IATP-C Certified Clinicians
Teresa Brown, M.Ed., LPC, Registered Play Therapist
Family Therapy Solutions, PLLC
101 Southwestern Blvd. #105
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Phone: (281) 504-8004
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.
Peter Capper, LCSW
4 E. Germantown Pike #204
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Phone: (215) 782-8625
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.
Robyn Gobbel, LCSW
1705 W. Koenig
Austin, TX 78756
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.
Jayna Haney, MS, LPC, provides services to stepfamilies and single parents as well as nuclear families with complex issues. She works with adults, couples, children/teens, and families through private practice at The Wellness Collective and Red Dun Ranch. She has experience and training in EMDR, trauma, attachment, high conflict dynamics/parental alienation, marriage, parenting, and the Integrative Attachment Protocol for Children (IATP-C).
Jayna reports that her own experience with divorce in 1998 highly impacted her career.
After Jayna and her husband Mike married in 2001, they began teaching classes for stepfamilies, couples, and single parents and both trained at the Stepfamily Foundation in New York. She founded The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies in 2006, providing coaching, education, and programs, including those she authored herself. Jayna earned her MS in Counseling from UHCL.
Jayna was drawn to working with children and families during her graduate school
practicum at an elementary school and a junior high school. She observed that almost every child she worked with came from a divorced family or step-family. Following that experience, she went back to school and received her post-graduate certification in marriage and family andattended extensive trainings including the High Conflict Institute advanced family training,
finding its principles to be a guiding post for her.
Following her EMDR basic training, Jayna participated in the IATP-C training due to her
interest in integration of the family. She states, “The IATP-C was a coming together of all the
important pieces of my training and experience in a way that made so much sense. It was
completely applicable to children of divorce due to the trauma and attachment issues that they experience. I also use pieces of the protocol with parents who have adult children from who they are estranged, and I incorporate elements of the protocol with two adult addiction groups.
Equally influential for my practice was the 3-day Adult Attachment training I attended with Deb Wesselmann LIMHP and Ann Potter, Ph.D.”
Jayna and her husband Mike have been married for 18 years and are enjoying their empty
nest and four grown children with full hearts.
Diana Hubberts, MS, LCPC is a certified IATP-C and EMDR clinician in private practice in Long Grove, a northwest Chicago suburb. Diana works primarily with children and teens, with a special focus on attachment, trauma, and gifted children. Diana was born and raised in the diverse inner city of Chicago in the 1960s. She received her Master of Science Degree in Biology along with a teaching certificate at Northern Illinois University. Diana expanded the environmental science program at Stevenson High School in Chicago during her thirteen years there as a biology teacher. Diana states, “My life after teaching was like another degree program. I lived in Europe, had children (one of whom joined our family from Russia) and then, along with my family, made an emotional and rewarding journey to Russia for a successful reunion between our daughter and her biological family.” Diana then went back to school, attending National Lewis University and receiving her Master of Science degree in Counseling. Because she was a busy mother, she started out volunteering as a counselor at a nonprofit agency that served young parents and children, many of whom were immigrants, for eleven years. The families came out of traumatic settings due to immigration and poverty. Diana states, “I loved my work with the parents, and I was the only one doing EMDR therapy at the agency. I felt like I was giving the best possible counseling to the people for whom it was least available. However, in the back of my mind, I always thought I wanted to work with children. I started taking every training regarding work with children that I could find, and I also trained in more useful methods I could use to help parents. Besides learning what I could to help my clients, I was always seeking greater understanding of issues related to attachment and trauma so that I could better understand my child. I took Joan Lovett’s child presentation at EMDRIA Montreal, and Joan recommended that I speak with Debra Wesselmann. I decided to bring Debra to Chicago and sponsored the IATP-C training here 7 years ago. It was perfect timing for me because I was starting my private practice and felt called to treat attachment trauma in children. I started getting calls for those children right away and continue with the work to this day. I still love this work.” “I have really been driven by my own experiences as a mother, as I didn’t have this kind of guidance or help when my own child was young. I tried therapist after therapist back then, and no one worked with children like mine. I hoped to find more answers when I began graduate school, but I learned nothing there that was helpful to me with my child. I saw the need, and I was inspired to help other families. If I can help any number of these children and families, I feel it has all been worthwhile.”
