Family Resources is proud to employ highly trained and skilled therapists who offer services that very few other practices provide. Click on the links below to learn more.

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Alcohol and Drug Testing


With licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselors on staff, Family Resources provides a continuum of services for adolescents and adults. We provide evaluations, education and outpatient treatment in addition to family care, relapse prevention, after-care and co-dependency treatment. We counsel addicts, children whose parents are struggling or are addicted to chemicals, adult children of alcoholics and addicts and others who are affected by addiction.

In addition, we can help parents or family members learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and depression. Assistance with confronting and/or intervening with loved ones is also available.

When a potential problem is identified, we provide chemical dependency evaluations for adolescents involved in the juvenile diversion program, adults involved with probation or parole and individuals who are concerned about their own or a family member's use of substances. We work closely with probation, parole and treatment providers to ensure the individual is referred to the appropriate level of care to assist with his/her substance use issues.

See also Substance Abuse/Families Dealing with Substance Abuse

Specialized Therapists

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is a multi-component treatment that addresses patients' sleep-related cognitions and behaviors. The goals of CBT-I are:

  • help you fall asleep and stay asleep
  • improve daytime functioning
  • improve quality of life 

What is Insomnia?

Persons with insomnia may have difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep, or they may wake up too early. They usually experience daytime consequences of poor sleep, such as feeling tired, having a low energy, feeling more easily irritated, and having trouble with attention, concentration, memory, relationships, and school/work performance.

What is Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia (CBT-I)?

CBT-I is a non-medication treatment of insomnia that is based on scientific knowledge about sleep.  Sometimes CBT-I might be combined with medication from a prescribing provider if needed on a very short term basis (i.e. 6 weeks or less).  The goals of CBT-I are to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and improve your daytime functioning as a result of better sleep at night. The treatment is highly individualized in which the trained provider adapts a structured protocol to the needs of each patient.  The “cognitive” part of CBT-I focuses on thoughts, feelings, and expectations about sleep and insomnia that may stand in the way of good sleep. The “behavioral” aspect of CBT-I helps people adopt personal sleep habits that, based on the science of sleep, will help them sleep better.

CBT-I has been shown to work as well or better than hypnotic medications, and the benefits continue long after active treatment ends.  CBT-I is an established, highly effective treatment protocol, that has been shown to be effective in treating insomnia across many patient populations, including those with comorbid chronic pain conditions, cancer, mild traumatic brain injury, depression, and PTSD.  The benefits of CBT-I extend beyond sleep, and include improved mood, reduced irritability, and better overall quality of life.

How long does CBT-I take?

You attend 6 sessions with a CBT-I therapist to receive a sleep-focused treatment. Each weekly session lasts approximately 50-60 minutes.  In some cases, extra sessions may be needed and in other cases your insomnia may get better in fewer than 6 sessions. You do not need to stop other mental health therapies or sleep medications while you are in CBT-I treatment, although many individuals do come to treatment with the goal of being able to sleep with out over the counter or prescription sleep aids.

What happens during treatment?

The CBT-I therapist will conduct an extensive interview regarding your sleep difficulties and will ask you to set goals for your treatment. This will help the CBT-I therapist decide on the best course of action. You will then meet with the CBT-I therapist to learn about sleep and insomnia, and learn ways to help improve your sleep problem. To help the treatment succeed, you need to be an active partner in solving your sleep problem. It is important that you discuss with your CBT-I therapist any problems you have with recommendations made in the course of treatment and work with the therapist to come up with solutions to these problems. Your improvement will depend upon your commitment to making changes to your every day sleep behaviors. You will be asked to monitor your sleep using a simple sleep diary each morning. The information you provide in the sleep diary is a central part of the treatment, without this information your CBT-I therapist will not be able to help you get the most benefit from the treatment.

Will CBT-I work for me?

Most people with insomnia benefit from CBT-I. A large body of research demonstrates that CBT-I improves sleep. Importantly, continued use of the skills you learn in CBT-I could help you sleep better long after the therapy ends. Although it is unrealistic to expect that a bad night of sleep will never happen again, the skills will learn in CBT-I will help reduce the likelihood of experiencing insomnia in the future.

How do I find out more?

Contact Family Resources for an appointment with Dr. Tabitha Carlson, who is certified to provide CBT-I.




Specialized Therapists

Chronic Pain Management


This program utilizes Cogntive Behavioral Therapy to help you learn to more effectively manage your chronic pain. It focuses on the very real and intense physical and emotional suffering that is associated with chronic pain, and aims to help you better manage symptoms so that you can spend more time doing the things you want to do!

  • Uses scientifically proven techniquues to manage your chronic pain
  • Reduce the pain associated with arthritis, back pain, headaches, and other conditions
  • Reengage in recreational, social and work activities
  • Increase your productivity and improve your overall quality of life.

Although no one likes to deal with pain, and we always hope for an ultimate cure that will eliminate the discomfort, the truth is that by the time pain has become a chronic condition, treatment begins to focus more on managing the symptoms. This program helps participants develop realistic expectations about managing their pain long-term.   It is an action oriented program and participants set weekly and overall goals, with the ultimate goal being to feel as good as possible, increase abilities to function and  do the things they want to do, and  improve their overall quality of life.

Learning to manage chronic pain is often like putting together a puzzle. Each person’s puzzle is a little bit different but we know there are many pieces to the puzzle and rarely do people get complete pain relief from just one piece.  Depending on each individual and their pain condition, some of the pieces might include surgeries, injections, medications, physical therapy, etc.    Those may all be important pieces of the puzzle; however, there are many other pieces that can make a tremendous difference in one’s level of pain including healthy sleep, proper nutrition, managing stress and muscle tension, and learning to cope with the impact chronic pain conditions can have on one’s mood, function,   family and social relationships, and quality of life.   The more pieces of the puzzle an individual can put into place, the better they are likely to feel.

Specific topics include:   

  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Automatic Thoughts And Pain
  • Pacing Activities
  • Stress And Anger Management
  • How to Get Quality Sleep
  •  Relationships And Chronic Pain





Specialized Therapists

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)


Dialectical behavior Therapy has been empirically proven in research to work for individuals who have persistent mental health and personality issues. DBT involves emotion regulation, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, self-care techniqes and distress tolerance.

Divorce Services


Family Resources has counselors who are licensed as marriage and family therapists, meaning we have more training, experience and expertise in marriage and family therapy than other disciplines. Relationships and couples are our specialty.

If a couple does decide that they would be better apart, Family Resources can help each party adjust to the stress and changes brought by separation and divorce. Divorce counseling is mediation in preparation for parenting plans and divorce visitation schedules. It also involves preparing children to adjust to "mom's house/dad's house" and helping parents move on in a healthy way.

We can also help your children deal with your divorce and identify how they may be expressing stress related to the divorce/custody case. To this end, we offer a class for divorcing parents — a class which has become mandatory for divorcing parents in Nebraska.

Who’s Taking Care of the Children?

This is an interactive, energizing class that promotes brainstorming, problem solving and sharing as parents are re-oriented towards successful single parenting.

This class is designed to meet the court-ordered requirements in Nebraska for divorcing parents.  Our class offers parents the opportunity to focus on their children's needs during divorce/separation by reviewing the stress symptoms in children, designing goals for their children and identifying ways to reduce the stress by recognizing barriers and providing structure.

This class helps your child survive and thrive while helping you take care of yourself and move forward.

In our Grand Island office, this class is taught by our own motivational therapist, Carrie Sheldon. In Broken Bow, the class is offered by Jessica McCaslin. Through humor, lessons and practical experience, we strive to help you help your children in adjusting as easily as possible. The class consistently gets rave reviews. There is a waiting list, so we suggest pre-registration as class size is limited. This class is offered on Saturday mornings in our Grand Island, Kearney and Broken Bow offices. Dates and times vary depending upon group size. Please call to inquire.

Release of Vows Ceremony

To help give closure to a divorcing couple, Seanne Larson Emerton offers a Release of Vows ceremony. This ceremony assists in helping a divorcing couple let go and move forward in a healthy, baggage-free manner.

Specialized Therapists

Emotional Intelligence (EQ-i)


Emotional intelligence is “any array of non-cognitive capabilities, competencies and skills that influences one's ability to succeed in coping with environmental demands and pressures" (Reuven Bar-On). 

Family Resources has the largest number of certified and trained EQ-i staff of any practice in the state of Nebraska. Our internationally trained therapists can assess emotional intelligence and help you maximize your individual, group and business potential. This is an innovative tool to increase individual, marital, team and/or company productivity, teamwork and profitability.

EQ-i is the ability to effectively know our own emotions and to appropriately regulate them so we can tolerate stress, express ourselves effectively and relate to others in a productive, positive manner. It gives us the ability to read our environment, grasp what others want and need, remain unruffled by stress and be engaging — the kind of person others want to be around.

Unlike IQ, which is a relatively fixed construct, individuals can grow, foster and develop their EQ (or EQ-i), which increases one’s ability to succeed and to be happy.

NTV, a local TV station, interviewed Seanne Larson Emerton, owner of Family Resources of Greater Nebraska, when ABC reported in 2009 that Nebraska was the happiest state in the country. Click play below to watch the video.

Interested in learning more about what it takes to be happy? Check out Martin Seligman's book, Authentic Happiness.

Happy people are healthier people. Happy people experience more success and show less absenteeism in work environments. They are more productive and have enhanced job satisfaction.

Emotional intelligence skills can be the key that leads to college success for students. That’s because one can enhance the ability to adapt and be flexible in a new environment with intention towards growing EQ-i.

“We are being judged by a new yardstick; not just how smart we are, or by our training and expertise, but also how well we handle ourselves and each other.” (Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.)

“EQ-i is the key to 27% to 46% of workplace success.” (Bar-on, MHS)

“For all levels of jobs, EQ-i competencies are twice as effective as IQ in determining an individual’s success rate.” (Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.)

“Eighty-five to 95 percent of the difference between a ‘good leader’ and an ‘excellent leader’ is due to emotional intelligence.” (Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.)

Recommended Books: Life's 2% Solution, Marcia HughesThe EQ Edge, Steven Stein, PhD, and Howard Book, M.D.

Failure to Launch


Our therapists have had training to identify specific diagnostic and treatment approaches to assist client recovery and success in achieving self-reliance and independence in the young adult "Failure to Launch" generation. 

Specialized Therapists

Health Psychologist – Dr. Tabitha Carlson, Psy.D.


Family Resources is one of the few practices in the Midwest to offer the services of a licensed health psychologist. We believe in treating the whole person. Dr. Carlson's expertise targets treatment of three leading health issues in our country today: obesity, smoking and sleep deprivation. She uses evidence-based methods to help clients achieve success in the following areas:
 - pain management
 - weight loss
 - smoking cessation
 - insomnia or other sleep disorders
 Dr. Carlson provides results-driven intervention at an affordable price. 

**For more information, please see our Specialty Services**

Specialized Therapists

Strategic Coaching


Strategic coaching is used to help individuals, couples, organizations and businesses maximize their potential to enjoy breakthrough performance. The international group of advanced practitioners who successfully completed this strategic coaching training, mastered techniques to help their clients minimize interpersonal conflict and achieve success both personally and professionally.  

Specialized Therapists

Tobacco Cessation


Dr. Tabitha Carlson is passionate about helping others improve their overall health and quality of life. Tobacco cessation is one of her primary clinical interests. She works with individuals to identify the level of readiness to change, identify a quit plan and relapse prevention plan, works to implement those plans and provides follow-up sessions for maintenance and relapse prevention.

Specialized Therapists

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behav, Therapy (TF-CBT)


Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a treatment model designed to treat posttraumatic stress and related emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents. Trained therapists work with the children and their parents (or guardians), with conjoint parent-child sessions increasing over the course of treatment.