Therapists

  Judy Byrns, Ph.D. 
  Sandy Lutz, MA
  Jana McBride-Stoner, MA
  Lynn Marcus, MA, LPC, NCC
  Lynne Lang, MA, LIMHP, LADC
  Elizabeth Jessen, M.A., L.M.H.P., L.P.C.

 

OFFICE STAFF   
Sharon Hassler, Billing Manager
Carol Smith, Receptionist

 

Overview


The Lincoln Behavioral Health Clinic has been located in the same place, in the Pioneer Plaza Building on Highway 2, for 17 years.   There have been many therapists working in this clinic over the years, offering mental health services to individuals and families in and around Lincoln. 

  We have a stable group of psychotherapists/consultants.  With the variety of skills known to the therapists, we offer the best in evaluation and therapy for young and old, male and female. 

We are handicapped accessible.  We offer evening and Saturday appointments.  We have groups available, with opportunities to develop your own facilitated group.

 

Introducing Our Therapists

Judy E. Byrns, Ph.D. has been a part of this clinic for many years, first as a consultant, then as a paertner, followed by being the owner, and now back to being an independent consultant.  She focuses on the well-being of persons and families.  She started college in her early thirties, while a single parent of two children, and graduated from Kearney State College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology.  She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1990 with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, where the focus of study was Rural Psychology with minors in Neuropsychology and Alcoholism.  Her clinical internship was at Malcolm Bliss Mental Health Center in St. Louis, Missouri where she worked with children and adults, both as inpatients and as day patients plus weekly counseling sessions with child victims of rape or incest, through the court Victim-Witness Program in downtown St. Louis.  She has been associated with the Lincoln Behavioral Health Clinic, as a Clinical Psychologist, from 1990 to the present, previously working as a Behavioral Therapist with children and adolescents at Lincoln General Hospital.  During her extensive training at UNL she worked at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, the Nebraska Center for Children & Youth in Lincoln, at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute in Iowa, and Pioneer Mental Health Center in Seward, Nebraska.  While a student in Kearney, she was a volunteer for the Task Force on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the Crisis Line as a counselor and law enforcement liaison.  In 1996, she joined the faculty at Doane College-Lincoln, teaching Group Therapy as well as Rural and Community Psychology at the Master's level and held that position for about five years.  Dr. Byrns is a licensed and certified Clinical Psychologist, providing psychological assessment and psychotherapy, at both inpatient and outpatient sites, for a wide variety of clients, including infants, children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric persons.  She has experience with minority and disabled populations and with doing individual, family, and group therapy, using varying methods depending on the needs and abilities of clients.  Using cognitive and behavioral techniques, with pre-determined goals and objectives, she provides clients with the skills and practice sessions to benefit from anxiety reduction and depression management, relaxation and hypnotic techniques, parenting skills training, or specific behavioral modification plans. 

 

Lynn Marcus, MA, LPC, NCCis licensed in the state of Nebraska as a Professional Counselor/Licensed Mental Health Therapist and also has the endorsement of the National Board of Certified counselors.  She has completed PhD level coursework at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as well as her pre-doctoral internship and will be completing her doctoral dissertation.  Additionally, Lynn Marcus is also registered as a Psychological Assistant with the state of Nebraska to conduct psychological evaluations and is supervised by a licensed psychologist.  As a main area of focus, Lynn Marcus treats individuals with eating disorders along a spectrum ranging from anorexia and bulimia nervosa to binge eating disorder and morbid obesity.  Her scope of practice also includes conducting pre-surgical evaluations for patients seeking gastric bypass surgery, assessments for eating disorders, PTSD and providing psychotherapy for these and other emotional disorders.  Issues related to infertility, menopause, PMS, anxiety and depression are also an area of clinical interest.  Lynn Marcus is a member of the American Psychological Association, theAcademy of Eating Disorders, the Nebraska Psychological Association and the National Eating Disorders Association.

 

Jana McBride-Stoner, MA, LIMHP, LPChas been employed by the State of Nebraska since 1986.  She began working with adolescents at the Nebraska Center for Children and Youth (Whitehall).  She then transferred to the Lincoln Regional Center in 1993.  She has worked with adults who have a variety of mental illness.  She is currently a therapist and supervisor at the Lincoln Regional Center in the Sex Offender Services Cognitive Behavioral Change Program. 
     Jana graduated from Doane College with her Masters in Counseling.  She is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practioner, recognized at both the State and National level, as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She has been an adjunct professor at Doane College Lincoln and Southeast Community College Lincoln.
     Jana began working at Lincoln Behavioral Health Clinic, Inc. in 1999 as an intern.  She has specialized training and interest in domestic violence and sexual assaults, as well as working with adolescent females, adults, families, relationships, sexual, pornography, or divorce issues.  She has spoken in the community on topics of suicide, working with mental illness and sex offenders.
     Jana finds that each person is unique and special.  She believes people deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and compassion.  Everyone has much to offer and people need someone they can talk to.

 

Sandy Lutz, MA,  has over 25 years experience working with individuals who have developmental and physical disabilities.  She welcomes the opportunity to assist people of all ages and abilities.  Sandy has assisted children, adults, senior citizens and families in reaching their personal goals. 
Sandy received her MA in counseling from Doane College.  She is licensed to provide mental health counseling under the supervision of Dr. Judy Byrns.  Sandy does accept Medicaid as payment for services. 

 

Lynne Lang, MA, LIMHP, LADC, has been working in the substance abuse treatment field for over 23 years. While employed in a hospital based program, she graduated with a Master's Degree in Counseling from Doane College in 2000. She is a dually certified therapist in both mental health and substance use. While she has spent the majority of her career working with adolescents with mental health and /or substance abuse issues, she also developed and facilitated a Dual Diagnosis Group for both youth and adults in the treatment program after receiving her LMHP credentials. Lynne has worked individually and in group therapy settings with many diverse clients and families during her career and has enjoyed assisting them in identifying their own unique strengths as well as developing new skills needed in reaching their personal goals. Lynne is credentialed by the Nebraska Provider List to complete drug and alcohol assessments and to also provide treatment to individuals requiring services in this area.

 

Elizabeth Jessen, MA, LMHP, LPC began practicing as a Licensed Professional Counselor in 1991 in Kansas City, Missouri, after earning her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. When her family moved back “home” to Lincoln in 2000, she obtained her Licenses as a Mental Health Practitioner and Professional Counselor in the state of Nebraska. Elizabeth has worked with individuals, couples, children and their families in agency, private practice and residential/inpatient settings, and has volunteered with Clinic with a Heart, Region V Prevention Leadership, Mourning Hope, Hugs Camp, and is trained as a QPR Trainer for suicide prevention . Elizabeth has supported those facing the challenges of anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, impulsivity, Attention Deficit symptoms, and adjustments to death, divorce, adoption, abuse and neglect. She has been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and utilizes art and play therapy in her practice.

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