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Beacon Healing and Wellness Outpatient Services

Counseling Services: Individuals, Couples, and Families

Beacon Healing and Wellness is expanding its reputation for unsurpassed patient care as it works to meet the ever-changing needs of the community it serves. We provide counseling services for individuals, couples, and families in private and group settings.

Beacon Healing and Wellness has a professional clinical staff to assist you in creating an individualized counseling plan to meet the specific needs of you and/or your family. Our staff members are trained in a variety of interventions and modalities that can be combined to provide the most effective treatment possible. Many of our clients find it beneficial to participate in more than one type of therapy as they feel it further supports the healing process. It is common for some clients to choose to participate in individual sessions while engaging in couples therapy or family work, or to use group therapy to enhance progress while participating in individual sessions. Counseling is not always a “one size fits all” intervention, and our collaborative approach will allow for flexibility in the services we provide, whether you choose to engage in adjunctive therapies or decide on a more focused approach. No matter what your journey to wellness looks like, our clinical team is comfortable collaborating with all healthcare providers involved in the treatment of our clients, whether they be in the community we serve or across the hall.

Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication Management

Research indicates that psychotherapy in conjunction with medication is the most effective treatment for some disorders, often allowing progress to be made more quickly than if either intervention were used separately. This is why our treatment team includes professionals who are able to perform medication management services for our clients who are interested in utilizing pharmacological interventions, even if you are not being treated by one of our therapists. We are happy to collaborate with other community providers to best serve your needs.

Psychological Testing and Evaluations

Sometimes, more information is required in order to address your needs more effectively. Beacon Healing and Wellness offers formal standardized testing and in-depth clinical assessments performed by licensed psychologists that can assist with a variety of situations, such as:

  • Educational assessments to help identify specific learning disorders, investigate poor school performance, address behavioral concerns, and assist in gifted or other specialized education placements
  • Formal assessments to assist in the diagnostic process of specific disorders such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and personality disorders

Beacon Healing and Wellness Offers Telehealth Services

Our highly-trained, caring therapy staff provides comprehensive and confidential treatment to those suffering from depression and other mood disorders, experiencing changes in behavior, psychosis, and major declines in functioning by bringing care to the patient via video sessions.

With Beacon, you get:

  • Individual sessions
  • Medication management & follow up care
  • Free clinical intake assessments
  • Full psychiatric evaluations
  • Most private insurances accepted

Telepsychiatry is equivalent to in-person care in diagnostic accuracy, treatment effectiveness, quality of care, and patient satisfaction. Patient privacy and confidentiality are equivalent to in-person care.

Specialties

Child and Adolescent issues:

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Anger management and social skills deficits
  • Addiction
  • LGBTQ+ or LGBTQIA+ and gender dysphoria
  • Trauma and related disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • OCD and Tic Disorders
  • Parenting skills
  • Grief
  • Sleep-wake, eating, and elimination disorders.

Adults:

  • Issues specific to women, men, aging, and disability (including disability evaluations)
  • LGBTQ+ or LGBTQIA+
  • Addiction and smoking cessation
  • SASSI
  • Presurgical psychological assessments for bariatric and spinal stimulator surgery
  • Trauma and related disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder)
  • Anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and anger management

Couples and Family Systems:

  • Communication
  • Co-parenting
  • Conflict resolution
  • Family relational issues

Meet Our Staff

Beacon Healing and Wellness has a diverse staff of experienced providers covering a wide range of professions.

Dino Balliviero

Dino Balliviero, LPC

Certified Tobacco Specialist and Grief

Brett Busby

Brett Busby LPC

Addiction, Couples, Family Issues

Linsay Cefalu

Linsay Cefalu, LPC

Anxiety, Couples, Depression, Teens

David Jackson

David K. Jackson, PhD, MP

Pediatric Medical Psychologist

Nathan Jamison

Nathan Jamison, LCSW

Children and Adolescents, Families

Christine Powanda

Christine Powanda, PhD

Disability and Psychological Evaluations

Leah Steele

Leah Steele, MSW, LCSW, MPH

Addiction, Depression, Grief

James Underhill

James Underhill, PsyD, MP

Adult Medication Management

Specialty List

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ADHD

(Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a neurobehavioral disorder that can appear in childhood or throughout adulthood. People with ADHD demonstrate brain functioning differences that can impact daily life.

Symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty maintaining focus
  • Struggles with time management
  • Poor organization
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity
  • Fatigue
  • Poor self-image or self-esteem
  • Communication skills deficits
  • Hyperactivity
  • Inconsistent academic achievement

Treatment includes counseling with the client and family to implement behavioral strategies for reducing the impact of symptoms, as well as evaluation for medication if needed.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

(ODD) is a mental disorder involving a persistent pattern of conflict in the relationships between a child or adolescent and the important authority figures in their lives, including caregivers and educators. These relationships are often marked by constant power struggle, poor attachment, irritability, anger outbursts, and difficulties with empathy.

Symptoms:

  • Irritable mood
  • Argumentative
  • Defiant behavior
  • Problems in school or at home

Treatment involves individual and family therapy, sometimes in combination with medication, that will work to set healthy boundaries in relationships and create positive outlets for the expression of anger, anxiety, and frustration.

Anger Management

A counseling program guided by trained therapists focusing on identifying sources/triggers of anger as well as developing skills to regulate emotion and control angry impulses.

