About Us

Stefanie Armstrong


Hi there! I am so excited to be the co-owner of The Cord. Cathy Schweitzer and I started our professional friendship over 10 years ago and we are blessed to share a common passion: To mentor therapists in our community and provide attachment-trauma-based therapy to the Omaha/Council Bluffs communities.

I grew up in the Quad Cities, Illinois and moved to Omaha NE to attend 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 abroad and, in the U.S., teaching the IATP-C protocol to clinicians. I also have a deep interest in Polyvagal Theory and I have completed Intermediate III of Somatic Experiencing Training. I was also blessed to have attended the 5-day intensive TBRI training at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, at TCU.

When I’m not seeing clients, presenting, and consulting, I absolutely love CrossFit, heavy lifting, dance, and the science of proper nutrition and exercise. I have been a certified Jazzercise instructor since 2004. I’m a wife and mom to 3 boys. We love to boat, camp and just be outdoors getting dirty!

Verses that lead me:
I am doing a Great Work and I cannot come down.-Nehemiah 6:3

Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.-Esther 4:14

Meet Cathy Schweitzer


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 workshops 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.

All of our therapists are Independent Contractors

Council Bluffs Location Therapists


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Chelsea Best


EMDR Trained Clinician

HeartMath Certified Practitioner

Council Bluffs, IA

My name is Chelsea Best. I am married with three older children, three younger children, and two miniature shi tzus. I am the Board President and Founder of the non-profit organization, Share My Smile, which serves foster and adoptive families in our community. I am passionate about people and helping them reach their goals. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, trying new things, and adventure hiking. My professional career has been centered around working with children and families.

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in psychology and human services from Buena Vista University in 2012. I worked as a Youth Care Worker at Children’s Square USA in Council Bluffs for just over a year before having my first child. I stayed home with my son and worked part-time for Community Options: Individual and Family Services of Omaha as a Family Support Worker. I then worked as an Enrollment and Match Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands for a year before deciding to go to Graduate school at the University of Nebraska at Omaha to earn my Master’s in Counseling with concentrations in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling in the Spring of 2019.

I am a licensed school counselor in Nebraska and a provisionally licensed mental health therapist in Nebraska and Iowa and am a Nationally Certified Counselor. My clinical practicum and internships gave me a variety of experiences with substance abuse, attachment and trauma, career/professional development, and more. I served as the school counselor for Central Park Elementary in Omaha for two years before deciding to join The Cord: Where Science Meets Connection and be part of their Council Bluffs team in 2021.

I am interested in working with individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. I specialize in emotion training, social-emotional learning, professional/career development, and attachment and trauma.

Chelsea is certified in HeartMath Training and now offers this at the Council Bluffs location.

Lindsay Sobczyk


Council Bluffs, IA

I grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa and moved to Omaha, Nebraska when I was 18 to attend the Grace Abbott School of Social Work located on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus. Throughout my undergraduate career I worked at a local shelter for youth and a group home for persons with Intellectual Disabilities.

After graduation I moved to London, UK to work as a child protection social worker for a year. Upon returning to the United States, I got a job as a Family Teacher at Boys Town. I stayed in this position for 5 years before transferring the to the Boys Town In Home Family Services where I provided Intensive Family Preservation Services to families in the Omaha area.

I obtained my Masters in Social Work degree during my tenure at Boys Town, and completed my final practicing work at the Boys Town Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (Hospital) as an in patient therapist.

Following the completion of my graduate program, I started work at Omaha Public Schools a School Social Worker at Central Park Elementary. My work within the schools helped me foster a love for helping children and families. I’m so excited to start this new chapter as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker at The Cord; Where Science meets connection.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my 4 children. We love roller skating, cycling and finding fun things happening around the city. I am the Artistic Director and Teacher for the Omaha Jitterbugs, a local 501c3 organization to promote Swing Dancing in Omaha and love to dance. I look forward to getting to know a new community and clientele in Council Bluffs at The Cord.

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Lisa Fisher


Council Bluffs, IA

As a licensed mental health professional, I am excited to join The Cord! Life situations, transitions, and navigating the state of the world can be challenging and cause overwhelming feelings of insecurity, shame, or anger. Anxiety around relationship disruptions, existential concerns, or traumatic memories can surface and run the show. Taking the step toward healing, therapy can help you align with the infinitely whole and undamaged healing essence within. No matter what you’ve been through, you are not broken, and healing is possible.

For many years, I have had the privilege of working with a variety of populations and settings within the mental health field. Helping families and children navigate the probation and child welfare systems, residential treatment programs, and the public education system has provided me with many amazing experiences. Utilizing a client-centered and trauma-informed lens, my primary goal is to help you to understand your core values and personality, and to support you in aligning your actions with your authentic self. My practice includes a somatic (body-based) approach to trauma healing using mindfulness and holistic tools that integrate the mind, body, and spirit for connection and self-healing.

Throughout my career, I have always viewed the kids and families with whom I have worked as pretty amazing and courageous individuals. Together, we can work through the release of trauma and limiting narratives to empower your true story of inherent worthiness.

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Aubre Powers


Council Bluffs, IA

Hi there, my name is Aubre Powers. I am married to my husband, and together, we have a dog named Zoey! I enjoy coffee, spending time in my hammock, and being around family. Before becoming a therapist, I worked for Youth For Christ, a non-profit with at-risk students in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area, to build relationships that encourage students to grow into their authentic selves. Since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of working alongside hurting individuals and families to offer them hope in the midst of suffering. My approach is centered on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. As a therapist, my desire for my clients is that they would feel deeply loved, heard, and understood. I believe that every person’s story matters and deserves an equal opportunity to be heard. I enjoy working with children, teens, adults, and families.

I earned my Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Crown College. Through my internship, I came to enjoy working with teenagers the most. I am open to integrating faith into the counseling experience with clients who value a Christian perspective. I have over seven years of experience working with at-risk youth. I hope to assist my clients in filling their “toolbox” with healthy coping skills, different forms of communication, ways to express their emotions, navigating family strains, and practicing good self-care.