About Counselor Jodi Aman Rochester NY
Let’s get to know each other!
From the garden I started when I was 8 years old to the baby ducks I found a home when I was 10, I have always been passionate about nurturing life. With sharp empathy into the complexities of people’s pain, since I have recovered from my own family chaos and panic attacks. And with a keen understanding of how and why people get stuck there, I have decided to dedicate my life to helping people feel less lonely and afraid.
Yes. I have suffered such bad depression, anxiety and low self-esteem that I didn’t even want to get out of bed. I’ve been there and I got out. Because of that, I can show you, too.
I don’t tell you what to do, I show you.
What do you want to know?
I’ve LOVED my work as a psychotherapist since 1994!
You name it, I’ve helped people with every problem in the book: Anxiety, depression, divorce, chronic pain, illness, eating disorders, abuse trauma, gender identity, relationship issues, as well as military/war trauma.
You can call me an anxiety-tamer. A forgiveness-counselor. A relationship-coach. A guilt-releaser. An unconditional-lover and a hope-renewer. (But don’t call me late for dinner.)
Shucks! All I do is reflect back the good in you that you show me. I help you break down guilt and fear. Get over it, and get rid of it! Then, you can move on to greener pastures where your purpose and potential can shine. And you can be happier than you ever thought possible.
I don’t tell you what to do, I show you.
My paper babies!
My digital babies
My human babies…
Everyone has a story
Are you a thinker? Me, too.
Our lives are made up of stories. The stories of our lives come from our interpretation, confusion, or conclusion of the events we experience. We experience trouble, grief, joy, calm, excitement and more through our stories. They can be very strong and powerful and occupy our minds and hearts for a long time. Or they can practically blow past us, dismissed before entering our consciousness. So that the main stories become like glasses for how we see the world.
This is fine if they are uplifting and happy, but since they are too often heavy and painful–especially when we have had bad experiences.
We can’t change what happened in the past, but we can change how we think about it. We have the power to change our stories and when we do, it changes the way we feel about ourselves and our life. (i.e., powerful instead of powerless.)
Changing a story is not hard.
It’s simple really: In order to deconstruct the problem story and then build up a new way to think. I explain it all for you in seven steps in The Map To Whole Peace Free Video Series.
I help people learn how to become their own healer by deconstructing the problem story. And, then growing, or re-connecting to the story of who they are and would prefer to be in the world.
Whether you read my words, talk to me, or watch my videos, my aim is to reflect the light that is present in every single one of you back into your beautiful eyes so that you can see it, too.
And know that despite everything, you belong.
Learning how to serve you better
I graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1996. I was ready to take on the problems of the world and began my career doing home visits in the inner city, teaching parenting to folks who were at risk of losing their children because of child abuse. As a 24-year-old with no babies yet, I fumbled my way through and learned more about building relationships than anything else.
Helping the young women feel understood as well as feeling worthy was transformative. I joined them where they were, was never shocked by their traumatic circumstances–which helped them not feel so separate–and coached them with practicality and light-heartedness.
After having my own babes, I settled into private practice. I connected with students and clients around the world during the ten years I spent studying, and then teaching narrative therapy in such countries as Norway, China, Mexico, Australia, Canada and the US for the Dulwich Centre. This gave me a unique perspective on the similarities and differences of problems in cultures around the globe.
Prompted by my own health crisis, I studied Ayurveda and mindfulness extensively and trained with Francois Raoult to become a certified yoga teacher in 2003.
Being a spiritual environmentalist, I turned to A Course In Miracles in 2007 and shamanism in 2006, to deepen my understanding of the self, relationships, and the world to learn new ways of service. I studied with Patti Fields, John Perkins, Llyn Roberts, Cecile Carson, Marcie Seidel, Lewis Mahl Madrona, and Paula Denham to develop skills in spiritual direction and hands on energy healing.
Completing an apprenticeship in 2011 with John and Llyn, I learned the healing with the elements of the Quechua Shaman in Ecuador and received a certification as a Master Healer and Shapeshifter, accrediting my to lead clients in shamanic journeys.
Being so in love with plants and their role in healing, in 2013, I followed my dream by being initiated as an herbalist apprentice with Susun Weed.
Along with my hubby, three kids, an ever growing flock of chickens, I live in Rochester where we built an environmentally friendly sacred space, and spend loads of time in my multiplying herb garden.
My first book is Understanding Pain, Anger and Worry: Michael White’s Absent But Implicit. Several of my articles are published in The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, one in The Willow Review, and in the anthology: Inspiring Hope: One Story At A Time, compiled by Gary Doi. My newest book is You 1 Anxiety 0: Win your life back from fear and panic.
“I’ve been there. I have struggled with many of the same things my clients and readers have experienced–depression, anxiety, negative self image–maybe that is why I understand so well what they are going through.” ~Jodi