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Mental Health Staff

Omaha, Nebraska, United States
April 28, 2018

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Karen Throener MS, LMHP

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Omaha, Nebraska 68152



Master of Science in Counseling, December 1988

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, June 1985

Bellevue College, Bellevue, Nebraska

Over 200 hours of special training in treatment of survivors of trauma including integration of cognitive behavioral and exposure modalities.

Practicum and Internship August 1987 to May 1988

Catholic Charities of Omaha, Nebraska, The Shelter. Works as staff in safe house for women fleeing domestic violence relationships. Performs all regular staff functions including intakes, screening, picking up new clients, individual and group counseling, treatment plan development, maintaining client records, case management and public speaking functions.


Nebraska Licensed Mental Health Practitioner #391


November 2012 to Present –private practice in Mental Health Therapy

May 2009 to November 2012 – contracted Mental Health Therapist, Family Connections Omaha. Provides individual therapy to persons aged 18 and over using Cognitive Behavioral modality. Provides in-service training to Family Connections staff as requested. Attends weekly professional consultation meeting. Maintains all records as required by agency.

January 2009 to May 2009

Unemployed due to elimination of clinical staff at last position. Set up weekly DBT consult meeting with colleagues.

September 1999 to January 2009

DBT Therapist, YWCA of Omaha. Uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy as level 1 DBT Skills Group Trainer, level 2 DBT Process Group Facilitator and individual DBT therapist. Works exclusively with survivors of trauma diagnosed with PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder, most with concurrent addiction, substance abuse and/or personality and/or mood disorders. Supervises counselors seeking licensure. Trains coworkers and hotline volunteers in the use of DBT and basic counseling skills.

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January 1995 to September 1999

Women against Violence Counselor, YWCA Omaha. Counsels survivors of trauma including domestic violence and sexual assault/childhood sexual abuse. Performs legal advocacy in the

protection order office of the Douglas County Courthouse. Provides crisis counseling backup on 24 hour hotline. Provides public speaking functions and education services. Designs and implements new programs (including DBT) and standardizes client records for WAV counseling program. Supervises practicum students and counselors seeking licensure.

June 1992 to January 1995

Mental Health Therapist in Private Practice, Omaha, Nebraska. Provides individual couple and group therapy and workshops for adults.

January 1988 to June 1992

Mental Health Therapist, Lutheran Family Services, Bellevue/Papillion offices in Nebraska. Counsels groups, individuals, families and couples. Designs and implements new agency service programs including Adult Alcohol Education classes, Non-Offending Parents component of RSAFE program and adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse program. Assists with grant writing. Supervises practicum student.


Nebraska AIDS Project, Omaha, Ne. Test site supervisor and pre/posttest counselor.

Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha. Support group facilitator for persons with AIDS, ARC, HIV-Positive persons and their significant others.

GRRIN (Golden Retriever Rescue In Nebraska). Hotline Chair and home visit volunteer for those seeking to surrender or adopt dogs. Serves on the GRRIN Board of Directors.


Available upon request.

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