Our Counselors

John Curran, Ph.D.

John Curran, Ph.D.

Dr. Curran has been a Licensed Psychologist since 1984, has been with APC since its inception in 1991, and has lived continuously in Norfolk since 1985. He spent his early years in Saint Louis, Missouri before graduating from colleges in Kansas and Missouri. Dr. Curran obtained his Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from The University of Iowa in 1984. In addition to being on staff APC, he is also on staff at the Norfolk Regional Center where he is involved in the training of future psychologists. During Dr. Curran’s career at APC, he has conducted individual and marriage therapy and performed a variety of psychological evaluations. His professional interests include psychological assessment, men's issues, marriage counseling, and recovering from divorce. He primarily works with adults of all ages.

David Mitchell, Ph.D.

David Mitchell, Ph.D.

Dr. Mitchell has been a licensed psychologist in the Nebraska since 2012. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2010. Dr. Mitchell specializes in individual therapy for depression and anxiety for teenagers and adults. He also provides therapy for divorce issues for individuals or couples. He offers psychological testing and specializes in assessments for medical procedures and intellectual abilities. He has extensive experience working with sexual offenders, both in terms of providing treatment and evaluating risk levels.

Jordan Willer, LMHP, CPC

Jordan Willer, LMHP, CPC

Jordan Willer is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska - Omaha in 2009 and her Master's degree through Wayne State College in 2013. Jordan joined APC in 2015 and provides counseling for adolescents and adults. Her professional interests include depression, anxiety, geriatric issues, marital therapy, physical and intellectual disabilities, and phase of life difficulties.

Denise Serres, MSW, LCSW

Denise Serres, MSW, LCSW

Denise Serres has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1996. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Colorado and obtained her Master's degree from the University of Denver in 1991. She previously worked at the Norfolk Regional Center and was a team leader at a partial care program at Regional West in Scottsbluff. Denise returned to Norfolk in 1997 to join APC. In addition to her work at APC, she is employed at Faith Regional Health Services. During her career at APC, she has conducted individual and marital therapy. Denise’s professional interests include women's issues, chronic mental illness, depression, anxiety, and grief work. She works with those aged sixteen through adult.

Barbara J. Sturgis, Ph.D., MLS

Barbara J. Sturgis, Ph.D., MLS

Dr. Barbara Sturgis has been a Licensed Psychologist since 1980 and has been with APC since 1993. Prior to joining APC, she spent two years at the University of Nebraska Law School as a post-doctoral fellow, obtaining a Masters of Legal Studies degree, focusing on legal issues relating to psychology and mental health. Before entering law school, she worked in community mental health. Dr. Sturgis obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri in 1977. She and her husband, Dan, moved to Norfolk in 1979 and have lived here ever since. Dr. Sturgis sees a wide variety of clients, both children and adults, and has specialized in therapy with victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse for over twenty years. She also contracts with the University of Nebraska Center on Children, Families, and the Law, providing training in basic and forensic interviewing.

Steven A. Westby, Ph.D.

Steven A. Westby, Ph.D.

Dr. Steve Westby has been a Licensed Psychologist since 1999. He has been practicing in the Norfolk area since 1998, and joined APC in the spring of 2000. Dr. Westby received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John's University in 1992, and his Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota in 1998. His time at APC is divided between conducting psychological assessments, individual therapy, family therapy, and couple's counseling services. Dr. Westby's professional interests include the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, stress management, ADHD, and child/adolescent behavioral problems.

Diane Martin, LCSW

Diane Martin, LCSW

Diane Martin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been a practicing counselor since 1992. Diane received her Bachelor's degree through Wayne State College and her Master's degree in Social Work through the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has been a counselor with APC since 1996. Her previous experience includes work with teens and foster children in a group home setting as well as home-based counseling. Currently, Diane provides individual or joint counseling to ages 10 through adult. Her specific areas of interest include working with life-stage changes, depression, anxiety, grief, communication and problem-solving, rural and spiritual issues.

Beth Ehrisman, LIMHP, LPC

Beth Ehrisman, LIMHP, LPC

Beth Ehrisman is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and Licensed Counselor. She has been practicing counseling for the past ten years. She received her Bachelor's degree from Goshen College in Indiana and her Master's degree from Wayne State College. Beth has worked as a hospice grief counselor and behavioral health counselor working with individuals crossing the life span. Her specialty age range is adolescent through adult. She has had extensive training in trauma informed care and has worked with victims dealing with significant traumatic events in their life. Her areas of interest include grief and phase of life changes, women's issues, depression, anxiety, trauma and pervasive mental illness. Her counseling modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy, holistic health connecting the four quadrants of physical, emotional, social and spiritual health for wellbeing, strengths/solution focused and narrative therapies.