Midwest Encouragement and Counseling CenterKearney, NE

Welcome to Midwest Encouragement and Counseling Center


Dear MECC Clients and Families,

In order to stop the spread of illness and protect the vulnerable members of our community,  all in-person sessions will be cancelled until otherwise notified. This includes all in-person sessions, COSP Classes, and any related meetings.

With the amount of information that is continuously available regarding COVID-19, we encourage that you limit the amount of social media time that you expose yourself or your child(ren) to. Rather than social media, we suggest that you address COVID-19 in a calm, age appropriate and deliberate manner with your child(ren). We further suggest that you role model handling this information and new environment in a calm, regulated manner. Due to the change in routine, we would also suggest that you develop your own new routine with your family that limits time on social media and encourages relational engagement, exercise and mindfulness. Journaling can also be a tool that children use to organize their emotions related to the recent changes. Should your child be too young to write, encourage them to draw and allow them to share and process their emotions. REMEMBER, ALL EMOTIONS ARE ACCEPTABLE. There are no “wrong” emotions for children to feel, however when they share this with you verbally, you then can guide them in ways they can regulate their emotions effectively and safely. Do remember that the habituated practice of these skills is what supports a child in shifting patterns and developing healthy responses to their emotions. Should you need support with how to more specifically support your child, please do not hesitate to contact you or your child’s therapist outside of your regularly scheduled telehealth session.

You and your child’s health are of the utmost importance to the team of clinicians at MECC. You will find that we have attached below various resources within the community, as well as resources that support your child’s well being.

As there are updates or changes recommended by NE Dept. of HHS and the CDC, we will update our website regarding in person sessions. We will also inform current clientele via phone. Know that we will greatly miss seeing each client and parent who enters our office at MECC. We are all very committed to doing what we can to support this process to telehealth. We will closely monitor updates related to COVID-19 and will return to in office sessions as soon as possible.

Our priority at MECC is the safety of the clients we serve, their families and our staff. We hope that telehealth offers a pathway to support with the highest quality of services in a safe and informed manner.

For details on our current protocol, please feel free to download the file from the link below:

COVID-19 Protocol (PDF)

Jody Angel-Trejo, LIMHP
MECC Owner

About Us

Welcome to Midwest Encouragement and Counseling Center (MECC). MECC is dedicated to helping individuals and families experience healing in their lives and relationships with others. The professionals at MECC are committed to restoring lives impacted by stress and personal challenges. Our work integrates traditional and non-traditional approaches to restoring wellness in the lives of individuals we meet. Our mission is to apply creative counseling techniques that will unearth long-standing behavior and relational patterns, trauma or negative perceptions that may be preventing one from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

MECC helps address complex issues utilizing various approaches to include parent-child dyadic interactions as a means of healing. We also believe strongly in working cooperatively with other professionals and experts involved with each individual, as a team approach to holistic healing practices.

Please call us today at 1-308-236-0500.

Thank you,

Jody Angel-Trejo, Owner

Meet Our Team

Our Services

Providing Individual, Family and Play Therapy in a warm, creative space. Our goal is to ensure that children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues feel safe and comfortable in our environment.

Private waiting rooms can be offered upon request.

The following array of services are provided within our practice.


All therapists at MECC are trained to support individuals in their journey to healing through the process of CBT, skill development, reflective practices and offering a warmth that allows each person entering our offices to feel safe in reflecting their struggles and needs. We offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of our client's individual needs to help attain the personal growth they are striving for.


At MECC we believe, "When trauma or suffering occurs in the context of relationships, healing then also occurs in the context of relationships." Our highly trained staff have extensive knowledge of therapeutic parenting skills that support children and adolescents who have experienced hurt in their attachment relationships. This process also is a creative, reflective approach to meeting the needs of the client and their family members.

Child Parent

As a dyadic intervention tool, CPP promotes and strengthens a close, safe and nurturing relationship between a parent and their child, age five or under. CPP is geared toward young children who have experienced at least one traumatic event or ongoing stressors in their life. CPP involves a wide array of strategies to include: Attachment-Focused Interventions, Trauma Informed, Behavior-Based Interventions, Parents Support and Coaching, Interactive Child-Parent Play, Verbal discussion of interactions and cuing patterns between the parent and the child. Those therapists trained in CPP are Jody Angel-Trejo, LIMHP, Jordan McCoy, LMHP, Briana Woodside, LMHP and Jeslynn Love, PLMHP.


Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a dyadic behavioral intervention for children (ages 2.0 – 7.0 years) and their parents or caregivers that focuses on decreasing externalizing child behavior problems (e.g., defiance, aggression), increasing child social skills and cooperation, and improving the parent-child attachment relationship.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) aims to improve mental health by focusing on challenging and changing unhealthy cognitive distortions. CBT has been designed to treat depression, anxiety and other mental health needs. CBT includes a number of psychotherapies and interventions using evidence based techniques and strategies. All therapists at MECC are trained and utilize CBT.


Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate stress associated to traumatic memories. However, EMDR has expanded to an evidence based intervention for acute trauma, complex trauma, anxiety and other mental health conditions. Those therapists at MECC trained in EMDR are Jody Angel-Trejo, LIMHP, Sara Sanson, LMHP and Jordan McCoy, LMHP.


Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a therapy designed specifically to address the emotional and mental health needs of children, adolescent and adult survivors and families who are struggling to overcome the harming effects of early trauma. TF-CBT is an evidence based practice that supports the survivor with the emotional, cognitive and visceral impacts of trauma by integrating the information in a manner that allows the survivor to experience a reduction in triggers and emotionality related to the traumatic event. Those therapists trained in TF-CBT are: Jody Angel-Trejo, LIMHP, Sara Sanson, LMHP, Jordan McCoy, LMHP, Jeslynn Love, LMHP and Meghan Horton, LMHP.


Circle of Security Parenting is a parenting class that supports parents in understanding their role in creating secure attachment patterns for their children. This class is a reflective class that is held in a group format and supports all parents, despite their history with their children the insight to understand how to develop healthy cuing patterns with their child, healthy boundaries and knowing when and how to "take charge as needed" with their child. Parenting can be a very difficult process, specifically when your child has struggled with past attachment patterns, our goal is to strengthen each parents confidence through this class in moving forward in understanding and meeting their child's relational needs. Those trained to facilitat COSP classes are: Jody Angel-Trejo, LIMHP, Jordan McCoy, LMHP, Sara Sanson, LMHP and Briana Woodside, LMHP.


Trauma Art Narrative Therapy is a creative therapy to support children who feel more comfortable expressing themselves through art as a form of healing. Creative arts has been a proven tool that supports children in expressing what they cannot verbalize. This tool is widely used by clinicians to support all individuals, regardless of age in exploring and expressing deep pain related to their experiences. Those therapist trained in TANT are Jody Angel-Trejo, LIMHP.


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is an intervention used by all therapists within MECC to support therapists.


Cost per individual hour is $100. per hour for supervision towards licensure in the state of NE. Jody Angel-Trejo, LIMHP, NCC.

MECC values the benefits of creative arts and play therapy. All therapists within the practice utilize the play therapy room, expressive arts and the sand tray to support children in exploring pre verbal memories, traumatic memories and emotionally charged memories/experiences. Because play is a child's number one form of communication up to the age of five/six, these tools have been proven to be very effective with many children.


We strive to provide a professional, personalized, and comfortable environment for everyone, but we understand you may still have many questions. Feel free to contact us for any answers.

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