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About Jodi

My Background

When it came time to think about what I wanted to do when I grew up, I knew I wanted to do something to better my community but decided against politics early on – I don’t believe I have the stomach for it. Instead I turned to counseling and embraced the idea of helping the many by helping the few, one family at a time.

I received a Masters Degree in 2001 from Dominican University in San Rafael and obtained licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 2004, opening my practice in Marin County. In 2014 I expanded to a satellite office in Napa. Now raising my own family in the Bay Area I enjoy being outdoors as much as possible, being creative through writing, art, cooking, travel & participating in my religious & spiritual community.


How I Work

I believe therapy is an opportunity for change, insight and growth. Clients come into treatment to address painful situations, unwanted core beliefs or family of origin issues still affecting the present. Basically because something isn’t working and it’s usually old stuff from our parents. Therapy is also an opportunity for improvement, strengthening what has worked and identifying long lost skills.

I work with clients to change what they don’t like and strengthen what they do.

I structure therapy in a multidisciplinary manner to build emotional, behavioral and interpersonal elements, working holistically. The core of my approach is rooted in Family Systems theory, which I rely on whether treating individuals, couples or families, because it illuminates generations of behaviors culminating in one person; you.


“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


My Training

Working in ADHD counseling it became clear that effective treatments would encompass multimodal research and interventions, using collaborative practice to support clients developing healthy patterns while addressing negative core beliefs:

  • feeling unimportant, abandoned
  • being distrustful
  • shame, not good enough.

EMDR is the best therapy to work with these issues. Early traumas and life experiences shape our coping, self-talk, expectations and behavior & EMDR works quickly and effectively to change all that. I trained under founder Francine Shapiro and use for critical incidents in first responder treatment as well as in ADHD treatment or anger management skills where useful.

Cognitive-Behavioral interventions are practical skills taught in a casual format.  They are often common sense things we know but our perceptions usually get int he way of using them.  The majority of tools in my unique Anger Management 101 Workbook are Cognitive-Behavioral and therefore court approved.

Finally, my belief in doing therapy with best practices includes examining a client’s general lifestyle:

  • sleep
  • nutrition
  • exercise
  • substances

They have enormous influence on happiness and daily functioning. I study the latest in brain science and nutritional health and wellness in order to further support clients through appropriate referrals to nutritionists, sleep studies, holistic minded psychiatrists and general practitioners. Collaborative practice is essential to therapeutic success.


“Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.”
– Will Rogers


I strive to provide a safe relationship for all these elements to come together and make it my goal that you leave each session feeling better than when you arrived, with new skills.

Entering therapy is a commitment of time, effort and resources. I hope we can work together to achieve your goals.





Speaking Engagements







Pro Bono and Community Work


I am a specialist in my field and focus on building strong relationships with clients, valuing professionalism and humor to build a relationship in therapy you can use to achieve your goals.


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editors choice 
Read Jodi’s feature story in the 2010 Marin magazine Editor’s Choice segment.

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