Chris Perlmutter, LCSW,EMDR
Chris Perlmutter, LCSW, EMDR
Phone: (303) 217-1421
Chris Perlmutter, LCSW has been a Colorado licensed therapist for more than twenty years. She completed a Psychology, BA, degree at Metropolitan State College, and a Masters in Social Work at Denver
University. Working for a local community
Mental Health Center was an intensive orientation in treating children, adolescents, adults, and families struggling with trauma challenges. Chris
completed certifications in EMDR and
the [Attachment Trauma Center Institute]
Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol for Children (IATP-C) and a training by Deb Wesselmann and Ann Potter, Strengthening the Adult Authentic Self: EMDR Therapy for Healing Adult Attachment /Developmental Trauma; all
have developed her therapy skills for people of all ages. Chris maintains a private practice since 2017 in Centennial, Co.
In her free time, she enjoys family
time and hobby knitting enhanced by hand
spinning sheep fleece into custom wool yarns.
Lebeka Shin, LCSW
Attachment and Trauma Therapy – Brookside Office
6155 Oak Street, Ste. B
Kansas City, MO 64113
Phone: (816) 607-1775
Lebeka Shin, LCSW, Certified in the Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol for Children
Lebeka Shin, LCSW is in private practice at Attachment and Trauma Therapy in Kansas City, Missouri. Lebeka was drawn to the Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol for Children after completing EMDR I and II. She went on to become certified in the model and in EMDR therapy. She states, “I loved the model and it is a perfect fit for the children, adolescents, and families I work with.” Lebeka has also completed training in Theraplay, Levels I and II, Child-centered Play Therapy, and Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). She works primarily with foster and adopted children and their families.
The attachment and family component of the IATP model fit perfectly with Lebeka’s philosophy regarding her work with children. She states, “I have always believed that to help a child make change, the clinician must work with the parent child relationship.” She especially loves working with challenging children who come from difficult backgrounds and supporting their families.
Lebeka received her master’s degree from Yeshiva University in New York City. She first became interested in working with children when she took a year off from school and volunteered for Americorps. During that year she provided literacy programs and education about social issues to youth in an inner city area. She states, “One youth in particular touched my heart. He had been sexually abused and labeled as emotionally disturbed. I decided then that I wanted to help children like this young boy.”
Lebeka states that some of her other early jobs were also invaluable in terms of the experience she gained. Her work with families at a homeless shelter and later work as a behavioral health staff at a lock-down residential facility deepened her commitment to helping children.
Lebeka loves the outdoors. This fall she will be hiking and camping in the Grand Canyon with friends. She loves traveling and has been to many different nations, including a trip to China last summer during which she worked at a camp for children who had lost their parents.
Lindy Swimm, LCSW
Creative Therapy Services
Phone: (703) 380-6559
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 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.”
Kathleen Bush, LCPC
Clinical Programs Manager, Adoption Preservation Program
The Baby Fold
612 Oglesby Avenue, Normal, IL 61761
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.
Beth Coles, LPC-S, RPT-S
Beth Coles Therapy, PLLC (TX LPC-S #61349) 1755 N Collins Blvd. #310 Richardson, TX 75080
Phone: (214) 577-7550
Beth Coles, LPC-S, RPT-S (TX LPC-S #61349) is in private practice in Richardson, Texas. She is a registered play therapist, a registered play therapist supervisor, and is certified in EMDR as well as the IATP-C model for treating children affected by attachment trauma. Beth completed her EMDR consultation with Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, and she is an EMDR consultant-in-training with Marshall as well. She also completed trainings with Ann BeckleyForest, LCSW, RPT-S and Annie Monaco, LCSWR, RPT.
In addition to her private practice, Beth helps with trainings for an EMDR training group in Texas called Compassion Works. Beth worked for ten years with a multidisciplinary team at a child advocacy center for children who experienced sexual abuse. She also served time there as their clinical director.
Working with traumatized children has been Beth’s goal since she was an undergraduate. The majority of Beth’s caseload are adopted children with a history of attachment trauma. She combines her expertise in play therapy with the IATP-C EMDR and family therapy model.
Marcia Gonclaves-Terlep, LMHC
Marcia Gonclaves-Terlep, LMHC
1354 Willow Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Marcia Goncalves-Terlep has a private practice in West Palm Beach Florida, where she works with children and adults, with a special focus on helping children who have experienced trauma. She has always had a passion for working with children and recently became certified in the IATP-C approach. Marcia grew up in Brazil and graduated from The Methodist University in Brazil. She began practicing there as a psychologist and play therapist in 1986. On the side, she worked pro bono at a non-profit facility for children of poverty who had intellectual or physical disabilities. It was a nonprofit organization for children who did not have access to other services because the children came from a very poor population.
