Jody Nagel is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC) who has worked extensively with children and adults. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned her Master’s in Community Counseling Services from Duquesne University.
In the early 1990’s, Jody began working with victims of domestic abuse at the Alle-Kiske Area Hope Center. She used a strengths-based approach to help women become more assertive and confident. She developed more clinical counseling skills as a Mental Health Therapist at Wesley Ridgeview Residential Treatment Center. She worked with children (ages 7 to 18) who displayed complex psychiatric disorders. In this role, she provided individual and family treatment using a cognitive-behavioral approach. Jody then began working in a private practice (Family Connections) and specialized in a family systems approach in working with individuals, couples, and families. There, she became very aware of the strong need for great family systems work. She watched individuals grow as their family systems became stronger and healthier.
For the past 12 years, Jody has worked with children and their families in her positions as a Classroom Mental Health Therapist, Behavior Support Consultant, and a Mobile Therapist. Most of her work has focused on children and adolescents with autism, especially Asperger’s Syndrome, as well as children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, trauma, and addictions. She has provided individual therapy, small group and classroom-based interventions, and family therapy. She has also run support groups for parents of children with autism.
Jody’s diverse counseling experiences have helped her to understand individual and family dynamics. She brings a unique understanding of families, schools, and communities as she works with her clients. She is skilled at working with children and/or adults. She is comfortable working with gays, lesbians, and transgender individuals and with non-traditional families. Jody is excited to work in a private practice setting, where she can use her 20 years of counseling experience to really help clients grow and improve their lives.
Jody lives with her family in the South Hills. Her daughter and Golden Doodle keep her busy in her spare time. She enjoys staying active and spending time with her family.