IATP Certified Clinicians
The following are experienced clinicians who have completed all certification requirements.
Robyn Gobbel, LCSW
1705 W. Koenig
Austin, TX 78756
Phone: (512) 522.1029
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Robyn Gobbel knew at an early age that she wanted a career focused around children. Today, the licensed clinical social worker operates Gobbel Counseling in Austin, Texas, where she specializes in working with kids who have been abused, neglected or traumatized.
“Every day I marvel at how lucky I am to spend my working days with children and families, helping them discover within themselves what they already possess,” Gobbel says.
Early on, Gobbel’s focus was collaborating with parents and using an attachment emphasis when counseling children. After completing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training in 2011, Gobbel was eager to learn how to integrate the treatment with her primary population.
She first heard about the Attachment Trauma Center Institute (ATCI) and its Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol for Children through an online group for parents. After learning more about the research behind the protocol and how it was being used, Gobbel attended a three-day training program in Denver.
“They took this really amazing tool (EMDR) and adapted it not only for children but for kids with really complex trauma,” Gobbel says. “The training provided me with tools I didn’t have access to, and I could go home and start using them immediately.”
The training helped crystallize Gobbel’s game plan, and it provided a framework for parents to understand their kids and their behaviors, which is critical. “It didn’t really shift my lens, but it gave me much better tools to bring parents along,” she says.
It’s rewarding for Gobbel to accompany a family on this journey and to share in their success when a child comes to the end of treatment and is discharged. “In children with really challenging behaviors, we see a decrease in those behaviors because of having truly integrated the trauma as opposed to modifying the behavior,” she says. “EMDR helps integrate the traumatic memories and link those traumatic experiences to the challenging behaviors. That is a huge game changer for parents.”
Gobbel continues to access ATCI resources and schedule consultations with the team as needed. “Their access and commitment to working with clinicians after the training have been very important to my success,” she says. “This is the foundation for what I do.”
Gobbel opened her own practice in 2009. Two years ago she founded the Central Texas Attachment and Trauma Center, which is a group of independently practicing therapists who specialize in guiding their clients toward connection and healing.
After receiving her undergraduate degree in psychology from Miami University in Ohio, Gobbel earned a graduate degree in clinical social work from the University of Utah. She began her career doing traditional social work in Texas. While her son, who is now nine, was younger, Gobbel worked part time doing adoption work, which helped her realize her passion is working with kids who had been abused and neglected. Gobbel also has a post graduate certificate in therapy with foster and adoptive children and families.
Kathleen Bush, LCPC
Clinical Programs Manager, Adoption Preservation Program
The Baby Fold
612 Oglesby Avenue, Normal, IL 61761
Phone: (309) 454-1770
Kathleen Bush — Agency Finds Success with Integrative EMDR and Family Therapy Team Model in Adoption Preservation Program
Kathleen Bush’s ambition while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Madison in Wisconsin was to work with kids with attachment issues. Today, Bush is fulfilling her dream, serving as clinical services manager at The Baby Fold in Normal, Ill.
Bush oversees the “Keeping the Promise” adoption preservation program at the not-for-profit child welfare agency, which is seeing success in reducing the disruption of adoptions where a child is turned back to the state to less than 3 percent. “That is really a good result for what we do,” she says, noting that her agency deals with the tough cases.
“I see so much healing,” Bush says. “Families are functioning better, children are happier, getting on the right meds, not going to a residential placement.”
Bush credits use of the Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol with helping her agency better reach parents. About five years ago, she attended a two-day training that included an introduction to the Attachment Trauma Center Institute’s (ATCI’s) team approach. “It really helped me rethink how we were doing things,” she recalls. At that time, therapists working with families were pretty much on their own, which was stressful. “It was a good design, but it wasn’t enough,” Bush says.
“We started increasing the number of therapists involved with the families,” she said. “They really needed to hear from other adults and hear a similar message.”
When Bush began working with the adoption presentation program, five staff members covered 10 counties. Since then, it’s grown to 17 staff members covering 22 counties. Most of the agency’s work is through state contracts. While the team approach can’t be used for all clients because of distance, the agency tries to present all of them with the same information and apply the underlying concepts. This includes focusing on the effects of trauma on the brain and helping parents listen to the message in different ways. Parent support groups also are beneficial.
Therapists working with Keeping the Promise have a small caseload of about 10 families, which enables them to do this intensive work and communicate with parents outside of sessions.
