Counseling

OHB’s Counseling Services provide therapy that is developed around the individual needs of each person, helping them overcome mental health, substance abuse, and behavioral health issues. Counseling is provided in a safe, judgement-free space by experienced therapists.

Available Services

OHB’s Counseling Services offer a well-rounded approach to help individuals and families grow and thrive.

Evaluations are conducted to determine the best course of action to address individual and family needs.

Individual Counseling is developed around the unique needs of each person.

Family Counseling treats the whole family unit in order to increase the long-term success of each individual as well as that of the entire family.

Group Sessions allow adolescents time to practice newly learned skills and gain peer support.

Why Choose Us

No Wait Times – Our therapists have immediate openings for new clients.

Home-like Setting – Our therapists meet with clients in a cottage on our campus, creating a comfortable, welcoming space.

Individualized Attention – Our therapists have a small number of clients, allowing them the freedom to give more time and attention to each client.

Continuum of Care – Our programs and services expand well beyond counseling should individuals or families have additional needs.

Meet Our Therapists

Chenea Starks, PLMHP, PCMSW

Chenea Starks

Chenea has immediate openings for new clients and is ready to help you develop a deeper understanding of what you’re feeling and why. She firmly believes that once a person becomes aware of their existing coping mechanisms and responses to stress that are negatively impacting their quality of life, they are better able to find healthier, more balanced responses, which paves the way for authentic change.

“I draw from several therapeutic orientations and combine approaches according to the individual’s needs,” says Chenea. “My goal is to facilitate positive and meaningful change with each client by creating a partnership where I can provide thoughtful guidance and support.”

Chenea’s areas of specialty include treating traumatic stress, depression, anxiety disorders, difficult life transitions, stress-management, self-esteem, substance use and anger. She is passionate about working with all individuals and has a special interest in helping LGBTQI+ individuals, women and adolescents.

Chenea has several years of experience working in human services, including as a clinician, and holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and Motivational Interviewing and trained in the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

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Ryan Mahnke, PLMHP

Ryan Mahnke

Ryan has immediate openings for new clients and is ready to help you make positive changes in your life to help you become successful long term.

Ryan uses a client-focused, trauma-informed approach to therapy. He firmly believes that anyone can make positive changes in their life if they are motivated to do so, and he’s ready to help you learn motivation techniques.

“I enjoy helping people develop coping skills to manage their lives and be successful,” says Ryan.

Ryan’s areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, panic attacks, children and adolescents, substance use, group therapy, chemical dependency, stages of change, crisis intervention, relationship building, and parent/child relationships.

Ryan has been in the human services field for more than 20 years. He is a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and is trained in numerous therapy practices, including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

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Our Approach

Our experienced and compassionate therapists use the following therapies:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on how thoughts influence feelings, which in turn affects behavioral responses
  • Strengths-based Approach emphasizes the individual’s resiliency and personal strengths to overcome obstacles in their lives
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy assists with improving communication, self-awareness, emotional regulation and decision-making skills  
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used to assist individuals with processing traumatic experiences and provides tools to better cope with life after the negative impact of the traumatic experiences have begun to impede with day-to-day functioning
  • Client-centered Therapy is based on the belief that the client is best able to decide what to explore and how
  • Motivational Interviewing is designed to help individuals find the motivation to make a positive behavior change

How to Get Started

The first step in seeking counseling at OHB is to contact Admissions. A member of our team will be in touch to determine if our services are a fit for your needs.

Immediate Openings!

To schedule an appointment, please contact Admissions via the following form:

If you have additional questions, please contact:

ClinicalAdmissions@ohb.org

Justin Loehr - 402-457-7104

Brandy Gustoff - 402-457-7035

Location

Services are provided in a welcoming and comfortable home-like setting located on Omaha Home for Boys main campus, just off of 52nd and Ames Streets.

4343 N 52nd Street
Omaha, NE 68104

In certain circumstances, a therapist may be able to work with a client in their home.

Funding Options

OHB is a nonprofit organization, meaning our greatest reward comes from supporting and strengthening youth, young adults and families. A variety of funding options are available for Counseling Services:

  • Private Insurance
  • Nebraska Medicaid
  • Private Pay
  • Adult or Juvenile Probation Voucher (approved & issued prior to treatment by Probation)
  • Provide Service Agreement with Saint Francis Ministries or Department of Health & Human Services (approved & issued prior to treatment by Saint Francis or DHHS)