LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH THERAPISTS:
Council Bluffs Location:
Ron possesses a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He also has a Masters degree in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Ron has over 20 years of work in the human services field. Ron is a licensed mental health therapist in both Iowa and Nebraska and currently provides individual, couples, and family counseling services to youth and adults. Ron is the agency director of Choices Counseling.
Robert graduated with a Bachelors degree from Grand Valley State University and with a Masters degree in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has over 7 years experience providing in-home family centered counseling services and office based therapy services. Robert currently provides therapy services to couples, families, and individuals. He is also trained as a Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) therapist. Robert is a licensed mental health provider in Iowa. In addition, Robert is the agency BHIS supervisor.
Deb graduated with both a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Deb has over 7 years of experience working in the human service field. Deb is licensed to provide mental health therapy in both Iowa and Nebraska. Deb currently provides individual, family, and couples therapy, as well as PCIT therapy.
Kelli has a Bachelors degree from Midland Lutheran College and a Masters degree in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Kelli has over 10 years of experience providing counseling services to youth and adults. Kelli currently serves individuals, couples, and families. She is a licensed mental health therapist in both Iowa and Nebraska and specializes in the use of Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), EMDR, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Kelli is also the agency director of therapy services.
Erica Ochs, MS LMHC
Erica received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Grace University and then went on to get her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Before completing her counseling degree she spent three years working with clients with behavior disorders at a residential facility and in a school setting. She completed a year internship at Open Door Mission working with single women dealing with addictions. She has been doing mental health counseling since October of 2010.
Teena has her Master of social work degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is currently an LMSW working towards becoming an LISW. She has 18 years of experience providing family centered services to families in their home and in the office. Teena provides mental health therapy, Child Mental Health Waiver therapy and BHIS. Teena specializes in reactive attachment, PCIT, CBT, and DBT. Teena is the director of the Logan office and is a supervisor at the Council Bluffs office.
Natalie Bussing, MS
Natalie is a Licensed Master of Social Work. She recently completed her Master of Social Work degree and has recently begun providing therapy services for Choices Counseling, as well. Her work experience includes working with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and as an intensive family preservation worker.
Elaine Blickestaff, MS LMHP
Elaine is a licensed mental health therapist. She earned her master of science degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She earned her bachelor's degree from the College of St. Mary in human services with a minor in psychology. She has worked in the mental health business for 22 years with 10 years as a therapist. Elaine has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in many settings. She enjoys helping individuals and families make the changes that helps them reach their own personal goals.
Mindy Hinton, MS LMHP
Mindy Hinton, LMHP has had over 15 years experience working with both young children, adolescents and their families through group home, home and office-based settings. Mindy has worked closely with sexual trauma and domestic violence. Mindy’s experience with children and families includes working with the Intensive Family Preservation Program as a family therapist and crisis intervention. These programs were designed to help children and families that were in crisis, and if possible, to prevent children from having to be removed from the home. Mindy also completed a year long internship with the YWCA in Omaha and was given close supervision and hands-on experience working with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for both adults and adolescents. Interventions utilized throughout these experiences include age-appropriate boundaries, identification and expression of feelings, play therapy techniques, parenting strategies (including expectations and consequences) to offer parents comprehension of developmental stages, coping and relaxation strategies, process through and heal from trauma, and education to parents on how children are impacted by trauma. Mindy has also supervised both provisionally and fully licensed therapists in strategies they can utilize with young children and their families.
Mickey graduated with her Masters degree in Community Counseling and Criminal Justice from UNO. Mickey has over 20 years of experience working in the human service field, at such places as the YES House, Omni Behavioral Health, Richard Young, CSI, NFC, Capstone, and Behaven. She has volunteered for Metropolitan Child Advocacy Coalition since 2011. Mickey currently provides individual, family and couples therapy in Nebraska.
Marge graduated with both a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Human Behavior Counseling from Wayne State College. Marge has 13 years of experience working in the human service field. Marge currently provides individual, family and couples therapy in Nebraska, as well as adult and child BHIS services and FSRP services in Iowa.
Candace Newland, MS LMHP
Candace has been conducting individual and family therapy in the home and office settings since 2005. The people she serves range from pre-school age to geriatrics. She works with a variety of issues, such as anxiety, depression, communication, abuse and trauma, emotional distress, anger-management, parenting, independent living needs, parent-child interactions and relationship conflict. To meet the needs of her clients, Candace utilizes many different interventions, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interactive Therapy, conflict-resolution strategies, relaxation and exposure activities, narrative therapy, parenting techniques, and solution focused activities.
