6910 Pacific Street, Suite 315 Omaha, NE 68106

(402) 578 - 6922

Marla Cohen

MS, NCC, LMHP

I love working as a therapist. It allows me to guide others through the eye-opening process of self-growth. The length of the journey varies based on: resistance and defenses. My job is to help clients face and understand the obstacles in their way and why they choose to keep them there.

Psychotherapy has helped me survive grief and loss. My own therapy has provided a sense of clarity through the work. This clarity pushes me to continue on my own journey of self-discovery. With this experience, along with my education, I help clients work through depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma to build a sense of self.

As a parent, a life-changing event in my life occurred when my husband and I lost our firstborn to a head injury. He was almost two years old at the time, and the loss devastated my relationships, my capacity to believe in righteousness, and my marriage. Shortly after our next child was born nine months later, I began the six-year journey to get my Master of Science in Counseling.

In private practice since 2003, I employ Object Relations Theory to understand my clients’ resistance to change. This theory suggests that the primary attachment that my client forms with a parent or primary caregiver in their first five years of life strongly influences their other relationships.

I am the mother of three adults and a teenager. Psychotherapy, which is now ingrained in my fiber, has helped me survive a plethora of obstacles life has presented. My career suits me well. My specialty is grief counseling. Grief might include losing: a child, a spouse, a parent, a marriage, a job, and hope. Grief may also arise during a life transition and therapy is a tool that can be utilized to navigate the journey. I work with mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and much more. I conduct closed psychotherapy groups to facilitate growth in social situations.

For many years, I’ve led a group on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, at Omaha, Nebraska’s Temple Israel, with congregants who have lost a family member. These individuals are searching for a confidential forum to share feelings, notions, and memories. Currently, I lead a monthly grief group at the temple. I also co-led a weekly psychotherapy group for eight years. This group focused on understanding relationships. My ability to draw from personal experiences helps me guide others through the often painful exploration of the self.

Most things happen for a reason. We are on earth to explore these reasons. The ritual of telling ones story is critical to self-understanding.