Mental Health


The Boone County Health Center’s Mental Health department is located in a separate building, diagonal from the Health Center, to provide a private, confidential, and relaxing environment for patients. Services are available for all ages, from young children to geriatric patients.

Services Include:

  • Assessment
  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Couples counseling.
  • Drug/Alcohol Evaluations

Conditions Include:

  • Depression
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Chronic mental illness
  • Drug/Alcohol Addiction


Gina Baker, MHD, LIMHP

Gina has over 20 years of counseling experience to draw on as she counsels patients at Boone County Health Center. She makes it a priority to collaborate with her patients’ primary care providers to provide the best possible overall care. Gina also speaks at community educational forums, with a focus on mental health wellness such as parenting and stress reduction.

Kathy Schindler, LCSW, LIMHP

Kathy is well-adept at helping a variety of patients with issues such as marital problems, anxiety, depression and parenting. She is also very experienced with grief counseling. One of her favorite areas to counsel is with women’s health issues including domestic violence. Kathy has over 15 year of experience.

Merridie Kaup, PLMHP

Merridie earned her Master of Science Degree in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University.  She has always had a deep passion for helping people.  She became a counselor so she could learn the reason behind human behavior and help both adults and kids make positive, health changes in their lives. Merridie has several years experience through Boys Town serving clients across central and western Nebraska.

Kayla Baker, LIMHP, LPC, LADC

Kayla earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and her Masters of Science in Clinical Counseling at Emporia State University.  She chose a career in therapy because she enjoys connecting with people and using this connection to help clients feel empowered to use healthier skills to better their lives.  Kayla is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with experience counseling individuals with behavioral issues, substance abuse, anxiety and depression disorders.

Make an Appointment

Most insurance plans are accepted, and financial assistance is available to those who qualify. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Kim at 402-395-3247.

UNMC Telehealth Counselors

These counselors are advanced graduate students in the master’s degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. They are supervised by licensed mental health professionals who are faculty members.

Make an Appointment

These telehealth services are offered at a substantially reduced fee of just $15 per session. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Kim at 402-395-3247.

Psychiatric Telehealth

A telehealth appointment consists of a private room with the ability to have an interactive conversation while viewing and discussing a personal situation with a physician. The setting for telehealth appointments is a comfortable room located in the specialty clinic area at Boone County Health Center.

Patients of all ages, pediatric through geriatric, can be seen by an expert in the mental health field to help diagnose mental health concerns, manage medication, and provide additional consultation to primary care providers.

Services Include:

  • Diagnose mental health concerns
  • Manage medication
  • Provide Counseling
  • Consult with primary care providers

Conditions Include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Other mental health issues


Dr. Jennifer McWilliams

Children’s Hospital and Medical Center’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer McWilliams, received her doctorate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She has done psychiatric telehealth for many years and makes telemedicine feel natural for her patients. In fact, many children and adolescents find this form of technology to be second nature.

Dr. Rachel Faust

Mary Lanning Healthcare’s Psychiatry Specialist, Dr. Rachel Faust, received her doctorate at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Her main areas of interest include women’s behavioral health, including post-partum and mental health in NICU moms.

Make an Appointment

To take advantage of telehealth psychiatry services at Boone County Health Center, patients can call Valorie Slizoski, social worker, at 402-395- 3109. Valorie coordinates psychiatric telehealth appointments and can set patients up with the appropriate provider, depending on their situation.