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About Jaayda Ellingham, M.A., AMFT

Jaayda Ellingham graduated with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology.  Ms. Ellingham utilizes a person-centered approach, believing the greatest entry to healing is through the client-therapist relationship in the here and now. With a strong personal and professional foundation in mindfulness-based interventions, Ms. Ellingham’s therapeutic style invites her client’s to process their thoughts, feelings, somatic experiences, and action tendencies with radical acceptance. She draws on a strength-based approach to encourage her clients towards actualization by cultivating a sense of purpose and empowerment attuned to her clients’ values and goals. 


After earning her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Ms. Ellingham went on to pursue her master's degree and clinical training at Pepperdine. While there, she had the opportunity to train at the prestigious Pepperdine Community Counseling Center in Encino, California.  Her experience includes providing weekly individual, couple, and conjoint family psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults to assist her clients in processing and managing presenting issues such as, anxiety, depression, relationship distress, developmental impasses, and trauma-related content. She also focused on gaining skills to help client's manage crises situations and develop emotional regulation skills to assist them in mediating environmental challenges.

Due to her wholehearted belief in the need for mental health professionals to advocate for the betterment of society, Ms. Ellingham has developed a growing interest in sharing her skills and knowledge with adolescents in a range of settings.  While at Pepperdine, Ms. Ellingham provided psychotherapy to commercially sexually exploited youth. She also had the pleasure of facilitating an eight-week Mindfulness and Parenting intensive workshop at Portola Middle-School where she provided guided meditation and mindfulness-based interventions to mediate environmental stressors and enhance the parent-child relationship. Ms. Ellingham also presented a bullying awareness program to middle school children to facilitate discussion and foster awareness about the effects of bullying. With her extensive professional background in the performing arts and athletics, Ms. Ellingham created and implemented performance enhancement workshops to help teens and young adults break the mental and emotional barriers impinging performance.

Ms. Ellingham is providing individual and family therapy services as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (IMF100456) under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Davidson, Psy.D. (PSY24540), a clinical psychologist and founding partner of the Rowan Center for Behavioral Medicine.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psi Chi International Honor Society
  • Existential and Humanistic Institute
  • Organizing for Action (OFA)
  • Alliance for a New Humanity (AHN)