Children’s Mental Health Services

Adult and Child Services

Our mission is to provide a safe, trauma responsive, and relational-developmentally focused environment that promotes, develops, and repairs social and emotional functioning in children and their families.

We value the mental health of all individuals and their families. We provide helpful services to children and their families to promote mental health and wellness through a relational and developmental focus. We provide a collaborative approach to foster strong relationships between the grownups in the child’s life.

Our Clinical Team

Our clinical team is made up of Master Level Clinicians including Professional Clinical Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists.  Many of our therapists have acquired post-graduate training in evidence-based interventions including:

  • Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP)
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Newborn and Infant Attachment Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC)
  • Toddler Attachment Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC)
  • Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN)
  • CHILD Observations for mental health consultations

 Children’s Clinical Services

Our infant early childhood staff are trained and utilize DC 0-5 diagnostic assessment tools. The assessment includes a caregiver interview, caregiver/child session, and an observation session in the community. Contact with other professionals is useful in assessing functioning in multiple environments.

Our staff are trained in utilizing the DSM 5 TR to assess mental health issues reported by the child and their caregiver/s. The assessment can include a caregiver session, and a child-caregiver session. The focus of the assessment is to identify presenting problems and treatment for the individual and/or family.

Perinatal and Infant Early Childhood Services

These services are specifically designed for birthing parents, children in utero, and children ages birth to 6 years and their caregivers. Services are provided with the child and their caregiver/s. Our staff utilize specialized interventions that focus on the caregiving relationship and the child’s development.

Adolescent and Teen Services

These services focus on serving our adolescent and teen clients based on their mental health needs. We value the input of caregivers and families during this treatment to best support the client.

School Linked Services

SL services are held at the school during the school day and continue throughout the summer. Licensed therapists or clinical trainees from CSSM work collaboratively with caregivers, school personnel, and the child’s care team to support the student in meeting their therapeutic goals.

CTSS In-Home Skills Services

In-home skills services are provided simultaneously with therapy as a supportive component. These services are provided in the client’s home or in the community.

Psychological Assessment Services

Our licensed psychologists will provide a comprehensive evaluation that gives diagnostic clarity, identifies unique strengths and weaknesses, and determines the supports needed to improve quality of life.

Mental Health Consultation Services

Our licensed mental health professionals facilitate mental health consultation to children’s protective services staff, children’s and adult mental health case managers, and childcare providers. We have two staff who are endorsed as Infant Mental Health Specialists through Minnesota Association of Children’s Mental Health (MACMH).

Substance Use Disorders

Our team at Counseling Services of Southern Minnesota understand the twists and turns your journey towards recovery can take you on and we are here to help.  Everyone who requests services with us will be treated with dignity and respect.  Our counselors will work with you to develop a treatment program you feel a part of to achieve your recovery!

Providing Intensive Outpatient Treatment at our St. Peter Location for Adolescents (ages 12-18) and Adults

  • Comprehensive Substance Use Assessments
  • Outpatient Substance Use Treatment (individual & group)
  • Individualized Care Planning
  • Treatment Coordination
  • Family education
  • Co-occurring Services and Mental Health referrals

The ten counties in South Central Minnesota are working together to improve and expand mental health services and resources available to parents, children, and youth. Please participate in the following survey to voice your knowledge or concerns related to children’s mental health services in your area, as well as receive information about mental health resources in your county: