Jodie Lown was born and raised in Abbeville, Louisiana. She earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from McNeese State University in 2015 including coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has 30 years of experience working for the Louisiana Department of Health, specifically the OCDD Waiver program (Office for Citizens with developmental disabilities). For the past 30 years she has provided services to families and individuals (ages 3 and up) who have disabilities as well as co-occurring disorders. Her experience includes dealing with the challenges that families and individuals face in life such as depression, anxiety, addiction, divorce, codependency, behavior management, abuse/neglect, and low self-esteem. Her passion is self-advocacy.
She believes in person-centered planning in which an individual is empowered to have the life they wish to have through goal setting. In addition to person-centered thinking, she uses an integrative approach to counseling in which she pulls from a variety of theories and techniques in order to meet the needs of the individual. Her interests include enjoying the outdoors (hunting, fishing and camping); spending time with family, and yoga for exercise and stress relief.