Meet Our Team
These professional help EMDR Educators help therapists get to where they’re going
Dr. Andrew Dobo
EMDRIA Approved EMDR Trainer, Psychologist and Author
Dr. Dobo has treated hundreds of clients with EMDR, participating in thousands of EMDR sessions. Author of Unburdening Souls at the Speed of Thought, Dr. Dobo is one of only four EMDRIA Approved EMDR Trainers in the state of Florida.
EdS, LMHC-S, RPT
Jackie Flynn is the founder and director of Counseling in Brevard, is a Licensed Psychotherapist, Registered Play Therapist, Trauma Therapist, Couples Counselor, Education Consultant, and Parent Coach. She is the creator of the 8 Phases of EMDR with Children and Adolescents: Integrating Play Therapy course and the following imagery books: Jackie Feels and Animal Imagery: EMDR Inner Resource Development. Her passion for helping children and families in a variety of settings inspired her to open a private practice group in Cocoa Village Florida where she provides caring, thoughtful counseling and therapy to individuals of all ages, families, couples, and groups. As a proud veteran of the US Army, Give an Hour Provider, Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant, she is passionate about helping people heal from traumatic experiences and move towards a happier, healthier life. She has special interests in Anxiety, Depression, Adoption, Grief, Relationship Struggles, Learning Disabilities, and Attention Deficit Disorder. Jackie earned an Education Specialist degree in School Counseling from the University of Central Florida and Graduate Certificates in Play Therapy and Nonprofit Management. Prior to her current work at Counseling in Brevard, she was honored to be the School Counselor at Sculptor Charter School in Titusville, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Parent Representative. Jackie is also the creator and host of Play Therapy Community and Parenting in the Rain Podcasts, downloaded over 160,000 times in over 50 countries.
Gwen Forbes-Wolfe, LMHC is a friend and colleague. She was one of the first clinicians to be trained in EMDR in the state of Florida. She was first trained in 1990 by Francine Shapiro herself. The first research was published in 1989 so Gwen was one of the EMDR pioneers. She was also a trainer in the early days here in Florida. Recently, she retired from her very successful private practice. She is the most dedicated EMDR therapists I have ever met. She trusts in the process and she taught me to do the same. When she found out I was starting to train therapists it did not take much convincing to bring her out of retirement to be part of the team. I am happy my dear friend and colleague is putting her vast experience and expertise to work training a new generation of EMDR therapists.
Marleen Roy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida, a professional AAC Life Coach, educator, and Certified Surviving Your Adolescent Trainer. She completed her master’s degree in psychology of counseling in mental health/substance abuse and has a bachelor’s degree in human resource management and elementary education. She is a Professional ADHD/AAC Life Coach through ADDCA (ADD Coach Academy). Her 10 years of experience in classroom teaching in Palm Beach County of students with ADHD, and those without, has provided valuable life experience and information in this field of work. She has worked as a Staff Advocate with the Guardian Ad Litem Program of Palm Beach County advocating for the best interests of children in the courts and has also worked in private agencies as a mental health/substance abuse therapist. She was trained in EMDR therapy in 2009 and currently is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Certified Therapist. She is dedicated to her work and to training other therapists in the use of EMDR. We are very happy she agreed to make time in her busy schedule to join our team.
Marleen has maintained a private practice, Life Focus Counseling, Coaching & Educational Services, Inc., over the past nine years in Stuart and Palm Beach County, Florida.
Additional information can be found at lifefocusfl.com.
Melanie Mahady, LMHC, is one of only a few EMDR therapists in South Florida with the extensive training and experience required to consult and coach in EMDRIA Approved trainings. Melanie is a Certified EMDR Therapist and Approved EMDR Consultant in Training. Her EMDR specialties include complex trauma, recent trauma, attachment issues, and dissociative disorders. She provides therapy for children, teens, and adults as well as consultation and supervision for professionals. We are happy she chose to join our team as an EMDR therapist skilled in working with a variety of populations.
PsyD, LCSW, CHt
Dr. Pamela Rinato has a unique supervisory style and is a joy to work with, with a gentle and warm, yet firm and professional approach she get the most out of her staff. She has more than twenty-five years of experience in the mental health field, with a background specializing in the treatment of veterans. Most recently she served as head of the Addiction Disorders Treatment Program at the Southern Nevada Veterans Administration Hospital. Prior to joining the Veterans Administration, she spent more than twelve years in private practice in Florida, where she founded a successful intensive outpatient treatment program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Barry University, a master’s in social work from Florida International University, and a Doctor of Psychology degree from California University. She holds certifications in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is a faculty member of the American College of Addictionology and is an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Consultant.