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 Michael Kinzer, JD, MA, LMFT

Michael J. Kinzer

Michael Kinzer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the founder of Jupiter Center, which has locations in Eagan and Minneapolis. Michael practiced business law as a trial lawyer for 13 years before starting his therapy career in 2003. Based on these experiences and a very unusual personal history, Michael brings to his work a highly unique and effective method of addressing his clients’ needs. Clients are encouraged to make better choices by increasing their awareness of what they decide they really need, not what others think they need, and then consistently acting on that self-awareness. This seems obvious, and yet it isn’t. And it works, time and time again. Michael can show you how it will work for you, depending on your specific needs and circumstances. Read more about Michael Kinzer.

Jupiter Center provides family therapy, individual therapy and marriage counseling to help clients remove limitations in their lives and relationships so they can be more connected. Michael Kinzer is a network provider for most major health insurance companies, including BlueCross BlueShield, Medica, UBH, PreferredOne, Cigna, UCare, and others. Please verify your specific plan benefits with your insurer.

My Book: “Firewalking on Jupiter”

I have published a book called Firewalking on Jupiter: A Therapist’s Guide to Fearless Self-Discovery.  It is available on Amazon.com. This announcement might seem like a shameless plug. I suppose in a way it is. I want people to buy the book because I really think it is pretty good at getting to some of the thorny issues that keep people stuck in difficult places in their lives. It brings most of my previous writings and some new material all together in a single place. That’s why I did it. On the other hand, I want my therapy clients to benefit from the contents of the book as supplemental to their therapy work, but without feeling any pressure to buy the book (that would feel weird). So, for current clients, I plan to give them each one free printed copy (and they can choose to read all of it, part of it, or none of it, whatever works for them).

Here is a photo of the front cover of the book (the picture is me when I was 19, taking my very first step in the ocean):

Firewalking_on_Jupit_Cover_for_Kindle copy

If you want to buy the printed version of the book at Amazon.com, click here.

If you have a Kindle, or the Kindle program on an iPad or other device, you can buy a Kindle version of the book here.

You can also take a look at my author page at Amazon. This is what it says about me and my writings. Thinker, fighter, healer. These aptly describe my personality and mirror my education, career choices, and the general bent of my writings. After surviving what was by any measure a harrowing childhood, I found a love in Philosophy at college. This is the “thinker” part. The idea of becoming a Professor of Philosophy at some small college appealed to me.  In the end, though, I had other needs and considerations, so I chose the legal profession. This is the “fighter” part. It turned out to be a good fit, for a while (13 years). I still had some fight in me from my days growing up with eight brothers, three sisters, a rather nasty father, an absent mother, and then bouncing around in group homes during my teens. After the fight wore off, so did the appeal of the law. Next came the “healer” part: mental health therapist. Call it redemption, payback, or just my natural state, but I still find myself needing to help others in the ways others helped me. I bring the thinker, the fighter, and the healer to my work as a therapist and to my writings. All three characteristics—thinker, fighter, and healer—are central to my work. I encourage strength, empowerment, anti-racism and anti-oppression in all its forms. I encourage selfishness, and also love. I encourage personal growth by respecting and then overcoming all manner of deep feelings that keep us stuck in difficult places–things like shame, anger, depression, anxiety, guilt, and fear. My writings are designed to inspire hope, but realistic hope, by pointing out the hard work that must be done, as well as the great rewards that come with it, all by getting to know yourself, and accepting every part of yourself. This is all based on a simple premise: “If I can do it, so can you.” If you knew me, knew my story, you’d hardly believe it possible that I have overcome so much, and yet I have. Add to this the concept of humility, that I am no big deal. I am just some guy. That means, if I can do it, so can you, if you try, do the real work of self-discovery, and stay on it, always. Over ten years of working with and watching many others follow this path has taught me a great deal about the power of courage, hope, depth, constancy and honesty. “Thinker, fighter, healer,” all wrapped in “just some guy.” That about sums me up, and my writings, for now.

Why is my Practice Called Jupiter Center?

The ancient symbol for Jupiter (that symbol in the orange square at the top of this web page) literally means “soul is above matter,” or “mind over matter.” We did not choose our birth parents, our race, ethnicity, gender, or our time in history to be born. If these define us, then we are nothing but circumstance. This cannot be true. And it isn’t true. We have a mind, which gives us the freedom to choose how to respond to our circumstance–mind over matter.  We often have little control over circumstance, but always have control over how we choose to respond to it. These choices define who we are–who we can be. Read more about the name “Jupiter Center

Location

Jupiter Center’s location is 2124 Dupont Avenue South, Suite G1, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (The Lowry Rose Building); Ph: 612-701-0064; email is michael(a)jupitercenter.com

The Lowry Rose building is a gorgeous mansion that has been converted to office spaces, occupied entirely by therapists.  My office is on the “garden level” (that means basement, but it is much nicer than it sounds–really!). One advantage of being on the ground floor is that you can come in at the front entrance and go downstairs, or you can go around back and my office is the first one inside the door.  To get in the back, though, you will need a code for the door (that I will give you if you plan on coming in that way). There is a waiting area on the ground floor, so either way you come in, please wait there so I know where to find you.

Here is a picture of the building:

Lowry Rose Winter-Small

Pretty nice, wouldn’t you say?  It is just as nice inside.

The building is located on the corner of Dupont and 22nd, where they both sort of hit Hennepin Avenue. There is a really nice cafe/restaurant across the street called The Tao Cafe. They sell organic food, good coffee and tea and there is a kind of health food/gift store in the back. Because my new location is in the heart of Uptown, there are many other options for grabbing a bite to eat or coffee before a session. Starbucks is only two blocks away, can you believe it!

Please allow time to find parking before your session.

I searched high and low for an office in Minneapolis that had off-street parking, but the only ones I could find were either downtown with a parking ramp (that you would have to pay for) or in some very inconvenient location. Although parking can be a bit tough in Uptown, the location is also very close to the freeway. If you get off 94 at the Hennepin Avenue exit, just go south one block after the first light (Franklin) and take a right and you are there.

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