M.S., LPC, CSAT, CCTP
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist
Director of Recovery for the Hub Urban Ministry and Purchased: Not for Sale
I am an Army Veteran who has a Bachelor's in Psychology from Louisiana Tech University and Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. I am an ordained minister and Licensed Professional Counselor trained in EMDR for trauma, Restoration Therapy for couples and families, a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and I am also a certified sex addiction therapist (CSAT). I am also currently the Director of Recovery for The Hub: Urban Ministry that works to fight against poverty and human trafficking. I am married to my wife Jacie and I have two sons Grady and Jude.
I started this practice to be able to help people in ways that are progressive, cutting edge, and have the ability to make real and lasting change in the body, mind, and spirit. As a part of my journey I have faced trauma of different levels and experiences. I am a child of sexual neglect and divorce. I have faced bullying and emotional abuse. I have been to war in Afghanistan and faced natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina. I have two children with special needs and rare diseases. This has shaped me to have a heart for helping others and experience with real change and healing. Through all of this, God has continued to work in me to guide me and lead me to help others. Counseling and guidance have helped me to move past my past and continue to overcome my hang-ups and hurts. I hope that through taking the risky and sometimes scary step of calling a counselor that others will reach out and find that same help I received. Our past is important, but it does not have to dictate our present. We have a team of amazing of counselors, therapists, and social workers who want to walk along side you with whatever you are facing. The battle does not have to be fought alone. We believe there is power in vulnerability and that by reaching out for help you can find the power and strength to overcome whatever trauma and pain that life has brought upon you.
M.S., LPC, RPT
EMDR Specialist for children and adolescents
My passion for helping the hurting originates from my own journey from hurt to hope and healing. I desire to empower children, individuals, and families to overcome the obstacles in their lives hindering them from the joy, hope, and healing they seek. As a counselor, my goal is to come alongside you and offer encouragement and hope as you walk your journey toward healing. I graduated from the Louisiana State University of Shreveport in 2016 with a Master’s in Science and in 2010 with a Master’s of Arts degree. I am a LPC and a Registered Play Therapist. My trainings and experience also include: play therapy, expressive arts, sand tray therapy, depression/anxiety, stress with transitions, parent/child relationships, children with exceptionalities, grief and loss, trauma, and co-dependency issues. I am also a EMDR provider to help people recover from traumatic experiences, anxiety, and depression.
M.A., LPC, NCC, CSAT-c
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
One of the most important reasons I became a counselor is because I believe we all need someone to walk alongside us in the process of healing and restoration. I knew I wanted to become a counselor after experiencing counseling myself when I was beginning college. It was a life-changing experience for me, and I want to provide that to others. I am passionate about helping people grow and reach the healthiest version of themselves in mind, body, and spirit.
I have a Bachelors Degree is Family and Child Studies from Louisiana Tech University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Nicholls State University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors. I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist candidate, and I specialize in treating sex addiction, pornography addiction, infidelity, and partner betrayal trauma. I also work with female teenagers and young adults with pornography addiction. I have been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for adults and teens.
I work with individuals, couples, and families. I focus on adults with trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, codependency, relational/marital issues, and grief and adjustment issues. I also work with teens focusing on trauma, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, and grief and adjustment issues. I offer faith-based counseling from a biblical perspective if a client would like that as part of his/her treatment. I also offer weekly Partner Betrayal Trauma Groups for women who have discovered infidelity or a partner's problematic sexual behavior.
My love for helping others overcome life challenges stems from my early days in college when I was a member of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. This organization introduced me to community based service projects that were life changing. It was in these early days that I had the rewarding opportunity to change lives and help others see bright possibilities for their future. Through counseling I am able to continue to help others by empowering individuals and families from a strengths based perspective. I also come from a proud military family and am a passionate Veteran advocate. I seek to serve those who have bravely served our country. I have experience providing counseling to Veterans, adults, couples, families and groups with a special focus on trauma.
