Meet Our Staff

Dino Balliviero, LPC

Certified Tobacco Specialist and Grief

Dino Balliviero, LPC, CTTS is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Dino received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He received his Master of Science degree in Counseling from Loyola University New Orleans. Dino has practiced both individual and group counseling for 20 years. He specializes in counseling adults with anxiety disorders, trauma, depression, couples counseling, grief, bipolar disorder, family relationship issues, anger management, and smoking cessation. As a Specialized Crisis Counselor for the Louisiana Spirit Hurricane Katrina Recovery Team, he was privileged to serve firefighters, Emergency Medical Service providers, and police officers. He has a background in Specialized Crisis Counseling which specifically focuses on factors associated with disasters, psychological support, and the effects of trauma, loss and grief, crisis intervention, and stress management/self-care. He successfully completed the Foundation for Human Enrichment’s Trauma Outreach Program (TOP) which focused on mind/body awareness.

Dino has a comprehensive background in the theoretical models of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Existential Psychotherapy, and Person-Centered Therapy. A cognitive-behavioral perspective is one in which a client’s patterns of thoughts and actions are explored in order to better understand his/her problems and to develop solutions. An existential perspective is one that is optimistic in its approach in order to embrace human potential. A person-centered perspective is one which fosters a safe, supportive environment in which the client’s insight and self-understanding is increased as therapy progresses.

Dino believes counseling is a therapeutic process during which both he and his clients come to understand and trust one another. He approaches each counseling session as a means to explore and define present problem situations in one’s life. In addition, he and his clients will develop future goals for an improved life, and he will work with his clients in a systematic fashion toward realizing those goals.

Brett Busby, LPC

Addiction, Couples, Family Issues
Brett Busby has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from LSU and is receiving his master’s degree from the University of Holy Cross in marriage and family therapy. He is a member of the American Coupling Association, the Louisiana Counseling Association, and the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society. He has presented on learning disabilities at the Louisiana Counseling Association’s yearly conference and has extensive experience tutoring children with learning disabilities. He specializes in using emotionally focused therapy for couples and adolescents, and cognitive behavioral therapy to treat substance abuse.

Linsay Cefalu, LPC

Anxiety, Couples, Depression, Teens
Originally from Alexandria, LA, Linsay moved to Northshore in 2015. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Psychology. Upon graduating, she took a break from her studies to work full time. In 2013, she began working with the Department of Children and Family Services as a child abuse/neglect investigator. This line of work inspired her to want to help those who have been directly affected by trauma. She left DCFS to pursue graduate school full time and enrolled at Southeastern LA University in 2014. While in graduate school, she worked part-time with the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office in the child support division for two years where she gained knowledge about the law regarding child support, divorce, custody, and paternity. She received her Master’s degree in Counselor Education with a concentration in Marriage, Family, and Couples’ Therapy in December 2017. She also received her provisional license the same month. Linsay intends to receive her full state license in summer 2020.

Linsay’s focus is to empower clients to recognize their own strengths, and encourage them to use them to their advantage. Counseling is a collaborative effort with the client in the driver’s seat. She uses a person-centered approach in order to gain rapport with clients, while utilizing tenets of cognitive-behavioral therapy to identify distorted thought patterns and behaviors. She has experience with anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment/transitional issues, grief, trauma, relationship issues, LGBTQ+ issues, and children/adolescents in the foster care system. She works with adolescents as young as 12 years old, as well as adults. She also works with couples. Linsay’s approach in couples’ counseling is direct intervention in identifying communication patterns, and utilizing specific skills in order to create new habits in communication as well as emotional expression. She also employs a strengths-based approach in order to determine where the couple can gain insight through their own strengths that both parties bring to the table, and make necessary changes accordingly.

In her spare time, Linsay enjoys all things nerdy; Star Wars, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Marvel and DC comics, Dungeons and Dragons, and is an avid gamer. She also cosplays with her husband Kevin any chance she gets, and loves discussing how geek/nerd culture can connect others and build community with similar interests. She attends Wizard World Comic Con every single year in January, and you might see her in full costume if you can recognize her.

David K. Jackson, PhD, MP

Pediatric Medical Psychologist
David K. Jackson, PhD, MP is a clinical and medical psychologist with a subspecialization in pediatric psychopharmacology. Licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners, he gained invaluable experience at Children’s Hospital by prescribing psychotropic medications to children and adolescents for nearly 12 years (2007-2019). While affiliated with this institution, Dr. Jackson practiced at both the Rapid Treatment Program (RTP) in New Orleans and a multispecialty outpatient clinic located in Covington, Louisiana. Dr. Jackson is a former U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer (LTJG) and U.S. Army clinical psychologist (CPT-MAJ). During his active duty in the Army he completed an APA-approved predoctoral internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC., and proudly served active duty personnel and their families as a clinical military psychologist in Texas and Hawaii. He has practiced as a Master’s or doctoral level psychologist in both inpatient and outpatient settings since 1982, when he became licensed in North Carolina. Dr. Jackson has won numerous awards in the military and as a graduate psychology student. He has published or presented in such diverse areas as adult learning and memory, equine assisted therapy, self-management of migraine headache, and pediatric depression. Dr. Jackson has special interests in assisting families and their youth in the clinical management of neurobehavioral, mood, somatic, and anxiety disorders, employing a holistic and integrative approach. Dr. Jackson’s ultimate goal is to enhance the child’s long-term growth and self-actualization using an individualized combination of psychosocial and pharmacologic supports. This is accomplished via close collaboration with the child’s pediatric physician. He currently maintains a private practice in Covington, Louisiana, where he and his wife have lived for many years and cared for a menagerie of beloved animals. These presently include two dogs and one relentlessly curious kitten.

