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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.

Kelly


Kelly


Kelly Pajares, LPC Intern
Supervised by Elizabeth Puglise, LPC-S

 Kelly works at  NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 197

Kelly works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 197

Kelly is a warm and attentive counselor with a compassionate heart and easygoing presence. She invites clients to get curious about their stories, exploring how their language shapes their experience. The root of her experience lies in her work in the grief and loss community. However, her knowledge of grief extends far beyond just this community, because she believes that there is grief and loss happening in almost any experience. Kelly is also trained in EMDR. Explore more about working with Kelly here.

Jessie


Jessie


Jessica "Jessie" Rae White-Ledet, LMSW
Supervised by Ashleigh M. Gore, LCSW

 Jessie works at  MAIN, ANNEX & NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 195

Jessie works at MAIN, ANNEX & NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 195

Jessie’s laugh can probably be heard from the waiting room as she loves to weave humor and joy in with the tougher, deeper work. She has a strong belief that people are amazing, resilient, and powerful; sometimes behaviors can get stuck in a pattern that add barriers to achieving a brighter, highly connected, and fulfilling life. Jessie can help figure out these patterns, why they exist, how to deconstruct them, and celebrate along the way! Viewing each person’s needs as unique, Jessie creates an individual therapy experience based upon those needs, as non-traditional as they may be. For the past seven years, she has specialized in attachment, trauma, parenting support and parent-child connection, gender-based violence, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, depression, anxiety, complex mental health conditions, and co-parenting or relationship struggles. Jessie is a self-proclaimed neurobiology nerd who loves to use the brain to educate clients, and to use EMDR with clients, especially those suffering with chronic pain conditions. Learn more about working with Jessie here.

Nathan


Nathan


Nathan Reeder, LPC Intern
Supervised by Claudia G. Thompson, LPC-S

 Nathan works at  MAIN & ANNEX   Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 198

Nathan works at MAIN & ANNEX

Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 198

We are wired to seek care, protection, and understanding throughout our life. Nathan believes the most important resource for those experiencing transition, loss, or trauma is the support of at least one significant person who can be with them throughout their journey. Through his attuned caregiving, empathic understanding, and nonjudgmental demeanor, Nathan helps clients feel safe, seen, and encouraged so their true self can emerge—the self that is dynamic, resilient, and able to adapt to life’s challenges. Nathan is an attachment-based therapist who uses somatic and mindful awareness to help individuals and couples deepen their understanding of how their past and present relationships influence their resiliency, behavior, and emotions. He further utilizes EMDR in the treatment of trauma. Nathan enjoys working with clients who have experienced developmental and situational trauma, relationship difficulties, parenting challenges, abuse, social anxiety, and depression. Read more about Nathan’s approach here.

Carolyn


Carolyn


Carolyn Hilton, LMFT Associate
Supervised by Carolyn Mehlomakulu, LMFT-S, ATR-BC

 Carolyn works at  MAIN & NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 194

Carolyn works at MAIN & NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 194

Carolyn is a warm and open-minded therapist who loves being someone others can rely on for support. Her clients appreciate her ability to hold space for difficult emotions and help them tap into their inner resilience, strength and joy. She believes in our capacity to create meaning and find peace, even in the face of painful experiences. Carolyn is passionate about helping to bring that peace and healing to those experiencing the painful and lasting effects trauma has on our brains and bodies. She wants to help you rewrite your story and will be a curious and supportive partner in that process. Carolyn has experience working with a variety of populations using art therapy, trauma focused yoga and mindfulness techniques. She believes that putting your struggles on paper creatively allows you to observe objectively, to step away from and to lessen the hold your struggles have on your identity and well-being. Learn more about working with Carolyn here.

Mary Noel


Mary Noel


Mary Noel Thompson, LPC

STAFF COUNSELOR

 Mary Noel works at  ANNEX & NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 196

Mary Noel works at ANNEX & NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 196

Mary Noel brings a warm, caring and transformative energy into her counseling practice with clients. She draws on her wide range of life experiences and extensive training as a therapist, and guides from her heart and a place of wisdom. She has an intuitive ability to help clients find and stand in their own truth so that they may live lives full of freedom and peace. She has worked with diverse populations in schools, nonprofits and around the globe. Her specialty is helping anyone who wants to live a better life for themselves. She draws on her own healing from childhood trauma and believes that holding a sacred container of safety while offering proven and viable solutions for treatment are the key to healing. Read more about Mary Noel and her caring approach here.

