Today we’d like to introduce you to Jodi Abramowitz.
Jodi, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My interest in psychology was rooted in a couple of experiences. I grew up in a medical family, my father and both grandfathers were physicians and my mother was a nurse. As one who has always been queasy at the sight of blood, I knew that physical medicine wasn’t for me. However, I saw the meaningful and life-changing relationships they had with their patients and I knew I wanted those experiences too. Additionally, I experienced hardships growing up as the result of immigrants parents with little social support, their eventual divorce, and both of my parents being affected by mental health issues. This set the foundation of passion and purpose for pursuing a career in psychology.
I attended college at SDSU, where I began my journey towards becoming a clinical psychologist. I moved across the country (back to where I was born in New York) to attend graduate school. I spent four years in New York working with incredibly diverse populations and training with some of the best in the field. I then spent another three years back in San Diego completing internships and fellowships and became rooted in the San Diego psychology community. With a great understanding of the North County coastal community where I grew up, I got licensed and opened my practice in 2015.
My first office, in Del Mar, was a small space. I rented a few times a week from another therapist. It was a great place to start but I dreamed of creating my own office one day. Six months later, that time came and I was ready to move into my light and bright ocean view space just down the street. My practice continued to grow and I brought on an intern to see clients I didn’t have the availability to take on. I reconnected with a passion for supervising and loved being able to support a newer clinician in reaching and helping more people. In 2019, it was time to expand once again and we moved into our 1500 sq foot home at 115 W. Plaza Street. The Solana Beach community has been an incredible place to settle and continue to grow the mission and vision of my practice.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The most difficult part was getting clients initially and I quickly realized how little graduate school had taught me about running a business. I received some good advice about networking and marketing and put myself out there to various professionals in the community. I have always felt the need to work as a team to best support clients so connecting with others who could make up these teams made sense to me. I feel incredibly lucky and grateful for the individuals I connected with, many of whom are incredible female providers and entrepreneurs. They took an interest in supporting me by connecting me with their professional networks, referring to me, and being excited about what I was bringing to the community.
The biggest challenge I had early on was knowing who to refer to when my caseload was at capacity. The problem here is that there are many therapists and psychologists but it is hard to know what actually happens in the therapy room and therefore difficult to strongly recommend someone. There are so many different types of therapists I’ve heard story after story of individuals who had experiences in therapy that led them to not return to therapy for years, if ever again. It is for this reason that I began expanding my practice. I wanted to be able to feel strongly about recommendations I was making and create a team where I knew firsthand the quality of care being provided. One of the strongest predictors of success in therapy is the therapeutic rapport between client and therapist. In my opinion, if you don’t have that, you have nothing. I am proud to have created a community of skilled clinicians that are first and foremost compassionate and authentic human beings.
Please tell us about Tides Wellness.
Tides Wellness is a collaborative mental health practice in the beautiful Fletcher Cove area of Solana Beach. We provide psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. We utilize evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing. We use these practices and related skills to support individuals struggling with anxiety and depression, typically related to trauma, environmental stressors, and life changes/transitions.
Having five therapists on staff allows us to assist families looking for support with various parts of the family system. For example, we have therapists who see siblings and then can collaborate and provide joint and consistent feedback to parents to support the family system as a whole. Typically, it is also easier to get family members into treatment with us when a family member shares their positive experience with a member of our team. In addition to our therapists, we have an on-site Psychiatrist and Assessment Psychologist. This allows collaboration and continuity of care with more of a one-stop-shop for mental health care.
I am most proud of the way we are constantly adjusting our practice to meet the needs of our community.
Over the years, I have seen a great need for OCD treatment and recently attended advanced training in the effective treatment of OCD. OCD is a disorder that typically takes an average of 17 years to properly diagnose and treat and I am proud that we are working on a way to do better with diagnosis and effective treatment. Another one of my clinicians has seen a need for advanced training in trauma work and has recently begun a series of trainings to support her growth in this area. I am proud that as clinicians, we never stop growing and learning more to best support our clients. It is our willingness to go above and beyond and do our best even if it is in what some might consider, out of the box ways.
Currently, we are working hard to put a group program in place. Individual therapy is great but there are times, especially for teens and young adults or for specific challenges, where a group format is even more helpful. Many practices struggle to offer groups because scheduling can be tough and people end up filling their schedules with individual clients. Clinically, I know the immense value of groups and have worked hard to create a group program that can meet the needs of the community. We are always open to new ideas for groups as a way to continue supporting the specific needs of our community.
As far as the community, we continue to look for opportunities to connect and support our local area outside of the office walls. This year we began implementing a social-emotional intervention at a local private school to support middle school students in learning and practicing vital self-awareness and communication skills. We hope to continue with our mission to support skill development in these areas by expanding and offering this program to more local schools.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Birthdays were always super special in our house. We had a tradition of birthday serenades where the family would walk in singing happy birthday carrying presents and balloons. The birthday child would wait in bed anticipating and awaiting the serenade. No matter how difficult things became for our family, we always kept this tradition alive.
- Address: 115 W Plaza Street Solana Beach California 92075
- Website: www.tideswellness.com
- Phone: 8584809683
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org