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), Somatic Experiencing (SE), 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), 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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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 three-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.


Robert “Fred” Selby M Div, LPC-S, LMFT, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor / Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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Fred is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also has a Doctor of Divinity degree from the California Graduate School of Theology. His training includes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and has been certified in Thanatology (Death, Dying, and Bereavement) as well as being an expert in the field of traumatic stress by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

Fred has over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families who struggle with the results of grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, and relational difficulties.

Fred counsels from an ecosystemic perspective, which means that he accepts a client’s immediate family relationships and larger social context as being important resources in solving life’s problems. Primarily, Fred works from a structural/strategic orientation, which means that he assists couples and families in organizing their relationships so that resources can be brought to bear on the problems being presented. Goals for therapy are always established through collaboration with the client. The overall objective for therapy is always the successful resolution of the problems that are deemed the most important through that collaborative process.


Ellen Michel M.A., LPC

Operations Director

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Ellen is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  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.


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


Mark Oakes, M.S., PLPC

Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor

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Mark is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) under the supervision of a licensed professional counselor and is a graduate of William Carey University where he completed a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is a member of the Louisiana Counseling Association. 

Mark has experience working with adults, families, and children. He has worked with issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, anger, and trauma. 

Mark counsels from an integrated biblical perspective, with focuses in cognitive behavioral therapy, and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. Mark always works to create a safe environment for his clients as they work together towards the client goals.


Elizabeth “Lizzie” Armstrong M.S., PLPC

Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor

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Lizzie is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC). She holds a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University and is a member of several professional counseling organizations.  Lizzie is working toward becoming a Certified Clinical Trauma Practitioner (CCTP) and is trained in Brainspotting.

Lizzie has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and groups.  She has worked with a variety of issues including trauma, guilt and shame, depression and anxiety, sexual harassment and abuse, childhood abuse and neglect, and life changes and transitions.  

Lizzie emphasizes the counselor-client relationship, and she works to create a safe and accepting space in which clients can be authentic, real, and vulnerable.  She believes in tailoring treatment to the client’s individual needs, while fostering empowerment, self-compassion, and self-efficacy. Lizzie counsels using an integrative approach that is rooted in Narrative Therapy, Feminist Theory, and Trauma-Informed Treatment.  It is her joy and privilege to love and serve others through mental health counseling.



Jessica Boyd, M.A., PLPC, NCC

Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor

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Jessica is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Holy Cross. She is a member of the Louisiana Counseling Association and American Counseling Association.

Jessica’s focus is to create a safe, unconditional, and confidential space for clients to discuss thoughts, emotions, behaviors and life experiences that are hindering individual growth, well being, and quality of life and relationships. Her clinical experience includes work with individuals, couples, and groups across a variety of concerns including trauma, relationships, intimacy and sexuality, depression, anxiety, grief and loss; in addition, she has experience working with families and individuals in crisis.

Her approach is integrative and holistic— taking into consideration all “pieces of the puzzle” that make up the clients life experience. She utilizes combination of techniques unique to each client, their concerns, and goals, including: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), person centered, and trauma-informed approaches.


Nic Saluppo

Counseling Intern

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Nic is a Counseling Intern working under the supervision of an LPC with a supervision designation. He is pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Akron (OH), and expects to graduate in December of 2019. Nic has professional training in multiple areas, including Gestalt Therapy, Jungian-based approach, PsychoEnergetics, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Nic is experienced in working with adults, adolescents, couples, and groups. He makes it a point to meet you where you are while facilitating deeper healing and new solutions to challenges. His former 10+ year career as an Exercise Physiologist gives him a unique and extensive understanding of the intimate relationship between body and mind. Nic’s integrated approach of working with the body, emotions, mind, and spirit is excellent for healing depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief, as well as for creating stronger connections between couples and families. Additionally, this approach is highly effective for navigating life changes/transitions, discovering meaning and purpose, and experiencing more vitality and energy.

Nic’s mission is to create an environment where you will experience healing, laughter, and identification of purpose and meaning, as well as implement practical solutions to both the long-term and short-term challenges of life and relationships.


Catherine “Cat” Schully M.S., PLPC, NCC

Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor

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Catherine “Cat” is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University New Orleans. Cat is a member of the Association for Play Therapy (APT) and is working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).

Cat has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of settings. She frequently utilizes interventions such as Child-Centered play therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in her work with clients. Cat also has experience with Child- Parent Relationship Training (CPRT) and uses this model to help parents build stronger bonds with their children through play.

Cat focuses on increasing awareness and acceptance of difficult thoughts and emotions in order to help clients navigate through challenging life events. She encourages using ones’ strengths and values to drive them towards meaningful actions. In creating a safe, accepting space, Cat believes individuals will find tools within themselves to achieve their goals. She is extremely thankful to be a part of the team at Northshore Family Counseling and is passionate about guiding others to positive change.


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.


Alex Wendel M.A., PLPC

Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor

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Alex is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor under the supervision of a Licensed Professional Counselor and is a graduate of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he completed a Master of Arts in Counseling with a Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is a member of the American Counseling  Association (ACA) and is Prepare-Enrich Certified. Alex also completed a Masters of Arts in Christian Apologetics and uses 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.