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Jody Shephard, LMFT

Therapist

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us." - Helen Keller

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I look forward to meeting and working with you!

We will work together as a team so that we can successfully understand you, your strengths, and areas of concern. In often just a few sessions, we will focus on recognizing and getting greater benefit from what is working; and use a variety of therapeutic models to develop realistic strategies leading to success in making positive change so that you can be your best self.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress Management
  • Cognitive Behavior Strategies
  • Couples Counseling
  • Parenting
  • Assertive Communication Skills
  • Mindfulness

MENTAL HEALTH + WELLNESS RESOURCES
(MY FAVORITE RECOMMENDATIONS)

SuperBetter App

Calm App

NAMI

"Feeling Good" workbook by David Burns

"Man's Search For Meaning" by Victor Frankl

"Children the Challenge" by Rudolf Dreikurs

BIO

Jody has almost 40 years of experience as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. As the Director of Client Services at the San Diego Center for the Blind for 29 years, she worked extensively with individuals and their families adjusting to blindness who often experience significant depression, anxiety, grieving, loss of self-confidence, and self-esteem. She has found that the strategies used in coping with severe life changes are universally effective. She finds Existential methods useful in increasing self-awareness leading to greater self-confidence; and Cognitive Behavioral methods successful in creating positive change. She also believes it is important to recognize the effects of family dynamics. Jody has taught Counseling skills at the university level for master’s degree candidates. She is familiar with and tends to integrate other therapeutic models and interventions as is appropriate for the individual or family she is working with.

CLINICAL EXCELLENCE.

As the Director of Client Services at the San Diego Center for the Blind for 29 years, she worked extensively with individuals and their families adjusting to blindness who often experienced significant depression, anxiety, grieving, loss of self-confidence, and self-esteem.

Education

  • MA, Counseling, emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy - San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
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Hobbies

  • Reading
  • Gardening
  • Playing with my dog
  • Dancing
  • Hiking
  • Dinner Parties
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Awards

  • CAMFT