Our team of experienced, licensed counselors specializes in treating a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, men’s issues, substance abuse, relationship issues, and eating disorders. We’re here to support all ages and stages of life with skilled counseling and therapy services to address your unique needs.
Individuals seek psychotherapy for a variety of reasons. Some have gone through a recent experience which leaves them feeling unsteady and unsure how to cope. Many individuals have developed unhealthy or ineffective coping mechanisms over time and now they are at a point in which they need additional skills to operate under a different perspective.
Individual psychotherapy allows us to look at ourselves and process how we are thinking, feeling and acting and to gain better insight as to how to move forward when we are feeling stuck.
Our training has lead the team to understand the importance of helping clients utilize and find their own strengths and discover or rediscover their instincts and eventually learn to trust their own intuition. A goal we always have as therapists is to increase self-efficacy and empower our clients so that they leave therapy and begin to trust their gut.
Relationships can be difficult at times and can have ups and downs, but without the communication and problem resolution skills, hopeless feelings can set in. We can help you build those skills together so that you can begin to change the patterns of communication.
Research shows that those who can repair conflicts are most likely to survive their relationships and avoid divorce. However, in order to make any repair, we have to first have the appropriate tools. Optimal Counseling can provide those simple tools to help repair the relationships.
Relationship therapy can be helpful in a variety of settings. We provide therapy for a variety of couples; here are just a few of the dynamics that our team provides therapeutic services for:
- Couples that are not married and have no intentions on getting married.
- Married couples.
- Married couples who previous to counseling have already decided on divorce and are beginning the divorce process and wanting help with processing the divorce and various aspects related to the divorce.
- Divorced couples looking to improve their co-parenting approach.
- Couples (engaged and not yet engaged), looking for pre-marital counseling.
Whether you are seeking addiction support and counseling for yourself, your spouse or another loved one, Optimal Counseling has several years experience working with addictions and our team is specifically licensed in Nebraska for addiction counseling. We offer substance abuse evaluations.
If you are looking for residential treatment or intensive outpatient treatment, we can provide consultation on local and national programs that are successful and effective. If you or a family member has recently completed more intensive longer term forms of treatment, and you are looking to re-integrate, we have several years experience working with after care planning. Contact us with additional questions.
Opioid Addiction and Abuse
Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin as well as the licit prescription pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others.
According to the American Society of Addictive Medicine, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with over 20,000 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and nearly 13,000 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015.
Alcohol Addiction and Abuse
An estimated 88,0008 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Family therapy is a place where we can really better understand each other and improve communication with one another. If we have lived with the same individuals for an extended period, we begin to assume we know what the other person is thinking. This results in us avoiding conversations because “we know how they will respond.” Especially with addiction, family therapy is necessary to manage the multiple dynamics that are at work within the family system during active addiction.
Family therapy is a place where we can identify and express what each member of the family is truly thinking and feeling. Additionally, it is an opportunity to identify unhealthy labels that we give family members such as “the identified patient,” in the family or the “scapegoat” of the family. Once we identify these labels, we can begin to move away from behaviors related to the labels.
Family Therapy allows us to be free of distractions to focus on what is most important. Because we all have busy lives, we often say that the office environment alone does 60% of the work in family therapy, the individuals in therapy do 35% of the work, and we do about 5% of the work.