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TAC Graduates

Training for Adoption Competency

Right Turn began providing services to adoptive and guardianship families in January of 2010. Since that time, Right Turn has worked with families served to identify gaps and barriers to families getting their needs met and achieving their goals.  One gap and barrier that has been identified repeatedly in the course of Right Turn’s work and in adoption work across the country is the lack of access to adoption competent mental health providers.

The following practitioners have successfully graduated from Training for Adoption Competency.  Please feel free to contact them to determine whether they may be a good match for your family.

For more information on selecting an adoption competent mental health practitioner click here.


Central Nebraska

Brian Crouse, LIPC, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2015.  Brian is in private practice and focuses on children and adolescents - primarily on attention and trauma and grief related concerns.  Brian can be reached at:

Catalyst2

223 E 14th Street, Suite 220

Hastings, NE 68901

Phone: 402.310.5607

brian@catalysttwo.cc


Ashley J Davis, LMHP, LPC, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2015.  She is in private practice in Kearney.  Ashley specializes in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and focuses on issues related to foster care, child protective services, addiction and chemical dependancy, major mental health, and guardianship families including kinship families.  She works with children in foster care, biological families, and foster parents from placement through adoption. Ashley can be reached at:

Ashley J Davis Counseling

124 W 46th Street, Suite 204

Kearney, NE 68847

Phone: 308.627.2435

ajdcounseling@yahoo.com


Beverly J Patitz, PhD, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2015.  She is a private practice therapist and owner in Hastings. Dr. Patitz has worked in the field of Trauma Based Services in South Central Nebraska since 1987.  She specializes in working with children with traumna.  She is also trained to complete alcohol and drug evaluations and provide Trama Focused CBT. Dr. Patitz and her agency privde care for cases involved with Child Protective Services, cases moving toward adoption, and for parents and adults significant in the lives of children who have childhood trauma difficulties.  The agency has a very unique setting that allows for most families to be served by one agency, in one location.  Both full-time therapists have completed TAC and utlize the training as part of the implentation of therapy. Dr. Patitz can be reached at:

New Dimensions Counseling, LLC

223 East 24th Street, Suite 220

Hastings, NE 68901

Phone: 402.519.0159

bev.patitz.1@gmail.com


Karrie Schoenefeld, LMHP, LADC, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2015.  She is an outpatient therapist at South Central Behavioral Services in Kearney. She specializes in drug and alcohol counseling, mental health and adoption.  She brings her personal experience as an adoptive parent and a previous family support worker to her work.  She serves the Region III area in Nebraska which includes: Holdrege, Ravenna, Amherst and Elk Creek. Katie can be reached at:

South Central Behavioral Health Services

3810 Central Avenue

Kearney, NE 68847

Phone: 308.237.5951

kschoenefeld@scbsne.com


Tracy Weiland, LCSW, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2015.  She is a mental health therapist at Family Medicine Specialists.  She sees individuals, families and couples for mental health therapy.  Tracy has years of experience working in adoption, including: completing home studies for domestic and international adoptions, post adoption services, pregnancy counseling and adoption counseling with those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, and relinquishment counseling. She sees clients of all ages, with the majority children and adolescents and their families.  Tracy has additional training and certification in trauma informed care, grief and loss, adoption competency, and Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). Tracy works with families experiencing infertility and provides mental health services to individuals and families who are struggling or having difficulties either before or after an adoption finalization. Tracy can be reached at:

Family Medicine Specialists

1201 N Erie Street

Lexington, NE 68850

Phone: 308-746-4293


Eastern Nebraska and Iowa

Alison Alderman-Dreher, LICSW, completed the TAC in Nebraska in 2014. She is in private practice in Omaha, NE at Woodhaven Counseling Associates, Inc. and is accepting new clients at this time. Alison specializes in family therapy, adoption issues, infertility and miscarriage grief, post-adoption counseling, attachment issues, child abuse and grief issues. Alison is trained in PCIT and TF-CBT. She also does homestudies in the Omaha, NE area. Alison can be reached at:

Woodhaven Counseling Associates, Inc.

