Tyra Mitchell-Poree, MA, LPC-S, NCC, BC-TMH, LMHP
Chelsea Coon, Blogger
Andrea is a 1998 honors graduate of Louisiana State University, Graduate School of Social Work, and licensed since 2000. She is a proud wife, mom, and step-mom. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to local festivals, cooking, reading, and traveling. Andrea has over 11 years working in the public school system addressing behavior and emotional needs of children from the ages of 4 and up. She is trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Anthetic Therapy, Crisis Intervention and Prevention, Couples Counseling and she uses, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Experiential Activities, Gottman techniques, Play Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy to assist children, adults and families reach their ultimate potential. Andrea addresses anxiety, depression, anger, and relationship issues with over 11 years working directly with children struggling with emotional and behavior disorders. She specializes in teaching self regulation, anxiety, anger management, and social and executive functioning skills to children and adults with depression, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She will work with families to create a consistent discipline system that improves family cohesion, and with individuals and couples to address marital and family stress, with a focus on creating health relationships and boundaries.
Dr. Parker comes to us from Texas. She holds counseling licensure issued by the states of Texas and Louisiana, a doctorate in professional educational leadership, and a master’s degree in counseling. Dr. Parker has 13 years of counseling experience working with children, adolescents and adults with varying concerns. Dr. Parker works with clients with a wide range of concerns including family and marriage, anger management, depression, grief and loss, parenting issues, career guidance, and crisis counseling. She an experienced counselor who has served in private practice, hospitals, and public school settings. She is an active listener who serves as a solution-based partner with her clients as they address concerns that are presented. The primary theoretical approaches that Dr. Parker may draw from to provide direct counseling services are: Humanistic Approach (to provide client-centered therapy to positively establish the belief that he/she is in control of their own destiny, defining life with an understanding of free will, self-determination, and responsibility), Cognitive-Behavioral Theory (CBT) (to focus on thinking that can change feelings and behavioral responses to situations), and Psychoanalysis Theory (to analyze relationships to encourage healing by revealing and treating underlying or existing issues). If you desire to begin a journey of exploring healthier living, Dr. Parker is eager to partner with you in your therapeutic journey! Dr. Parker is a telehealth provider here at Acadian Counseling Center.
Megan Evitt, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC), is an alumni of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Megan graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, and a minor in Child and Family Studies. She then earned a Master's of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling in 2016 from UL Lafayette’s CACREP-accredited master’s program. Megan has worked in home-based counseling positions, as well as middle and elementary schools. She is currently a Professional School Counselor at a local elementary school. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Megan practices from a cognitive-behavioral and person-centered perspective in that patterns of thoughts and actions are explored in order to better understand the client’s problems and to develop healthy solutions from their worldview. Megan focuses on clients 10 years of age and younger who suffer from mental health issues such as, but not limited to, depression, ADHD, anxiety, and oppositional defiance disorder. She also provides support and guidance as needed to the parents and guardians of her clients. Megan specializes in Play Therapy, and is completing the requirements to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Megan is also working on further training in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® for working with children and their families who have gone through trauma.
Tyra Mitchell-Poree, a licensed professional counselor supervisor (LPC-S 3837), a national certified counselor (NCC 613166), a Board certified TeleMental Health provider (BC-TMH 300), and a consultant. Tyra has a BA degree in Psychology and a BS degree in Criminal Justice from Southern University. Tyra has a Master of Arts in Education Administration and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Xavier University of Louisiana. Tyra also has a plus 30 graduate specialization in Mild Moderate Disabilities- Special Education from the University of New Orleans, and Tyra completed Loyola University Legal education for mediation. Tyra holds a certification from the State Department of Education-Ancillary Certification- Guidance Counselor. Tyra is currently working toward a certification as a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP). Tyra has worked in both residential and outpatient services to include, MHR/MST home-based community services, Schools, Juvenile Court, group homes, substance abuse inpatient and outpatient, crisis stabilization, sexual assault, and psychiatric hospitals. Tyra is board certified by the State of Louisiana to provide TeleMental Health/video counseling to clients. Tyra’s mission is to emphasize the client-counselor relationship, creative and experiential modalities, and a thorough understanding of mental health issues across the lifespan. Tyra mission is also to promote individual growth and development, regarding both personal characteristics and interpersonal competencies. Through individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy, persons may come to appreciate the uniqueness of their personalities and discover new ways to develop their potential. Tyra focus on mood disorders, personality disorders, conduct disorders, & impulse control disorders. Tyra has been in the human service profession since 2000 and has been fortunate to become proficient in a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Gestalt, Solution focused therapy, Family Systems, Trauma Informed, Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Psychodynamic Therapies, Adlerian, Social Learning Theory and Mediation. She is a virtual, telehealth provider at Acadian Counseling Center residing in New Orleans.
