A Better Way Therapy was founded in 2005, when the owner wanted to gather together a team of great therapists, and keep them for longer through better pay and respect in order to better meet the needs of our clients. With two offices in Omaha, NE, our therapists are able to help patients of any age and with almost any mental health or chemical dependency issue.
We are proud to now offer telemedicine technology plus the option for online payments.
Learn more about our therapists below!
Our Omaha Team
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Executive Director, Therapist
Bruce Hugunin LIMHP, LADC
Education: MA from the University of Kansas. BA From Buena Vista College
Experience: Before starting A Better Way Therapy, Bruce was a Director for outpatient services at a behavioral health company in Omaha and also worked for several places including Boys Town and Alegent Health Hospital.
Expertise areas: Bruce works with all types of clients. His major areas of focus include anger management, Marriage counseling and alcohol and drug issues
Insurance panels: Self-Pay, BC/BS’s Blue Classic & Blue Preferred, Midlands Choice, Aetna, Cigna, Well Care, Nebraska Total Care, UHC Optum and Teamcare. Bruce is also credentialed by Medicaid.
Director of Operations, Therapist
Dana Ritterbush, LIMHP, LADC, CEAP
Education: MS in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Experience: Dana has over 15 years of experiencing working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. She has provided mental health and substance abuse services for an outpatient counseling agency, a domestic violence women’s shelter, schools, and a corporate Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Expertise: Dana is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Nebraska. She is also a Certified Employee Assistance Professional. She completed her internship in a domestic violence program providing services to children and women who lived in a shelter setting. Dana worked in an EAP for 8 years where she provided services to employees and employers to help address personal and work-related concerns that impact productivity and performance. Other areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, grief/loss, trauma, anger management, stress management, substance use, marital/couples counseling and family therapy.
Insurance Panels: Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Nebraska Total Care, UHC Optum, Midlands Choice, BPA Health EAP
Alexa is the Office Associate at A Better Way Therapy. She has held previous positions similar to this one at former jobs. She is currently attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha working towards her undergraduate degree in Psychology and plans to pursue a graduate degree in Counseling to become a therapist herself.
Carole Nelson LIMHP
Experience: Carole has over 20 years’ experience working with adolescents in school settings and in foster care. She also has 10 years’ experience with providing in-home therapy services to families in crisis.
Expertise areas: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety/ Depression, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills for Borderline Personality Disorder, Mood Disorders, works with Developmental Disabilities, Christian counselor
Insurance panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Aetna, Midlands Choice, Medicaid, Well Care, Nebraska Total Care, UHC Optum and others.
Laurie Crayne LMHP
Education: MS from University of Bellevue in Health and Human Services.
Experience: Worked at the Behaven program for 10 years before joining the staff at A Better Way Therapy in 2012.
Expertise: Laurie works well with autistic, out of control children, victims of abuse, anxiety, depression, anger management, Children to adults. Laurie has done a great job building relationships with clients and has a good sense of humor.
Insurance Panels: Medicaid, Well Care, Nebraska Total Care, UHC Optum, Blue cross Blue Shield, Midlands Choice, Aetna and others. Also accepts Self pay.
Yvonne Schlueter-Promes, MSE, CPC, LIMHP
Education: Master’s of Science in Education specializing in Agency-Based Counseling from Wayne State College Experience: Yvonne worked for Boys Town for 16 years and at Behaven part time as a therapist. Yvonne has 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, individuals, and families in crisis. Yvonne has worked in adoption centers, domestic violence agencies, foster care agencies, hospitals, in-home therapy services, shelters, and schools.
Expertise: ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, Adoption/Attachment Issues, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Bipolar Issues, Child Abuse, Chronic Illnesses, Codependency, Conduct Disorders, Couples Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Career Issues, Eating Disorders, Family Therapy, Grief Counseling, Impulse Control Disorder, Infertility Issues, Learning Disabilities, Major Depression, Marital Therapy, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Panic Disorders, Parenting Issues, Postpartum Depression, PTSD, Separation/Divorce, Sexual Abuse, Sleep Disorders, and Stress Management.
Insurance panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Medicaid, Magellan, Aetna, Midlands Choice, United Health Care and others, Well Care, Nebraska Total Care, UHC Optum.
Tim Terrell, LIMHP
Education: Dual Degree Master’s in Social Work and Public Administration from University of Nebraska Omaha.
Experience: Tim has over 10 years of experience providing behavioral health services to children, adolescents, adults, older adults, and families that suffered from mild to severe mental health disorders. To include experience working within assistant living nursing facilities, hospitals, military facilities, extended family home agencies and community-based government funded organizations. He also served in the military.
Expertise: Addictions, Adjustment Disorders, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Career Counseling, Child Abuse, Criminal Offenses, Codependency, Coping Skills, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Grief Counseling, High Risk Adolescents and Teenagers, Learning Disabilities, Life Coaching, Major Depression, Male Issues, Obesity, PTSD, School Issues, Separation/Divorce, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Identity, Sleep Disorders, Spirituality and Stress Management, Weight Loss.
Insurance Panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Medicaid: Well Care, Nebraska Total Care, UHC Optum, Midlands Choice. Applied for Medicare.
Therapist, EMDR Trained Therapist
Jill Krelle, MS, LMHP
Education: Master’s of Science in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska.
Experience: Jill has over 19 years of experience in the behavioral health field. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in residential facilities and outpatient treatment. Jill started her career at Boys Town and she also worked at the Douglas County Department of Corrections for 8 years focused on helping incarcerated individuals working towards reentry. Jill works well with children, adolescents, adults, and couples.
