Clinicians, Interns & Associates

Jessica Congdon is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. 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.
She sees clients out of the Respark offices in San Marcos/Wimberly and Austin. 512.256.6485

Melanie Rabalais is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and a 2010 graduate of Texas State University with an MA in Professional Counseling. She specializes in working with individuals, couples, preteens and adolescents. Melanie counsels clients with relationship issues and mood issues. She focuses on the idea that laughter can be a strong ally for healing. Melanie is all inclusive and diverse in her skill set.
She practices at the Respark Austin office. 512.937.2832

Kathryn Barksdale is an Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. She works with people whose past trauma affect their relationships and sex lives. Together, you and Kathryn can determine the best steps to take to achieve your goals. She has ten years experience working with survivors of domestic violence, intimate partner violence and sexual assault. She is warm, collaborative, and non-judgmental. She works with couples and individuals, welcomes same sex and poly people.
She practices at the Respark Austin office. 512.704.3550

Charmecia Morris is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. In her therapeutic approach she values fostering connection, multiculturalism, mutual growth, and authenticity. She collaborates with her clients to find therapeutic methods that fit the client’s particular needs. She particularly draws from interpersonal, artistic, emotion-focused, humanistic and cognitive techniques. Together she and her clients work towards mutually determined goals including relational issues, mood concerns and behavioral conflicts. Charmecia is a sex positive therapist who welcomes all aspects of her client’s identities. Previously she has worked with children and adolescents in foster care, counseled university students, led mental health educational programs, and served both perpetrators and survivors of relational violence. Through all these experiences she continues to feel honored by sharing connection and the power of human resiliency.
She practices at the Respark Austin office. 832.524.3110

Supervision & Consultation

Heather offers clinical supervision to post-graduates obtaining their hours toward full licensure. She is looking for those that are interested in learning more about sex-positive affirming therapy, couple’s therapy as well as non- traditional relationship structures. Supervisees will meet weekly with Heather for individual or group supervision to consult on cases, learn applicable clinical skills and private practice development. Heather has a passion for helping entrepreneurs launch their business and this intention flows seamlessly into helping interns run the small business of being in private practice. Please email resumes and letter of interest to

Heather also offers clinical consultation to fully licensed professionals looking to grow their knowledge in general sexual health issues and alternative relationships and sexuality. This consultation group meets bi-weekly (Monday’s, 12:30pm- 2:10pm) to consult on cases, learn sex-positive therapy skills and private practice development.


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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.
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Respark's office is an independent therapy practice that's conveniently located in central Austin off Mopac.
As of October 1st, we're 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.
Phone: 512.553.6310