Jodi Brayton, L.C.S.W., M.S.W., provides adults and older adolescents with individual, couples and group therapy — helping clients cope 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 relaxation techniques and visualization exercises, such as Meditation, Guided Imagery, Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Autogenics.
After receiving her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Catholic University of America and completing the Graduate Clinical Training Program at the Counseling Center for American University, Jodi did her postgraduate work at the prestigious Washington School of Psychiatry’s Advanced Psychotherapy Training Program. Jodi studied psychology as an undergraduate and then earned a Juris Doctorate degree in law before she returned to psychotherapeutic training. She now serves on the faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry. Jodi began studying and practicing meditation in 1974 and has continued to explore it as an effective component of healing.