Meet Our Therapists

The Talk Therapy ATX Mission

To promote and facilitate one’s connection to the creative expression of emotions,
fostering healing from within.

Talk Therapy Austin provides counseling services for adolescents and adults. Each individual has unique needs and Talk Therapy Austin strives to help clients find the counseling and services that meet those unique needs for both short and long term solutions

Meet Our Clinical Director and Supervising Therapist
Angela Funke, MA, LMFT Supervisor

Angela holds an MA in Counseling from St. Edward's University with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor by the State of Texas (License 201661). Angela has a background in Counseling, Systems Theories, Human Growth & Development, Diverse Populations, Abnormal Behaviors, Child & Adolescent Techniques, Group Counseling, Assessment, and Trauma and Crises Management. She has been a licensed therapist since 2011 and has been counseling families on issues such as financial stressors and case management since 2005.

Angela has advanced experience/research/training in the following areas:

  • Interventions in Trauma Management
  • Neurodivergence
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Giftedness: Addressing the Emotional Needs of Gifted Children
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Comprehensive Sexual Education for Adolescents
  • Non-Monogamous Relationships

Professionally Angela began her career in the arts through photography, graphic design and other mediums and has incorporated her love and knowledge of the arts into her therapy style. As a therapist she works primarily from a blend of neurobiological and attachment viewpoints, with CBT, mindfulness, and psycho-educational blended elements. In this structure, therapy is primarily aimed at helping clients become aware of and make productive use of deeper thoughts, feelings, and patterns under the surface. As humans, over the years we suppress and manage our emotions in order to cope with everyday life, however, it is only when we acknowledge and express these emotions, that we can rediscover a passion for life. Therapy encourages self-confidence and independence, a focus on the present, healthy expression of emotions, and a connection of the actual and the symbolic. Therapy can help us gain insight to take control of writing our own story instead of feeling like the world is happening to us as we struggle under our emotional burdens.

Angela is active in the community through multiple organizations including, Girl Scouts, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, and recreational leagues such as Brewskeeball. Angela and her partner raise two adolescents and three cats. Angela identifies as a queer, autistic, cis female and strives to support all those in our community regardless of identity, orientation, or relationship lifestyle.

Scruffy is our resident Therapy Cat, he is a playful and attuned animal, always looking for connection with people. He loves to be pet or brushed and often finds himself coming to the emotional aid of people in need.

Meet Our Therapists

What are Associates and Graduate Intern Therapists?

An Associate level therapist has completed their education and is licensed by the state of Texas to provide counseling services. They work under the supervision of a licensed Clinical Supervisor for the first 3000 hours of their practice. They are well trained and experienced counselors, usually in the first 1-5 years of their practice.

A Graduate Level intern has completed all of their education and training, yet is not licensed yet by the state, as the final stage of their training is to receive 1 year of practice in direct service to clients. These are counselors with education and training in counseling, some of the with specialized training in an area, who are ready to meet with clients and begin their careers. They are equivalent to a resident doctor in a hospital or a student teacher in a classroom. All therapists have the knowledge and training to help our clients, and all therapists receive additional support and supervision through our Clinical Director.

HEATHER JAMES, LMFTA 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, She/Her 

Heather received her Masters of Arts in Family Therapy from The University of Houston - Clear Lake and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - Associate. Heather is a collaborative, person-focused therapist believing the client is the expert and the therapist is a kind constant walking along side you during your journey. She doesn’t believe in formalities, some say talking with heather doesn’t feel like therapy, but chatting with a dear friend.

Heather is specialized in adverse childhood experiences, relationship dysfunction, self-esteem, body imagine, negative self talk, and alternative relationship styles. She pullsfrom a multitude of theories and has an eclectic style meant to best fit each unique client. Using a wide range of theories such as Bowenian, CBT, Attachment theory, Motivational Interviewing, and more. She is a social justice advocate pulling from feminist theory, social justice, and queer theory to provide comprehensive support to under served populations.

Heather provides individual, couples, and family therapy and is comfortable with a wide range of diagnose from anxiety and depression to borderline personality disorder and OCD.

Heather is under the Supervision of Angela Funke, MA, LMFTS.

Heather is accepting clients in person and virtually, private pay or through Cigna Insurance. heatherjamestherapy@gmail.com 

KYLE RUTHERFORD

Graduate Level Intern Therapist, He/Him

Kyle, a dedicated graduate student at Capella University, is finishing his M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. With a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M, he brings a wealth of understanding to his practice. Kyle deeply believes that you are not your problems; you are a person deserving of love and understanding. 

His therapeutic approach, informed by Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Narrative Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), aims to create a compassionate, safe space where emotional healing is not just possible, but encouraged. Kyle is wholeheartedly committed to helping you reclaim your life's narrative, discover untapped solutions, and experience genuine moments of emotional connection.

