Jinji Willingham

(MA, LPC)

About Me

Are communication, anxiety, and trust issues having a negative impact on your most cherished relationships? Do you tend to worry about what comes next or ruminate about past events? If you're having a hard time figuring out how to build the life you want, you're not alone! Together we can help you settle emotional distress, learn beneficial coping skills, restore equilibrium, and build healthy relationships. I truly believe that help begins by reaching out, and I’m glad - I’m glad you reached me through BetterHelp Online Counseling!

Who am I?
I’m Jinji Willingham, an Austin-based Licensed Professional Counselor with 6 years of experience working with individuals (18+), couples, and families. I have a warm, engaged, and compassionate therapeutic presence that helps clients feel secure and able to discuss what's difficult in life. I’m here to be truly present, offer emotional support and listen attentively, and also to offer practical support and useful skills that will be actively helpful in your life. I am here for you and “easy to find.” Our work together will help you learn how to regulate emotional upsets caused by anxiety, reactivity, and despair, regain equilibrium, and allow us to focus on building the insight, lasting resiliency practices, & relationship skills that will bring you a sense of well-being.

Who I Work With:
I specialize in trauma-focused mindfulness therapy with couples, millennials, men, college & graduate students, pregnant women and new mothers, parents & kids in blended & separated families, child/pregnancy loss, seriously ill patients & their family caregivers, professional caregivers (medical, educators, mental health), touring musicians, high-profile leadership, performers, and public figures, as well as those experiencing ecological and political distress.

How We Work Together:
I incorporate mindfulness-based, solution focused therapy that both raises insights and builds emotional regulation and resiliency skills that will release stress, distress, and trauma, emotionally regulate anxiety and depression, and reduce feelings of aloneness,. This will allow us to focus on building the insight, resiliency, & relationship skills that will bring you a sense of well-being.

Who Benefits From On-Line Counseling:
Research is showing us that online counseling can be very helpful in our increasingly mobile and digital lifestyles, and is particularly effective for:
* those who frequently travel for work and are away from home
* couples and families with busy active and life-styles
* multi-tasking and highly mobile college and graduate students
* medical caregivers whose long shifts make in-office counseling difficult
* individuals who are home-bound due to age, disability, or illness
* family caregivers of the elderly, disabled, seriously ill family members
* highly sensitive or introverted individuals who are prone to significant social anxiety and feel most secure at home
* high-profile corporate leadership
* high-profile performers and public figures

Why People Seek Online Counseling:
* relationship challenges with partners, family, peers, and at work
* current distress or long-term trauma and abuse
* anxiety and depression
* parenting
* anxiety and PTSD
* cultural/political anxiety and despair
* anxiety and grief of significant change and life transitions
* self-harmful behaviors
* preoccupied, anxious thinking
* pregnancy and postpartum adjustment
* bereavement, loss, and grief.

I have an MA in Counseling Psychology and have studied at UCLA, St. Edwards University, Seton Medical Center in Austin, TX, and Upaya Zen Center in Sante Fe, NM. My therapeutic orientation is rooted in attachment-based interpersonal dynamics, family systems, zen psychology, embodied mindfulness practice, and narrative therapy.
In addition to a B.A. in history, an M.A. in English, a C.Phil in Intellectual History, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, I’ve attended additional post-graduate training in Mindsight, Internal Family Systems Therapy, ICARE Resiliency Model, Brainspotting, Trauma Focused CBT, ENSO Model of Relational Care, and Integral Somatic Psychotherapy. I specialize in working with individuals facing with chronic, life-limiting and terminal illness (including auto-immune and undiagnosed diseases), their family members, family caregivers, and medical professionals, as well as grief, loss, and bereavement. 


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD
Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #73509 (Expires: 2021-10-01)