Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
Janie, the founder and director, has been working in private practice since 1992 and brings a wealth of experience both through her work and her personal life. She believes that as a therapist she can only work with a client as deeply as she herself has worked. She continues to work towards a healthy, balanced, whole life through the integration of mind, body, and soul. She believes that all of these areas are necessary toward attaining a sense of wholeness and completeness within ourselves.
Janie recently published the book Finding the Peace. This book is the story of her own life journey to wholeness. Although it is a book about her experience of overcoming chronic depression, the book highlights the real need for each of us to learn to listen to our own inner voice and wisdom. Life offers us stepping stones to grow and learn more about ourselves and our life mission. Each event or hardship becomes a stepping-stone for growth by training us and preparing us for the next phase of our life. Perceived negative moments then become opportunity to find ourself, our soul, and the right path to be following. This has been the truth in her own life which is seen through the story of Finding the Peace.
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"Therapy is a spiritual journey to me. I see my role as the therapist to be the mirror to the clients, reflecting back to them what I hear them saying about their own knowing, essence, passion, pain, and potential. It is through this process of looking at self that an individual indeed finds the path to his/her soul. It is my role as the therapist to sit with the client in the midst of his/her journey and allow him/her the opportunity to get to know and see him/herself, which ultimately leads to a process of loving his/herself. This is part of the soul journey: learning to love ourselves which indeed is a rewarding experience that leads to the enhancement and well-being of living life."
As an Independent Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Janie's training centers on systems theory. This involves working with individuals, couples and families using a systemic approach which takes into account the individual's systems that support him/her in his/her life. This may include family, extended family, friends, school, doctors, daycare providers and anyone who is a significant person in the individual's life. From this perspective, changing one person in a system (family) can shift the entire family as each part influences the whole.
Janie is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the National Association of Social Workers for Private Practitioners. She has served as a board member on the Nebraska Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
Education Janie graduated from Kearney State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in both Social Work and Psychology. She completed her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Nebraska from Omaha.
ExperienceJanie's experiences encompass a broad range of areas including depression and/or anxiety, physical, sexual,emotional abuse and neglect, attachment and bonding, child and adolescent behavioral difficulties, family-of-origin, trauma and/or post-traumatic stress disorder, divorce and/or stepfamily, grief, adjustment difficulties, adoption, and neurobiofeedback work.
Janie offers life coaching for clients through Progressive Executive Coaching. She is a certified trainer inEmergenetics which offers a self-assessment profile that is used for individual and team development. As an Emergenetic trainer, Janie provides one-on-one coaching and team development workshops which facilitate communication and enhances personal and team effectiveness.
Eye Movement Desensitization and ReprocessingJanie is certified and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Level I and II, and has completed ongoing training. EMDR is a powerful therapy modality that removes the strong feelings and negative beliefs that develop as the result of a painful event. It is used for trauma work and has been found to work in just a few sessions to decrease trauma symptoms significantly, allowing the person to overcome suffering due to trauma. It is also used for improving performance in many life areas and to increase positive self-thoughts while decreasing the negative thoughts.EMDR Institute, Inc.
NeurobiofeedbackJanie has been trained in neurobiofeedback which is used for a variety of issues in areas of both physical and mental health. This is a technique that teaches the client to learn how to alter brain waves, which can strengthen the brain in areas that will allow for improvement of the symptoms. The better the brain functions, the better it is able to take care of body and mind issues. Her training also encompasses Alpha-Theta training which is used to stabilize the physiology of the brain resulting in the person having more brain stability and flexibility allowing the person to maintain a calm, focused place in the midst of stressful moments. It is a deep altered state very similar to the state of hypnosis. The training focuses on increasing motivation and decreasing fear. Janie is also trained in Peak Performance which utilizes braining training to stabilize the brain, while training the brain to be in “the zone” maintaining a calm, focused state to perform to the best of your ability.EEG Spectrum International, Inc.
Guided ImageryJanie has been trained in utilizing the role of imagery for physical and/or emotional health, including trauma issues. Guided imagery is a powerful technique that guides and directs the imagination using all of the senses. Through the use of these powerful imagery techniques, profound levels of healing, relaxation, personal growth, creativity, intuition and peak performance can be accessed. These same principles are applied to heal the brain from trauma.http://www.healthjourneys.com/what_is_guided_imagery.asp
Special Areas of InterestJanie especially enjoys working with women and couples. She has a special interest in marital work, This comes from her own self growth and development which she finds to be an integral part of developing a person's fullest potential. She has facilitated many groups over the years and loves group work due to the additional opportunities it offers for the client’s healing process. She has years of experience working with acting out children and teenagers and has the passion to provide the support and tools to those parents raising children with these difficulties. This includes working with children who have Reactive Attachment Disorder and /or Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Her work with teenagers is very fulfilling as they become more aware of what they are feeling, who they are, and how to better express this. Janie has additional training in Gottman Couples Therapy. She has completed Critical Incident Stress Management training for group crisis intervention. She is a responder to the Crisis Care Network and responds to critical incidents guiding people through traumatic times of difficulty.
Trainings and PresentationsJanie has presented across the state on therapeutic and redirective parenting and attachment disorder. She has trained therapists, caseworkers, foster parents and adoptive parents in the area of successfully parenting behaviorally difficult children. She enjoys training parents to provide them with additional tools needed in raising children who require a different parenting approach. Her colleague, Deb England, and she also presented training for the Omaha Public Schools entitled "Giving Kids Something to Think About". This was a presentation on teaching children how to Strong Sit, a form of sitting that the child practices, which teaches him to sit quietly with himself; be calm and learn to self modulate their emotions.
Supervisions of InternshipsJanie supervises practicum students who are completing their internship with Wholeness Healing Center, PC. She is committed to contributing towards offering opportunities for student interns to be able to attain good supervision and training while doing their internship. She feels that this contributes to the colleges by supporting the programs in the community. This also allows the interns to provide pro bono services within the practice to those clients needing services but not having the means to pay for private services.
FamilyJanie and her husband Jerry have been married since 1976. They have three grown children and three grandchildren. Janie loves reading, writing, walking, swimming, biking, kayaking, and traveling. She especially loves having quiet moments connecting with those she is closest to through conversation and time together. Spending time with her grandchildren is the ultimate connecting time. Her highlight of the day is to spend evening time on the deck with her husband enjoying the sunsets.
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