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Dr. Linda Hunter received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, with a minor in sociology, from ORU in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2003. While completing her undergraduate work, she conducted research on the juvenile justice system particularly as it pertains to juvenile delinquency, recidivism, and rehabilitation. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, Dr. Hunter received Paper of the Year in the Behavioral Sciences Department for her work on this project.
Dr. Hunter then received her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from Regent University in August 2008. While in the graduate program, Dr. Hunter did extensive research on integrating religiously congruent interventions in a professional setting. Under the chairmanship of Dr. Mark Yarhouse, her dissertation focused on the ethical issues of integration. She accepted the position of Guest Editor for a Special Edition of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity relating to integration and wrote several articles on this topic for publication.
Dr. Hunter completed her Doctoral Residency at Nebraska Mental Health Centers in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2009. During her training, Dr. Hunter worked extensively with behavioral issues in children and adolescences, marriage counseling, and individual issues including depression, anxiety, and life stressors. She also completed extensive rotations in the area nursing homes working with geriatric patients to ensure their mental health needs were met.
Upon completion of her Residency program, Dr. Hunter moved to Oakland, Nebraska and founded the group practice, Northeast Nebraska Psychological Services, P.C. Her first office was located in the Oakland Mercy Hospital, where she still staffs the office part time. However, due to the growth of the practice, she hired a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, Jaime Burns, and opened a second location in downtown Oakland (see article tab). She also has a third clinic located in Fremont, Nebraska where services are also provided.
Dr. Hunter is a member of the Nebraska Psychological Association and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. She is also a member of Gamma Beta Phi honor society, and Psi Chi Rho honor society.
Scott Panning graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. He then moved to Colorado for two years where he attended Denver Seminary and completed his Masters of Arts in Counseling. Scott completed a year-long internship at the Potter’s House Church of Denver, where he provided individual and couples counseling services to church and community members. Between 2013 and 2014 Scott also contracted with Maxim Healthcare Solutions to provide services to the residents in several inpatient mental health facilities across Denver. In December 2014 he graduated from Denver Seminary and moved to Omaha where he started private practice. Scott is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Nebraska Counseling Association.
Scott began working with Dr. Linda Hunter in 2016. He provides counseling services for individuals and couples and has experience working with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, and PTSD. In his work with individuals Scott tends to use a combination of methods. He sees both solution-focused work and insight oriented work as being very important, where depending on the issue and the stage of counseling he might focus more on problem solving and practice with the client, or on helping the client into deeper levels of self-understanding. With couples Scott works with a variety of issues, and finds it very helpful to pay attention to patterns of communication that could be getting in the way of happiness and understanding in the relationship. Scott also enjoys working with every age range, from children to adults, and has experience with play therapy for children too young to benefit from talk therapy.
Lori Hoskins recently graduated from Bellevue University with a Master’s of Science in Clinical Counseling. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Lori did her internship at Munroe-Meyers Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and TSI, INC. During her internship at Munroe-Meyers Institute she earned a Certificate of Interdisciplinary Care in Developmental Disabilities by successfully completing the Munroe-Meyer Institute Interdisciplinary Core Program. Her internships allowed her to work with clients from every socio-economical background. She was a co-facilitator for the Matrix program, a substance abuse program for those on parole.
Lori Specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, young adults, older adults, couples and families with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues. Lori utilizes a broad variety of treatment interventions, some of which include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Problem Solving Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Lori loves working with families and children. She is certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She is also experienced in assisting with couples/marital issues as well as blended family dynamics.