Directors

Dr. Michael Bishop and Liz Gentry are experienced clinicians who have earned the respect of the professional community for decades of committed and effective couple and family therapy services. Both Dr. Bishop and Liz have been elected to statewide executive leadership positions with the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Mathis Kennington is a couples therapist with recognition from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Family Therapy Academy. Brad Kennington works with individuals, couples, and families impacted by eating disorders and is nationally recognized for his work with eating disordered males. In addition to offering couple and family therapy services, our directors direct AFI's vision, provide clinical supervision and community education, and speak publicly.

Dr. Michael Bishop, Executive Director

Dr. Michael Bishop, Executive Director

Liz Gentry, Senior Director of Programs

Liz Gentry, Senior Director of Programs

Dr. Mathis Kennington, Clinical Director

Dr. Mathis Kennington, Clinical Director

Brad Kennington, Director of Professional Relations

Brad Kennington, Director of Professional Relations

 

Faculty

The Austin Family Institute proudly boasts some of the nation's leading couple and family therapy experts. Dr. Jennie Barr is a trauma expert whose expertise has been called upon to respond to national crises, and our Consulting Psychiatrist, Dr. Afshan Khan is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with training in psychotherapy techniques and family therapy. Lauren Dolph specializes in working with children and adolescents ages 10 and up, as well as young adults.

 
Dr. Afshan Khan, Associate Faculty and Consulting Psychiatrist

Dr. Afshan Khan, Associate Faculty and Consulting Psychiatrist

Dr. Jennie Barr, Associate Faculty

Dr. Jennie Barr, Associate Faculty

Lauren Dolph, Associate Faculty

Lauren Dolph, Associate Faculty

 
 

Clinical Supervisor Affiliate

Our associates are supervised by our directors, faculty, and clinical supervisor affiliates.

 
Sam Cangelosi, Clinical Supervisor Affiliate

Sam Cangelosi, Clinical Supervisor Affiliate

James Morris, Clinical Supervisor Affiliate

James Morris, Clinical Supervisor Affiliate

 
 

Post-Graduate Associates

Our post-graduate associates are licensed associate and intern clinicians who provide individual, couple, and family therapy services under the supervision of our directors and faculty on a sliding scale. Our post-graduate associates are the most well-trained and highly-competent associates in Austin. Click the images to more about each associate's specialties below.

Robyn Strelitz, Post-Graduate Associate

Robyn Strelitz, Post-Graduate Associate

Laura Evans, Post-Graduate Associate

Laura Evans, Post-Graduate Associate

Christine Adams, Post-Graduate Associate

Christine Adams, Post-Graduate Associate

Matt Godwin, Post-Graduate Associate

Matt Godwin, Post-Graduate Associate

 
Kim Gould, Post-Graduate Associate

Kim Gould, Post-Graduate Associate

Stacie Robertson, Post-Graduate Associate

Stacie Robertson, Post-Graduate Associate

Claudine Lucena, Post-Graduate Associate

Claudine Lucena, Post-Graduate Associate

 
 

Graduate Associates

Our graduate associates are graduate students in their last stages of training before they graduate with their master's degrees in professional counseling and marriage and family therapy. Our associates receive the most intensive training available when they are selected by AFI directors and faculty. Graduate associates provide services on an affordable sliding scale.

 
Katey Franceschini, Graduate Associate

Katey Franceschini, Graduate Associate

Kelly Bodu Tarrant, Graduate Associate

Kelly Bodu Tarrant, Graduate Associate

Paola Ortiz, Graduate Associate

Paola Ortiz, Graduate Associate

 
 

Administrative Staff

If you need help scheduling an appointment, call today and our office manager and her staff will put you at ease. It can be difficult to reach out for help for the first time. Our staff are committed to helping you connect with the clinician best suited to your needs.

 
Claudine Lucena, Office Manager

Claudine Lucena, Office Manager

Anna Binder, Professional Relations Coordinator & Assistant Office Manager

Anna Binder, Professional Relations Coordinator & Assistant Office Manager