At Be Kind Counseling,

we are here to help you

grow into your best self.

Our highly dedicated team of kind therapists look forward to proving a safe and comfortable space for all ages, including children, teens, and adults seeking mental clarity.

We have available appointments!



Be Kind Counseling offers a safe and confidential space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and to work through any personal challenges you may be facing.


Helping family members understand and support each other better, communicating effectively, overcoming old wounds, and improving overall relationships within the family.

Intensive Outpatient Program (Teens)

At Be Kind Counseling, our Intensive Outpatient Program gives support and resources to individuals needing help with recovery.

Group Therapy Services

Teen Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group 

Child Coping Skills Group 

Tween Coping Skills Group

Hello From Be Kind Counseling’s Founder Erika Frieden, LIMHP, CPC

At Be Kind Counseling, LLC we believe in a positive therapeutic relationship and working collaboratively with each person that walks through our door. Our goal is to help you, your child, and your family thrive and have the mental clarity you’ve always desired which is why we utilize only the most effective treatment practices to provide healing and hope for a better tomorrow. Stay Kind Omaha!

Meet Our Therapists

Shannon Kirkpatrick, LMHP, LPC

My name is Shannon Kirkpatrick and I have been a Mental Health Counselor for six rewarding years, offering both in person and telehealth options. I earned my Bachelors in K-12 music education from Peru State College in Peru, NE and my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Grace University in Omaha, NE. In addition to my collegiate studies, I am also a certified life coach. I enjoy blending the education and principles I have learned with each that allow me the opportunity to provide such insight into helping each person transform their life into becoming the best versions of themselves.
I have spent my time as a counselor working with people between the ages of 3 and 73 who want help and support in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, big life transitions, motivation, motherhood, boundaries, communication, and relationship issues. While my degree focused highly on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) I consider myself to be eclectic in my approach to therapy, offering skills and thoughts from a variety of different approaches including treatment measures such as Emotion Focused, Narrative, Existential, and Reality therapies.

I enjoy meeting the client where they are at in life, looking for the strengths and positives within them, that sometimes they might not see themselves, but together we get to the root, and help them to see what light and clarity is ahead for them. I also hold a special niche towards offering biblical Christian counseling, when requested, to support those looking for therapeutic guidance, while incorporating the principles of these teachings. Overall, I enjoy utilizing the many options I have been trained and gifted in to support you.

I appreciate you taking the time to read more about me. I hope to earn the right to walk with you through the challenges and victories in your life and look forward to supporting you.

Marissa Frickenschmidt, LIMHP

Hello! I’m so glad you’re here. My name is Marissa Frickenschmidt and I’m excited to be a part of the Be Kind Counseling team. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015 and my Master’s in Counseling from Doane University in 2019.

I have experience working with youth, adolescents, and young adults in both residential and outpatient settings in the areas of depression, anxiety and mood disorders, grief, trauma, suicidal thoughts, self-harm behaviors, low self-esteem, relationship challenges, and other life experiences.

My therapeutic approach is rooted in person-centered, and is strength based to promote healing, resilience, and growth for those I work with. I am trained in multiple evidenced based treatments including, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.

During my downtime I enjoy spending time with my husband and our Beagle, Millie, as well as our friends and family! I love to be outdoors and stay active through walking, biking, or playing pickleball. I also enjoy game nights with the family and finding new experiences in and around Omaha.

Life can be challenging at times. I’m passionate about providing a safe space where you feel empowered to take the next step in your path toward healing. I believe the therapeutic relationship should be welcoming, authentic, and collaborative and helps you to feel safe and supported through your journey.

I look forward to working with you and helping you to navigate through life’s transitions and experiences.

Miran Miller, PLMHP, PCMSW

Welcome, I am Miran Miller. I am a mental health therapist excited and proud to bring my experience and expertise to Be Kind Counseling clients. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy, and I earned my Master’s from the University of New Hampshire.

I am a dedicated therapist with experience providing therapy services, psychoeducation, and avocation to promote strong individual and family relationships throughout the Omaha metro area. I have experience working in a variety of treatment settings including residential treatment for adolescents, outpatient therapy for families, teenagers and adults who may be struggling with behavior, mood concerns, career and academic solutions, and internal family struggles. Developing positive personal and family relationships begins with understanding and bridging the gap between individuals and their concerns.

Laura Jansen, LIMHP, PLADC

I am a Dual-Licensed Substance Use and Mental Health Practitioner. I earned my undergraduate Bachelor’s in Psychology from Creighton University in 2010 and my Master’s of Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University in 2017. I also received my license in Counseling in 2017 from Bellevue University, to help specialize and better serve all individuals.

My experience is primarily with teenagers and adults with diverse backgrounds. I have worked in community outpatient settings, therapeutic transitional living, and structured outpatient treatment centers. I utilize and have trained in several different psychotherapy modalities, including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I am always looking to stay up to date on research and trainings in order to provide the best care possible.

I value building authentic therapeutic relationships by collaborating with clients to help them reach their goals and discover fulfillment in their lives. I utilize a strengths-based approach and focus on working alongside individuals to meet them where they are at. I believe therapy should be a safe space where people feel comfortable to challenge themselves. In my downtime I enjoy spending time with my family, working on my goal to visit every U.S. National Park, and relaxing with my two cats, Charlie and Harley.

