Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP, Cathy Schweitzer, MS, LIMHP and Stefanie Armstrong, MS, LIMHP are co-founders of The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska and the ATCI. They are national and international presenters and are certified EMDR consultants. They have developed an EMDR and family therapy integrative model for effective treatment of attachment trauma in children and have co-authored a clinician treatment manual and accompanying parent guide for raising traumatized children.
The three are passionate clinicians who conduct ongoing treatment and outcome research with traumatized and attachment disordered children and their families.
Debra is a licensed mental health clinician with The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska: atcnebraska.com
Cathy and Stefanie are licensed mental health clinicians with The Cord: Where Science Meets Connection: thecordco.com
Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP is a co-founder of The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska and has specialized in treating attachment trauma for 27 years. Ms. Wesselmann is a member of the faculty of the EMDR Institute as an EMDR facilitator, and she is an EMDRIA-approved consultant. Sheis on the editorial board for The Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. She conducts research and is part of the team that developed the Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol for treating attachment trauma in children. She has authored and co-authored articles, chapters, and books related to attachment and trauma. As a recognized expert in attachment issues, Ms. Wesselmann presents nationally and internationally. Past conferences and workshops include presentations for the Association for the Treatment and Training of Attachment in Children and EMDRIA as well as invited presentations at the Menninger Clinic, EMDRIA, The European EMDR Conferences in Rome, Amsterdam, Hamburg, the Netherlands National EMDR Conference, Hong Kong, and a specialty EMDR training conference in Costa Rica.
Cathy Schweitzer, MS, LIMHP specializes in treating trauma resolution and attachment problems in Children and adolescents. Ms. Schweitzer is a co-founder of the Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska in Omaha Nebraska. She is part of the treatment team that created the Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol for the treatment of attachment trauma in children. She has co-authored books, chapters, and articles related to the treatment of attachment trauma. Ms. Schweitzer is also the co-founder of the Attachment and Trauma Training Center Institute., an organization dedicated to training clinicians in the EMDR and Family Therapy Integrative Team Treatment as well as training parents in the Integrative Parenting Approach. Ms. Schweitzer is a certified EMDR therapist and consultant and provides consultation to professionals across the country. Ms. Schweitzer has also been invited to present at numerous professional conferences and workshop around the country and has also participated in training public school personnel in the area of trauma and attachment. Ms. Schweitzer spent 15 years in both the private and public-school setting as a school counselor.
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I grew up in Quad Cities, Illinois and moved to Omaha NE when I was 18 to attend college at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I earned my undergraduate degree in secondary education with an emphasis in English/Language Arts. I was a 7th grade teacher for about 3 years before going back to UNO to earn my master’s degree in Counseling. After about 8 years as a middle school counselor and while working to get my hours towards my LMHP, Debra Wesselmann asked me, along with Cathy and other amazing clinicians, to open the Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska. That was in 2008, and from there I have become immersed in all things attachment-trauma.
I am a certified EMDR therapist and consultant. I am also the co-author, with Debra Wesselmann and Cathy Schweitzer, of the Integrative Team Treatment for Attachment Trauma Protocol (IATP-C) and the accompanying parent guide, Integrative Parenting. Debra, Cathy and I are owners of The Attachment and Trauma Institute, which is the training and consulting side of our work. We enjoy traveling and teaching abroad and, in the U.S., teaching the IATP-C protocol to clinicians. I also have a deep interest in the Polyvagal Theory and Somatic Experiencing and incorporating it in my work. Recently, Cathy and I opened The Cord: Where Science Meets Connection where we see children and families using the IATP-C protocol exclusively.
When I’m not seeing clients, presenting and consulting, I absolutely love dance exercise. I have been a certified Jazzercise instructor since 2004. My husband Mike and I, along with our 3 boys, Noah, Isaac and Jacob, love to boat, camp and just be outdoors.
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