If left untreated, the stress from chronic anger can lead to:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Legal/criminal consequences
  • Relationship troubles
  • Other physical changes in the body
Social Skill Building

Social skills are the tools that we utilize when interacting with others in daily life. They involve understanding, communication, empathy, social norms, and ourselves. Social skills are vital in building both personal and professional relationships and can help you accomplish career and personal goals as well as contribute to achievements. Children and adults can benefit from the improved relationships supported by growing this skill set.

Parenting/Coparenting Skill Building

Parenting refers to the complex relationship between a parent and a child (whether they are bonded through biology or a loving commitment) as the caretaker works to support the child into becoming the best versions of themselves. Parents promote and support the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood.

Counseling may assist with developing:

  • Healthier expressions of love and affection
  • Stress management
  • Relationship skills (empathy and healthy communication)
  • Autonomy and independence
  • Education and learning
  • Life skills
  • Behavioral management
  • Health
  • Safety
  • Coping skills to manage unexpected stressors
  • Flexibility in navigating changes to the family unit

Co-parenting is the shared parenting duties of children by their parents or parental figures who are non-married or living separately. While children can never have too much love, it can sometimes be challenging to coordinate responsibilities when those who love them do not always agree.

Counseling may assist with developing:

  • Working together as a team
  • Creating a no judgment zone, future focused
  • Improved communication
  • Conflict management skills
  • Boundary setting
  • Consistent and predictable patterns of support, i.e. routine
  • A sense of security
  • Healthy attachment
Substance Abuse

Individuals who struggle with excessive use of substances or have a physical or psychological dependence may become harmful to themselves and/or others. Abuse of substances can include difficulties with a single substance or a combination of alcohol, prescription or over the counter (OTC) medicine, heroin, cocaine, opioids, marijuana, cigarettes, or other tobacco products.

If left untreated, substance abuse may lead to:

  • Social, emotional, physical, and job-related issues

Treatment may include any combination of counseling and medication management to improve coping skills and reduce physical and emotional dependence.

Grief

Grief is an overwhelming feeling of sorrow in response to a significant loss, typically the loss of a loved one, that can overwhelm a person’s ability to cope. While grief is most commonly associated with bereavement, it can also be experienced after a significant life change, such as the development of a disability, a loss of a relationship, the loss of a job, or an unexpected diagnosis.

Individuals may feel as though they are removed from everyday routines, unable to commit to regular duties, or disconnected from their life and loved ones.

Symptoms:

  • Overwhelming sense of sadness
  • Numbness
  • Poor energy and motivation
  • Feeling stuck in a state of mourning
LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) Issues

Serving this population involves experience with issues specific to this community. Individuals may feel a sense of fear or shame as they explore their identity and sexuality, especially if they do not find support in their significant relationships. Our clinicians are here to help navigate the complex concerns of this community in a safe and affirming environment.

Some concerns may be:

  • Fertility issues
  • Navigating non-traditional relationships
  • Adoption
  • Marital/Relationship issues
  • Gender expression
  • Transgender concerns
  • Couples counseling
  • Strained familial relationships
Geriatric Population

Geriatrics refers to medical care for older adults. This type of counseling can include specialization in mental and physical health of individuals in the later stages of life.

Therapeutic focuses may include memory, learning capabilities, and coordination, as well as adjusting to new physical limitations, approaching end of life, grief/loss, and anxiety related to medical concerns.

SASSI

The SASSI is a psychological screening measure that is available in separate versions for adults and adolescents. The Adult SASSI-3 helps identify individuals who have a high probability of having a substance dependence disorder. The Adolescent SASSI-A2 is designed to identify individuals who have a high probability of having a substance use disorder, including both substance abuse and substance dependence. This screening tool can be a step towards managing addiction or substance abuse in the treatment process.

Presurgical Psychological Assessments for Bariatric and Spinal Stimulator Surgery

Many doctors will order a pre-surgical psychological evaluation to ensure that you understand the procedure and have a thorough understanding of what contributes to weight loss and gain.

A pre-surgical evaluation is a means of ensuring that you are prepared for future success with your bariatric weight loss surgery. It assesses different aspects of general weight loss and the surgery itself, including:

  • Behavior patterns
  • Emotions and beliefs
  • Physical development
  • Current life circumstances
  • Motivation for the surgery
  • Expectation for the surgery

While it might feel unnecessary, it is important to remember that this assessment is designed to give you the best possible outcome from your bariatric weight loss surgery.

Smoking Cessation

Smoking cessation is the process of quitting smoking. This type of counseling can help alleviate dependency on tobacco or nicotine through a variety of behavioral and cognitive strategies.

Reasons why you may want to quit:

  • Improve your overall health
  • Lower risk of disease
  • Exposing loved ones to second-hand smoke

Symptoms include:

  • Nicotine cravings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Anger or frustration

Our Fees

While we are in network with most commercial insurance plans as well as Medicare, each of our providers is contracted individually with insurance companies and offers different private pay scales based on the services provided. Please contact us directly to find out if the service or provider you are interested in is in covered under your insurance policy.

Locations

Beacon Healing & Wellness
671 River Highlands Blvd
Covington, LA 70433
(985) 624-2942
Telehealth Referrals: (225) 264-2410

“I know when things get unbearable, I can call Beacon Hospital and get help. The help will make me positive in my problems and my life” –M.H., Hospital

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