Jennifer Paap, LPC Intern
Supervised by Dena Roberts, Ph.D., LPC-S
Hello. I’m glad that you’ve landed here and that you’re considering counseling. I believe with certainty that whatever has brought you here is worthy of a whole lot of compassion. It takes courage to seek help especially in the self-sufficient, fast-paced, technology driven culture we’re living in. I feel truly honored to do this work and strive to treat my client’s vulnerability with great care, presence and respect.
I view my role of therapist as guide, facilitator, sometimes coach and always cheerleader. I believe we each contain immense inner wisdom and while we’ll work collaboratively, I place confidence in you as the expert of your life. I aim to help clients harness insight and gain an increased sense of agency for healing and change to occur.
Counseling is very conversational. In the beginning, we’ll take the time to talk about what brought you in, your concerns, needs, and what you hope to get out of counseling if you know; if not, that’s ok. I’m devoted to holding the right balance of curiosity and challenge to help navigate thoughts, emotions, and/or tough patterns that may have been helpful at one time but are ready for some change. Working together, we talk through your concerns to find strategies and techniques that feel right for you. We’ll identify goals and move at your pace to work toward them. My overarching intention for our work together is to help you cultivate self-compassion, healing, insight and tools to take an empowered, unwavering stance in your life.
My work as a therapist is inspired by transformative experiences of witnessing, acceptance, and guidance from therapists and teachers along the way. I have a deep faith and trust in the power of therapeutic connection and healing, having experienced it myself. I strive to create a space where clients can feel safe enough to be themselves. I’ve worked with individuals through a variety of issues, including grief and loss, life transitions, life purpose, low self-esteem, spirituality, anxiety, depression and trauma. I practice from an attachment-based perspective with a focus on mind, body and spirit. With an integrative approach, I utilize techniques from Internal Family Systems (IFS), CBT, neurobiology, ACT, mindfulness, existential and experiential frameworks. I’m trained in EMDR and have found this to be an especially effective treatment approach when working with painful issues from the past.
My life experiences outside of formal training richly inform my therapy work. I’ve been gifted with a deep curiosity and wanderlust, inspiring numerous twists and turns. From conducting investigative work, to organizing large-scale international medical conventions, to living in several locations around the United States, to studying several mystical spiritual traditions. After a 15 plus year career in medical education and project management, I obtained a Masters in Counseling from St. Edwards University. What I have found to be the pulse within my curiosity is a deep appreciation for differing cultural perspectives and discovering the things that connect us all.
Outside of the counseling room I love spending time with family and friends, practicing yoga, discovering new hiking and coffee shops in Austin, road-tripping, and spoiling my 9-year-old Border Collie, Moki.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment with me, please request me on the Get Started page, or call me at 512/201-4501, ext. 167. I would love to speak with you.