I am currently a LMSW, licensed master social worker in the State of Louisiana. I studied business and received a Bachelor’s of Science at Texas A&M University-Commerce in Commerce, Texas and completed a Masters in Social Work program at Stephen F. Austin State University School of Social Work in Nacogdoches, Texas. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
MA , LPC, LAC
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist
I discovered very young in my life that I loved talking to people. I realized that there is something very healing when you have someone that you can trust during difficult times. I took every psychology/counseling course I could in high school and college. I completed my psychology degree from Louisiana College and headed to Fort Worth, TX to finish my master’s degree at Southwestern Baptist Seminary where I majored in marriage and family counseling. I have been counseling since 2006 and I’m living my dream of encouraging and supporting people as they go through past, present and future issues that arise.
My faith is very important to my therapy since I believe God is essential to recovery from addiction and most life issues. I never want to push people to God but offer my insight if they want spiritual guidance.
I work with individuals, couples, and families. I focus on teenagers and adults with anxiety, depression, grief and addiction issues. I also enjoy working with couples to learn effective communication and conflict resolution skills.
I am a licensed addiction counselor since 2007 and I am a licensed professional counselor since 2010. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which will help people recovering from trauma.
I became a counselor to help people journey through the process of recovery. I believe all who are hurt have the capacity to be healed. I began my career working with abused and neglected children. There, I witnessed child victims of the worst abuse and neglect imaginable, and I saw they were resilient. That opportunity gave me the unyielding desire to spend my life giving comfort to those who have been broken, encouragement to those who are disheartened, and share light with those who are in darkness.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Louisiana Tech University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Louisiana. More importantly, I believe God put me on this Earth to help those who are hurting. My life’s work is to help encourage, guide, and support you, through your process of healing. I want to help you become as God intended, “Whole.”
I am a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC). I have a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Northwestern State University and a Masters of Arts in Student Personnel Services Counseling.
My passion for counseling is driven by my commitment to help people reach their full potential and my dedication to help others overcome life’s obstacles.
I provide a safe, warm environment and a caring relationship where you can feel truly listened to and understood and where we can work together to find hope and healing. You will leave with a greater understanding of the nature of your challenges, skills to give you the confidence to manage them, the ability to approach life courageously, a renewed sense of hope, and the ability to become the author of the joy and fulfillment you deserve.
I have experience working with at risk youth, domestic violence victims, crisis intervention, and individuals and families with a variety of challenges including anxiety, depression, anger, grief, and relationship building. I have experience working with counseling and psycho-educational groups including self-esteem issues, and relaxation.
From a very young age I knew that I wanted to do something in life to help others. Over the course of growing up and through my own experiences in life I learned that I had the capacity to listen, to hear and to empathize with others in all matters. Because of this I chose to pursue my education in psychology and counseling, where I earned a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2010.
My goal as a counselor is to meet people in their hurt and walk with them into healing. I am passionate about assisting others to effect growth and change. I work with teenagers and adults experiencing a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges,
trauma and abuse.
My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating each client with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My counseling technique includes a solution focused, cognitive behavioral approach which incorporates mindfulness training, effective coping skills, communication skills, problem solving skills and exploration of personal conflicts and emotional stressors.
As individuals gain insight into their lives and positive changes are made in thought processes and behaviors a healthier life may be achieved. If you are ready to begin the process of change, I am here to support and encourage you.
To better serve individuals I have become an EMDR Provider and will be training to become a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) as well as a Certified First Responder Counselor.
From my own experience in counseling, I quickly realized that sometimes individuals just need or want someone to talk to and truly listen to what they’re saying. In college, I found the human mind and behavior fascinating, which led me to pursue my Bachelor’s degree in psychology. It became evident that I was able to listen, empathize, and provide encouragement and support, which led me to pursue a career in counseling.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance from Louisiana Tech University. I have worked in a variety of settings and have counseled and guided individuals experiencing a wide range of difficulties related to anxiety, depression, grief, family issues and divorce, communication problems, and trauma and abuse. I enjoy helping individuals in order to improve boundaries, codependency, low self-esteem, and parenting skills. I have worked with children to help them improve their focus, behavior, and impulse control.
I am passionate about meeting individuals where they’re at and establishing a connection that is most effective for them. I am committed to educating, guiding, and helping individuals become more self-aware so that they can practice new ways of thinking and communicating. I am dedicated to working with any individual as a team to address any issues by teaching effective coping skills, mindfulness, problem-solving skills, communication skills, and exploring any personal conflicts or unresolved issues.
