Janny Becker was raised in the State of Washington in Walla Walla until ten years old and in Spokane thereafter until at age eighteen, she went off to college at the University of Washington in Seattle . In the summer between her freshman and sophomore years she was privileged to get an internship in the US Senate which became a turning point in her life. She stayed at the U ofW to her junior year and then transferred to Columbia University in NYC to study in a specialized program for Occupational Therapy in Mental Health. She did her psychiatric internship at Chestnut Lodge in Rockville, Maryland, where she began to develop a good base for her work in the years to come.
After graduation from Columbia in 1968, she went to work at Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital in New York for the next four years. In 1972 she moved to Seattle and continued her career at the University of Washington in Seattle on the psychiatric in-patient unit.
Over the next period of time she worked in the public system and when she had twenty-one years of experience, she opened her own private outpatient agency. In 1975, she met a man who was involved in politics and eventually married him. They were together 20 years.
In 1977 she got into recovery from alcoholism and has been successful in living a good life in sobriety since.