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Jennifer Austin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv

Jennifer Austin

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv (she, her)

Verified by Psychology Today Verified by Psychology Today
4 Endorsed
4029 West Main Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006
Let's Connect (269) 350-4143
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My clients are adults who struggle with stress, depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism or serious mental illnesses. They are often facing major life transitions such as graduating from college, getting divorced or preparing for retirement. These times in life are often loaded with difficult questions, self-doubt, disappointment and frustration. My approach is never about making those things go away, as I feel that invalidates a person's internal experience. Instead, my clients learn to honor the reality of their present difficulties without fear while feeling empowered to still live life on their own yet healthier terms.
What are your goals? How will you know you achieved them? My approach blends empathy, humor, and honesty to encourage you and spur you on towards growth. I use ACT, DBT, IFS and Brainspotting to help clients chart a path to wholeness. You can expect to learn a new concept each session and will be offered ways to incorporate what you learn into real life.
I work hard to make my therapy space feel laid back and give you the sense that you can just be yourself. In some ways, I’ll let you take the lead on how fast you want to dive into the issues that brought you to therapy. You might want a couple sessions to build trust with me and that is totally okay. Or you may just jump right in and that's cool too.
Call or Jennifer Austin now for a free 15 minute consultation - (269) 350-4143

My Practice at a Glance

Available in-person

Freedom Counseling

4029 West Main Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49006

(269) 350-4143
My style is skill based, hands on and interactive. For this reason, I only provide in-person sessions for new clients.
I specialize in Stress, Life Transitions and Coping Skills 
$170 Per Session, I accept insurance 
I see individuals and couples  
Let's Connect (269) 350-4143
Photo of Jennifer Austin, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv, Clinical Social Work/Therapist

My Practice at a Glance

Available in-person

Freedom Counseling

4029 West Main Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49006

(269) 350-4143
My style is skill based, hands on and interactive. For this reason, I only provide in-person sessions for new clients.
I specialize in Stress, Life Transitions and Coping Skills 
$170 Per Session, I accept insurance 
I see individuals and couples  

Finances

Fees

  • Individual Sessions $170
  • Sliding scale: apply if you may be eligible
  • Pay by American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Visa

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem | Elevance
  • Blue Care Network
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Medicaid
  • Michigan Education Special Services Association
  • Priority Health
  • UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
  • Out of Network
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Clients are responsible for knowing their own mental health insurance benefits and must pay the copay/deductible at the time of service.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (269) 350-4143
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Jennifer Austin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv
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Clients are responsible for knowing their own mental health insurance benefits and must pay the copay/deductible at the time of service.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (269) 350-4143
Photo of Jennifer Austin, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jennifer Austin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv

Qualifications

  • Verified by Psychology Today Licensed by State of Michigan / 6801095097 Jennifer Austin
  • In Practice for 11 Years
  • Membership with ACSW
  • Degree/Diploma from Western Theological Seminary Master of Divinity / 2012
  • Attended Western Michigan University, Master of Social Work, Graduated 2012
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I have an MDiv as well as my MSW. I strive to live a gospel-inspired life that reflects love, joy, mercy and justice, not religious dogma. My theology is informed by a broad swath of sacred texts, world languages, science, the arts, the beauty of the natural world, and the value of curiosity.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (269) 350-4143
Photo of Jennifer Austin, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jennifer Austin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv
"
I have an MDiv as well as my MSW. I strive to live a gospel-inspired life that reflects love, joy, mercy and justice, not religious dogma. My theology is informed by a broad swath of sacred texts, world languages, science, the arts, the beauty of the natural world, and the value of curiosity.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (269) 350-4143
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Jennifer Austin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv

Specialties and Expertise

Top Specialties

  • Stress
  • Life Transitions
  • Coping Skills

Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Body Positivity
  • Borderline Personality (BPD)
  • Culture shock (refugees, ex-pats)
  • Depression
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Family Conflict
  • Life Coaching
  • Mood Disorders
  • Parenting
  • Personality Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Supervision for limited license social workers
  • Thinking Disorders
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I worked for over a decade in the community mental health system. I've also spent a number of years living in a war-torn country. Pretty much nothing scares or surprises me. I'll never think you're being gross or weird. I'll never feel like you are being too much. I will always believe in you. I will feel honored if you choose to let me in.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (269) 350-4143
Photo of Jennifer Austin, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jennifer Austin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv
"
I worked for over a decade in the community mental health system. I've also spent a number of years living in a war-torn country. Pretty much nothing scares or surprises me. I'll never think you're being gross or weird. I'll never feel like you are being too much. I will always believe in you. I will feel honored if you choose to let me in.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (269) 350-4143
Photo of Jennifer Austin, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jennifer Austin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv

4 Endorsements

Omar A Ruiz
Omar A Ruiz
Marriage & Family TherapistLMFT
I highly recommend Jennifer for her exceptional skill-based, hands-on approach. Specializing in ACT & DBT, she excels at helping clients gain clarity on their goals & progress. Sarah's expertise shines w/ individuals & couples navigating life transitions.
Gilbert R Paivarinta
Gilbert R Paivarinta
Clinical Social Work/TherapistLMSWCAADC
Working in an office area next to Jennifer. I have observed her individual quality of professionalism that offers a set of interpersonal skills resulting in collective collaboration that finds effective solutions for clients we serve.
Lesa Brenner
Lesa Brenner
Clinical Social Work/TherapistLMSW
Jennifer is a skilled and experienced clinician. I appreciate her "whole person" approach to every situation she encounters.

Client Focus

Age

Adults
Elders (65+)

Participants

Individuals
Couples

Communities

Bisexual Allied
Gay Allied
Lesbian Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Single Mother
Transgender Allied

Religion

Christian

Age

Adults
Elders (65+)

Participants

Individuals
Couples

Communities

Bisexual Allied
Gay Allied
Lesbian Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Single Mother
Transgender Allied

Religion

Christian

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
  • Brainspotting
  • Christian Counseling
  • Coaching
  • Dialectical Behavior (DBT)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Somatic
  • Strength-Based
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You can expect a lot of humor, a lot of hands on learning, and typically there will be the opportunity to do work outside of session to enhance what you are learning during session. I use ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) and DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) when working with most clients. The two primary approaches I use with trauma are IFS (internal family systems) and Brainspotting.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (269) 350-4143
Photo of Jennifer Austin, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jennifer Austin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv
"
You can expect a lot of humor, a lot of hands on learning, and typically there will be the opportunity to do work outside of session to enhance what you are learning during session. I use ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) and DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) when working with most clients. The two primary approaches I use with trauma are IFS (internal family systems) and Brainspotting.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (269) 350-4143
Photo of Jennifer Austin, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jennifer Austin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv

Location

Primary Location

Freedom Counseling

4029 West Main Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49006

(269) 350-4143

Nearby Areas

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My style is skill based, hands on and interactive. For this reason, I only provide in-person sessions for new clients.
Call for a free consultation now - (269) 350-4143
Photo of Jennifer Austin, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jennifer Austin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv
"
My style is skill based, hands on and interactive. For this reason, I only provide in-person sessions for new clients.
Call for a free consultation now - (269) 350-4143
Photo of Jennifer Austin, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jennifer Austin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW, MDiv