Jennifer "Jen" Braafladt, LPC Intern
Supervised by Dena Roberts, Ph.D., LPC-S
Hello, I’m Jen and welcome to my bio! As a therapist, my main goal is to be as authentic and curious as possible. I view uncomfortable feelings as the pre-cursor to potential change and strive to help my clients examine 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 them and question their origin and usefulness at the present moment.
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 work with 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 grew up in Ohio and I have lived in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona, prior to landing in Austin 22 years ago. Before deciding to become a therapist, I worked in environmental education, hospitality and non-profit organizations. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, camping, walking with my dogs, reading about bears and watching stand-up comedy.
If you are interested in working together or finding out if we would be a good fit, call 512/201-4501, ext. 168 or click here. I look forward to hearing from you.