Janis E. McKinstry, MA

PsychoSpiritual & Holistic Wellness Counselor

janismckinstry.com

I help Highly Sensitive People transform the feeling of overwhelm into calm confidence and authentic empowerment in their lives.

Albuquerque, NM
In-Person Sessions
Virtual Sessions

Recent Reviews

5.0 of 5 (2)
Finding Janis at my darkest time in life was a nothing short of lifesaving/ changing event for me. Janis beyond being very professional, provides a safe place for you to discuss anything and everything. From my horrific childhood traumas to my current medical issues, Janis has brought me so much knowledge, insight, healing, and support that no other counselor has done for me in my entire life. Janis is always ever present in our sessions and while easy to confide in and at my pace, her intuition and experience has helped me above and beyond my expectations no matter how difficult the topic. Janis not only provided emergency emotional support to stop the darkness from completely engulfing me, but additionally provided me with tools and knowledge that I continue to employ in my everyday life. Today I am a completely different person (for the better)in all aspects of my life; emotional, spiritual, nutritional, health, etc because of Janis..Above and beyond all of these traits, Janis is just good for your soul.
If you are looking for a counselor that is intuitive, astute, compassionate, and gently yet powerfully productive, Janis is the real deal. Not only has Janis served as a mentor, she has lead me and continues to lead me to my own empowerment — she helps me to fulfill my potential while releasing that which doesn’t serve me. Janis is an incredibly active listener, all the while being incredibly in tune to her client’s energy during the session. She perceives emotional shifts in me immediately, and is able to help me to tap into the deeper meanings in what I’m processing. Janis possesses many productive tools in her arsenal that are non-invasive, gentle, and progressive. In less than a year with Janis, I have let go of destructive daily habits related to childhood trauma that I never imagined releasing with such ease. This doesn’t mean that it is easy. Janis is the person that will ask you the difficult questions in the most nurturing way. She helps her clients to move through feelings of such trauma-based habits in a non-attached observational manner. Additionally, Janis uses a holistic and wholistic approach with her clients. She has many skill sets that she has acquired within her lifetime that allow her to help her client at every angle — this includes dietary habits, meditation practice, self-care practices, as well as hormonal balancing, to name a few. If you are concerned about conducting your counseling via video call, I can assure you there is nothing to worry about. I was concerned that I would feel distant from Janis. However, I do not. She is so focused in the sessions, that I feel drawn in and focused on in such a way that even when I begin to hit a block, she is my advocate and pulls me right back in to my experience. I can’t say enough good things about Janis. My hope is that this review provides enough information to help you in your journey in finding the right counselor for you. Janis has been the perfect fit for me.

License, Credentials & Experience

Janis has been helping people for 35 years
MA in Counseling Psychology
John F Kennedy University
Nutritional Leadership
Institute of Nutritional Leadership
Hashimoto's Practitioner
Hashimoto's Institute
Nutritional Therapist
The Health Sciences Academy

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Initial consultation
Free initial consultation.
15 Minutes   •   FREE

Psychospiritual & Holistic Wellness Counseling
We will meet in my HIPPA compliant video session room where you may share your thoughts and feelings and I will give you my full attention. I may use guided meditation, breathing, somatic engagement exercises, and other useful tools to help you deepen into your healing and empowerment toward your authentic self. I offer a sliding scale fee of $133 to $111 per session.
50 Minutes   •   $133

Endorsements

Emotional Trauma
Self Compassion
Health & Wellness Coaching

Practice Locations & Hours


Albuquerque
HIPAA compliant Video Platform
Tue: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Learn More About Janis E. McKinstry, MA

About me

As a Highly Sensitive Person, empathic intuitive, born under the Cancer Sun in the XII house, my nature in life is to create a loving and meaningful environment. I'm dedicated to serving the evolution of consciousness toward awareness, authenticity, harmony and love. I believe that we each serve the greater good through our own mindfulness and conscious choice, and it is my honor as counselor, guide, mentor, and advocate to serve that journey of understanding, acceptance, and integration of the authentic self so that we rise together with self love, and so love for all of life.

I earned a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology integrated with Somatic Psychology from The School of Holistic Studies at John F. Kennedy University. My education includes many modalities such as Jungian psychology, Somatic Trauma Therapy, Psychosynthesis, Vibrational Medicine such as Sound Healing, Meditation, Yoga, Mindfulness, Reiki, Spirituality including Shamanistic Journeying, Akashic Records, Loving Kindness, Cross Cultural Awareness, and an understanding of World Religions. My spiritual practice is Loving Kindness with healthy boundaries; so response vs. reacting.

