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Meet Our Therapists
Karla Sextro | LIMHP, LADC
Director of Mental Health Services
Karla joined Child Saving Institute (CSI) in March, 2019 as a licensed independent mental health practitioner and licensed alcohol and drug counselor. Karla brings with her a wide variety of training and experience as well as passion for her work. Karla earned a master’s degree in clinical counseling from Bellevue University. She completed her graduate internship at Munroe Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center social work department.
Karla has experience treating a full range of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders including children and youth on the autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, Karla specializes in working with at-risk teens, having worked at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Geneva before joining CHI St. Francis Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center as a drug and alcohol counselor. Karla enjoys working with a wide range of ages and a variety of presenting concerns such as behavior issues, tantrums, noncompliance, depression, anxiety, self-harm and addiction.
Alicia Theilen | APRN-NP
Alicia joined CSI in December 2020 as a nurse practitioner. She brings with her more than 16 years of training and clinical experience. Alicia is excited to join the CSI team and help the agency to realize its mission, Responding to the cry of a child. Using her passion and expertise, she will listen to children and families without judgement, help children and families develop attainable goals and work to decrease the stigma of mental health. Treatment begins with a psychiatric evaluation. This evaluation is the starting point to develop your treatment plan, which may involve medication management, health education and supportive and problem-focused psychotherapy, as needed. In addition, Alicia welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with other experts in the community, if the need arises, to best facilitate recovery.
Alicia started practicing as a registered nurse in 2004. The areas she practiced included pediatrics, pediatric home health care, neonatal intensive care, emergency medicine, post-partum, medical/surgical, and oncology. She received her master's degree as a pediatric nurse practitioner in 2015. Alicia worked with emergency medicine at Children’s Hospital and then adolescent/child psychiatry at Omaha Integrative Care. Alicia has been interested in psychiatric nursing ever since she completed a clinical rotation in psychiatry during her undergraduate nursing education. She is currently working on her postgraduate certificate for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner through SDSU.
Her practice is located at 4545 Dodge Street in Omaha and appointments are scheduled by calling 402.553.6000 or emailing CSIReferrals@childsaving.org.
Office Manager of Mental Health Services
Laura Pritchard serves as the office manager for Mental Health Services at CSI. She has been with CSI since February, 2020. Laura’s experience in the mental health care system spans over 14 years and she has served in a variety of hands-on positions.
Before joining CSI, Laura worked at Nebraska Medicine’s outpatient psychiatry clinic for nearly five years assisting patients, families, physicians and staff to create the best possible outcome for those served. Laura had also worked at CHI – Lasting Hope Recovery Center for over seven years, where she served patients since its opening day.
Laura has experience in helping children and adults with varying mental health concerns. She looks forward to building CSI’s Mental Health Services program and assisting children and families in times of need.
Lucious Booker | PLMHP
Lucious joined CSI in March, 2020 as a provisionally licensed therapist. He earned his master's of clinical counseling at Bellevue University and a bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Previously, Lucious worked in the field of family and juvenile services for five years as an in-home family preservation therapist where he provided services to children and youth involved with the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the Office of Juvenile Probation.
He is passionate about working with adolescent and at-risk youth in the community and has been involved in many community-driven programs that give at-risk youth the opportunity to showcase their talents and interests to help shape their overall development and provide outlets in which they can express themselves.
Adriana Fegenbush | LIMHP, LMHC
Adriana joined the CSI therapy team in 2017. She is bilingual, providing therapy services in Spanish and English. In her role as a therapist, Adriana provides individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and their families. Adriana graduated from Bellevue University with her master’s degree in clinical counseling. She is currently a licensed independent mental health practitioner (LMHP) in the state of Nebraska and a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Iowa.
Adriana has 10 years of experience working with underserved populations, doing in-home services, behavioral health intervention services and therapy for individuals and families. She is trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Play Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Taylar Mason | PLMHP, PCMSW
Taylar joined CSI in April, 2020 as a provisionally licensed clinical social worker. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Taylar has a passion to work with children of all ages, families and their communities. She spent the last year working for NOVA Treatment Community as a therapist in the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility. During her time at NOVA Treatment Community, Taylar worked primarily with dually diagnosed adolescents and their families. Taylar has received training for both Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).
Prior to becoming a provisionally licensed clinical social worker, Taylar worked at Friendship Home of Lincoln, a domestic violence emergency shelter and transitional housing, over a span of six years. She has also been involved in research at the Center for Children and Families at Florida Internal University in Miami, FL, where she worked primarily with adolescents diagnosed with Neurodevelopment Disorders and Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders.
Mackenzie Parks | PLMHP, PCMSW
Mackenzie joined CSI in 2020. She is a provisionally licensed clinical social worker, who spent the past five years working for Nebraska Children’s Home Society (NCHS) as a self-sufficiency specialist and mental health therapist. During her time at NCHS, Mackenzie gained training in TF-CBT, DBT, Sand Tray Therapy and other mind/body techniques. Mackenzie earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
From her education and professional work, Mackenzie believes all humans are truly resilient and desire authentic connections. She uses a strengths-based perspective when working with individuals and families of all ages, including children in the foster care system, parenting young adults and grandparents raising their grandchildren. She says her favorite part about being a therapist is having the opportunity to witness small changes that make a great difference in everyday life and that she is humbled to walk along side people during their healing journey.
Andrew Powell | MSW, LICSW
Andrew joined CSI in 2018 as a full-time therapist, providing individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and their families. He also works closely with the children in CSI’s Emergency Shelter.
Andrew earned his master’s of social work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Andrew is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW). He has completed training in Sand Tray Therapy (a Play Therapy technique), Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing (EMDR) and other trauma-informed therapy techniques.
Andrew also works as an on-call therapist for CHI Immanuel — primarily in the inpatient units where he also completed his graduate practicum. Before joining CSI, Andrew worked as a family permanency specialist for PromiseShip, a resident counselor at a long-term residential facility for children and as a care provider for children with developmental and mental health challenges.
Andrew values creating constructive relationships with individuals and their families. His favorite part of serving as a therapist is being able to walk with, assist and empower individuals and families to achieve their goals. Andrew has a strong passion for continued growth to better help those he serves. He firmly believes, to quote the Dalai Lama, “that love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive”.
Lora Sladovnik | MS, LIMHP
Lora joined CSI in September, 2020 as a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner. Lora brings with her over 15 years of training and clinical experience working across a variety of settings including outpatient specialty clinics, crisis intervention, nonprofits and private practice. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Bellevue University and an undergraduate degree in Human Resources and Family Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Prior to joining CSI, Lora worked as a therapist at Offutt Air Force Base, Children’s Hospital and Omni Inventive Care. Lora has experience treating a wide range of child, teen and young adult psychiatric disorders. She has training in Cognitive Behavioral Health, Reality Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Crisis Intervention. She specializes in anxiety, depression, eating disorders and trauma. Lora’s therapeutic approach emphasizes integrative, dynamic and whole person centered therapy.