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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.

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 Intern
Supervised by Ellen C. Melton, LPC-S

 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.

Sally


Sally


Sally E. Daverse (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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Keith


Keith


Donald "Keith" Montgomery, LcSW, LCDC

staff counselor

 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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