Jennifer Alley, LPC-S
I provide faith-sensitive individual, couple, and group counseling for adults in Austin, Texas, for a variety of issues including shame, trauma, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, stress reduction, domestic and sexual violence, and life transitions. Faith-sensitive means that I will meet you wherever you are in terms of religious or spiritual views. I hold a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University and am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor in the state of Texas (#66057). My life experiences and genuine care and compassion for others brought me to the field of counseling following my time as a high school teacher. I am so grateful for my work as a therapist because I love the privilege of walking with brave individuals, couples and families on their journey toward greater joy, peace, more meaningful lives, and healthier relationships.
I am trained in the treatment of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), as well as Dr. Brené Brown’s Connections, Daring Way™, and Rising Strong™ curriculums which focus on recognizing shame as a universal experience, exploring one’s own shame and shame triggers, building empathy and self-compassion, and rising when we fall from life's struggles in order to embrace a more wholehearted, authentic life. I have also completed the Level I training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and am a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. Currently, I am training with Juliane Taylor Shore in Interpersonal Neurobiology and am utilizing the latest neuroscience research in my work with clients.
My therapeutic approach is client-centered in that I will meet you where you are, help you identify your concerns and strengths, and work with you to establish goals. I believe that a large part of healing and change involves owning, sharing, and integrating our stories. While listening empathically and compassionately to your story, I often offer a blend of seriousness and humor as laughter can be healing and helpful when done in a professional, respectful way. It is my hope that you will find therapy with me to be warm and non-judgmental and that you can feel safe to be vulnerable and do this brave and courageous work.
In addition to offering individual, couple, and group services, I am also able to come to your office, organization, or church to facilitate a workshop or group.
Outside of my professional calling, I am a wife and mom. I love the outdoors and am passionate about learning. I am constantly striving to finding balance in life, to cherish ordinary moments, and to live authentically and wholeheartedly.
Fees: Initial 15 minute phone consultation: free
Individuals and couples: $130/50-55 min session
Insurance: I am in-network with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas PPO & POS. If I do not accept your insurance, I am happy to provide you with a receipt to turn into your insurance company. They can give you information about your out-of-network benefits.
Austin Counselors Associates
Associates are post-graduate interns working toward their licensure hours. They have completed their Master's in Counseling and are able to provide therapy at a reduced rate.
Leylee Morris, LPC-intern
Supervised by Jen Alley, LPC-S
Welcome! I am a bilingual native Texan and have called Austin home for the past two and a half years after relocating from Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I want to acknowledge your courage as you explore engaging in the counseling process. I am excited to learn about you and am interested in exploring and better understanding your lived experience. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor- Intern (#78653) in the state of Texas and have provided counseling services in a variety of settings including outpatient and inpatient clinics, private practice, and in the University setting.
My work as a counselor is rooted in deep compassion, playfulness, and acceptance to create a safe place to grow. I believe that the therapy process should be geared towards self-exploration and healing in which you as the client determine the direction and depth of therapy. Because I believe that we grow in connection with others, the therapeutic relationship can be a powerful conductor for healing, and we will work collaboratively to reach your goals. With your courage, strength, and commitment, we will work together to utilize your inner resources to achieve the balance, health, and growth you desire.
I have a client-centered, humanistic (belief everyone has an innate capacity to flourish), and direct approach. Throughout our work together I will use a variety of different treatment techniques to move towards the integration of mind, body, and spirit depending on your individual needs. I believe a substantial part of growing and living an authentic life involves taking ownership of our narrative through the integration of our stories. During each session, I will incorporate mindfulness techniques, interpersonal neurobiology, somatic experiencing interventions, and narrative therapy.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M International University which I obtained in 2012, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016 from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. For the last eight years, I have worked in various positions within the mental health field. My practice includes treating adults, couples, and groups for a variety of presenting concerns including relational issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, and stress management.