Expertise: Addiction, Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Codependency, Depression, Domestic Abuse, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Grief, OCD, Phobias, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Self-Harming, Sexual Abuse, Stress, Substance Use, Trauma and PTSD, Impulse Control Disorders, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Thinking Disorders.
Insurance Panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Medicaid, Nebraska Total Care, Healthy Blue, UHC Optum, and Midlands Choice.
Travis Brock, LMHP, LPC, PLADC
Education: MS from Bellevue University in Human Services and Clinical Counseling.
Experience: Travis has over 20 years of experience working in the human services field assisting individuals of all ages, genders, races, and cultural backgrounds with cognitive disabilities and criminal backgrounds. He has over 8 years of experience working with individuals with addiction and severe mental health issues. Travis worked for 2 years as the Director of a long-term residential treatment program.
Expertise: Philosophy of CBT and DBT and working with individuals with addiction and severe mental health issues. Working with adolescents dealing with anger management and family issues. Couple’s and Marriage Counseling: improving communication and quality of relationships
Insurance Panels: Aetna, BCBS, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Wellpoint Military Care, Healthy Blue, Nebraska Total Care, United Behavioral Health.
Paula Kohrt, LMHP, CCMHC
Education: M.Ed. in Agency Counseling from the University of Virginia.
Experience: Paula has worked in the human services/child welfare field for 37 years. Her experience includes working with special needs in a group home setting, working with adolescents in a group home setting, working with children ages 2-7 in a day treatment center, and conducting therapy in office and in-home settings. Paula has extensive experience working with young children, adolescents, and their families.
Expertise: Working with young children, adolescents, and families with behavioral and relational issues.
Insurance Panels: Optum UHC, Cigna, BCBS, Healthy Blue, Midlands Choice
Rose Kirkpatrick, PLMHP
Education: MS in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University, MA in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a BA in Journalism/Mass Communications from Iowa State University.
Experience: Rose has approximately 5 years of experience in the behavioral health field, over 15 years in the education field, and 15 years in the business world. Rose is EMDR trained and has training/experience with CBT, DBT interventions, solution focused therapy, and motivational interviewing. Previously, she worked with individuals and couples of all ages in a community mental health care setting. She enjoys helping clients with the challenges of mental health and daily living. She counsels from a practical and experiential perspective, believing in understanding her clients from their own experiences outward. She enjoys bringing art, writing, performance and other creative aspects to her counseling. Rose began her career in counseling after benefitting from her own experience with mental health and working in correctional mental health care after a career in education and marketing. Rose focuses on adults, couples, teens and the LGBTQIA+ communities.
Expertise: Working with adolescents, adults, and couple for issues such as: Adjustment Disorders, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar, Career Counseling, Caregiving Issues, Codependency, Depression, Domestic Abuse, Dual Diagnosis, Grief, LGBTQIA+, OCD, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Phobias, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self-Discovery, Self Esteem, Self-Harming, Sexual Abuse, Stress, Substance Use, Trauma, Women’s Issues.
Insurance Panels: UHC Medicaid, Healthy Blue, Nebraska Total Care, BCBS and self-pay.
Christopher Fenwick, LIMHP, LADC, LMHC, IADC, LPC
Education: Ms.ED in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Kearney
Experience: Christopher is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP), a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). He has been a licensed clinician since 2017 and has over 7 years of experience in the behavioral health/counseling field. He has experience working in various levels of care including Outpatient services, Intensive Outpatient Programming, Inpatient Short-Term Residential Care for Youth and Adults, and Long-Term Co-Occurring Residential Treatment.
Expertise: Christopher is a determined, conscientious, and empathic counselor working with individuals from all walks of life including adolescents and adults (ages 15 to 60) with presenting concerns of depression, anxiety, mood dysregulation, severe and persistent mental illness, adjustment disorders, mood disorders, addiction, and PTSD/trauma. He has specialized training in trauma therapy including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Ego State Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Seeking Safety.
He has a strong passion for helping others in their journey and works with specialized populations including LGBTQIA+, addiction, and trauma. He stands by one of the greatest “lessons” in life being “everything is a learning opportunity – either one learns what they want, or one learns what they do not want”.
Insurance Panels: Cigna, Midlands Choice, Amerigroup Iowa, Iowa Total Care, UHC Optum, UHC Medicaid, Nebraska Total Care, BCBS NE
Erin Talbert, LIMHP, LPC
Education: Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University in Kansas City, MO
Experience: Erin is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and is in the process of receiving her Certified Sex Therapist (CST) licensure. She has been a licensed clinician since 2013, and has 10 years of experience in the mental health field. Erin has experience working in several types of mental health settings, including Acute Inpatient, Intensive Outpatient Programs, Partial Hospitalization Programs, Long Term Trauma therapy unit specializing in treatment for military personnel and first responders, and Outpatient care, including individual, couples, family, and group therapy.
Expertise: Erin is an LGBTQ+ therapist, as well as gender affirming and kink affirming. She is empathic, kind, and is comfortable with working with clients wherever they are in their mental health journeys. She works with adolescents and adults (ages 16 to 60), with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD/trauma, and specializes in sex therapy and sex related issues including arousal disorders, erectile dysfunction, intimacy concerns, performance anxiety, struggles communicating with partners, as well as processing through concerns surrounding sexual activity, desires, and kinks, while affirming individuals and helping them to manage their worries and anxieties.
Erin is strongly motivated to help others, and enjoys watching the growth and strength that clients bring to therapy sessions every single day.
Begin your journey to improving your quality of life today!
For more information about our therapists and their expertise, or to schedule an appointment for in-home or in-office therapy, call our Omaha office at 11204 Davenport St, Omaha: 402-356-3332!