Sol


Sol


Maria Del "Sol" Cordova, LPC Intern
Supervised by Dr. Vanessa Joy, LPC-S

 Sol works at  MAIN & ANNEX   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 193

Sol works at MAIN & ANNEX

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 193

Sol is a warm and effective clinician who considers it a privilege to partner with clients as they engage in a process of self-discovery and self-empowerment. Sol is a believer in holding a non-judgmental space where the therapeutic relationship can thrive. She believes in the strength of sharing one’s story and helping integrate pieces that continue to bring distress or discomfort. Working from a person-centered and attachment approach, she works with various issues including trauma, anxiety, life transitions, acculturation issues and relationship struggles. Sol is bilingual in Spanish and English and can work with clients in both languages. Learn more about Sol’s warm, inviting style 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

Celia


Celia


Celia Lugo, LPC Intern
Supervised by Ann Stoneson, LPC-S

 Celia works at  ANNEX & NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 192

Celia works at ANNEX & NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 192

Celia brings an authentic and nourishing presence to the therapy room. Whether you are overwhelmed by life’s current challenges or past wounds, she offers a compassionate, accepting environment where you will learn to consider your emotions with curiosity instead of criticism. Celia uses a person-centered approach and tools like mindfulness and EMDR to invite you to gain insight about yourself and what you need to heal and live a full, vibrant life. Celia loves working with diverse individuals and welcomes all ages, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, and sexual and gender identities. She is bilingual and enjoys working with Spanish speaking clients. She gets especially excited when working with trauma survivors, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and women dealing with issues around motherhood like postpartum depression/anxiety, pregnancy loss, or infertility. Read more about Celia’s mindful approach here.

Melanie


Melanie


Melanie Dyer, LPC Intern
Supervised by April Alaspa, LPC-S

 Melanie works at  MAIN & ANNEX   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 191

Melanie works at MAIN & ANNEX

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 191

Melanie offers an authentic, nonjudgmental, therapeutic environment where clients can feel comfortable to speak freely about their struggles and their triumphs. She believes that each person has the power and ability to create a healthy, fulfilling life for themselves. Her approach is person-centered, and for her, that means that she meets you where you are. Melanie has experience working with a variety of different populations, including with people who have experienced child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, and with clients with depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues. Melanie has experience in crisis counseling as well as long-term individual therapy. Tambièn, Melanie habla español y ha trabajado con la población hispanohablante. She is looking forward to meeting you and joining you on your journey to mental wellness. Learn more about Melanie’s open, authentic style here.

Gus


Gus


Nicholas "Gus" Alvarez-Olson, LPC Intern, LMFT Associate
Supervised by Brittany Neece, LPC-S, LMFT-S

 Gus works at  NORTH   Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 180

Gus works at NORTH

Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 180

Through his calming presence, natural curiosity, and flexibility in approach, Gus aims to provide you a unique place where you can strive towards your best self.  He prides himself on adapting his approach to match your pace and needs. Therapy with him is client-driven, always focusing on what you want to work on. Gus enjoys helping people untangle complicated and overlapping issues that may include chronic mental health disorders, grief/loss, or concerns regarding identity, relationships, or life events. Regardless of your story, Gus offers respect, safety, and authenticity. View his full page here.

Nicole


Nicole


Nicole Williams, LPC

STAFF COUNSELOR

 Nicole works at  ANNEX & NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 181

Nicole works at ANNEX & NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 181

When you first meet Nicole, you will be struck by her genuineness and her candor. Her relaxed approach to therapy and her dynamic sense of humor often help to put people at ease within the first few sessions. As an individual who has sat on both sides of the therapeutic relationship, Nicole approaches therapy with empathetic understanding of the client experience and approaches this journey towards recovery as one that is not always easy, one that often pushes us to quit, but one that will inevitably be worth it in the long run. Nicole is a strengths-based therapist and believes in using positive words such as "recovery" and "adaptive" in your journey towards validation of yourself and self-worth, and in processing the narrative of your life. Nicole works with both individuals and couples seeking assistance with a number of issues, including eating psychopathology, borderline personality disorder, multicultural issues, mood disorders and emotion regulation, trauma informed care, and relational difficulties. Nicole primarily operates from a cognitive behavioral (CBT) or a dialectical behavioral (DBT) therapeutic framework in order to assist clients in mindfulness, managing distress, regulating their emotions, and maintaining positive interpersonal relationships. Learn more about Nicole 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

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.

