A lifelong learner, Jodi earned a bachelor's degree in Clinical Psychology from Towson University, a Master’s Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology from Towson University, a Graduate Certificate in the Education of Students with Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders from Johns Hopkins University, a Master’s Degree in Couple and Family Therapy from University of Maryland College Park, and a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy Creative Systemic Studies from University of Louisiana at Monroe.
With over 30 years of experience, Jodi brings compassion, humor, and creativity to her work with children and families. She has worked as a School Psychologist for the Howard County Public School System, provided parent consultation for families impacted by autism spectrum disorder through her private practice, and facilitated workshops for families throughout the United States, Canada, and in South Africa. Jodi is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, an Adjunct Clinical Supervisor, and an Adjunct Instructor for the Couple and Family Therapy Program at University of Maryland College Park. She has received training in Theraplay®,Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), play therapy, interventions for children with problem sexual behaviors, Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®), trauma-focused play-based interventions, and the Extended Play Based Developmental Assessment (EPBDA). She is also a Registered Circle of Security Parent Educator. Jodi maintains a collaborative relationship with clinicians from the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education while working closely with her mentor Dr. Eliana Gil, an internationally renowned author, trainer and therapist.
Jodi’s professional interests include psychotherapy with parent-child dyads, children, teens, and families. She has experience and interest in working with families impacted by attachment issues, adoption, foster care, sexual abuse, trauma, and the LGBTQ community.