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 

ANDREA DURAN

Graduate Level Intern Therapist, She/Her

Andrea is a compassionate and dedicated counselor intern who is currently pursuing her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, building upon her B.A. in Psychology from Huston-Tillotson University. She believes in the power of empathetic listening and mindfulness to create a safe and inclusive environment for her clients. Andrea has a deep affinity for working with the LGBTQ community, Spanish-speaking clients, immigrants, and refugees, providing culturally sensitive and affirming therapy.

With a genuine passion for helping others, Andrea is experienced in working with clients of all ages, offering support and guidance across various issues. She sees clients for various issues, such as PTSD, addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, intimate partner violence, and existential concerns. Her theoretical orientations draw from Rogerian theory, Multiculturalism, Adlerian, and Existentialism theories, allowing her to tailor her approach to each client's unique needs and goals.

Andrea's primary objective is to provide a secure space where clients can be truly heard and understood. She is deeply committed to empowering individuals to recognize their inherent worth and embrace their true potential. She is completing her graduate studies under the supervision of Angela. Andrea is currently accepting new clients through in-person or telehealth sessions. To connect with Andrea, please reach out to her via email at andrea@talktherapyaustin.com. 

EVAN RAP

Graduate Level Intern Therapist, He/Him

Evan is a graduate student at Texas State University pursuing a degree in Professional Counseling with a concentration in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. He also holds a PhD in Classical Studies from UT Austin.

Evan’s professional life started in the Humanities and he brings a humanistic approach to his work. He works from a psychodynamic perspective and believes that our past experience in important relationships shapes the way we respond to our lives in the present. The skills we gain in our lives help us to find success in some parts of our lives, but many of us find that we repeat the same difficult patterns in our relationships. By working together, you will uncover the motivations keeping those patterns in place and start to explore new ways of doing things that help you get more of what you want out of life.

Evan is trained in Systems Theory and enjoys working with couples and families, as well as individual adults and adolescents. His work focuses on helping people and relationships thrive, including those living with addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship distress, and self-esteem issues. Evan is an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and works with individuals of all gender and sexuality expressions.

Evan is available for both in-person and telehealth services, and he is looking forward to learning more about how best to support you. He is completing his graudate studies and is offering services as a student intern working under the supervision of Angela. You can reach Evan at evan@talktherapyaustin.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

Justifer Davis

Graduate Level Intern Therapist, He/Him

I am a Graduate student at Stephen F. Austin State University earning my M.A. in Professional counseling, with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I also hold a B.S. in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University.

I believe Therapy is an important tool to not only navigate through current issues in life, but to also ensure an understanding of one’s self that fosters resilience. Guided by principles of Narrative Therapy and trauma informed care, I look forward to providing a brave space that empowers clients to explore their emotions and unpack their personal narratives and life experiences. I understand that acceptance and an environment free of judgement are crucial components of the therapeutic experience and look forward to providing inclusive therapy to adults, adolescents, and romantic partnerships.

My therapeutic experiences include working with people going through depression, tough life transitions, grief, addiction, unresolved trauma, and various mental health conditions. I think therapy can be an important tool for everyone. I pride myself as an ally for the LGBTQ+ community and I aim to provide culturally competent care for clients from all walks of life.

Under the supervision of Angela Funke, LMFT-S, Justifer offers telehealth sessions and can be reached for appointments at justifer@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