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Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC is the Co-Founder, CEO, and VP of Business Development at The Better Institute. She is a respected and established professional who passionately serves as an “Accountability Partner” to her Coaching, Counseling and Consulting clients to help them Get Better.
She brings a wealth of experience as a trained professional coach, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor and as a technology consultant for tech startups focused on the intersection of technology and mental health.
Jody holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration, and is a graduate of the Professional Coaching Certification Program at Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania, a Level II Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-II), and a Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC) by the National Council on Problem Gambling. She serves as Vice President for the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board.
Jody is a recognized expert on Gambling & Substance Addiction as well as Leadership Development. She has received “Person of the Year” award from the PA Council on Compulsive Gambling for her work in prevention, education and training, and clinical practice in the field of gambling addiction. She has appeared in numerous TV, print media, and national webinars on the topics of mental health, addiction and technology.
As a coach, Jody brings her deep understanding of human behavior, relaxed and accessible nature, intuitiveness, and abilities as a certified facilitator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and other recognized personality assessment tools. She values building a relationship with her client that is future focused, genuine and built on the principle of open communication. Her genuine interest is in seeing each client identify their goals and Get Better. As their “accountability partner”, Jody challenges and encourages her clients while maintaining objectivity and balance. She enjoys coaching individuals and couples or partners seeking alignment and a clear vision and focus to Get Better.
Fun Facts: Jody is co-owner of Pittsburgh Guitars with her husband, John Bechtold. She also trained her golden retriever, Hanna, for pet therapy. Hanna may appear in the office from time to time.