Lee Carlson Center provides exceptional and affordable mental health services for families, children, youth, and adults in our community.

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As part of our community outreach, we have staff at schools K-12 in Columbia Heights, in Fridley High School and Centennial Middle and HIgh schools.  In these settings, we see over 400 youth who are struggling with emotional health issues.

Services vary from school-to-school and include: anger management classes; and working with youth who have severe emotional and behavioral issues that prevent them from functioning in school and at home.

In-School Therapist
Centennial School District


Annie Zerull

Cetennial Middle School and High School

MA, Educational Psychology & K-12 Licensed School Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist Certificate

Annie joined Lee Carlson Center in 2012 as an Independent Contractor with many roles in the agency. 

Annie also provides outpatient therapy at Zion as well as at Lee Carlson Center's Blaine office, and helps co-facilitate the Men's Domestic Abuse groups.  Annie works with individuals, couples, and families in crisis.

She specializes in working with adolescents and young adults between the ages of 10-25 who are dealing with crisis, depression, anxiety, cutting, and trauma. She uses an eclectic approach of therapy mixing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Experiential, and Mindfullness.


Favorite Quote:
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, day and night, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

– e.e. Cummings

Peer Support Group Program
Columbia Heights, Fridley and Anoka-Hennepin School districts

Melissa Bollinger-Kinney
School Group Facilitator
Columbia Heights High School and Columbia Academy Middle School in Columbia Heights and Fridley High School.

Masters of Science in Education and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Melissa joined Lee Carlson Center in 1995.

As a School Group facilitator, Melissa works with youth before a crisis occurs or before the youth’s behaviors lead to interactions with the juvenile justice system. Most of the youth participating in the School-based Peer Support Program are from families living at or near poverty.

Favorite Quote:
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.  The mind is everything.  What we think, we become.


Shari Barmash
School Group Facilitator
Highland, Valley View, and North Park Elementary Schools as well as Columbia Academy Middle School- all in Columbia Heights


Shari joined Lee Carlson Center in 1988.

As a School Group Facilitator Shari provides a safe and caring environment for kids to learn and share.  Using a small group setting, she provides helpful tools and teaches skills that kids can apply in everyday situations.  She also provides resources for kids and families to bridge with the community. 

Favorite Quote:
Everyday is a gift not a given.