Cynthia Cuttino Edwards, PhD, CHt, LCSW
She graduated from Southern University at New Orleans with a Masters degree in Social Work. In 2011, she recieved a PhD in Behavioral Science with a concentration in Clinical Hypnotherapy through California University. Her love of helping others led her to continue and expand her clinical work to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She works with professionals and individuals with a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, stress management, test anxiety, grief counseling, and self-care for the working adult.
Bernell L. Elzey, Jr., MA, PLPC
Mr. Bernell Elzey, Jr. earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2020. He is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor working under the supervision of a Licensed Professional Counselor. In the fall, he will begin pursuit of a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans. Bernell provides clients with unconditional support to facilitate self-acceptance and teaching the process of effective decision-making so that they can meet those challenges when they arise for them in the future. He work with clients in a variety of formats, including individually, in groups, as couples and as families. The theory that guides his approach to counseling is Adlerian, however, he does incorporate interventions from Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy. Bernell has experience working with children and adults with ADHD, behavior disorders, depression, grief, interpersonal relationships concerns, and personal empowerment concerns.
Hope Gersovitz, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT
She graduated from LSU with a Masters in Counselor Education. In 2004, she became a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In 2011, she received a PhD in Behavioral Science with a concentration in Hypnotherapy through California University. In 2010, she opened New Orleans Counseling & Hypnosis Center. Currently, she is serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Her areas of expertise are couples counseling, hypnosis, depression, and anxiety issues. She is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges.
Megan A. Goldfarb, MA, LPC
Over her 10 year career, she has worked with hundreds of clients navigating the process of recovery. Her experience includes working with adults with substance abuse and addiction disorders, bi-polar and anxiety disorders, depression, and those who have experienced trauma and natural disasters throughout the world. She tailors her approach to meet your needs and maximize the effectiveness of your time together. She believes in empowering through education as well as treatment. She specializes in a wide variety of techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. In 2009, she obtained her Master in Arts in Community Counseling from John Carroll University.
Sally Johns, M.Ed., LPC-S
She obtained her Masters of Education degree in Counselor Education at the University of New Orleans. In 2011, she became a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her focus areas include: anxiety, grief recovery, relationship/couples counseling (Level 2 Gottman trained), anger management, stress management, teacher support, parent support, career counseling, developmental education, and emotional awareness. In the past, she has worked in schools, the community, and mental health centers providing counseling to all populations. She has worked in the Orleans private and public school system providing counseling and alcohol/drug prevention workshops. In the community, she worked as a crisis counselor to children and families.
James M. McGinn, M.A., LPC, NCC
He graduated from Fairfield University in Connecticut with a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health and School Counseling in 2011. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans. He is both a state Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and he is trained and certified in Connecticut in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). His areas of expertise include depressive and anxiety disorders; family conflict and divorce; loss and grief; and trauma. He provides counseling to adolescents and adults – particularly those within the LGBTQ+ community – from a predominantly cognitive behavioral therapeutic orientation but also draws from solution-focused, strengths-based, and creative approaches to join with and support clients in their journey to life improvement and contentment.
Kenneth Schmitt, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, Registered Play Therapist
He earned his Masters in Counselor Education from University of New Orleans. In 2014, he became a Licensed Professional Counselor. He received his play therapy training from LSU's Play Therapy Clinic. He has worked with all age populations and has concentrated on children age 3-18. He utilizes both non-directive and directive approaches with his clients. In addition, he works with adults specializing in LGBT issues, anxiety, and trauma. His area of expertise are the following: attachment, anger, ADHD, conduct disorders, grief, and anxiety.
Cody M. Smith, MS, LPC
She graduated with a Masters in Counseling Psychology from William Carey University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with abundant experience working with a wide range of clients and mental health concerns. Her areas of expertise include the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, anger management, and emotional awareness. She provides psychotherapy and counseling to a broad spectrum of adults, particularly members of the LGBTQ community. Her approach to therapy is holistic and inclusive, utilizing techniques from Cognitive Behavioral, Rational-Emotive, Brief Solution Focused, and Psychodynamic therapies in order to establish a therapeutic relationship and best meet the needs of each client.
Joy Taylor, MS, PLPC
She graduated with her Masters of Science in Mental Health counseling from Capella University in 2019. For the past twenty years, she has worked in public education in a variety of different roles which include teaching, counseling and advocating for students. She is a therapist who supports individuals in their life journey by providing a nonjudgmental and safe space for clients to process thoughts, feelings, and experiences. She believes therapy should be collaborative with clients, helping them to develop coping strategies, improving their ability to get a better understanding of themselves, and an appreciation of their strengths.
She has experience with a wide range of client concerns and has worked with clients of all ages and different backgrounds. Her expertise is working with adolescents and young adults navigating life transitions, anxiety, grief, depression, and ADHD. She is also able to help with academic/behavioral concerns such as navigating the education systems 504 and IEP processes.
Donneisha Wilson, MA, LPC
Donneisha earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Holy Cross in 2017. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Donneisha has worked with clients in various stages of life and has concentrated on children, adolescents, and young adults. Donneisha enjoys assisting her clients as they transition through the stages and phases of life. She utilizes Person-Centered and Solution Focused Therapeutic theories as well as Directive and Non-Directive Play Therapy. Donneisha has experience working with children and adults with adjustment concerns, anxiety, depression and impulse control disorders.
Max Wallace, MSW student intern
Max is a transgender activist and Louisiana native currently pursuing her Masters of Social Work degree at Tulane University and working as a counseling student intern. Passionate about mental health and wellbeing, especially within New Orleans’s LGBTQ communities, she believes in collaboratively empowering individuals through practices based in self-determination and utilization of personal strengths.