Book an Appointment

Jodi’s Journey

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 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I have consistently experienced success with these techniques in helping clients to recognize and break free from negative thought and 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.

Education
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 Advanced Core Skills
Emotionally Focused Family Therapy
EMDR: Level 1
CAMFT Member