About the Clinic

Our Mission

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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Our Supervisors

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. Ranall Lyle


Dr. Randall Lyle

Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program Director

Randall R. Lyle joined Mount Mercy in 2010 as director of the new marriage and family therapy program. Prior to joining Mount Mercy, Lyle served as associate professor of marriage and family therapy at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, where he also served as program director for the Department of Counseling and Human Services. He previously served as clinical director at the Family Life Center for the marriage and family therapy program at St. Mary's.

Lyle is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Iowa, and an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Lyle is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is a BCIA (Biofeedback Certification Institute of America) EEG certified neurofeedback practitioner. He oversees his own private practice, providing individual, couple and family therapy and neurofeedback training. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research.

Dr. Ranall Lyle


Tabitha N. Webster, PH.D., LMFT

Assistant Professor of Marriage
and Family Therapy Graduate
Program
Clinical Director of the Olson Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic

Tabitha's clinical specialization and research interests include working with youth and adults with childhood trauma histories, families (large and small), multicultural and underserved populations, and integrating experiential with interpersonal neurobiology theories. Other projects she has worked on include fibromyalgia/chronic pain, juvenile delinquency, infertility, older adults, and professional policy.

Heather Miller-Sowada


Heather Miller-Sowada, PH.D., LMFT

Assistant Professor for Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program

Heather 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 Heather 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. Heather is 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. Heather is also a full-time core faculty member of the Marriage and Family Therapy Masters Program at Mount Mercy University.

Anthony M


Anthony Mielke, DMFT, LMFT

Assistant Professor for Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and hold a doctorate in marriage and family therapy.  I currently provide individual, couple, and family therapy. I also am a full-time core faculty member of the Marriage and Family Therapy Masters Program at Mount Mercy University.

I am committed to honoring your autonomy, perspective, and experience in order to collaborate with you to reach your therapy goals.  I view each person through a non-pathologizing lens and am committed to using my skills and resources to facilitate healing experiences during our time together.  I strive to foster authentic relationships, offer challenges to facilitate growth, and empower individuals, couples, and families to actively engage in the process of healing.

My 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.

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Location

Availability

Primary

Monday:

10:00 am-9:00 pm

Tuesday:

10:00 am-9:00 pm

Wednesday:

10:00 am-9:00 pm

Thursday:

10:00 am-9:00 pm

Friday:

10:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-2:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed