_DSC8293.jpg
_DSC8293.jpg

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.

SCROLL DOWN

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.

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.

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.

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

Jill


Jill


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

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 up our “stuff” – be it past trauma, anxiety, depression, or strong reactions to upheaval in our lives. 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.

Isaac


Isaac


Isaac Gallegos, NCC, LPC Intern
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 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

Shannon


Shannon


Shannon Hafterson, LPC Intern
Supervised by Lindsey Irons, 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.

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.

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.

Louise


Louise


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

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

Louise works at NORTH

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

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.

Hayden


Hayden


Hayden Lindsey, LPC Intern
Supervised by Dena Roberts, LPC-S

Hayden works at ANNEX Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 161

Hayden works at ANNEX

Call him at 512/201-4501, ext. 161

Hayden views the work of therapy as equal parts recovery and discovery. He believes that, regardless of how withdrawn or isolated we might become, the spontaneous movement in all of us remains one towards connection and growth. As a result, he relies heavily on his clients’ hard-earned wisdom as a guide to recovering the vitality and aliveness that belong to all of us. At the same time, he also recognizes the need to move beyond our current capacities, to expand our behavioral repertoires, and to “do” relationships differently. Hayden carefully balances nurture, guidance, and loving confrontation with a unique sense of humor and a deep appreciation for our shared humanness. Although he cherishes the therapeutic relationship, his greatest joy lies in empowering clients to create moments of healing with important others in their everyday lives. Discover more about Hayden here

Audrey


Audrey


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

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

Audrey works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 116

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

Samantha


Samantha


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

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

Samantha works at ANNEX

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

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

Katie Barks


Katie Barks


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

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

Katie works at ANNEX & NORTH

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

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

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.

Mandy


Mandy


Amanda “MANDY” DAVIDSON, LPC INTERN
SUPERVISED BY BRENDA ESTRELLO, LPC-S

Mandy works at NORTH Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 165

Mandy works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 165

Mandy believes therapy is a partnership and a guided conversation to create change. She views you as the expert on your life and helps you harness your insight to create healing and change. She knows it’s sometimes difficult to hear your own thoughts and understand your emotions when you’re in crisis, and she will create a collaborative, empathetic space to help you do this. Her present-focused, coaching style of therapy will help you learn new coping skills, build healthier relationships, change dysfunctional thoughts, and rewrite your story as an individual or couple. Mandy’s work is informed by her life experience navigating career transitions, divorce, and pregnancy loss, as well as professional experience counseling young adults in crisis, supporting callers on a suicide hotline, and providing grief and loss counseling. She understands therapy can be life-affirming, but also hard work, and the path to change isn’t a straight line. Mandy’s gentle, motivational approach will help you walk that path. Find out more about her approach here.

Frances


Frances


Frances Fazzio, LPC, ATR

Frances works at NORTH Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 157

Frances works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 157

Frances is an intuitive and compassionate clinician that whole-heartedly believes in the transformative power of a therapeutic relationship. Frances offers a warm, non-judgmental, and creative approach to therapy, and works from an eclectic framework that incorporates mindfulness, expressive arts, and skill building to assist you in healing and growth. Frances is passionate about empowering individuals to gain inner peace and fulfillment in their lives whether through traditional therapeutic methods or through the alternative therapeutic modality Art Therapy. Frances will assist you with pin-pointing habitual patterns that no longer serve you and guide you to tune into your inner wellspring of creativity and wisdom. Her training and experience includes self-esteem/self-worth issues, perfectionism, relational issues (individual & couples), codependency, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and overcoming substance abuse. Frances is excited to help you dig deep in order to identify barriers and find new solutions. Find out more about her 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