Meet Our Therapists

All of the therapists listed are trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based, effective treatment for the healing of trauma.

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Malaz Lain

Malaz was raised in the “land of 10,000 lakes” where she received her bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She moved to Omaha in 2018 with her partner-turned-husband. Malaz also earned in MFA in Creative Writing and believes that the stories we tell ourselves can be hurtful or healing—depending on how we frame them. Now, a student in UNL’s Marriage and Family Therapy program, she is pursuing her long-time goal of becoming a therapist. Malaz understands that coming to therapy is a challenging step, and she is here to walk with you, wherever you are in life, and meet you with compassion, honesty, and acceptance. In her spare time, Malaz enjoys the outdoors, listening to audiobooks, and relaxing at home with her husband, toddler, and two big dogs. 



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Emily Martinez

Emily is originally from Ralston, Nebraska, but calls Lincoln home. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Performance, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration, and is currently working towards her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, along with a certification in Medical Family Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. What a journey!! She believes this path, emersed in the depths of the human person, has led her to a truly sacred place- the therapy room. It’s nothing short of an honor to sit down with clients, hear their stories, and walk with them through the storms of life. We are not meant to travel alone. Emily believes there is hope and healing through the beauty of our stories and our relationships. It is through empathy, vulnerability, and a few laughs that we find those moments of light that remind us that we are worthy of living a full, meaningful life. In her free time, she loves gathering friends and family, watching movies, frequenting Barnes and Noble, and a little coffee with her cream. Therapy takes courage, so remember you are brave! 


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Jami Pickering

Jami received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Oklahoma State University. After undergrad she worked in the health care system for several years until she made a career shift to work with families experiencing crisis. Her work with parents and children involved in the foster care system led her to return to school to pursue a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Jami works to provide an environment where clients feel affirmed and accepted as they are, where they can show up authentically, share in a safe space and pursue their goals. She is currently working toward a certificate in Medical Family Therapy.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two children, family, and friends, being outside, and traveling, especially to Colorado.


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Olivia Schmidt

Olivia Schmidt is a second-year graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at UNL. Olivia knows therapy can be intimidating, so she aims to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone who walks into the room. Olivia's goal is for everyone to have a space where they feel safe, heard, and empathized with by their therapist, but laughter and a healthy amount of humor always are welcome in the therapy room! 

 Olivia graduated from UNL in May of 2021 with a major in Psychology and minors in Child, Youth, and Family Studies and Sociology. Being part of the UNL Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate program, Olivia has gained an understanding of working with individuals, couples, and families from a trauma-informed lens and guided by theory.

 In Olivia's free time, she binge-watches television shows, cuddles with her dog and cat, hangs out with friends, or gets lost on Tik-Tok! Everyone has their own story, and she can’t wait to learn yours.



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Hannah Thiele

Hannah is originally from small-town, Wahoo, Nebraska. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Human Sciences, majoring in Child, Youth, and Family Studies while completing a minor in Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy while working towards certification in Medical Family Therapy through the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Hannah is passionate about fostering healthy relationships that create connection and wholeness, and she strives to understand each person, couple, or family’s unique story from their personal worldview. Hannah believes in the importance of creating a safe and collaborative atmosphere that fosters trust and safety while striving to integrate the whole person. Outside of her life as a student and a therapist, you can find Hannah spending time with family and friends, baking and cooking, going on a walk or run, or sitting down to read a good book!


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Haleigh Wuster

Haleigh is originally from “small town” Nebraska. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Psychology with minors in Child, Youth and Family Studies, Communication Studies, and Sociology. She is now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Haleigh strives to create a therapeutic environment that is culturally sensitive, open, and collaborative to promote healing and personal/relational growth. Haleigh views therapy from an attachment and trauma-informed lens when seeing individuals, couples, and families. Outside of the therapy room, Haleigh enjoys singing karaoke with friends, exercising, and spending time with her niece and nephew. Haleigh also values new experiences, so she spends most school breaks traveling.