Jody Jessup, RD, MS, LPC, NCC specializes in the non-diet approach to weight loss, body image issues, medical/health concerns requiring nutritional consultation and disordered eating. Jody is a professional psychotherapist licensed by the state of Wisconsin and certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors, the largest national counseling credentialing association in the US. She holds a master’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an RD from Eastern Michigan University. Jody is also an integrative personal wellness coach.
Jody has had a private practice in dietetics for over 25 years, and has 15 years experience working with women and adolescents who struggle with disordered eating, including binge eating, anorexia, and bulimia. She has studied with many of the leaders in the treatment of food and body image concerns, including Francie White, RD, MS, Carolyn Costin, LMFT, MA, MEd, and Anita Johnston, Ph.D.
Jody also has a special interest in personal growth and takes a holistic approach to wellness. Other areas of interest include depression, anxiety, relationship issues, family issues and communication problems. She studied Solution-Focused Therapy with the late Insoo Kim Berg and Steve DeShazer, internationally-acclaimed founders of the model.
What is Integrative Personal Wellness Coaching?
It is my observation that in order to build satisfying and lasting solutions to problems we encounter, we benefit from examining and fine tuning the broader picture of our life. Issues we struggle with fit into a ‘larger context’. That larger context I speak of includes six vital areas important to a full and thriving life experience; the emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual, creative and social. Integrative personal wellness coaching focuses on strengthening and ‘integrating’ all six areas while attending to the problem that brought to me in the first place.
I knew a kindergarten teacher who took her 5 year olds out birdwatching in the park near school. She taught the kids to find birds by first scanning carefully the entire tree and then beginning to look for general, then specific movement until a bird was spotted. Most of us want to just look for the bird and struggle to find it without taking into account the whole picture.
Integrative personal wellness coaching scans the larger picture of your life to see where nourishment is needed, be that emotional nourishment, creative nourishment, physical, intellectual, spiritual or social nourishment. We keep fine tuning together until the problem that brought you to me in the first place has a solution that satisfies you and a base to better support it.