Hi! I'm Justin.
Justin Blackburn, MS, NCC, LPC-Associate
Supervised by Brandi Smith, PhD, LPC-S
I grew up in a little town in East Texas. Counseling was not discussed or mentioned. It was not as mainstream as it is now. I never heard that it was okay to attend therapy or that it was an option. I’m here to tell you, it’s okay to seek help with life.
I believe you are the expert on your life, and your experiences shape your actions and views. Sometimes, we need assistance in understanding and making sense of our story. I provide a safe, judgment-free area to process out loud what you are feeling or thinking. A few of the areas I assist in are anxiety, depression, addiction, identity, relationships, or family issues.
I get it; life brings challenges, and no one gave us a book or a map on how to navigate it. Situations and circumstances can change at a moment’s notice. When things get hard, who do you turn to? Many of us don’t want to take our problems to our family, friends, or partners. Who does that leave for us to talk to? I want to be the person who works with you to help you get through these tough times.
I have a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialty in Marriage, Couple, and Family from Southern Methodist University. SMU is ranked in the top 10 master's counseling programs per bestvalueschools.org. I am a member of AASECT, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.
I have experience in both private practice and PHP/IOP settings. I team up with individual’s adolescent age and up, couples and families. As a former middle school teacher, I understand many of the challenges our adolescents face. I have experience in areas such as anxiety, depression, addictions, relationships, and family systems. In addition, as a member of the donor-conceived community, I understand being raised by a non-biological parent and the struggles that one can face.