Provisional Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
Provisional Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor
Emily Fierstein is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, Provisional Drug and Alcohol Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She graduated with her Master of Science in Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in May 2016. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies with a minor in Gerontology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in December of 2012. Emily works in the Grand Island office.
Emily provides individual, family, and group therapy at Wholeness Healing Center for all age populations. She has a special interest in the areas of depression, anxiety, trauma, criminal psychology, and co-occurring disorders. Emily conducts sexual offender risk assessments as well as drug and alcohol assessments and evaluations.
Prior to joining the Wholeness Healing Center team, Emily worked for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services at the Omaha Correctional Center as a mental health practitioner providing individual and group therapy to incarcerated adults males (19 years of age and up). Group therapy included outpatient sexual offender group therapy, bibliography sexual offender group therapy, anger management, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills groups. Emily provided individual counseling and crisis intervention to male inmates with concerns related to anxiety, depression, trauma-related disorders, schizophrenia, substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, and personality disorders. Additionally, Emily completed her drug and alcohol counseling internship at Community Outpatient Services at the Omaha State Parole office for individuals on work release or parole in the Omaha area. In this role, Emily facilitated pre-treatment parole violators groups, intensive outpatient groups, and outpatient groups. Also, Emily conducted drug and alcohol evaluations and assessments while working with intensive outpatient programming participants as well as adolescents at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility.
Emily completed her clinical mental health counseling internship at CHI Richard Young Behavioral Health in Kearney, Nebraska. Emily worked with adolescents and young adults providing acute counseling offering individual and family therapy. While in the Master’s degree program, she worked as a graduate assistant at the UNK Counseling and Health Care – Women’s Center, serving as the point person for students with issues related to relationship violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Emily has attended a number of trainings in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Schema-Focused Therapy, Sexual Offender Risk Assessments, The Good Lives Model of Offender Rehabilitation, Risk, Need, Responsivety (RNR) Model, Self-Regulation Model of Sexual Offending (SRM-R), Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology, Psychological First Aid, Domestic Violence, and Mindfulness.
In her spare time, Emily enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, being outdoors in nature, doing craft projects, traveling, and reading. Emily especially enjoys being in the helping profession, and it is her desire to assist clients in becoming the best version of themselves by providing skills to create a holistic and balanced foundation on which they can begin growing and changing into the person they want to be. As stated by Carl Rogers, “if I can provide a certain type of relationship, the other person will discover within himself or herself the capacity to use that relationship for growth and change, and personal development will occur.”