Dr. Jodi Stanley, Psy.D., MFT

I grew up in a small town in Northern California. I was excited to spread my wings and begin life in the “city” as I moved to UC Santa Barbara in 1999 to pursue my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. As a part of this degree, I had the incredible experience of studying abroad at the University of Sydney, Australia, an opportunity that provided me with a more diverse and intensive understanding of human psychology, as well as a personal understanding of the challenges of change and living in an unfamiliar culture.

My intrigue for relational dynamics grew throughout my undergraduate studies, and led me to pursue Marriage and Family Therapy as the emphasis for my graduate degrees. I achieved my Master of Arts degree in 2005 and accredited Doctor of Psychology degree in 2008 at Alliant International University.

Through my education and extended training, I gained an in-depth knowledge of relational systems and I had the opportunity of working with a variety of clients in many different settings, including San Diego Center for Children and Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital. I have worked extensively with individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, feelings of low self-esteem, relational distress with couples and families, parenting, co-parenting, divorce, childhood behavioral and emotional distress, chronic mental illness, domestic violence, and addictions.

In 2008 I fulfilled my dream of becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I opened my private practice. I specialize in helping couples and families to overcome relational disconnection, to rebuild and strengthen their attachment bonds, and to be more open and responsive with each other. I also specialize in treating individuals, including, children, adolescents, and adults, who are struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, and low self-esteem. My goal as a therapist is to work collaboratively with my clients to enhance quality of life. I provide neutral support, guidance, and relief to develop healthy ways of coping, to expand inner growth, and to restore relational bonds.

I utilize the highly effective methods of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). I have consistently experienced success with these techniques in helping clients achieve emotional healing and break free from negative interaction patterns, strengthen relationships, and to live a life of greater meaning and success.

Personally, I am equally passionate about being a wife and mother of two young children. Through these life experiences, I have gained an understanding of the joys and struggles that accompany marriage and parenthood, which has supported my ability to empathize with the challenges my clients endure.

BA in Psychology – UC Santa Barbara
MA in Marriage & Family Therapy – Alliant International University
PsyD in Marriage & Family Therapy – Alliant International University

Additional Trainings
EFT Externship
EFT Core Skills
EFT Advanced Skills Training
EFIT Training
EFT Family Therapy Training
EFT Attachment Injury Training
AEDP Immersion Training
AEDP Essential Skills I Training
EMDR Level I Training
AAMFT Supervision Training
AAMFT Member
CAMFT Member

Dale Coleman, AMFT

After growing up in Connecticut, I decided to head to a warmer and sunnier place to grow my roots, and that landed me in San Diego. Here I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at San Diego State University. I quickly realized my education in this field had only begun, and went on to earn my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant International University, where I am currently pursuing my Doctor of Psychology degree.

Before dedicating myself to a career in mental health, I served in the United States Air Force. That experience offered me insight into a variety of cultures and dynamics. After my enlistment, I continued to gain knowledge by working as a counselor at mental health rehabilitation centers in San Diego. There I conducted client advocation, performed crisis interventions, and collaborated towards overcoming challenging events and experiences. I went on to engage in formal training via my Master’s internship at the Alliant Couple and Family Clinic, where I received dynamic training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, an evidence based modality that I was able to offer to the greater San Diego community. Additionally, during these years I have been further inspired by my own therapy process.

As I practice as a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist under the supervision of Dr. Jodi Stanley, my approach is rooted in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an incredible model for supporting clients with breaking through stuck patterns, and fostering deeper connections. Additionally, I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), a technique especially effective for treating trauma.

Through all my involvements thus far, I have developed a strong appreciation for the value of a therapeutic space. I look forward to offering this to many individuals, couples, and families who are seeking healing and growth.

B.A. in Psychology – San Diego State University
M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy – Alliant International University
Psy.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy – Alliant International University (in progress)

Additional Trainings
EFT Externships
EFT Core Skills
EMDR Part 1
EMDR Part 2