NOCHC's staff provides individual, couples, family counseling, and clinical hypnosis.

Treatment specializations include:

  • Depression
  • Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Hypnosis
  • Parenting Support
  • Grief Counseling
  • Work and Career Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Addiction & Recovery
  • PTSD

We work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, we offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of our clients' individual needs to help attain the personal growth they are striving for.


Hypnotic trance is a completely normal state, one you experience every day, perhaps while watching TV or driving a familiar route. It is a narrowing of attention so that distractions are shut out and a focused awareness is achieved. It is not a mysterious state, but a state that every person, with very few exceptions can easily reach. The conscious mind, which is the rational and analytical mind, is suspended for a time, while the unconscious mind, which holds all our emotions, our memories and our creativity, is more fully accessed to provide resources not usually available. Emotional blocks that you may not even be aware of are released. The trance state is similar to meditation. In this state the innate powers of the human mind, which are usually untapped, flow freely and enhance every area of life.

A typical session is about an hour. In the initial session the therapist will discuss your reasons for pursuing therapy and what you want to achieve. The therapist will explain hypnosis and answer all questions. When you feel comfortable, the therapist will begin to work with the trance state in order to accomplish your desired results. People describe trance differently, but generally everyone agrees that it is a relaxing and pleasant experience. Many people are surprised that they continue to experience thoughts, hear sounds and even speak while in trance. You are aware of what is going on, you will not do or say anything that is not in harmony with your deepest nature. The unconscious mind is your truest friend and constant protector.

Hypnosis can help with the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Grief
  • Success
  • Past Trauma
  • Emotional Issues
  • Sexual Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Confidence Building

Contact 504-681-7030 to further discuss how hypnosis can help you.

Play Therapy

Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on normal
communicative and learning process of children. Play is the language and the toys are their
words. Through play in therapy, a positive relationship develops between therapists and
children. This provides an emotional experience necessary for healing. Play therapy is
especially appropriate for children 3-12 years old but can benefit any age group.

Why Play Therapy?
Play therapy can help children:

  • Develop self-efficacy so they can feel more assured about their abilities
  • Learn new social skills
  • Develop better interpersonal skills
  • Cultivate empathy and respect
  • Learn to identify and express emotions in a healthy way
  • Learn and practice better problem-solving skills
  • Become more responsible for their behaviors

Research suggests it takes an average of 20-30 sessions to resolves issues of children referred
to treatment. Some children improve much faster. Serious or ongoing problems can take longer
to resolve. The family role in a child’s healing is important and opening communication with
the family and the play therapist is an important aspect of play therapy.

Who practices Play Therapy?
Play therapy requires extensive specialized education, training and experience. With the
advanced training, mental health professionals may earn a Registered Play Therapist (RPT)
conferred by the Association of Play Therapy (APT).

Kenneth Schmitt, LPC-S, NCC, Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor has fulfilled all the
requirements to be certified by the Association of Play Therapy (APT).

Click the image below to see a video about play therapy.

Play Therapy Commercial

Online Counseling

NOCHC offers HIPAA compliant online video counseling!

If you are a new client, please continue to the Appointments page and follow the instructions for New Clients.


For our current clients, please tell your counselor you are interested in Telecounseling, and they will give you a consent form.

Are You Ready For Online Counseling?

  1. Have you filled out your Telecounseling Consent Form?
    Our Telecounseling Consent Form is part of the New Client Forms all new clients must fill out. Existing clients will receive this form from their counselor.
  2. Do you have a smart phone, tablet, laptop, desktop PC or Mac which is 3 years old or newer?
    Older devices may struggle to run the program properly.
  3. Is your space equipped with a modern internet connection that is reliable?
    Connecting directly to your router using an Ethernet cable for wired internet is recommended though wireless networks can work fine as well.
  4. Do you have access to a working webcam?
    Smart phones, tablets, and most modern laptops have built in webcams which will work great for online counseling! If you have a desktop PC or Mac you may need to purchase and set up an external webcam.
  5. Are you comfortable navigating computer software?
    The online portal is easy to navigate and does not require any training to use. However, those who find computers to be confusing may find online counseling frustrating. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you have.

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