Welcome to Respark

Founded in Austin Texas by Heather McPherson, LPC-S, LMFT-S, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist
Respark is a confidential, all-inclusive, sex-positive couples and psychotherapy practice

About Respark

If you're struggling with your relationships, sexuality or transitions, we can help. As the founder of Respark, Heather McPherson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor (LMFT-S), a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. Respark has several associates that provide high quality sex therapy, couples therapy and individual counseling.

My clients typically have concerns related to communication, relationship conflicts, career or transition issues, desire discrepancy, sexual orientation, sexual dysfunction or dissatisfaction, polyamorous/open relationships, LGBTQQIA, "sex addiction"/compulsive or problematic sexual behaviors, infidelity or affairs, sexless marriages and trauma.

Together, we can help you gain confidence, rebuild trust, increase playfulness, and find passion and meaning in their relationships and lives. Individuals, couples, partnerships and marriages are all welcome in Respark; which is founded upon creating a confidential and safe environment that is accepting and inclusive of all orientations, lifestyles, beliefs and relationship practices.



Clients tell us we're friendly, down to earth and approach therapy in a collaborative manner. We offer a holistic, gentle yet direct, and tailored approach that includes well-researched theories with a relational foundation. These can include Post Modern Theories like Narrative, Solution Focused, Sex Positive Coaching, Mindfulness and other interventions tailored to your unique needs. Together, we will learn new techniques, assign at-home exercises, reading assignments, have in-session guided exercises and other activities that make therapy fun and productive.

If you are on the quest for erotic vitality, missing the connection and playfulness with your partner or simply wanting to regain your lust for life, Respark can help.

Call (512) 553-6310 for a free 15 minute phone consultation to see if we're the right fit for you, or email resparktherapy@gmail.com



Couples, Marriage and Sex Therapy: Do you want to be more connected to your partner? Are you tired of fighting or feeling stuck? We have experience helping individuals and couples improve their intimacy, strengthen communication skills, and enhance their partnership. As an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, I have the unique ability to integrate multiple specialized trainings into therapy. Together we can resolve conflicts and light the fire by learning practical tools that will stick. These can include proven strategies and techniques from Gottman Method, Sex Positive Coaching, Narrative Therapy, and Brief Solution Focused Therapies. We'll work together to form an approach that will be tailored to your goals. Leading researchers, including John Gottman, David Schnarch, Esther Perel, Brené Brown, Tammy Nelson, influence my therapeutic work with couples and individuals. Please see below for all the current research and workshops I have attended.

Couples, Marriage and Relationship Therapy can include:

Life and Career Transitions
Intergenerational Issues
Communication and Skill Building
Sexuality, Intimacy and Passion
Money and Finances
Blended Families or More Than Two Parents
Trust Building
Emotional or Sexual Abuse

Individual Psychotherapy or Sex Therapy Are you desiring more excitement, passion or peace in your life? Would you like to work individually on your relationships? Our work could focus on life transition issues, anxiety, sexuality, career or trauma. I often enjoy working individually with men and women that want to explore their sexual development or relational attitudes and how it is impacting their current love life. We will sometimes incorporate practical strategies to increase their potential and desired outcome. At other times, we might explore deeper ideas that may look existential.

Individual Therapy Sex Therapy Career Coaching
Anxiety/Depression No-Sex/Low-Sex Relationships Entrepreneurs/Freelance
Trauma Orgasm Difficulty Small Family Businesses
Social Anxiety or Panic Erectile Difficulties Transitions in Career
Identiy Issues Gender Variant Issues Returning to School
Family of Origin Issues Sex Education Gaining Self-Confidence/Self-Esteem
Life Transitions "Porn Addiction" Performance Anxiety and Other Fears
Grief/Loss Painful Intercourse Moving
"Sex Addiction"/Out of Control Sexual Behavior
Non-Monogamy/Open Relationships

Couples + Sex Therapy

One of my joys in this work is helping couples decode their sex life. Sexuality is often wrapped up in past generational messages, politics and religion.I encourage and support you as we tease apart the messages we have all received from numerous sources and work towards having the sex you want. As an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, we will work toward improving intimacy, strengthening communication skills, and communicating your desires. Being able to express your desires while also understanding your partner's sexuality and wishes can be transcendent.

