Ilsa Araki M.A., LPC-S, NCC

Clinical Director

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Ilsa is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Board-Approved Supervisor, and Owner of Northshore Family Counseling.  She holds a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and is trained in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT), and is a Certified SYMBIS Facilitator.  In addition, Ilsa is a member of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), the Louisiana Counseling Association (LCA), ICEEFT, and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).

Ilsa has years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families presenting with anxiety, depression, physical/sexual abuse, trauma, PTSD, relationship issues, and difficult life transitions. 

Ilsa is an interactive, strength-based, solution-focused therapist who believes that all individuals have within themselves the capacity for growth.  While her therapeutic work with clients is based on Cognitive Behavioral and Emotion Focused therapies, she also utilizes a holistic approach that promotes wellness – mind, body, and spirit – and integrates complementary techniques, through a biblical worldview, to offer a personalized approach tailored to clients’ unique needs.  Providing an environment of acceptance, warmth, and understanding, Ilsa supports and empowers clients to build on their strengths and attain the growth needed to address challenges and experience a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

Please contact Ilsa with any questions, comments, or thoughts.  She’d love to hear from you.

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Hoku

Animal-Assisted Therapy

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 German Shepherd, is currently in training to be licensed and credentialed as an Animal-Assisted Therapy Dog.  She is a sweet and gentle dog eager to greet our clients and make them feel welcomed.


Ellen Michel M.A., PLPC

Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor

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Ellen is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC).  She holds a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  Ellen is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner, who is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is a Certified SYMBIS Facilitator.  She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).

Ellen has experience working with children, adults, couples, and families.  She has worked with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, child and adolescent issues, marital conflict, spiritual issues, and grief.

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 help 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 

Counseling Intern and Network Specialist

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John is a Counseling Intern under the supervision of a Licensed Professional Counselor.  He is expected to graduate from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May 2019 and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).

John has experience working with adults, adolescents, couples, and groups.  He has worked with a variety of issues including addiction, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, spiritual issues, sexual addiction, and sexual issues.

John counsels from an integrated biblical perspective, using clinical skills and biblical truth to help his clients find true healing. In session John uses skills from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Prepare-Enrich Pre-Marital Counseling, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He always works to create a safe environment for his clients as they work together in moving towards a more fulfilling life.


Sarah Steed M.A., PLPC

Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor

Sarah is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC).  She holds a Master 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 (AACC).

Sarah has experience working with adults, families, and children.  She has worked with issues such as grief, anxiety, depression, family issues, relational issues, and post recovery work from addiction.

Sarah is a Certified SYMBIS Facilitator who works from an integrated biblical worldview, with focuses in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, and Trauma Informed Care for Foster & Adoptive Families.  She is passionate about seeing her clients reach their personal goals, and becoming the people they wish to be.  Sarah 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 lives


Stephanie Johnson

Counseling Intern

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Stephanie is a Counseling Intern under the supervision of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She expects to graduate from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Master of Science degree in Counseling in May 2019.  Stephanie is also pursuing a certification as a Registered Play Therapist. 

Stephanie has experience working with children, adolescents, and parents. She has worked with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, ADHD, emotional regulation, social skills, self-esteem, and life transitions. 

Stephanie counsels from a holistic perspective, integrating a client’s mind, body, skills, and life situation into their wellness plan. She has skills in Play Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Group Counseling. Her goal is to create a safe space where clients feel accepted and valued. She wishes to partner together with clients to develop skills for navigating life’s challenges and for meeting their personal goals. 


Alex Wendel

Counseling Intern

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Alex is a Counseling Intern under the supervision of a Licensed Professional Counselor and is expected to graduate from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in December 2018 with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling with a Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and is Prepare-Enrich Certified. Alex is also expected to graduate in December 2018 with a Masters of Arts in Christian Apologetics; using this training to practically integrate psychology and spirituality in the counseling process.

Alex has experience working with adults, teenagers, families, and has worked in individual and group modalities. He has helped people who have struggled with issues stemming from trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, spiritual issues, and difficult or complicated life transitions.

Alex approaches counseling from an integrative and holistic perspective that embraces a biblical worldview while implementing skills and techniques from other counseling models/approaches. Some of these counseling approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Prepare/Enrich, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He hopes to establish trust-centered relationships with his clients so that they will feel the safety and support needed to reach a place of healing and flourishing.


Mallory Cooper M.A., PLPC

Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor

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Mallory is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC). She holds a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Mallory is a certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Mallory has experience working with adults, adolescents, families, and couples. She has worked with issues such as trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, self-harm, OCD, codependency, family issues, relational issues, premarital work, and post recovery work from addiction.

Mallory counsels from an integrated biblical worldview with focuses in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, EMDR Therapy. She enjoys seeing her clients reach their personal goals. She hopes to achieve this by creating a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic environment. Mallory considers it a privilege when clients allow her to join them on their journey to wholeness and healing.


Alyssa Hensley

Counseling Intern

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Alyssa is a Counseling Intern under the supervision of a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She is earning a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling with a Masters of Divinity Specialization from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and expects to graduate in May 2020. Alyssa is a certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). 

Alyssa has experience working with adults and has worked in individual and group modalities. She has helped people who have struggled with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, spiritual issues, relational issues, emotion regulation, self-esteem, codependency, post-recovery from addiction, and difficult life transitions.

Alyssa counsels from an integrated biblical worldview, with skills in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, and EMDR. She provides support for clients through the process of healing and growth by fostering an environment of safety and acceptance so clients can establish and meet personal goals.