A nurturing and inclusive space to heal, restore, and move toward thriving in San Antonio, Texas | 210-382-4155
Hello! My name is Jennifer Alumbaugh, my pronouns are she/her. I am an intersectional, trauma-focused, Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, coach, consultant, speaker, and artist. I hold nurturing space for adolescents, adults, professionals, partners, and couples from diverse cultural, spiritual, faith, gender, sexuality, ability, and identities to explore, heal, and enrich their lives. It is important to me to work within the framework of your values and I invite you to bring the whole of yourself into our sessions together. With compassionate care, centered in truth and kindness, and empowering encouragement I will walk with you through the difficult questions, challenging circumstances, and uncertain seasons toward the thriving life you desire.
A Space to Thrive is a Gender and LGBTQ+ Affirming, Sex Positive, Inclusive, Intersectional, Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Rooted private practice.
I have extensive experience working with survivors of psychological and spiritual/religious abuse; complex trauma (sexual violence, childhood/developmental trauma, interpersonal violence); and complex PTSD. I’m certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Seeking Safety Evidence Based Practices; I utilize trauma-informed assessment and interventions with my clients.
As a survivor of complex trauma and traumatic grief and loss, I have the personal experience of healing and recovery as well as my professional training and development. I have my own therapist with whom I have walked the dark path of despair and anger; I have and continue to do the grueling work of healing and maintaining wellness. I practice what I talk about with my clients and use my own experiences to inform and deepen my empathy. I have been razed to the ground, and like a Phoenix, I am rising up out of the ashes.
I love to engage clients in creative process using visual art, poetry, collage, art journaling, writing prompts, and movement. There are places in our brain that have no language for what we feel and remember and think and know, creative process connects us to those parts of ourselves and shifts the stuckness of trauma to free us into deeper healing. You don’t have to know anything about art or creating to use this process with me. Part of our healing and recovery process includes learning how to play and wonder again…or for the first time. Creative play gives us space to explore, make mistakes, paint over them, try again, practice, and in our resilience, we make beauty out of our pain.
Remember the PSA campaign on television years ago, “The More you Know?” I believe that the more we understand the way our brains and bodies respond to trauma, grief, and loss, the better equipped we are to cultivate sustainability in our healing practices. I love to incorporate psychoeducation, articles, and resources into my work with clients because I believe that knowledge and understanding empowers us. I’m in the business of cultivating educated empaths 🙂
I believe you are the expert of your own mind, body, soul, and spirit; I will hold space for you to empower yourself–within your own values and identity–to embrace your expertise and guide your life toward the goals and dreams you foster.
*Individual Counseling for adolescents (ages 15+) and adults – in-office and video session available to residents of Texas and California
*Walk it Out – outdoor walk and talk therapy sessions
*Healing Support Circle for survivors of psychological, emotional, and spiritual/religious abuse
*Couples & Partners Counseling support for couples of all genders and sexualities looking to nurture a new relationship; deepen an established relationship; navigate through trauma together; sex therapy
*Healing for Healers & Helpers – resources and support for physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, spiritual leaders, attorneys, and other helping/healing professionals
*Dreamkeepers Coaching – in-office and video sessions available worldwide
These are some of the issues clients discuss and work through in our sessions. This is far from an exhaustive list, but just to give you an idea about the different ways you might use your therapy sessions.
Please note, the list of issues below may be triggering for you and may connect deeply with things you have lived. If you experience distress and need immediate assistance, you can text, CONNECT to 741741 any time day or night 24/7.
Complex Trauma: sustained environment of abuse, discrimination, oppression, bullying, violence, violation; relationship trauma; hostile/toxic workplace; religious abuse/trauma; socio-political trauma, etc
Developmental Trauma: childhood abuses: physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, religious/spiritual, neglect, etc
Single-incident Trauma: assault, rape, personal injury, witnessing or being the victim of a violent event
Socio-Political Trauma racism, misogyny, sexism, ableism, queer/transphobia, identity erasure, poverty, housing insecurity, food insecurity, refugee, migrant, undocumented, deportation, incarceration, LGBTQ+, discrimination, community violence, gangs, loss of family / community due to identity, hostile work place, police brutality, macro/micro-aggressions, etc…
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Acute Stress Disorder
Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Attachment and Interpersonal Relationships
Addressing Privilege and Socio-Political-Self Awareness
Coping and Stress Management
Death and Dying
Empathy Fatigue & Burn Out
Gender: Identity, Body Dysphoria, Trans*, Nonbinary, Genderqueer, Agender, Cis
Grief and Loss
Identity and Personhood
Couples, Partners, and Marriage Therapy :: open to all genders and orientations
Toward Thriving :: exploring ways to deepen personal, relational, and/or professional joy
Recovering from Religion :: for those who are coming out of abusive/controlling religious or faith communities; Deconstructing after religion; recovering from trauma of Conversion Therapy
Sex and Intimacy