Betsy Funk -- LCSW LIMHP MPA REAT
Betsy is a Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner, and Registered Expressive Art Therapist in private practice and co-founder of Omaha Therapy and Arts Collaborative. She has been a certified social worker for 20 years and has worked with various agencies including Goodwill Industries, Phoenix House Domestic Violence Shelter, Nebraska Health and Human Services, and Lutheran Family Services. Currently, she works with people coping with challenges of all kinds with a specialty in trauma and abuse related issues. She has specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, Circle of Security Parenting, and Expressive Arts Therapy. Her passion involves bringing the arts into treatment in a way that promotes healing and resiliency. She is the developer of the “GREAT” Teen and Kids Groups, which are Expressive Arts therapy groups she facilitates in the OTAC studio and in area elementary and middle schools.
Jea theis -- LCSW LIMHP MSW
Jea has been working in the social services and mental health field for over fifteen years, starting out in the area of family violence, as a men's domestic violence counselor and CPS worker. After completing her MSW degree, Jea practiced in a community mental health counseling center, then worked with children and families impacted by sexual abuse and other trauma. Jea spent three years working as a grief and loss counselor prior to moving into private practice.
Jea has received specialized training in EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), CPP (Child-Parent Psychotherapy), TFCBT (Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Parent-child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Teacher-Child Interaction Training (TCIT), and Compassion Fatigue, and holds certifications as a Trauma Professional and Compassion Fatigue Educator. Jea is passionate about increasing awareness around compassion fatigue - providing education and consultation to agencies and supporting those working in helping professions in our community. Jea is the co-founder of Omaha Therapy and Arts Collaborative
Lesley Turner -- LCSW LMHP
Lesley Turner is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and licensed mental health practitioner (LMHP) in the state of Nebraska. Lesley spent the early years of her career as a special education teacher in Denver, Colorado before moving back to her hometown of Omaha with her husband. After teaching for six years, Lesley decided to pursue a career in mental health to provide services she felt were missing in the public school setting. After graduating from the University of Southern California with her Master's in Social Work, Lesley worked in the medical field as a hospice social worker. Later, she joined Heartland Family Service where she was a KidSquad consultant and outpatient therapist. Most recently, Lesley has begun working in private practice and with the Connections program at Project Harmony.
Lesley specializes in providing evidence based therapeutic services to children and adults. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Circle of Security Parenting, and other evidence based treatment modalities. Based on her experience as a special education teacher, Lesley enjoys working with children with special needs and their families, and has extensive experience working with persons with Autism. Finally, Lesley is a facilitator with Ted E Bear Hollow, and enjoys working with children and adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
Jeanie Stuto -- LCSW LMHP
Jeanie comes to OTAC with several years of experience working with people as a clinical social worker in the Omaha metro area. Her work has included interventions with adolescents and adults struggling with addiction and life transitions. For years, Jeanie has worked for local hospitals as a medical social worker assisting elder adults and their families with difficult changes. She also has vast experience with bereavement and grief support and is able to lend an empathetic ear for all who may be going through a difficult time. Jeanie has a profound respect and appreciation for the wisdom and strengths of elder adults and their families. She is attuned to the needs of the whole family, as roles change and people age. Her empathy and understanding is an immeasurable gift.
CARRIE GOBEL --LIMHP, LCSW
Carrie is a licensed independent mental health practitioner and clinical social worker. She enjoys working with children and adults of all ages and specializes in the treatment of trauma. She has been in the social work field for over 10 years, primarily in the Omaha area. Most recently, Carrie worked as a therapist and supervisor of the RSafe program at Lutheran Family Services, serving children and families impacted by sexual abuse. Carrie is trained in psychodynamic therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), sand tray therapy, family therapy, and treatment for problematic sexual behaviors. Carrie provides training and consultation to child welfare agencies and other mental health practitioners in the community regarding issues surrounding intra-familial sexual abuse and problematic sexual behaviors in children. She also serves as a member of the Douglas County Sexual Abuse Treatment Team. Carrie is dedicated to building awareness in the community of the prevalence and impact of child abuse and increasing and improving available services to children and families.
MISTY GASA-LIMHP, LCSW
Misty Gasa has been in the helping/healing field for over 20 years. She is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and Master Clinical Social Worker. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. She has worked in the community in homeless shelters, hospitals, schools, hospice agencies and homes for many years. She has volunteered as a Foster Care Review Board member, Grief's Journey Group Facilitator, and Women's issues Advocate. She is pleased to announce the opening of my Private Practice specializing in Traumatic Grief Therapy.