Jennifer P


Jennifer P


Jennifer Paap, LPC Intern
Supervised by Dena Roberts, Ph.D., LPC-S

 Jennifer works at  ANNEX & NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 167

Jennifer works at ANNEX & NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 167

Jennifer is a warm, compassionate, approachable counselor committed to creating a safe therapeutic environment. With a gift for deep listening and passion for celebrating individual uniqueness, she offers a collaborative, authentic space to explore the full range of who you are. Attentive and sensitive to struggles with overwhelming thoughts and emotions, Jennifer views counseling as an ideal opportunity to slow down, tune in and explore the internal landscape. Jennifer integrates mind and body based therapeutic approaches to find strategies and techniques that work for you. She has a broad range of experience working with issues including, grief and loss, life transitions, life purpose, self-worth, spirituality, anxiety, depression and trauma. Read more about her approach here.

Sally


Sally


Sally Mayo, LPC Intern
Supervised by Sarah Arnold, LPC-S

 Sally works at  NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 182

Sally works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 182

Sally brings a broad database of life experience to her therapeutic interactions. She sees individuals who have lost a loved one due to a sudden death or a long decline, those experiencing transitions in employment and in organizations, and those seeking to navigate changes in relationships. Sally works with individuals who want a partner in sorting through the complex of information and emotions that each of us receives every day. Drawing on a Buddhist perspective, Sally helps her clients examine patterns of thoughts, emotions, reactions, and relationships that are creating discomfort and suffering. In a nurturing environment, clients learn to grow into a richer life experience reflecting their values and strengths. Learn more about Sally here.

Ashley


Ashley


Ashley Jean Taylor, LPC Intern
Supervised by June Williams, LPC-S

 Ashley works at  ANNEX & NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 183

Ashley works at ANNEX & NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 183

Life brings moments of joy, wonder and fulfillment as well as moments of discomfort, sadness and anger. Whether we are experiencing positive growth or a difficult setback, we may find ourselves feeling the need for support.  Without support, there may be thoughts or behaviors that do not promote our authentic life. This may create disconnection when connection is desired, conflict when we seek peace, hopelessness when we seek inspiration and stagnation when we seek growth. Ashley joins you on your journey of change and transition to introduce stillness, reflection, and exploration. Through her warm, humor infused and holistic approach, she invites you to build a strong therapeutic relationship, often incorporating introspection, mindfulness, art and experiential activities. With Ashley, clients often feel inspired to re-engage with their authentic life, to restore peace and balance, and feel grounded as they move forward. She specializes in working with individuals experiencing life transitions, LGBTQIA specific issues, career dissatisfaction, substance use, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and trauma.  She helps you to set a foundation for growth. Learn about Ashley here.  

Louise


Louise


Louise Sawaki, LPC, LCDC Intern

staff counselor

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

Louise works at NORTH

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

Louise works with individuals and couples seeking to repair and restore balance and wholeness in relationships. With her focus primarily through the lens of family systems and attachment, she understands that we can sometimes get stuck in patterns of coping that we learned in our early family life. Some early patterns that were helpful in meeting our needs can over time become the very same "stuck points" in our adult life that trip us up, and are no longer meeting our needs. Conflict, anger, work-life-balance, grief and loss, parenting, and all sorts of emotional expressions and feelings can additionally make us feel stuck and overwhelm us. With therapy many clients are able to restore balance and build resilience. Louise integrates multiple approaches to guide clients on their path to a balanced, healthy and fulfilling new way of walking in the world. Click here to learn more about her approach.

Corinne


Corinne


Corinne Bailey, LMSW
Supervised by Mary Lynn Marinucci, LCSW

 Corinne works at  NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 188

Corinne works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 188

Corinne believes an authentic approach to therapy through empathy and interpersonal connection creates the space for healing, repair and growth. Her genuine and compassionate nature provides a calming presence in the therapy room, in which self-discovery and empowerment can thrive. Corinne guides her therapeutic practice by embodying tenets at the core of social work; the dignity, worth and unique experience of every human is central to her work with clients. As a result, Corinne highly values diversity, and holds her call to action as a social worker and advocate with care and pride. She sees value in creating a deeper relationship with oneself, loved ones and our world through learning, emotional expression, vulnerability and curiosity. Corinne’s therapeutic experience includes work with resolving trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, intimate partnerships, sexuality and gender identity. Learn more about Corinne.

Shantel


Shantel


Shantel Steen, LPC Intern
Supervised by Jennifer Alley, LPC-S

 Shantel works at  ANNEX & NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 190

Shantel works at ANNEX & NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 190

When meeting Shantel, you will be drawn to her strong presence and ability to create connection with people. She believes the foundation of good therapy work is being able to see the connection between one’s emotions, desires, and behaviors. She enjoys working from a Positive Psychology and Family Systems framework with her clients. She is a strong proponent of practicing mindfulness and other techniques to quiet one’s mind in order to connect within. Her passion is working with women in transition in their lives, helping them connect with their values, and create a life they love. She also treats adults and couples working through shame, relational issues, depression, anxiety, grief and loss. Learn more about connecting with Shantel here.

Alex B


Alex B


Alexandrea "Alex" Barnette, LMFT Associate
Supervised by Blake Howard Norton, LMFT-S

 Alex works at  MAIN & ANNEX   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 140

Alex works at MAIN & ANNEX

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 140

Clients tend to describe Alex as warm, logical, process-oriented, and—admittedly—a little goofy. Alex came into counseling wanting to help people connect with themselves and the people around them. From her perspective, what we’re doing seems far less important than who we are with each day. Alex feels strongly that our relationships and our sense of purpose and belonging have everything to do with how we experience our lives. That and a good sense of humor! Alex’s passions are working with couples who are engaged, newly married, considering divorce, or struggling to connect and working with individuals looking to empower themselves in relationships or create resilience to feelings of shame and isolation. She is here to understand, empathize, and at times challenge you. Read more about Alex here.

 

Joseph


Joseph


Joseph Porter, LPC, lmft associate, NCC
Supervised By Derek leighton, lpc-s, lmft-s, ncc

counselor and facilities specialist

 Joseph works at  MAIN & ANNEX   Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 134

Joseph works at MAIN & ANNEX

Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 134

Joseph believes in the compassionate care of clients as well as in their innate dignity and freedom of expression as human beings. He encourages engagement and focuses on the present moment during therapeutic contact. It is only within the present moment that suffering can begin to heal. By way of establishing a caring and consistent attitude over time, a deepening connection to oneself and others can develop as well as an enrichment of knowledge and soul. Joseph strives to work with people in therapy to find deeper meaning and help them work toward functioning at their optimal potential. His approach to therapy is collaborative. Each individual is unfolding the story of his or her life; and Joseph considers it a privilege and honor to hear the story of a client, and values the person that the client is in the process of becoming. Click here to read more about Joseph.

Cartelia


Cartelia


Cartelia Tatum Kennedy, LPC Intern, NCC
Supervised by Reem Glasco, LPC-S, NCC

 Cartelia works at  NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 186

Cartelia works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 186

Cartelia approaches each client with a holistic mindset, opening herself up to understanding your entire way of being. She is a thoughtful, reflective person who has an attentive, warm and professional demeanor. She understands that opening up to a stranger can be difficult and uncomfortable, so developing an immediate rapport with clients is an important part of her therapeutic process. Cartelia is skilled at promoting behavioral changes by encouraging you to find new ways of thinking about and reacting to emotional schemas. She believes that everyone has a story, and she uses reflective listening to identify your therapeutic needs to help you move toward who and what’s important in your life. Cartelia’s clinical focus includes anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, and identity issues. Her theoretical orientation includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness. Click here to read more about Cartelia and find out if she’s the right fit for you.

Lexi


Lexi


Alexa “Lexi” Nudelman, LMSW
Supervised by Dana Jones, LCSW

 Lexi works at  NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 177

Lexi works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 177

Lexi is a down-to-earth, warm, and supportive social worker and therapist who brings a balanced sense of relief and humor to the therapy room. She offers a therapeutic relationship that honors safety, collaboration, and cultural humility. Whether you are dealing with grief and loss, past or recent trauma, anxiety, depression, or relationship conflicts, Lexi is knowledgeable in how to empower her clients to meet their goals. With a background in crisis intervention, she feels comfortable working with trauma and grief and helping clients understand how the brain and body respond to these experiences. Her approach is person-centered, adapting to clients’ individual needs while incorporating the study of Attachment, Mindfulness, CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and EMDR. With couples, Lexi utilizes the Gottman Method and Attachment-based strategies to reinforce the couple’s connection, while enhancing communication and intimacy. She is eager to walk with you through your journey. Learn more about Lexi here.

Rachel


Rachel


Rachel Lee, LMSW
Supervised by Mary Lynn Marinucci, 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.

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 compassionate counselor with a breadth and depth of life experience, Teresa is committed to creating a supportive 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 a combination of mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and strengths-based perspectives and practices, Teresa will provide a calming presence, empathy, and understanding coupled with gentle guidance as you explore the full range of who you are, share your thoughts and feelings, ponder new possibilities, clarify what is important to you, and do what matters. Teresa specializes in working with individuals who are navigating life transitions, craving a career change, experiencing grief, struggling in relationships, or seeking spiritual growth. To learn more about Teresa, visit her page here.

Alex E


Alex E


Alexandra “Alex” Elder, LMSW
Supervised by Mary Lynn Marinucci, LCSW

 Alex works at  ANNEX & NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 160

Alex works at ANNEX & NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 160

Alex is light-hearted, curious, and eager to support others in achieving their happiness. She firmly believes that everyone deserves to have their story heard and considers it an honor and privilege to work with her clients. Although Alex takes her job very seriously, she tries not to take life too seriously and enjoys finding the humor in everyday situations. Alex is especially adept at validating experiences, empowering others, and helping people resolve conflicting feelings. She has worked with clients in a wide variety of settings and her style may be described as inquisitive and unflappable as a result. To learn more about Alex, 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.

Molly


Molly


Molly Beth Norwood Mayberry, LMSW
Supervised by Tammy Linseisen, LCSW

 Molly works at  ANNEX   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 184

Molly works at ANNEX

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 184

Molly is a supportive, warm, and down-to-earth social worker who uses curiosity, humor, and acceptance to create a safe therapy space. She prioritizes a collaborative therapeutic, holding emotional space while gently challenging you to explore difficult topics. Whether you are struggling with a life transition, depression, anxiety, past or recent trauma, parenting concerns, family or relationship conflict, or wanting to change your patterns of behaviors, Molly works with you to create realistic goals for growth. With a background in crisis intervention and individual and family therapy, Molly balances exploring deep-seeded issues with teaching coping skills to improve your day-to-day functioning. Molly has experience working with trauma and self-harm, and can assist you in creating realistic safety plans. In recognizing your individual needs, Molly pulls from aspects of various therapies including attachment theory, mindfulness, CBT, DBT, and trauma-focused therapy. She is excited to offer you a listening ear and begin walking with you through whatever stage you are at in your journey today. Go here to learn more about Molly.

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

Gina


Gina


Gina Rodriguez, LPC, LMFT Associate
Supervised by Gena Minnix, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT-S

counselor and training coordinator

  Gina works at  NORTH     Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 129

Gina works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 129

Balancing candor with thoughtfulness, sessions with Gina are reassuring, conversational and peppered with humor. She has a strong confidence and optimism in clients’ ability to build upon individual resources when facing difficulties, and will motivate you make positive changes in your life and gain increased self-awareness through introspection. Gina specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with an emphasis on generating creative and practical strategies to ease presenting issues, adjust thoughts and behaviors that create obstacles to wellness, and to help you find some relief. Her focus areas include depression and anxiety alleviation, worry management, strengthening self-esteem and assertiveness, life transitions and personal growth. Gina additionally works with couples utilizing the Gottman Method to guide new ways of addressing various relationship concerns, including communication struggles and persistent friction. To hear more about her, click thru.

Claire PB


Claire PB


Claire Perella Baxter, LCSW

Counselor and Communications Coordinator 

 Claire works at  NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 103

Claire works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 103

Claire is inspired by the insight and positive change that therapy can bring. She believes that the counseling room is a space to be mindful, creative, and vulnerable. She has trained to work with individuals and couples, addressing issues such as childhood trauma, recent trauma, sexual assault, anxiety, grief and loss, pregnancy and fertility, challenging family dynamics, and building healthy relationships. Claire works to help clients recognize and use their strengths and to heal from their pain. Her primary goal is to create a safe and supportive environment for clients, and to work hard together in that space. Read more about Claire.

Maggie


Maggie


MARY MARGARET “MAGGIE” BEHLE, LMSW
SUPERVISED BY AMANDA GANE, LCSW

 Maggie works at  MAIN, ANNEX & NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 189

Maggie works at MAIN, ANNEX & NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 189

Maggie believes that each individual’s story is worth telling and being heard. Sometimes the best way to get our bearings and understanding of a situation is to describe it to someone else who can help us see from a new perspective. Participating in therapy is an admirable and transformative experience. The rewards of therapy can be a deep understanding of self and loved ones and a compassion for yourself and others that will expand your empathy, empowerment and satisfaction with life. Life is challenging. Therapy is a place where you can explore those challenges and grow from them. Maggie is a therapist who is open-minded and curious about each individual’s life experience. Inspired by narrative therapy, attachment theory, and strength-based methods, Maggie likes to explore with clients as they walk through the ups and downs of life to seek out areas for growth and comfort. She works with clients to identify strengths and support systems and to reflect on how those positive aspects can help build the life and relationships that are desired. Maggie is dedicated to building a trusting and caring relationship that is free of judgement, so that therapy can be healing, expansive, and even fun. Find out more about working with her.

Sarah


Sarah


Sarah Akunebu, lmft associate
Supervised by Patricia Koch, Ph.D., LMFT-S

 Sarah works at  NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 144

Sarah works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 144

Open-minded. Open-hearted. With open arms. By being curious and warm, Sarah creates a space for individuals and couples to feel safe, hopeful, and inspired toward understanding themselves, their story and their relationships. With the foundation of her practice rooted in the Experiential models of therapy, Sarah believes each client’s therapeutic process is to be especially cultivated to fit their needs and address the emotions behind communication, relationships, transitions, traumas and situations. She also makes room for a client’s vulnerability, attachment-style, family/cultural background and spirituality to play a role in the process. Through collaboration, patience, and a little humor, Sarah, in essence, walks with clients as they work to discover and create the peace they are seeking. To find out more about her and see if she is the right fit for you, please click here.

Paige


Paige


Paige Majko, LCDC, CDWF, LPC Intern
Supervised by Sunny Diana Lansdale, Ph.D., LPC-S

 Paige works at  ANNEX   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 179

Paige works at ANNEX

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 179

Paige understands that inner peace, balance, authenticity, and serenity oftentimes get shattered in this world of judgement, calamity, trauma, and shame. Having been lost and burdened by these things herself at one time in her life, she finds a calling in working with others who are seeking freedom from fears and worry and a desire to live in a place of harmony, connection, and balance. Paige works with individuals and couples in a compassionate yet direct manner and feels that change can and will occur when the pain of remaining the same outweighs the pain of shifting, even if just slightly. She has a passion for working with family-of-origin issues, anxiety, substance abuse and recovery, spirituality, working with young adults, low self-worth and low self-esteem, PTSD and trauma, perfectionism, and shame. Paige incorporates Emotionally Focused Therapy techniques, experiential techniques, EMDR, and the work of Brené Brown into both couples and individual sessions. Paige will meet you where you are and create a safe space for you to learn how to move towards self-love and empathy. Find out more about Paige here.

Patrick


Patrick


Jim “Patrick” Harris, LPC Intern
Supervised by Bridget Speer, LPC-S

 Patrick works at  ANNEX & NORTH   Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 178

Patrick works at ANNEX & NORTH

Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 178

Skilled laughter leader, LGBTQ affirmative practitioner, and humanitarian clown trained by the incomparable Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams. These are only some of the tools Patrick uses to be the healing counselor he so steadfastly trained to be. In a world where pain and suffering could be around any corner, Patrick holds a safe space to not only help you cope with life’s difficult challenges, but also help you realize your full potential to prepare you for your return to the fray. Practicing from a strengths-based perspective, Patrick will help you discover what role your natural talents and skills play in your path to peace and harmony. When you are ready to take the first step, Patrick will be there to help. Learn more about Patrick’s unique approach here.

