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About Us

Established in 2017, our group has expanded quickly with a shared vision and passion to provide the best care to all of our clients.  We believe in whole-person care - Including caring for our mental health.   We currently have 11 bilingual, native Spanish-speaking, practitioners!  Combined we have more than 40 years of experience in providing an array of mental health services to people of all colors, ages, and places on the gender spectrum.  We hope our space will offer acceptance, understanding, and peace.  We would be honored to help you on your journey of healing.

Below you will find a brief description of our work and approach with clients.  We encourage  you to reach out if you have any questions or if you would like to make an appointment with one of us specifically.

Our Mission

Our goal is to minimize the disparities in availability and access to quality mental health services among the underserved Latino population of Nebraska.  Our group will serve to enhance awareness and destigmatize mental health problems and services for people with mental illness, their care-givers and loved ones through education, support, empowerment, and coordination of resources.  We will strive to provide services that are culturally competent, aware of  socio-economic disparities, and available in the client's language.

Our Team

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Laura Sanchez, LICSW, LADC
Founder/CEO (She|Her|Ella)

Hello! I am a licensed Therapist/Clinical Social Worker - here to guide you through life’s most complex and difficult matters. Since 2008, I have worked with families, teens, and children dealing with challenging life experiences. My work has included therapy, case management, and macro work focused on changing systems.  I work together with my client to develop a treatment approach which best suits each individual.  

I am trained in Trauma-Focused CBT, DBT for managing distressing emotions, Cognitive Processing Therapy for trauma, various addiction treatments, and EMDR.  I also have further endorsement and education in treating problem gambling.  My schooling influences me to take a systems approach to working with clients in which we look at all aspects of their current life to understand how each affects their current situation.

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Nancy Herrera, LIMHP 
(She|Her|Ella)

I am an independent mental health practitioner in the state of Nebraska with six years of experience working as a mental health therapist. I have worked with children and adults with a wide range of clinical issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues as well as parenting struggles. I have also worked with families who have experienced domestic violence.
My counseling approach is positive and welcoming. My clinical approach combines humanistic, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic counseling, including play therapy techniques. Change is difficult and it takes courage to embark the path towards healing. I will meet you where you are, and help you walk the journey towards a healthy mind and body.

 

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Jose David Soriano, LIMHP
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Hello everyone! I have years of experience working with individuals, adolescents, and couples navigate through the difficulties life can bring.  My specialty and passion is working with marriages on repairing and growing.  I have advanced training in helping couples and have done extensive work in couples therapy as well as couples' intensive retreats.  I am a Level 3 trained Gottman Method therapist and will pursue the Certification Track.  You can read more about the Gottman Method to see if this is the right fit for your marriage.
 

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Nereida Rojas Lopez, PLMHP, PCMSW
(She|Her|Ella)

I am a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP) and Provisionally Certified Master Social Worker (PCMSW) in the state of Nebraska. I am bilingual in Spanish and in English. In 2016, I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. In December 2021 I graduated with a Master's in Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I was an intern at both Nebraska Medicine Inpatient Social Work department and AM Counseling and Consulting.

My work experience includes working with families and youth in non-profit organizations. My work has included case management, family support, teaching parenting classes, and being a supervisor. I worked at Boys Town for about five years in the South Omaha community specifically working with Spanish-speaking families and court-involved families in the Omaha metro area. My experience also includes macro work focused on the prevention of sexual violence in college campuses at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. I currently work as a Medical Social Worker at Nebraska Medicine.

I primarily work with adolescents, young adults, adults, and Spanish-speaking individuals and families.

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Claudia Herrera, PLMHP, PCMSW
(She|Her|Ella)

Hello/Hola! I am a provisional licensed independent mental health practitioner in the state of Nebraska. I am bilingual in Spanish and in English. I have experience working with those who have addictions, trauma, grief, anxiety, women/men survivors of domestic violence and depression.  My clinical experience has background on both behavioral health and clinical social work where I have provided case management and family support. 

I primarily work with young adults and adults, as a therapist I use an integrated and holistic approach to therapy. My clinical focus is the facilitation of psychological and emotional healing from traumatic life events. My goal as a therapist is to build a relationship with my clients where they feel safe and heard and at the same time, help them build a series of behavioral and emotional coping skills that allow them to live their best life. I am excited to provide healing using Brainspotting.

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Diana Graham, PLMHP

I provide a therapeutic environment that encourages personal growth through gentle empowerment and increasing awareness of self. I believe we have the capacity to create positive change in our lives when we are ready. I approach therapy through a person-centered framework where you are in the driver's seat, and you are the expert of your own life. I aid in providing insight, psychoeducation, along with various forms of psychotherapy to help you live a fulfilling and empowered life. I work best with clients who are motivated, proactive, and ready to make positive change in their lives.

If you find that you are feeling distressed with any life changes or feeling overwhelmed by any challenges and you're looking for a therapist that is empathetic to help you reach your personal goals, feel free to call or send a message to set up an appointment today.

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Anabel Tapia LMFT, LIMHP

Hello Everyone! Thank you for visiting the website and reading my biography! Welcome!

