Dr. Robbie Adler-Tapia, Ph.D
Psychologist - Author - Researcher - Trauma Specialist
As a psychologist who has worked with clients with trauma for over 25 years, Dr. Robbie specializes in working with children and their families along with working with first responders including law enforcement, fire fighters and EMS professionals. As an EMDR HAP Trainer, EMDR Institute Facilitator, and EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Certified Therapist, Dr. Robbie has written a book, several chapters, and articles on using EMDR with with children. This website is designed to help you learn about psychological services that can assist in your journey for healing and health. This website is also to assist you in getting to know Dr. Adler-Tapia and her work.
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Robbie Adler-Tapia, Ph.D.
Robbie Adler-Tapia, Ph.D.
Robbie Adler-Tapia, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has worked with individuals impacted by trauma, attachment and dissociation for more than 25 years. After conducting her doctoral study on the iatrogenic effects of foster care on children, she has developed a specialty with young children and their families.
Dr. Adler-Tapia’s work as a psychologist, educator, researcher and writer has taken place in community mental health and child welfare settings, statewide adolescents-at-risk programs in Pennsylvania and Arizona, and as the Clinical Director at Childhelp’s Children’s Center, a national non-profit center for children who are victims of crime.
Currently in private practice, Dr. Adler-Tapia provides counseling, consultation and psychological services for children and families referred by child welfare, law enforcement and the legal system. She works with emergency responders and law enforcement, and in a forensic role as an expert witness in the Juvenile, Family, and Criminal Courts. She has been co-investigator on several research studies on the assessment and treatment of children. Recent publications include EMDR and the Art of Psychotherapy With Children (Adler-Tapia & Settle, 2008) and accompanying treatment manual; Healing the origins of trauma: An introduction to EMDR in psychotherapy with children and adolescents (Adler-Tapia & Settle, 2009) in The Clinician's Guide to Evidence-Based Practice Series, Volume 2, Treatment of Traumatized Adults and Children (Rubin and Springer, Eds., 2009); and EMDR Assessment and Desensitization Phases with Children: Step-by- Step Session Directions (Adler-Tapia & Settle, 2009) in EMDR Scripted Protocols (Luber, Ed., 2009).
Robbie has presented trainings on EMDR with young children at EMDRIA International Conferences, at the ISST-D Conference, and at the San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. In 2009, Dr. Adler-Tapia co-presented at the ISST-D Conference on using EMDR to treat attachment trauma and dissociation in children. Along with her research and writing, Robbie has taught graduate level coursework and supervised master’s and doctoral level interns.
She is an EMDRIA Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant, an EMDR Institute Facilitator, and an EMDR HAP Trainer. On a volunteer basis Robbie is promoting EMDR HAPKIDS, providing EMDR HAP trainings throughout the USA and in Kenya, and applying for SAMHSA approval for EMDR with children. Robbie’s goal has been to make EMDR available to the poorest and most vulnerable clients. She considers her most valuable training to be her marriage of twenty-one-years and parenting three teens.