Nathan Jamison, LCSW

Children and Adolescents, Families
Nathan has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Orleans and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Tulane University. He holds the highest level of social work licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). His work history includes being a child protection services worker working with the state of Mississippi, a community-based therapist working with parents and their children, a residential psychiatric therapist providing services to teens, and an outpatient clinical therapist providing services to children of all ages as well as their families. Nathan utilizes a person-centered approach combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Trauma Focused-CBT when providing individual therapy. Additionally, Nathan utilizes the modalities of family and couples counseling as well as group therapy. Nathan’s therapeutic focuses include: severe mood and behavioral/conduct issues, depression, anxiety, anger management, ADHD, social skill building, conflict resolution, attachment disorders, parenting/co-parenting skill building, substance abuse, sexual addictions, PTSD, and traumas related to: grieving, bullying, and abuse.

Nathan has been providing therapeutic services for nearly 5 years. His genuine and patient approach allows him to quickly develop a connection with clients and their families which provide them a comfortable space allowing for them to acquire the new skills necessary for sustained positive changes in their behavior and emotion regulation. When working with children Nathan utilizes play in sessions as a way to allow the children he works with to feel comfortable and open with him as he guides them through learning and practicing the tools they need to be successful in their home, school, and communities. Nathan has enjoyed success with addressing the individualized needs of many different children including those with neurological and developmental disorders like Autism Spectrum Disorder / Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome, as well as other rare genetic disorders like 22q and XXY syndrome.

Christine Powanda

Christine Powanda, PhD

Disability and Psychological Evaluations
I am a licensed applied developmental psychologist who has been licensed to practice psychology for more than 20 years. I obtained a BA, MA, and Ph.D. in psychology through the University of New Orleans. I have been primarily employed in private practice conducting psychological evaluations for various agencies, including Disability Determination Services, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, and Department of Children and Family Services, and through the local Courts. I have also worked for more than 20 years as a consultant for various local developmental disability agencies, including Metropolitan Developmental Center, Metropolitan Human Services District developmental disabilities, and Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority/Developmental Disability Community Services, including performing psychological evaluations to diagnose developmental disabilities and devising and developing Behavior Support Plans for challenging behaviors exhibited by persons with developmental disabilities. I have extensive experience conducting psychological evaluations, including psychoeducational evaluations, on individuals from infancy to late adulthood to assess for, diagnose, and make recommendations related to mental illness, developmental disorders, and learning disabilities.

Leah Steele, MSW, LCSW, MPH

Addiction, Depression, Grief
Leah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 16 years of experience in the field of therapeutic interventions in Social Work, as well as that of Public Health. A proud alumna of Ursuline Academy, she is a native and lifelong resident of New Orleans whose personal and professional lives embody Ursuline’s motto, “Serviam,” a Latin word meaning, “I will serve.” Following graduation from her alma mater, she undertook studies at the University of New Orleans, from which she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She then went on to earn her Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health from Tulane University Schools of Social Work, and Public Health and Tropical Medicine, respectively.

Since her graduation from Tulane, Leah has worked tirelessly as a Social Worker to carry out the philosophy of Serviam, providing therapeutic, psychoeducational, and advocacy services to hundreds of adult clients in the Greater New Orleans area. Her resume includes positions utilizing her skills in Social Work and Public Health at both private and public nonprofit agencies, where she has been employed as Reproductive Health Educator and CSAT (Centers for Substance Abuse Treatment) Project Coordinator, and Agency Social Worker/Counselor, respectively.

Leah’s passion is providing healing therapeutic interventions to those individuals who have experienced suffering in their lives for any number of reasons. Through person-centered therapy, she helps her clients to identify viable solutions to problems, and to develop healthy perceptions of themselves, thereby freeing them to become peaceful, emotionally healthy, safe and whole. During her career, she has provided therapeutic Social Work services and interventions to adults in group, individual, and couples modalities for a variety of issues. She has a great wealth of experience in addressing multiple foci of clinical intervention, including trauma; grief and loss; adjustment disorder; substance use disorders; marriage/family/relationship dysfunction; sexual orientation issues; domestic violence; gender identity issues; sexual abuse; anxiety and depression; and women’s issues, to name a few. She is available for counseling in the Covington office.

James Underhill, PsyD, MP

Adult Medication Management
James Underhill, Psy.D., M.P. is a medical psychologist licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. His practice and research focus upon the evaluation and treatment of cognitive and behavioral disturbances associated with neurological disease and psychiatric illness. Clinically, he maintains private practices in Austin, TX where he focuses upon neuropsychology, and in New Orleans, LA where he focuses upon medication management.

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