Success, she said, is “getting kids to use their voice and words and parents to listen to them, hold those words in their head and connect. The parents really appreciate this approach. When we get to the point where the child is really processing the trauma with the parent in the room, it is very impactful on the parent and child and developing their relationship.”
A couple of years ago when Bush was looking to become certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), she requested to work with Debra Wesselmann, LIMHP at ATCI, a co-developer the model, along with colleagues Cathy Schweitzer, LMHP, and Stefanie Armstrong, LIMHP. Since becoming certified, Bush has been able to train other therapists on her staff in this technique. Wesselmann also has traveled to Illinois to present an intensive training therapy workshop.
“Deb has really given us a lot of tools to make sure children are really ready for the trauma processing,” Bush says. “It has increased our effectiveness.”
Bush has been a part of The Baby Fold for more than 21 years, beginning her career in the residential treatment center following college graduation. After earning her master’s degree in human development counseling at Bradley University, Bush moved to the adoption preservation program. She left the program after a couple of years to work with homeless families, then returned to clinical work, supporting the foster care program before taking her current position at The Baby Fold.
The Baby Fold serves more than 1,000 children and families every year with professional services in the areas of adoption support, foster care, specialized education, residential treatment and family services that prevent child abuse, neglect and strengthen relationships. For more information, visit the website at www.thebabyfold.org.
Scott Herman, MA, LPC
Senior Psychological Examiner – Health Services Provider Licensed Professional
Counselor – Mental Health Services Provider Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
831 West Jackson Street, Cookeville, TN 38501
Phone: (931) 520-4418
Read more about Scott Herman MS, LPC–EMDR & IATP Certified Trauma Specialist
Scott Herman is a licensed professional counselor in Cookeville, Tennessee who recently became certified in the Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol. Located on the edge of the Appalachian Plateau, Cookeville is the service center for the 14-county Upper Cumberland Region, an area containing some of the most impoverished counties of the United States. Although Scott is a solo licensed provider, he works with a canine co-therapist; Bailey. The seven-month-old poodle is instinctively attuned to individuals of all ages.
Scott did his internship at the Alvin C. York Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and worked at Plateau Mental Health Center from 1989 until 1997. He progressed from an outpatient therapist and psychological examiner to Program Manger of an inpatient diagnostic facility for adolescents.
From 1997 to 2000, Scott served as the Regional Director for an agency that provided therapeutic foster-care services to special-needs children and then became the clinical consultant for an agency specializing in family preservation. In 2002, Scott went into a group medical practice, Cookeville Medical Center and attended his first EMDR training He was encouraged by drastic improvement in several clients that had been “stuck” for months.
In January of 2012, Scott entered private practice and established a partnership with a large focus on psychological testing, autism testing, and consulting for Social Security Disability; Determination Section, schools, medical practices, and local social-service agencies. With the greater freedom that solo practice brought, Scott elected to finish his EMDR training and to focus more on trauma treatment.
In 2014, Scott conducted a psychological assessment on a teen that had been adopted from an orphanage in the Ukraine. It became evident that the boy’s primary difficulty was an inability to form attachments. A Russian psychologist with expertise in treating children raised in orphanages steered Scott to the cutting edge work at the ATCN and the book by Wesselmann, Schweitzer, and Armstrong, Integrative Team Treatment for Attachment Trauma in Children: Family Therapy and EMDR. Scott realized the emotional dysregulation described in the manual was the source of the difficulties with many of the children referred to his practice, including the boy from the Ukraine. Intrigued, Scott attended a presentation by the authors at the 2014 EMDRIA Convention in Denver, Colorado and then enrolled in the Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol training program.
Following the training, Scott immediately began implementing the IATP, and was pleased when the young man adopted from the Ukraine had a successful resolution of the difficulties that had brought him into therapy. Scott realized that the expertise he was developing through the Attachment Trauma Center Institute had far-reaching applications. With consultation assistance through ATCI, Scott began cautiously applying the techniques with a variety of clients and was gratified with the results, including a significant reduction in the nightmares of an adult woman with addictions and a history of horrific mental and sexual abuse. Scott went on to complete certification in the Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol and now specializes in the treatment of children and adults who endured severe abuse and neglect by their attachment figures. Scott is also a diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. For more information on Scott Herman LPC, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website at scotthermanlpc.com.