Marcia had heart surgery in Brazil and needed an extensive stay to recover. She had to take a 6-month sabbatical from work, and a friend asked her to spend it with her in her home in the U.S. While staying in the U.S., Marcia met her husband-to-be. She and her husband have made Florida their home after Marcia immigrated in 2003. Marcia’s mother and one of her sisters recently moved to the U.S. as well.
In order to get licensed to practice in the U.S., in 2008, Marcia completed a second master’s degree at South University in West Palm Beach. While going back to school, she worked in shelters as a volunteer and an advocate. Marcia worked as a therapist from 2009 until 2016 with children ages 5 through 17 in an inpatient psychiatric facility in Palm Beach County. In 2017, Marcia opened her private practice.
Marcia was drawn to the IATP-C model due to the emphasis on inclusion of parents and the focus on attachment resource development. Because Brazil is a family-oriented society, Marcia has always recognized the importance of the family component and the development of healthy attachment relationships, making the IATP-C a natural fit for her practice.
Irma Hein, MD, PhD
Wendy Llamas LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker in Southern California. Since 2016, she has provided community based mental health services in school settings in Orange County, California. Wendy provides EMDR, attachment-focused services to primarily Latinx tweens and teens and their caregivers. Wendy is on a mission to help families and individuals, particularly those from communities of color, recognize the ways their upbringing is impacting their present day and help them break family patterns that are blocking their potential to heal and grow. Wendy completed her EMDR basic training in 2017. As she began looking for an Approved Consultant to receive consultation from, she quickly realized that there were not many who specialized in attachment work with children and families in her area. Wendy learned of the Attachment Trauma Center Institute and has received most of her EMDR consultation through their supportive team. She recently became certified in EMDR and is working towards becoming an EMDR Approved Consultant to work with other clinicians in her community to offer these valuable services. She hopes to combine the information she has learned with her passion of providing culturally affirming services to underserved populations. Wendy also has a private practice, Growing Glimmers: Child, Family, and Trauma Therapy, in Orange County, California.
Mary C Pratt, LCSW has been working with children and families for 20 years. She obtained her master’s degree from Long Beach State. She worked with physically and sexually abused children and their families at a non-profit agency for 5 years in California, then moved to Illinois and worked with the same population before returning to the agency in California. Mary has always been drawn to helping children and their parents.
In 2004, Mary became certified in PCIT by UCDavis. Within a year she also became a trainer in PCIT. Mary is currently working with UCDavis to train other therapists in a new modality called PC-Care, which is a brief version of PCIT. Mary started her private practice, Hands On Parenting, in Laguna Hills, California in 2006. Mary trained in EMDR in 2017 and was EMDR-certified in 2019. She was eager to apply EMDR to child trauma. This required more specialized training.
Mary was happy to participate in the IATP-C trainings and went on to achieve certification in IATP-C. She found the trainings and consultations to be invaluable in her work with children and families. In her private practice, she now offers family therapy, PCIT, and EMDR therapy.
Stacey C. Stevens
Stacey C. Stevens, MS, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor. She has been in private practice in West Seneca, New York, since 2007. She specializes in the treatment of trauma in children as well as grief, loss, and anxiety for ages 3 and up. She offers group, individual, and family counseling. Stacey also was a co-founder of Pathways of WNY, a supervised therapeutic supervised visitation program which was purchased by G.A. Family Services, a local foster care agency. The visitation program is thriving and growing.
Stacey received her undergraduate degree from the University of Buffalo in psychology. Stacey was drawn to working with children in a child advocacy environment. For her student internship,Stacey worked with Dr. Gail Goodman, a specialist in children’s testimony. She received her master’s degree in counseling from Canisius College in Buffalo in 1996.
Stacey has had broad experiences working with all aspects of trauma. Prior to starting her private practice, Stacey worked at Child and Adolescent Treatment Services in the Child AdvocacyCenter. She later worked in Child and Family Services providing outpatient mental health services to children, families, and adults, and then the Sex Offender Management program for adults, adolescents, and children. When she opened her private practice, most of her clients were adopted and foster children due to her expertise in child advocacy.
Stacey completed her basic EMDR training in 2006 and found that the AIP model fit pulled together everything that she had learned about trauma. She went on to become EMDR certified and then an EMDR certified consultant. She continued specialized training in EMDR and was asked to review some EMDR books, including “Integrative Team Treatment for AttachmentTrauma in Children: Family Therapy and EMDR,” which led her to take the IntegrativeAttachment Trauma Protocol training for children with The Attachment Trauma Center Institute.
Stacey stated, “The best part of the IATP-C model for me is the structured way in which the parents are included in the therapy. Having a structure and language to effectively involve and guide the parents has allowed parents the opportunity to become part of the healing process for their children.”
