Dr. Abby Bastnagel completed her doctoral degree from Purdue University in 2021, despite being born and raised in Indiana, and an IU Hoosier at heart. Her training as a generalist has prepared her to work with a variety of client concerns such as women’s issues, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, eating and body issues, and family problems. Dr. Bastnagel has particular experience and interest working with clients on topics of sexual orientation and gender identity, particularly within the LGBTQ+ community. She is an affirming individual who highly values equity, inclusion and justice. She is receiving specialized training in the treatment of sexual concerns and couple therapy.
In her approach to therapy, Dr. Bastnagel believes a safe and open relationship between client and therapist is the foundation of change, and she values getting to know each of her clients to best understand their experiences. She believes in identifying and using client’s strengths and values to help them progress toward their therapy goals. Consistent with her strong value for social justice, Dr. Bastnagel is able to identify systemic factors that impact individuals, their relationships, and their mental health, to view the bigger picture of client problems and avoid over-pathologizing clients, especially those from marginalized communities.
In her previous clinical experiences, Dr. Bastnagel has enjoyed working with college students and emerging adults at three different universities, as well as community members of all ages. She enjoys getting to know new people and considers it an honor to join clients in their journeys.