Associates & Interns

Claudia Thompson’s LMFT and LPC Associates are available to schedule therapy appointments, often at more convenient times when life’s responsibilities constrain your availability.  Please click on their names below for more information.  Schedule now by calling 512-994-2588 or online scheduling below. 

Jill Baumgarner, LPC

Jill helps people who want to build intimacy, compassion and trust in their lives and relationships. Through empathic connection we reignite passion, love and enhance our ability to communicate effectively. We are wired to connect and when the torments of life create a chasm in our relationship, we are often left feeling numb, distressed, anxious or angry. 

Jill works with those who desire change or healing when their relationship is creating pain or falling apart.  

With a sub-specialty in infidelity recovery and divorce, Jill also has experience working with sexual anxiety, sexual pain, sexually impulsive behavior, communication difficulties, depression, grief and loss, trauma, lack of self-esteem and anger management. 

In addition to working with traditional couples, Jill has experience and training working with non-monogamous relationship styles. She is a sex-positive, kink-knowledgeable professional.  

Jill’s post-graduate sexuality training includes seminars by Dr. Marty Klein, Emily Nagowski and Dr. David Ley. She has completed the Emotion Focused Couple Therapy Externship (known as EFT or EFCT) and uses these approaches as a framework for her therapy. 

Session Fees

50 minutes $160

80 minutes $255

80 minutes recommended for Couples sessions.

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Jamie Falco, LPC

Jamie is an individual therapist working with people seeking to understand themselves, so that they can live life more authentically.  Talking about your relationship with sex, processing trauma, regulating anxiety, and understanding your relationship dynamic are some of the areas in which you may work in therapy.  

We are wired for connection; however, sometimes we might feel like we lose ourselves in our relationships. This could cause us to feel disconnected and unsure of what we want.  Our attachment style plays an intricate role in how we view the world and how we view ourselves.  Attachment style shows up in the dynamics of our current and future relationships. These can be subconscious patterns that we often need space and guidance to recognize, understand and repair.  Jamie uses attachment theory, mindfulness and inner child work to support individuals through the process of revealing and healing these patterns.

Jamie is a trauma informed professional who also has experience working with anxiety.  Anxiety and the “fight or flight” responses are intimately related.  The body is built for survival, so if the body imagines, perceives or is actually under threat; the nervous system responds.  Emotional repercussions of trauma can be confusing and can affect our ability to form healthy connections with others.  Trauma responses can manifest in a variety of ways, including defensiveness, avoidance, dissociation, lack of trust and people pleasing to name a few.  Jamie uses empathy, mindfulness and her knowledge of neurobiological processes to help people understand their trauma responses and promote self-regulation.

Therapy can be intimidating, especially sex therapy; Jamie is LGBTQ affirming and enjoys working with individuals who are wanting a safe space to discuss the topic of sex and to gain a greater understanding of their relationship to sex.  If you grew up in a home that did not discuss sex, you received negative or shaming messages about sex, or perhaps you’re new to therapy; Jamie would be honored to support you.​

Session Fees

50 minutes $150

80 minutes $240 

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Deanna Shahady, LMFT- Associate

Deanna Shahady specializes in Sex Therapy using both relational and behavioral techniques. She strongly believes that pleasure is a vital component of happiness, and that through therapy, individuals and couples can learn the right tools to achieve mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and sexual health. She works with Individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, body image, trauma, gender identity, and sexuality to explore and learn to love who they are. She works with Couples to address communication problems and helps them build stronger, more intimate connections.

Deanna works to create a safe, judgment-free space that invites clients to ask questions and discuss intimate topics with both gravity and levity. She has an integrative and collaborative approach to therapy tailored to each individual or couples’ needs. She values social justice and uses a systems-oriented perspective that encourages clients to form healthy relationships with themselves, their partners, families, and communities.

Deanna works with clients of all sexual orientations and genders.  She is LGBTQIA+ affirming and is poly and kink aware.

Deanna is supervised by Claudia Thompson LMFT-S, LPC-S

Individual and Couples Sessions

50 minutes $130

80 minutes $200

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Lauren Reed, LMFT- Associate, LPC- Associate

Lauren works with individuals and relationships dealing with a variety of sexual issues. She supports people who are struggling to achieve a steady, nurturing relationship. Lauren is familiar with Kink practices and healthy polyamorous relationships and is prepared to help you thrive in a judgement-free space where you can be yourself. She believes that all forms of consensual sex and ethical non-monogamy should be normalized across the spectrum.  