Dr. Kimberly Moton, DSW, MSW, LCSW, MBA, MAED
Dr. Marilyn Parker, Ed.D, LPC-S, NCC
Krystal graduated from University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1994 with a B.S. majoring in Psychology and in 1997 from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Masters in Social Work. She was licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in 2005 and has furthered her skills and education with a Certification in Aroma Freedom, Subconscious Release Technique, and Usui Reiki Levels I and II. She prefers to go by her middle name, Dawn, is married to her husband of 21 years, has two children, a special needs cat and a rescue dog. She enjoys learning and furthering her education to assist her clients any chance she can. She practices with a client centered focus using multiple techniques with a strong cognitive behavioral focus. Krystal believes in treating the whole client (mind, body, and soul), instilling personal responsibility, and creating conscious awareness which creates the massive shifts in the lives of her clients. She has 17 years of experience which include working in multiple roles from evaluating students for special education, therapy for 9 years with pre-teens and adolescents; as well as, individual and group therapy with adults presenting with a variety of mental health issues. She works with clients who have a range of mental health concerns including: depression, parent-child relationships, self-esteem, specializing in anxiety, trauma; and working with clients to find self-love and acceptance.
Kylie Romero Foti, MHA
Krystal "Dawn" McNemar, MSW, LCSW, CAFP, CSRTP, CRP
Counseling for Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families
Ashley Fletcher, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Owner of Acadian Counseling Center, is an alumni of Louisiana State University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Ashley graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, and a minor in Business. She later graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Master’s of Science degree in Counseling Education, with a concentration in Community Counseling. Ashley has worked in a variety of mental health settings, which include medical facilities, mental health clinics, educational institutions, private practices and camps. Her therapeutic approach incorporates a variety of counseling theories, with a cognitive behavioral foundation. Ashley works with clients of all ages, races, creeds, and socio-economic statuses. As well, Ashley works with adolescent and adult clients individually, couples counseling, group counseling, and family/blended family counseling. She is Level 1 Gottman trained in clinical relationship counseling. She is currently working toward a certification in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) to help clients with all types of trauma. Ashley currently offers Telehealth sessions that can take place from the comfort of your own home!
Ashley Fletcher, MS, LPC, NCC
Maria G. Garcia, MS, LPC is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and a Master's of Science in Counselor Education with a concentration in Community Counseling. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Maria has 10 years of counseling experience and has worked in a variety of settings including home-based counseling, inpatient psychiatric hospital, and intensive outpatient. Maria has worked with clients with severe and chronic mental health conditions including substance use disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and severe Depression and Anxiety. Maria works with older adolescents, adults, and couples. Maria has experience working with LGBT individuals and has enjoyed volunteer work at Acadiana CARES. Maria's favorite aspect of counseling is helping people value who they are and live fulfilling and meaningful lives. Maria uses a person-centered, humanistic approach and also has special training in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, a form of cognitive behavioral therapy. Maria also utilizes mindfulness techniques. From Maria: "My goal is to help you trust yourself and get you to a point in which you are proud of your choices and confident in your abilities to overcome your challenges. I am truly person-centered meaning your values, experiences and goals will be at the forefront of our sessions. I look forward to starting a collaboration in which you are a partner in helping create a life that is fulfilling and meaningful to you."
