JENNIFER "JEN" BRAAFLADT, LPC INTERN
SUPERVISED BY DENA ROBERTS, PH.D., LPC-S
Hello, I’m Jen – As a therapist, my main goal is to be as authentic and curious as possible. It can be a big decision to begin therapy and finding the right fit with a counselor is the most important step. People come to therapy for a myriad of reasons and I work with clients to find out what they want to change or explore. I have an open, direct manner and strive to provide a space for clients to allow themselves to unfold with awareness and compassion.
I view uncomfortable feelings as the pre-cursor to potential change and strive to help my clients reflect on their experience in an honest and caring way. The counseling relationship is unique in that it offers a space to untangle and explore thoughts, feelings and sensations that can be difficult to unravel alone. Once they are brought to light we can examine and question their origin and usefulness at the present moment. My therapy work is informed by the study of mindfulness, attachment, neurobiology and somatic psychology.
I grew up in Ohio and I have lived in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona, prior to landing in Austin 23 years ago. Before deciding to become a therapist, I worked in environmental education, hospitality and non-profit organizations. Some of my favorite things are my family and friends, dogs, comedy, green chile, bears, nature and New Mexico.
Call Jen at 512/201-4501, ext. 168
INDIVIDUAL & COUPLES
I specialize in working with clients who are healing from past relationship wounds, dealing with anger, looking to improve their current relationships, want coping skills, or who want to contemplate life purpose and live a more satisfying life. I believe we are constantly evolving and therapy can provide the opportunity to shift our perspective when we feel safe and seen. I am also drawn to exploring spirituality and existential beliefs that lie underneath our earthly struggles. Being human is challenging! I am humbled by the opportunity to walk with clients on their journey and witness their resilience.
I also enjoy working with couples, because it can be challenging and rewarding at the same time. Often couples seek counseling when they feel stuck and need a compassionate, non-judgmental space to slow down and address some of the underlying issues and emotions that are keeping them from feeling connected. I specialize in couples experiencing communication problems, lack of intimacy, parenting issues and infidelity, among other issues. Couples therapy can be a place to work through repetitive conflicts and patterns. And the key word is WORK. It can be difficult but the rewards are feeling more love and less frustration. When you feel safe and seen in your primary relationship, the rest of life’s challenges can feel lighter as well. Being in a relationship is one of the hardest things we do as humans. It can challenge us to the very core. I understand this firsthand and enjoy working with couples because I have so much hope and enthusiasm for watching relationships shift and transform.
I am trained in Gottman Method for Couples Therapy (Level 1 & 2). This method utilizes 40 years of research on what makes partnerships successful, and incorporates insight and skills to help couples work through conflict and increase friendship and intimacy. I am also informed by and continue to learn from the research and knowledge of Couples Therapists, Esther Perel, Terrence Real and Stan Tatkin. As a therapist, I can help you discover the strengths in your relationship and help structure your communication techniques surrounding conflict. I enjoy the energy of couples work and incorporate humor and mindfulness into the sessions when appropriate.