Meet Our Therapists

 

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.

Carrie Arasmith

Carrie is originally from Alabama and earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Auburn University. Before coming to graduate school, she worked as an advocate and outreach coordinator at a rape crisis center, where she was inspired by the strength and resiliency that humans have in times of distress. Carrie is working toward a certificate in Medical Family Therapy and is passionate about providing holistic treatment that considers how physical, relational, and spiritual components are all important parts of the human experience. She is passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families to find healing through self-discovery, breaking negative patterns, and finding hope. She strives to create an environment of respect and compassion where her clients are comfortable to “come as they are.” In her free time she enjoys spending time with loved ones and playing with her cat.

 

Spencer Dutson

Spencer received his bachelor's degree in family studies from Utah State University, and is currently pursuing a master's in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He strives to create an environment in therapy where individuals, couples, and families feel safe to explore painful past experiences and navigate their healing processes. He will be there with you in this process to help you experience real changes in your life and relationships. Spencer is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, a research-based treatment for distressed couples. He offers his services in both English and Spanish.

 

Jessica Glass

Jessica is originally from Denver, Colorado, and completed her undergraduate degree at UNL. In addition to her MFT course work, she is working toward a minor in communication studies. She recognizes the stigma that people can sometimes face when making the decision to come to therapy and strives to make each session feel safe in order to foster growth and trust. Jessica enjoys working with families and children. When working with children, she understands that it can be difficult for them to talk about what they are going through and thus uses play therapy to help them process through their experiences. She also believes that change is more effective when the whole family is involved in treatment. In her free time, Jessica enjoys playing with her dog Molly, running, watching Netflix, and spending time with friends.

 

Johnna Hjersman

Johnna is a Nebraska native and earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program, she has found that the problems we face in the present are often rooted in the pain we suffered in the past. Johnna helps her clients gain a better understanding of these patterns so they can begin to break the cycle. She uses collaborative techniques and evidence-based treatment to bring a renewed sense of peace, joy, and empowerment to her clients’ lives. Johnna offers empathy, compassion, and respect to all her clients and believes in the deeply healing powers of humor, honesty, and emotional expression. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, or unmanageable stress, there is help. If you and your partner are struggling with infidelity, sexual dysfunction, or other relationship stressors, there is help. If you are simply feeling lost, stuck, or hopeless, there is help. These experiences can feel extremely isolating, but you don’t have to endure them alone. Johnna welcomes clients from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life. She is an LGBTQ affirmative therapist and is knowledgeable of both the polyamorous and kink communities. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, baking, and watching her chickens run around the backyard.

 

Malinda Powell

Malinda completed her undergraduate degree at Oklahoma Christian University in psychology and has international experience helping others from many walks of life. Whether you’re looking for answers to everyday difficulties, dealing with big changes in your or your family’s life, or struggling with feelings of hopelessness or anxiety, therapy will provide you with the space you need to grow and to find solutions to any troubles you may be facing. Malinda will be there to walk alongside you in your journey, offering acceptance, compassion, lighthearted optimism, and down-to-earth guidance. Malinda offers her services in both English and Portuguese.

 

Markie Roberts

Do you feel hopeless? Is your anxiety or depression taking over your life? Do you continue to fight with your spouse? Reclaim your life! If you are suffering every day or just want help making a change, there’s no need to sit and suffer any longer. Markie uses evidence-based treatment, compassion, and humor in her work with her clients. Her clinical interests include helping couples break down barriers to honest, open communication; providing trauma-informed care; and working with individuals and couples via telehealth. Growing up in a small town in northeast Nebraska, Markie understands what “Nebraska values” are and utilizes them in therapy. Having traveled internationally and studied out of state for her undergraduate degree at Emporia State University, she understands that considering and incorporating a client’s cultural perspective into treatment is important to the therapeutic process. When not working with clients, Markie enjoys playing volleyball, reading, yoga, tractor pulling, traveling, hanging with friends and family, and cuddling with her goofy cat.

 

Kim Ruiz

Kim is a Nebraska native, and completed her undergraduate degree in Child, Youth and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 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. Kim is passionate about working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. In therapy, Kim strives to build a safe place where individuals, couples, and families can share about their past and present difficulties. She wants clients to feel heard and able to grow in a place of empathy and compassion. Kim’s clinical interests include helping clients heal from the effects of trauma and working with survivors of violence. In her free time, she enjoys walking her dog Chico, watching Netflix, and spending time with her family. Kim offers her services in both English and Spanish.

 

MaLeaha Semerad

MaLeaha grew up in rural Nebraska, and completed her undergraduate work here at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is also working toward her certificate in Medical Family Therapy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. MaLeaha understands how intimidating change can be and offers a supportive, warm environment where individuals' struggles and experiences are embraced without fault or judgment. She believes in the good in people, and strives to create the safe space needed for individuals to get “unstuck” and explore ways to grow and regain hope for the future. She approaches therapy with a warm, collaborative stance where clients are viewed as the experts in their lives. MaLeaha’s clinical interests include trauma, grief, and military families; she also offers Christian counseling. In her free time, MaLeaha enjoys spending time with her son, dancing, and being outdoors.

 

Morgan Smith

Morgan completed her undergraduate degrees in Child, Youth and Family Studies and psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 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 strives to create an environment in therapy where individuals, couples and families feel safe to explore past and current experiences and receive support through their healing process. She sees each client as a whole person -- mind, body, and spirit -- existing in a social context. She works to meet clients where they are, and to help them meet their personal goals. In her free time she enjoys reading, working out, volunteering in the community, attending sporting events, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Rosa Torres

Rosa is a Nebraska native, and received her undergraduate degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in psychology with a minor in sociology and Child, Youth and Family Studies. She is working toward earning a certificate in Medical Family Therapy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Rosa is passionate about collaborating with individuals, couples, and families to obtain goals and improve their well-being. She strives to help clients feel safe, foster open and honest discussion about difficult topics, and increase their understanding of how past and current contexts contribute to problem development so they can feel empowered to make positive change. Rosa offers her services in both English and Spanish.