The predominant perspective at Wellspring Behavioral Health is holistic. which regards people and communities as wholes, not just parts pieced together. That means that one’s physical, psychological, spiritual, behavioral and other “selves” are all intertwined, acting together and impacting one another. Similarly, each person lives in a family/workplace/community which influence and are influenced by that person. In concrete terms this means that any difficulty that may bring you to see a psychologist is seen from a broad perspective opening a wealth of insight and ability to respond.
Meet Our Team
Dr. Abigail McNeely, PsyD
Abigail McNeely, PsyD founded Wellspring Behavioral Health in 2000 to serve the Austin community with a practice dedicated to holism, the interaction between physical, psychological and social factors.
She received her Doctor of Psychology in counseling psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a Master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Texas in Austin. In addition to her graduate coursework, Dr. McNeely completed a neuropsychological practicum at Austin State Hospital, a health psychology internship at The Everett Clinic in Everett Washington, and a counseling internship at New Life Institute in Austin, Texas.
Dr. McNeely’s started her career as a paramedic in Florida, then in Texas. The experience of working with sick and injured people prompted her interest in the underlying psychological elements that drive us as humans.
In her downtime, Dr. McNeely enjoys hiking, camping and hanging out with her family and fur babies.
Shannon Svetlik-Lockstedt, MS
Shannon Svetlik-Lockstedt has an M.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Leadership Coaching Psychology and holds a bachelor degree in Kinesiology (coaching) and Psychology with a minor in English from Angelo State University. She brings 14 years of experience teaching and coaching from grades 2-8 and holds a Texas Trainer Registry certification to empower staff and educators in incorporate “Best Practices” in schools across Texas. Shannon administers psychological, neuropsychological, and behavioral assessments. She is also available for life coaching following an assessment diagnoses.
Shannon has been an Austinite since 2007 and is the mother of son and daughter with a 20-year age gap between them! In her downtime, she enjoys running in 5k events, playing sand volleyball, and cheering on the Texas A&M Aggies. (Gail tries not to hold that against her.)
Director of Support Services
Kaye Draper is our favorite office manager!! The warm smile that greets for appointments and the kind voice that answers your call, yup that’s Kaye! Kaye brings extensive knowledge of project management and process development. She supports all of our day-to-day operations and ensures quality patient service. Kaye has an Associates Degree in Photographic Technology from Austin Community College and a Bachelors of Science in Radio, TV, and Film from the University of Texas at Austin.
In her downtime, Kaye enjoys cheering for her Longhorns (Hook ‘em!), Facebooking with friends and family all over the country, and wrangling her fur family of five cats and one silly dog.
Sarah Archer has a MA of Counseling from St. Edwards University, and also holds a BS from the University of North Texas in Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Human Development. Sarah brings with her over 18 years experience of working with children, teens and young adults in an array of settings. Sarahs passion is supporting others as they navigate through many of life’s transitions. She approaches therapy and life from a holistic perspective of mind, body and soul being all connected causing responses based on past experiences mixed with the idea of what “should” be happening. Together in the therapy relationship she introduces the idea of acceptance of here and now and how to practice it in everyday life.
Sarah is a local Austinite, newly married and the mother of a sweet baby boy and white fluffy dog. In her down time she enjoys being outside (on cool breezy days), yoga, walking Town Lake, baking, revamping furniture, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.
Jim Heffernan is a 1993 graduate of the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program. He completed a 13 month externship with the VA Medical Center in Houston, working with veterans and their families. Prior to joining Wellspring, Jim spent more than 15 years administering psychological evaluations to help kids be their best.
Originally from Galveston, Texas, Jim and his three rescue dogs have called Austin home since 2014. In his down time, he enjoys hiking, swimming, and tubing in and around Austin.
Gabbie and Gussie
Gabbie (L) and Gussie (R) love their job greeting office visitors. Before coming to work with us, Gabbie was a stay-at-home bird longing for adventure. A tragic accident left her without her partner and home, so she joined us. After a short time, Gabbie was finally able to let us know she doesn’t sing solos. In came Gussie and what a beautiful duo they make.