Counselors

Mary Brendis

Mary Brendis, MS, LIMHP

Mary is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Professional, a Certified Professional Counselor and a partner at Alliance Counseling Center.

For nearly 20 years, Mary has counseled adults, children, adolescents and families experiencing individual, family, school and work difficulties and transitions. She works with individuals and families across the Omaha metro area, including Papillion, Gretna, Elkhorn, Wahoo, Fremont, Blair and the Council Bluffs, Iowa area.

Mary works with clients on specific issues, including depression, anxiety, panic, abuse, extreme anger, grief, low self-esteem, co-dependency, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, eating disorders, addiction, work issues, difficulty in school and parenting difficulties. Her background working with local school districts to counsel struggling adolescents helps Mary as she works with adolescents and their parents when they experience difficulties.

Mary’s approach to counseling is relaxed, comfortable and supportive. While working with clients of all ages on their specific concerns and issues, she focuses on assisting them in the area of relationships – between family members, couples or colleagues.

Mary received her master’s degree in Agency Counseling at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is a member of the American Counseling Association and the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Kevin Cahill

Kevin Cahill, Ph.D.

Is a licensed psychologist who has worked with adults, adolescents, and children for over twenty years.

In addition to his experience in private practice, Kevin has worked in a variety of inpatient settings, treating a wide range of behavioral, developmental, and emotional disorders as part of an interdisciplinary team. He has worked with developmentally delayed and learning disabled children as well as with their families. He has provided treatment for anxious and depressed adults and adolescents.

Kevin has many years of experience in providing marriage and family therapy, and in the assessment of and diagnosis of children, adolescents, and adults through psychological testing. He is also experienced in completion of parenting assessments. He enjoys working with families on issues related to social and emotional development.

In his therapeutic work, Kevin employs a variety of treatment strategies, including cognitive-behavioral intervention, client-centered counseling and psychodynamic techniques, as well as hypnotherapeutic approaches when presenting problems indicate the need.

Kathy Martin

Kathy Martin, M.S., L.I.M.H.P.

Is a licensed independent mental health practitioner who works with children, families and adults.

Trained as a registered nurse at Vanderbilt University, Kathy has 9 years hospital experience working with children and adults prior to pursuing a master’s degree in counseling at University of Nebraska in Omaha.

Kathy has over 16 years experience in private practice doing counseling and psychotherapy and enjoys working with all age groups. She specializes in doing play therapy to treat a variety of childhood disorders, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, abuse, behavioral problems and anger issues.

Kathy is interested in working with children, adolescents and their families on behavioral and emotional problems. She is experienced in working with the schools and counseling troubled adolescents. Kathy specializes in helping teens with issues related to school, relationships, family conflicts, depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, suicidal ideation and self-harming behaviors.

Kathy has expertise in marriage and family therapy and works with adults experiencing stress, anxiety, OCD, panic, ADD, depression, grief, codependency, eating disorders, workplace issues, trauma or abuse. She enjoys working with couples on relationship and marital issues regarding anger, conflict resolution, communication and negotiation skills, as well as issues related to parenting, infidelity, and divorce.

Kathy has also combined her nursing and mental health backgrounds to provide therapy for adults experiencing Seizure Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Infertility and PTSD.

Marie O'Rourke

Marie O’Rourke, M.S., L.I.M.H.P.

Marie is a national board certified counselor and licensed independent mental health practitioner. She has over seven years experience counseling adults, families, and children so that they are able to have greater enjoyment in their lives.

Marie received a master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Since then she has worked in private practice helping individuals of all ages cope with depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, low self esteem, anger, grief, and family issues. She has extensive experience working with couples and families with communication, emotional, and behavioral issues.

Marie enjoys working with teens and twenty-somethings helping them create a path to achieve their dreams and desires. She has expertise in helping with relationship, peer, gender, and self esteem issues as well as depression, anxiety, loss, and abuse issues.

Marie has expertise helping victims of trauma or physical and sexual abuse. She finds great satisfaction seeing the victims go from feeling worthless, hopeless, and helpless to finding their voice.

Marie has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Biology and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Columbia in Physiology. As a college professor, she spent over eight years counseling young adults with academic, professional, and personal issues.

Marie has over four years experience helping others achieve their dreams as a life coach. She has helped small business owners and individuals create balance in their lives and move toward greater enjoyment, efficiency and profitability. Coaching is about helping people get from where they are to where they desire to be in their professional and personal life. Coaching helps people make their dreams come true.