I have a Masters degree with depth of experience in conducting psychotherapy, mental health therapy for all ages and genders. I have over 12 years of experience working as LIMHP at large health systems in Lincoln and Omaha, including University of Nebraska at Lincoln, which has been my alma mater. I also worked internationally in Mexico City, Mexico, where I was born and raised before I got my training in the US. I am a native Spanish speaker. Besides, LIMPH, I also received my training and education as a clinical social worker. I have worked directly with children, teens, adults, with multiple ethnicities such as Latinos, Asians, Caucasians, African-Americans. My multi-cultural experience and upbringing gives me an edge in connecting with my patients and forming a solid bond of trust, which always helps in making the therapy much more effective. As a patient centered therapist, I always keep my patients priorities at the top to make sure I see their issues from their eyes, and provide the best solutions and support. My motto has always been to provide the level of care to my patients that I would  expect my family and kids to receive.

I have directly worked towards diagnosing, evaluating and providing the required therapy for teen anxiety, teen depression, mood swings, suicidal tendencies and ideations, for teens and adolescents coming from jointed and disenfranchised families. I conduct individual and group counseling, crisis management, consultations and outreach. I provide evidence-based counseling services (e.g., evaluation, diagnosis, consultation, and treatment) to patients within the psychiatric ambulatory setting for the purpose of preventing or eliminating symptomatic, maladaptive, or undesired behavior. I have always carried my passion for serving minorities and patients of varied socio-economic and educational levels. I practiced and believe in integrated mental and behavioral health services. This passion of mine has translated into my team play approach of collaborating with doctors, mid-levels, midwifes, nurses, social workers and psychiatrists. I believe that an informed and integrated approach can not only help my patients improve their mental health conditions but raise their quality life.

I personally value and carry the empathy of treating patients with different ethnic backgrounds and cultures and feel we all can learn so much from each other during the time we spend at the therapy session.

I look forward to meeting you at my clinic and be your therapist of choice!

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Cesia Marino, LIMHP

Hello! Hola! I am a licensed independent mental health practitioner in the state of Nebraska. I am bilingual in Spanish and in English. I have almost 6 years of experience working as a mental health therapist with a diverse client population. My passion is found in working with adolescents, their families/parents, adults, and couples.

As a therapist, I view myself as a guide that helps you navigate through whatever issues you are experiencing and learning how to cope. I strive in helping my clients find solutions in their lives, while also providing space to process past and present hurts and worries. I truly believe the relationship between client and therapist is the most important; therefore, I focus on creating an accepting and comfortable space for each person. I look forward to working with you and getting to know you!

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Dalia Ruvalcaba, LMHP

I am a licensed psychotherapist practicing in the state of Nebraska with five years of experience. I use an integrated and holistic approach to therapy. I primarily work with adolescents, young adults, and adults. My job is to help you navigate through your emotional stress and experiences; learn ways to cope and heal; and recognizing unhelpful thinking patterns. I am passionate in helping clients take steps toward making positive and long-lasting changes in their life. 

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Candice Sortino, PLMHP
(She|Her)

Hello! I'm a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP) available for in-person or telehealth sessions. I have experience working with people seeking help for trauma, depression, self-esteem, ADHD, anxiety and a variety of other mental health concerns. I enjoy working with all populations and have experience with people who are LGBTQ+ and BIPOC. My goal is to create a therapist-client relationship where the client has a safe and comfortable environment. I use a person-centered approach which allows the client to take the lead while I'm there as a source of support. I want to give my clients the guidance they need to build behavioral and emotional skills, learn healthy coping, and create positive change. I am here to help people through personal challenges and empower them to live their best life!

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Evette Alvarez, PLMHP
(She|Her|Ella)

Hello! I am a provisionally licensed independent mental health practitioner. I am bilingual in Spanish and English. I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s in Child, Youth and Family Studies in 2013 and then graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a master’s degree in Clinical Counseling. I have 8 years of experience in working with families who have struggled
with mental health, addiction, trauma and with survivors of domestic violence. I know seeking support can be difficult, therefore I believe in offering a safe and supportive space for clients. I utilize a variety of modalities such as Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral and Trauma focused therapy throughout the treatment process. I primarily work with adolescents, young adults and adults.

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Samantha Reed, PLMHP
(She|Her)

Hello! I am a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner with experience working with individuals suffering from severe and persistent mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and major depression. My theoretical approach involves using techniques from person-centered, cognitive behavioral, and dialectical behavioral therapy from a trauma-informed perspective. My aim is to help you achieve your goals and reach your highest potential. Whether you're struggling with your mental health or the natural ups and downs of life,
you do not have to go through this journey alone.

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Roman Sanchez, BSW
Therapist Intern

Hello/Hola! I have a bachelor's degree in Social Work in generalist practice. This has provided me the opportunity to work with diverse communities. I am currently working towards obtaining my master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Nebraska - Omaha to pursue my clinical practice. My work experience includes working with diverse Spanish speaking communities and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. I provide a welcoming and inclusive environment through attentive listening, validation, support, and empathy.

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Mackenzie Schmitt, LIMHP, CMSW         Partnered practitioner for immigration evaluations

**All services available in English and Spanish.** I specialize in psychosocial evaluations for individuals going through immigration proceedings. I strive to provide a compassionate and comfortable space for clients while at the same time producing a thorough and professionally written evaluation. My assessment will address specific factors which help immigration courts determine if an individual or family may remain lawfully in the United States. I offer evaluations for the following types of immigration cases• Waivers (I-60 and I-60A) • Cancellation of Removal • VAWA and Spousal Abuse • U-Visas • Asylum