• Karen Doyle Buckwalter

Deb Wesselmann: Discussions on Adoption and EMDR

Karen Doyle Buckwalter welcomes Deb Wesselmann to the show for a discussion on her journey as an adoptive mother, as well as her chapter on EMDR in the Chaddock book, Attachment Theory in Action.


Deb Wesselmann has been working with adults, children, and families struggling with issues related to attachment and trauma for the past 29 years. She is an EMDR facilitator and consultant, on the editorial board for The Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, and is an author or co-author of several articles, chapters, and books. This includes co-authoring two chapters with Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., the founder of EMDR therapy. Deb presents nationally and internationally and now offer trainings through her learning site.


For fourteen years, Deb practiced at Therapy Resource Associates in Omaha, during which Deb became involved in research projects with Ann Potter, Ph.D. and Meghan Davidson, Ph.D. with the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.


In 2008, Deb founded a small, private center with the goal of developing and providing quality, effective treatment for children and adults impacted by attachment trauma. They currently have a group of twelve wonderful and skilled providers who also provide Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, couples, and family therapy.


Deb, along with Cathy Schweitzer and Stefanie Armstrong, developed an integrative family therapy and EMDR team treatment that was effective in helping children with a history of orphanage and foster care who are exhibiting challenging behaviors. Their book, Integrative Treatment for Attachment Trauma in Children: Family Therapy and EMDR is a clinicians guide for our model and Integrative Parenting: Strategies for Raising Children Affected by Attachment Trauma is the accompanying parent guide


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