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Our counselors


Finding a therapist who is a good fit for you is the next step. Read through these bios and see who you resonate with. Some of our counselors may have specialties or trainings that appeal to you, some may have a look about them that puts you at ease, some may write in a way that makes you feel like you could connect with them, some may have life experiences that could help inform you. Making any of these connections is a good way to choose a counselor.

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Our counselors


Finding a therapist who is a good fit for you is the next step. Read through these bios and see who you resonate with. Some of our counselors may have specialties or trainings that appeal to you, some may have a look about them that puts you at ease, some may write in a way that makes you feel like you could connect with them, some may have life experiences that could help inform you. Making any of these connections is a good way to choose a counselor.

Therapy Austin's Counselors

In no particular order, we present the counselors of Therapy Austin. Please read through these short introductions and click on through to read their own narratives. If you feel resonance with anyone particular, contact that therapist directly or indicate that counselor's name as a preference on the Get Started page.

Teresa


Teresa


TERESA GROSS, LPC Intern
Supervised by John V. Jones Jr., Ph.D., LPC-S

 Teresa works at  MAIN & ANNEX   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 175

Teresa works at MAIN & ANNEX

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 175

As a mature therapist, Teresa has embraced the rigors and rewards of living a self-aware, authentic, and awakened life. In doing so, her unwavering commitment to face challenges, learn from them, and work her “growth edge” has not only led her to discover perspectives and practices to relieve suffering, but also deepened her heartfelt desire to support others on their paths to healing and growth. As a compassionate therapist, Teresa will meet you where you’re at and create a still, safe space for you to pause, reflect, and engage your natural strengths, innate wisdom, and deep-rooted resilience in the pursuit of positive change, inner peace, and passionate living. Using an existential approach to therapy that draws from cognitive, mindfulness, and body-mind-spirit wellness practices, you can count on her to provide gentle guidance as you explore the full range of who you are, share your thoughts and feelings, ponder new possibilities, clarify what’s important to you, and do what matters. Given her own life experiences, Teresa specializes in working with individuals who are navigating life transitions, career challenges, relationship struggles, grief or loss, and spiritual growth. To learn more about Teresa and her approach, visit her page here.

Jonathan


Jonathan


Jonathan Berger, LPC Intern
Supervised by Bridget McCauley, LPC-S

 Jonathan works at  ANNEX & NORTH   Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 164

Jonathan works at ANNEX & NORTH

Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 164

Jonathan is an approachable and down-to-earth counselor. Laughter and lightheartedness weave into his work, balancing the heaviness that comes with exploring our pains and struggles. As his client, you will find that he is particularly interested in your perspective, in your view of what meaningful change might look like for you. Whether you’re wrangling with existential questions, needing support with career transitions, in conflict with family members, or seeking personal growth within relationships, Jonathan will openly and calmly meet you there, then journey with you to the other side. Learn more about him and his warm approach here.

Sheryl


Sheryl


Sheryl Boyd, LPC Intern
Supervised by Bridget McCauley, LPC-S

 Sheryl works at  NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 146

Sheryl works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 146

Sheryl understands that life’s circumstances often present us with a need to be heard and validated. It is important to her that clients feel comfortable and safe, knowing that coming to counseling is sometimes the hardest thing some people will ever do. She works with a variety of issues that many people face, including anxiety and depression, grief and loss, job and career changes, relocation and resettlement issues, parenting, childhood trauma, life transitions, marriage and family issues and spiritual concerns. Her experience in working with Person-Centered counseling puts the focus on you, the client, utilizing a collaborative, holistic approach. Sheryl is here to help you know yourself better and to walk along with you in this process. For more information about her, click here.

Rachel


Rachel


Rachel Lee, LMSW
Supervised by Janet Erm, LCSW

 Rachel works at  NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 174

Rachel works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 174

Rachel is open, inquisitive, and committed to empowering individuals so that they can create needed change to address the personal challenges they face. She strongly believes that the personal connection made with each individual is essential to an effective therapeutic outcome. Her approach is person-centered, holistic, and collaborative. Rachel is comfortable working with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma and relationship difficulties, as she has worked within a range of settings including hospitals, schools, and private agencies. She looks forward to meeting you and hearing your story. To learn more about this gentle counselor, click here.

Steve


Steve


Steve Cheney, LPC Intern
Supervised by John. L. Garcia, Ed.D., LPC-S

 Steve works at  MAIN, ANNEX & NORTH   Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 172

Steve works at MAIN, ANNEX & NORTH

Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 172

Steve believes one of the most difficult challenges we face is learning how to live day-to-day while experiencing unpleasant emotions, such as frustration, anger, fear, and anxiety. These powerful and overwhelming feelings can significantly impact our lives, affecting our relationships, our work, and our interests, to name a few. He understands how this can leave us feeling uncertain of what to do and how to be. Steve considers the relationship with ourselves and others is the foundation for living well and managing our emotions, and enjoys helping clients increase self-awareness, develop a greater capacity for empathy, and foster more authentic connections. He works with individuals and couples to tackle anxiety, anger management, relationship issues, parenting struggles and life transitions. To learn more about this inviting counselor’s approach, click here.

