As part of the Mount Mercy Graduate Program in Marriage and Family Therapy, the clinic adheres to Mount Mercy University's mission of promoting reflective judgment, engaging in strategic communication, service to the common good and purposeful living through a core curriculum, liberal arts and professional majors and student development programs.
The Gerald and Audrey Olson Marriage & Family Therapy Clinic (Olson MFT Clinic) connects Marriage and Family Therapy graduate students at Mount Mercy University's CRST Graduate Center with individuals, couples, and families in the Cedar Rapids area seeking therapeutic mental health services. Our graduate-level student therapists are sharply skilled in delivering productive, valuable, and life-bettering sessions to those in need.
Our Student Therapists
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At the Olson MFT Clinic our student therapists adhere to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapist's Code of Ethics and are supervised by seasoned professional therapists.
Dr. Douglas McPhee, PH.D. LMFT
Assistant Professor of Marriage
and Family Therapy Graduate
Clinical Director of the Olson Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic
Dr. McPhee completed his PhD in marriage and family therapy at Texas Tech University. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at Utah State University. Dr. McPhee has worked in a variety of clinical settings and contexts, including several primary care clinics and general hospitals where he collaborated with physicians and other medical providers to offer patients holistic, integrated healthcare. Dr. McPhee is particularly fond of therapy with couples and families.
Dr. McPhee’s developing program of research is focused on improving healthcare for individuals, couples, and families—particularly for those who are marginalized and underserved. He has studied numerous chronic diseases (e.g., cluster headache, chronic migraine, bleeding disorders) within a biopsychosocial-spiritual framework. He is especially interested in bi-directional links between family process and disease. Dr. McPhee is published in multiple peer-reviewed academic journals and frequently presents his research or offers clinical trainings at national and state conferences.
Dr. Heather Morgan-Sowada, PH.D., LMFT
Assistant Professor for Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program
Dr. Morgan-Sowada is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Iowa. Her experience includes treating individuals, couples, and families in private practice, at Cornerstone Brief Therapy, Inc., in both Cedar Rapids and Coralville. Heather is an alumna of Mount Mercy University's Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program and has earned a PhD in Couple and Family Therapy in the Psychological and Quantitative Foundations department at the University of Iowa. Heather has obtained All But Dissertation (ABD) status, is beginning her dissertation, exploring the roles that parent-child attachment play in the development, maintenance, and recovery for individuals diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
For the last three years Dr. Morgan-Sowada has worked as the Clinical Coordinator of the LGBTQ Counseling Clinic at the University of Iowa. Heather is passionate about providing services to the LGBTQ community, especially working with transgender youth and adults. Dr. Morgan-Sowadais a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), she is a board member of the Iowa Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (Elections Chair), and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate. Dr. Morgan-Sowada is also a full-time core faculty member of the Marriage and Family Therapy Masters Program at Mount Mercy University.
Anthony Mielke, DMFT, LMFT
Assistant Professor for Marriage
and Family Therapy Graduate Program
Dr. Mielke is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and hold a doctorate in marriage and family therapy. Dr. Mielke currently provides individual, couple, and family therapy. Dr. Mielke is a full-time core faculty member of the Marriage and Family Therapy Masters Program at Mount Mercy University.
Dr. Mielke is committed to honoring your autonomy, perspective, and experience in order to collaborate with you to reach your therapy goals. Dr. Mielke views each person through a non-pathologizing lens and am committed to using my skills and resources to facilitate healing experiences during our time together. Dr. Mielke strives to foster authentic relationships, offer challenges to facilitate growth, and empower individuals, couples, and families to actively engage in the process of healing.
Dr. Mielke's clinical expertise includes couple’s therapy, family therapy for families with adolescent children, life cycle transitions such as job loss, retirement, family separation, and becoming new parents, existential psychotherapy, trauma recovery, adolescents, mood disorders, and therapy for boys and men