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THERAPISTS 2018-01-31T01:21:29+00:00

Kris Steinbeck

Kris is a Psychotherapist, Wife, Mother, and Facilitator.  Kris is the owner of Child and Family Therapy Institute, where she works with people of all ages with a wide scope of challenges.    

Kris has 12 plus years experience in treating mental health concerns for all ages in a variety of settings.  She has worked in hospital based systems (adolescent and adult partial care, inpatient care, intensive outpatient care), Outpatient Care Systems, Pediatric Clinics, and Public School Systems. Prior to becoming a Mental Health Therapist, Kris has 8 plus years of collaborative experience working with families in home, working with individuals in crisis (dispatching for 911 Services) coaching, day camps, and personal development camps with teen girls. Kris has developed multiple trainings.

Kris is a National Certified Counselor and holds a Nebraska License for Independent Mental Health. Kris has been studying inter-personal neurobiology concepts and human development concepts since 2012 and pulls from this information daily. Kris is experienced and well-versed in Play Therapy models including Synergetic Play Therapy. Other modalities that Kris has training in includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness based therapy, and Somatic based therapy. Kris is certified in specific evidence based practices Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Additionally, she provides Child Parent Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. While having and developing a skill set in evidence based practices is an important attribute to being a therapist, Kris believes that developing an ability to respond to people authentically is the most important way people get their needs met.

Kris facilitates multiple trainings to an array of populations. She presents a diverse set of topics to Preteens and Teen Adolescent Girls as well as mother daughter relationships. Kris finds the adolescent years to be the most interesting and dynamic time to grow in when you understand what is happening. She presents to a variety of caregivers who find themselves overwhelmed with stress and who desire to develop a framework for stress strategies. Kris provides professionals and graduate students looking for continuing education hours in the area of child behaviors, trauma informed care, and adolescent development areas. Kris is a Level I Train the Trainer for other Licensed Mental Health Therapists that wish to pursue certification in the evidence based model of Parent Child Interaction Therapy. Kris provides clinical supervision to other Mental Health Practitioners, Master Level Students for Practicum and Internship experiences, and often facilitates career and human development speeches and job shadowing for High School Students. Promoting Mental Health and Public Health to students is a value of Kris’s, especially for our rural communities.

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Matt Fosket MA, LMHP, NCC

Matt Fosket MA, LMHP, NCC is a National Certified Counselor and licensed by the State of Nebraska as a Mental Health Practitioner with a Master of Arts in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Chadron State College.  Additionally, Matt holds a BA in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and has thirteen years experience in working with children and families. Matt recognizes the importance of the entire family unit and particularly the interaction and relationship between parents and their children in regards to the child’s mental well-being. 

Matt has experience working with the family dynamics during and after a crisis or trauma and can help facilitate healthy change for those family members. Trauma experienced by any individual will inevitably impact the entire family system. Matt is experienced in working with both primary trauma victims as well as the entire family system to facilitate healing and growth in response to those life stressors.

Matt’s experience in the fields of education, social services and criminal justice provide him with additional insight to help family members experiencing challenges in these areas as well as professionals experiencing occupational stressors within these and other occupational areas.  Matt uses a variety of methods to help clients of all ages and backgrounds achieve their goals.  Matt practices evidenced-based therapy models to facilitate change for individuals and families.  Matt is certified in the evidenced-based treatment, Alternatives for Families – A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), and completed in-person training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).  Matt utilizes Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) with his registered therapy dog Rufus serving as an agent in the counseling process.  Matt is an authorized facilitator for the nationally recognized, evidenced-based prevention training, Stewards of Children, a program of the organization Darkness to Light.  Matt conducts training for both community members and professionals, covering topics including sexual abuse education and prevention, managing stress and other wellness topics. ​

Matt’s emphasis on child well-being include his involvement with the Lincoln County Child Abuse Prevention Council, Bridge of Hope Child Advocacy Center, Great Plains Health’s Footsteps Grief Camp, the Nebraska Children’s Home Society as well as his service as an AmeriCorps member through the Munroe-Meyer Institute of UNMC in Omaha.  Matt is a National Certified Counselor, credentialed  by the National Board for Certified Counselors and a member of the American Counseling Association.  Matt conducted both his practicum and internship hours under the supervision of Kris Steinbeck, MS, LIMHP, NCC at the Child and Family Therapy Institute of Nebraska.

