Licensed Professional Counselors


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.

 


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 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.


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.


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.


Gretchen P. Petrie, M.A.M.F.C, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Gretchen Petrie, M.A., LPC, holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Gretchen is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, as well as the Louisiana Counseling Association.

Gretchen has experience working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She has worked with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, marital conflict, spiritual issues, grief and post recovery of addiction.

Gretchen counsels using an integrated biblical perspective, with focuses in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. She considers it the utmost honor and privilege to walk alongside people through “the dark night of the soul” and help guide them to a place of healing and a path towards a full and meaningful life.