Adam


Adam


Adam MacDonald, LMSW
Supervised by Tammy Linseisen, LCSW

 Adam works at  ANNEX & NORTH   Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 159

Adam works at ANNEX & NORTH

Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 159

With sincerity and compassion, Adam works with his clients to move forward when they feel stuck. Adam’s approach creates a collaborative, safe space to develop insight and awareness that fosters greater satisfaction in relationships and other facets of life. Integrating attachment work, neuroscience and mindfulness, he helps ground those who feel aimless, lost, and alone. His experience in family work, grief and loss, LGBTQ*-specific issues, and serious mental illness has prepared him to meet your unique background and history with openness and non-judgment. Adam’s dedication to build trust with those suffering from overwhelming anxiety, depression, and anger fosters a powerful mechanism for clients to take back charge of their lives. Learn more about him here

Donna


Donna


Donna Sivan, LPC

staff counselor

 Donna works at  NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 120

Donna works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 120

When people first meet Donna they usually notice her calm and attentive presence, along with her genuine interest in their story. She offers a supportive, warm and collaborative counseling style, and seeks to understand the unique challenges and goals that you bring into the therapy room to help you experience growth and healing within yourself and your relationships. Donna works hard to earn her clients’ trust, and would love the opportunity to help you achieve your goals in therapy. Learn more about Donna to see if you might be a good fit.

Sarah P


Sarah P


Sarah Pollard, LMSW
Supervised by DeLinda Spain, LCSW, CGP, CEDS

counselor & executive assistant

 Sarah works at  NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 158

Sarah works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 158

Sarah is a warm, authentic, supportive therapist with a sense of humor. She offers a safe, relaxed, culturally sensitive space to explore concerns, issues, and goals surrounding life’s challenges and relationships you have with others and yourself. Her approach to therapy is relational, collaborative, and grounded in research-based techniques. Sarah is a firm believer in the power of therapy and connection with a trusted therapist to help address life’s challenges and serve as a pathway to self-discovery, change, and personal and professional growth. She specializes in working with individuals struggling with eating disorders, anxiety, career issues and transitions, relationships, and self-worth. Discover more about her here

Shannon


Shannon


Shannon Hafterson, LPC Intern
Supervised by Lindsey Irons Norton, LPC-S

 Shannon works at  NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 154

Shannon works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 154

Shannon brings an open heart and a gentle, warm presence to the therapy relationship. She offers support, acceptance, and hope as you explore your life story, develop insights, and make changes towards a more fulfilling life. Her approach is collaborative, strengths-based, and relationship focused, integrating both past and present experiences as you work towards your goals. She also draws from neuroscience and mindfulness to help you find compassion, kindness, resilience, and well-being within yourself and your relationships. Shannon has a special passion for working with individuals experiencing grief and loss, and also works with a variety of other issues including relationship and family difficulties, life transitions, anxiety, and stress. Click here to learn more about working with her.

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

Jill


Jill


Jill Hokanson, LMSW
Supervised By Arlene Montgomery, Ph.D., LCSW

counselor and staff writer

 Jill works at  MAIN & ANNEX   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 133

Jill works at MAIN & ANNEX

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 133

Jill brings a genuine, open-hearted energy to counseling. She believes that therapy can be a time of experimenting with ways of being in the world – trying on new mindsets, discerning inner strengths, and developing skills for coping with difficult emotions. Jill specializes in working with individuals in the midst of life transitions including emerging adulthood, career changes, pregnancy, and changing relationship dynamics. She recognizes that often these transitions can bring emotional upheaval. It is her goal to foster a caring, non-judgmental space in which curiosity, creativity, and trust can lead to healing and transformation. Learn more about her here.

Christine


Christine


Christine Molina, LcSW

staff counselor

 Christine works at  MAIN & ANNEX   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 113

Christine works at MAIN & ANNEX

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 113

Christine is genuine, friendly, and strives to create a welcoming atmosphere where you can discuss what is really on your mind and know you will be shown kindness and respect. She enjoys helping clients explore ways to make meaningful changes and feel better about themselves and their lives. Her approach to therapy is practical, brain and body-oriented, and grounded in using a variety of established therapies, including EMDR, DBT, and CBT. Please read her full page to learn more about her experience and how to schedule an appointment with her.

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