Services & Practitioners

Asian Bodywork Therapy Hypnotherapist
Conscious Connected Breathing Licensed Child PsychologistLicensed Counselor Massage Therapists • Mental Health TherapistsMusic Therapist
PSYCH-K Facilitator
ReikiZen Shiatsu

*Please note that our practitioners are independent small business owners
and set their own rates and schedules.   Please contact them directly for
appointments or more information.

Debra C. Howard, AHA! Head Honcho

AHA! is my business, and Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) is my private practice.

ABT is based in Chinese Medicine principles and theories, using a wide variety of touch (and non-touch) techniques on the meridians and acupoints to affect Qi flow. My services include Acupressure, Shiatsu, & External Qigong; generally each session is a blend, based on what your body ’ s needs are.

Ultimately, my goal is to help you bring balance to your body, mind, & spirit. ‘ Balance ’ can be experienced in many different ways, including feeling grounded, centered, relaxed, & invigorated.

Private session length is variable and you make that determination. An hour every couple of weeks, or once a month, can help maintain your health; ABT ’s true benefits really show with regular sessions. Wear loose, comfortable clothing for your session.

I also offer classes, workshops, and presentations (for the public and for practitioners) in Chinese Medicine theories and practices, Asian Bodywork Therapy, Qigong, & Dao-In (self-care).

LMT LA0294, AOBTA®-Certified Instructor & Practitioner
Over 20 years experience; Private Sessions By Appointment



Gabriel Bass, Massage Therapist

Resonant Touch is my personal type of integrative technique, using many types of therapies that I find useful depending on the individual that I am working with. We are all unique and need different types of body work for different reasons.

I began my professional massage career in 2014 at the Sedona School of Massage. My continued study has been focused in Ortho-Bionomy, a simple approach of reminding the body of its natural, most comfortable state. Other modalities that I practice are off-body energy work, reflexology, myofascial release, deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, and cranio-sacral techniques.

This journey comes from a passion to help others and interest in all types of therapy. Being a trained musician and chef has giving me a widely varied experience working with people in different situations. I truly enjoy helping them feel better and enjoying their lives. I am called to connect deeply with my clients and help as many people as possible.

Gabriel Bass, LMT LA8393

Jesse Moss,
Massage Therapist

Need to be Kneaded Massage operates on the principle that
people deserve quality, personalized care. As social creatures, we have a biological and emotional need for touch, making massage therapy a healing form of medicine, and one that is well equipped to fill in gaps left by the medical establishment. Thinking of massage as a medical treatment removes it from the realm of luxury, and into the realm of care for the everyday aches of everyday people.

Jesse practices bodywork that incorporates the psycho-somatic aspects of health. She blends clinical, western modalities that target localized pain, primarily myofascial release and deep tissue work, with eastern modalities, intended to stretch and balance the body, such as Thai massage and Shiatsu.

Jesse enjoys working with a range of people with various abilities and ailments, from athletic injuries, to repetitive stress injuries from the office, or service industry, as well as individuals with emotional trauma in need of space to relax and release. Whether chronic or acute, from plantar fasciitis, to TMJ pain, Jesse believes that all conditions are reversible, and in her work strives to remind your body what it feels like to be in a more aligned state. Becoming aware of unconscious holding patterns allows for self-regulation and shifting how we move, breath, and live. Sessions can be preformed on the table, or on a floor mat, so it is important to wear loose, comfortable clothes.

In her spare time, Jesse is bartender, runner, and voracious reader. She is very interested in the intersections of medicine, race, class, gender, and community, and strives in her practice to bring a social justice perspective. She is committed to working with her clients according to their resources in order to make body work accessible to a broad spectrum of people. She is currently studying to become a Physical Therapy Assistant at Delgado Community College.

Jesse Moss, LMT LA8050

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Hendri Brown, Licensed Professional Counselor

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been in the helping profession for almost 20 years, recently opening a private practice. I encompass a person-centered, holistic approach to the helping process, believing that most individuals have the knowledge and internal compass to uncover and resolve issues with support, guidance, and unconditional positive regard. I have experience in post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual trauma, mood disorders, adjustment and anxiety issues. I see all ages and currently accept Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO, and cash payments. Please contact me for more information or to make your appointment.


