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Jamie Stodola, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #LMFT-105895
(949) 386-7178

I am passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families grow into who they would like to be by supporting transformation and healing emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. My hope is for you to recover from the lies or misbeliefs that have been keeping you from living a life of freedom – freedom to be the person God has created you to be, and freedom from any anxiety, depression, or isolation you may be experiencing. With compassion, empathy, and reliance on the Holy Spirit, I will help you discover the freedom, joy, and peace found in Christ.

Online Counseling

About Jamie

I offer a non-judgmental space where you can be transparent about the challenges and fears you are experiencing. Sometimes we have messy thoughts and questions to work through. During these times, it’s important to have someone who can help you sort through your circumstances from a biblical perspective. God wants us to grow and use the experiences He has given us to develop our character into His likeness. Through our sessions, I pray that you will gain confidence in the life choices you are making – whether related to relationships, career, or life transitions – because you know your Creator.

My Goal as a Christian Counselor

My goal is for you to have a true understanding and belief of the love of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. I want you to know that you are truly worthy of love, and loved by God just for being who He created you to be. My desire is for you to gain better relationships, first with God, then with the people around you.

What I Offer in Christian Counseling

I will meet you where you are and help you grow from there. Together we will discuss your goals for counseling and create a treatment plan to help you make progress in those areas of growth. In subsequent sessions, I will check in with you to see how your week has been and whether anything has come up since the last time we met. I will then check in regarding your agenda for our time together, and provide direction based on previous conversations and goals.

My Approach to Christian Counseling

The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will. – Isaiah 50:4

Only the Word and Holy Spirit working in a person’s heart and mind can really change an individual. Blending the power of the Holy Spirit with professional and spiritual support through CBT principles that align with the Bible, it is possible to drastically transform your life and worldview. By providing the environment and discussion for those desiring to surrender their will to the Lord, I have witnessed significant positive changes in my clients’ lives.

Biography

Qualifications & Experience

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience working in private practice.

I received my Master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and completed my licensing training in California working at various community mental health agencies for the underprivileged.

I am trained in the Prepare/Enrich and Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts assessment tools for premarital and married couples. I also have experience providing disruptive event management by responding to crises such as injuries, deaths of co-workers (accidental or medical), lay-offs, robberies, or other unique crises.

My Call to Christian Counseling

When I was growing up, my parents took in foster kids. When I learned about why the kids were with us, I often wondered what would happen if the families had more help.
During college, students often asked me hard questions about life and their relationships.

Following school, I found myself doing several different jobs before deciding to pursue my career in counseling. A common thread to each position was that of helping people. I realized that with each job, my favorite aspects were listening to people, hearing their stories, encouraging them, and providing them with food for thought, direction, or a resource to try.

My decision to be a counselor was definitely God led and an answer to prayer as God provided the right person and conversation at the right time for me to maximize on my education in the area of mental health.

More About Me/On a Personal Note

I like to live a healthy, active life by eating healthy, going hiking, biking, rollerblading, stand-up paddle boarding, snow skiing, and trying other new activities. I’ve always had an interest in learning and meeting new people, and I love to travel. I’ve lived abroad in Argentina and Chile to learn Spanish and teach, and in South Korea to teach English.

Services & Specialties

Areas of Expertise/Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Individual Counseling
  • ADHD
  • Premarital counseling
  • Relationship Issues
  • Personal Development
  • PTSD
  • Sexual issues
  • Women’s issues
  • Trauma
  • Life Transitions
  • Couples counseling
  • Coaching
  • Men’s Issues
  • Spiritual Development
  • Anger Management
  • Professional Development
  • Counseling for Teens
  • Family counseling

Grief and Loss

Grief can feel very confusing, as it usually includes a mix of several emotions that for some change daily and others even more rapidly. This can be frustrating and cause us to feel isolated and flustered. We all grieve differently, and finding someone to talk to and provide support regarding grief and loss is very important.

Having personally experienced major losses in my life, I understand the heavy cloud you may be feeling. You may have days when you feel the cloud will never lift. I want you to know that there is hope. Navigating through the thoughts, memories, and feelings can seem debilitating. In our sessions, I will help you find healthy coping skills and peace. God wants you to be able to grow from what you are experiencing, but sometimes we need help to see the growth opportunities or need to ask the hard “why” questions in a safe space. I would be honored to provide the space for you to heal.

Spiritual Development

If you are feeling depleted or are questioning your Christian experience, I would like to support you in that journey. We all need a place to share freely and explore in a supportive and safe environment, one where we can search biblical answers rather than just the opinions of others.

Maybe you’ve been afraid to confront some of your deepest thoughts due to feeling judged and not having a safe space to share them. Perhaps you are trying to understand your life’s purpose or trying to determine which direction to take for an important decision. God has a plan for you, and He wants you to also be empowered to make the best choices that will glorify and honor Him.

