Justin Allen, MSW, LICSW

justin@affinitypsych.com

Hello, and thank you for looking at my page! I want to give you credit for seeking therapy; it takes a lot of courage to do so, and I’m grateful for your willingness to push through discomfort to reach out for help!

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with about 10 years of experience working in residential, inpatient, intensive outpatient, and outpatient therapy settings. I received my Masters in Social Work from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and my Bachelors from University of Wisconsin-Madison. I work with individual adolescents, young adults, and adults (both in-office and via telehealth) and can help with a wide variety of concerns.

When I’m not “Therapist Justin,” I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, gaming (video, board, and tabletop), playing electric guitar, watching the Timberwolves, going to concerts, and learning about any number of random subjects by going down Wikipedia rabbit holes.

How I Work

Think of my approach as giving my clients fishing rods and teaching them to fish, as opposed to tossing them fish and walking away. I’ll be present with you and provide a strengths-based approach rooted in non-judgment, acceptance, openness, curiosity, and empathy as you work on- and learn more about- yourself. I’ll provide tools and coping skills which you can use in-and-out-of-sessions to help guide you through any distress and pain that can arise during the process. And, this doesn’t mean therapy has to be a miserable experience! We’ll make sure to laugh and embrace the absurdities of this work along the way.

What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I strive to bring my genuine, empathetic, humorous/goofy, and nerdy self to my work, as I want to create a therapeutic relationship and environment that gives you the best chance to embrace your truest self. I don’t shy away from uncomfortable topics of conversation, because doing so would prevent any learning opportunities that could arise. I believe therapeutic work cannot be insulated from the real world, and seek to understand how different systems and cultural forces in your environment impact you as a person. I use humor, irreverence, and a healthy dose of movie/TV quotes to bring fun to our work.

Issues I Treat:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma (including but not limited to: physical/verbal/emotional/sexual abuse, violence, medical trauma, bullying, chronic invalidation)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Co-Occurring Chronic Illness/Chronic Pain
  • Suicidal Ideation & Self-Injury
  • Identity Exploration, Formation, and Changes
  • Life Transitions/Changes
  • Relationship/Interpersonal Challenges
  • Self-Worth & Self-Esteem Concerns
  • Mens’ Issues

Populations I Serve:

  • Adolescents (High-School)
  • Young Adults (roughly 18-30)
  • Adults
  • LGBTQIA+
  • BIPOC
  • People with Co-Occurring Chronic Illness/Chronic Pain

Professional background:

Education

  • Masters in Social Work (Direct Practice Concentration with Adolescents and Adults): University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Bachelor of Arts (Double Major in Psychology and Political Science): University of Wisconsin-Madison

Trainings

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Work with Co-Occurring Chronic Illness & Chronic Pain

Previous Employment

  • Mental Health Systems, Inc. (Twin Cities area)
  • Arubah Emotional Health Services (Minneapolis, MN)

Licensure

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), MN, #23615