Lauren also has a deep understanding and concern for those who are coping with religious shame, religious abuse, and people struggling with their sex lives in relation to their religion. Regardless of what religion, the themes of shame and guilt can run deep. If your sexual self and your religion don’t align, then Lauren may be able to help.

Lauren’s true calling lies in her desire to try and help anyone who is hurting.  Her dual licensing prepares her to assist with many struggles you might be having. She is prepared to help with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, desire discrepancy (not wanting the same amount of sex), relationship issues, gender identity, and body image. She works from an existential and collaborative perspective. Whether you are seeking solo counseling, or couples of two or more counseling, Lauren is here to help.

Lauren is kink, LGBTQIA+, queer, and ethical non-monogamy communities friendly.

She is a member of TAMFT, AAMFT, AASECT and is in training with the Sexual Health Alliance as part of her sex therapy specialization. 

Supervised by Claudia Thompson LMFT-S, LPC-S

Individual and Couples Sessions

50 minutes $120

80 minutes $190

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Melanie Kelner LPC- Associate

Melanie is passionate about helping couples and individuals experience more pleasure and fulfilment in their relationships and lives. Some of the issues Melanie has worked with include removal of shame, desire mismatch, body image issues, sexual compulsion, betrayal trauma, identity issues, depression, anxiety, sexual trauma, low libido, erectile dysfunction, and premature ejaculation.

Melanie helps clients repair and enhance their physical and emotional connections, so that they may enjoy their relationships to the fullest potential. With a gentle but direct approach, she works with clients to help them be more intentional in their sexual encounters. She offers a judgment-free space that encourages exploration and authenticity, and she is sex-positive, LGBTQA+ affirming, and has experience working with poly and open relationships.

Melanie uses an integrative approach that is tailored to each client, including modalities like CBT, EFT, and Gottman. She is trauma-informed and EMDR-trained. She holds a Master’s in Counseling from St. Edward’s University and a Bachelor’s of International Studies from Texas State University.

​Supervised by Claudia Thompson LMFT-S, LPC-S ​

Melanie’s rate is $80 for a 50-minute session and $120 for an 80-minute session. 

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Skylar Naron LPC-Associate

Skylar works with couples and individuals experiencing a variety of personal, relational, and sexual issues. Skylar is a sex positive therapist, who is LGBTQIA+ affirming and is poly and kink aware. She has experience helping people with body image issues, pain during sex, religious sexual shame, a loss of intimacy, sexual performance anxiety and past trauma. She enjoys working with couples and individuals who are or are in the process of becoming ethically non-monogamous. She has worked with people who have anxiety, ADHD, depression, gender dysphoria and postpartum depression. Skylar is passionate about helping people let go of shame in order to feel a greater sense of self-love.  

Through the use of Narrative Therapy and Feminist Theory, Skylar empowers her clients to let go of negative thoughts patterns in order to adopt new affirming beliefs about themselves. She believes in the healing power of mindfulness practices and implements these techniques into her work with clients. Skylar views relationships through both IMAGO Relationship Therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy perspectives.

Skylar has a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is currently training in sex therapy and plans to pursue sex therapy certification.

Skylar is supervised by Claudia Thompson, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Skylar’s rate is $80 for a 50-minute session and $120 for an 80-minute session.

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Sara Sloan, LMFT- Associate

Sara helps clients with identity & relationship conflicts stemming from personal/cultural differences, a loss of intimacy, infidelity, sexual incompatibilities, medical difficulties, disability, chronic pain, miscarriage, infertility, sexual complications, religious issues around sexuality and identity, ED, divorce, a new baby, polyamory, anxiety & depression.

A member of the Sexual Health Alliance and AASECT, Sara works through an attachment lens and incorporates aspects of Imago Relationship Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral, Narrative, and Feminist Theory into her work.  In her previous career, she worked as a writing professor with a focus on gender and sexuality at Columbia University, and continues to bring knowledge from that time into her therapy work. 

Sara believes that relationships define each us and form the foundation for our life. Relationships, much like people, are unique and come in many different forms that should be equally honored. Sara works from a systemic perspective with couples, individuals, and families on ways to create relationships that define not only who we are, but also whom we desire to become. An open-minded person, Sara is familiar with traditional and nontraditional relationship styles, as well as the many ways to exist happily in the world.

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