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Cynthia Cuttino Edwards, PhD, CHt, LCSW 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.

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Bernell L. Elzey, Jr., MA, PLPC 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.

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Hope Gersovitz, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT Hope Gersovitz, Ph.D., 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 Ph.D. 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.

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Megan A. Goldfarb, MA, LPC 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.

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 Sally Johns, M.Ed., LPC, NCC Sally Johns, M.Ed., LPC-S, CCHT

Clinical Coordinator for NOCHC, Sally obtained her Master of Education degree in Counselor Education at the University of New Orleans. In 2011, she became a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). 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. She became board approved supervisor (LPC-S) in 2019 for other provisional counselors and recently in 2021, is certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy (CCHT). In the past, she has worked in schools, the community, and mental health centers providing counseling to most populations. She is an LGBTQ+ ally and has worked in the Orleans private and public school system providing counseling and alcohol/drug prevention.

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 Sally Johns, M.Ed., LPC, NCCJames M. McGinn, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

He graduated from Fairfield University in Connecticut with a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health and School Counseling in 2011 and obtained a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans in 2020. 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.

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Kenneth Schmitt, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, Registered Play Therapist Michele Rassbach, RN, BSN

Michele graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA with a Bachelor Degree in Nursing in 2010. She is currently student at Nicholls State University in Thibodeaux, LA where she pursuing a Master degree to become Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been working in the field of mental health and wellness for over ten years in both inpatient and home settings. She has experience working with adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, serious mental illness, and substance use disorders. She is experienced in the use of medication in the treatment of mental health disorders and is trained in Motivational Interviewing.

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Emmie Saux, LMSW Emmie Saux, LMSW

Emmie is a nonbinary and queer native of our lovely city. Following their Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, Emmie received their Master’s of Social Work in May of 2017. Since 2016, Emmie has worked to support survivors of sexual violence across Louisiana. As a part of the queer and transgender community, they are invested in creating spaces of affirming care for LGBTQIA+ folx. For the past few years, Emmie has provided support to other nonbinary and gendernonconforming people through a local monthly support group. Emmie has experience in working with adults and adolescents who are struggling with issues around gender and sexuality, anxiety disorders, depression, and trauma.

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Kenneth Schmitt, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, Registered Play Therapist 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.

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Cody M. Smith, MS, LPC 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.

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Joy Taylor, MS, PLPC 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.

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Max Wallace, MSW student intern Max Wallace, MSW, LMSW

Max graduated with a Masters in Social Work from Tulane University in 2020 and is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She is a queer, trans, Louisiana native who strives to make her practice inclusive and intersectional. With a focus on mindfulness, compassion, and strengths-based approaches, she uses a variety of techniques tailored to fit the needs of clients, including cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, psychodynamic, and person-centered therapies. Max believes in collaborating with and empowering individuals to create the safe, supportive space they need to pursue authenticity and wellness. She has experience with adults and young adults in the treatment of client concerns such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, gender and sexuality, spirituality, chronic illness, and chronic pain.

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Donneisha Wilson, MA, PLPC, NCC 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.

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Savannah_Stephenson_headshot_2021Savannah Stephenson, MSW Student Intern

Savannah is a non-binary and queer native of the gorgeous Gulf South. Prior to pursuing their Master of Social Work at Tulane in 2020, Savannah specialized in trauma studies and queer narrative, performance and artistic expression. Their therapeutic approach is rooted in constructivism; they are interested in the ways we make meaning of systems we exist within and the transformative power of telling our stories. With a dual focus on compassion and community care, Savannah strives to make their practice trauma-informed, affirming, and inclusive, particularly for the LGBTQIA2S+ communities of which they are a member. They operate from anti-oppressive, person-centered, and strengths-based perspectives, and believe in treatment tailored to the unique needs of every individual. They are committed to offering an inviting, warm, highly relational and collaboration-driven experience. Savannah has experience supporting queer and transgender identified adults, people living with HIV/AIDS, and survivors of trauma.

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