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Our Team

Austin, Texas

2 Convenient Locations:

North Austin: 1705 West Koenig Lane

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South/Downtown Austin: 2499 South Capital of Texas Highway Building A, Suite 105

Heather

Heather McPherson - Respark Founder and Director

 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST

I believe real-life experiences deeply influences our work as a therapist. Heather has explored and played in 25+ countries and counting, which has provided her with valuable experiences and knowledge. She has 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, which all contribute greatly to her ability to relate to others.

After receiving her B.A. in Business from Texas State University, Heather worked as a Sales Supervisor for Wyndham Worldwide and later moved to southern California and worked in the marketing and advertising industry. After a career change, Heather received her Master’s degree and furthered her training in couples and sex therapy. Heather has been in a committed relationship since the summer of 2000 and has been married to her lovely husband since 2006. She is lucky to be able to be in both Denver, Colorado and Austin, Texas and enjoy reading, skiing, traveling and other adventures with her husband and 2 Dachshunds. She is incredibly thankful and grateful to her life partner and husband for being supportive and willing to accompany her on this great journey.

Zanna

Zanna Haney - Respark Therapist

Zanna Haney, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, Supervised by Heather McPherson, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST

Zanna understands that taking the step to begin therapy is a brave and powerful moment. Therefore, she works to provide a safe space for her clients to explore their current and past struggles. She works from a client-centered and strength-based approach to help empower her clients. She practices integrative psychotherapy, incorporating a variety of interventions including mindfulness techniques, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mind/body connection, sex positive therapy, and existential therapy. She works collaboratively with clients to help them understand themselves on a deeper level and help identify the thoughts and beliefs that create their experience. Together, she and the client will address the thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that no longer serve them.

She works with individuals and couples that struggle with anxiety, depression, transitions, low self-esteem, perfectionism, gender and sexuality identity, as well as various relationship issues. She brings experience working with clients that have experienced trauma, people that identify as LGBTQ+, as well as those in non-traditional relationships (i.e: polyamory, open relationships) and those whom practice alternative sexuality (i.e: kink).

Vielca

Vielca McBride - Respark Therapist

Licensed Professional Counslor 

Sexual struggles are more common than you think. If you are looking for a safe, comfortable and confidential environment, you are in the right place. I’ll put you at ease and you’ll find that working with me is a warm, comforting experience. Some of my areas of expertise are sexual pain, open/poly lifestyles, recovering from an affair, revitalizing sexual relationships, low libido, orgasm difficulties, sexual satisfaction and “porn/sex addiction”. Vielca also welcomes the LGBTQ+ and kink communities. Sexual vitality and pleasure are essential parts of being alive. Let’s add more play, intimacy and excitement to your life!

Vielca offers therapy in Spanish and English. She began her sexuality studies in 2001. She is a licensed counselor in both Costa Rica and the US. Her interest in mindfulness led her to become a yoga instructor, avid meditator and a Tantra practitioner. Her focus is holistic and relational.

Jamie

Jamie Mayo-Buttry - Respark Therapist

Jamie Mayo-Buttry, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, Licensed Clinical Dependency Counselor Intern, Licensed Professional Mediator, Supervised by Heather McPherson, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST

When you step into my office you will be warmly greeted in a judgement-free setting. The therapeutic process starts with a through assessment to really get to know who you are and where you are at, because the issues you have don’t define who you are as a person. We will work together to identify the problem areas and employ the therapeutic process to foster growth. In an effort to best facilitate that growth, I have trained in therapeutic theories including CBT, DBT, EFT, and Gottman therapy for couples. My personal brand of therapy employs a person-centered approach, using narrative therapy to separate you from your issues and rewrite the story of your life to reflect who you truly are. I believe the therapeutic process needs to be direct, honest, and specifically tailored to the nuances of you and your situation.

