Meet Our Staff


 
 
Elia Rivera — Mental Health Clinic in Grand Island, NE

Elia Rivera

PLMHP, PLADC

 
Elia Rivera holds a dual licensure as both a Provisionally Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (PLADC) under the supervision of Adriana Arroyo, LADC, PLMHP, and as a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP) under the supervision of Blenda Keylon, LCSW, LIMHP and Rebekah Shunkwiler, LADC, LIMHP. Elia received her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences through Bellevue University in November of 2012 and her Master of Arts in Counseling in May of 2016.

Elia’s vocational experience includes working with veterans in the residential unit at Veteran Affairs in Grand Island, treating inmates at the Hall County Jail, and serving with community-based outpatient services at Catholic Charities in Columbus, NE. Elia has experience in providing counseling for both substance use and mental health individuals.

As a bilingual therapist (Spanish and English), Elia enjoys working with an array of different backgrounds and ethnic cultures. Elia has experience providing counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups both in English and in Spanish. Her main areas of focus include supporting the reduction of symptoms of trauma, substance use, depression, and anxiety. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy for trauma, as well as in sex offender evaluation and treatment. She is passionate about helping people in her community and is a strong advocate for her clients. Elia enables client growth and change by providing a safe, warm, non-judgmental, and authentic environment.
 
 
Adriana Arroyo-Herrera — Mental Health Clinic in Grand Island, NE

Adriana Arroyo-Herrera

PLMHP, LADC

 
Adriana Arroyo-Herrera is a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP) and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). She graduated from Central Community College with her Human Services—Drug and Alcohol Counseling degree in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Behavioral Science degree from Bellevue University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Doane College.

Adriana Arroyo-Herrera started work for the Friendship House following the acquisition of her Drug and Alcohol Counseling degree before recently transitioning to outpatient counseling to utilize her ability to speak Spanish.

Her areas of expertise include addressing substance abuse, crisis and suicide intervention, depression, anxiety, and self-harm behaviors. In 2015, she was certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, which is a leading intervention in treating victims of trauma. She also employs cognitive behavioral approaches and promotes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills with her clients when appropriate. Adriana is able to employ Christian counseling principles, and also enjoys working with individuals and couples to meet them where they are at in their particular stage of life.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Corinthians 13:4-7
 
 
Tracee Franssen — Mental Health Clinic in Grand Island, NE

Tracee Franssen

LMHP, PLADC

 
Tracee Franssen is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) and a Provisionally Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (PLADC). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Bethany College and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University.

Previous to joining The Friendship House, Ms. Franssen has experience working with youth at Boys Town through the Intervention and Assessment Shelter, as well as gained experience working in outpatient mental health and substance abuse therapy in the Grand Island area.

Ms. Franssen provides solution-focused and positive-based psychotherapy to teens, adults and families. Her areas of expertise include substance abuse, crisis and suicide intervention, depression, self-harm behaviors and anxiety with a compassionate approach of meeting people where they are in their stage of life. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy for trauma, as well as has training in substance abuse evaluations and CAMS suicide prevention.

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11”
 
 
Tracee Franssen — Mental Health Clinic in Grand Island, NE

Wendy Hansen

PLADC

 
Wendy Hansen is a Provisionally Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (PLADC) working under the supervision of Adriana Arroyo-Herrera, LADC, PLMHP. She has received her Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from Bellevue University. Wendy’s experience includes working for a non-profit agency as a direct care staff member over 9 years as well as being a fill-in counselor, providing long-term, holistic care. Other experience includes working as an out-patient substance abuse therapist for adolescents, adults, and families.

Wendy believes in recovery and helping people to reach their full potential through respectful, understanding, and compassionate care. Wendy offers a safe environment for individuals to explore issues and to have a positive experience that promotes learning, reaching personal goals, and personal growth.

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