Kichea S. Burt,
Mental Health Therapist, Social Worker

Over thirty years of culturally competent experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, couples, families, and elderly, individuals and groups in various  settings from sub-acute psychiatric hospital to residential treatment,  outpatient services and private practice;  addressing such treatment issues as mental health, adult survivors, family crises, child and elder abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, sexual abuse, respite care, out of home placement, adoption, etc.; supervising staff and interns who have had varying degrees of education, experience and certification; developing program formats and training staff; with an ease of ability in establishing rapport.

PO Box 90425
Lafayette, Louisiana 70509

Gail Gillespie, Ph.D.
, Licensed Child Psychologist

I am a licensed psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and families. I received my Ph.D. in School Psychology in 1993 from USM in Hattiesburg. After working for five years for the Jefferson Parish School Board, I began a full-time private practice in Metairie. I am thrilled to be a part of the family at AHA!, in the New Orleans Healing Center.

I specialize in the evaluation and treatment of children ages 2 to 17, working with individuals with ADHD, Autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral challenges, phobias, socialization issues, anxiety/depression, oppositional defiant disorder, parenting / divorce / blended families challenges. I provide short-term solution-focused therapy and consultation to individuals and families.

Aside from more traditional cognitive-behavioral approaches, I also utilize - where appropriate - systematic relaxation, visualization, mindfulness, and a form of energy psychology known as Emotional Freedom Technique. EFT is a gentle yet powerful approach in which acupressure points are stimulated while the client talks about or experiences negative thoughts, feelings, memories, or physical symptoms. The nervous system is calmed, and negative emotional energy is cleared with this powerful and effective technique. Through combining a variety of techniques, clients can expect to feel more relaxed and have a significant reduction in the experience of negative emotions. For an appointment, please call.


Nikki Lee, Professional Counselor Supervisor

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) in the states of Louisiana and Arkansas. I have a M.A. in MFT from UL-Monroe and a B.A. in Psychology from UNO. I've been in practice for almost 10 years and utilize a solution-focused, systemic approach to modifying various mental health and relational challenges adults, couples, and adolescents encounter. My techniques are person-centered and individualized to meet each clients' specific needs, which is the basis for my practice's motto, "care that feels like home." If you're interested in getting more information about the services I offer and/or to make an appointment, please feel free to contact me directly as well as visiting my website listed below.


Veronica Mollere, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I approach psychotherapy as a collaborative experience with my clients. Together, we work to make meaning of your experiences. I have engaged with clients who present with a range of conditions: anxiety, depression, trauma, personality and mood disorders, relationship difficulties, and more.

Since obtaining my Masters degree in Social Work in 2012 from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in NYC, I have been engaged in post-graduate practice specializing in healing the brain, the mind, and the body from trauma. Advanced trainings in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) specifically equipped me to work with survivors of traumatic experiences to provide relief from the myriad symptoms that result. These often co-exist with other mental health issues, and I take care to blend my background in trauma-informed care with traditional therapeutic approaches tailored to your needs.

I am confident that collectively we can begin to piece together the steps to your wellness, and I happily accept inquiries about treatment for anything that is troubling you. Please don't hesitate to call or email to set up a free phone consultation. I look forward to meeting you and embarking on your therapeutic journey together.

Mobile: 504.457.7951 | Office: 225.615.8102

Amy Lee Wilson,
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Approved Clinical Supervisor

I am thrilled and honored to be at work every day on my personal 5 year goal: to serve as a healing and dedicated professional at AHA! I am a Social Worker (LCSW) with 37 years of experience in offering counseling and training to individuals, couples, families and groups. I enjoy partnering and serving as a resource with anyone who seeks to gain insight, new ways of handling problems and long term coping skills. I have completed training with Jim Gordon, MD, of the Center for Mind Body Medicine to offer stress management and care for PTSD symptoms for people living in the Gulf South following the Federal Disasters of Katrina and Rita. I have also completed training in Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) offered by the Linehan Institute and offered weekly individual and group skills training to increase the feeling of "a life worth living" (Linehan).

I believe that counseling and therapy helps each person find their highest level of living life with efficiency, compassion and clarity. I encourage those who team with me to also engage in mindfulness practices that include daily habits of movement and exercise (including dance!), nutrition (a colorful plate!), sleep and in the moment living, staying aware here and now.

I spend my down time pedaling around my neighborhood, going on walks with my little mutt, LB, reading, baking, and helping with voting literacy efforts. I look forward to offering my services to you, and you may schedule sessions to fit your individual schedule and needs.