Madeline


Madeline


Madeline Turner, LMFT Associate
Supervised by Diana Walla, LPC-S, LMFT-S

 Madeline works at  NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 169

Madeline works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 169

Madeline is a wife and mother who began a career in counseling to make sense of the emotional world of her own family unit. Inspired by human resilience, attachment theory, and the study of emotional functioning, she is focused on helping others become more self-aware and live their best possible lives. She is interested in hearing her clients’ stories and trying to see the world through their eyes. She believes in collaboration, and that the therapeutic relationship is one in which the therapist has just as much to learn from the client as the client does from the therapist. Madeline specializes in parenting issues, working with those with spiritual sensitivities, guiding clients through career and life transitions, and helping high conflict couples increase conflict-management skills. Learn more about her here

Isaac


Isaac


Isaac Gallegos, LPC Intern, NCC
Supervised by John L. Garcia, Ed.D., LPC-S

 Isaac works at  NORTH   Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 156

Isaac works at NORTH

Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 156

Isaac works with individuals and couples, and has a passion for working with those grappling with life transitions, identity crisis, career dissatisfaction, relationship challenges, stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, as well as loss and grief. He is experienced in addressing uncertainty, confusion, and despondency that accompany complex life transitions. Isaac has great compassion for the state of disarray that often drives people to seek therapy. He will invite you into a collaborative process of gaining answers to the frustrating questions that have long gone unanswered. By way of exploring past relationships and life experiences, working with Isaac can allow for much needed clarity, healing, and insight. To learn more about this experienced, effective, gentle counselor, click here

Jen B


Jen B


Jennifer "Jen" Braafladt, LPC Intern
Supervised by Dena Roberts, Ph.D., LPC-S

 Jen works at  NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 168

Jen works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 168

Jen strives to provide a supportive, non-judgmental space for her clients to explore their experiences and make meaning from life’s inevitable struggles. She views the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative partnership, guided by the client’s goals. Jen approaches therapy from a person-centered perspective, incorporating the study of attachment, neurobiology, body-oriented psychology and mindfulness in her work. Jen has an easy-going manner and incorporates humor and imagery into her work as a therapist. She has experience working with individuals who are struggling with grief, depression, anxiety, parenting and/or relationship issues, and life transitions. She also enjoys working with couples and has completed Gottman Couples Therapy Training, Levels I and II. Discover more about her here.

Mario


Mario


Mario Uribe, LMFT Associate
Supervised by Tammy Fisher, LPC-S, LMFT-S

 Mario works at  ANNEX & NORTH   Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 173

Mario works at ANNEX & NORTH

Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 173

Mario’s approach begins with building an honest and authentic alliance when working with couples and individuals. In cultivating hope and trust, and in creating an atmosphere of safety, openness and awareness, he “walks with” clients as they identify and pursue their own needs and aspirations. Mario brings a wealth of experience assisting clients with anxiety, depression or other mood disorders, compulsions, life transitions and relationship difficulties. Mario’s past professional experience complements his work as a therapist; his previous service in employee relations, consultant and management roles has well-acquainted him with dynamics of workplace-related distress and conflict to better help clients experiencing these stresses as well. Additionally, his familial experience with autism has lead him to therapeutically consider “special needs” from a family perspective, such that he provides parent training to couples and single parents, and otherwise focuses on holistic family needs within such families. Read more about this accepting counselor here.

Janet


Janet


Janet Kircher, lpc intern, LMFT Associate
Supervised by Ron Artis, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT-S

 Janet works at  MAIN & ANNEX   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 171

Janet works at MAIN & ANNEX

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 171

With a breadth of life experience, Janet appreciates the complexity and richness of living a fully-awakened life. Her strength as a therapist lies in her embrace of all sides of a person and all sides of an experience. She views her clients through the lens of relationship: to themselves, to those they love, and to their larger culture and context. Janet works with individuals and couples from a psychodynamic, experiential framework, helping her clients connect safely and securely with themselves and each other. Janet is warm and compassionate, always balancing a sense of humor with deep respect for those who are seeking support and relief from suffering. She enjoys working with clients who are facing life transitions, including grief and loss, divorce, career changes, blending families, substance abuse, eating disorder recovery, and parenting challenges. Discover more about this effective counselor here.

Keith


Keith


Donald "Keith" Montgomery, LcSW, LCDC

 Keith works at  NORTH   Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 155

Keith works at NORTH

Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 155

Keith works with individual adults seeking a deeper understanding of themselves, their relationships, and their own life meaning and purpose. He believes by staying focused on our feelings in the present moment experience, most resistance can relax allowing true, authentic change to begin. If you are dealing with anxiety, depression, substance disorders, alcohol/drug recovery, PTSD, sexual trauma, toxic stress, family of origin issues, or personal growth Keith might be a good fit. He comes into therapy using a relational, person-centered and existential perspective. This means that together the therapist and client seek to create an honest and supportive relationship in a non-judgmental space to explore opportunities for personal growth. Nearly all human behavior is learned and therefore can be challenged and changed as one becomes willing to have a new experience with themselves and their world. Learn more about Keith here.

