Nicole Kehoe, LISW
My name is Nicole Kehoe and I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I have been working in the field for 16 years and, more specifically, I have been doing therapy for the past 10 years. I see individuals for a multitude of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and high stress. I also see many couples on a regular basis who are struggling with differences at various points in their relationships, from dating to pre-marriage and marriage. I believe strongly in healthy marital relationships. These relationships can create personal happiness, reflect values of deep love and commitment to another person, and provide safety and support in a world than can be challenging and stressful at times. However, financial struggles, infidelity, poor communication, addiction, and differences in child-rearing styles can, and do, lead people to lose hope in their marriages and choose divorce as the solution. I proactively work with couples to confront these challenges, not only through emotional healing, but joint problem-solving and improved communication skills. If you are unhappy in your marriage and are at risk of separation and/or divorce, I strongly encourage you to seek counseling. In my experience, couples can find hope where there was none and actually help their relationships become better than they ever were before!
Jennifer Miller, LISW
My name is Jennifer Miller and I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW). I have been working in the field for 15 years, with the last 10 years of experience focused on providing adolescents and adults individual, family and/or couples therapy. I have worked with individuals on an array of issues and concerns, some of which include family conflict, crisis, coping skills & development, depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief/loss. At various points in our lives, we are all vulnerable to the stresses of everyday life as well as the stresses of major life events. Marriage is one of these major events that, despite typically being one of the happy experiences we choose, can become strained, difficult and may cause us to feel “stuck” or hopeless about the relationship. It is during these times that it feels nearly impossible to work out the issues in the marriage without assistance from a 3rd party. Seeking a marriage therapist during these times is a key ingredient to overcoming the issues causing difficulty in the relationship and re-experiencing the love that feels lost. It is likely you entered marriage believing it will last a lifetime. Bumps in the road of marriage should be expected. At times the bumps arrive unexpectedly, seem unending, or are bigger than what a couple feels they can handle single-handedly. It is these times that we need road assistance to get over the bumps. I encourage you to seek road assistance (a marriage therapist) to overcome these bumps. There are people out there who want to help you continue your journey together and have a good set of tools that can help you do just that. I am one of those people.
Linda Kramer, ACSW, LISW
Since receiving my Master’s in Social Work at Tulane University in New Orleans, I have practiced clinical social work in a residential treatment center for teenagers and in three community mental health centers, all in Iowa. As a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW), I have many years of experience in working with individuals, groups, couples and families. I have worked part time at Lutheran Family Services since 2009 and offer evening appointments. When a couple joins together, each individual brings his own history of family and self. I see marriage therapy focusing on each person’s history as well as the story they as a couple are creating. This includes a vision for their relationship as well as values and hopes. Marriage therapy focuses on developing skills to shape the story and to learn how to resolve the conflict that may be occurring within the marriage. I embrace hope as the counseling process begins.
Eric L. Schillo, M.Div., MS, MS
There’s nothing in life quite like marriage. It’s the union of two very different people who have come to believe that their lives would be incomplete without the other. As the years go by, sometimes problems arise. It’s not easy finding help. For over a quarter of a century, I’ve been working with couples to help them improve their relationships. I’ve been trained as a counselor, family life educator, teacher and pastor. I specialize in issues relating to human sexuality. I’ll provide a safe place for both of you to get your marriage moving in the right direction.