Jay Schneider, L.C.S.W.
Jay Schneider, L.C.S.W. is a licensed clinical social worker, a diplomate in social work, and a certified coach. He is the director of Schneider Counseling and Corporate Solutions. Jay founded the MANAGE ANGER DAILY (M.A.D.) anger management program, with over 30 years of experience providing executive coaching, conflict management coaching, counseling and training services to organizations, individuals, couples and families in San Diego and the greater United States.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Schneider was the Director of Clinical Services for SAY San Diego, an outpatient mental health program. For eight years he developed and supervised clinical programs at three offices, serving over 500 troubled adolescents and their families per year.
Through Joan Kroc and Operation Cork he obtained extensive training in the treatment of chemical dependency at the highly acclaimed Hazelden Treatment Institute in Minnesota. Active in several volunteer organizations, he has served in several positions on the board of the San Diego Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professional Association (EAPA) including President, Treasurer, and Chair of both the Treatment and Clinical Standards Committees.
Mr. Schneider was honored to serve on Mayor Maureen O’Conner’s Commission on Substance Abuse. He also served on the board of COACH, the San Diego Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse.
Jay Schneider is certified in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing by National Trauma Services. He has provided trainings, debriefings, consultation and counseling for a number of organizations in San Diego County. (see list)
Mr. Schneider also completed the 9 week Compassion Cultivation Training developed by Stanford School of Medicine and the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). He completed an additional 8 week course in Mindful Self-Compassion. Inspired by the trans-formative effects of compassion cultivation, he incorporates mindfulness and compassion cultivation techniques in his work with individuals, couples and organizations to help others achieve positive, life affirming results.
Professional affiliations include: Employee Assistance Professionals Association, National Association of Social Workers, California Association for Clinical Social Work.
In addition to his professional and volunteer work, Jay Schneider plays guitar in a rock and roll band called “One Track Mind”. He and the band have performed throughout San Diego County at various charitable and fund raising events. A cycling enthusiast, he completed a 212 mile cycling trip from Portland to Seattle, another 235 mile ride from Seattle to Canada and back, and has continued cycling each summer, working his way down the west coast. He writes articles for the award winning M.A.D. blog. His enthusiasm for life and passion for helping others is inspiring and reflected in all his pursuits. You can follow Jay on Twitter http://twitter.com/@JSchneiderLCSW.
Gina Simmons, Ph.D.
Gina Simmons, Ph.D. is co-director of Schneider Counseling and Corporate Solutions. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and certified coach, with over 25 years of experience providing counseling, coaching, training and consulting services for organizations, individuals and families in San Diego County.
Dr. Simmons is certified in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing through National Trauma Services. She has provided consulting, training, and debriefing services for numerous organizations in the San Diego County Area. (see list)
Dr. Simmons completed the 9 week Compassion Cultivation Training developed by Stanford School of Medicine and the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). She also completed an additional 8 week course in Mindful Self-Compassion. Inspired by the life-changing impact of compassion cultivation, she incorporates mindfulness and compassion cultivation techniques in her work with individuals, couples and organizations so that others can achieve positive, life affirming results.
A former columnist for Living Better Magazine, she currently writes for the award winning M.A.D. blog with Jay Schneider, L.C.S.W. The Manage Anger Daily blog provides information about conflict, anger and stress management as well as topical stories on other mental health issues. Dr. Simmons article “Does Violent Media Cause Aggression?” appears in the volume, At Issue: Is Media Violence a Problem?, Vol. 2, published by Gale: Cengage Learning, May, 2010. You can also read her tribute story in Heart of a Military Woman: Stories and Tributes to Those Who Serve Our Country, winner in the Spiritual/Inspirational category from the San Diego Book and Writing Association Awards (2009). Dr. Simmons also contributes to Women In Crime Ink, dubbed by the Wall Street Journal, “A blog worth reading” and the Forbes.com blog Crime,She Writes, sharing psychology research on crime and media issues. She’s been quoted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union Tribune. She was interviewed for the BBC World Service program, How to Be Angry, by Laurence Knight. She also contributes to online media shows discussing a variety of mental health topics.
Dr. Simmons created a career guidance program to help those in need of career direction and inspiration. This program includes testing to determine aptitudes, interests and personality traits, toward the goal of identifying a fulfilling career.
As a member of the Employee Assistance Professional Association, she has served as the chair of the Treatment Committee, and has provided speaking, training, and coordinating services for several EAPA events. Former adjunct faculty in psychology at San Diego City College, she continues to provide community service education programs throughout San Diego.
Her professional affiliations include: American Psychological Association, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.
Dr. Simmons sings and plays bass guitar for the rock band “One Track Mind”. They have performed for several charitable and fund raising events in San Diego County. She is passionate about helping others to live more rewarding and fulfilling lives. You can follow Gina’s tweets at http://twitter.com/@DrGinaSimmons.