Jody was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and spent the first 18 months of her life bouncing around the foster care system. It was during her time there, that she first experienced both physical and sexual abuse and severe neglect. After her adoption, she endured further sexual abuse, outside the home, for much of her childhood and early teenage years.
Due to the multiple traumas Jody endured, she spent many years in a deep depressive state, with active suicidal thoughts and self-harming behaviours. After the death of her mother at the age of 19, Jody was determined to move on and start fresh. She continued on with her schooling and life and eventually closed that chapter of the book. However, depression and anxiety continued to worsen over the years, until she finally hit her breaking point six years ago.
Jody was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, and Anxiety. She also deals with chronic suicidal ideations, and has survived multiple suicide attempts. The breakdown which led to the diagnoses was the turning point, and the beginning of her journey towards healing. She went through intensive trauma therapy, and took both CBT and DBT therapies. She also started on a course of medications.
Jody is a Freelance Editor, and a best-selling author, having written a chapter in the best-selling anthology book, Healing the Little Woman Inside, Stories of Rebirth and Renewal. You can contact Jody directly to get a signed and personalized copy or purchase a copy on Amazon. Jody also hosts her own podcast, Mental Health Raw and Open which is available on all platforms.
Jody uses her knowledge and experience to support others on their healing journey. She started coaching, with the goal of helping other survivors work through their trauma in a safe, empathetic, trustworthy and validating space. When not helping clients, Jody spends her spare time advocating for Mental Health, reading, writing, and following her other two passions, animals and soccer.
You can find Jody’s writings on her blog, as well as many other sites, including The Mighty The Mighty and Teen Vogue. Her article I Want You to Want to Live went viral, and continues to receive accreditation. It is now available in three languages, and has over a million hits. I receive messages daily from that blog post.