Individual and Couples Counseling

Call us at 512-686-3433

Monique Mercado, M.A., LPC    - Monique is an experienced Gestalt therapist and Certified Hypnotherapist. Gestalt therapy is a therapy of growth and wellness, not one of pathology and illness. Gestalt therapy assumes the body has wisdom and is a holistic approach to psychotherapy. Monique believes that working with the body in psychotherapy opens up options for understanding, experiencing, healing, and becoming aware of issues that traditional talk therapy is often unable to access. Counseling sessions with Monique honor your individual process and offer reflection and feedback while exploring unresolved fears, strengths, and new possibilities. Monique is trained and experienced in working with:

  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Anxiety / Depression
  • Codependency
  • Childhood Abuse
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Children of Mothers with Borderline Personality Disorder


Hypnotherapy is a safe and natural tool this is helpful with issues such as:

  • Depression
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Self-Esteem and Confidence
  • Weight Loss
  • Smoking
  • Relationship Issues


Monique offers a free 20-minute phone consultation. She can be reached at 512-902-4357 or moniquemercadophd@gmail.com. You can also view more about Monique and her practice at www.austinembodiedtherapy.com.

Fred Tucker, M.A., LPC-S   -   Fred has training and experience in life issues relating to:

  • Depression
  • Adult Life Transitions
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self Esteem
  • Relationships
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety


Fred offers a free 20-minute phone consultation. He can be reached at 512-686-3433 x3 or email fptucker@gmail.com.

Emily Griffiths, M.A., LPC-Intern    Supervised by Jill Praisner, M.A., LPC-S    - Emily is passionate about counseling adult men and women as they navigate life’s difficult challenges such as: 

  • Divorce
  • Gender and/or sexual identity
  • Low libido
  • Career indecision
  • Death of a spouse
  • Body image
  • Low self-esteem
  • Aging
  • Facial differences

Emily is dedicated to helping adults find self-connection, so that they may move through life with confidence and purpose.  Depending on the needs of her client, a variety of holistic tools are used in her practice to aid in stress reduction, self-love, personal empowerment, and finding inner calm.  Emily offers a free 20 minute phone consultation and can be reached at 512-294-9861 or griffiths_emily@hotmail.com.

Melinda Griffith, M.A., LPC-Intern  Supervised by Jill Praisner, MA, LPC-S   - Melinda's approach to counseling is collaborative, solution focused, and a special interest in mindfulness. Melinda enjoys working with individuals and family counseling as they transition through all of life's ups and downs. She provides a open and encouraging environment for you to learn about yourself and your relationship with others.  

Melinda's services include working with clients who are experiencing: 

  • Difficulty adjusting to change
  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Poor coping skills
  • Intimacy / sexual concerns

Melinda offers a free 20-minute phone consultation, and can be reached at 512-956-6802. For more information about working with Melinda, please visit melindacounseling.com.

Brandee R. Smith, M.S., LPC-Intern, LCDC   Supervised by Fred Tucker, M.A., LPC-S    - Brandee knows every person comes to therapy with a beautifully unique cultural background and history. She embraces these individual differences. It is her firm belief that, with compassionate support, even the most challenging issues can be explored and addressed in ways that provide clients a clearer path to the life they choose. Education, experience, and a passion for significantly impacting the lives of couples and individuals, whether in crisis or transition, have all combined to prepare Brandee for her role as a licensed therapist.


In addition to her work at Austin Counseling Center, Brandee is currently employed at Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute and Cross Creek Hospital as a therapist on a PRN basis.  Her clinical experience includes providing group and individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents, couples, and adults. She has worked in private practice settings; in both acute care inpatient and outpatient behavioral health hospital settings; and other community based settings. Working with such diverse groups of client populations is extremely valuable to Brandee as a therapist, allowing her to appreciate and celebrate the uniqueness of each client. 

Treatment areas include:

  • infidelity crisis/recovery
  • relationship issues
  • trust issues
  • communication challenges
  • blended families
  • co-parenting
  • stress/anxiety/panic
  • codependency
  • self-esteem
  • depression
  • compulsive behaviors
  • life transitions
  • divorce/separation transition
  • intimacy/sexual issues
  • hypersexuality
  • trauma/PTSD 
  • coping skills
  • substance abuse
  • dual diagnosis


Brandee offers a free 20 minute telephone consult. She can be reached by telephone at 512-900-3415 or email at brandee@fortifycounselingservices.com. You may also visit her website at fortifycounselingservices.com for more detailed information.

Joseph Bordelon, M. Div, M.A., LPC    - Joseph’s primary focus at Austin Counseling is to provide a variety of Christian Counseling services that integrate Christian values and Biblical truths into the practice of counseling.  

