Jenni Odell, MA is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a BA in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Simpson University where she received the Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice. She previously worked as an MFT Trainee at Manzanita Elementary School, providing counseling to students age 5-11, as well as their families, including the creation and facilitation of a 10-week parenting group addressing issues of anxiety within families. She was a co-researcher on a qualitative study addressing the impact of spinal cord injury on marital dynamics. She has presented at the local and state level for collegiate symposiums, as well as presenting at the national conference for AAMFT on her research findings. She completed the 4-day externship with Dr. Susan Johnson on Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy in San Francisco in June of 2012. She was trained by Dr. DaLene Forester Thacker in EMDR, and was excited with its application to trauma work. Through this experience she came to realize she was passionate about negative belief systems and concepts of shame. So, when she saw Brené Brown’s Ted talk in Houston from 2010 in which Brené addressed the very human fear of vulnerability and linked it to the idea of shame, Jenni decided to pursue this work. Since then, she completed the National Training in the curriculum Brené developed, the Daring Way™, in San Antonio, Texas in February 2014. She is currently a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator-Candidate (DWF-C) and prior intern from 2012-2015 under the supervision of Dr. DaLene Forester-Thacker, LMFT/LPCC.
Jenni is also a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and served as a board member of the Redding Regional Chapter of CAMFT as the treasurer for the 2013 and 2014 terms. Jenni works with individuals, couples and families and has a specific interest in helping people break through barriers to vulnerability so they can live fuller, braver lives where they feel seen, heard and known. She and DaLene co-facilitate workshops and 3-day intensives using the Daring Way TM curriculum.