I was born in Oakland, California in the mid 1950's and grew up with an eclectic group of folks helping to grow me into an inclusive, culturally competent, open minded and open hearted person. I am curious and compassionate and truly want us all to be able to breathe freely knowing that we are love, loved, and valued.

My Philosophy of Care

I follow my client's own wisdom and am curious with them along their journey of discovery. I practice mindfulness, loving kindness, and consider respect central to my care. I believe in being an ally, advocate, guide and mentor for my clients as we explore beliefs, feelings, dis-ease, and empowerment toward holistic body, mind, spirit, and emotional wellness. My greatest honor is to witness my client's own transformation into an authentic and empowered life.

What You Can Expect On Your First Visit

The first session we gather information and build trust. I've been told that my clients feel safe, calm, and hopeful when they meet with me. I listen curiously to their desires whether psychospiritual and/or wellness counseling. I may ask them questions that invite nonjudgmental exploration into patterns, body sensations, thoughts, and feelings that show up in the moment. I offer education, may lead a guided visualization, a breathing exercise, & share grounding tools to help now. It depends.

My Inspiration

My life experiences led me spiritually, and psychology came later. I understood from an early time that there was a sacred Source of life guiding me. I had a near death experience that taught me that Source is Love. This served me as I navigated spiritual awakening, & traumas in my own life. Traumas including death of beloveds, family betrayal, injury, narcissistic abuse, & physical dis-ease led me to study psychology to understand & heal myself, and serve healing and empowerment of others.


Practice Details

Works with
Individuals
Couples
Ages works with
Adults
Seniors
Languages
English

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Questions & Answers

Janis E. McKinstry, MA Answers
Hi Constance, thank you for your question. It's difficult to suggest an approach to treating PTSD without knowing the person who is suffering with it. There are several approaches that are helpful including Hypnosis, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, EFT, Yoga, & Mindfulness and a skilled practitioner will be able to help find the best one for each individual. All the best to you!

Janis McKinstry Reviews

5.0 of 5 (2)
Finding Janis at my darkest time in life was a nothing short of lifesaving/ changing event for me. Janis beyond being very professional, provides a safe place for you to discuss anything and everything. From my horrific childhood traumas to my current medical issues, Janis has brought me so much knowledge, insight, healing, and support that no other counselor has done for me in my entire life. Janis is always ever present in our sessions and while easy to confide in and at my pace, her intuition and experience has helped me above and beyond my expectations no matter how difficult the topic. Janis not only provided emergency emotional support to stop the darkness from completely engulfing me, but additionally provided me with tools and knowledge that I continue to employ in my everyday life. Today I am a completely different person (for the better)in all aspects of my life; emotional, spiritual, nutritional, health, etc because of Janis..Above and beyond all of these traits, Janis is just good for your soul.
If you are looking for a counselor that is intuitive, astute, compassionate, and gently yet powerfully productive, Janis is the real deal. Not only has Janis served as a mentor, she has lead me and continues to lead me to my own empowerment — she helps me to fulfill my potential while releasing that which doesn’t serve me. Janis is an incredibly active listener, all the while being incredibly in tune to her client’s energy during the session. She perceives emotional shifts in me immediately, and is able to help me to tap into the deeper meanings in what I’m processing. Janis possesses many productive tools in her arsenal that are non-invasive, gentle, and progressive. In less than a year with Janis, I have let go of destructive daily habits related to childhood trauma that I never imagined releasing with such ease. This doesn’t mean that it is easy. Janis is the person that will ask you the difficult questions in the most nurturing way. She helps her clients to move through feelings of such trauma-based habits in a non-attached observational manner. Additionally, Janis uses a holistic and wholistic approach with her clients. She has many skill sets that she has acquired within her lifetime that allow her to help her client at every angle — this includes dietary habits, meditation practice, self-care practices, as well as hormonal balancing, to name a few. If you are concerned about conducting your counseling via video call, I can assure you there is nothing to worry about. I was concerned that I would feel distant from Janis. However, I do not. She is so focused in the sessions, that I feel drawn in and focused on in such a way that even when I begin to hit a block, she is my advocate and pulls me right back in to my experience. I can’t say enough good things about Janis. My hope is that this review provides enough information to help you in your journey in finding the right counselor for you. Janis has been the perfect fit for me.





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