Ilsa Araki M.A., LPC-S, NCC
Ilsa Araki is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the Louisiana LPC Board of Examiners and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). She is also a Board-Approved Supervisor of Provisional Licensed Professional Counselors (PLPCs). She holds a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and is trained in the use of EMDR Therapy and the Gottman Method Couples Therapy. In addition, Ilsa is a member of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), the Louisiana Counseling Association (LCA), and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
Ilsa’s professional experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples experiencing a wide range of concerns including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, relational issues, physical/sexual abuse, grief recovery, trauma, difficult life transitions, and stress-management.
Ilsa is an interactive, strength-based, solution-focused therapist who believes that all individuals have within themselves the capacity for growth. While her theoretical orientation is based on cognitive behavioral, solutions-focused, and family systems therapies, she utilizes a holistic approach that promotes wellness – mind, body, and spirit – by integrating complementary methodologies and techniques, through a biblical worldview, to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client’s needs. Providing an environment of acceptance, warmth, and understanding, Ilsa supports and empowers clients to build on their strengths and attain the personal growth needed to address personal challenges and experience a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
Ellen Michel is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) with the Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She is a member fo the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Ellen has experience working with many types of clients, including adults, children, couples, and families. She has worked with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, marital conflict, child and adolescent issues, grief, mental illness, and spiritual issues.
Ellen counsels using an integrated biblical perspective, with focuses in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, and Trust-Based Relational Intervention. She is eager to build strong therapeutic relationships with her clients and helping them progress to meeting their therapy goals. It is her joy to walk with people through the difficult times in their lives and help guide them to a place of healing and a healthier life.
John Monroe is a counseling intern under the supervision of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). He will graduate from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May 2019.
John has experience working with adults, adolescents, couples, and group counseling. He has worked with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, grief, spiritual issues, trauma, sexual addiction, and sexual issues.
John counsels from an integrated biblical perspective, with skills in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, and Group Counseling. His desire is to build a strong alliance with clients and help them walk through difficult times while creating a safe environment for them to feel wholly accepted and able to take on life’s challenges.
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a form of creative therapy that utilizes licensed and credentialed therapy animals and handlers (people who manage the animal) to provide goal-directed interventions to individuals of all ages. AAT can be used with various types of psychological, emotional, developmental, cognitive, motivational, or physical impairments. Hoku, a two-year-old female German Shepherd, is currently in training to be licensed and credentialed as an Animal-Assisted Therapy Dog.
Sarah Steed M.A., PLPC
Sarah Steed is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) with the Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Sarah has experience working with Adults, Families, and Children. She has worked with issues such as relational issues, family issues, grief, anxiety, depression, issues regarding sexuality in both teens and adults, as well as post recovery work from addiction.
Sarah works from an integrated biblical world perspective, with focuses in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, and Trauma Informed Care for Foster & Adoptive families (based off of a TBRI approach). She is very passionate about seeing her clients reach their personal goals, and becoming the people they wish to be. She sees it as a privilege when clients allow her to join them on their journey to become more well-rounded individuals, experiencing more joy and satisfaction in their everyday lives.
Jamie Klemashevich is a Counseling Intern under the supervision of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She will graduate from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in May 2018.
Jamie has experience working with a variety of clients including adults, adolescents, and families. She has worked with concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, family issues, relationship issues, parenting issues, and issues regarding sexuality.
Jamie counsels from an integrated biblical worldview and holistic perspective (mind, body, and spirit) to help clients on their unique journeys toward a healthy and satisfying life. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy utilizing EMDR, and Structural Family Therapy with a focus on the strengths and goals of the client. She strives to create a safe and accepting therapeutic environment where clients can grow, heal, and embrace change.
Katie S. Giardina is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) with the Licensed Professional Counselor Board of Examiners. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Katie has experience working with a variety of clients including children, adults, and couples. She has been able to assist clients with concerns including anxiety, depression, stress, grief, behavioral problems, crisis situations, and life transitions.
Katie counsels from an eclectic approach, with focuses in family systems, cognitive behavioral, and brief solution-focused perspective. She tends to be straightforward in helping clients reach their goals. She looks forward to working together with her clients to create a plan that assists them in successfully reaching their goals. Her desire is to help her clients live an authentic, healthy lifestyle.
Walker Marsh, Jr., Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, NCC