About

Jody L. Miller

“I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.”

– John O’Donohue, poet/philosopher

 

Professional Background

My combined professional experience includes over 15 years working in higher education, community mental health settings and residential treatment centers for adults with mental health challenges. I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a masters degree in Counseling  from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying under the distinguished Bruce E. Wampold. Additionally, I completed several graduate courses in Counseling at the University of Texas-Austin. What does this mean? Well, I believe it means that I received outstanding training as a counselor/therapist from one of the highest ranked Counseling Psychology programs. It also means I am passionate about the research and practice of psychology and counseling! Currently I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern supervised by Sharon K. Bien, LPC-S in Austin, TX. 

Personal Background

I grew up playing in the woods and paddling the lakes and rivers of northern Minnesota. I have also lived in Germany, the New York City metro area and lovely Madison, WI. Additionally, I have enjoyed adventures to Iceland, France, Spain, Netherlands, India, Guatemala, Mexico and Canada. Since 2008 this midwesterner has resided in Austin, TX and learned to say "Y'all."

 

As a five year old undergoing surgery, I had a near-death/out of body experience that catalyzed a disconnect from my body that, when compounded with the sudden death of my father as well as other occurring traumatic experiences... well, this resulted in my living with a serious dissociative disorder for much of my life. This was in the 1980s-1990s and, at that time, appropriate treatment for such a disorder was not easy to find. So, in 1993 I began familiarizing myself with associated research and did my best to teach therapists how to help me heal. That's a "Minnesota Nice" way of stating that treatment was arduous and ultimately inspired my mission to heal, thrive and become a professional who offers personally and clinically informed treatment to people suffering from dissociative disorders. I also have a special place in my heart for working with persons identifying as LGBTQ+. We all deserve wholeness and connectedness, and I am grateful to possess a lived wisdom that enhances my professional training.

Personal Interests

Quantum & Astro physics, existentialism and philosophy of Self, animals, being with nature, meditation, vegan cooking, The X-Files, swimming, connecting with others

Professional Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association

  • International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

  • The Dissociative Identity Disorder Study Group (Dr. Colin Ross)

Professional Presentations

"From Both Sides Now: An Insider's Tour of Dissociative Identity Disorder"

 

Education

MS Counseling (2008), University of Wisconsin-Madison

BS Psychology (2001), Bemidji State University (Minnesota)

 

Jody L. Miller, MS, LPC-Intern supervised by Sharon Bien, MA, LPC-S