Stacey has two adolescent boys and two dogs who keep her very busy. She is a baseball mom, lacrosse mom, basketball mom, and football mom.
Gwen Marlatt Vela, LCSW
1316 Opdyke Avenue
Ocean, NJ 07712
Phone: (908) 902-1356
Gwen Marlatt Vela
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.
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
Wendy Copeland, MA, LPC is a relational therapist who provides counseling and trauma-resolution therapy services for individuals and couples in North Texas. Wendy is an EMDRIA Certified EMDR therapist, a Certified Imago Relationships Therapist (CIRT), a Trust-Based Relational Intervention Practitioner (TBRI), a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and is certified in the Integrative Attachment Protocol for Children (IATP-C).
Wendy specializes in helping adults with a history of childhood trauma heal and step into joyful growth in adult life. This healing translates into more power and presence in their parenting, marriage, or other key relationships.
Wendy is trained to treat acute trauma, PTSD, childhood and developmental trauma, and intimate partner trauma. She also has a skill set specializing in helping people with a variety of mental and emotional challenges. This includes anxiety, OCD, depression, mood disorder, grief and traumatic grief, adoption/foster/kinship foster, attachment wounds, co-dependency, and relationship issues. Wendy also provides support for individuals and families who desire to integrate their personal faith in their healing process.
Wendy’s professional background includes clinical skills from serving in acute pediatric/adolescent inpatient hospital programs, intensive adult outpatient mental health and substance recovery, hospice and bereavement, community mental health, and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. Prior to starting her own private practice, Wendy was the Senior Staff Therapist at Stonebriar Psychiatric Services, where she served for almost 13 years.
In her work, Wendy helps caregivers to also attend to their own personal work, as well as their role in parenting the children and teens in their charge. Wendy holds to a wise saying from Dr. Karyn Purvis from TCU, “You cannot lead a child to a place of healing if you do not know the way yourself.”
As a relationship therapist, she holds to the tenet that the wounds that happen in relationship will also need to heal in the context of a safe relationship. She explained that, “A trust-based nurturing relationship is a sacred space by which people are empowered to heal.” She finds joy in helping people find meaningful healing.
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, 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.
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
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 email@example.com or visit his website at scotthermanlpc.com.
Cathy Maindonald, MDIV Registered Psychotherapist
23 Manominee St.
Phone: (705) 788-0813
Cathy Maindonald, MDIV, Registered Psychotherapist received her Master’s of Divinity with a counseling focus at Tyndale University and Seminary in Toronto, Canada in 2002. Cathy is an affiliate member with AAMFT and is a registered psychotherapist in Canada. While in graduate school, Cathy completed her practicum with physician, therapist, and EMDR practitioner, Dr. T.Y. Wong, at The Grace Health Center in Toronto. She feels grateful for her internship with Dr. Wong because she was able to work with Individuals, children, families, and couples, from a Family Systems perspective as well as Emotional Focused therapy. During her practicum she also observed the effectiveness of EMDR therapy. Under Dr. Wong’s guidance she began her EMDR training before leaving graduate school.
After graduation, Cathy participated in group as well as Individual supervision at the Institute for Family Living in Toronto. She was trained in play therapy under supervision with Liana Lowenstein MSW for several years where she also was trained to assess and treat Trauma as well as sexual abuse trauma. Cathy trained in integrating Play Therapy with EMDR therapy through Jan Yordy MSW and completed her level 3 in The Canadian Association of Child and Play Therapy.
Cathy is currently in private practice but is also contracted with the Algonquin Family Health Team. She treats children in her town under 30 physicians. Due to the many adoptive families seeking services for children with complicated presentations, Cathy sought more information and was happy to discover the IATP-C training, including the EMDR and the family therapy components of the model. Cathy appreciates how the model allows her to be more interactive in sessions and to “think outside of the box,” something she has always enjoyed. Although she has created some teams for specific cases, she also uses the model solo. Due to the effectiveness of the model, Cathy felt it was important to complete her IATP-C certification.
Nathalie Schlattmann, MA
Do you feel like no one believes you when you describe your child’s outbursts and behaviors? Do you feel overwhelmed, numb, disconnected, hopeless, or stuck? Do you feel like happiness is unreachable, experience pain in relationships, and/or a lack of productivity? Do you want to feel “happy” or “okay” — maybe for the first time in years or for the first time?
Families experience stress, pain, worry, embarrassment, and guilt when navigating children’s anxiety, outbursts, and day to day struggles at home and school. Look for therapy that helps your child’s need for connection while maintaining your child’s while maintaining your own sanity!