Topics include:
-Increasing intimacy, passion or romance
-Desire discrepancy (one partner wanting more sex)
-Trauma: past or present
-Couples who want to explore inhibitions
-Increasing communication in and out of the bedroom
-Guilt, anxiety and/or difficulty with arousal or relaxing
-Exploration around sexual orientation or gender identity


Non-Traditional Relationships

Sex-positive, affirming therapy for sexual minorities. For those that consider themselves non-traditional, or living outside the lines, I welcome you into my practice. I am experienced and knowledgeable of most expressions of sexuality including, but not limited to, Open Relationships, Polyamory, Swingers, Kink or BDSM, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer).

Alternative sexuality might not be the sole focus of therapy, but you still want a knowledgeable therapist. Expertise includes:
-Difficulty discussing sexual topics with your partner
-Family of Origin issues including abuse, neglect, trauma
-Coming out issues or concerns
-Shame or confidence issues
-Identity questions or sexual development exploration


My Details

I believe real-life experiences deeply influence my work as a therapist. I have explored and played in 15+ countries and counting, which has provided me with valuable experiences and knowledge. I have also endured the high pressures of the corporate world, cross-country moves, anxiety over layoffs, exploration of sexuality, struggling to keep intimacy alive in a long term relationship, and career changes, all contribute greatly to my ability to relate to others. I absolutely love being a therapist and admire my clients for their strength and courage. After receiving my B.A. in Business from Texas State University I went on to work as a Sales Supervisor for Wyndham Worldwide and later moved to southern California and worked in the marketing and advertising industry.

Heather is Founder and CEO of the Sexual Health Alliance. The organization brings much-needed continuing education about sexuality to mental health professionals, doctors, and the public. For more information visit www.sexualhealthalliance.com.

I have been in a committed relationship since the summer of 2000 and have been married to my lovely husband since 2006. I am happy to be in Austin, Texas and enjoy reading, skiing, traveling and other adventures with my husband and 2 Dachshunds. I am incredibly thankful and grateful to my life partner and husband for being supportive and willing to accompany me on this great journey.

Individual therapy session (50 minutes): $175
Couples/Family therapy session (50 minutes): $200
Lower fee or looking for sliding scale? Check out Respark's Associates

Speaking Engagements and Media
Heather has been a guest lecturer at several universities, including The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University and others.
Featured Speaker at Nerd Nite #189 in Austin. Check out the video here
Undressing the Spirit podcast. Check out the video here
Published in December 2016 Playboy article
Published in California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy "CAMFT" article
Co-facilitated Thunder in the Mountains with Neil Cannon, PhD in July 2016
Presented at Austin Chapter of the Association for Marriage & Family Therapy on Ethical Non-Monogamy
Presented at Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling Annual Conference on 'LGBTQ Ethical Non-Monogamy'
'Issues for Your Tissues' Podcast Interview

Workshops and Trainings
Private consultation groups with Dr. Marty Klein and Dr. David Ley
Private consultation groups with Dr. Neil Cannon and Douglas Braun-Harvey
Completed Dr. Vagdevi's sex therapy consultation group
Trained with Dr. Steve Larson, Derek Leighton, Dr. Shawn Patrick and Dr. Ron Artis
AASECT Annual Conference 2017 in Las Vegas, NV
AASECT Annual Conference 2016 in San Juan, Puerto Rico
AASECT Annual Conference 2015 in Minneapolis, MN
Working with Transgender clients, May 30, 2015
Esther Perel Conference on attachment, sexuality and the double flame, Nov 2014
American Counseling Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, March 2010

Master of Arts, Professional Counseling with emphasis in Marriage, Couple & Family Therapy at Texas State University-San Marcos
CACREP Accredited Program | Graduated Summa Cum Laude
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist
The Buehler Institute | Training in Sexuality
The Gottman Relationship Institute | Level One Certification
Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing at Texas State University-San Marcos | Graduated Cum Laude


Associates and Interns

As a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor, Heather has several clinicians that work out of the Respark offices serving Austin, Westlake, Wimberly, Lakeway and the surrounding area. These qualified clinicians offer sliding scale therapy and flexible appointment hours.
Scroll to the bottom to contact them.


Start Today.

It's important that you are comfortable and connect with your therapist.
Call Heather McPherson M.A., LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST at 512.553.6310 for a free phone consultation to see if we could work well together.
There's not much I haven't heard about relationships and sexuality.
Respark's office is an independent therapy practice that's conveniently located in central Austin off Mopac.
We're located at 2525 Wallingwood Drive, Building 12, Austin, TX 78746.
The most direct access to our building is off the northbound Mopac access road. Turn down Spyglass and enter at the 1201 Spyglass sign. We're straight ahead.


Details and Contact for Respark's Associates