Jody began serving adolescents and families in her roles as educator and coach, in both the public and private sectors prior to transitioning to her counseling career. These experiences, spanning over 20 years, provide a unique perspective as she now works with individuals in a therapeutic setting. A graduate of Ottawa University and Phoenix Seminary, Jody specializes in counseling adolescents and adults using a variety of individually focused, integrative approaches that value attachment and the family system. She has advanced training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body-oriented form of therapy that provides a wholistic approach to the treatment of trauma, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), IFS (Internal Family Systems), and Marilyn Murray's trauma model. Drawing upon her own experiences in ministry, Jody works with pastors and church staff and enjoys partnering with ministry leaders to offer support to their members through workshops and trainings. Believing in the healing power of relationships, Jody also offers group therapy.
Jody's deepest desire is to join others and help them to find hope and healing. Her experience includes working with issues related to trauma and abuse, anxiety, depression, relationships, spirituality, and grief. While using evidenced-based treatments, she strives to inspire others by reminding them of God's infinite grace and love. She believes the unique relationship between client and counselor is a major factor in the healing process of the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.
Jody and her husband have been married since 1995 and have two young adult children, a daughter in Portland who was recently married and a son who lives in Phoenix. Last August, she and her husband decided to return to the Pacific Northwest after 25 years in Arizona. Beaverton is now home. As she pursues professional licensure in Oregon, Jody plans to continue her work as a therapist in Arizona, offering counseling services online. She cherishes time with family and friends, loves the outdoors, and can often be found in antique shops and small towns.