Ever wonder who answers your calls? Runs your benefits? Helps you with questions, concerns, and places you with a counselor at Acadian Counseling Center, LLC? I have been the business manager at ACC for a couple of years-we may have spoken before, if not I hope we do soon! I am originally from New Iberia, LA. I attended Millsaps College in Jackson, MS for my degree in History and Research Methods; I finished that degree at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL. While in Jacksonville, I assisted in funeral operations for a large-scale, corporate funeral company. I received my Master’s in Healthcare Administration and Management from Colorado State University I have one child, Liv, who was born with a rare genetic condition called Williams Syndrome. I was having issues, myself, with “navigating the insurance maze,” so I figured the only way to beat the system was to join the system. I pride myself on being able to help anyone who may call our office at Acadian Counseling Center—Even if we cannot help you here I may have a number to someone that can. I can run/verify your insurance in a matter of seconds to give you specific pricing based on your policy. My goal is that every person that comes in for a session here leaves feeling better than when they arrived!
Dr. Kimberly Moton holds a Master of Arts in Education, Master of Business Administration, and Masters as wells as a Doctorate in Social Work from University of Southern California. She likes to think of herself as a “natural born” student. Dr. Moton loves the process of examining underlying causalities that often inflict an individual’s mental health and learning how to apply therapeutic principles to assist with healing deficits and improving functioning. Her expertise lies in the areas of working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (who also may be transitioning from acute psychiatric hospitalization), substance abuse, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and at-risk youth. Dr. Moton’s overall goal is to assist individuals within these populations with maximizing their ability to live, socialize, learn, and work in communities of their choice. Dr. Moton also works with at-risk children, adolescents, adults, and families. She believes “The process of therapy is to help patients identify problems and the thoughts that cause them, and then to help them change their thoughts through thought-challenging and behavioral experiments. Cognitive restructuring with some people may take more time. Entrenched ways of thinking are difficult to change.”
Chelsea is a graduate student in the Master of Science in Counseling program at Southeastern Louisiana University with a School Counseling focus. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Southeastern in 2019. She is currently a behavior technician where she provides ABA Therapy to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Chelsea aspires to become a school counselor and provide students with the additional support they need outside of the classroom. Her hobbies include reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family.
Megan Evitt, MS, LPC, NCC
Ani Vidrine, LCSW
Andrea Martin, MSW, LCSW
Brandi LeBlanc is a 2012 graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a minor in business. She earned a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2015 from UL Lafayette’s CACREP-accredited master’s program. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Brandi practices from a Client-Centered, Solution-Focused approach, believing that each client is the expert on their own life. She specializes in Play Therapy, grief, and trauma, and works with clients of all ages who are experiencing a variety of stressors, including, but not limited to: grief and bereavement; trauma and abuse; and chronic pain. She is trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Parental Alienation, and Reunification therapy; she is certified in Pre-School PTSD Treatment (PPT). Brandi is currently working towards additional training, and certification, in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), to better help clients who have suffered trauma(s), as well as those maintaining negative self-beliefs.
Brandi LeBlanc, MS, LPC
Maria G. Garcia, MS, LPC
Rev. Andrea “Ani” Vidrine is a licensed clinical social worker and interfaith minister who companions people in counseling, hypnotherapy, and spiritual direction, offers continuing education workshops for social workers and counselors, facilitates retreats, officiates at ceremonies, and teaches yoga. Ani utilizes a person-centered approach to psychotherapy with an emphasis on mindfulness and somatic awareness.
Ani earned a master's degree in social work from Louisiana State University and a certificate in natural healthcare science from the New England School of Natural Health Care. She studied massage therapy and acupressure at the Alabama Oriental Studies Institute in Point Clear, Alabama and gained two teaching certifications in the instruction of yoga.
Ani began her spiritual formation at The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C. and graduated from their programs, Spiritual Guidance and Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats. She subsequently graduated from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and received her ordination as an interfaith minister.
Ani was a licensed massage therapist in private practice for 7 years, has taught yoga since 1997, and has organized and facilitated retreats since 1999. She has worked in an outpatient psychiatric clinic as a mental health counselor, as a case manager and counselor for dialysis patients, as a counselor for youths on probation, as a clinical social worker, chaplain, and volunteer coordinator for hospice patients, and in private practice as a psychotherapist.
Ani has provided continuing education for counselors through the Louisiana Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, for dietitians through the Council on Renal Nutrition, and for social workers through the National Association of Social Workers/Louisiana chapter.
Ani has been married to Aaron Hebert for 20 years and has two grown sons, Zack and Joshua. Hiking at Chicot State Park Arboretum, camping, singing, and sitting on her porch are some of her favorite pastimes.