As someone who is neurodivergent and a steadfast LGBTQ ally, Kyle understands the importance of fostering an inclusive, judgment-free environment. He’s not just here to listen; he’s here to walk beside you, whether you’re grappling with relationship difficulties, emotional challenges, mental health conditions, traumatic experiences, or life transitions. He applies a systemic perspective to therapy, encompassing individuals, couples, and families (including chosen families), as he recognizes the intricate interconnectedness of our lives.

When he’s not helping others navigate their emotional landscapes, Kyle recharges through board games, bouldering, and immersing himself in nature. He lives with his loving partner and two cherished cats, Lilo and Mochi.

Under the supervision of Angela Funke, LMFT-S, Kyle is excited and honored to be part of your therapeutic journey. He offers both in-person and telehealth sessions and can be reached for appointments at kyle@talktherapyaustin.com

KERIANN BOYD

Graduate Level Intern Therapist, She/Her

Keriann, a dedicated graduate student at Capella University, is finishing her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, With a B.S. in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University, she brings a wealth of understanding to his practice. 

If you’re feeling caught in a whirlwind, Keriann is ready to help you steady the spin. She believes each client harbors unexplored resources in the unique stories of their lives despite their unexpected turns. With her keen intuition and genuine interest in her clients, Keriann creates a friendly and familiar environment to partner together towards change.

Ever heard of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)? It might be a mouthful to say, but using this style of therapy, Keriann shines a powerful spotlight on your strengths, sometimes surprising even you with what you're capable of!

Drawing from life's lessons and professional training, Keriann offers a blend of empathy and expertise. Whether you're feeling lost in a maze or just need a pep talk on a gloomy day, Keriann's here to guide and cheer you on. Looking for a therapy experience sprinkled with aha-moments, warm laughs, and comforting chats? Keriann's got your back!

Under the supervision of Angela Funke, LMFT-S, Keriann offers telehealth sessions and can be reached for appointments at keriann@talktherapyaustin.com

KAREN BOULANGER

Graduate Level Intern Therapist, She/Her

I’m going to be real with you. I show up as my authentic self and will invite you and your loved ones to do the same. My intention is to empower you in the therapeutic process and bring you closer to your self and the people you love. Together, we will use your strengths to overcome the challenges in your life in a way that cultivates what is most important to you and your family. I draw from approaches that value emotional safety, open and honest communication, connection, mindfulness, creativity, and self-compassion. I welcome diversity in culture, expression, spirituality, and identity.

My career has included supporting mental health for children and families, integrative medicine, massage therapy, research, and education. I have a BA in psychology, a MS in health education, a PhD in community and behavioral health, and am completing the last year of the marriage and family therapy program at Capella University.

Outside the therapy room, I can be found walking my dog Sage on the beach, laughing with my daughter, salsa dancing, making jewelry, hiking in the forest, and sitting on my meditation cushion.

Karen provides telehealth therapy sessions under the supervision of Angela Funke, LMFT-S. She can be reached for appointments at karen@talktherapyaustin.com

MICHELE MARTIN

Graduate Level Intern Therapist, She/Her

Michele Martin has over 20 years of experience providing emotional and developmental support for children and families in healthcare environments. Michele has worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) for the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, as a mental health consultant for Head Start, and as a middle-school science teacher at Bishop Garriga Middle Preparatory School. 

Currently, she is a certified child life specialist with Wonders & Worries. She also has a child life private practice focusing on psychosocial support for children with a diagnosis and their siblings. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Texas. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Abilene Christian University. 

Her therapeutic approach centers on family dynamics, individual relationships, interpersonal communication, and individual strengths. She also has her teacher’s certification for the 4th – 8th grades. Her pride and joy are her husband, four children, her grandson, and mini-golden doodle! 

Under the supervision of Angela Funke, LMFT-S, Michele offers telehealth sessions and can be reached for appointments at michele@talktherapyaustin.com

STEPHANIE MAK

Graduate Level Intern Therapist, She/Her

Hello! I am Stephanie and I'm currently pursuing my Master's in Clinical Mental Health at Adam's State University. I attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology. My approach to therapy is deeply person-centric. I believe that every person is unique, and their experiences deserve individualized attention and care. 

I have a particular passion for working with immigrants, multicultural individuals, young adults, and the LGBTQIA+ community. My practice is an inclusive and welcoming space for people of all backgrounds. I celebrate diversity and embrace clients from every race, faith, gender, identity, sexual orientation, consensual relationship dynamic, or otherwise unique background. I am here to take your hand in navigating life challenges such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, emotional challenges, life transitions, grief, addiction, and unresolved trauma. 