I am now a provider in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. In order to better serve individuals, I will be training to become a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
My journey began when my younger brother was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome as a child. My parents were never educated in behavioral therapy, and never knew about the many services that he could receive. During my time in undergrad, I was exposed to the wonderful world of ABA, and while my heart was broken that these services were not made available to him, it was also filled with joy as I realized that this was where I belonged. I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University at Alexandria followed by my Master’s in Psychology focused in Applied Behavior Analysis.
As a Behavior Analyst, I see many different children with their own unique strengths and qualities. Where they are weak, I will aim to strengthen them. I want to give your child the best chance they have at surviving this strange and complicated world we live in! My goal as a BCBA is also to show families who have children with autism that they are not alone, and that there is hope. I have seen so many parents feeling helpless and burned out as they struggle to make progress with their child. They just want someone to help them and hear them. I am here to be that person! I am here to listen, to love, and to lead you and your child toward their full potential.
Psalm 139:14 declares that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. God has a purpose for each and every one of us. Embrace it and let his light shine through you and your children!
I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a niece, a cousin, and a friend. All the roles that I have filled, and the relationships with family and friends, have helped shape me into the person I am today. I am a licensed professional counselor that received a Master’s in Counseling from Louisiana Tech University in 1999.
I became a counselor to help people live up to their highest potential and to assist them to turn their struggles into positive change. Everyone has a potential to grow emotionally and spiritually and can heal regardless of life circumstances.
I work with individuals to create healthier patterns of behavior in order to accomplish their goals. I believe that each individual possesses unique skills that can help overcome their adversities and achieve their desired outcomes.
My approach to counseling is eclectic, with a focus on cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and solution focused perspectives. I have experience working with clients with an array of mental health problems and ages. I have worked as a therapist in hospitals, outpatient programs, schools, rehab agencies, and behavioral health clinics. I am bilingual and can work with Spanish speakers as well.
MA, LPC EMDR Provider
It is such a privilege to have the opportunity to work with the men, women and families in this community. As your therapist, I’ll work to help you move out of the hard places that have left you weary, anxious, and often traumatized into a place of healing and restoration. Our alliance will focus on the whole person addressing your mind, body, and spirit while integrating multiple counseling approaches to fit your specific needs.
I’ve been a licensed and practicing professional counselor for nearly 10 years. While the focus is on you and your needs, each therapist brings something different to the table. I come from a long line of military servicemen and women and married into law enforcement. I have a passion for the health and wellbeing of our soldiers, first responders, and their loved ones. I have also an extensive history in the social service sector that has afforded me the opportunity to advocate for people at many levels. I am a wife and mother of two biological children and one precious adopted one.
I work with adults with trauma, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, grief, adjustment issues, infertility, sexual abuse, history of domestic violence, family conflict, and spiritual struggles. I work with teenagers on issues including trauma, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, grief, and adjustment issues.
Uriah J. Oxford
NCCA Licensed Pastoral Counselor * Pending
I sensed my calling to ministry at age twelve, and like many ran from God for several years. I had no idea why He would call me to the task of helping others until much later. I began to see that his hand on my life throughout all my struggles and traumatic experiences would be the way he would use me to lead others to healing. By age thirty I was a complete wreck. But by His amazing grace He picked me up and started a major overhaul that taught me how to live as a healthy person for the first time in my life. God chose for me a combination of spirituality, exercise, eating properly, and creativity to stay on track with Him and my loved ones. My story is definitely one of brokenness, healing and redemption. My wife and I believe it is time to share how God has restored us and blessed us with the skills to be in a happy and fruitful marriage. I am passionate about helping people battle depression, anxiety, ADHD, food and sexual addictions. I am a Licensed Pastoral Counselor through the National Christian Counselors Association and received my Pastoral and Biblical training from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I have had the privilege of serving Shreveport/Bossier for the past twenty years in preaching and teaching the Bible as a pastor—and I will rely on God and the scriptures to counsel others towards healing. My approach to health and healing is leading others to find “their way” in worship, exercise, eating properly, and artistic/creative activities. I will be leading beginner yoga classes, art classes and other activities that will lead others to reclaim their life.
