Jodi Brayton, L.C.S.W., M.S.W., provides therapy to adults and older adolescents who are seeking help in coping with illness, depression, anxiety, relationship challenges and life-transition issues. Prior to joining the Kaplan Center, Jodi served as a medical Social Worker at the Hospice of Washington where she helped patients and their families better manage chronic pain, illness, and loss.
Through her extensive clinical experience, Jodi has developed a deep understanding of how closely interwoven the physical, emotional and spiritual experience of pain can be. Jodi is a strong part of our multidisciplinary team helping to provide relief and restore hope to patients who may be struggling with chronic pain and illness, depression or anxiety. Jodi’s other areas of expertise include the following:
- Abuse and Sexual Abuse
- Adjustment Problems
- Grief and Bereavement
- Life Transitions
- Personality Disorders
In addition to her training and experience in the classical techniques and theories of mental health and human development, Jodi utilizes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an information-processing therapy that can quickly facilitate the resolution of traumatic emotional experiences. Jodi also helps patients achieve more effective self-management and coping skills through biofeedback and relaxation techniques such as Heart Rate Variability, Meditation, Guided Imagery and Visualization Techniques, Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Autogenic biofeedback.
After receiving her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Catholic University of America, Jodi did her postgraduate work at the prestigious Washington School of Psychiatry’s Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training Program. Jodi studied psychology as an undergraduate and then earned a Juris Doctorate degree in law before she returned to psychotherapeutic training.
Jodi began studying and practicing meditation in 1974 and has continued to explore it as an effective component of healing.