Omaha, ne
south sioux city

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 LMHP, LADC Executive Director Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-813-2235

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: BC/BS’s Blue Classic & Blue Preferred, Midlands Choice, Aetna, Cigna, Teamcare and Tricare. Bruce is also credentialed by Medicaid and Magellan. Email:

Dr. Jennifer Brendle

Phone: 402-813-2235

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. Email:

Shannon Calabrese, M.S., LMHP, PLADC Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-515-2546

Education: MA from Creighton University Experience: Shannon is an experienced Mental Health Counselor. She works with all types of clients. Shannon does well whether she is working with a resistant client or someone who wants therapy. Shannon has a reputation of being the consummate professional. Her clients speak highly of her. Expertise areas: Shannon’s major areas include Dual-diagnosis therapy, adolescent CD evaluations, Victim abuse, Depression, etc. Works well with clients of all ages. Insurance panels: BC/BS’s Blue Classic & Blue Preferred, Midlands Choice, Aetna, and Tricare. Shannon is also credentialed by Medicaid and Magellan. Email:

Dana Ritterbush, LIMHP, PLADC, CPC, Full-time Therapist

Phone: 402-630-9164

Education: MS from University of NE in Community Counseling
Experience: Completed an internship in a Domestic Violence Program. Worked at Heartland Family Service before joining the staff at A Better Way Therapy in 2009.
Expertise areas: Dana works well with victims of abuse, anxiety, marriage counseling, and elementary aged children. She is a registered provider for substance abuse services in the state of Nebraska and completes adult chemical dependency evaluations. Insurance panels: BCBS, Aetna, Tricare, Midlands Choice, Principal, Medicaid and others.

Carole Nelson LMHP Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-208-7679

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: BCBS, Aetna, Tricare, Midlands Choice, Medicaid and others. Email:

Gary Stessman, MS LMHP Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-350-4151

Education: Graduated with a Master of Science degree from Bellevue University, he also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business. Experience: Over fifteen years experience providing therapy, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution to individuals and families. Gary has worked in schools, shelters, clinical, and in-home settings. Trained Treatment Foster Care consultants and Foster Parents, Long and Short-Term Residential clinicians, Behavioral Health professionals, and Academic Administrators across the United States. Skilled in working with high-risk families and individuals of all ages. Provides therapeutic interventions focusing on Cognitive Restructuring, Rational Problem Solving, Skill Acquisition, and building Self-Determination. Expertise areas: Anger Management, Developmentally Disabled, Opposition Defiant, Conduct Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Parenting Skills, Life Skills Coaching, etc. Insurance panels: BCBS, Aetna, Tricare, Midlands Choice, Medicaid and others. Email:

Laurie Crayne Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-840-7816

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. Email:

Yvonne Schlueter-Promes, M.S.E. LMHP CPC Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-677-9551

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: BCBS, Medicaid, Magellan, Aetna, Midlands Choice, and others. Email:

Sarah Genereux M.S. PLMHP Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-669-8366

Education: Graduated with a masters in counseling from Grace University and a bachelor’s in social work from Dana College. Experience: Sarah has worked as a Case Manager at Child Protective Services prior to becoming a therapist. She worked as a therapist at Behaven Day Center in Omaha prior to joining our team. Expertise areas: Developmentally Disabled, Christian Therapy, Behavioral Disorders with young children; Families involved in the court system due to abuse/neglect issues; Women’s issues; Etc. Insurance panels: BCBS, Medicaid, sliding scale fee Email:

Elly Keller, MA, PLMHP (Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner in the State of Nebraska), full time therapist (South Sioux City)

Phone: (605) 553-5063

Education: MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. Experience: Has worked in the mental health field in Sioux Falls, SD for several years. Also currently works at the Avera Behavioral Health Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Expertise areas: Depression, abuse/neglect, couple’s counseling, anxiety, adjustment disorders, dual diagnosis, and play therapy. Works with all ages. In-home and in-office therapy. Insurance panels: BCBS, Medicaid Email:

Janie Snieder M.A. NCC LIMHP, full time therapist (So. Sioux City)

Phone: (712)-253-3925

Education: M.A. in Community/Agency Counseling from University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Experience: Has worked as a mental health therapist in South Sioux City, Nebraska and surrounding areas for over 10 years. Expertise areas: Janie is an Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner in the State of Nebraska. She supervises other therapists in addition to providing therapy. Janie has extensive experience working with foster children and cases referred by NHHS. She also has experience with victim issues, ADHD/ODD, anxiety, depression and couple’s counseling. She is trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Janie conducts both in-home and in-office therapy. Email:

Shawn Medrano M.S. PLMHP Director of drug testing and education

Phone: 402-706-0731

Education: Graduated with a masters from Bellevue University Experience: Shawn was a Family Teacher for several years and worked as a therapist privately and for Beneficial Behavioral Health in Omaha. She also worked as a Director for the Nebraska Family Collaborative prior to joining our team. Expertise areas: Shawn does drug education for groups and individuals, She also does drug testing on site or in our office. Insurance panels: BCBS, Medicaid. Email: