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Emerton Seanne

Therapist's Corner..."Janus" and a Life Lived Well

     “In ancient Roman religion and mythology, Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions, thence also of gates, doors, doorways, endings and time. He is usually a two-faced god since he looks to the future and the past. The Romans dedicated the month of January to Janus.”
     Although our harsh Nebraska winters can be brutal, I welcome this time of hibernation to germinate the seeds of intention for the new year. We can create cozy space for this dark and inward time of year, making a welcoming space for our reflection and just being. With awareness and mindfulness, this season of reflection offers the opportunity to plant and nurture the seeds of what we feel we most need for our emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual health this year.
     To optimize effectiveness, I find it helpful to remember the lessons of Janus:
1. Recognize and accept endings, including intentional release of what no longer serves.
2. Choose a mindset of flexibility to look to the future and the past at the same time.
3. Be wise in the doorways you can choose to go through this year. Some doorways are of our own choice, yet others seem to show up unannounced. We can then only choose our mindset.
4. Keep eyes wide open, be gentle with yourself, pace your steps and be clear about where you are headed.
5. In times of transition it is often helpful to enlist the services of a guide. Reach out and be brave enough to ask for help when you need it.
     May you enter a year ripe with possibility and soul satisfaction. May you navigate changes with grace, humor and health. May you gift yourself with generous doses of self compassion and stay light even in this season of darkness. And may all be well with you and yours.

~ Seanne Emerton, Founder/Therapist


Therapist’s Corner…
           Loosen, Undo, and Settle Your Resolutions

     New Year resolutions are a kind of joke in our family. IF, yes IF, we even bother to make a resolution, we know we aren't likely to keep it through March. That is, if we're lucky. However, several years back, I had an amazing revelation and it got me going when all my failures threatened to overwhelm me.
     Want to know what it is?
     OK, here it is: New Year's resolutions are not just for January 1st.
     There, I said it. Let the heavens open and light shine down upon you.
     A little dramatic? Maybe. But how many of us set lofty New Year's resolutions, only to fail, get disheartened, or even apathetic? On the other hand, how many of us set an "easy" resolution, achieve it, and then get lost in which direction to go next?
     New Year's resolutions aren't just for January 1st. In fact, let's cut out the "New Year's" part and just call them resolutions.
     I found this definition online: "Resolution is the noun form of the verb resolve, which comes from Latin resolvere, 'to loosen, undo, settle.' (source: However, as I was reading it, I also found a very unsettling description accompanying it: "If you lack determination, you'll never fulfill your New Year's resolutions."
     In my experience, humans are full of determination. Sometimes, it seems as though we give up. We get disheartened, saddened, lonely, angry. Yet, we push on. We are resolved. The human spirit does not give up. We have setbacks, but can learn from them, adjust, and carry on.
     THAT is what resolutions are about. They are about learning who we are, our strengths, our areas that need improvement, our goals. They are about pushing forward, through setbacks and difficulties. They are about our ability to be flexible, ever-changing, and coping with positive attitudes.
     So go out and set your New Year's resolutions, if you so desire. However, don't limit yourself to January 1st. Keep a positive attitude year-round. Adjust your goal when necessary. Understand that life happens, and sometimes you have to "pause" in your goals, and then come back. Know that goals can change. What is important to you now may not be as important in three, six or eight months. Allow yourself to set new goals.
     Let's go back to that description from Loosen higher-than-achievable self-expectations. Undo your anxiety and perfectionist traits. Settle your mind with the realization that all will change, and you can AND will adapt to it.

~Jessica McCaslin, Therapist


Tips from Our EAP...New Year, Better You!

     It’s that time of year when many of us start thinking about our goals for the coming year. Fitness, losing weight, enjoying life to the fullest, spending less and saving more, and spending more time with family and friends are some of the top goals for the new year. 

