A vital source of relational therapy within the community.

Below are the newly elected members for 2017:


Marissa Mitchell, MA, LMFT

Biographic Statement: Marissa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice at Community Tree Counseling in Burnsville, MN. Prior to owning her own business, she has worked in a variety of settings providing out-patient therapy, adolescent group DBT, home and school based services, and in-patient adolescent chemical dependency treatment. In addition, Marissa is a State Approved LMFT Supervisor and has served on the Elections Committee since 2014 including being the Chair of the committee for 2016.

Vision Statement: I have wanted to be a therapist since I was kid, and I feel so fortunate to get to live one of my dreams every day I go to work and meet with clients. While serving MAMFT on the Elections Committee, I have found that working with clients and managing my business are only two aspects of being a therapist; there is also my responsibility to my profession. MAMFT has provided opportunities to collaborate with other MFTs, people I might not have met otherwise. I have also increased understanding about what is required to make sure our profession remains unique, viable, and a leader in serving our communities. I’ve been able to hear wonderful ideas from many people about how to improve how we function, grow, and change. At the same time, we need action to turn ideas into reality, and I want to continue to be a part of that process by serving as Secretary of the MAMFT Board.

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Jennifer M Knapp, MS, LMFT

Biographical Statement: Jennifer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and clinical supervisor at Bridging Hope Counseling in Rogers, MN. She is also a MN qualified neutral and does parenting coaching, PC work, and mediation for families with children at Ascend Family Institute in Rogers, MN. Jennifer is a state approved clinical supervisor for those seeking licensure as an LMFT and LPCC. She is working toward AAMFT approved supervisor status. She works primarily with high conflict families, those who have experienced trauma, and families with adolescents. Prior to becoming a therapist, she was a high school teacher in a high needs area in New York. She also served in the United States Air Force. She has over 15 years experience working with families in a variety of settings.

Vision Statement:  Our country and our local community are in need of relational healers. The divisiveness and hurts we are seeing bubbling up in communities all around us are symptoms of systemic problems many of us have either avoided or felt powerless to address. I believe LMFTs are uniquely qualified to work within families and communities at large to help make real change happen. I want to support our board in creating professional training and leadership opportunities required to ensure we share our unique perspectives and make lasting contributions to society. As mental health gains national focus, I want to be part of the conversations that shape our involvement and efforts in contributing to the solutions our country needs.

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Patrick Parker, MS, LMFT

Biographic Statement:  Patrick Parker is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at the University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview Maplewood. He specializes in adolescent dual outpatient treatment and has extensive knowledge and experience in DBT methods. Patrick has worked in the Fairview mental health system for over 9 years in various roles and settings. In addition, he is working towards certification as a state and AAMFT approved supervisor.

Vision Statement: It is a progressive time for the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. As we move forward it is important to educate the public about who we are and what we stand for. Being a part of the MAMFT board is important to me because I’m passionate about providing resources and connecting individuals in need with appropriate, caring, and motivated MFTs. Being elected as an At-Large Clinical Board Member I would be able to pursue my passion of being involved in the Public Relations Committee of MAMFT. This would allow me to be able to reach out to the community and be a reliable aid to those who are interested in learning more about how educated, passionate and ethical our community is. With your thoughtful consideration please elect me as an At-Large Clinical Board Member.

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Christina Corwin, MA, LMFT

Biographic Statement:  Christina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Co-owner of Cedar Valley Center for Child & Family Therapy. She has worked in multiple settings including in-home, schools, nonprofit agencies and private practice. Christina has been a member of MAMFT since 2011.

Vision Statement: The MFT community in Minnesota is a strong group that has the ability to become even stronger by expanding its reach and working with other mental health communities. Growing our community into the future and creating a modern perspective of mental health and marriage and family therapy is becoming increasingly important as we foster and grow our own supportive community. I am excited by the possibility to find other likeminded individuals who want to move MAMFT into the future in the position of Elections Committee Member.