Gwen Marlatt Vela, LCSW
1316 Opdyke Avenue
Ocean, NJ 07712
Phone: (908) 902-1356
New Jersey Clinician Provides IATP as Part of Pre and Post Adoptive Services
Gwen Marlatt Vela, LCSW, specializes in working with traumatized children, adults, and families in her private practice, Back to Center Counseling, LLC. Gwen provides pre and post adoptive services to children and their families as part of her private practice. EMDR therapy became a passion after her EMDR basic training three years ago when she was surprised by the personal growth she achieved during her practicum experience. She has trained and consulted with the clinicians at The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska regarding application of the IATP with children and families as well as application of EMDR with dissociative adults.
Gwen also works as a School Family Liaison Counselor at a High School near her home, where she continues her work with children and their families. Prior to accepting this position, she served as the program administrator and supervisor for the clinical/behavioral health program and pre and post adoption program for The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey. The program there provides clinical in-home services to families planning to adopt and to families who have adopted and are struggling to maintain their families and employs seven clinicians to work with the families involved in those programs. Prior to becoming a clinical supervisor, Gwen was a clinician with the program. Gwen participated in the Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol training with The Attachment Trauma Institute (Attachment Trauma Center of Nebraska) due to her work with the program. She stated, “I felt lost about how to help these families 2 ½ years ago, and after completing the training in the Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol (IATP), I found out that it was just what these children and families needed. Also, I discovered that it could be adapted to in-home work. The IATP training changed how I provided services and how I practiced. This is a difficult population to work with because the parents have a pre-conceived notion of how people respond to things and they need the information about how trauma affects the brain. It takes away the shame piece. I find it so rewarding, watching the relationship shift and change.” Gwen went on to explain, “Having everything together in a clear outline and having the support of the consults was so helpful in moving forward and gaining confidence in working with severely traumatized children and their families. Learning this modality has removed burnout because even though the work is still challenging, I feel really effective. It is like a light that keeps growing brighter.”
As clinical director, Gwen started the process of getting all clinical staff at The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey training in EMDR and in the IATP model. Although Gwen is now working full-time in her own private practice, the staff at the agency are continuing to complete their training in both components of the model and are excited about the process.
Gwen attended Rutgers University as an undergraduate completed her master’s at Monmouth University. However, Gwen believes that she gained the majority of her expertise in the area of trauma through her later training and experiences at The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey. “I am still on this journey. I believe that to become skilled in this work requires a certain amount of vulnerability and willingness to say ‘I’ll give it my best shot’.”
Gwen feels fortunate to have wonderful eight-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, and a very supportive wife. Her family lives in the beautiful little town of Wanamassa, near the beach, where they enjoy surfing and time in the water.
Bonnie J. Haack, M.S., NCC, LPC
Children’s Home Society
801 N. Sycamore Ave., PO Box 1749, Sioux Falls, SD 57101
(605) 334-6004 – reception / (605) 965-3121 – direct
Bonnie Haack, MS, LPC, certified IATP therapist with The Children’s Home Society in Sioux Falls
Bonnie Haack MS, LPC, is an adoption therapist with The Children’s Home Society in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She has been with the society for 15 years. Previous positions included work with middle schoolers and work with the developmentally disabled population in various roles. However, Bonnie was drawn to working with children and trauma and wanted to do more intensive counseling work. The Children’s Home Society is an agency that partners with Children’s Inn, the domestic violence shelter, as well as Bright Star, a nurse and family partnership program. The three agencies all have different roles in the communities. The Children’s Home Society has 4 residential units for children with emotional issues. Most have experienced trauma, including abuse and neglect. Many of the residential children still have birth parents in their lives. The Children’s Home Society also has a community-based department designed to assist children whose families are unstable or who are placed or adopted outside of the biological home. Bonnie works with the community-placed program, typically with children adopted through foster care. Bonnie provides the Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol (IATP) as a solo therapist, providing both the family therapy and EMDR therapy components of the protocol. She has also been working more and more with children in the residential program who have been traumatized. Within the residential program, the residential therapists are providing the family therapy while Bonnie provides the trauma work.