As a Licensed Professional Counselor and fully certified EMDR therapist, Beckie uses an attachment theoretical orientation to blend the science of connection with the power of healing. She strives to bring compassion, warmth, and a direct yet collaborative approach to working with her clients. She frequently hears “I feel like I’m going crazy!” or “no one else is seeing this!” when talking to parents who are dealing with intense, attachment seeking behaviors.
When people feel overwhelmed, numb, disconnected, hopeless, or stuck they experience a loss in happiness, pain in relationships, and a lack of productivity. Therapy is helpful with these issues in more ways than teaching coping skills. The science of connection helps people find a way to a sense of feeling “okay” — maybe for the first time in years or for the first time, period. Beckie believes in helping parents understand their child’s need for connection while maintaining their own sanity. For all clients, work together includes strategies from trauma-informed care and neuroscience to help increase calm, reduce negative thinking and anxiety, increase health in relationships, and improve productivity in school, at work, or at home.
Based on her six years of experience doing in-home therapy, plus her years as an outpatient psychotherapist, Beckie has direct insight and personal experience observing children’s anxiety, outbursts, and day to day struggles in both home and school settings. Beckie has worked closely with families to navigate psychiatry appointments and IEP/504 meetings.
Beckie works with children 4+, adolescents, parents and families, and one on one with adults. Her clients often experience pre- and post- adoption struggles, anxiety, chronic stress, PTSD and complex trauma, school stress, attachment issues and reactive attachment, dysregulation, suicidal ideation, dissociation, sensory issues, depression, and mood disorders. Beckie provides parenting and cross household parenting consultation, and often works one on one with parents and caregivers for their own anxieties, chronic stress, and caregiver fatigue.
Beckie also works with first responders. Her background as a “police wife” of 13 years brings an understanding of the struggles of wellness versus cashing out comp time, shift work, work stigma, and feelings of being broken.
Beckie’s office space includes access to the Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART) area, including a trampoline and exercise balls. Her office also has giant bean bags, weighted blankets, Legos, and toys for therapeutic play!
Beckie is certified in the Integrative Attachment Treatment Protocol for Children (IATP-C) with the Attachment Trauma Center Institute, and is a fully trained TF-CBT therapist. Her interventions also include CBT, DBT, attachment narratives, and parts work.
Beckie is a consultant-in-training (CIT) through EMDRIA for other EMDR and IATP-C clinicians. She provides one on one supervision for fully licensed and training licensed staff interested in working with children and adolescents.
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Cardinal Stritch University
Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies, The Trauma Center at JRI
B.A. in Psychology and minor in Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Member of EMDRIA, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychology Association, and Psi Chi
In her free time, Beckie can be found drinking coffee, snuggling her German Shepherds, cats, and rabbits, snowboarding, gardening, reading, and tabletop gaming.
Dawn Wilcox, MSW, LCSW specializes in working with children, teens and families,
specifically in the areas of trauma and attachment. She began her career as a School Social Worker before beginning her private practice in 2007. Dawn is an approved New Jersey Clinical Supervisor, an EMDRIA Certified EMDR therapist and an EMDRIA approved EMDR Consultant. She is certified in the Integrative Attachment Protocol for Children (IATP-C) and has also completed the Traumatic Stress Studies Certificate Program through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute located in Boston. Ms. Wilcox is trained in the Integrated Learning Systems' Safe and Sound Protocol and Focus System and most recently completed her training with SMART (Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment). Dawn continues her
training and education in the areas of trauma studies and trauma informed treatments, including EMDR, Sand Play and Internal Family Systems. Her professional affiliations include the National Association of Social Workers, the Association of Play Therapy,
the Sandplay Therapists of America and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
International Association (EMDRIA).
Dawn’s interest in working with children grew during her undergraduate work as a law and justice student when she was completing an internship at a Juvenile Detention Center as a tutor. Some of the youth in the detention center were as young as 10. She stated, “It made me want to help them with whatever got them there. As a result, I picked up a minor in psychology and then applied for Social Workgraduate school. I did my field placements all working with children. I’m fortunate because I’m one of those people who had a realization and followed it, so that now I love what I’m doing and I’m passionate
about it. I really just genuinely enjoy the kids I work with and look forward to seeing them each day.”
Dawn completed the IATP-C training four years ago. She stated, “I realized that was the piece I was missing. It really resonated with me because it worked. Although I’m a solo practitioner, the IATP-C has become a pillar of my practice. I’ve incorporated it with my sand tray and play therapy work. I can’t think of a client that I’ve seen for whom I haven’t incorporated attachment work.”