Joe (he, him, his) is a graduate of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where he earned a master’s degree in social work. He is currently a Licenced Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Joe has a range of professional experience focused on both individuals and larger community structures. He has experience working with individuals struggling with mental health as well as substance use disorders, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, adjustment disorders, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Joe has also worked on community initiatives to improve access to mental health care in the Omaha Metro area and provided support to local organizations seeking to better serve individuals who come to them for help.
Joe approaches therapy from a trauma-informed and strengths-based perspective, focused on empowering individuals to lead their recovery. He works with adolescents, adults, older adults, and families for both mental health and substance use disorders. Joe believes that trust and safety are key to the success of any therapeutic approach, and works to create that atmosphere with individuals from all cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Joe uses a combination of therapeutic models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution-Focused Therapy, harm-reduction, Motivational Interviewing, and the incorporation of mindfulness techniques into treatment. Joe is also trained on the Addiction Severity Index and the ASAM levels of care for substance use disorders.
After learning and teaching Spanish before becoming a therapist, including living in Ecuador, Joe is fortunate to be able to conduct therapy and assessments in Spanish as well as English.