Meet the students

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.

Hannah Iwand

Hannah is a Nebraska native, and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Children, Youth, and Family studies with minors in Criminology & Criminal Justice, Communication, and Psychology. Outside of Hannah’s MFT courses, she is working towards earning her certificate in Medical Family Therapy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Hannah has past work experience with adolescents and youth involved in the Juvenile system and finds an interest working closely with adolescents and their families. Hannah recognizes therapy can be scary and intimidating for individuals’ and hopes to help decrease that potential fear. She strives towards creating a therapy environment that is inclusive, welcoming, and safe for individuals, couples, and families to explore past hurt and work towards healing. Hannah hopes to help all explore their strengths and help them face their struggles and grow towards their goals. Hannah has clinical interest in trauma, teen/youth issues, and survivors of violence. In Hannah’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and gardening.


Megan Lawrence

Megan completed her Bachelor of Arts and Fine Arts in Printmaking, Drawing, and Art History at Drake University. She is currently working toward a certification in Medical Family Therapy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She strives to create an environment where individuals, couples, and families feel free and safe to pursue healing and explore their present and past experiences. Megan has a great interest in caring for the whole person and seeks to respect and support the relational, physical, and spiritual components of each person's unique human experience in her approach to treatment. Megan strives to encounter clients where they are at and walk alongside them towards freedom and in pursuit of their personal goals. In her free time, Megan enjoys being active and being outside, baking & painting as well as traveling and spending time with her family and friends.


Emily Minchow

Emily is a Nebraska native, and received her undergraduate degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. While in her undergraduate career, she worked at a treatment facility with women suffering from addiction where she was inspired by the strength people have to heal from life’s worst obstacles. She is working toward a certificate in Medical Family Therapy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Emily enjoys working with families and children, specifically strengthening the bond between parents and children. She understands the difficulty of coming to therapy and offers a non-judgmental, collaborative care environment where people feel safe to express their hardships. In her free time, she enjoys playing board games, going on walks, and watching movies.


Ashley Montag

Ashley is originally from Arizona and received her undergraduate degree in Special and Elementary Education from Arizona State University. She is currently working toward certification in Medical Family Therapy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She believes that all people have the capacity for growth and strives to create a space that allows every individual, couple, and family to experience healing and wholeness. She desires each client to experience a deeper integration of self - mind, body, and spirit - and a restoration and strengthening of their relationships with others. Ashley’s clinical interests include working with clients to overcome the negative effects of trauma and addiction; she also offers Christian counseling. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.


Christopher Neu

Chris received his Bachelor’s degree in family studies from Brigham Young University. He is currently working on his master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy as well a Ph.D. in global family wellness at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Chris focuses on helping individuals, couples, and families understand the painful information generated from life experiences that can often be scary and difficult to face. From trauma to relationship rifts to parenting despair, Chris will walk with you as you process and understand these experiences.

He offers therapy in both English and Spanish.


Shruti Pillai

Shruti is an international student from New Delhi, India and studied counselling at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai before moving to Lincoln, NE. As a doctoral student of Global Family Health and Well-Being with a clinical specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, she believes life can get very overwhelming very easily when the relationships we rely on begin to feel distant and she sees couple and family wellness as central to individual health and happiness. Her outlook on therapy is one of respect and compassion, and she believes honesty, vulnerability and humor are vital to living well.

Shruti uses a collaborative approach to therapy that appreciates the uniqueness of each client's experience and tailors treatment to their strengths and needs. She is particularly interested in working with couples struggling with lost trust, communication difficulties, challenging transitions of life and other relationship stressors.


Cody Perrien

Cody is a native Nebraskan and completed his undergraduate degree in Child, Youth & Family Studies with a minor in Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to Marriage & Family Therapy, he is also pursuing a certification in Medical Family Therapy. Cody has worked with youth facing emotional and behavioral challenges due to trauma as a Youth Treatment Specialist and as a Mental Health Technician working with adults experiencing mental health disorders in a rehabilitative and recovery-focused program designed to help participants transition from long-term hospitalization to independent living. His passions include collaborative, holistic treatment that considers the uniqueness of each person’s experience within a systemic context, creating space for hope, giving room for people to access their own wisdom, and strengthening connections to self and others. His goal is to meet individuals/couples/families where they are, create a condition of trust and respect, and to walk with them on their voyage of discovery.


AC (Ace) Watts

AC received her undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY where she primarily studied race, gender and oppression. Since then, she's had a career as an educator, most recently focusing on sexual health education. In that work, she found that people can experience incredible change and healing when they are able to fully embrace their highest self without fear, shame, or secrecy.

As a therapist, Ace holds space for her clients’ intuitive knowledge about themselves and what they hope to gain from therapy, meeting them in the middle with evidence-informed practice. She welcomes diverse families, couples and individuals; affirming all genders, sexualities, and relationship styles.

AC offers services in English, Spanish and ASL.