     But old habits die hard, and research has shown that keeping our resolutions has a high failure rate. New Year's resolutions are often broken within the first few weeks or months of the new year. In fact, a 2015 report by U.S. News & World Report says some 80% of resolution makers go back on their commitments by the second week of February. 
     It's no surprise, then, that failed New Year's resolutions can make some of us "experience lowered self-esteem, sadness and depression" according to Psychology Today.  
     As we enter a new year, keep your goals realistic  and be kind to yourself. 
Don’t be afraid to “start over” if needed, and consider using your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) sessions to keep you on the path to becoming a BETTER YOU.  
     Helpful Hints for 2018
        · Let go of the past
        · Never too late to try something new
        · Embrace change and try new things
        · Don’t miss the moment
        · You got this|
        · Step into a new you
        · Accept your mistakes and move forward
        · Believe in yourself

~Lana Lenz, EAP Coordinator

Get To Know Our Staff
     Family Resources of Greater Nebraska, P.C. is constantly adjusting to changes in paperwork, requirements, retirements, newcomers, etc. However, we always have amazing and dedicated staff to help you with your “Life Lived Well.” (*After all, it’s our mission!*)
     Full biographies are available on our website: 

Emerton Seanne

Seanne Emerton
Founder/Therapist (serves Grand Island, Broken Bow)
     Seanne founded FRGN in 1991 with a passion to serve the Greater Nebraska area and beyond. 
Special areas: Marriage & Life Coaching, Anxiety, Depression, EMDR, EQ-I, Heart Math

Ryan Linda

Linda Ryan
Therapist (joined 1994, serves Grand Island)
     Linda utilizes practices of energy psychology,including mindfulness-based stress reduction. 
Special areas: EMDR, PTSD, EQ-I, Severe
Mental Illness, Inner Child Ego State, Severe Trauma, Heart Math


Carlene Headrick
Therapist (joined 2005, serves Grand Island)
     Carlene works with individuals, families and couples.
Special areas: Marital, Family Dynamics, Bipolar, Grief/Loss

Sheldon Carrie

Carrie Sheldon
Therapist (joined 2007, serves Grand Island)
     Carrie teaches the Who's Taking Care of the Children parenting class for divorcing parents. 
Special areas: Parenting Act class


Jordan Allen
Therapist (joined 2014, serves Grand Island)
     Jordan has mental health therapy experience with community agencies and private practice.
Special areas: Primarily Adolescents, Self-harm, LGBTQ, PTSD (TF-CBT), Couples


Denise Bredthauer
Office Manager/Billing Specialist


Lana Lenz
Employee Assistance Program Coordinator




Dr. Tabitha Carlson
Board Certified Psychologist (joined 2013, serves Grand Island)
     Dr. Carlson’s primary focus at FRGN is to facilitate Psychological Evaluations for pain stimulator candidates.

Klein Chris

Chris Klein
Therapist (joined 2003, serves Grand Island)
     In addition to therapy, Chris has a passion to identify changes and facilitate healthier work environments. 
Special areas: Brain Injury, EQ-I, Substance Abuse, 
Co-dependency, Drug/Alcohol Evaluations,
Disorders, CISM

Elder Leanne

Leanne Elder
Therapist (joined 2006, serves Kearney)
     Leanne is a therapist working with children, 
adolescents, adults, families, and marital issues.
Special areas: Cognitive-behavioral, PTSD (TF-CBT), Bipolar, Grief, Mood Disorders, Depression, Anxiety

Waddington Tracy

Tracy Waddington
Therapist (joined 2007, serves Grand Island)
     Tracy specializes in working from a solution-focused, strength-based approach, serving for all ages.
Special areas: PTSD (TF-CBT), Autism, ADD/ADHD, Couples, Depression, Anxiety


Kylie Surmeier
Provisional Therapist (joined 2017, serves Grand Island)
     Kylie provides student assistance programs at the community colleges. She also loves working with all
ages - children and families, and adult difficulties.
Special areas: PTSD (TF-CBT), Behavioral Intervention


Jessica McCaslin
Website & Social Media Manager/On-Call Therapist


Heather Schulte 
Systems Manager           

Tricia Gudgel (no photo avail.)
Intake Coordinator 

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