Candace graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2000 and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in 2004. She has had continuing education training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Sensory Processing Disorders, Behavioral Techniques, and additional activities related to my clientele.
Currently, Candace is in the process of becoming a certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapist with the intention of helping children and families improve interactions, decrease oppositional behaviors, and increase self-confidence.
Candace's passion is to help her clients become happy, healthy, confident individuals by teaching strategies to alleviate emotional distress and by working through painful experiences and relationship issues. She also desires to help individuals and families develop meaningful connections that will provide life-long support and encouragement in their lives.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INTERVENTION SERVICES (BHIS) WORKERS:
Council Bluffs Location:
Dan Green, BS
Dan graduated from Nebraska-Omaha with a Bachelors degree in Construction Engineering and Technology. He is currently a part-time employee with Choices working as in-home coounselor providing BHIS services. Dan has six years experience working in a group home as a residential mental health specialist. Dan has been with Choices since July 2013.
Tim Green, BS
Tim attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where he received his Bachelor Degree. He has been in the social field for 10 years. He first started out as a mentor while he was a student. After graduation he went on to be a RMHS(residential mental health specialist). He has recently joined Choices and is currently providing BHIS services. Tim is married with two children.
Chandra Howard, BS
Chandra studied Psychology at Augustana College and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree. Following that, she worked as a youth counselor in a residential treatment setting for just over a year before taking a position with Choices Counseling & Consulting. She is also currently an MSW student at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Aaron Hurtado, BS
Aaron is a graduate of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with a bachelors degree in Psychology. He has worked in a variety of setting involving youth and families for the last 5 years. Aaron currently provides BHIS for children and families in the southwest area of Iowa. He thoroughly enjoys working with kids and maximizing their ability to succeed in life.
Susan Johnson, BS
Susan has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Bellevue University. Susan has over 17 years of experience in working with children and families in a variety of settings. She has worked as a family support worker, foster care coordinator, residential staff member and homeless services. Susan has been providing BHIS services for the past 13 years.
Sylvia possesses both a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Human Services from Bellevue University. Sylvia has over 5 years of experience working in the human services field in a variety of capacities. She has provided intensive family preservation services, foster care services, and home-based therapy. Sylvia currently provides BHIS services and CMH services. Sylvia is also a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Michelle Mullen, BSW
Michelle graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She will graduate with her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in spring 2014. Michelle has over 3 years of experience providing in-home family centered services. Michelle currently provides probono therapy services and BHIS.
Jennifer possesses a Bachelors degree in Social Work from Colorado State University. She has over 9 years of experience working with youth and their families in a variety of settings. She has worked as a foster care specialist, family specialist, and family partner prior to her employment with Choices Counseling. Jennifer is currently providing BHIS services for both youth and adults and is also able to provide CMH services. Jennifer is currently pursuing her Masters degree.
Justine Sindt, BA
Justine has a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Justine has over three years experience working with children with various cognitive deficits in a child care setting and loves to work with children and adolescents in gaining new skills. Justine currently provides in-home and in-office BHIS services for Choices Counseling.
Daniel Tipton, BS
Daniel has a B.S. and is currently working on a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has been working with Choices as a BHIS worker since January of 2013 and before that was a crisis counselor with the Department of Human Services in Iowa. He currently works with children, mostly young males, on how to better manage their behaviors. He also provides pro-bono therapy with adults while working on his degree.
Rick Weigman, MS
Rick has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts minoring in Business Administration from Bellevue College in June of 1986. He served in a managerial capacity for over 20 years in Fortune Five Hundred Companies and Family owned businesses. Business experience ranges from the Graphic Arts Industry, Automobile Industry, the Pastorate as well as over 20 years experience in youth ministries. Served in the pastorate full time for 8 years as an associate pastor specializing in youth ministries with extensive experience counseling at risk youth, interacting with the court system as well as probation and parole agencies in various counties in Eastern Nebraska and St. Louis, Missouri. Served for two years in St. Louis Missouri as the Director of Recovery Ministries counseling adult males in an inpatient/outpatient substance abuse clinic. Worked for 8 months in St. Louis in a court ordered teen inpatient/outpatient substance abuse clinic, initially as a residential technician and finished as a substance abuse counselor. Obtained my Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling in October of 2012 through Liberty University. Rick has been providing BHIS and CMH services with Choices Counseling since September of 2011.
Shari graduated from Peru State College with both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Education. She is currently a full-time teacher and works for Choices Counseling part-time as an in-home counselor providing BHIS services in the Southwest corner of the state. Shari has also been a foster parent.