Bonnie received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Dakota in 1992 and her Master’s in Counseling from Iowa State University in 1997. Bonnie became interested in EMDR therapy after a colleague presented what she had learned at a staff meeting. She was intrigued that clinicians were applying EMDR therapy to the treatment of traumatized children. Their supervisor was very supportive, and so they attended weekend I EMDR Basic Training in Omaha in December of 2012. While there, they also learned about the specialty training in the IATP model. Bonnie attended an IATP training in Omaha shortly after her basic training, consulted with the team there, and then read the Integrative Team Treatment manual and the accompanying parent guide. Bonnie states, “I love all of the strategies. They work so well–they just get to the heart of things with these kids. I feel very fortunate to know these methods.”
In her free time, Bonnie is very devoted to the rescue of stray cats. She nurses them to health and then finds placements for them. She is always happy to help anyone in her area looking for a good home for a stray cat.
Peter Capper, LCSW
4 E. Germantown Pike #204
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Phone: (215) 782-8625
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Peter Capper, LCSW, is in full-time private practice in the north-western suburbs of Philadelphia. His work focuses on children, teens, families, parents, and individual adults, with a special focus on teenagers and young adults.
Peter trained in EMDR in the early 1990s and immediately started incorporating EMDR with simple trauma. However, after getting trained in the EMDR and family therapy integrative model, he felt he was utilizing EMDR much more effectively with the traumatized adolescents
and kids he works with in his practice, and he, therefore, decided to continue with consultation and certification in the model. Peter stated, “I was trained in John Bowlby’s attachment theory in England early in my career. It was the basis of my training as a psychiatric social
worker. I found the attachment resource methods involved with the integrative model fit in perfectly with my early theoretical training and the entire model really made so much sense for working with these very challenging kids.”
Peter has been a social worker since 1974. He completed family therapy training in 1978 and 1979 through the well-known Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic; home of Salvador Minuchin and Structural Family therapy. Peter had a very long involvement as Director of Emotional Support for a private high school called the Crefeld School in Philadelphia, which has a population of 100 adolescents. He had a part-time private practice as well, and upon retirement from the school, he expanded his practice to full-time. Peter enjoyed the work
with the school because he got to know the students, their friends, and their teachers so well and was able to work within the student’s entire support system.
Peter’s first degree was in history from Cambridge University. An interesting fact is that Peter attended Cambridge at the same time as Prince Charles, who was also a history student there. Peter received his master’s degree in social work from the University of Suffix and then moved to the U.S. on a 2-year educational exchange program through the Fulbright Foundation. He met his wife-to-be while in the U.S., and so to extend his time here, he found the internship at the Child Guidance Clinic, stumbling into what Peter refers to as
“family therapy heaven.”
Peter and his wife lived in London for 3 years and then settled back in the states. Peter’s interest in working with adopted children grew when he and his wife adopted their two daughters from China, now ages 25 and 20. He and his wife became very involved in the
Chinese adoption community and even attempted to learn Mandarin. Peter loves to travel, read novels, play the piano and sing, and he also gardens in his free time.
Lindy Swimm, LCSW
Creative Therapy Services
Phone: (703) 380-6559
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Lindy Swimm, LCSW is an EMDRIA-approved consultant, certified in the EMDR and family therapy Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol. Lindy is a licensed social worker with Creative Therapy Services in Culpeper, Virginia. She works primarily with foster and adoptive families and traumatized children. She has worked in the areas of trauma, attachment, sexual assault, and domestic violence for thirty years. Lindy trained through the Mary Ainsworth Clinic and is certified in the Circle of Security
Lindy trained through the Mary Ainsworth Clinic and is certified in the Circle of Security training. She is extensively trained in play therapy and in art therapy. She explained that although she still uses these methods, none of them provide a way to work directly with the
children as well as the parents to help them with challenging behaviors related to trauma such as elimination and food problems. She decided to get trained in the Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol after she attended a training on the model at EMDRIA in
Washington, DC. “When I saw the EMDR and family therapy work with the kids, the parents, and the trauma, it made so much sense to me.” Lindy was excited by the results and decided to continue with consultation and certification in the EMDR and family therapy integrative model.
Lindy received her master’s degree in art education therapy from Southeastern Massachusetts University. She later received a master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Early in her career, Lindy ran an art therapy program and a residential program and worked with an annual festival called a Very Special Arts Festival. She was the director of a special needs program for adults and later was director of a children’s domestic violence and sexual assault program. Lindy was also director of an intensive in-home counseling program. Lindy authored grant-funded books for kids on domestic violence including one called “Visitation Through the Eyes of Children” and one called “Going to Court.”
Lindy has gravitated towards private practice in order to be able to utilize her creative thinking process and incorporate her art therapy background into her work. She states, “I believe that when we are working with children we have to be flexible and utilize what will
work best for each child.”
