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Meet Our Therapists
Joanna Halbur | LIMFT, RPT
Joanna joined CSI in 2011 as the Clinical Supervisor for the therapy program. In addition to program oversight, she provides therapy services to children, adolescents, and their families.
Joanna graduated from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Eagan, Minnesota, with an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist (LIMFT) in the state of Nebraska and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), and has completed additional training Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Joanna enjoys working with children of all ages and their families. She is passionate about supporting children and families on their journey to gain understanding and tools to help manage the difficulties in life. She believes that everyone has the ability to grow and change.
Machaela Hackendahl | MS, LMHP
Therapist & Pregnancy Counselor
Machaela joined the team in 2011 as a Clinical Therapist and Pregnancy Counselor. Before joining CSI, she worked at Behaven Kids, specializing in treating children with severe behavioral disorders. A graduate of Hastings College with two Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Sociology, Machaela also has a Master’s of Science Degree in Human Services from Bellevue College.
During her time at Child Saving Institute, she has pursued additional training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, and has become an adoption competent therapist through the Training for Adoption Competency.
Hillary Chaney | PLMHP
Hillary joined CSI in January 2012 as a therapy intern and became a full time outpatient therapist in the fall of 2013. As a therapist, Hillary provides individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, and their families.
She obtained her masters in counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in May 2013. Hillary is a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP), and has completed additional training in several therapy techniques. Prior to her position at CSI, she worked at Boys Town with adolescents as a behavioral health technician. Hillary seeks to help her clients and their families navigate their thoughts and emotions and process through past events. She is committed to meeting her clients with empathy and encouraging them to work hard to accomplish the goals they establish for themselves in therapy.
Chris Carlson | MM, LMHP
Chris joined the agency in 2011 as a therapist, providing individual and family therapy to children and adolescents. She has a Bachelor’s degree from College of St. Mary and a Master’s degree from Creighton University, and has served as an educator in both elementary and secondary grade levels.
For the past 32 years Chris has been working as a therapist, but has also served as the Program Director of Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Shelter, and later became the Administrator of all Domestic Violence Services at Catholic Charities. She is well acquainted with the field of trauma, including emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Chris is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy used with both adolescents and adults suffering from severe trauma.
Chris enjoys the challenges and rewards of working with individuals and families who are currently struggling; she believes strongly in the power of healing that lies within all human beings.
Tiffany Bowlby | LCSW, LMHP
Tiffany joined CSI in 2015 as a therapist. She provides individual and family therapy to children and adolescents.
Tiffany graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with her Master of Social Work in May 2005. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Nebraska. Tiffany has over 5 years of experience providing mental health services. She has completed additional training in trauma and earned a post-graduate certificate in the treatment of psychological trauma from Boston University School of Social Work’s professional education program. She also has additional training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Prior to moving to Nebraska, Tiffany worked at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas where she provided family therapy, individual therapy, and group therapy for young adults on an inpatient unit.
Although Tiffany enjoys working with children of all ages and their families, she especially likes working with pre-teens and adolescents. Prior to transitioning into mental health, Tiffany was a medical social worker at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she developed expertise in working with children with chronic illnesses and their families. This continues to be an area of interest for her.
Patricia Hay-Holen | LMHP, NCC
Patricia joined CSI in 2015 as a therapist. She provides individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and their families through a partnership with Project Harmony’s Connections Program.
Patricia holds a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Missouri State University (MSU), Springfield and a Master of Science in Education Degree with an emphasis in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska, Kearney (UNK). She is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) in the state of Nebraska and has received additional training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
Prior to her position at CSI, Patricia held the position of Assistant Director of the University of Nebraska’s Women’s Center. In this position she used her extensive training to provide campus and community wide education regarding sexual assault, sexual abuse and dating and domestic violence. Patricia also provided therapy at UNK’s Counseling Center.
Patricia enjoys working with her clients she is dedicated to providing the services needed by the children, adolescents, and families she serves, to help them meet their therapeutic goals and help equip them with strengths for future challenges.
Jamie Weis | MSW, PLMHP
Jamie joined CSI as an intern in May 2015 and became a full-time therapist in January 2016. In her role as a therapist, Jamie provides individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, and their families in both the office and school settings under a partnership with Project Harmony’s Connections Program.
Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO). Jamie is a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP) and a Provisional Master Social Worker (PMSW) in the state of Nebraska. Jamie has received training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), and other trauma-informed therapy techniques.
During her internship at CSI, Jamie gained experience working with a variety of people. She provided therapy services--both in-home and office-based--to children and their families and to pregnant and/or parenting teens. Jamie taught social-emotional skills to preschool students in CSI’s Early Childhood Education Center and facilitated a social skills group for Kindergarten-bound students. Prior to her time at CSI, Jamie worked for three years at CEDARS Youth Services in Lincoln, providing day care services to underprivileged children in the community. Jamie has served as the Newsletter Chairperson of the Metropolitan Child Advocacy Coalition (MCAC) Board since 2015.
Jamie is passionate about advocating for children in the Omaha community and enjoys building positive relationships with her clients and their families. She believes everyone is capable of change and growth, and she helps her clients find the tools and inner strength to handle life’s challenges.
Stephanie Stava | LICSW
Stephanie joined CSI in 2016 as a mental health therapist. She provides therapy services to children, adolescents, and their families, as well as supervision to practicum students and therapists working towards licensure.
Stephanie graduated from the University of Denver with a Masters in Social Work. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the state of Nebraska and has completed additional training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Stephanie has also completed trainings in Synergetic Play Therapy, and EMDR & Play Therapy.
Stephanie enjoys working with kids, teenagers, and families. She is committed to providing a high-quality, strengths-based therapy approach to her clients.
Vanessa Summers | MSW, PLMHP
Vanessa joined CSI’s therapy team in March 2016. Vanessa serves as a therapist where she provides individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, and their families.
Vanessa graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) with her Master’s in Social Work in December 2015. She is currently a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP) in the state of Nebraska and has received training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Vanessa originally hails from North Dakota and earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Classical Studies from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.
Before starting at CSI, Vanessa worked at Ready in 5 where she served refugee children and their families to help prepare them for kindergarten. She also interned at UNO and provided therapy services to college students.
Vanessa works with children of all ages and their families. She is passionate about creating an inclusive environment and meeting her clients with empathy. She enjoys building rapport and working with a diverse group of clients. Vanessa is committed to help her clients navigate the therapeutic process and find the skills needed to meet their goals.
Nina Bertino | MSW, PLMHP
Therapist & Early Childhood Consultant
Nina joined the CSI team in 2016 as a Mental Health Consultant for KidSquad and as a Therapist. As a therapist, she provides individual therapy services to children, adolescents, and their families. Nina holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Nina is a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP) and a Provisional Master Social Worker (PMSW) in the state of Nebraska. She has received additional training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as other therapy techniques. Prior to her position at CSI, she worked at the Nebraska Children’s Home Society providing services for pregnant and parenting teenagers. She also has experience working with individuals who have substance use concerns.
Nina is passionate about serving children and strives to create strong relationships within the family system. She is committed to empowering the children she works with and meets them with warmth and empathy.