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Bobby Jo Salm, LISW

Beacon of Hope Coralville Therapy Center

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


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Bobby Jo Salm, LISW

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.

Modalities Typically Used​

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 

  • Interpersonal Therapy

  • Psychodynamic Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Gestalt Therapy

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy

  • Solution-Focused Therapy




  • Play Therapy 

  • Sand Tray Therapy

  • Psychodynamic Therapy

  • Couples Therapy (Gottman Method)






















I am a Licensed Social Worker with over ten years of mental health experience across various community, school, and clinical settings. I am passionate about working alongside adolescents, young adults, and women with ADHD.  My approach is systemic and collaborative to help clients acknowledge the unique contexts which impact their lives, connect with their strengths, and learn new ways to live in wholeness.


I am passionate about providing genuine care to every client I work with, whether they are struggling with a specific issue or seeking support for general mental wellness. Through a strengths-based framework and a commitment to creating safe and inclusive spaces for all, I am here to support individuals on their journey.


By acknowledging each person's diverse attributes, I aim to help clients discover their solutions to achieve greater well-being.



Sara Berry, LMSW

Psychotherapy modalities that Sara typically uses:

  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy                                           

  • Dialectic Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Neurodiversity Affirming

  • Compassion Focused Therapy

  • Solution Focused Therapy

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • LGBTQ Affirming


Child Play Therapy

 More Information about
Play therapy sessions occur every week and are 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. 

I won’t be telling caregivers 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, I will talk about themes & patterns seen in the playroom and use these themes and patterns to address the child's needs. 


Monthly meetings are called “Care Conferences.” This is an opportunity for the parents/caregivers and the therapist to check in about the child’s progress and any concerns or questions.


Children Work Problems Out Through Play 

Couples Therapy

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 psychotherapy modality that helps improve communication skills, recognize and resolve conflicts, and build healthy, loving relationships. The approach used for couples therapy at Beacon of Hope is the Gottman Method.

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.


The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm conflicting verbal communication, increase intimacy, respect, and affection, remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy in conflicting situations, and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding.


Interventions used in the Gottman Method are research-based and grounded in the Sound Relationship House theory, which specifies nine elements of a healthy relationship.

Accepted Insurance

Wellmark Blue Shield Blue Cross

Currently Accepting New Clients


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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