Jodi Rose Gonzales ATR, NCC, RYT200 is an artist, art therapist, author, yogi and coach whose mission is to empower creative people to achieve lasting personal change and breakthrough professional results. Using a unique evidence-based program informed by art therapy, positive psychology, neuroscience and yoga, Jodi shows her clients how to achieve peak performance, peace of mind, enhanced clarity, and improved creativity and focus.
Jodi has a dynamic background and a wide range of professional expertise:
A Pioneering Strategist and Leader
Jodi has pioneered numerous non-profit and community programs. In 2001, she launched the community outreach program at the Peninsula School of Art; in 2009, she co-founded an art-based economic development initiative in Perry County, TN; and most recently she led a WWII museum to achieve Core Documents Verification by the American Alliance of Museums, a recognition attained by approximately 3% of American museums.
Over the past two decades, Jodi has curated and implemented over 110 community arts projects & exhibits, including public art and temporary environmental sculpture installations.
Jodi is a graduate of Door County Leadership and Greater Tucson Leadership. She has served on the Board of Directors of numerous arts and environmental non-profit organizations; she has been a grant administrator and panelist for the Peninsula Arts Association and the Wisconsin Arts Board, and she was an Honorary Squadron Commander of the 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Az.
Jodi served on the Board of the Arizona Art Therapy Association during a critical time in the organization's history: the creation and passing of bill SB 1434, which recommended title protection for art therapists in the State of Arizona. Jodi testified on behalf of her profession before a joint committee, which later moved the bill forward for official vote. SB 1434 was signed into law by Governor Ducey in May, 2017.
An Engaging Speaker and Presenter
Jodi has presented three times at the national conference of the American Art Therapy Association; as well as at colleges and regional conferences. She offers her knowledge to entrepreneurs; (active and veteran) military members; academic leaders; non-profit organizations (board, staff, and/or members); and to the general public.
A Classically Trained and Credentialed Healer
Jodi has studied with numerous art therapy pioneers including Arthur Robbins, Pat Allen, Bruce Moon and Sean McNiff. She holds a dual Masters Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and Counseling Psychology from Prescott College, and is credentialed by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB).
Since 2010, Jodi has worked in a variety of clinical and therapeutic settings including private practice, residential treatment, outpatient clinics, vocational rehabilitation programs, and a day shelter program for adults with developmental disability. She has worked extensively with children in protective custody; women and teens with eating disorders and/or addiction; and adults with developmental disability, autism, severe brain trauma, and/or PTSD.
Projects under Jodi's direction have been featured in various publications including the New York Times, the Tennessean, and the Journal of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. She has been sourced in over 100 newspaper articles, while making appearances on all major network TV stations, and radio.
Jodi is a Yogi
Jodi has practiced yoga on and off the mat since 1997. From 2006-2009, she taught yoga in rural communities and to the elderly under national group exercise certification. In 2010, she completed a 4 month seva (selfless service) program at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Wellness. During this time she studied with Stephen Cope, Larissa Hall Carlson, Guru Singh, and other yoga/thought leaders. In 2015, she completed a six month hatha yoga teacher training and personal intensive under the instruction of Swami Mahatarananda.
Jodi holds an RYT200 yoga teaching credential from the Yoga Alliance. She teaches yoga in therapeutic settings including assisted living, residential treatment, and the VA hospital. She has presented workshops at the Tucson Yoga Festival as well at traditional yoga studios.