Allahna  Kaj

Allahna Kaj

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Texas Accepting Online
Austin Not Accepting In-person
Updated August 4, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Stress management
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic illness
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Life coaching

Professional statement

Allahna Kaj has an integrative approach to individualized psychotherapy. She grounds her work in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which provides a framework for helping her clients understand their thoughts, emotions, behavior and reactions. She has six years of experience as a Group Facilitator and Individual Therapist in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based skills and mindfulness-based approach for creating emotional regulation, interpersonal and distress tolerance skills. Her approach is also informed by Polyvagal Theory, focused on the Vagal Nerve’s role in moderating the autonomic and sympathetic nervous system and the fear response. She is deeply invested in Interpersonal Neuro-biology, the critical role relationships play in overall wellness.

Ms. Kaj received her BA from UMass-Boston (2002) with honors in a double major—Psychology and Study of Religion with an undergraduate honors thesis on integrating psychology and religion. This was followed by a MSW from Smith College School for Social Work (2004), where her research focused on overcoming personal and spiritual crisis. After graduating, Ms. Kaj completed the UMASS Medical School practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

For over 15 years Ms. Kaj has helped her clients navigate life’s challenges—depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, medical problems, substance use, aging, disability. She also specializes in PFAOMC (Psychological Factors Affecting Other Medical Conditions).

Allahna Kaj offers I offers a variety of logistical options for her Texas clients: meeting by telehealth, by scheduling an office visit or an outdoors walk-and-talk session, or in her outdoor courtyard area. For a free 20-minute consultation, please contact her on this page.


Message to clients

Life is a gift, a song waiting to be sung. But life can be hard. Whether it’s a lifetime of bad breaks, heart-rending losses, crippling anxiety or you’re looking to occupy your place in the sun, we can encourage new skills and a mindset to thrive. Building a rich and meaningful life means taking a risk. As your ally, I take that risk with you. I help make your growth simple--not effortless, but simple and achievable..

I base my work on a deep belief in the power of the therapeutic relationship. I also deeply believe in the effectiveness of research-supported techniques like CBT, DBT, ACT. But it’s the therapeutic relationship that brings those techniques to life. It creates a dynamic synergy that’s larger than the sum of its parts -- like H20 is more than Hydrogen and Oxygen. I offer psychoeducation, role-plays and often ask my clients to journal between sessions with words, music, art or poetry to help process their emotions. I’ll walk with you as we look back on the past and we’ll look forward to envision what could be. We’ll detect the pivot points, anticipate the roadblocks and try out your work-arounds.

My special passion is integrating my clients’ religious/spiritual beliefs into traditional therapy. I identify as Christian but I’m religiously multi-lingual. I was raised in the church but I’ve been around the block. Of course, it’s not necessary but if you’d like, we can integrate your spiritual life into psychological traditions.


Specialties

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Chronic illness - Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress

Cultural adjustment - Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places

Life coaching - Identifying intentions and implementing strategies to build resilience and work towards one’s personal, health, or career goals




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $45 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • IvyPay
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Texas)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Austin practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Work and Education

Years of Experience: 17 years

A.K. Counseling, Owner and Therapist, 2019 - Present
Blue Moon Senior Counseling, Therapist, 2018 - Present
Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute, Individual and Group Therapist, 2018 - 2020
Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association, Social Work Case Manager, 2013 - 2016
Adcare Hospital, Substance Abuse Counselor, 2011 - 2012
Newton Wellesley Eating Disorders and Behavioral Medicine, Therapist, 2010 - 2011
Valley Psychiatric Service, Individual and DBT Group Therapist, 2004 - 2010

Smith College School for Social Work, MSW, 2004
University of Massachusetts-Boston, B.A. Psychology and Study of Religion, 2002


Licensure

Texas: 64539


Languages

English


Client testimonials

"Allahna was very friendly and easy to talk to. I enjoyed our conversation and look forward to meeting with her again."
- Zencare client • June 2021