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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.

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.

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.

Sam


Sam


Samuel "Sam" Keffler, LMSW
Supervised by Cynthia PENwell, LCSW

 Sam works at ANNEX & NORTH  Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 185

Sam works at ANNEX & NORTH

Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 185

Sam’s relational and lighthearted approach to therapy will help put you at ease.  He understands the need to establish trust and safety in order to build a strong therapeutic relationship.  There are no “taboos” with Sam.  He wants to help people shed the shame and live freely. Sam will remind you that you are not alone—others have done that dumb thing, thought that weird thought, and felt that bad feeling.  Sam views therapy as an opportunity to build deeper connections and more authentic relationships with yourself, others, and the world. To learn more about Sam, click here.

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.

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.  

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 and compassionate therapist with breadth and depth of life experience, 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Together with her clients, Sally examines patterns of thought, emotions, reactions, and relationships that are creating discomfort and suffering for the individual. Sally provides a nurturing environment to help clients examine their values and strengths, using them to grow a richer life experience. Learn more about Sally here.

Alex


Alex


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

Relationships can be challenging to say the least. From Alex's perspective, what we're doing seems far less important than who we are with each day. She came into this field wanting to help people connect to themselves and the people around them. 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. It can be incredibly frustrating and lonely when your partner no longer seems to hear or see you. Or when you feel stuck having the same conversation over and over. She can help you create clarity and confidence in navigating the next steps of your relationship. Her passions include working with couples that feel stuck or are struggling to connect, with a primary focus on couples transitioning into marriage or considering divorce. She also enjoys working with individuals looking to empower themselves in relationships or create resilience to feelings of shame and isolation. Learn more about Alex 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.

Sheryl


Sheryl


Sheryl Boyd, LPC

STAFF COUNSELOR

 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.

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.

Sue


Sue


Susan “Sue” Nazar, LPC Intern
Supervised by Brittany Neece, LPC-S, LMFT-S

 Sue works at  ANNEX   Call Sue at 512/201-4501, ext. 176

Sue works at ANNEX

Call Sue at 512/201-4501, ext. 176

Sue appreciates supporting individuals and couples through difficult life experiences such as parenting challenges, relational stress, illness, infidelity, losses and addictions. Depression, anxiety, and other strong emotions can make it difficult to function. Sue uses her calming presence to create a comfortable and safe space to explore and gently guide her clients towards clarity and compassion around self-limiting beliefs, painful emotions and behaviors that keep them from an expansive life. Sue uses mindfulness practices and experiential exercises which help us tune into our emotions and to begin to trust our own intuition. In doing so, it is possible to slow down and learn to take care of ourselves and grow in self-acceptance. She is a believer that no experience in life is ever wasted, if we learn from it. She will work with you to bring insight and empowerment and encourage you to set the pace for your own healing journey.  She believes that with support and a little elbow grease, any circumstance - whether joyful or painful - can be deeply transformative, contributing to the richness of our lives. Click here to learn more about working with Sue.

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.

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.

Tamela


Tamela


Tamela Malone, LMSW
Supervised by Sarah Sloan, LCSW

 Tamela works at  MAIN & ANNEX   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 163

Tamela works at MAIN & ANNEX

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 163

Tamela offers a calm and patient presence in the therapeutic relationship. Her varied professional background provides a breadth of experience to empower her clients. Her approach is person-centered, humanist, and relational. She is experienced in working with clients struggling with grief/loss, anger, depression, anxiety, psychiatric crisis, trauma, parenting, life transitions, and self-esteem. Tamela is particularly interested in working with men, active duty service members/veterans, first responders, teachers, and fellow LGBTQIA community members. She is eager to meet with you and learn more about your story. Click here to learn more about working with her.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sarah P


Sarah P


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

 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

Katie Bart


Katie Bart


Katherine “Katie” Bartley, LMSW
Supervised by Pamela Malone, Ph.D., LCSW, FT

 Katie works at  MAIN, ANNEX & NORTH   Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 166

Katie works at MAIN, ANNEX & NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 166

Katie has “grace” and “truth” tattooed on her forearms because she believes everyone deserves both grace and empathy, and that each individual has their own truth and story to be told, heard, validated and explored. This is essentially how she sees her role as a therapist, both with individuals and couples. She has applied her education through a variety of professions over the years, spending the last seven years as a Child & Infant Sleep Consultant. During that time she has counseled hundreds of parents dealing with sleep deprivation, various transitions and parenting challenges. She is a naturally solutions-focused, strength-based clinician, also utilizing CBT, DBT and Attachment Theory. Katie’s clinical focuses include anxiety, depression, parenting, life transitions, relationships, creating and maintaining boundaries, self-esteem issues, sexual trauma, substance abuse, pregnancy and loss. She is warm, open and eager to hear your story too! Read more about her 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.

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