Megan Ross, MA, PLMHP has been working with adolescents, youth and families since 2008. It is this passion for helping youth and families that motivated her to obtain her Masters of Counseling degree from Doane College in 2011. Since then, she has worked with youth on issues such as healthy sexuality, trauma recovery from abuse / neglect, and supporting foster families as caregiver systems.
When asked about how she helps youth and families, Megan says “I’ve worked with individuals, families and group settings. I believe as a therapist I have to start where my client is, with their goals. When my youth clients believe that that my treatment plan is in their best interest, they become their own best self advocates. I use evidenced based (science supported) practices to help my clients reach those goals – that means using a cognitive behavioral approach as well as solution focused therapy. I help my clients explore new ways to think and understand their behavior and generally do more of what is working in their life, and let go of what isn’t working for them.”
Megan also has some specific experience working on helping youth and families be successful at school. Sometimes that means just getting to school and feeling safe. Truancy can be a result of anxiety and depression that is hindering youth from performing to their full potential. Once a youth is able to manage their anxiety and depression their school performance and attendance increases. Families who are pressured by truancy issues will appreciate that as a former high school and college athlete she understands the anxiety that can be triggered by the pressure of academic and sports performances. It can be difficult for an adolescent to open up to adults or peers in their lives about their anxiety/struggles, but internalizing these feelings can lead to anger, aggression, irritability.
Megan is passionate about working with children/adolescents 2-18 years of age and their families with various behavioral concerns including:
- adjustments (death, divorce, removal from family etc.)
- aggressive behavior
- child maltreatment (abuse, neglect, trauma)
- fears & anxieties
- non-compliance/oppositional behavior
- adolescent sexual/social behavior
1001 S 70th St
Lincoln, NE 68510
(402) 325-0117 x 11