Christian Marriage Counseling

  • Improve Communication
  • Resolve Conflicts
  • Issues of Infidelity
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Blended Households
  • Parenting Issues

Christian Counseling for Individuals

  • Anxiety    
  • Depression
  • Get Clarity on Decisions
  • Grief & Loss
  • Phase of Life Issues
  • Addictions
  • Career & Lifestyle Adjustment
  • Anger Management                     

Christian Counseling for Adolescents & Teens

  • Angry, Rebellious or Aggressive
  • Not Listening or Following Through
  • Always on Phone / Misuse of Computer Games
  • Alcohol, Substance Abuse - Sexual Promiscuity
  • Divorce Coping
  • Academic Problems

Joseph offers a free 30 minute phone consult. You may reach him at (512) 200-3880 or email at josephbordelon@gmail.com. For more information, please visit www.christiancounselingaustin.com.

Jill Palmer Praisner, M.A., LPC-S    -  Jill's special interests include:

  • Low self-esteem / low self-worth
  • Low libido
  • Relationship struggles
  • Becoming more fulfilled in life


Jill provides a free 20-minute phone consultation. She can be reached at 512-686-3433 x1 or email at jill@austincounselingcenter.com. For more information, visit jill@jillcounseling.com.

Kelley Hawkins, M.A., LPC-Intern  Supervised by Fred Tucker, M.A., LPC-S    - Kelley helps individuals and couples work through life's challenges. She believes that new behaviors, new thought patterns, and new skills can lead to improved relationships and increase life satisfaction. Her goal is to help clients find hope again and develop these new behaviors in a warm and healthy environment. 

The transition to parenthood is challenging. Preparing for a new baby, finding solutions to the challenges that a new baby presents, and addressing the relationship between parents are critical issues for every new parenting couples. Kelley is a certified educator in the Gottman Institute's Bring Home Baby program and works with couples to connect as they become a family with their new little addition.

Kelly's individual counseling services include:        

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Post-Partum Depression (PPD)
  • Coping Skills    
  • Low Self-Esteem              
  • Trust
  • Shame
  • Grief and Loss
  • Difficulty adjusting to changes

Kelley's couples counseling services include:

  • Communication struggles
  • Parenting struggles
  • Co-parenting
  • Conflict resolution
  • Post-Partum Depression

Kelley offers a 20-minute phone consultation at no cost and can be reached at 512-686-3433 ext. 5 or hawkinscounseling1@gmail.com. There are a limited number of time slots available for clients needing a sliding scale payment option. For more information about Kelley, please visit: www.hawkinscounseling.com. She looks forward to hearing from you.

Austin Counseling Center

Adriane Thompson, M.Ed., LPC-Intern    Supervised by Fred Tucker, M.A., LPC-S    - Adriane enjoys working with individuals who are seeking insight about themselves in an effort to break free from negative habits, improve  relationships, increase feelings of self worth, and more fully pursue aspirations.  Adriane has training and experience in helping individuals with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Impulsivity
  • Trauma
  • Substance Abuse

Adriane provides a free phone consultation and can be reached at  (512) 553-9740.  For more information, please visit her website at www.adrianethompson.com

Lori Askew Hopper, M.A., LPC-Intern   Supervised by Jill Praisner, M.A., LPC-S   - Lori is a Christian Therapist with a relational approach to counseling. She utilizes Christian values and principles when working with clients to form a solid foundation for their sessions. ​Lori focuses on creating a non-judgmental and safe space for her clients so that together they may explore the client’s specific counseling needs.  Once the individual needs have been identified, Lori and her clients get to work to address these challenges.  If requested, Lori may also use prayer and scripture to contribute to the sessions. Lori's special areas of interest include:
Christian Couple’s Counseling:

  • Healthy Relationship Building
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Challenges Related to Divorce and Remarriage
  • Issues with Blended families
  • Effective Conflict Resolution
  • Sexual Challenges

Individual Christian Counseling:

  • Identifying and Managing Sources of Anxiety and Stress
  • Self Esteem Challenges
  • Life Transition Support
  • Grief and Loss Adjustment
  • Overcoming Depression

Lori offers consultation at no charge either by phone or in person to determine your counseling needs. She may be reached at 512-633-9413 or lori.a.hopper@gmail.com. For additional information please go to www.loriaskewhopper.com. Lori offers a sliding scale payment option for a limited number of clients.

Nathan Langfitt, M.A., LPC    - Nathan works with individual adults and adolescents who live and work creatively. He approaches therapy with the framework that each of us have an innate drive to create, and that re-discovering a creative voice can be the key to healing. Many of Nathan's clients are musicians, artists, dancers, photographers, actors, and designers, in profession or for enjoyment. Nathan also has extensive experience with adolescents and teenagers. Nathan's treatment specialties include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-concept and identity exploration
  • Working through traumatic memory
  • Performance anxiety
  • Discovering drive and self-purpose
  • Mindfulness training

Nathan offers a free, 20-minute phone consultation. He can be reached at 214.707.6677 or through his website at ultreiacounseling.com.