Depression

Perhaps the gloom of depression has snuck up on you and now you are feeling low, gloomy, or lacking energy, to name a few common symptoms of depression. If you have feelings of sadness, are lacking energy, have difficulty getting up in the morning, cry often, notice changes in appetite, or feel more irritable toward people around you, then you have come to the right place. Depression can be a dark place where you feel alone and stuck. I am here to support you and help you understand your thoughts, change them if needed, and consider new choices that will positively impact your mood.

I have seen the most success with motivated individuals who want to get out of the hole they’ve been experiencing and desire to include biblical tools in their healing. Sometimes this means exploring what God wants us to be thinking, learning to think about our thoughts, and determining which ones are useful and which ones are not. If you are seeking a therapist because you or someone you love is feeling sad or struggling with depression, I’m glad to help.

Professional Development, Career Coaching, and Personal Development

We spend more hours of the week engaged in our profession/career than we spend doing almost anything else. Therefore, it is very important to feel content with what we are doing. Some people feel more content when they have chosen a career that aligns with their values and meets certain criteria. I can help you organize your priorities and needs, whether you are trying to decide which profession to start, whether to make a change, or how to thrive in the environment you’re already in.

Talking with a professional can help you keep all the pieces together in order to make the best choice for yourself. No matter the profession, we can honor God in what we are doing. Reframing your approach to your current position or understanding how to frame your new position is important, and God wants to be a part of it.

Perhaps for you, professional development includes learning better communication and people skills. Not only will this help you with day-to-day operations, but it will likely also help you to be more successful.

Women’s Issues

Many women in today’s confusing society are struggling with who God has created us to be. You’re not alone in this struggle. When you find out more about what God has for you as a spiritually, sexually, psychologically, relationally, and emotionally healthy woman, you will find more strength and purpose in what you do.

Finding this place may include us talking about a variety of topics, such as your family, body image, self-worth, self-talk, expectations, understanding your misbeliefs, what it means to be a parent, or boundaries.

I understand the challenges women have to face and the importance of recognizing our value as human beings. I hope to be a safe place for you to explore where you are coming from and where you want to go to be a balanced woman.

Payments & Forms

Sessions: I offer 53-minute sessions. Sessions can be held more than once per week, weekly, or every other week. Scheduling options are discussed in greater detail during your Risk-Free Initial Session.

Availability (by office location):

  • Online Counseling

Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for Individuals, Couples, and Groups looking to pursue counseling with me. Please note that there is a fee for the Risk-Free Initial Session as it is a clinical hour and reimbursable to most insurance companies, but if you choose not to reschedule and continue therapy after the initial session the entire fee for the session will be waived. For ongoing treatment the full fee per session is required at the time of service. For more information regarding standard session fees, please contact me directly at (949) 386-7178

Insurance: As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), most insurance companies will reimburse for a portion of my services (as an Out of Network Provider). Please consult with your insurance provider as to whether they specifically cover adolescents, individuals and couples.

Receipts/Statements: In the event you require a printed or digital receipt, I will provide receipts for personal use, insurance reimbursement, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).

Testimonials

I can always depend on Jamie getting back to me, providing me with expert advice when I work my way through an issue with her, whether big or small. She always makes me feel safe, without judgement while still laughing with me to keep matters light and put into perspective. My relationship with her brings strength, clarity and hope in a world that poses challenges and difficulties- she helps me find the joy and meaning. Slam dunk.

Jamie Holiday

Jamie Stodola is kind and gentle and really knows how to go after what is getting in the way. She takes great care in handling sensitive issues, and she does so with courtesy and respect. I felt dignified and acknowledged throughout the work we accomplished together. I am grateful to have found a reliable and trustworthy ally to assist me in my spiritual challenges.

Jeff L

Jamie Stadola has wonderful insight and compassion that allows you to feel heard, make positive steps forward, and feel safe as you reflect and grow.

erin santos

Jamie has been an incredible support for me. At different stages of my life, she has been one my rock. Her advice, different perspectives and her faith in God help me see things in a different light. Many times I have called her from afar to listen to me and to give me advice with a different perspective on situations in my life. Many times we need someone to guide us.

Dennisse K

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Focus Areas

  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Coaching
  • Codependency
  • Counseling for Teens
  • Couples counseling
  • Depression
  • Family counseling
  • Grief and Loss
  • Individual Counseling
  • Life Transitions
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Men’s Issues
  • Online Counseling
  • Personal Development
  • Premarital counseling
  • Professional Development
  • PTSD
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sexual issues
  • Spiritual Development
  • Trauma
  • Women’s issues

COVID-19 Service Update: We are still open for business. In office and online counseling is available if needed.