Lindsey


Lindsey


Lindsey Lucius, LCSW

Counselor and Staff Coordinator

 Lindsey works at  ANNEX   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 105

Lindsey works at ANNEX

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 105

With a down-to-earth demeanor, Lindsey will meet you with openness and deep care about who you are and what's going on. She sees this whole being-a-human thing as difficult business. She got into counseling because she has a passion for figuring it out together. The basis of her approach is this-she creates and holds the space for you to connect with your inner world and to help you identify the resources you need to heal. Lindsey can help you with trauma, relationship difficulties, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, relationship anxiety, and struggles with guilt and shame. She identifies as a highly sensitive person and particularly enjoy working with people who resonate at that level as well. Therapy Austin is proud to employ Lindsey as both a staff therapist and one of our Staff Coordinators. She oversees new counselor training, weekly peer consultation groups, and general cohesion in our intra-agency connections. Read more about Lindsey here.

Samantha


Samantha


Samantha Alcalde, LPC Intern
Supervised by Lindsey Irons Norton, LPC-S

 Samantha works at  ANNEX   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 151

Samantha works at ANNEX

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 151

Doesn't it seem ironic that the only constant in life is change? Our lives are ever changing and evolving; weathering away at some areas while creating and rebuilding others. The more we cling to what we know, to the past, and to our expectations of how things should look, the more we struggle to find peace in the moment of what actually is. Because of this belief, Samantha views acceptance and the discovery of meaning in life experiences as essential pieces to the overall puzzle that is our health and happiness. Using a compassionate, open, and holistic approach, she provides a safe space for clients to gain awareness, explore their core values, and practice new skills. Samantha works with a variety of individuals and couples seeking help with issues including trauma, depression, social anxiety, life transitions, chronic pain, relational difficulties, LGBTQIA issues, and personal growth. As a certified yoga instructor, she is trained in mindfulness practices and often uses this, along with her knowledge of the nervous system, to aid in the process of healing and growth. To learn more about Samantha, click here

Katie Barks


Katie Barks


Kathryn “Katie” Barksdale, LPC Intern
Supervised by Heather McPherson, LPC-S

 Katie works at  ANNEX & NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 162

Katie works at ANNEX & NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 162

Katie is a sex positive, LBGTQIA+ and poly friendly therapist who can help you overcome issues around sexuality, intimacy, and trauma. She understands these issues can feel overwhelming. Infidelity or low sexual satisfaction in your relationship can feel like a reflection on your self-worth, shatter your confidence, and can get in the way of your happiness and your relationships. They may cause you to feel stuck in the past, constantly waiting for the next bad thing to happen, or feel disconnected from your partner. The good news is counseling can help. Katie will work with you using a warm, collaborative approach to build intimacy and connection in creating more rewarding, fulfilling, joyous, and fun relationships. She additionally guides clients in recovery from trauma to help you live in the present instead of being bogged down by the past. To learn more about her approach, click here

Audrey


Audrey


Audrey O'Gorman, LPC, LMFT Associate
Supervised by Bill Woodburn, M.ED., LMFT-S, LPC-S

  Audrey works at  NORTH     Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 116

Audrey works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 116

First impressions of Audrey include a "Hey, where's that quirky accent from?", "What a warm and welcoming person," and "Wow, she's a pretty smart woman!" Audrey has a wide range of professional experience including writing, editing, research, international relations and television production management. As a counselor, you'll find that she is dedicated to supporting you on your journey to find the best answers to your own most important questions. Audrey will tune in to you and honor your unique story, making your progress towards your therapeutic goals her most central concern. To learn more about Audrey, please visit her full page.

Sara


Sara


Sara Paules, LPC 

 Sara works at  MAIN & ANNEX   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 136

Sara works at MAIN & ANNEX

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 136

Sara is a sex-positive, poly and kink knowledgeable, LGBTQ friendly therapist. She offers a warm, accepting environment in therapy, allowing individuals to reconnect with curiosity and playfulness. Sara enjoys working with adult individuals who are in great relationships but are struggling with sexual desire, those working through guilt and confusion following infidelity, or who describe themselves or their relationships as somewhat non-traditional. She helps these clients heal from shame and move to a place of self-understanding and empowerment knowledgeably and without judgment. She also has experience using EMDR for trauma work, and additionally enjoys working with adults who are struggling with difficult parents, anxiety or panic attacks. Click here to read more about Sara.

Louise


Louise


Louise Sawaki, LPC Intern, LCDC Intern
Supervised by Melanie Murray, LPC-S

 Louise works at  NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 150

Louise works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 150