Lara Adams, M.A., LPC-Intern  Supervised by Jill Praisner, MA, LPC-S   - Lara offers holistic psychotherapy, helping her clients to explore the connection between the mind, body and spirit. She provides a warm, safe space and tools to find peace and self-compassion through mindfulness practice and inner exploration, with the belief that healing and well-being come from within.  Inspired by Buddhism and Yoga Philosophy, her passion is for helping her clients find their own inner strengths and resources, enabling them to navigate life’s challenges and relationships with more awareness, resilience, empowerment and self-love.
Lara offers Individual and Couples counseling, focusing on issues including, but not limited to:

  • Life Transition Support
  • Life Purpose & Meaning
  • Spirituality & Personal Growth
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Relationship Struggles
  • Parenting Challenges
  • Special Needs Parenting
  • Divorce & Blended Families
  • Managing Anxiety & Stress
  • Overcoming Depression
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Grief & Loss

Lara offers a free 20-minute phone consultation, and can be reached at 512.784.0387 or larawadams@gmail.com.  For more information about working with Lara, please visit www.laraadams.com.

Lisa Wheeler, M.A., LPC-Intern - Supervised by Jill Praisner, M.A., LPC-S    - Lisa's approach to counseling is holistic and fluid.  She utilizes a combination of intuition and improvisation to facilitate healing, self-acceptance and self-expression.  Her area of special interest is helping clients who's experiences fall outside of the cultural norm, i.e. hearing voices, seeing visions/entities, lucid dreaming, and unexplained knowing, among others.  She believes that these creative mechanisms are organic, relevant, and serve to balance out the individual.  When these expressions are collaboratively examined in a gentle and non-judgemental manner, the possibilities for the client are endless.  Lisa is passionate about changing our culture's perception of these natural human expressions.  She is also a Positive Discipline Parenting Educator and is dedicated to improving connections within family systems. Lisa also works with adolescents and teens, ages 11+. 

Other areas of specialization include:

  • parenting/relationship issues
  • assertiveness training/finding one's voice
  • integrating and managing intense, overwhelming emotions
  • spirituality
  • self-esteem / self worth
  • childhood trauma/abuse
  • self-injury
  • helplessness
  • issues related to creative thinking
  • spiritual emergency / spiritual crisis

Lisa offers a free 30 minute phone consultation.  You can reach her at 512.879.8320 or lisakay7777@gmail.com. To learn more information about Lisa and her services, please visit her website at www.safehavenaustin.com.

Elizabeth O'Brien, M.A., LPC-S    - Elizabeth's practice is based on the person-centered model of the late psychotherapist Carl Rogers, who espoused the Humanistic philosophy of empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard for the client. She does not believe in "pathologizing" the human condition. Her particular interests are in parenting, empty nest, life transitions at all stages and existential (meaning of life) issues. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Trauma First Aid. Elizabeth is also a Board-certified Supervisor.

Elizabeth offers a free, 20-minute phone consultation. She can be reached at 512-680-7379 or via email at elizobrien@gmail.com. Her web page can be found at: www.elizobrien.com. Elizabeth is in-network with Seton Health Plan.

Matt Halvorson, M.A., LPC-Intern  Supervised by Fred Tucker, MA, LPC-S    - Matt is passionate about meeting people in the mess of life and working together towards productive and positive outcome.  Matt prioritizes the therapeutic relationship based on trust and empathy.  He believes that therapy is a place where unconditional positive regard, increased awareness, and intentional questions can help individuals move through stuckness into a space that allows for understanding and acceptance of the current situation and problem solving to work towards a better future .  Matt is interested in working with:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • relationship issues
  • coping with grief and/or loss
  • performance anxiety
  • life transitions
  • self-esteem
  • stress management

Matt offers a free 20-minute phone consultation. He can be reached at 512-868-3433 ex. 6 or email at halvorsoncounseling@gmail.com.  For more information, visit halvorsoncounseling.com.

Edward Jason Coel, M.A., LPC-Intern  Supervised by Fred Tucker, MA, LPC-S   - Every moment is an opportunity to make a new choice.  Jason provides straightforward, non-judgmental psychotherapy and counseling services for adult individuals and groups.  His counseling services are confidential and are designed to remove barriers to change while helping you to take ownership of your life. Jason believes strongly that we are all unique individuals with complex histories and relationships. As such, he does not diagnose his clients because these labels do not accurately describe the uniqueness of our lived experiences. This allows you to be confident to seek therapy without fear of stigmas.
The following is a list of common concerns that we discuss in therapy:

  • Feeling stuck or unsettled
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Finding meaning / purpose / authenticity
  • Wanting to feel more connected with loved ones
  • Adjusting to life changes
  • Managing stress / anger / despair
  • Feelings of isolation
  • Dealing with mortality
  • Grief / Loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship struggles / coping with divorce
  • Increasing confidence / assertiveness
  • Working through past trauma

​Jason offers a free 20-minute phone consultation.  He can be reached at 512-686-3433 x 7 or on his cell phone at 512-649-5490.  For more information visit www.coelcounseling.com.