Augustin Kendall, MA

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Hello. My therapeutic approach is about bringing you deeper into the reality of your own life. From a grounded place, we can work together to figure out how you manage whatever challenges you experience, bring about the changes you want to make, and work on accepting what is outside your control. 

Therapy with me is less about starting with behavioral change (which will emerge as you become ready for it) and more about self-discovery, healing deep wounds, and finding a path to living more authentically. I can be a guide, a witness, and a partner in your journey through the world. My training is in existential-phenomenological psychology, which is focused on body-mind integration, the importance of relationship, the stories you tell yourself, and building agency. It is similar to narrative and attachment work. Our work together will be driven by what you bring to sessions and your needs at any given point and is an free-form rather than structured one. 

Specialties


I have worked with people experiencing:
  • Grief and loss
  • Gender identity concerns
  • Sexuality questions
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Oppression and marginalization
  • Challenges of living with chronic illness/disability
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Suicidality


This is not an exhaustive list of the life experiences my clients have. Anyone who feels they would benefit from my specific approach to therapy is welcome to contact me. Therapy, in my opinion, is less about working on a particular issue or diagnosis than with a whole person.

Who I work with

I welcome connection with any clients who are looking to heal and grow. I have worked with people experiencing many different forms of mental distress; my approach is more about working with the whole person than with specific diagnoses.
I am competent and comfortable with clients with alternative sexualities, including but not limited to queer, polyamorous, kink/BDSM, and asexual identities.

My approach


My therapeutic style is grounded in three main areas: anti-oppression, phenomenology, and existentialism. 

Anti-oppression


I work with an awareness of intersectional oppression. In some way or another, you are subject to and constricted by societal systems. What society says about us can be helpful or harmful, and for many people, it is harmful.

My stance in therapy is that much distress originates not within you, but arises from the interactions you have with the world and the oppressive systems you have to navigate. I hold this understanding in working with clients both in terms of what you’re exposed to and my own positionality in social structures.

Another piece of my anti-oppression lens is that we live interdependently with others. Individual therapy offers one source of support, but is not enough by itself and in most cases needs to also assist you in developing supportive social connections.

Phenomenology


You are the expert on your life, not me. Part of what I do in our sessions is seek deeper understanding of what it’s like for you to live in the world as the unique person you are. We are also embodied people and must attend to our bodies in order to fully understand how we think, feel, and respond to challenges.

I firmly believe we are all shaped in relation to others, and I want to know how you experience all those relationships. Whatever distress you’re experiencing right now is partly a product of those relationships, and the answers you are seeking can be found in learning how you respond to distress and what you need in such moments, as well as more generally. My role, as I see it, is to help you sort through all the details of your experiences to find the change or growth you need.

Existentialism


We are all capable humans with some amount of self-determination in our lives. My belief is that we each create meaning in different ways—through spirituality or other belief systems, science, relationships with others and ourselves, work or career goals, and in other ways. In the process, we both internalize and build stories about ourselves that may help us for a time. But sometimes we outgrow those and they become harmful. Part of my goal is to explore with you how you find meaning in your life and what your narratives about yourself and others are to see where supportive shifts can happen.

However, the degree of self-determination we each have must be understood in the context of social systems. Sometimes therapeutic work is a matter of shifting your stories to see how choices can become available, and sometimes it is a matter of working toward acceptance of what feels too hard to change or what is not possible to change.
 

How can I help?


Augustin Kendall Reaches

Minneapolis MN