LCSW, BACS #3227

Twilah Winters
, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Approved Clinical Supervisor

I have worked as a social worker for over 13 years in a variety of settings including the school system, psychiatric inpatient and outpatient, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, as well as a grass roots agency with a focus on trauma informed, gender sensitive treatment and community re-entry. My approach is to meet you where you are and help you connect the dots to where you want to go. If you’re not quite sure where you are or where you want to go, no worries, we’ll work it out together.

I work with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. In addition to having a holistic perspective, the treatment techniques I most commonly use include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and youth PTSD CBT treatment.

Please do not hesitate to call or email me for an appointment. I look forward to speaking with you soon and help you connect your dots.

Connecting the Dots Counseling, LLC

Ramon Zelaya, Licensed Professional Counselor

I have been working in the mental health field since 2002, having served children, adults, and families in both outpatient and inpatient settings to address mental health symptoms and addictions. My counseling work focuses on issues of anxiety, compulsive behaviors, problem gambling, and substance abuse

I began treating compulsive gambling in 2009 with Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, a prominent and influential problem gambling treatment program. I developed an interest in treating addictive and compulsive behavior independent of chemical use, including problematic gambling and internet & technology use.

Stress and dissatisfaction with life emerge from acquired habits that deviate from our attention to our human needs. The path to recovery therefore requires learning what needs are not being met and cultivating ways to meet them. My treatment style is goal-oriented, solution-focused, and takes a holistic perspective of the individual as well as one's environment. I employ cognitive-behavioral techniques to address barriers to recovery and to help each individual achieve personal freedom.


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Jack Anthony Fontana
, Conscious Connected Breathing

I have been a breathwork practitioner and massage therapist in the New Orleans area since 1985. I was certified in breathwork through Jim Morningstar and the Transformation Breathwork Training Alliance in Wisconsin. I am a certified Level 4 Breathworker and I am a state licensed nationally certified massage therapist.

I have been continually offering these two healing modalities since 1985 in the New Orleans area.

Conscious Connected Breathing is a simple, profound breathing technique that creates the opportunity to integrate stored suppression and release fear, anxiety, stress, etc. and open one up to Acceptance, Freedom, and Love. Breathing is the most important thing that we can do and most breathe very shallowly or hardly at all, holding the breath most of the time, lost in their mind thinking. When we take time to focus on our breath, miracles can occur literally under our noses.

What I primarily do is create a safe, loving, accepting environment for one to connect to their breath and bear witness as the miracles occur.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about this profound healing process, Conscious Connected Breathing.

LMT LA0076

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Jeremy Love, Music Therapist-Board Certified

Jeremy, a native New Zealander, has had a love of music since he was 8 years old. A trained classical guitarist, Jeremy found his true vocation in music therapy here in New Orleans, graduating from Loyola University. Jeremy has worked in New Orleans as a Music Therapist since 2011 in Private Practice, Inpatient & Outpatient Mental Health, Palliative Care, with the Elderly, and with Children with Special Needs.

Here at AHA, Jeremy is developing his practice primarily but not limited to the modality of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) and Music Imagery (MI). Both of these modalities utilize recorded music programs designed to support and invigorate the exploration, self-awareness, and experience of deeper levels of oneself, towards improved mental and emotional well being.

Presently at AHA, Jeremy offers Music Imagery (MI) as a creative and aesthetic therapeutic approach, working with managing and overcoming: trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, and personal development. Music Imagery facilitates a unique opportunity to explore and find connection, interpretation, and meaning to your inner world in a safe contained music experience.

Love’s Music Therapy, LCC

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Summer Mead
, Hypnotherapy & Reiki

Prior to each session I encourage an open dialogue. I tailor the session accordingly - addressing & transforming each issue while strengthening your personal attributes. Considering that hypnosis & Reiki are both effective for a vast array of issues, my experience has been quite eclectic as well. I specialize in assisting clients who are desiring change - whether it be overcoming phobias / anxiety, or transforming negative habits into something more positive, to weight loss & quitting smoking.  If applicable, I will also teach you the needed skills to stay on your desired path. With both forms of therapy, typically each client has proclaimed to me that not only do they feel wonderfully relaxed, but have also gained some type of significant personal insight after the treatment. In addition to face to face sessions, I have extensive experience with distance healing & Reiki with animals.

Board Certified Hypnotherapist, Level II Reiki Practitioner