Meet Jennifer

A Space to Thrive Founding Therapist,
Jennifer Alumbaugh, LMFT 

jennifer@aspacetothrive.com

Compassionate curiosity, intersectional healing, and trauma-informed psychotherapy are core values of my counseling practice.

Like any finely tuned machine, we ourselves—comprised of mind, body, soul, and spirit—require regular tune-ups. I call it, soul maintenance. Sometimes repairs are needed; sometimes we just need regular check-ups to keep everything running smoothly; other times we have to replace the parts that aren’t working; and sometimes most things are going well but we’d really like to amp up that one system or spiff up a particular feature. This is how I like to imagine the counseling process.

How is your soul maintenance?

Hello!  My name is Jennifer Alumbaugh, my pronouns are she/they.  I am a queer, fat, femme, who is a neurodivergent, intersectional, trauma-focused, Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, coach, consultant, speaker, and artist. I hold nurturing space for adults, helping professionals, partners, and couples of expansive cultural, spiritual, 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, LGBTQ+, and NeuroDiversity Affirming, Sex Positive, Inclusive, Intersectional, Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Rooted private practice.

I work from a client-centered, collaborative therapy model, ie: we are here to work together, each sharing our knowledge and resources, to help you live more deeply into your truth and authenticity. I approach therapeutic support from a decolonizing, community care model rather than using the historically oppressive and ableist medical model. I am constantly working to unlearn the inherent settler/colonizer ideologies that come with my whiteness and from living in a capitalist system. I am committed to my own continued work in therapy and wellness maintenance and consider it my ethical responsibility to my clients that I have an ongoing practice of accountability, training, and growth.

As a survivor of complex trauma, religious trauma, and traumatic grief and loss, I have lived-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.

Artwork by Jennifer Alumbaugh, LMFT

As a therapist, I have extensive experience working with those who have experienced psychological abuse, religious trauma, complex trauma (sexual violence, childhood/developmental trauma, interpersonal violence); and complex PTSD. I’m trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Seeking Safety Evidence Based Practices; I utilize trauma-informed assessment and interventions with my clients.

Artwork by Jennifer Alumbaugh, LMFT

Since 2001, I have worked with adolescents in Los Angeles County and in South and Central Texas—in foster care, in the juvenile justice system, and in school settings as a foster parent, therapist/therapeutic mentor, counselor, and coach.  From 2015-2017 I served as a therapist with the Girl Scouts of Central Texas Beyond Bars program—serving a population of girls all of whom have mothers who are in or have been in prison.  Through this program I provided one-on-one therapy for girls and group therapy process for moms incarcerated in Gatesville, TX.

I believe you are the expert of your own mind, body, soul, and spirit; my role is to empower you to embrace your expertise and guide your life toward the goals and dreams you foster.

Artwork by Jennifer Alumbaugh, LMFT

I am currently licensed and in good standing with the State MFT Boards of Licensure of Texas and California (Inactive), I am an AAMFT Clinical Fellow Member, and a Founding Member of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (TAMFT). I received my Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and earned my Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA.  I am a business member of the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce and an active member of and advocate for LGBTQ+ people.

I look forward to meeting you and embarking on a journey of healing, growth, insight, and understanding together!

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