Don was born and raised in Lincoln Nebraska and has an intense interest in individual, familial, and community mental health. He has been in the health care field for 35 years. He received a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry with a minor in Portuguese from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He then went to Respiratory Therapy School in Lincoln and finished through California College of Health Science. He worked in physical health care in Respiratory Care, Cardiology, Cardio-dialysis, drove an advanced cardiac life support vehicle, and taught advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) at Lincoln Medical Education Foundation. He finished his physical health care experience working in cardio-vascular perfusion, working in cardio-thoracic surgery.
He went back to graduate school and received a Bachelor or Arts (MA) in Counseling, became a LMHP, a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LADC) and became a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC). He is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP). Don has supervised clinical interns working toward LMHP and LADC licensure. Don has been a Nebraska Certified Mediator for decades, with certificates in General Mediation, Family Mediation involving divorce and/or Parenting Plans, Victim Offender Mediation, and Large Group Facilitation. He was a family group conference coordinator at The Mediation Center in the past. For the last 10 years, he has worked at The Lincoln Regional Center.
He currently owns and operates Lincoln Behavioral Health Clinic. Clients that he serves and helps treat include: Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), Co-Occurring Disorders (formerly known as Dual Disorders), Substance Use Disorders, Mood Disorders (Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Substance Induced Mood Disorders), Adjustment Disorders, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders (General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Acute Stress Disorder ASD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) , Complex PTSD, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Phobia and other phobias, Substance Induced Anxiety Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and other Personality Disorders, Family Disputes, Couples Therapy, Child/Family reunification work, and mediation.
He employs many different modalities of psychotherapy, sometimes an eclectic use of them. Here is a list of some of them: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic, Motivational Interviewing, Rational Emotive Therapy (RET), Existential Therapy, Transactional Analysis (TA), Reality Therapy, Person-centered Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Adlerian Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Autogenic therapy, Brief Therapy, Body Psychotherapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Guided Imagery, Integrative Psychotherapy, Multimodal Therapy, Marriage Counseling, Mentalization-based Treatment, Positive Psychotherapy, Solution Focused Brief Psychotherapy, Systematic Desensitization, Twelve-Step and alternatives to twelve-step programs.