About Us

Stefanie Armstrong

MS, LIMHP

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.

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Melissa Goertz

MA, PLMHP

Melissa Goertz is a mom of two teens, a wife to a member of the Air Force, and a lover of travel. She is no stranger to the struggle of life and has experienced big and little traumas just like most people. Melissa uses humor in the office to help with the load of life and not taking ourselves too seriously all the time. She works to help families connect and thrive as a team. We all need connection and Melissa uses her natural ability to build rapport with her clients to help them feel welcomed and heard in session. Melissa believes that everyone deserves to be heard. She creates space to the voiceless. She brings the uniqueness of the military experience as a spouse and a child growing up as a military kid. This experience has given her first hand knowledge to the unpredictability of the military lifestyle and allows her to better help the military family.

Melissa’s experience includes working with criminal early intervention with youth and families, short term in-treatment for adolescents, college/career adults, and attachment and trauma. Melissa graduated in 2018 with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. She is a small town girl who has traveled and moved around the country and has had the opportunity to experience many different cultures. Melissa is currently training in EMDR therapy.

Melissa’s specialities are; trauma and attachment, military lifestyle, criminal justice interventions, and marriage and family therapy.

Philosophy: The therapist and the client, as well as their support systems, are a team. It is important that we work together to be educated, to help guide, and to create a community of care that surrounds the identified client. No one is too far out of reach for help. My approach is to be transparent in the direction of therapy and what is expected in therapy each step of the way with my clients.

“The joy in my work is seeing the weight lifted from the body and mind of a client. It is incredible to witness freedom in another person. The chains that hold us are not unbreakable and to see my clients work hard with the help of therapeutic interventions to break those chains is phenomenal to be witness to. Thank you for allowing me to share life with you, to see your broken, and to be witness to your healing.”

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Lisa A Osler

PLMHP, PLADC

We all bear marks and scars from life’s hardships and trials. Comparison of pain can frequently keep us from reaching out for help because “someone has it worse.” I am here to help you walk through whatever pain has brought you to where you currently are, grief, anxiety, depression, or transitions in life. Taking the step to seek counseling is incredibly brave; it is stepping out and saying you are more than what may seem insurmountable right now.

I have experience working with addiction, trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, family challenges, boundary setting, burnout, career counseling, suicide, life change, self-care, spiritual fatigue, and connecting individuals to resources within the community. I also have been trained in EMDR and am able to complete Chemical Dependency Evaluations.

I believe that having compassion towards yourself allows you to begin owning your story and who you are. My focus as a practitioner is to empower you to see your strengths and meet your individual goals working with your whole person body, mind, soul, and spirit.

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Lynette Abler

MA, LMHP

Lynette Abler MA, LMHP is a licensed mental health professional and independent contractor at The Cord; Where Science Meets Connection. She works with children, teens, and adults. She works with individuals and families struggling with conflict or past trauma in their life. She uses a nurturing, therapeutic approach with her clients that is very inviting.

Her soft demeanor and sense of compassion towards her clients helps to empower them, and helps them through their difficult life experiences. Her sense of empathy and her intuitive nature helps to guide clients to where change is possible, in a non-judgemental and accepting way.

Lynette has been an Elementary Teacher and is a full-time Elementary Counselor for the Omaha Public Schools. She does private practice a few nights a week and on Saturdays. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Wayne State College. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Omaha. She received her Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Peru State College. She does hold an endorsement in Administration, which she obtained through Wayne State College.

Lynette has experience working with children, teens, and adults in the areas of attachment, addiction, PTSD, trauma resolution, depression, anxiety, and ADD-ADHD. Lynette utilizes a multi-modality approach in her therapy sessions. She uses CBT; including mindfulness techniques, Play Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy, and TF-CBT. She is also trained as an R-Safe and EMDR therapist. She is currently doing Telehealth at this unprecedented time. You may contact her via email at lynette@thecordco.com or cell phone (402) 913.8419.

“It’s not forgetting that heals. It’s remembering.” – Amy Green, Bloodroot

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Chris Smith

PLMHP

I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and have known I wanted to be a counselor since I was in high school. After high school, I earned my associate degree in human services and worked as a paraeducator and caseworker for the Head Start program. I chose to become a stay-at-home mom when my oldest son was born in 2002. In 2003, my family and I moved to Omaha and had two more sons in 2004 and 2009. In 2015, I went back to school to pursue my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Grace University.

After graduating with my bachelor’s degree in 2018, I earned my master’s in counseling from Crown College in 2021. I began my time at The Cord in August of 2020 as an intern and now have fully come on board as a licensed mental health counselor. I have learned that I enjoy working with a variety of ages and stages of life. I especially enjoy working with parents as they navigate the joys and challenges of parenting. I have a focus on trauma and attachment and am fully trained in EMDR. I am open to integrating faith into the counseling experience with those who value a Christian perspective. When I have downtime, I enjoy spending time in nature, hiking, kayaking, and camping. I believe personal growth is a lifelong process so I continually enjoy learning new things both personally and professionally.

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Beth Scott

MA, LMHC, LIMHP, NBCC

Council Bluffs, IA

I have over nine years of experience as a mental health counselor. I enjoy working with kids, adolescents, and adults. I enjoy learning people’s individual stories and personalities. I value the privilege of assisting clients in using self-compassion to embrace their individuality and strengths while working through life challenges. I work with a variety of needs including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, PTSD, life transitions, and relationship difficulties. In therapy I incorporate multiple modalities which include EMDR, CBT, IFS, and DBT to help address each individual and their specific goals and circumstances.

I have a total of five children in my family who range from five to 21. While the older kids are spreading their wings I enjoy exploring with and chasing my two younger children with my husband, they make life an adventure! In my free time I love to explore the outdoors and travel when possible. I also enjoy learning and like to read and listen to a variety of podcasts.

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Taylor Dibble-Townsend

MS, PLMHP

Omaha, NE

Life is a journey with many exciting and difficult times. Therapy is a way to navigate both of these times. As a therapist, I look to help guide my clients in discovering their own truth and learn things about themselves in order to heal. I enjoy working with children, teens, adults and families. I believe that everyone deserves their story heard and room to improve their overall wellbeing. Using a trauma and attachment focused approach, I enjoy helping individuals and families find peace and connection with a collaborative effort. Transparency and honesty mixed with empathy, a genuine care for my clients, and a little bit of humor is what you can expect in session with me.

Working in the child welfare system for many years prior to being a therapist provides me with an in-depth understanding of the child welfare system in Nebraska and Iowa. I enjoy helping clients (children, teens, bio and foster parents) navigate this system. I received my Master’s in Counseling at the end of 2020 and my Bachelor’s in Psychology with an emphasis in Developmental Psychology in 2016 both from the University of Nebraska- Omaha.

Outside of being a therapist, I am a mother and wife. I enjoy being outdoors, reading, running, and spending time with my family.

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Chelsea Best

PLMHP

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.

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Laurie St. Patrick

Intern

I am a Nebraska native and have spent the past 18 years in education as an English teacher working with kids from a multitude of backgrounds. I have worked with at-risk teens who have been through the criminal justice system, to elementary kids who were academically gifted. Being in the education field has given me a unique perspective when working with children and adolescents. Seeing and understanding their struggles and lack of adequate support prompted me to start working on my master’s in counseling through Crown College in January 2020.

I am interning at The Cord while also finishing up my requirements for my addictions counseling license. I enjoy spending time with my two Bernese Mountain Dogs and watching soccer with my husband. When I am not studying or researching for counseling purposes, I love listening to podcasts while walking local trails or reading a good book.