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Anthony Mielke

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Professional background

DMFT Argosy University
2018 | Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy

MA Saint Mary’s University
2013 | Marriage and Family Therapy

BA University of Saint Thomas
2010 | Philosophy

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Iowa
AAMFT Therapy Approved Supervisor Candidate
AAMFT Clinical Fellow
Waxwing Psychological Services, PLLC


Practicum in MFT I - III
Family Systems Theory 


Professional and Community Leadership
Advanced Family Systems Theory
Attachment and Differentiation in Couples
Couple Communication
Mental Health Policy and Advocacy


Langlais, M. R., Vaterlaus, J. M., Mielke, A. J., Walker, A., Asa, S. (2019). What should be done to
increase male enrollment in undergraduate family science courses? Manuscript submitted for

Mielke, A. J. (2019). The Ecosystemic Masculinity Paradigm: An existential multi-systemic
approach to masculine psychology. Paper presented at the Theory Construction and Research
Method Methodology Workshop at the 2019 National Council of Family Relations Annual
Conference, Fort Worth, Texas.

Presentations and Posters

Mielke, A. J., McElhinney, M. (2019). The healing power of relationships: A systemic trauma-informed approach to therapy with parents and children. Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, September 12th-13th, 2019.

Mielke, A. J., Addressing barriers to engagement in mental health services for men: An existential
systemic approach. 2019 International Association of Marriage and Family Counseling Oxford Family Counseling Institute, July 9th-July 16th, 2019.

Mielke, A. J., Webster, T. N., Us vs. them: A systemic reflective exercise for fostering cultural
competency and self-awareness. The Family Science Association Teaching Family Science
Conference, June 3rd-June 4th, 2019

Mielke, A. J., The ecosystemic masculinity paradigm: Application in clinical practice. Hennepin County Home School, February 14th, 2018

Mielke, A. J., Identifying and addressing destructive masculine ideology in couple’s therapy: An
attachment perspective. Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Relationship and Sex Therapy Conference, October 27th, 2017

Mielke, A. J., Navigating the crossroads of masculinity and therapy: Taking a contextually-conscious approach to working with adolescent and adult males. Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, April 20th-21st, 2017.

Mielke, A.J., Chelman, A., Henderson, J., Mental health in the school. Watertown-Mayer Independent School District, Watertown, MN. January 18th, 2016.

Mielke, A. J., Volini, L., Basic assessment and intervention in marriage and family therapy. Headway Emotional Health Services All Staff In-Service Training. Edina, MN. August 2015.

AAMFT Family TEAM, Iowa Family TEAM Leader, Chair


Anthony Mielke joined Mount Mercy in 2018. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist (in Minnesota) and an AAMFT approved supervisor candidate.

Clinically, Mielke has provided services in a variety of settings, including in-home mental health and family therapy services to at-risk youth, families, and adults, as well as couples and family therapy in an outpatient setting. Prior to Mount Mercy, he worked as a therapist and clinical intern supervisor at Anicca Day Treatment Program in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

Mielke’s academic work is focused on integrating existential and systemic theory to develop a systemic approach to masculinity studies. He has presented and offered trainings using this approach at professional conferences, graduate programs, and clinical agencies. Mielke has also held several graduate-level teaching appointments.

He completed a doctorate in marriage and family therapy at Argosy University, a master’s in marriage and family therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and a bachelor's in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas. He is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy as a clinical fellow.