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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.

Katie B


Katie B


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

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.

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’s goal as a counselor is to meet clients exactly where they are at. He works to create an open, supportive space for individuals to help them grow and develop in ways that make sense to them. He believes that by using this space and fostering a positive relationship one week at a time, clients will find freedom to look honestly at the parts of their lives that trouble them and take meaningful steps towards a better way of living. Jonathan recognizes that the choice to begin counseling can be a huge step for many people, and holds great respect for anyone with the courage to try. He draws from an existential and person-centered approach to therapy, valuing each client's unique perspective on what meaningful change would look like. He believes in the power of collaboration and humor in session, and that authentic relationships are the foundation for experiencing growth and healing. Discover more about Jonathan 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.

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

Keith


Keith


Donald "Keith" Montgomery, LcSW, LCDC

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

Keith works at NORTH

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Katie


Katie


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

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

Isaac


Isaac


Isaac Gallegos, 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 seeks to provide a safe space for clients to explore aspects of their lives with which they are struggling or particular areas where they would like to seek change. He places great emphasis on earning clients' trust and moving at a pace that clients are comfortable with. Isaac views counseling as a collaborative effort of gaining insight, self-awareness, and a greater understanding of patterns in how we relate to others and ourselves. He has experience working with individuals, couples, and adolescents and has a passion for helping those struggling with anxiety and depression, as well as loss and grief. To learn more about Isaac, click here

Jen N


Jen N


Jennifer “Jen” Nowland, LPC Intern
Supervised by Juliane Taylor Shore, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Jen works at NORTH Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 149

Jen works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 149

Jen understands that good people have to deal with difficult problems. Sometimes those problems get in the way of intimacy, friendship, and connection and leave us feeling alone and stuck. No matter what stage of relationship you are in, Jen provides a space that is safe and supportive. At the same time, she will challenge you to make progress towards the goals you want. She is trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment Theory. Jen equips others with the tools to de-escalate conflict and improve communication in their relationships. Ultimately, Jen strives to support both individuals and couples as they strengthen their friendships and reignite desire in their romantic relationships. Her work is anchored in the principles of integrity, genuineness, and collaboration. Above all, Jen values self-compassion when faced with imperfection, and challenges her clients to do the same. Discover more about Jen 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

Alex uses a warm and empathetic therapeutic approach to create a safe space for individuals and couples to explore difficult thoughts and feelings from a place of curiosity rather than judgment. Her lighthearted and friendly yet direct nature tends to offset the feeling of heaviness and/or fear of vulnerability clients often experience when coming to therapy for the first time. Alex collaborates with clients to create a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationships by illuminating previously undiscovered patterns of interaction and systemic constraints to change. She facilitates stronger intrapersonal and interpersonal connections through emotion coaching and attunement to her client’s needs. Alex approaches each client’s unique story with respect and appreciates the opportunity to be a part of your therapeutic process. Learn more about Alex here.

 

Joseph


Joseph


Joseph Porter, M.A., NCC, LPC Intern, lmft associate
Supervised by John L. Garcia, Ed.D., LPC-S
Supervised By Derek leighton, lpc-s, lmft-s, ncc

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.

Brandee


Brandee


Brandee Smith, LPC Intern, LCDC
Supervised by Fred Tucker, M.A., LPC-S

Brandee works at NORTH Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 137

Brandee works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 137

Brandee possesses a powerful combination of education and life experience which enable her to not only appreciate, but also celebrate, the uniqueness of each client. She considers it a privilege to meet clients exactly where they are as they begin the journey to a more satisfying life. Brandee believes that the creation of a safe, judgment-free environment where people can feel heard and validated is of the utmost importance in order for therapy to be successful. When a therapist facilitates trust in just such an environment, seeds for change are sown. Assisting each client to live in his or her desired authenticity is a treatment priority for Brandee. She takes seriously the knowledge that every person comes to therapy with a beautifully unique cultural background and personal history which has shaped them into the person she meets at session one. She embraces these individual differences, glad to know your arrival has signaled you are ready to make healthy changes in your life and relationship. Though pleased to draw on a variety of evidence-based practices to achieve goals as appropriate, Brandee predominantly utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with special attention to multi-cultural sensitivities in her practice. Click here to read more about Brandee. 

Gina


Gina


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

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

Gina works at NORTH

Call her at 512/201-4501, ext. 129

With her sincere and considerate nature, 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 to make positive changes and gain increased self-awareness though introspection. Gina specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with an emphasis on generating creative and practical strategies to ease presenting issues. She additionally utilizes the Gottman Method when working with couples in guiding new ways of addressing relational concerns. Her focus areas include depression and anxiety alleviation, strengthening self-esteem and assertiveness, life transitions and couples looking to navigate communication struggles and friction, all while adapting interventions based on client needs. To hear more about her, click thru.

Frances


Frances


Frances Fazzio, LPC Intern, ATR
Supervised by Laurie Stevens-Beck, LPC-S

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

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

Audrey


Audrey


Audrey O'Gorman, M.A., 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.

Sheryl


Sheryl


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