Services & Practitioners

Asian Bodywork Therapy • Holistic Health Coaching Hypnotherapist
Conscious Connected BreathingJin Shin Jyutsu Licensed Child Psychologist
Massage Therapists
Mental Health TherapistsReiki

*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



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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Nicole Rochat, Licensed Masters Social Worker, Certified Integrative Health Coach

I am an intuitive and empathetic holistic counselor with a creative and humorous lens. My approach is client centered and integrative, inclusive of all aspects of your life, assisting you to uncover your own inner wisdom. I help people who are experiencing stress, anxiety, depression and burnout, and those looking for a specific food and health overhaul.

I’m passionate about empowering individuals, exploring ways in which plants and food can heal us and assisting in the transformation of personal perspectives and approaches in our lives to achieve complete health and happiness - mind, body and spirit!

I obtained my Masters in Social work from Hunter College in NYC in 2004, studied integrative health coaching at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition graduating in 2012, and continued my education studying herbal medicine for another 2 years. I integrate all of this knowledge and experience into my practice.

I offer individual holistic counseling as well as structured health coaching packages, ranging from 1 to 6 months in duration. All services come with a free 20 minute consultation. Detailed information about health coaching packages can be found on my website.

Nicole Rochat, LMSW, CIHC

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Eric Pollard, Certified Practitioner

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an art for harmonizing the energy of Body, Mind & Spirit. The stresses of life have an effect on our attitudes, which in turn impact the flow of energy which creates our body. When our energetic pathways become disharmonized, blockages occur, which cause dis-ease. We feel the effect on our emotions, our thoughts, and in our bodies.

Through Jin Shin Jyutsu, we release the areas of stuck energy, so that the natural harmony can be restored.

Jin Shin is a Self-Healing art, simple & powerful, using our hands as jumper cables to bridge our energy to the Universal energy surrounding us. Gentle touch is applied, over clothes, in a series of steps called a flow, to release & restore the energy along certain pathways.

Whether the healing project is physical, emotional, or spiritual in nature, harmonizing the flow of energy will restore balance in each of these areas.

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Japanese art, rediscovered by Master Jiro Murai, and brought to the United States by Mary Ino Burmeister in the 1950s. Jin Shin is practiced and taught worldwide, as a healing technique for people, and their animal companions.

Eric was introduced to Jin Shin Jyutsu in 1991, and after experiencing profound changes in his own healing projects through receiving sessions & doing Self-Help, he began to study the art. He received his certification as a practitioner in 2002, & has been sharing sessions, and teaching Self-Help, ever since.


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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

Amelie Prescott, MA
Certified EMDR

Often difficult situations in our lives hold us, tethered, in that moment. In dreams, both day and night, we re-experience the dread of that moment. This has been labeled Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We put this label on returning warriors. Dr. Jeff Andrade, educator in the inner city of Oakland, CA, points out that the youth there never return from the war … they return to it each day as they enter the ‘hood’.

We carry and display symptoms of disconnection, depression, poor self-mage, nightmares, anger. We respond by over eating, over reacting, over use of substances, overt behavior. If we have early childhood abuse we find we were sexualized too young, thus finding difficulty in our adult relationships.

Under our masks, we know our true selves. We need to know that trauma can be healed, that we have the tools within us to not only heal, but to take these poisons and make medicine with them. This means energy trapped in the past can become available to you now in your life.

Many people will not, cannot speak of these past violations. We will use art and poetry and dreaming as your tools for healing. As the release happens many people find their previous habits such as over eating, substance abuse, various addictions, fall away. Each session, of which there are only 6, is followed by bodywork. As traumas are brought into the present they remain in our bodies until released.

This work is available to you by appointment.


Christina J. Stein, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I utilize a client-centered approach when providing therapeutic support and interventions. I received my graduate degree at Tulane University in New Orleans and consider this city my home. I have practiced for over 13 years, typically utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in a solution-focused setting to lead my clients through personalized sessions. I am adept in other modalities as well, (Object Relations, Mindfulness, Reality Therapy, Healing Touch) and will structure your 45 min-1 hour session to appropriately address your specific needs and concerns.

With a strong focus on family systems, I will assist you with discovering your potential and strengths. I believe that we are a product of our life experiences and can use this knowledge for recovery and understanding.

I ​​ treat clients ​with a range of conditions: anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship difficulties, and more. I have specialized training in grief, trauma ​, ​ and loss, and can help you find your way through confusing and difficult times.

Please fell free to call anytime to discuss your healing journey. You are not alone.

Christina J. Stein, LCSW

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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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