12001 Q Street

Omaha, NE 68137

Phone: 402.592.0328

Alison@woodhavencounseling.com


Renee Ambrose, MSW, PLMHP, completed the TAC in Nebraska in 2014. Renee is the Permanency Services Supervisor with Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska. She is not able accepting new clients at this time. Her areas of clinical specialization are pregnancy counseling, domestic infant adoption and international adoption. Renee can be reached at:

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska

124 S. 24th Street, Suite 200

Omaha, NE 68102

Phone: 402.661.7100

ramborse@lfsneb.org


Christina Broekemeier, LIMHP, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2016. She specializes in anxiety, depression, grief and adjustment issues.  In addition to her specialized training in adoption, she is also trained in EMDR. Christina serves children ages 7 through teen years, women, families and foster families in the Bellevue, Omaha and Papillion areas. She can be reached at: 

1406 Fort Crook Rd, Suite 401

Bellevue, NE 68005

Phone: 402.350.1968

broekemeier5@msn.com


Heather Clover, LIMHP, LADC, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2017. She specializes in anxiety, foster care issues, trauma (TF-CBT), depression and self-harm. Her areas of clinical specialization are foster care, adoption, adoptive families, education for families about adoption, and adoption's effects on children, teens and families. Heather serves children, teens, young adults and families in Omaha, Bellevue and the surrounding cities. She can be reached at: 

8031 West Center Road #210

Omaha, NE 68124

Phone: 402.393.0505

heather.desiredlife@gmail.com


Whitney Geise, LMHP, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2017. She is a Children's Therapist who specializes in all trauma, sexual abuse and problematic sexual behaviors. Her areas of clinical specialization are children ages 8-18 and adoption with trauma. Heather serves both urban and rural areas. She can be reached at: 

11807 Q Street

Omaha, NE 68137

Phone: 402.595.1338

wgeise@LFSneb.org


Carrie Hillebrandt, M.S., LIMHP, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2016. She specializes in children involved in the juvenile court system, foster care, as well as adults with histories of foster care, guardianship, or adoption. In addition to TAC training, Carrie is trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). TAC training enhanced her clinical practice and supervision. The additional knowledge to properly assess, diagnose, and treat both children and adults more accurately and help determine how behaviors are associated with the clients past trauma, loss and absence of information about their past is critical to the client's process. 

1941 S. 42nd St., #129

Omaha, NE 68105

Phone: 402.871.9973

carriehillebrandt@hillcac.org


Lisa Merz, LMHP, LCSW, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2016. She is a therapist for Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska. Lisa specializes in sexual abuse treatment for child victims, both individual and family, and is trained in both EMDR and TF-CBT.  Additional specialties include therapy, both individual and group, for children with problematic sexual behaviors.  Lisa also has experience working with youth in foster care in need of adoptive homes and their adoptive families. She utilizes this experience, clinical experience and TAC to provide therapy services to families and children impacted by adoption. Lisa is also trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy. Lisa can be reached at:

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska

11949 Q Street

Omaha, NE 68137

Phone: 402.595.1338, Ext. 1

lmerz@lfsneb.org


Juline Mosser, LMHP, LPC, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2016. She specializes in TF-CBT, eating disorders, adoption and fertility counseling. Julie can be reached at: 

Omaha Integrative Care

1812 N 169th Plz.

Omaha, NE 68118

Phone: 402.934.1617

j.mosser@omahaic.com


Jim Schmidt, PLMHP, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2017. He specializes in disabilities (developmental, cognitive, and physical - over 10 years experience), autism spectrum disorder, adoption, adjustment issues with life changes or life transitions, depression, trauma related issues, non-compliance and other behavioral issues. Jim also has experience working with children in foster care, foster parents from placement to adoption and all ages but is currently working with children, adolescents, and families. He is trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is in the process of becoming a certified Circle of Security Parent Educator. Jim serves in the Omaha metro area and can be reached at: 

