Beacon of Hope 

Coralville Counseling Center

Beacon of Hope is a private behavioral health practice in Coralville, Iowa. We serve several communities by offering in-person therapy as well as Telehealth therapy. Beacon of Hope serves individuals, couples, and children.


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The First Step Toward Change is Awareness

Meet the Team

Bobby Jo Salm, LISW
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Regardless of why you're seeking therapy, I'm here to help you. I work to help you understand the root of the issue. Few things in life are more challenging to an individual than overcoming their own perceived shortcomings and recovering from emotional wounds from their past. 

​My focus is to assist people in resolving these issues by helping to identify the core issue-the highest-level cause- which sets in motion the entire cause-and-effect reaction that ultimately leads to the event that brings them to seek therapy. The “problem” is rarely surface-level.  I will help uncover those layers and set you free! 

Clients describe me as being down-to-earth, compassionate, intrinsic, and authentic.  I often challenge thoughts and behaviors and respect transparency at all times.  I favor a vibrant, dialogue-centered therapeutic relationship. I support anyone who wants to invest in themselves. I will meet you where you are at and support you throughout your journey.

Bobby Jo is a licensed clinical social worker experienced in working with children, teens, and adults.  Bobby Jo has worked in hospitals, non-profit sectors, and private practices.  Bobby Jo earned her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Mount Mercy University and her Master's degree in Social Work at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. 


Bobby Jo addresses anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, among many other diagnoses. Bobby Jo is trained in Play Therapy and is registered in Autplay therapy, among many others.  Please email or call to schedule an appointment. 

Paul Marion, LMSW, CTP

 Paul believes that once trauma has occurred within an individual, there is a separation of mind and body. Therefore, Paul helps clients by establishing and utilizing relaxation techniques to expand the window of tolerance when entering into memories associated with trauma, lowering the elevated heart rate and building into removing intensities of complex trauma. With tools established, Paul aims for his clients to be able to start to reconnect the mind and body, allowing the processing of past trauma and beginning to experience a healing within.


Paul is a Licensed Master of Social Work and Certified Trauma Professional, working as mental health honorably discharged Veteran who served in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer and later reclassed into the medical field as a patient administration specialist.







 Paul earned his Bachelor’s degree from Mount Mercy University in social work. Paul continued his education, earning his Master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa under a trauma-informed specialization program. Paul’s education incorporated an integrated approach to treating trauma by assisting clients in supporting a deeper connection between mind and body. 


Paul specializes in trauma, anxiety, stress, anger, loss, grief, and depression. Paul is a Level 6 Crisis Counselor trained and certified through the nationwide agency  Crisis Text Line. Paul believes in a harm reduction, strengths-based approach. Paul utilizes concepts and techniques of Narrative Therapy, systems theory, motivational interviewing, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and somatic experiencing therapies.


Paul is a licensed therapist and certified trauma professional who utilizes a mind/body integrated therapy approach using several evidence-based therapy techniques, including bilateral stimulation. Paul understands that sometimes we all need a safe space to process situations that come along with being a human in a sometimes less humane world. 

Paul is accepting referrals for ages 15+.  To schedule an appointment, please call or email. 



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What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a therapy designed to help one regain control of one's life. The Coralville Counseling Center uses many different types of psychotherapy, including:


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

This therapy modality is designed to end negative thinking patterns and replace them with more productive thoughts that help one function better.

Interpersonal Therapy

This approach is a targeted form of psychotherapy in which the therapist works with the client to help one understand how underlying issues, like unresolved grief, can impact one's life and relationships.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT is often used with clients who suffer from emotional dysregulation or bipolar disorder; DBT works by regulating emotions and learning new coping skills.


Psychodynamic therapy

This form of psychotherapy is based on the notion that early childhood experience may impact one's behavior as an adult.


While these therapies represent the most commonly used, the Coralville Counseling Center is also highly trained in: 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Gestalt Therapy

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Solution-Focused Therapy

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Positive Psychology


What can Psychotherapy treat?

Several mental health disorders, including, but not limited to: 

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Substance Use Disorders

  • Grief and Loss

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Panic Disorders

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Eating Disorders


How long does psychotherapy last?

There's no blanket answer to this question, as each person is different. Treatment is trailered for each client on an individual level. 

Couples Therapy


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What is Couples Therapy?

There’s a common misconception that couples only need counseling when their relationship is in crisis. However, couples therapy is a specific modality of psychotherapy that helps to improve communication skills, learn to recognize and resolve conflicts, and build healthy, loving relationships. The most common approach used for couples therapy at Coralville Counseling Center is the Gottman Method.

About Gottman Method?

The Gottman Method is designed to support couples across all economic, racial, sexual orientation, and cultural sectors. Research has shown the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy to be effective in treating same-sex relationships.

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Kids Work Their Issues Out Through Play 

What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy is a modality of therapy where play is used to explore, express, and safely experience the difficulties children have and are working through. Play Therapy uncovers insights otherwise unable to be heard and recognized through typical dialogue. 

Play therapy is the most developmentally-appropriate way to approach child therapy. Its effectiveness as a mental health approach is supported by empirical psychological research.

Commonly asked questions in Play Therapy.

The therapist will meet all parties in the first session and gather information. The therapist will then meet individually with parents to formulate a treatment plan. 

Play therapy sessions occur every week and are 60 minutes long. In a session, your child will play and have fun. Not every session will be fun, but many will be. 

Every child is different therefore, time in therapy may look different. The child’s level of care is continually assessed. The average time spent in treatment is 20- 25 sessions depending on the child's needs. 

The play therapist won’t be telling you everything that happens in the playroom to respect the child’s process. In other words, you won’t get a play-by-play description of everything your child did and said in the session. However, play therapists will talk about themes & patterns seen in the playroom – and use these themes and patterns to help you learn new ways of working through your child’s behavior, motivations, and emotions. 

I do schedule monthly meetings called “Care Conferences.” A care conference is an opportunity for the parents/caregivers and the therapist to check in about the child’s progress and any concerns or questions. 

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Insurance Accepted

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Midlands Choice, Optum, and United Health Care 

Individual Therapy


Elisa Pritchard

She's a great therapist

"I have seen my providers before. By far this one is the best I've ever seen. Bobby Jo is very personable, professional, solution focused and passionate."

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