Certified Pastoral Counselor
My desire to become a counselor stems from my own experience on just how therapeutic counseling can be. After years of working as a firefighter and seeing and dealing with toxic stress I went into the darkest season of my life. I started having panic attack‘s, anxiety, and depression out of nowhere. My life was turned upside down because I had never experienced anything like it before. The toll it took on me and my family eventually became too heavy for us to handle. I knew that I needed to talk to somebody, but I wasn’t sure who to see or where to go. Through a family member, I found a counselor and to say that it changed my life is an understatement! I would not be where I am at today, spiritually or emotionally, without the healing power of Jesus and talk therapy. After the healing I received through counseling, it was clear to me what I was meant to do.
I am a Certified Pastoral Counselor through the National Christian Counselors Association. I am passionate about helping people overcome anxiety, depression, family/marital issues, and anything else that may be holding them back. I was a fire fighter for nine years and the stressors of the job contributed to my depression and anxiety because they were not dealt with properly at the time. Helping first responders deal with job related stress is very important to me and I hope that at CDCIW I can be a resource for those first responders/their family members out there who are looking for help.
It is a privilege for me to create a therapeutic environment for people to share their story and to journey alongside them to a place of healing and empowerment. I believe human beings are not meant to carry their burdens alone and that our hearts are designed for healthy connection. It is my passion to create a safe and trusting space for growth.
I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the State of Louisiana. I have a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. I have previously worked with people experiencing a variety of challenges including post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, complex family issues, attachment issues, challenging adjustments, behavioral issues, and parenting challenges. I have been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Theraplay Level 1, Celebrating Families, and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools. I am also currently pursuing becoming a Registered Play Therapist and enjoy the opportunity to provide counseling to children.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, parenting our two young daughters, being outdoors, and talking with friends and family.
I enjoy using humor, smiles, and laughter to aid in the art of healing. Early on, I had trouble finding joy in my life. I took control of my own destiny through the use of art, music, and dance and I was shaped in a way that was unfathomable. I love to incorporate holistic techniques in an effort to genuinely connect with people and understand the origin of their behaviors and feelings to help them on their path to a better self. I provide a comfortable and safe space for clients to blossom and embrace necessary change. Treatment is a team effort and can only be effective through the use of transparency, honesty, and accountability.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, LA. I also hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. Since 2011, I have worked with children and adults ages 5 and up in various settings including corrections, community mental health, substance abuse, and schools. I have experience in treating addiction, anger management, depression, anxiety, and trauma. I have also worked extensively with individuals struggling with symptoms of serious mental illnesses including Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia. I am currently striving to become a Registered Play Therapist to improve my techniques with children that battle with trauma, emotional/behavioral disturbances, and developmental issues.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family, friends, and my black labrador retriever, Bentley. In my spare time, I volunteer in the community by judging local beauty pageants and dance team tryouts. I love to travel, go to concerts, dance, sing, and laugh loud. I learned that emotions can change from moment to moment and sometimes circumstances can cause positive emotions to dwindle; therefore, in order to fully live, one must learn to connect with inner joy through therapy.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
Mary Kate Cortez
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I am a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC). I have a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from Louisiana Tech University and a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Louisiana Tech University.
I have always had a desire for counseling as I watched the impact counseling had on my family growing up. Counseling allowed my family to be able to talk about our issues and not “sweep them under the rug.” It did not mean we were perfect, but it did mean we didn't have to be afraid to talk about our struggles with one another. I stepped into teaching 3rd grade once I finished my undergraduate degree. My experience teaching only fueled my desire to help people with their struggles. I witnessed my students wrestle with problems at home and personally. I realized I had a passion for helping people with the root issues in their lives. I desire to help my clients find freedom and healing through counseling.
I have experience with children, adolescents, and adults. I have spent time counseling in home-based services with an under-served population who have experienced trauma. I work with individuals and groups using a trauma-informed perspective. I also use cognitive-behavior therapy and solution focused therapy to help clients get to their goals in counseling.
I seek to provide a safe, therapeutic environment for my clients which allows them to explore their past and current struggles. I believe God has created us to find healing and freedom, and I hope to help each of my clients in their journey to that freedom. I believe that the relationship between my client and myself is key in helping clients explore the root of their anxiety, depression, or any other problems they may experience.