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Matt’s areas of interest include working with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced:

-Trauma
-Abuse
-Anxiety
-Depression
-Life adjustment or transitional issues
-ADHD
-Disruptive behaviors
-Family Conflict
-Marriage/Relationship
-Parenting
-Grief
-Adoption

Victoria Simmons

Victoria holds a Provisional license with the State of Nebraska for Mental Health Counseling. She received her degree from Chadron State College, where she completed her internship, working with emerging adults on a variety of issues including career development, depression, anxiety, and childhood sexual assault. Victoria is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is an evidence based practice used to treat individuals who have experienced trauma. Victoria is also trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), as she has an appreciation for how the mind, heart, and body work together. With a 17-year work history of engaging youth, emerging adults, and adults, Victoria has developed a keen sense of helping others find passion and purpose through life transitions. She is adept at moving people through grief and loss, providing psychoeducation to create clarity for her clients and evoking confidence and life perspective shifts. Adding to this, Victoria has a strong biblically-based foundation to share with those looking to maintain their biblical worldview as a cornerstone for treatment, upon request. She is a Presidential member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Matt Fosket MA, LMHP, NCC

Matt Fosket MA, LMHP, NCC is a National Certified Counselor and licensed by the State of Nebraska as a Mental Health Practitioner with a Master of Arts in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Chadron State College.  Additionally, Matt holds a BA in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and has thirteen years experience in working with children and families. Matt recognizes the importance of the entire family unit and particularly the interaction and relationship between parents and their children in regards to the child’s mental well-being. 

Matt has experience working with the family dynamics during and after a crisis or trauma and can help facilitate healthy change for those family members. Trauma experienced by any individual will inevitably impact the entire family system. Matt is experienced in working with both primary trauma victims as well as the entire family system to facilitate healing and growth in response to those life stressors.

Matt has experience working with the family dynamics during and after a crisis or trauma and can help facilitate healthy change for those family members. Trauma experienced by any individual will inevitably impact the entire family system. Matt is experienced in working with both primary trauma victims as well as the entire family system to facilitate healing and growth in response to those life stressors.

Matt’s experience in the fields of education, social services and criminal justice provide him with additional insight to help family members experiencing challenges in these areas as well as professionals experiencing occupational stressors within these and other occupational areas.  Matt uses a variety of methods to help clients of all ages and backgrounds achieve their goals.  Matt practices evidenced-based therapy models to facilitate change for individuals and families.  Matt is certified in the evidenced-based treatment, Alternatives for Families – A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), and completed in-person training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).  Matt utilizes Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) with his registered therapy dog Rufus serving as an agent in the counseling process.  Matt is an authorized facilitator for the nationally recognized, evidenced-based prevention training, Stewards of Children, a program of the organization Darkness to Light.  Matt conducts training for both community members and professionals, covering topics including sexual abuse education and prevention, managing stress and other wellness topics. ​

Matt’s emphasis on child well-being include his involvement with the Lincoln County Child Abuse Prevention Council, Bridge of Hope Child Advocacy Center, Great Plains Health’s Footsteps Grief Camp, the Nebraska Children’s Home Society as well as his service as an AmeriCorps member through the Munroe-Meyer Institute of UNMC in Omaha.  Matt is a National Certified Counselor, credentialed  by the National Board for Certified Counselors and a member of the American Counseling Association.  Matt conducted both his practicum and internship hours under the supervision of Kris Steinbeck, MS, LIMHP, NCC at the Child and Family Therapy Institute of Nebraska.

Matt’s areas of interest include working with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced:

-Trauma
-Abuse
-Anxiety
-Depression
-Life adjustment or transitional issues
-ADHD
-Disruptive behaviors
-Family Conflict
-Marriage/Relationship
-Parenting
-Grief
-Adoption

Victoria Simmons

Victoria holds a Provisional license with the State of Nebraska for Mental Health Counseling. She received her degree from Chadron State College, where she completed her internship, working with emerging adults on a variety of issues including career development, depression, anxiety, and childhood sexual assault. Victoria is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is an evidence based practice used to treat individuals who have experienced trauma. Victoria is also trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), as she has an appreciation for how the mind, heart, and body work together. With a 17-year work history of engaging youth, emerging adults, and adults, Victoria has developed a keen sense of helping others find passion and purpose through life transitions. She is adept at moving people through grief and loss, providing psychoeducation to create clarity for her clients and evoking confidence and life perspective shifts. Adding to this, Victoria has a strong biblically-based foundation to share with those looking to maintain their biblical worldview as a cornerstone for treatment, upon request. She is a Presidential member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.