Our Theraputic Clinicians

We pride ourselves on our friendly and professional staff. Our therapists are certified at the IA state and national levels. We regularly attend seminars and conventions to ensure that our work is informed by the most advanced methods and to maintain continuing education as required by the Iowa Licensing Board.

This is who we are:

Deborra M. Smith MSW, LISW, President

University of Nebraska at Omaha, Masters in Social Work, Omaha, NE August 1985


Deborra Smith is the administrator and owner of Therapy Place, Inc., and has provided therapy services to individuals and families since 1985. She specializes in therapeutic projects, LPHA Assessments, Court Ordered Parenting Assessments, provides consultation, provides therapy services in Atlantic.

Deb with the assistance of Mary Oetter started Therapy Place, Inc., in 2000. Deb received the Tom Lewis award from the Coalition for Families and Children's services for excellence in providing therapy services. Deb provides training for foster parents and foster kids involved with Aftercare, PAL and AMP. 


Deb completes LPHA assessments in Atlantic, and Council Bluffs

Mary L. Oetter, MSW, LISW, Clinical Director

University of Nebraska at Omaha, Masters in Social Work, Omaha, NE December 1996


Mary is the Director of Therapy Place Inc., therapists. Mary has provided mental health services in the past for St. Joseph Center for Mental Health. Mary has provided therapy services to individuals and families since 1996. She specializes in EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization Processing for all age groups. 


Mary sees clients in Atlantic on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays.

Annie Young MSW, LISW

University of Northern Iowa, Masters in Social Work, Cedar Falls, IA, May 2002


Annie has extensive experience providing mental health services, most recently at Alegent Health. Annie provides group services for borderline personality disorders. She has been trained in PCIT, Parent Child Interaction Therapy. Annie has extensive experience working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness, dual diagnosis, and with adolescents and adults with addictions. Annie also facilitates the STEPPS group programs. 


Annie sees clients in the Waterloo Satellite office

Jeanice Knight Bogatz, MS, LMHC

Bellevue University, Masters of Human Services, Bellevue, NE 2008

Bellevue University, Masters in Clinical Counseling, Bellevue, NE 2010


Jeanice has over 15 years of experience working with individuals in all age ranges. She has worked in many capacities during that time. Jeanice has extensive experience providing clinical services to children, adolescents, individual adults and families. She has been trained in  PCIT, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  She enjoys working with all ages and diagnosis with specialization in trauma and healthy attachment.


Jeanice sees clients in Atlantic on Wednesday through Saturday.  

Kelly DeRoos, MS, LMHC

University of Nebraska at Omaha 2010

Masters of Science in Community Counseling

Kelly has over 20 years of experience working with Children and Adolescents.
Most recently 10 years at Alegent Creighton Health Mercy Hospital in the Acute Psychiatric Department of all ages. Kelly is experienced in working with clients dealing with Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorders, Addictions, Grief and Dual Diagnosis. Kelly also volunteers with Ted E Bear Hallow. Kelly looks forward to working clients
using a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach to help them achieve goals and improve their lives during a challenging time in their life.


Kelly sees clients in Atlantic on Monday and in Council Bluffs on Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday. 

Caitlin Cool, MS, LMHC


Caitlin has over five years of experience working with Children and Adolescents. Most recently has spent the last 2 years at CHI Health Mercy Hospital in the Acute Psychiatric Department working with all ages. Caitlin is experienced in working with clients dealing with Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorders, Addictions, Grief and Dual Diagnosis. Caitlin also volunteers with Ted E Bear Hallow. Caitlin looks forward to working clients using a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach among others to help clients achieve goals and improve their lives during challenging times in their life. Caitlin works with clients ranging in age from 7 to young adults, as well as the hard of hearing, deaf population.


Caitlin sees clients in Council Bluffs on Monday Tuesday and Wednesdays.

Candella Foley-Finchem, LISW, IAADC


University of Nebraska, Omaha, Masters in Social Work

Candella has been working with people at all developmental stages to help them solve problems, grow, learn, and improve their lives for over 20 years. Her experience includes working with children, adolescents, young adults, and older adults. Beginning where the client is, she helps individuals and families break a mountain of problems into small, manageable steps, and encourages and supports them each step of the way. She uses a variety of approaches including Problem Solving, Systems Theory, EMDR, PCIT, (Parent Child Interaction Therapy), Cognitive Behavioral, and Motivational Enhancement/Stages of Change.

Prior to joining the Therapy Place Inc team, she served as Mental Health and Substance Abuse Therapist at CHI Health.


Candella sees clients in the Council Bluffs and Atlantic offices

Alexis Hofker LMHC, LIMHP


University of Nebraska, Omaha, Masters in Community Counseling     

Alexis has been working in the mental health field as a therapist for almost 10 years. Alexis has experiences working with families involved with Child Protective Services as an in-home therapist, mental health assessments for Nebraska Medicaid, outpatient therapy, partial hospitalization, and over 8 years working on an acute psychiatric unit. Alexis has experience working on a variety of mental health needs, including anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, mood disorders, parenting, oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit disorder, crisis work, and grief/loss. Alexis has done volunteer work for Ted E. Bear Hollow, completed EMDR training, completed Parent Child Interaction Therapy, and taken courses on Play Therapy. Alexis incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy as well as interactive/play based ideas to help clients reach goals. Alexis looks forward to working with a variety of clients, ranging from young children to adults, and has experiences working with clients as young as four years old.


Alexis sees clients in the Council Bluffs office. 

Carol Logan-Brummer LMHC, CADC

Grace University

Masters of Atrs in Counseling



Carol has a 24 year history of clinical work with children, adolescents, adults, and families in varying capacities.    Carol's most recent position was working at Children's Square USA as Supervisor of Outpatient Mental Health and BHIS Services.  Carol has extensive training and experience meeting  the unique needs of those children/adolescents with Reactive Attachment Disorder and their families. In addition, she has spent many years working with youth/adults and families addressing substance abuse issues, dual diagnosis issues, transitional issues (such as grief and loss), addressing and resolving trauma, as well as  working to address childhood/adolescent  individual/family relational and parenting  issues. Carol uses a variety of therapy approaches to address the varying needs of her clients; these  including the use of  Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy &Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT &TF-CBT), and Integrative Parenting.  Carol is a member of  the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology  and EMDRIA (EMDR International Association). 
Carol sees clients in Council Bluffs office


Brittney Baxter Dameron, LISW
University of Northern Iowa, 
Master's of Social Work



Brittney has been working in the social services field for 10 years and has worked with a variety of different clients in various settings including mental health therapy, supported community living, and residential treatment.  She specializes in treating PTSD and trauma, and she is a certified EMDR therapist.  She also works with people who struggle with depression, anxiety, domestic violence, anger issues, family and marriage problems, personality disorders, and more.  Brittney works with individuals, couples, and families in the Atlantic office.


Brett Omar, MS, LMHC

University of Nebraska-Omaha 

Masters in Community Counseling 






Brett has over 7 years of experience in the mental health field. He has recently worked as the program therapist at CHI Health Mercy Hospital’s Child/Adolescent Partial Program for the past 3 years. He is experienced in working with adults, children and adolescents as well as family therapy. Brett’s therapy approach includes; Solution focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a Client Centered approach. He is experienced in working with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms, oppositional defiant behaviors, dual diagnosis as well as daily functioning issues. Brett looks forward to helping those achieve positive change in their life as well as achieving their goals. Brett works in the Council Bluffs office