Staff of Personal Counseling, P.C.

Emily J. Parodi, MA, LPC, LMHC

National Certified Counselor - National Board for Certified Counselors
Licensed Professional Counselor - New Jersey (#37PC00327100)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor - New York (#000606)

Emily J. Parodi has spent 15 years working in various aspects of the helping profession, including domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, treatment programs, welfare to work programs, women’s health clinics, and educational institutions.

She has worked with a diverse group of adolescents and adults on issues ranging from addiction, anxiety, career/life satisfaction, domestic violence, intercultural concerns, gender identity, healthy relationships, body image, eating disorders, sexual abuse, coping strategies, balancing work and family, and family planning.

Over the course of Ms. Parodi’s career, she has created and facilitated numerous workshops, including the following: Warning Signs of Addiction; Learning to Say NO; Time, Stress, and Money Management; Defining Your Interests; Managing Anger; Communicating Effectively; Overcoming Fears; Having Positive Body Image; Work Place Success; and Interviewing Skills.

Ms. Parodi is qualified to administer all inventories offered through CPP, Inc. These instruments include the following: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®), the Strong Interest Inventory®, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI), Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behavior ™ (FIRO-B®) and the CALIFORNIA PSYCHOLOGICAL INVENTORY ™ (CPI ™). These products can be used for team-building, career exploration, conflict management, leadership, selection, and retention.

Ms. Parodi has taught various types of courses in urban community colleges in both New Jersey and New York. She has conducted depression screenings and alcohol awareness screenings with these young adults. In addition, Ms. Parodi developed, coordinated, and co-facilitated a women’s discussion group.

Ms. Parodi earned her licensure in New Jersey in 2005 and in New York in 2006. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Counseling and Guidance for Colleges and Community Agencies from New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, with a Psychology minor, from Linfield College in Oregon. While in graduate school she belonged to the Pi Lambda Theta International Honor and Professional Association in Education and as an undergraduate she belonged to the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Science. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Association, and the New Jersey and New York Counseling Associations.

Ms. Parodi’s “prime directive” has been the advancement of the oppressed, disenfranchised, and underserved. She has been a diligent advocate for those whose voice has been silenced. She believes in empowering others so they can fight for their rights. Ms. Parodi’s theoretical orientation stems from the principles of Feminist Counseling. She believes that pathology is derived from the social, political, and economic discrepancies that women and many men face in today’s society. Part of the healing process involves attempting to correct the aforementioned discrepancies.

Ms. Parodi is currently on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jersey City. She does volunteer work for V-Day, which is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, and a Jersey City food pantry.

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