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska

3040 Lake Street, Suite 124

Omaha, NE 68111

Phone: 402.504-1733 x23

jschmidt@LFSneb.org


Leah Weber, MA, LMHP, LMHC, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2014. She is the director of the Avalon Center and a therapist. With specialized training in EMDR and trauma, Leah works with children, youth and adults with attachment and adoption issues. As an adoptee and a therapist with more than 20 years of experience, she works with all members of the adoption kinship network and specializes in abuse, trauma, and substance abuse issues. Leah also has clinical expertise in self-injury. Shee is currently accepting new clients. Leah can be reached at:

Avalon Center

22 N. Georgia Avenue, #102

Mason City, IA 50616

Phone: 641.422.0070

leah@avaloncenter.us

 


Southeastern Nebraska

Christena Baker, LIMHP, CMSW, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2016. She is a therapist at Nebraska Children's Home Society.  Chris specializes in attachment, sexual abuse, adoption, foster care, and gifted children. She is currently serving the post-adoption population including adopted persons, birth parents, and adoptive parents. Chris focuses on attachment and developmental steps to integrated personality. Chris can be reached at:

Nebraska Children's Home Society

4700 Valley Road

Lincoln, NE 68510

Phone: 402.483.7879

cbaker@nchs.org


Barbara L. Dewey, LICSW, LIMHP, completed the TAC in Nebraska in 2014. She is in private practice as a therapist and is accepting new clients at this time. She has been in private practice for 10 years. Barbara specializes in trauma, attachment challenges, foster care and adoption, and post-adoption counseling.  She is trained in EMDR to address trauma and reduce anxiety while building coping skills with clients.  Barbara is a Circle of Security Parent Educator, providing classes specifically for foster/adoptive and step parents several times annually.  She works with parents to develop and strengthen attachments with their children and learn to repair their relationships.  She is also an adoptive mother of siblings through the child welfare system. Barbara can be reached at:

2900 S. 70th Street, Suite 160

Lincoln, NE 68506

Phone: 402.525.9825

bdewey@neb.rr.com


Katharine E. Meininger, LMHP, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2014. She is a care manager with Magellan of Nebraska. Katharine can be reached at:

Magellan of Nebraska

1221 N Street, Suite 325

Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: 800.424.0333


Stephanie Meyer, LIMHP, CPC, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2017. She has a BA in Psychology with a minor in Women's Studies and and Emphasis on Child Development, and an MS in Agency Counseling. Stephanie serves young children, adolescents and adults in Omaha and Lincoln. She specializes in adoption, trauma, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), foster care, attachment/abandonment and anxiety. She can be reached at:

3201 Pioneers Blvd, Suite 110

Lincoln, NE 68502

Phone: 402.421.8255

stephaniemeyercounseling@windstream.net


Danielle Parrish, LIMHP, LMFT, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2016. She specializes in relationship counseling, depression, anxiety, college students/young adults, and life transitions. Danielle serves the general population at any stage of adoption. She can be reached at:

2900 S. 70th Street, Suite 160

Lincoln, NE 68506

Phone: 402.320.9359

parrish.lps@gmail.com

 


West Central Nebraska

Stephanie Morse, LIMHP, LADC, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2015.  She is a co-owner of Platte Valley Counseling, LLC in North Platte.  She focuses on behavioral issues, trauma, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, adolescents with sexual behavior problems and other major mental health concerns.  She is currently certified in  Parent Child Interaciton Therapy (PCIT) - an evidenced based therapy model.  She is currently pursuing certification in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and EMDR. Additionally, she is a Circle of Security Parent Educator and is working toward becoming a Reflective Consultant.  Stephanie serves North Platte and surrounding areas (up to 60-90 miles).  She can be reached at:

Platte Valley Counseling, LLC

306 East 6th Street, Suite 2

North Platte, NE 69101

Phone: 308.532.5565 ext. 4

plattevalleycounseling@yahoo.com


Cassi Stark, MsED, LIMHP, completed TAC in Nebraska in 2015.  She is in private practice at CS Counseling at Bridges Counseling and serves North Plate and the surrounding areas.  She specializes in trauma and working with children and adolescents (ages 0-20).  She is trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and is a Circle of Security Parent Educator.  Cassi can be reached at:

CS Counseling at Bridges Counseling

120 North Dewey

North Platte, NE 69101

Phone: 308.532.3000

cscounseling@live.com

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