Lindy grew up and worked in Massachusetts but has lived in Virginia for the past twenty years. She continues to have a passion for art and feels extremely fortunate to be working in a field that she absolutely loves. She states that she and her partner of 22 years have been blessed with a beautiful home in Virginia with horses and chickens and dogs and cats and now a 2 ½ year old daughter. She states, “Having a child of my own after all these years has opened my heart further and given me so much more empathy for the parents I work with.”
Teresa Brown, M.Ed., LPC, Registered Play Therapist
Family Therapy Solutions, PLLC
101 Southwestern Blvd. #105, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Phone: (281) 504-8004
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Teresa Brown, M.Ed., LPC, RPT, received her undergraduate degree from LSU and her master’s degree from the University of Houston Victoria. She worked in education for 15 years as a teacher and school counselor. Teresa feels extremely fortunate to have had the
opportunity to do her internship as part of the family team with Mary Ring, MAMFC, LPC-S at Julianna Poor Memorial Counseling Center. This is where she began learning about attachment and trauma and the effectiveness of EMDR and the Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol (IATP) for children. Teresa explains that she decided to experience EMDR therapy for herself and discovered miraculous results in her own life. She attended EMDR basic training and began implementing it with children immediately. Next, she studied the Integrative Team Treatment for Attachment Trauma manual and then attended the online IATP training. Teresa states that she has discovered the model to be the most effective and efficient way of helping the children and families she works with. One of the first cases in which she applied the model was for a child in a residential treatment center. The child was able to be discharged from residential after 3 months and family members celebrate as he continues to thrive and do well.
Teresa has discovered that attachment problems affect a multitude of the families she works with, including those who have been impacted by stressful pregnancies, foreign adoptions, foster care, and medical problems. She states, “That is where my heart is. I am so privileged and humbled to be able to do this work with these kids and to bring them hope. The parents say that this is different from what we have ever tried. When parents see their child work through traumas and gain a new perspective, it touches them. Having the parent in there and doing that work makes so much difference.”
Teresa is in the process of bringing in new therapists who are getting trained in EMDR and the IATP and is officially opening a new space: The Attachment and Trauma Center of Houston. Teresa and her colleagues are excited to treat more children and families through the team approach and expansion of their services.
In her off times Teresa enjoys trying new foods, caring for her 3 rescue dogs, spending time with family, and traveling.
Alyssa Caldbeck, MSW, LISW — Read More
Alyssa Caldbeck, MSW, LISW is an adoption-competent therapist with training and completion of the TAC
(Training for Adoption Competency) program through the Center for Adoption Support in Education (CASE). She will have completed the requirements to be a Registered Play Therapist in 2017. In addition to providing mental health therapy in a child health agency along with occupational and speech therapists, she provides parent coaching (consultations) and trainings as well as community presentations and therapist trauma consultations/trainings.
Alyssa states, “In the 10-plus years I have been working with children and families, I have been most impacted by the struggles endured by families with children who have experienced trauma and attachment difficulties. Finding the right help can be so difficult for these families.”
Alyssa knew in graduate school that she would seek training in EMDR therapy for trauma treatment. She completed the EMDR basic training while still in graduate school in order to work with the children and families affected by attachment and trauma difficulties. Although most of her work has been with adopted families, Alyssa states that she has also had the privilege of working with children in biological families who have also experienced trauma.
Alyssa’s first advanced EMDR training was the Integrative EMDR and Family Therapy Model training through the Attachment Trauma Center Institute. Alyssa states, “I feel fortunate to have been trained in both EMDR and the integrative model so early on in my career because it has shaped my theoretical approach and understanding in such in a profound way. I have been able to work effectively with challenging clinical concerns and feel competent in doing so. Receiving on-going consultation towards being certified was greatly beneficial to me, also, because it helped me go in a deeper direction and help my clients make critical shifts through the work.” Alyssa states, “The on-going consultation was also a form of professional self-care for me.” Alyssa’s career plans include helping others become more skilled clinicians. She wants to continue on with consultations to become an EMDRIA-approved EMDR consultant. Alyssa states that her dream is to help spread the word regarding the EMDR and family therapy integrative model so that the approach could become a part of the programming in adoption agencies, youth shelters, and residential facilities.
For more information, visit Alyssa’s website at www.alyssacaldbeck.com