Welcome to Garden Heart Counseling and Healing Arts

Serving Adult Individuals, Couples and Groups in the Oakland Area

Greetings!  I'm Judy Noddin, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Oakland passionate about helping people heal from trauma and anxiety, and thrive through creativity.

We are living in a challenging time of great uncertainty and also great possibility for growth, healing, and change.  If you are experiencing feelings of overwhelm, anxiety or depression you are not alone.   


Now, more than ever, we need the comfort and care of one another and the healing and resilience provided by resources such as nature, silence and stillness, self-expression and creativity. 

Some signs that indicate therapy could be helpful to you:

  • You are feeling that your "well" is empty--that you don't have relationships and/or regular practices that nurture and nourish you. 


  • You may be feeling worn out, worn down and don't know what to do to get your energy and sense of aliveness back.

  • Perhaps you have a constant buzz of anxiety or fear in your body and have difficulty relaxing, feeling safe and accessing a sense a well being.  

  • Maybe in addition to these challenges you also feel bad about yourself; that there is something wrong with you, or you feel frustrated that you can't just "get it together."  

No matter what your struggles are, you are not alone and it can get better

If you are worried that going to therapy is somehow selfish or self-indulgent, I invite you to consider that your willingness to do the hard and courageous work of healing and being fully alive is actually a profound gift to the world.

           In order to heal our planet and our world, we must heal ourselves.

I would be honored to support you on your path to healing and wholeness. 

Together, we will build a safe, supportive therapeutic relationship that will enable you to feel seen, nurtured, and empowered.

It is my belief that you are a miracle of the universe and, just by the fact of your birth onto this planet, you are entitled to love, compassion, healing and belonging. 

At Garden Heart Counseling and Healing Arts, I take a holistic approach to wellness; treating mind, body, and spirit using the power of mindfulness, expressive arts, drama therapy, somatic attachment therapy, and internal family systems (IFS). 


Through our work together, you can learn to regulate your emotions, decrease anxiety, increase stress management skills, process trauma, connect to the present moment, increase cognitive flexibility, cultivate creativity, and regain a sense of well-being and aliveness.

I welcome people of all gender identities, races, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, and body sizes into my practice.

Schedule a free phone consultation to explore how we can work together

I look forward to connecting with you!

"The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.  When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will blossom like flowers."

                                                                            --Thich Nhat Hanh