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light.”

– Albus Dumbledore

Chelsea Colpitts, PLMHP, PCMSW

Hi! I’m Chelsea Colpitts, a mental health therapist dedicated to providing compassionate and effective support and therapeutic interventions to individuals seeking a path to healing and personal growth. I am passionate about empowering clients by recognizing their strengths and giving them the tools to cope and thrive. I focus on fostering a safe and non-judgmental space where clients can feel confident bringing their whole selves.

Shannon Bolter, LADC, IADC

I choose this line of work because over 2 decades ago, I realized the need for child advocacy, and I wanted to do whatever I could to help children feel safe. I absolutely love my role because I get to be on the prevention and early intervention side of things. When an individual completes an evaluation with me, they are recommended a treatment regimen that best fits their needs. Seeing them find a healthy way of life brings me so much joy and fulfillment.

Alyson Carter, LIMHP, PLADC, CPC

My name is Alyson and I have 10 years of experience as a mental health therapist. I have worked with individuals of all ages from 0-40 years of age. My experience includes, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment,  and maternal mental health issues. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University, and I obtained my Master’s degree from The University of Toledo in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

When it comes to my therapeutic practice, I utilize Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), and Perinatal therapy. My overall goal is to meet the individual where they are and work with them based on their needs in session (Person-Centered emphasis). I also have experience working with mothers and their newborns regarding postpartum depression, lactation, and attachment (Perinatal Mental Health).

My favorite aspect of being a therapist is when clients realize their strengths and resilience on their own. My goal is not to tell the individual what they need, I am here to go on the journey with them with support and an unconditional positive regard. I truly enjoy working as a therapist and meting clients in all aspects of life. I learn just as much from our sessions as everyone is their own unique person. I have the privilege to get to know so many wonderful individuals in this world, and I am excited to meet many more!

Lisa Lewis, LIMHP

I look forward to meeting you and helping you learn new and effective ways to navigate through life’s challenges. I have extensive experience working with kids ages 5-18 who struggle with major mental illness; including suicidal thoughts, self-harm behaviors, depression, anxiety, trauma related to abuse and neglect, emotional dysregulation, bullying, poor coping skills, and complicated family systems. I believe support from parents and caregivers is absolutely essential to the success of a child and I enjoy helping families learn to communicate and connect so they can strengthen their connections and grow together for many years to come. #SparklyAlways #ShineOn

When it rains, look for rainbows; when it is dark, look for stars. – Oscar Wilde

Sheila St. Amant, LIMHP

Healing yourself is hard work and sometimes needs extra support outside of your internal circle. I am grateful for having over 20 years of experience providing that support for children, teens, and adults. Providing a warm, comforting, and holistic approach in sessions is what I strive to deliver and hope that I can be that extra support that you are needing in your life. Whether you’ve had therapy before or it’s your first time, allow your courageous self to knock down any fears and take the first step into growing into your best self.


Most of my experience is working with individuals between the ages of 5 and 30 who have struggled with anxiety, depression, suicidality, self-harming, past trauma, behavioral issues, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, and relationship issues.

Halle Stuart, PLMHP, PCMSW
Hi! My name is Halle and I have 8 years of experience working with children and families in multiple different roles. I have worked as a child welfare worker with DHHS, for a foster care agency, as well as a Forensic Interviewer. My experience includes trauma, anxiety, depression, attachment, couples work, and family work. I also have extensive experience working with youth and families who have been impacted by sexual abuse as well as families who are involved in the child welfare system. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Peru State College in Psychology and my Master’s Degree from Capella University in Social Work.
I have completed multiple trainings as it relates to child abuse as well as how families navigate through the court system. Many of the other trainings I have completed are related to talking with survivors of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and other types of trauma.
As a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP), I am very passionate about helping individuals navigate through the complexities of life and allow each person the opportunity to feel heard and respected. My approach in counseling is deeply rooted in active listening, empathy, and a commitment to fostering growth and healing with each client. Therapy can be a very transformative journey and I look forward to taking those first steps with you!

Jennifer Andrews, PLMHP

Hello! I’m Jennifer Andrews, a mental health therapist here at Be Kind Counseling.

Life can be joyful at its best and sometimes terribly difficult. At points, I have felt stuck and overwhelmed and unsure how to move forward. Maybe you do too? It’s okay to not be okay right now. It takes courage to reach out for help and I am ready to hear your story.

I believe in the power of collaboration and connection with a caring person to get through these phases of life. It will be important for you to find someone who listens well, helps you feel safe, and works with you to find solutions. I am ready to be that person for you or your loved ones!

I have experience providing outpatient therapy to adults with various multicultural backgrounds who were living with stress due to life events, frequent worries, negative feelings about themselves, and unwelcomed changes in mood or behavior.  I have treated anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, disordered eating and other issues stemming from trauma. I practice a collaborative client-centered approach to counseling with integrated trauma-informed evidence-based interventions that I will be happy to share more about. I received my masters in mental health counseling from the University of Nebraska, Omaha and my bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Montana.

I hope we get a chance to meet!

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