Jessica

Jessica Baker - Respark Therapist

Licensed Professional Counselor

Her approach to psychotherapy is rooted in assisted self study to unfold the unique ways you are attached and organized around your experience. She works with women and men who struggle from feelings of "out of control" sexual behaviors to desire issues. She has experience working with adults who have a history of childhood abuse/neglect and helps them understand how this impacts their ability to have meaningful and nourishing sexual experiences. Jessica has been formally trained and mentored in trauma-informed therapies, helping clients to overcome their somatic symptoms and mental distress caused from negative childhood experiences.

She welcomes all gender and sexual diversities.

Brenna

Brenna Ansley - Respark Therapist

Brenna Ansley, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, EMDR Trained, Supervised by Heather McPherson, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST

Brenna approaches each client from a non-judgmental stance while working to understand the clients’ unique worldview. There are many lenses that can be applied to deepen our understanding of ourselves and others and as a therapist she works to collaborate with the client to understand the influence of previous relationships and cultural images. She works from a feminist standpoint through Relational-Cultural Therapy and practices EMDR. We grow through action in relationship with others including the therapeutic relationship and in relationships that are connected, authentic, have mutual empathy and mutual empowerment.

Her background is in art, psychology and gender/sexuality studies, specifically critiquing cultural representations of sexuality. Brenna is passionate about working with clients that are LGBTQ+, in more than monogamous relationships and practice alternative sexuality and lifestyles. She brings in-depth knowledge of kink and sees its potential to be positive, healing and spiritual. She sees consensual non-monogamy as a path of self-understanding and relational growth. She has both lived experience and professional training which have shaped her understanding of these topics. She believes in the healing power of pleasure.

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Katie Green - Respark Therapist

Katie Green, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, Supervised by Heather McPherson, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST

Specializing in LGBTQ+ issues and Bereavement issues

She has enjoyed working with many transgender men on exploring and constructing their own masculine identity in particular.

Disability and sexuality is of particular interest to her, as are folks who practice alternative sexuality (i.e. kink). Katie is also passionate about helping partners achieve greater emotional and sexual intimacy by increasing communication and conflict resolution skills. In addition to sex therapy, Katie is also very interested in grief and end of life issues. She is a certified end of life doula, and would be honored to help clients navigate reclaiming their sexuality and vitality during or after a significant loss.

Alex-hill

Alex Hill - Respark Therapist

Alex Hill, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, Supervised by Heather McPherson, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST

His approach to therapy is through a narrative and story telling perspective, understanding that everyone experiences a journey through life at their own pace.

He works with individuals and couples to help them on the path to becoming their ideal selves. When people have concerns about their sexual experiences or self identity, these can lead to problems in all parts of life, ranging from communication to depression and anxiety and feelings of displacement.

Alex has a passion for working through all of these with adults while focusing on past and present trauma, issues with identity and self expression and communication with partners. He welcomes the LGBTQ+ community, those that practice non-traditional relationships (polyamory in all its forms), and those in the kink community. Come experience a safe and welcoming place to explore who you are, who you want to be, and how to get there.

Master's Level Grad Student Intern Therapists

Natalie

Natalie Ekhlassi

Welcome! I'm a Marriage and Family Therapy intern at Respark and am a sex positive therapist with an interest in both couples and individual therapy.

I'm currently acquiring my Sex Therapy Certification through the Sexual Health Alliance and I believe that focused learning and education is key to my continued development as a specialized therapist.

I'm passionate about working with individuals with all types of relationships, as well as diverse sexual preferences. My work also focuses on helping couples, families and individuals who want to enhance, improve and strengthen their relationships.

Jehree

Jehree Anderson

Therapy Style: Solution focused and narrative therapy

Passionate about: The environment, animal rights, Immigration laws, and Women's Rights

Education:

Full-time Graduate intern with Capella University anticipated graduation in June 2020

Bachelors of Science Degree from Troy University in Psychology 2007

Trainings/Workshops/Conferences:

2017 AAMFT Conference in Atlanta, Georgia

LMFT Residency Track 1 & 2 with Capella University

RADACT Chemical Dependency Licensure Courses 2010 in Anchorage Alaska

 

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