Dr. Cody Todd has worked as a clinician since 2005 in areas of in-patient, forensics, interdisciplinary medicine, animal assisted therapy and since 2012 in private practice also serving Fire Service, EMS and their families.
Dr. Cody’s practice has been and is a focused one that is interested in working with individuals/couples/families who are a good fit versus taking on clients just cause they call. Therapy is an investment of time, energy and money and your resources need to be honored by her. Choosing a therapist is a tough and vulnerable decision and one that needs a straightforward approach with a clinician who will speak and engage as a person, not from a place of veiled clinical authority. Dr. Cody wouldn’t want to be spoken to in this way if she was in your shoes, she’d want someone to tell it to her as is and walk alongside her as she figured it out. This philosophy and deeply held belief by her will be extended to you and is foundational to the way she approaches client care.
Dr. Cody has a Master's Degree from Roosevelt University and a Doctoral Degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She completed her Master's Level Internship in Domestic Violence/Forensics, a Doctoral Internship in Health Psychology, a Doctoral Residency in Fire Service/EMS, a two post grad Fellowships in Fire Service/EMS and in Traumatic Stress Studies. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified in Health Psychology, Certified in EMDR, Certified in Equine Therapy and currently undergoing a rigorous 3 year certification process for a therapeutic approach called Somatic Experiencing.
Dr. Cody has extensively trained in numerous therapeutic frameworks including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), to name a few. All of these approaches support the brain's ability to heal and re-wire itself back to a place of homeostasis for deep and long lasting well being. She is committed to continually training in the finest empirically and scientifically available treatment options to offer her clients the best psychological care.
Outside of Dr. Cody’s practice she has served in various roles from Clinical Director of Illinois Fire Fighter Peer Support to Field Instructor/ Subject Matter Expert for the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) to author of various Fire/EMS Mental Health curriculum used all over the United States. She has also written curriculum for the treatment of perpetrators of domestic violence, established norms for a subjective pain rating scale used in integrative practice and numerous other creative endeavors aimed at supporting the human condition in its innate ability to heal. She always seeks to have new experiences of learning and growth as has been done through training alongside firefighters/paramedics, completing hundreds of hours of ride time and volunteering thousands of hours to teach and treat first responders.
Ultimately, the human beings that decide to engage in this process will walk away with an emotional wholeness, clarity and focus through having processed why they do, feel and think the way they do. This is not always an easy process, but one that is worthwhile and freeing. The point of therapy is for it to get better, and it can.