The name “A Better Way” Therapy LLC was chosen because it means many things to us. Most important is that we hope our therapists can provide a better way for our clients and that their lives and the lives of their children are better because of their involvement with our company.
Bruce Hugunin LIMHP, LADC Executive Director Full-Time Therapist
Education: MA from the University of Kansas. BA From Buena Vista College Experience: Before starting A Better Way Therapy, Bruce was a Director for outpatient services at a behavioral health company in Omaha and also worked for several places including Boys Town and Alegent Health Hospital.
Expertise areas: Bruce works with all types of clients. His major areas of focus include anger management, Marriage counseling and alcohol and drug issues
Insurance panels: Self-Pay, BC/BS’s Blue Classic & Blue Preferred, Midlands Choice, Aetna, Cigna, and Teamcare. Bruce is also credentialed by Medicaid and Magellan.
Dr. Jennifer Brendle
Education: Dr. Brendle got her Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota. Experience: Works at Heartland Family Services as well as A Better Way Therapy.
Expertise areas: General Psychological Evaluations & Diagnostic Interview Exams. She will go to lock up facilities (such as DCYC) to do Psychological evaluations as well. Dr. Brendle supervises the therapists that work with A Better Way Therapy.
Carole Nelson LMHP Full-Time Therapist
Experience: Carole has over twenty years experience working with adolescents in school settings and in foster care. She also has ten years experience with providing in home therapy services to families in crisis.
Expertise areas: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety/ Depression, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills for Borderline Personality Disorder, Mood Disorders, works with Developmental Disabilities, Christian counselor
Insurance panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Aetna, Midlands Choice, Medicaid and others.
Laurie Crayne LMHP, Part-Time Therapist
Education: MS from University of Bellevue in Health and Human Services.
Experience: Worked at the Behaven program for 10 years before joining the staff at A Better Way Therapy in 2012.
Expertise: Laurie works well with autistic, out of control children, victims of abuse, anxiety, depression, anger management, Children to adults. Laurie has done a great job building relationships with clients and has a good sense of humor.
Insurance: Medicaid and others. Also accepts cash pay.
Rob Runion, M.S.E., MBA, LMHP Full-Time Therapist
Education: Master’s of Science in Education specializing in Agency-Based Counseling, Master’s of Business Administration. Bachelor’s in Human Service Counseling. All from Wayne State College.
Experience: Rob has 8 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and businesses in community based agencies, schools, small businesses, large corporations, intensive outpatient programs, treatment day programs, and group homes.
Expertise areas: PCIT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Marital Issues, Parenting Skills, Anger Management, Adjustment Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Christian Counseling, and others.
Insurance panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Medicaid, Magellan, Aetna, Midlands Choice and others.
Yvonne Schlueter-Promes, M.S.E. LMHP CPC Full-Time Therapist
Education: Master’s of Science in Education specializing in Agency-Based Counseling from Wayne State College Experience: Yvonne worked for Boys Town for sixteen years and at Behaven part-time as a therapist. Yvonne has twenty years of experience working with children, adolescents, individuals, and families in crisis. Yvonne has worked in adoption centers, domestic violence agencies, foster care agencies, hospitals, in-home therapy services, shelters, and schools.
Expertise: ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, Adoption/Attachment Issues, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Bipolar Issues, Child Abuse, Chronic Illnesses, Codependency, Conduct Disorders, Couples Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Career Issues, Eating Disorders, Family Therapy, Grief Counseling, Impulse Control Disorder, Infertility Issues, Learning Disabilities, Major Depression, Marital Therapy, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Panic Disorders, Parenting Issues, Postpartum Depression, PTSD, Separation/Divorce, Sexual Abuse, Sleep Disorders, and Stress Management.
Insurance: Self-Pay, BCBS, Medicaid, Magellan, Aetna, Midlands Choice, United Health Care and others.
Laura Gregory PLMHP Full-Time Therapist
Education: Masters of Science in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University, Bachelors of Science in Behavioral Science from Bellevue University, Associate of Applied Science in Occupation Therapy Assisting.
Experience: Laura worked for five years as a Social Service Worker for the Department of Health and Human Services prior to becoming a Therapist. Laura has also worked as an Employment Specialist in a Behavioral Health Employment Program. She works well with children, adolescents, and adults. Laura is a Board Member and active volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Expertise areas: Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, Depression, Adjustment Disorder, Panic Disorder, Parenting Issues, Marriage/Couples Counseling, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Separation/Divorce, Bipolar Disorder, Stress Management, Abuse/Neglect, Career Issues, Play Therapy, and Family Therapy.
Insurance panels: Self-Pay, Blue Cross/ Blue Shield
Pete Myhr LIMHP, Full-Time Therapist
Education: MA from the University of NE at Omaha
Experience: Pete has over 10 years of experience in the counseling field. He works well with both adults and adolescents. He has worked on his own as a therapist for many years before joining us full-time. He also has several years working as a counselor at a high school.
Insurance panels: BCBS, Aetna, Medicaid and various others. Pete also accepts private pay clients.
Expertise areas: ADHD, Anxiety Disorders,Anger Management, Behavior Disorders in Adolescents, Crisis Intervention, Family Therapy, Major Depression, Mood Disorders, and Parenting Issues.
Sergio Palomo LIMHP, Full-Time Therapist
Education: Received Masters of Science in Counseling from University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Experience: Sergio has worked at several mental health agencies in the Omaha area including Boys Town National Research Hospital, and Monroe-Myer Institute. Sergio has been working in the mental health field for a decade and has vast experience with young children, adolescent, Developmentally and Intellectually disabled, and adult individual therapy.
Expertise: Behaviors disorders in pediatric, and adolescent children, Developmentally disabled, ADHD, Anxiety disorders, conduct disorders, Mood disorders, Parenting issues, Adjustment disorders, Depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and Crisis management. Also works with Adults with the above issues. Soon will be approved to do CD evaluations.
Sergio speaks a little Spanish, but is not fluent.
Insurance Panels: BCBS, UHC, Aetna Medicaid, Wellcare, NE. Total care, and Cash Pay.
Kara Abbott, MS PLMHP, PLADC Full-Time Therapist
Education: Graduated from Bellevue University in clinical counseling Master’s of Science.
Experience: Kara worked as a probation officer prior to becoming a therapist. She works well with all ages. Kara does well building healthy therapeutic relationships with her clients.
Expertise: Marital or couples counseling, ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, Adoption/Attachment Issues, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Child Abuse, Addictions, Codependency, Eating Disorders, Family Therapy, Grief Counseling, Learning Disabilities, Major Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Panic Disorders, Parenting Issues, PTSD, Separation/Divorce, Sexual Abuse, Sleep Disorders, and Stress Management.
Insurance Panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Medicaid, UHC Optum through Medicaid, Wellcare & NE Total Care.