Stone Therapeutic. She is currently a Clinical Trainee Therapist at our Buffalo office. Her areas of expertise include individual, family and couples therapy for mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders and interpersonal relationship struggles for ages six and up.

 

Jenna Haarstick – MS, LMFT

Jenna completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Moorhead State University and her graduate degree in marriage and family therapy from Capella University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Before joining the CMMHC team in 2016, Jenna worked at Northern Pines Mental Health and served as a School-Based Therapist. She is currently an Outpaitent Mental Health provider at our Buffalo office where she provides individual and family therapy to a wide population, including the 0-5 population.

 

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.

Elk River Team

Melissa Cribb – MS, LADC, LPCC

Melissa completed her master’s degree in community counseling from St. Cloud State University in Community Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Before joining the CMMHC team in 2016, Melissa worked as a Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Counselor for Park Avenue Center.  She is currently the Clinic Manager at our Elk River office and an Outpatient Mental Health provider at our Monticello office. Her expertise include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, cognitive processing therapy, co-occurring disorders, substance use treatment and trauma informed care.

Emily Fossum – MA, LPCC

Emily completed her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  Emily has worked as a crisis counselor and in a residential treatment program. Her expertise include crisis intervention, grief counseling, motivational interviewing and person-centered, trauma informed care.

 

Rick Giovannetti – MSW, LICSW

Rick completed his bachelor’s degree in social work from University of St. Thomas and his master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Rick has a diverse background in working for medical centers, non profits and private practice. He joined the CMMHC team in 1995 and is currently an Outpatient Psychotherapist that works with individuals, couples and families.

 

Denae Kuenzel – PsyD, LP

Denae completed her master’s degree in counseling and psychological services and her doctor of psychology degree in counseling psychology through the St. Mary’s University. She is a Licensed Psychologist and a registered Dietitian. Prior to joining the CMMHC Team in early 2019, she worked in skilled nursing, assisted living settings, college counseling, outpatient programs and inpatient addiction treatment settings. She is currently an Outpatient Therapist for individuals six years and older as well as couples. Her areas of expertise include trauma informed care with an integrative approach for treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, eating disorders, adjustment disorders, interpersonal relationships and nutrition/wellness. She is also pursuing further training in Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), EMDR and TF-CBT.

Christine Peña – MS, LMFT

Christine completed her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from St. Cloud State University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Prior to joining the CMMHC team in 2017, Christine worked in a corrections facility, a day treatment center and an outpatient mental health setting. She is currently a Outpatient Mental Health Therapist in our Elk River office. Her areas of expertise include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing,  anxiety, depression, trauma, autism spectrum disorder, LGBTQ+, grief, ADHD, geriatric, family issues, and life adjustments and transitions.

Kristi Sandin-Rieck – MSW, LICSW

Kristi completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology  and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Kristi has experience in mental health day treatment, group homes and crisis services. She also supervises practicum students, social workers working toward their independent licensure and teaches Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training. Her areas of expertise include Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, individual, family and couples therapy for mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal communication difficulties, psychosis, adjustment disorders, and aging/health issues for those 13+.

 

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.

Monticello Team

Steven Loos – Psy.D, LP

Steven completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. John’s University, his master’s degree and doctoral degree in counseling from University of St. Thomas. Prior to joining the CMMHC team in 2011, Steven worked as a Clinical Supervisor and an Adjunct Professor. He is currently the Director of Outpatient Mental Health Services. His areas of expertise include trauma informed care,  individual therapy for  mood disorders, trauma, co-occuring disorders, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis, adjustment disorders and interpersonal relationships.

 

Danielle Brant – MSW, LICSW, LADC

Danielle completed her bachelor’s degrees in chemical dependency counseling and community counseling and her master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of St. Thomas. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Danielle is the Director of Chemical Health and a Licensed Therapist out of our Monticello office. 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 person-centered and strengths-based approach, holding the strong belief that individuals are the experts in their own lives.

 

Nicole Heffron – PhD, LP

Nicole completed her bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State College – Winona, her master’s degree and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from University of South Dakota. She has worked in a variety of settings including: outpatient mental health clinics, mobile crisis and community support programs. Nicole is a Clinical Psychologist who provides outpatient individual therapy to people ages 12 and up. Her areas of expertise include PTSD, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, OCD, severe and persistent mental illness, schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, co-occurring disorders, adjustment disorders. Psychological assessment and multicultural assessment. Nicole is trained in EMDR and also uses a variety of therapeutic approaches included strengths-based treatment, client-centered therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.

 

Mark Schmoyer – MS, LPCC

Mark completed his master’s degree in counseling from Caim University and a post-graduate certification for advance specialization in counseling. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Prior to joining the CMMHC team in 2017,  he worked as a counselor at a university, as an in-home therapist and was in private practice.  He is currently an Outpatient Mental Health Therapist that works with people ages 12 and up.  His areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, spiritual/religious struggles stress related life changes, pornography use and existential questions.

 

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).

Brittany Steer – MA, LADC, LPC

Brittany completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, a master’s degree in forensic psychology from Argosy University and another master’s degree in counseling and psychological services from St. Mary’s University. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Prior to joining the CMMHC team in 2015, she worked for the Department of Human Services. Her areas of expertise include person centered practices in motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders and self esteem difficulties.