My theoretical orientations are from Multiculturalism, Integrative Approach, and Adlerian Therapy. In addition to traditional therapy techniques, I am deeply passionate about holistic healing approaches. I have a personal background in practices such as acroyoga, meditation and breathwork because I believe in the integration of the mind, body, and soul to promote healing and personal growth. I am a true believer that mind and body are connected and I integrate practices such as mindfulness and somatic experiences into my practice. It's my belief that true well-being comes from nurturing all aspects of ourselves.

Outside of the office, you can find me dancing, painting in my living room, surfing on the lakes, taking my dog Archie out on hikes, and caring for the many plants I deeply love. I have a particular love for performance arts and in my free time I like to dabble in learning circus arts!

As both a person and a professional, I strive to create a warm and open environment where authenticity is valued. My goal is to offer a safe space for growth and discovery, where you can explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences without judgment. I am currently accepting new clients through in person or telehealth sessions. I can be reached via email at stephanie@talktherapyaustin.com.

MATTHEW FAGAN

Graduate Level Intern Therapist, He/Him

Matthew Fagan, Jr. is currently pursuing his master’s degree in clinical Mental Health Counseling at Capella University. He completed his ungraduated degrees at Texas State University where he obtained his bachelor’s in psychology and communication studies.

Matthew takes an eclectic approach to therapy, recognizing that every human is an individual and needs hand-tailored therapy. However, at his core, Matthew believes that all humans are seeking to create meaningful lives while navigating an inherently chaotic existence. For this reason, Matthew has been drawn to existential counseling and narrative therapy.

In lieu of abstract notions about life, Matthew also believes in pragmatism and Occam’s Razor. As such, he aims to achieve tangible results in counseling that directly translate to an improved quality of life. At the end of the day, counseling should improve your life and the lives of those around you.

In his free time, Matthew engages in a myriad of hobbies. He participates in competitive board games and e-sports. He also enjoys going to the gym, yoga and is a poi artist. Lately he has been diving into Kintsugi, the Japanese art of highlighting imperfections in pottery.

Under the supervision of Angela Funke, LMFT-S, Matthew offers telehealth and in-person sessions. He can be reached for appointments at matthew@talktherapyaustin.com.

LINDSEY CHAPMAN

Graduate Level Intern Therapist, She/Her

I am a graduate student at George Fox University, working towards earning my degree in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling. I previously attended the University of Oregon where I earned a B.S. in Psychology. During my time in my graduate program, I have sought out and completed advanced trauma-informed training through George Fox’s Trauma Response Institute and I am currently working to receive advanced training and certification surrounding sexuality, sexual health, and couples and sex therapy through Sexual Health Alliance. 

When I step into the therapeutic space, I’m showing up for you and bringing my whole self to the experience. In doing that, I hope to create a sense of understanding and support that is rooted in authenticity, acceptance, and honoring the “humanness” that makes all of us who we are. Change is a gradual and individualized process. I work to meet people where they are so that they receive the care and attention that best suits their journey. My specific approach is tailored to you. I care about you feeling supported, seen, and heard. I seek to create a brave space that offers safety, stability, and connection in your journey to healing. 

My foundation for working with individuals, families, and couples is through a systemic lens with the understanding that we are not formed nor do we live in a vacuum. The systems and their parts are best understood in relationship to each other and the influence that places on our lives.  I acknowledge the impact that power, privilege, and oppression may have on the individual’s mental health and relationships. Every person’s journey is one that is filled with unique experiences and understandings, so it’s important to me to strive to create a space that is inclusive and affirming to all identities and maintains perspective on the intersections of identity such as race, religion/spiritual practice, gender identity, sexual orientation, body size, ability, and more. I believe that every person has their own unique strengths and resources and holds the ability to tap into them. Your autonomy in leading sessions is valued, allowing for a personalized and self-directed exploration. By collaborating, we find that which empowers you, helping you to help yourself.  

I have a passion for working with the LGBTQIA+ community, couples/partners of all relationship dynamics, trauma survivors, and those who are experiencing issues with all aspects of sexuality and sexual behavior. I practice with an Integrative Approach, primarily informed by Multicultural, Solution-Focused, Strengths Based, Narrative, and Person-Centered therapies. I am sex and sex worker positive, fat positive, body affirming, HAES aligned, and kink aware.

Outside of the therapeutic space, you can find me indulging in good books and great food, spending time with my puppy, Minerva, making delightfully sh*tty crafts, and traveling as much as possible to explore this big, wide world with my wife. 

I would love the opportunity to be a part of your journey towards healing and joy. Under the supervision of Angela Funke, LMFT-S, I’m a graduate student counseling intern who offers telehealth and in-person sessions (including evenings and weekends) and can be reached for appointments at lindsey@talktherapyaustin.com.