Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Dorothy Molczyk, LMHP LADC, provides individual, family and group therapy at Wholeness Healing Center. She is experienced in serving children, adolescents and adults. Her areas of specialty include substance abuse/dependency, healing from traumatic events, recovering from loss, and behavior disorders in children and adolescents.
Dorothy has worked in the substance abuse field for five years. She has experience working with both adolescents and adults in this area. As a substance abuse counselor, she is certified through the Nebraska Criminal Justice System to provide services in the form of substance abuse evaluations and treatment for individuals who are in the justice system and are experiencing a felony charge surrounding drug and alcohol problems. Throughout the last four years she has attended the annual Winter Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado to gain additional training on working in the areas of substance abuse and mental health. Dorothy has served on substance abuse coalitions in three counties as a member of a team of both professionals and concerned community members who are working to reduce drug and alcohol use/abuse among adolescents and adults. She has authored a workbook entitled, What’s Packed in Your Suitcase? The workbook is a practical guide to transforming negative self beliefs into positive beliefs through spirituality. This tool has been used with individuals in the addiction process who are struggling to find spirituality. The workbook and its technique for use was presented at a national conference in Flint, Michigan in 2003.
Dorothy has extensive training in the area of trauma-based issues. She has attended conferences over the last ten years covering a variety of options for individuals suffering from symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Dorothy is certified and has completed both Level I and Level II of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which has been shown as an effective treatment for reducing and removing symptoms of PTSD. EMDR is also used in treating anxiety and depression.
Grief and Loss
Dorothy served as a Hospice Social Worker for three years. She assisted the dying patient and his/her family and provided the emotional support necessary while traveling the journey of end of life issues. During that time she developed a grief group for children, adolescents and their family members to help them understand the feelings of loss from an appropriate developmental standpoint. She also traveled to different parts of central Nebraska to provide specialized grief groups for individuals who had suffered the death of a child. For two years, Dorothy participated at Central Community College as a panel member to address death and dying issues during the annual Teleconference on Hospice concerns.
Behavioral Problems in Children and Adolescents
Dorothy has worked with families surrounding these issues during her years in private practice. In a complex society with all members of the family suffering from stress, the work of the family and therapist together is to restore balance to the family. As the therapist, Dorothy uses a combination of techniques to assist the children in expressing their feelings and gaining mastery over their negative emotions. Dorothy provides additional training in parenting practices that will assist parents to regain the balance of their household. She has had additional training throughout her private practice years in working with children with Attention Deficit Disorder and other learning and behavioral challenges.
Prior to joining Wholeness Healing Center Dorothy was in private practice in Aurora, Nebraska. She had maintained a private practice since 1998. She has provided substance abuse counseling and mental health counseling at group homes such as St. Monica’s treatment group home, working with adolescent girls with co-occuring disorders. She continues to provide counseling services to another group home in central Nebraska. While completing her Masters Degree she was employed at Tabitha Health Care Services in Grand Island, Nebraska as a Hospice Social Worker. While residing in the state of Massachusetts, Dorothy provided protective services to frail and disabled adults still living in their homes. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Kearney State College in Kearney, Nebraska and a Masters of Science Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Personal Counseling Philosophy
The beauty of the human experience is that we can direct our growth no matter what has occurred in our past. A wise man once said “you are perfect in possibilities”. Nothing must remain hopeless or unchangeable. Even if a past event cannot be changed, we can rearrange how we think and feel about that event and its impact on our life. One of the most powerful words in any language is the word “choice”.